Chapter Ten

The storm raged as Adam looked at the list of songs he wanted to sing when his son ran in the room and quickly climbed onto his lap.

"Hey, Bump," he said as Little Alan shook and held his hand over his ears.

"It's too loud," he whimpered as Adam's Irish Wolfhound, Clover, came in the room and settled down by Adam's feet, placing her paws over her ears. "Even Clover doesn't like it."

"It's ok. Daddy's here," Adam said as he sent love and comfort into their minds and rocked Little Alan back and forth.

"Adam?" Marion's voice asked as he looked at Little Alan and Clover raised her head then ran out of the room.

"Mommy's home," Adam said and Little Alan smiled. A few minutes later Clover led Marion, River and Delmari in the room and Little Alan got of Adam's lap and ran to Marion. She picked him up as the thunder roared in the sky and he covered his ears.

"Aw, Sweetie, it's ok," Marion said, hugging him.

"It's too loud," he whimpered.

"You know," Delmari said with a smile. "I remember a certain Time Child who used to be terrified of storms."

"Really?" Little Alan asked, wide eyed.

"Oh, yes. He would hide under the bed until the storm was over and one time he soiled his pants," Delmari said and Little Alan giggled.

"Did you really do that, Daddy?" he asked.

"No, I think Nan is talking about Uncle Duer," Adam said then gave them a smug look. "I would never soil myself."

"Do I need to remind you about a certain alien cat?" Marion asked.

"Hey," he said as he pointed his finger at her. "That cat was huge, looked like a six legged panther and was chasing me at the time!"

"You soiled your knickers," she teased and he glared at her.

"What about you and a certain bat creature?"

"I didn't soil myself."

"No, you just screamed like a girl."

"I am a girl!"

"And what about you and spiders?" he asked River.

"I was three at the time," she said.

"You still soiled yourself," he said with a smug look and she stuck her tongue out at him.

"Alright, that's enough," Delmari said as she held up her hand.

"Sorry, Mom," Adam said with a pout then looked at Marion. "Did you hear there's a new Doctor?"

"Yes, Rain told us. What's he like?" Marion asked.

"Well, he's old and looks like the father of that family the Doctor and Donna rescued from Pompeii."

"Cool," River said while Marion placed Little Alan on his feet and he went to play with Clover.

"Anyway, what are you doing?" Marion asked, looking at Adam as he stood up and folded his arms over his chest.

"I am looking at my song list. Still haven't figured out which song I'm going to do for my audition," he said.

"What you should be doing is resting," Delmari said and he sighed, rolling his eyes,

"I am fine," he said, holding his hands up. "Besides, I have had visions before. This was nothing,"

"You scared Alan," Marion said and Adam watched his son playing tug-a-war with Clover and her pull rope toy.

"I know, but, like I said, I'm fine," he said then walked to Marion and slid his arms around her. He gave her a sad puppy look as his lower lip stuck out and he titled his head to one side.

"Ah, how can I stay made at you when you look so bloody cute?" she sighed and slid her arms around his neck and kissed him.

"Children in the room," River said as they looked at her then laughed.

"How about the children come with me and we'll go have some hot chocolate?" Delmari asked and Little Alan cheered. They left the room with Clover following close behind as Adam shrugged then kissed Marion and she sent love into his mind.


A few days later

The Amphitheatre was crowded while Adam held onto Marion's hand and his hearts slammed in his chest. He knew he could sing, but never before so many people and Marion gave him a small smile.

"I can't believe you are the same guy who danced at Alan, John and Nelak's funeral after we thought they had died," she thought after placing a privacy block and he smiled.

"That was different. It was in front of family," he thought when he saw the Doctor, the twelfth Doctor, Clara and the others and smiled.

"Hold! Come no further," Alan said as he held his hand out and Adam sighed, rolling his eyes. "I will not have you intimidate my wife with your jealous banter."

"I'm not jealous," Adam said, folding his arms over his chest. "I know who the better singer is."

"Yes, her," Alan said, pointing to Rose.

"That is for the judges to decide," the Doctor said then looked at Adam. "Good luck."

"Thanks," Adam said then looked at the twelfth Doctor. He was looking at Marion while she smiled at him and he smiled back.

"Hello, Rose," Twelve said.

"Uh, I use my middle name, Marion," she said and he frowned.

"It's like with the Jennys," the Doctor said. "When we joined our families together, we decided it would be easier if the Roses changed their names so we know who's who."

"Like I wouldn't know which Rose is mine," Alan said as he walked to Marion and placed his arm around her. "Right, Starlight."

"I'm over here," Rose said and his eyes went wide.

"Sorry," he said then ran over to Rose and the twelfth Doctor smiled while Clara laughed.

"Anyway, Rose is Rose, Adam's Rose is Marion and John's Rose is Rosie," the Doctor said and Twelve nodded his head.

"Excuse me," Shilah said as he walked closer with his wife, Mingxia, and the Doctor smiled.

"I wondered where you two were," he said.

"We were off world until an hour ago," Mingxia said and the twelfth Doctor walked closer. "Hi, I'm Mingxia."

"Pleased to meet you," he said as they shook hands.

"And I'm Shilah," he said as they shook hands.

"That is an interesting name," Twelve said.

"Yeah, Rain gave it to me after I came to this universe. It's Navajo for "brother", Shilah said then told him how he came to join their family.

"Oh," Clara said as she gave him a sad look and he shrugged.

"That was a long time ago," Shilah said with a small smile and gave her a hug.

"Well, it looks like they're about to start the auditions," the Doctor said as he saw people heading for the seats and he took Rain's hand as they walked to the front row then sat down.

Adam and Rose walked to the backstage area as he gently nudged her and she smiled at him.

"I am going to wipe the floor with you," he teased and she smiled, rolling her eyes.

"Sure you will," she said as she half ran down the hallway and he smiled, placed his hands in his jeans pockets and followed.

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