Chapter Three

(Centuries later…)

The TARDIS doors opened and Clara stepped inside. It was Wednesday and she'd just finished taking care of Artie and Angie before leaving them in the care of their father. She was looking forward to another exciting adventure with the Doctor even though he was still a bit rough around the edges. She closed the doors and looked around but she couldn't see the Doctor anywhere.

"Doctor, are you here?" she said as she headed towards the console.

She noticed an envelope resting on the console with her name on it. She picked it, opened it and unfolded the letter inside it.

"I, Clara Oswald, am taking the Ice Bucket challenge for Motor Neurone disease," she read.

She immediately looked above her, paranoid, before stepping back towards the door. She pressed up against the front door while she looked around.

"If you're going to throw ice water on me, Doctor, I'm not taking the challenge!" she yelled.

"Bollocks, I finally caught up to the time when people know what the ice bucket challenge is," she heard the Doctor say as he stood just inside the back door.

"Very sneaky, Doctor," Clara said as she remained pressed up to the door. "I'm all for charity but I'm not taking a bucket of ice over the head for you!"

The Doctor stepped into the console room.

"And deprive me of my moment, Clara?" he said. "I've been doing this for centuries now through several lives."

"Yeah and I'm sure your other friends got a big laugh out of it when you dumped the ice water on their heads," Clara said.

"It's for a good cause."

"Never said it wasn't but it's not fair to make me read a note and then trick me into accepting a bucket of ice water on my head."

The Doctor sighed.

"Fine, we'll do it together then," he said. "Is that better?"

"I didn't donate anything."

"No worries, I did. So…" the Doctor said, holding out his hand to her.

"Well, how are we going to do it if we're both going to get wet?" Clara said.

"I have my ways, just trust me."

Clara nodded. She finally stepped away from the door and walked towards the Doctor. He kept his hand outstretched until she took it and then he led her through the corridors to the Beach Room. When they entered, Clara looked around the room with wonder.

"Are we outside? Oh no, wait, it's like the last time I thought we were outside," she said to the Doctor.

"Correct. I have many rooms with simulations in it. Now come with me."

They walked to the edge of the sea and stood there. Clara heard a thunder boom and suddenly, dark clouds hid the sun. To her surprise, icy rain fell into the water.

"Wait, you're not suggesting an icy wave is going to wash over us?" Clara said, jerking her head at the Doctor.

"That's exactly what I'm suggesting. So stand still, the TARDIS will be gentle."

The ice continued to fall for five minutes and then suddenly the tide went out. Clara gritted her teeth and squealed as a huge wave rose up and headed towards them. But to her surprise, the wave didn't knock her or the Doctor off their feet and it wasn't as cold as she feared. When the wave subsided, the Doctor shook his head and wiped the water droplets off his face.

"Wow, that's quite bracing," he said while Clara tried to wipe the water off her face. "I'm glad I did it for once. Although, I'm quite chilly now."

"Yeah, so am I," Clara said.

The Doctor smiled at her and took her hand.

"Where are we headed to now?" Clara said.

"First, we get changed and dry off. Second, I think a meal somewhere is in order. What do you think?"

"Sounds good to me, Doctor."

The Doctor smiled, squeezed her hand and the two of them left the Beach Room.

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