Chapter Twenty

As Hope drifted off into sleep, she was surprised to see Adam, Faith, Yoshi and Little Alan inside her head and they were sitting in a room with shelves filled with books, a stone fireplace with a roaring fire, some landscape paintings on the walls, hardwood floor with a TARDIS blue carpet and an overstuffed, high back chair sat near the stone fireplace. Four sleeping bags with fluffy pillows sat on the floor near the fireplace and a storm roared outside the large windows. TARDIS blue curtains outlined the windows while white lace curtains covered the glass and the lightning flashed, making the children jump.

"Hello, Dearie," Adam said with a small bow then giggled and Faith snorted a laugh from him doing a great impression of Rumplestiltskin's voice from Once Upon a Time. He gave her a death ray stare then placed his hands on his hips. "Hey, are you making fun of me?"

"I would never do that!" Faith said, crossing her hearts.

"Good, because I do not tolerate people making fun of me," he said with a smug look on his face.

"Yeah, we do that and you'll go and sulk in your jar, Uncle Handy," Hope said and his eyes widened.

"What did I just say?" he asked, arching an eyebrow. They covered their mouths as they tried not to laugh and he sighed, rolling his eyes. "Right, pick a sleeping bag and let's get this over with."

"Are you going to tell us a story, Daddy?" Little Alan asked as Adam sat down on the overstuffed, high back chair and Little Alan climbed into his lap.

"Not exactly, but, once you all get in the sleeping bags, I'll tell you how to not be afraid of storms," he said as he wrapped his arms around his son and Little Alan placed his head against his chest. Faith slid into the Monster High sleeping bag with Frankie Stein on it, Hope slid into the TARIDS sleeping bag and Yoshi slid into the red sleeping bag with a cherry tree on it. The Iron Man sleeping bag was for Little Alan and Adam looked at them looking up at him. The storm roared around them as they ducked their heads and Little Alan whimpered.

"I hate storms!" Hope growled and Yoshi and Faith nodded

"It's too loud," Little Alan said, covering his ears.

"Yes, it is. But, once I'm done, you will appreciate storms and never be afraid ever, ever again," Adam said and they gave him a puzzled look.

"How is such a thing possible?" Yoshi asked as the rain lashed at the glass and the lightning flashed in the room.

"Let us start with the rain," he said with a wave of his hand and the sound of rain filled the room. "Is that scary?"

"No," Hope said and the other children agreed with her

"Rain isn't scary, Daddy. Rain is fun 'cause you get all wet," Little Alan said with a smile.

"Exactly," Adam said as he twirled his left hand up while shaking his head side to side and they giggled. "Now, let us move on to the wind."

The rain stopped as the sound of the wind moaning and blowing filled the room and they looked around. Thunder rumbled softly as Little Alan shook and Adam rubbed his chin on the top of his son's head.

"Now, if you want to be technical, thunder is nothing more than loud wind. The reason it is scary is because it is loud and unexpected, but it can't hurt you," Adam said and the children looked impressed.

"That makes sense," Hope said.

"Let us examine hail," Adam said as the soft clicking sound filled the room and the fire hissed as some of the hail hit the fire. "Now, hail is loud and can hurt if it hits you, but isn't scary,"

"It can be if someone is firing it at you," Yoshi said softly and he looked at her. Duer had told him about his adventures in the kitsune realm and Yoshi looked at the pillow.

"Did that happened to you?" Faith asked as she rubbed her sister's shoulder.

"Hai," she said softly. "Takimoshi used to turn water into hail and use it to punish me."

"Who is Takimoshi?" Hope asked.

"She is a kitsune who could control water," Adam said. Duer had told him how he met Takimoshi, Ahkishi, Ushishi and Narmishi, who could control earth, water, fire and air.

"Why would she do that?" Little Alan asked.

"It is because of my sister, Hoshi," Yoshi sighed and they sent love and comfort into her mind. They were told about Hoshi and how she worked for Duer's Master and Adam made a little cough, making them look at him.

"Now, the last thing we will examine is lightning," Adam said as the lightning flashed and he held up his index finger. "It is true that lightning is very, very, very, very dangerous and shouldn't be messed with, but, when it comes to storms, lightning just lights up the room and makes weird shadows on the walls."

"Count the shadows," Faith said with a grin.

"Always a good idea, Butterfly," Adam said with a smile. "So, what is this lecture all about? Simple, to not be afraid of storms, one must find a part of the storm to listen to and forget the rest!"

"Find a part of the storm?" Hope asked.

"It can be anything," Adam said with a grin. "If you ask me, I would say it's the rain. True, if I listen to the rain too long, I do have to go pee, but it's my favorite."

"I like the rain," Faith said while lowering her head onto the pillow and closed her eyes. They watched as a green light floated over her then she vanished and Adam smiled.

"Where did she go?" Hope asked.

"She went off to Dream Land," Adam said. "Who's next?"

"I like the wind. If it is blowing the right way, it sounds like singing," Yoshi said then lowered her head onto the pillow and closer her eyes. The green light floated over her as she vanished and Adam titled his head to one side.

"Two down…Two to go," he said and looked at Hope. "Well, Miss Cheeky Cheeks, have you figured out what you like?"

"Still don't like the thunder," Hope said as she yawned and half closed her eyes. "But I do like the rain."

Adam watched her close her eyes as the green light floated over her and she vanished. Smiling, he looked at Little Alan and Little Alan half closed his eyes.

"And what does my little guy like about the storm?" Adam asked.

"It's my last name," Little Alan said and Adam softly laughed.

"Besides that, Dearie," he said, doing his impression of Rumplestiltskin's voice again and rolled his eyes.

"It's when I hear Bumpy and Thump-Bump," Little Alan said as he closed his eyes and Adam looked at him. He thought for a few seconds when Little Alan patted his chest over his hearts and Adam's eyes slightly widened.

"Oh," Adam said while the fire crackled in the fireplace and the green light floated over them then they slowly vanished.


The knocking sound woke Duer when he sat up and rubbed the sleep out of his eyes. He checked the digital clock when he sighed and got out of bed. Frankie grumbled in her sleep and he kissed the top of her head.

"Go back to sleep," he whispered then left the room and walked quietly down the hallway then down the stairs. Scratching the top of his head, he walked to the front door when he looked through the small window near the door and sighed. Opening the door, he looked at Alan as Alan smiled and leaned on the doorframe.

"May I help you?" Duer asked.

"My brother has sent me to get you. We are going to check out the ship with Old Guy and Shorty," Alan said.

"Who are you on about?" Duer asked.

"Us," the twelfth Doctor said, pointing to himself and Clara and Duer nodded his head.

"Let me get dressed," Duer said then yelped as Alan pulled on his arm and he nearly tripped while coming out of the house.

"No time," Alan said as he closed the door and Duer sighed, feeling glad that he had placed his slippers. He was surprised when he saw Adam, dressed in his pajamas, blue dressing gown and slippers, standing at the end of the front walk and Alan smiled, patting Duer on the back. "We don't have time for him to get either."

"Let's go," Duer sighed as they headed down the pavement and he was glad that the storm had stopped.

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