Chapter Four

After dropping Jackie off at her flat, Rose bid her goodbye and tried to soothe her ruffled feathers. Jackie was furious at the Doctor and Rose decided just to let her be so she could calm down and cool off. She left with the Doctor but she avoided him since she was also angry at him. She went to the lounge, flopped down on the sofa and turned on the TV, trying to calm the rage she felt inside her mind. She tried to concentrate but she kept thinking of the Doctor and the anger kept resurfacing. Finally, she turned off the TV and stretched out on the sofa, trying to calm down so she could go to sleep.

She was nearly asleep when she felt something being draped over her body. She opened her eyes and the Doctor froze. He'd been draping a blanket over her body before she woke up. Rose didn't say anything, just glared at him silently while she waited for him to leave.

"Rose, I'm sorry," the Doctor said.

"That wasn't funny, Doctor," Rose said tersely. "I was being serious about my dream and you decided to insult me."

The Doctor sighed and sank down in the chair beside the sofa.

"No, I wasn't insulting you," he said. "I thought we would have a giggle together."

"So you pulled my mum into it?"

"Yes but…I wasn't thinking properly when I did that."

"No, you weren't," Rose said.

"I was going to take you to a real mystic but then I got the idea that perhaps I could play a prank on you for a giggle. Then I thought perhaps I could play the prank on you and your mum for an even bigger giggle and it spiraled out of control. I never meant for you to be angry with me, Rose, and I'm sorry."

"So the Great Krakow wasn't a mystic then?" Rose said.

The Doctor smiled.

"No. He's a very old friend and very wise but hardly a mystic," he said. "I hadn't seen him in ages so I was combining the joke with a little visit to him."

"Then how did he know about the joke and what to do, you told him before we got there?" Rose said.

"No, his species is telepathic and I am as well. I fed him the entire story telepathically and I told him what to do and say while we were sitting there. The whole you must be on drugs thing was my idea. We've had a laugh before so I thought you'd go along with it. You have to admit the dream sounded like one big acid trip."

Rose cracked a smile.

"Yeah," she said, nodding.

"So does this mean I'm forgiven?" the Doctor said hopefully.

Rose thought about it for a moment before nodding. The Doctor relaxed his body and smiled.

"But I don't think you should see Mum for awhile," Rose said. "She might slap you the next time you go back."

"Do you want me to take you to a proper mystic?" the Doctor said.

"Um…no, I'm not that interested in finding out what the dream meant," Rose said.

"Why was I in a tree?" the Doctor said.

"I don't know," Rose said with a giggle. "You were this enormous face in a tree."

"And I opened my mouth and there was a storm inside it."

Rose nodded. She laughed when the Doctor stood up, bent over her and opened his mouth. Rose stared intently at it.

"Nope, no storm," she said.

"Bollocks, that would have been a cool thing to show to my enemies," he said, sitting back down. "I could proclaim that I am the Oncoming Storm and open my mouth and a mini thunderstorm would be raging. Actually, I wonder if I could invent something that I could put in my mouth that would create that effect?"

"Maybe my dream was meant to give you that idea then," Rose said with a shrug.

"Perhaps. But I will let you sleep while I ponder it," he said, getting up.

He leaned over and kissed her cheek.

"I really am truly sorry I upset you," he murmured in her ear.

"I know. I forgive you," Rose murmured back.

He kissed her cheek and Rose smiled, watching while he strode towards the lounge doorway. When he left, she chuckled to herself at her mother's shocked look before she closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep.


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