Chapter Sixteen

The water dribbled down the walls while Gaz held onto Rose's hand and she gently squeezed his fingers. They were both tired and hungry as they walked by some large rocks when Gaz stopped and looked around.

"What's wrong?" Rose asked and he smiled, shaking his head.

"I was just wondering when Gollum was going to show up," he said and she gently shoved him.

"I knew I should never let you watch the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies," she said, rolling her eyes.

"But you're my precious," he said, doing a perfect imitation of Gollum's voice and she giggled when he put his arms around her and pulled her against him. He moved closer when he kissed her lips and she ran her fingers through his hair. She smiled after they parted then Gaz looked toward the shadows and frowned. "What was that?"

Gaz moved her behind him as he took the stick with the bag of glow bugs from her and looked toward the shadows. Something moved behind the rocks as he carefully moved closer and hushed her. He went around the rock when something moved behind him and he quickly turned around.

"It's up there," Rose said as he looked up and his eyes went wide.


M'nan'do watched while the Doctor and Clara walked around the village and a low growl filled M'nan"do's throat. He was not sure, but the Doctor bothered him and the tip of his ears twitched.

"He's watching us," Clara said while looking back at M'nan"do, but the Doctor only looked at the trinkets of one of the stalls in the market.

"He doesn't trust us," he finally said.

"What do you think he did with Rose and Gaz?"

"I don't know. I do know they will suffer if anything happens to Rose," he said and she heard the seriousness in his voice.

"Maybe we should go back to the TARDIS and see if she can find them."

"I would, but she's his TARDIS and won't let us in."

"She might if we said he and Rose are in trouble," Clara said and he sighed.

"Alright, let's go," he said as they headed for the jungle when two, large guards appeared from behind the trees and he looked at the swords in their hands. "Mind moving?"

"You shall not leave," one of the guards said and his eyes widened.

"Get out of the way," the Doctor growled when four more guards appeared and Clara hid behind the Doctor. "Are you threatening me?"

"Yes," M'nan"do said as he walked closer and the Doctor saw the curved blade sword in his hands. Clara swallowed hard as the Doctor's eyes went into right slits and darkness churned inside him, threatening to come out.


"Who are you?" a soft female voice purred while Gaz looked at the tall female with gray fur with black stripes and her green eyes sparkled in the low light from the glow bugs. Her long black hair was pulled back into a braid tied by a leather cord and feathers were interwoven into the braid. She was wearing a tattered blue tunic and tan buckskin shorts and the skull of a small bird hung on a leather cord around her neck.

"You first," Gaz said as she pounced off the rock and landed silently on the ground in front of him.

"I am Ka'ran'i," she said.

"I am Gaz," he said with a small bow and she smiled.

"Gaz, you ok?" Rose asked as Ka'ran'i spun around and growled.

"Who is that?" Ka'ran'i demanded.

"That's my wife, Rose," he said when he held his hand out and she moved closer, sniffing his hand. She took his hand as they walked from behind the rock and Rose gave Gaz a slightly stunned look.

"Who is this?" Rose asked.

"This is Ka'ran'i," he said and Ka'ran'i tilted her head to one side.

"She is your mate?" Ka'ran'i asked as she walked to Rose and walked around her, sniffing the air.

"Yes," Gaz said, walking closer and took Rose's hand.

"Why are you here?"

"We don't know. One minute we were in the village...," Rose said when Ka'ran'I hissed and back away. "What's wrong?"

"Go!" she growled then ran into the shadows and Gaz looked at Rose.

"Wonder what that was all about," he said as she shrugged and wrapped her fingers around his fingers.

"Want to find out?" she asked and he nodded his head.


Ka'ran'i hopped from one rock to the other as she growled and tears rolled down her cheeks and dripped off her whiskers. After spending years in the cave, she had thought she had finally found friends, but fate or the Great Goddess had fooled her by sending someone from…

"No, it is no longer my home," she whispered as she jumped to the next rock and growled. She came to a stop when she sat on the top of a flat top rock and wiped the tears from her eyes. Her heart slammed in her chest as she curled onto her left side and closed her eyes. She felt her body shaking as the tears came and a soft whimper filled the air.

"Are you alright?" Rose asked as Ka'ran'i jumped then sat up. Rose and Gaz stood near some rocks and Ka'ran'i tilted her head to one side.

"How did you catch up with me?" she asked and Gaz walked slowly to her then knelt down on his haunches.

"You went in a circle," he said and she lowered her head. "Why did you run from us?"

"Don't kill me," she said softly and their eyes went wide.

"Why would we want to kill you?" Rose asked.

"Those who come from…the village only come here for one thing. To kill me," she said and looked at Gaz. "You are not my people though."

"No, we were just traveling through," he said as he gently moved closer and placed his hand on her shoulder. "Why do they want to kill you?"

"Like my mother and the other female members of her litter, I have the Ca'tese'ye,"

"What is that?" Rose asked.

"I can see visions and I can read auras," Ka'ran'i said then looked at Rose. "Your aura is gold. It sparkles and smells like the M'rak'ke. That makes you a "Ba'dwol'f."."

Gaz mouthed the word a few times when he smiled and looked at Rose.

"Yes, she is," he said and Rose gave him a puzzled look. "She means you are a Bad Wolf."

"Oh," Rose said with a small smile. "What aura does my husband have?"

"His aura is red and white. That makes him a "He'kou'ra'ri". That means you are born from war, pain and blood, but you also have a good heart. You are a good soldier, but you are also a loving man and a good husband and father," Ka'ran'i said and he gave her a slightly stunned look.

"How did…how did you know about them?" he asked while looking at Rose and Ka'ran'i smiled.

"I can smell your cubs on you," she said, smiling then frowned. "I can also smell the La'zo'bi on both of you. That is another reason why I ran."

"What is that?" Rose asked as Gaz and Ka'ran'i stood up and Ka'ran'i lowered her head.

"It means "The Oncoming Storm". If he comes, he will slaughter my people," she said and Gaz and Rose gave each other a stunned look.

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