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Saying goodbye to Kassia was one of the hardest things Donna had had to do. If ever she had a daughter of her own she hoped she'd be just like Kas. Being around her triggered all those deep rooted maternal instincts Donna tried so hard to hide. In fact, part of her had been more than a little tempted to stay behind with Kassia on Scallite VI to keep her company and help her adjust. She had contemplated the idea more than she cared to admit. Probably best not to tell the Doctor and the others. But even as they were in the TARDIS and ready to go she wondered if she was making the right choice...

With a sigh she settled in the jump seat watching the screen. "So then... Where to now? What's first on the giant list of botch ups to fix?" Her tone was light, but inside her heart was breaking. Typical Donna, hiding all her pain behind a smile and a laugh.

She knew soon enough she would have to say goodbye to Rose and John too and her heart would break that little bit more. And she couldn't help but fear that once everything was back to normal that she would be forced to say goodbye to the Doctor and return to Chiswick. That thought alone was enough to make her chest clench and her breath catch in her throat. It would be the hardest goodbye of all.

"Where to? When? And who do we get to schmooze with?"

Date: 2013-01-26 08:20 am (UTC)
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The Doctor was quiet. Really, really quiet, as he had a hand tucked into a trouser pocket and another lacklusterly pressing a button or two on the console. Perhaps one could say he was procrastinating, as he had yet to reply to Donna.

Rose walked over, peering over to him at an angle, before searching for John, whom couldn't be found at the moment. Biting her lip, she held back saying what probably should be said -- it was time to take her home, wasn't it?

"What?" The Doctor finally looked up to Donna, "Did you say something?" He knew perfectly well what was spoken, just... didn't want to register any definitely answers yet.

Date: 2013-01-27 11:16 pm (UTC)
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"Ohhh, I dunno." He straightened out his back, smiling softly to Donna at her hand upon his arm. "Somewhere quiet, maybe?" And if anyone knew the Doctor, he never did quiet.

"Or..." Rose spoke hesitantly, cleared her throat, "...I should find John." She had changed her trail of thought, not really wanting to face finality. Not just yet. Her gaze caught the Doctor's, lingered for a moment, then stepped out of the room to search for the metacrisis.

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Date: 2013-02-11 07:09 pm (UTC)
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The Doctor stumbled to the door and opened it as warm air flooded the control room. "We're outside Xi'an." He poked his head out even further to look around, then stepped out and groaned.

"We hit the wall." As in the Great Wall of China. Or a piece of it. The TARDIS looked alright, but he couldn't say the same for a section of the wall.

Date: 2013-02-12 06:39 am (UTC)
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He nods, "Yup."

John and Rose stumbled outside a moment later to study the damage themselves. "Well that's just wizard." John commented lamely upon inspection, and looked over to the rest of the crowd. "What do we do now?"

"There's nothing we can do..." The Doctor stopped, "Do you hear something? I definitely hear something." It was getting closer and closer until something came bobbing just over the horizon until a clear view of men on horseback were racing towards them.

"RUN!"

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Date: 2013-02-21 07:52 am (UTC)
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It didn't take long before they were locked up, separated by gender, in holding cells made of stone and iron guarded by two men with spears.

The Doctor was leaning against the wall with his eyes closed listening to John rant and occasionally taunt the guards, blowing steam he supposed. He vaguely wondered if Donna was doing the same thing. "We're between 221 BC and 210 BC. I overheard them talk about Qin Shihuangdi. I wonder when, exactly..."

"Does it matter? We're flipping stuck right now." John sighed and finally took a seat.

Date: 2013-02-22 08:28 am (UTC)
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"Donna!" Rose warned, worried of what might come of Donna's aggression and impatience. Hadn't she been caught enough to know how these things work? Time, is the answer. It takes time.

Before the Doctor could answer, a guard was smacking his spear against the bars of Donna's holding cell, making threatening gestures as a reply to her outburst. The Doctor sighed, hearing all this commotion, until it hit him. An idea.

Quickly, he ran to the bars and clutching tightly, "I demand to see Qin Shihuangdi!"

"HA! Don't we all, captive!" The guard taunted him in his reply.

"Yes, but I know what he seeks. I know where!" The Doctor pleaded excitedly.

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Date: 2013-02-28 04:28 am (UTC)
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"He won't do that. He won't!" Rose gives Donna's hand a squeeze. "I know he won't."



Morning came all too soon, everyone being startled from their beds other than the Doctor, who was sitting at the table for half the night, drinking tea and lost in thoughts.

"It's time to go." A guard spoke roughly, "Qin Shihuangdi expects you in his court in 30 minutes. Although there are rules he expects you to follow." Most namely, they were to remain 100 paces away from the royal court at all times, as he had grown quite paranoid of assassins within the last few years. Within reason too.

Lucky for them, they were traveling light and entered the court on time. Roze felt all the eyes upon them rather eerie as they entered.

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Date: 2013-03-07 05:51 am (UTC)
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The Doctor was becoming agitated now and ruffles his hair before jumping to his feet, "I didn't pick it! The TARDIS brought us here, and if it's worth anything he doesn't 'peg it' the moment he reaches the palace. We'll just sneak off before he does!"

"I hope you're right." Rose commented, arms crossed and still feeling a bit stern towards him.

"I am right." The Doctor replied with a snap before going in their tent and flopping down on his mat.

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Date: 2013-03-13 03:47 pm (UTC)
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The Doctor actually hadn't seen Donna sneak in behind him in the emperor's tent. He only startled when she spoke up, and his eyes widened a bit, watching her speak and quickly he glanced at Qin Shihuangdi.

"Donna, don't." He spoke softly, turning his head in the slightest of a warning. It wasn't that he didn't appreciate the offer, but concern of how the emperor might act with a woman speaking so boldly.

"CONTROL THIS WOMAN OF YOURS, DOCTOR!" The emperor pointed a finger towards Donna, eyes ablaze with anger.

"Right. Sorry, yeah? She has a point, though... Allow me to think about this offer."

He bows, and quickly takes Donna's arm before she could protest, and pulls her out of the tent. Spinning her around, he speaks in a low hushed voice, "You have to be careful! He's not in the right mind. We can't risk anything right now, definitely not now!"

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Date: 2013-03-22 07:28 pm (UTC)
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The Doctor rushed over to Donna, wrapping her into a large hug before pulling away, hands cupping her face, "You alright?"

He's ignoring her questions right now, deciding now was the time they had to leave, thanks to John clobbering the emperor with a table decoration.

"You knew?" John looked disappointed, definitely feeling the handicap of being part human -- how had he missed it? Better yet, how long had the Doctor known? "If I'm noticing it now, then does that mean the hole in this timeline," He swallows, "Is it near?"

Rose wasn't sure who to look at, her eyes going between each person. Concern for Donna, confusion of what John was saying, worried for the Doctor.

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Date: 2013-03-24 04:57 am (UTC)
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He dug around and managed to find some biscuits he had snatched from a table earlier that night and handed them over, "You can have them, or what's left of them."

He wasn't hungry, despite barely recalling when exactly it had been the last time he ate, hence the sneaking of the food. Knowing the hole in the timeline was upon them made him too anxious as of late; it was amazing he was considering sleep earlier that night.

Conversations continued late into the evening until they began to die down as exhaustion started settling in. The Doctor lied on his back with a hand in the air tracing some of the constellations, thinking of some of the stories he was taught growing up. Not far off, he heard a stirring and saw Rose pop up.

"The fire is dying out." She commented heavy with sleep as she came over to the Doctor, "Not very responsible, are ya?" There was a light teasing to her tone.

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Date: 2013-03-26 03:43 am (UTC)
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"I'm fine; I'm always fine." He offers her a smile, but it doesn't quite reach his eyes.

Walking further into the market he manages to barter for some bread and some native fruit from the area. To him, nothing else looked appetizing, but he left Donna to her own bartering as he sat by the fence. Realizing he couldn't stand the idea of having Donna out of his line of sight, he pulled off a small piece of bread and tucks it away in his mouth.

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Date: 2013-03-28 03:38 am (UTC)
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Eventually, his paranoia couldn't stand it anymore, and he went in search of her, quickly dressing and ignoring that not everything was completely dry.

Walking alongside the river banks, he finally spotted that flame red hair, "Donna!" He wouldn't admit it, but his hearts stopped beating so fiercely when he spotted her and his mind calmed down. They were fine; they were safe.

Nevermind she'll probably have a heart attack from him finding her rather unannounced.

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Date: 2013-04-01 01:42 am (UTC)
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"Ah, I think I can swing a deal." There was a slight waggle to his eyebrows as he fixed his jacket in place. Yup, his brave face was back.

After chugging a glass of milk and bowl of rice, the Doctor set off to do as he had said. Offering a horse for a horse. Luckily the one they had was quite a rarity, even if the poor creature was a bit exhausted, and he was to have an exchange without any thought otherwise.

He popped back in to show his gratitude to the couple and proudly displayed their new ride when Donna came back out with him. "Ready?"

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