Chapter Three

Rose slowly opened her eyes and raised her head. She wasn't sure what was going on but she was lying on the ground in the middle of a forest. She remembered being with the Doctor in this forest, the two of them walking along and chatting when something seized her from behind and put a black hood over her face. Then she felt a gun against her back and a sudden shot of electricity and then there was nothing until now.

But the more she thought, she did remember vaguely seeing the Doctor again. They were standing in the woods and she remembered the Doctor daring her to kill him. Which seemed odd to her. Why would the Doctor say something like that? Perhaps she imagined it. Speaking of the Doctorů

She rose up and looked around but could see no sign of the Doctor. The forest was dense and she couldn't see much beyond the trees around her. She heard birdsong but when she called to the Doctor, there was no reply. She was beginning to panic now, wondering what they might have done with him. She couldn't see what happened to him but she was sure he probably had the same hood put over his face and the same jolt of electricity go through his body. But as she sat there, she realized that she wasn't getting anything done so she got to her feet so she could go search for him.

She started to move and then something caught her eye as she glanced at a nearby tree. The sunlight flashed off something in the tree branches for a second but it was enough to draw her attention to it. She walked over to the tree and was shocked to see a camera lens was aimed at her. She stepped past the tree and looked at the back of it and saw the back of a small camera was affixed to a large tree limb. She couldn't see what was holding it so she guessed the bottom had been bolted to it since it was perched precariously and would have fallen out before now.

"What is going on?" Rose muttered to herself before walking away.

As she walked, she noticed several more cameras perched in trees. As she passed by one, she defiantly flipped it off and at another she made a face and stuck her tongue out. Finally, after five minutes, she stopped at another camera and positioned herself so the lens could see her.

"Listen, you lot, whatever you did with the Doctor, you better hand him over this instant or you're gonna be sorry!" she yelled at it.

She waited for a response and sighed when all she heard was more birdsong.

"Wankers," she muttered under her breath as she walked on.

While she walked, she suddenly had a sense that she was being followed. She stopped for a moment and listened but there was only the birdsong and the rustling in the trees. She turned around and scanned the forest but she couldn't see anything. Still, she couldn't shake the feeling that she was being watched.

"Doctor," she said with a nervousness that she was unable to hide. "Doctor, are you there?"

There was no response so Rose turned back around. She glanced over her shoulder again before glaring at the camera and moving on. She walked for another two minutes before she heard a twig snap behind her and she froze in her tracks. She turned and breathed a sigh of relief when she saw the Doctor standing behind her, hands in his pockets while he stared at her with a blank look on his face.

"Doctor, thank God it's you," Rose said, holding her hand over her rapidly beating heart. "I was afraid it was the people who kidnapped us. What happened, are you alright?"

"I must kill you," the Doctor said in a dull voice.

"What?" Rose said, sure she didn't hear right.

The Doctor pulled his right hand out of his pocket and Rose gasped when she saw a long dagger with a carved wooden hilt.

"I must kill you. I will obey my Slithar masters," he said in the same dull voice.

Rose backed up, her heart racing again.

"Doctor, this isn't funny," she said in a shaky voice.

"I must kill you. You are no longer my friend."

"Doctor, stop this, please. It's not funny," Rose said, hoping and praying this was some weird joke the Doctor was playing on her.

"You will die now!" the Doctor said in the dull voice.

Rose gasped as he ran towards her with the dagger raised and without another thought, she turned and ran for her life as her brainwashed lover pursued her.

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