|Chloe Anne Tyler
Author: Horny-bimbo PM
10th Doctor and Rose are both timelords, married, and have a daughter, who unfortunately goes missing, when she is found as a teenager and rejoined with her family, they go on a whole new adventure and others with it. Featuring Queen VictoriaRated: Fiction K - English - Family/Adventure - 10th Doctor & Rose T. - Chapters: 5 - Words: 40,210 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 05-20-12 - Published: 02-11-12 - id: 7824082
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A Whole New life
"Mum, I'm Home! Where's Dad?" I called from the front door.
"He is out the back, says he has a surprise for you so don't keep him waiting honey!"
"Okay, Thanks Mum!" I rushed out the back door to see what Dad has in store for me. (My Dad had to have a cover teacher for him these past few weeks. I missed him teaching me, luckily he is back tomorrow).
Only to find my dad wearing a brown suit with trainers, and a brown overcoat, and him standing by an old 1950's Police Box.
"What is that, Dad?"
He laughed, he hasn't done that in a while because he was practically busy all the time now.
"It's the TARDIS"
"TARDIS, stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space, last of her kind she is. She is the reason I have been busy at home lately, I've been building a room for you in here."
"It's just a Police Box, Dad."
"Oh? Well look inside then." He opened the door, I saw a faint room inside, looks small to have something like that in there.
When I stepped inside, my mouth was wider than England, it was bigger on the inside.
I was lost for words.
"I know. Cool ain't it?"
"Blimey Dad! This thing is huge! But how?"
"The Police Box is just a Camoflague, but one of the wires broke and I can't fix it. It's stuck like this."
"Dad, this is awesome! Does Mum know?"
"Yes, she was my companion for a good few years before I married her. She was shocked, she never thought she would marry an Alien."
"Yes, but I turned her into the same species as me, because I can live on, I am over 900 years old actually."
"What species are you exactly?"
"Timelord, I was the last until Rose changed her being from Human to what she is now, she bcame one before she was pregnant with you."
"Ah, does that mean I am Timelord and can live on like you?"
"Yes. for hundreds of years."
"Oh my god. What about Grandma Jackie and all? won't they die?"
"They changed to my species aswell, they are all family, all their family did it aswell."
"oh my god, so we are not alone?"
"What does this ship thing do then?"
"It travels through time and space."
"Oh my god! That is so cool!"
"Oh, hear comes your mum."
I turn around to see mum walking in.
"Did you explain to her then?"
"Yes, I did."
"Right, Chloe, how would you like to go to other worlds, see new places and meet famous people through History, eh?"
"Really?" Hope rose in me, this is going to be so cool if they said yes.
"Of course, how about Shakespeare, then? Or Elvis? Or Planet Barcelona? Meet dogs with no noses?" Dad said, I could see a hint of mischief in his eyes.
And my answer was clearly to be...
"anywhere!" I said.
They both weren't surprised, they must have heard this before.
"Alright then, everyone hold on tight, this is gonna be a bumpy ride!" Dad exclaimed, I didn't protest, he was my teacher AND father afterall.
When Dad pressed a button, we were bumping and moving, I laughed at my parents' expressions, they clearly must've done this thousands of times, I could see it in their eyes.
"Where are we going?" I shouted.
"You said Anywhere, so we could be going anywhere!" Mum shouted.
We all laughed.
We are indeed a very extraordinary family!
The Tardis landed with a Extra large THUMP! Knocking me over on the floor. Mum and Dad thought it was quite funny.
"Oh my God. THAT WAS SO COOL!" I clearly stated, my parents were shocked at that. I wonder why?
"You're the first one to say that, actually honey. You ok?"
"Yeah, I'll live, obviously."
"Ok, Chloe, would you like to see where we are?"
I didn't answer, I just headed straight for the door.
"I could see everything, I saw stars and lights, many colours.
"Welcome to the beginning of the world!" Dad shouted.
"It's beautiful. Isn't it Mum?"
"Dad, this is amazing, this ship, everything I am seeing right now, BRILLIANT!"
"I know Chloe. SO! Enough of that, why dont' we visit other worlds then!"
We cheered at that and Dad and I whistled, mum thinks we are sooo much alike.
The Doctor closed the TARDIS door behind him and looked up. He saw his daughter idly pushing at random buttons.
"Where we going then?" the Doctor asked with his hands in his coat pocket.
"Let's find out," Chloe grinned as she pulled on a final leaver. The TARDIS whirred into action causing the whole room to shake violently. Chloe watched the central column rise and sink in a rhythmical pattern. Rose came back from the bathroom.
"Back!" Rose spoke as she walked into the room.
"And we're off again," Chloe said running around the controls with a massive smile on her face.
"Your letting her choose?"
"Yep," the Doctor replied to a slightly unsure Rose.
The TARDIS came to a holt and Chloe was the first to the door. She peered out of the doors.
"Looks safe enough," she said jumping out. The Doctor was close behind her, making sure she wasn't already causing trouble. Two seconds was all she needed to cause some sort of disaster ( That's the Doctor's thoughts not mine).
"Boring," Chloe stated simply and turned around back into the TARDIS.
"Fair enough," the Doctor said turning around. Rose stopped him in his tracks.
"Why are you acting like this?" Rose asked.
"Like what?" the Doctor asked.
"Why are you letting Chloe do whatever she wants?"
"She's Happy, Honey. I'm just letting her have a bit of freedom for five minutes," he replied in a whispered, serious tone. Rose looked at the Doctor and understood his idea. She nodded and the both headed back into the TARDIS.
"How about the 1970's?" the Doctor asked.
"Not bothered, really." Chloe replied her arms folded as she leant against the main controls.
"1970's it is then."
"Hang on. If we're going to the 1970's I can't go dressed like this," Rose spoke and darted off to get changed.
Within a few minutes she reappeared in short leg dungarees, a pink top and tights. Chloe raised and eyebrow at the interesting choice of clothing.
"What do you think of this? Will it do?" Rose asked. Chloe went to speak but her ever quicker father cut in before she could cause an argument.
"the late 1970's. You'd be better off with a bin bag," he replied
"I'm not so sure about this now, Dad, mum like THAT?" Chloe said.
"Come on, it'll be fun," Rose said giggling.
"Listen to this," the Doctor spoke pushing down a leaver. Music began to play into the TARDIS. Chloe raised another eyebrow.
"Ian Dury and the Block Heads. Number one in 1979," the Doctor stated.
"Your a punk!" Rose laughed. Their daughter giggled too.
"It's good to be a lunatic," the Doctor sang.
"That's what you are, a big old punk with a bit of rock ability thrown in," Rose continued.
Chloe laughed. The Doctor gave a wink and a smile.
"Do you want to see him?" the Doctor asked Rose and Chloe.
"How do you mean, in concert?" Rose replied.
"What else is the TARDIS for? I can take you to the battle of Trafalgar, the first antigravity Olympics, Caesar crossing the Rubicon or Ian Dury at the Top Rank, Sheffield, England, Earth, 21st November 1979, what do you think?"
"I think somebody doesn't want to admit he's a punk and is avoiding the previous statement about one being a punk," Chloe spoke with a huge grin on her face. The Doctor gave Chloe a single look, half a warning, half a smile.
"Sheffield it is," Rose said
"Hold on tight," the Doctor replied.
The TARDIS lurched forward causing all three to fall onto the controls. Chloe dashed around to the controls. The Doctor grabbed a rather large hammer and began thumping away at the controls just as the words 'hit me with your rhythm stick,' sang through the TARDIS.
"," the Doctor shouted. They, all three, hit the floor. The three began to laugh. The Doctor was quick to jump up.
"1979. Hell of a year, china invades Vietnam. The Muppet movie, love that film. Margret Thatcher. Skylab falls to Earth with a little help from me."
"And me!" Chloe added.
"Ok, ok," the Doctor said grabbing his coat. "With the help of me AND Chloe. You know it nearly took off my thumb. I like my thumb. I need my thumb. I'm very attached to my...thumb," the Doctor paused as them stepped outside causing Chloe to stop looking at him and start to look forward. She gulped. Men on horse back with guns pointed straight at the three related people and stood in front of them. They wore red suits with small amounts of black and tartan. The three raised here hands in surrender.
"1879," he spoke. "Same difference," he shrugged.
"You will explain your presence and the nakedness of this girl," a Scottish accent spoke. Chloe frowned and then realised he was speaking about her mum.
"Are we in Scotland?" the Doctor spoke a Scottish accent rounding his words.
'Do you have to do that?' Chloe spoke telepathically to her father.
'Come on how often do I get to practise my Scottish accent. And when did you become telepathic?'
'I have no idea! Oh my god! this is cool!'
"How can you be ignorant of that?" the man asked on horseback, gun still raised.
"I'm dazed and confused."
"Aye, he's been ill of late kind sir," Chloe said with a Scottish accent. The Doctor looked at their daughter.
'If you get a Scottish accent, so do I.'
'Fair enough, I didn't know you could do it' the Doctor replied telepathically.
"Aye, i'm weary from chasing this wee naked child over hill and over dale. Isn't that right, your timorous beastie?" the Doctor spoke turning to Rose.
"Och , aye. I've been 'oot' and 'aboot'," Rose said in a very unrealistic Scottish accent.
"No, don't do that?" the Doctor whispered in his normal voice.
"Hoots, mons?" Rose added.
"No really don't. Really," the Doctor spoke. Rose looked at Chloe, who shook her head.
"Will you identify yourself, sir?"
"I'm Doctor James McCrimmon from the Township of Balamory," the Doctor spoke. Chloe almost burst out laughing then.
"This is my daughter Chloe McCrimmon. I have our credentials if I may," the Doctor spoke reaching into his pocket. He pulled out his psychic paper. "As you can see a Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. I trained under Doctor bell himself."
"Let them approach," said a woman's voice. A posh English accent. Chloe only then noticed a drawn carriage.
"I don't think that's wise ma'am?" the man on horse back replied.
"Let them approach," the voice repeated.
"You will approach the carriage and show all due defence." The Doctor gave the man a one fingered salute. Chloe followed him as he headed towards the carriage.
A man opened the door and sat inside.
"Rose, Chloe, may I introduce Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Empress of India and Defender of the Faith."
"Rose Tyler Ma'am," Rose spoke introducing herself. "And my apologies for being so naked."
"Chloe McCrimmon, ma'am. It's such a leasure to meet you." she introduced along with a small curtsey.
"I've had five daughters, it means nothing to me. But you Doctor, show me these credentials."
The Doctor handed her the psychic paper.
"Why didn't you say so immediately? It clearly states here that you have been appointed by the Lord Provost as my protector."
"Does it?" the Doctor said slightly confused. "Yes it does. Good, good. Erm then let me ask you , why is your majesty travelling by road when there's a train all the way to Aberdeen?" the Doctor spoke.
"A tree on the line," she replied.
Chloe frowned puzzled.
"I am the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Everything around me tends to be planned."
"An assassination attempt?" the doctor asked.
"What seriously? There's people out there trying to kill you?" Rose asked.
"I'm quite use to starring down the barrel of a gun," the Queen spoke.
"Sir Robert MacLeish lives about 10 miles hence," the man on horseback spoke. Chloe turned to look at him. "We've sent word ahead. He'll shelter us for tonight and then we'll reach Balmoral tomorrow."
"This Doctor, his daughter and his timorous beastie will come with us," the Queen spoke.
"Yes Ma'am," the man spoke. "We'd better get moving it's almost night fall."
"Indeed and there are stories of wolves in these parts. Fanciful tales intended to scare children," the Queen looked at Chloe. Chloe raised and eyebrow and smiled. "Good for the blood," the queen added. "Drive on," she spoke. The carriage began to move.
"Hey hang on a minute," Chloe spoke. The Doctor grabbed her arm.
"Aren't we going in the carriage," she asked her father who was still holding her arm.
"We weren't asked to," the Doctor spoke.
"But it's TEN miles."
"Come on," the Doctor spoke beginning to work behind the carriage with Rose.
"TEN MILES!" Chloe shouted still standing still. She let out a sigh then hurried to catch up with her father.
'Ten miles,' she said telepathically to her father.
'Correction just under ten now we've started walking. Now get out of my head.'
"It's funny," Rose spoke oblivious to their conversation. "they say assassination, you just think of Kennedy and stuff, not her."
"six," Chloe spoke.
"Correct," the Doctor said.
"Yeah." Rose said.
"1879, she's had six attempts on her life already. And I'll tell you something else, we just met Queen Victoria," the Doctor spoke with every bit of excitement of a schoolboy.
"I know!" Rose replied.
"What a laugh!"
"But you promised Ian Dury," Chloe stated.
"You barely know who he is," the Doctor replied. Chloe shrugged with a smile.
"She was just sitting there," Rose added.
"Like a stamp," the Doctor replied.
"I want her to say, 'we are not amused,' I bet you five quid I can make her say it."
"Anyone can get anyone to say it," Chloe stated.
"Smart aleck," Rose said to Chloe, who in return smiled.
"10 and I'm in," Chloe spoke.
"Well if I gambled on that, it would be an abuse of my privilege as a traveller in time and the same goes for you too Chloe."
"Twenty?" Rose added.
"Done," said the Doctor.
"Ten miles," Chloe stated again after a short pause.
"Yes we know," the Doctor replied.
"It's so unfair. My legs are shorter then yours. I have to take at least two to every ones of yours, that doubles the amount of work I have to do..."
"Oh stop your whining," the Doctor said laughing. Chloe ran a couple of steps to catch up.
She sighed and settled into a pace. It was going to be a long journey.
"Fancy," Chloe commentated as they entered the courtyard of the building.
'Best Behaviour Chloe,' the Doctor spoke telepathically.
'Yes sir,' she replied.
They watched as the Queen elegantly stepped out of the carriage. A dark haired man strolled over to her and bowed.
"your Majesty," he said in a Scottish brogue.
"Sir Robert," she replied "my apologies for the emergency and how is lady Isobel?"
"She's indisposed, I'm afraid. She's gone to Edinburgh for the season and she's taken the cook with her, the kitchens are barely stocked. I wouldn't blame you your majesty if you wanted to ride on."
'I think someone doesn't want the queen here,' Chloe thought.
'Chloe,' the Doctor warned in his mind.
'What I didn't SAY anything.'
The Doctor turned to look at her. Chloe quickly snapped her head away from him to return her focus to the queen and Sir Robert.
"Not at all I've had quite enough carriage exercise," the Queen replied to Sir Roberts suggestion.
'Yeah, and I've had enough plain old exercise,' Chloe thought and then felt the Doctor holding her arm. A much louder warning then before. She gulped slightly.
"This is charming," the queen noted about the place. "If not rustic. It's my first visit to this house. My late husband spoke of it often, the Torchwood Estate. Now shall we go inside? Please excuse the naked girl."
"Sorry," Rose said.
"She's a feral child," the Doctor said imitating Sir Roberts accent. His arm let go of Chloe and his hands where placed in his pockets. "I bought her for sixpence in old London Town. It was her or the elephant man, so..."
"Thinks he's funny, but I am not amused. What do you think, ma'am?"
"It hardly matters. Shall we proceed?"
Chloe giggled at her mum again. The Doctor joined in, but not enough to be noticed as the Queen went into the house.
"So close," Rose said.
"Yeah mum, sooo close," Chloe stated.
"Mackeson and Ramsay you will escort the property. Hurry up," order one of the soldiers. Chloe watched as two armed men went to the carriage and collected a small locked wooden box.
"So what was in there then?" the Doctor spoke.
"Property of the crown. You will dismiss any further thoughts, sir."
"Ten pounds says I can guess what it is," Chloe whispered to the her parents in her usual accent.
"Chloe this betting's not doing any good for you," the Doctor grinned.
Chloe shrugged and followed them into the house.
They walked down a few hallways, Chloe a few steps behind her father and Mother. She admired the craftsmanship of the house, although a cold breath seemed to reach through the walls causing her to shiver slightly. She didn't know where they were going, she just knew to follow, and so she did. Eventually they reached a room that seemed to open widely and there she was presented with an enormous telescope.
"This must be the famous indever," the Queen spoke.
"All my father's work, built by hand in his final years. It become something of an obsession. He spent his money on this rather then caring for himself or the house," spoke Sir Robert.
"I wish I had met him. I like him," the Doctor replied. "That thing's beautiful can i..."
"Help yourself," replied Sir Robert.
Chloe was forward like a shot before her Dad could even get there.
"I'm sorry about her. Inquisitive mind," the Doctor spoke.
"Like her father then," Sir Robert replied.
"What did he model it on?" the Doctor asked.
"I know nothing about it. To be honest most of us thought him a little eccentric."
Chloe frowned as she looked up through the great telescope and turned to her father. He frowned back and then did the same as she had done.
"I wish now I had spent more time with him and listened to his stories."
"Mum could have done much better then that," Chloe stated as her father stood up.
"It is a bit rubbish," the Doctor spoke. "How many prisms has it got?" the Doctor spoke.
"Way to many," Chloe replied still mimicking her fathers Scottish accent. "You couldn't the sun with that thing."
"Aye, the magnification's gone right over the top. That's a kind of stupid..."
He stopped and leant forward to Rose. He dropped the accent and spoke quietly.
"Am I being rude again?"
"Yep," she replied. "Your turning into Chloe."
"Oi! Mum, I'm right here!" Chloe hissed. The Doctor ruffled her hair.
"It's pretty, it's very pretty."
"And the imagination should be applauded," the Queen spoke.
"I thought you might disprove Your Majesty. Stargazing. Isn't that a bit fanciful. You could easily not be amused, or something. No?"
Chloe rolled her eyes at her mum's latest attempt. The Doctor rubbed a single eye with a grin on his face as he shook his head. He was as 'amused' as Chloe with Rose's latest attempt.
"This device surveys the infinite work of God. What could be finer?" was the Queens reply. "Sir Roberts father was an example to us all. A polymath, steeped in astronomy and the sciences yet equally well versed in folklore and fairytales."
"Stars and magic. I like him more and more," the Doctor commented.
"Oh my late husband enjoyed his company. Prince Albert himself was acquainted with many rural superstitions, coming as he did from Saxe-Comburg."
"Bavourie," the Doctor whispered to Rose.
"When Albert was told about your local wolf, he was transported."
"So what's this wolf then?" the Doctor enquired.
"It's just a story," Sir Robert spoke.
"Then tell it," the Doctor replied.
"It's said that..."
"Excuse me," interrupted one of the butlers. A bold man with a smart suite on. Come to think of it Chloe realised all of the butlers seemed to be bold. She shrugged and consider it to be the matter that maybe that's how they where suppose to look. Clean and tidy. Unlike her fathers own hair.
"Perhaps her majesties party could repair to their room. It's almost dark," the man spoke. Chloe scrunched her nose annoyed she wasn't going to here the story. Or at least not yet. It had seemed rather interesting. She had already gotten bored with the telescope.
"yes of course," Sir Robert replied.
"And then supper," the Queen added. "And could we find some clothes for Miss Tyler?"
"I'm tired of nakedness," the queen added.
"It's not amusing is it?" Rose tried again. The Queen turned ignoring her. Chloe grinned even bigger, as did the Doctor
"Stop it," the Doctor mouthed to Rose.
"Sir Robert, your wife must have left some clothes. See to it. We shall dine at severn and talk some more of this wolf. After all there is a full moon tonight," the Queen spoke.
"So there is ma'am," Sir Robert replied. He bowed as he watched the guest leave.
'yes,' Chloe thought.
'Your liking the story then.'
'More interesting then that old telescope I could have built it when I was three. And better then that old thing,' Chloe replied telepathically to her father.
The butlers escorted Rose, the Doctor and Chloe out of the room. Rose was taken to get some clothes and Chloe and the Doctor where taken to a room so they could get settled. The Doctor closed the door. Chloe smiled and dashed for the bed. she jumped up bouncing on it.
"Oi! No bouncing on the bed," the Doctor spoke.
"You sound so, (pause) not you" Chloe replied landing jumping over to the edge where the Doctor was now sat. She sat next to him. the doctor smiled at Chloe, and Chloe smiled back.
"So what do you think of this place?" the Doctor asked.
"It's...interesting," Chloe spoke. "It's unusual. There's something odd about it."
"I agree with you there," the Doctor replied looking around the room.
"And that telescope was...just wrong. I mean it should have been better."
"I agree with that too," the Doctor replied again.
The two sat their looking at each other.
"Are you ok with everything?" her father suddenly asked. Chloe looked puzzled at him. "You know with everything. I was so preoccupied with trying to get you to come along."
Chloe dipped her eyes to her hands. She rubbed them together, admiring the tiny lines on them. "I'm fine, it's part of our life now."
"You can still be upset about it," the Doctor spoke seriously. His eyes watched her slightly concerned. Chloe looked up.
"It's strange, I thought it would be harder then this. But it's so natural. I look at you and your still my dad. I always thought that maybe I wouldn't recognise you. I thought maybe I would forget that you where my dad because you weren't there to see me grow up, same for mum. But not for a moment have I looked at you and regretted it. It's like a natural instinct. Something deep inside me that never lets me think that you are wrong or anything." She placed her hand on the side of his face. The Doctor smiled gently. "Your my dad, and I know it. You may be different. Your eyes, your...sideburns," the two laughed slightly. The Doctor lifted his hand to his daughters face. An unspoken bond between the two was felt. They both smiled at one another.
"Anyway we better get going," the Doctor spoke. "Or we'll be late for supper."
"Can't be late for supper," Chloe said bounding to the door.
The Doctor took his daughter's hand and the two walked downstairs.
"We're looking for the dining room," the Doctor asked another bolded butler.
"This way sir," the man spoke and they followed him down the hall. The two arrived a minute or so before seven. Sir Robert was the only one present. Just as Chloe went to say something the queen arrived. Sir Robert stood up straighter and bowed slightly. The Doctor did the same. They all sat at the table. The Doctor crossed his arms and leant on the table.
"Wonder where Mum is?" Chloe said to her father. The Doctor shrugged his shoulders.
Soon some butlers entered the room with bowls of soup. One placed a bowl in front of Chloe. Chloe scrunched her nose at the green substance.
'Looks like something Mr. Hammond sneezed up,' she thought to her father.
'Now don't be rude Chloe.'
Chloe sniffed slightly and then picked up a spoon. She began to eat the soup not concentrating on the taste. She still didn't get this whole eating thing. Her father seemed to enjoy it, but Chloe just felt it a waste of time. Before long Chloe hit the bottom of her bowl and she was glad of it.
The Doctor having already finished turned to one of the butlers.
"Would you be so kind to find where my wife Rose is?" he asked. The butler nodded and excited the room. The door opened again with more food. This time a roasted pork joint. Chloe once again scrunched up her nose.
"Not hungry weeurn?" the Captain asked as Chloe placed a small piece of meat on her plate.
"I'm tired from the travelling," Chloe spoke with a smile.
"Aye, understandable," the Captain replied. "So where do you study?" he asked.
"I teach at her school," the Doctor replied.
"You find time?"
"I wouldnee have it any other way. Education is very important."
"Indeed," spoke the Queen.
Soon the pork was finished (Chloe still had most of hers on her plate.) The Butler arrived with news.
"She begs her apology Doctor. Her clothing has somewhat delayed her. "
'Typical Mum,' Chloe said to her father in her head.
"Oh, that's alright. Save her a wee bit of ham," he replied to the butler.
"The feral child could probably eat it raw," the Queen joked. Suddenly someone began laughing loudly and some what uncontrollable. Chloe turned to the Captain from whom the nose was coming from.
"Very wise ma'am. Very witty."
"Slightly witty, perhaps," she replied. "I know you rarely get to dine with me Captain, but don't get too excited."
"I shall contain my wit in case I do you a further injury," she added.
"Yes ma'am, sorry ma'am."
"Besides we're all waiting on Sir Robert. Come sir. You promised us a tale of nightmares."
"Indeed," replied Queen Victoria.
"I am wary as to tell it in front of a child."
Chloe frowned wondering who it was.
"Ohhh," she said allowed.
"Oh don't mind her. It'll do her good," the Doctor replied.
"Since my husbands death I find myself with more of a taste for supernatural fiction," she spoke.
"You must miss him," the Doctor sadly spoke.
"Very much," she replied after a short pause. "Oh completely. And that's a charm of a ghost story isn't it? Not the scares and chills, that's for children." Chloe frowned again. "But the hope of contact with the great beyond. We all want some message from that place. It's the creators greatest mystery that we're allowed no such consolidation. The dead stay silent, and we must wait." She paused for a moment looking sad.
'I did miss my family a lot back then,' Chloe thought as the Queen spoke. The Doctor turned to his daughter. He must of heard her. Chloe felt the Doctor's hand on hers and she smiled.
Suddenly the Queens attitude changed.
"Come, begin your tale Sir Robert. There's a chill in the air. The wind is howling through the eaves. Tell us of monsters."
Chloe grinned at the prostpect of the story. She sat forward more, ears pricked up. The Doctor smiled at his daughter. Glad she was happy again. The small moment of pain slipping back into the background to be just an ache.
"The story goes back 300 years," Sir Robert began. "Every full moon the howling rings through the valleys. Next morning live stock is found ripped apart and devoured."
"Oh tales like this disguise the work of thieves," the Captain spoke. "Steal the sheep blame a wolf, simple as that."
"But sometimes a child goes missing. Once in a generation a boy will vanishes from his homestead."
"Are there descriptions of this creature?" the Doctor asked.
"Oh yes Doctor," Sir Robert replied. "Drawings and wood carvings." Chloe's hearts thundered in her chest. She was excited. Myths always had some truth behind them, somewhere. "And it's not merely a wolf, it's more then that. This is a man who becomes and animal. "
"A werewolf," the Doctor said leaning forward on the table with eyes as bright an excited as ever.
Sir Robert nodded. "My father didn't treat it as a story. He said it was fact. He even to have claimed to have communed with the beast, to have learnt it's purpose. I should have listened."
"Why?" Chloe asked.
"His work was hindered, he had enemies."
The Doctor tapped Chloe's arms and she followed his gaze to one of the butlers who had moved. He was moving towards the window slowly. "
There's a monastery in the Glen of St Catherine. The brethren opposed my father's investigation." The butler began to chant, but some of the people in the room didn't seem to notice.
"Perhaps they felt his work was ungodly," the Queen spoke.
"That's what I thought. But now I wonder.
"Latin," Chloe whispered.
"What if they had a different reason for wanting the story kept quiet? What if they turned from God and worshipped the wolf?"
'The final piece of the puzzle' Chloe thought. The Doctor sat upright. "And what if they where with us right now?" he spoke.
Suddenly the Captain sprang from the chair, presenting a hand gun, pointing it at the butlers head.
"Rose," the Doctor said.
Chloe's mind flew into action, her father set out a chain of reactions. She remembered what the same man had said. He must have her.
Suddenly Sir Robert did something rather unexpected. He stepped infront of the gun to block the clear show the Captain had.
"What is the meaning of this?" the Queen asked.
"Explain yourself sir," the Captain added.
"I'm sorry your majesty they've got my wife," Sir Robert spoke his tone quite calm. Chloe realised his need to protect the man in order to get the safe return of his wife.
"Rose," shouted the Doctor much louder. "Rose, Where is she?" All was in vein as the man kept chanting.
"Sir Robert come on," the Doctor spoke. Chloe saw him think for a moment. Was he going to risk his chances with this man in the hope he might save his wife or protect the man set out to kill her. He chose the Doctor.
Chloe's hearts began to race. She couldn't but help the slight creasing of her lips into a smile at the anticipation of a new adventure.
'What are you smiling at?' the Doctor asked telepathically.
'Nothing,' Chloe replied with a twinkle in her eye, one that did not go unnoticed by her father, for it was the twinkle that he knew all to well in his own eye, the same he gets. The Doctor looked at her, his lips creasing. She grinned back. He stretched out his hand and wiggled his fingers for her to take his hand. She did. They dashed out the door quickly with Sir Robert in pursuit.
"Where have they got them?" the Doctor asked.
"I think, I think in the basement."
"Show me," the Doctor said. Sir Robert took the lead as they ran down the darkened hallways. They turned another corner and down a stair well. The Doctors hand had slipped from Chloe's and he looked back to make sure she was keeping up. She gave him a nodded and a smile.
"In there," Sir Robert said pointing ahead. A large wooden door stood ahead. The Doctor ran up to him giving it a shove. He stood back then gave it a kick with the sole of his trainers. The door flew down and they ran into the room. A group of women were gathered around, extremely distressed. And then there was Rose.
"Where the hell have you two been?" she asked. Chloe shrugged and smiled. Then she heard a noise which caused her to turn around.
"Wow," Chloe said grinning from ear to ear. The beautiful creature that stood before her. It was caged in.
"Oh, that's beautiful," the Doctor said.
"Okay so that's werewolf off my list," Chloe spoke. Suddenly the beast began to stretch himself out. The bars buckled around him as he began to break free of the cage.
"Isobel," screamed Sir Robert. Chloe turned to see him grabbing a woman and leading her towards the door. The other woman began dashing out in panic.
"I don't think we should stay here much longer," Chloe said, her face watching the creature.
"Get out," shouted the Doctor turning to the fleeing people. "Come on. Out! Out! Out!"
Chloe stood there in total awe. Before e pushed Rose out the door, he gave her a full on snog. The Doctor turned to see his daughter watching as the creature rose up. He too couldn't help but watch for a moment, but then he realised the danger. He rushed forward and grabbed Chloe around the waste, picking her up slightly and running towards the door. He gently let go when he was there and shoved her forward. He pulled the sonic screw driver from his pocked and bolted the door.
"RUN!" he shouted so she did.
Chloe dashed away with the Doctor. They caught up with the others and found themselves in a small room.
"Weapons," Sir Robert shouted grabbing guns. He began to pass them to the men.
"Lady Isobel, take the girls! Get them out through the kitchen," he spoke.
'Sexiest,' Chloe thought.
'Chloe not the time,' the Doctor replied in his mind.
'I'm staying with you,' she thought sternly.
'Okay, but do everything I say.'
'Don't I always,' she grinned. The Doctor began to loosen people's chains with the sonic screwdriver. He went to Rose and lifted her hand. Chloe looked over her shoulder to where Sir Robert and Lady Isobel where. They said there goodbyes and shared a kiss. Chloe wondered if the two would ever see each other again. She hoped they would. But things didn't always turn out the way she hoped.
"All of you at my side! Come on!" Lady Isobel shouted to the woman. Chloe stood firmly and loyally by her fathers side, watching them race.
"Could be any form of light-modulating species triggered by specific wavelengths."
"So that narrows it down to oh a few million," Chloe replied to her father. The Doctor nodded.
"Did it say what it wanted?" the Doctor asked Rose.
"The Queen, the Crown, the Throne."
"Not much then," Chloe said.
"Not now Chloe," the Doctor scolded.
A loud crash sounded through the door. Chloe drew her ears back to listen. Her face become one of utter seriousness. It was coming, and it was strong. The Doctor ran forward to where the noise was coming. Chloe was at his heal with Rose not far behind. The Doctor went through a doorframe with Chloe just behind. Rose stopped and waited for them. Chloe looked to her right. Then her left. He father was stock still looking straight down the hallway. Chloe straightened up as she saw the beast towering high. It almost had to crouch in the hallways. And for a moment there was utter stillness. All three where still. Then it made a small growl. Chloe shivered with fear and before she moved she felt the Doctor shoving her towards the door. Chloe began running, the Doctor grabbed Rose's hand. Chloe was ahead and ran back into the room.
"It's coming," she shouted. Chloe only just noticed the marks men lined up, just in time to not collide with them. She got behind there lines.
"Fire," shouted a man as the werewolf entered the room. It stopped as the bullets hit it. Then a second and third round. It then dashed back into the hallway.
"All right you men we should retreat upstairs. Come with me," the Doctor spoke. Chloe couldn't believe it. She actually felt scared. Chloe-scared. She shook it off trying to be brave.
"I'll not retreat. The battle's done. There's no creature on God's earth could survive such an assault."
'Exactly,' thought Chloe, meaning this was not a creature from Earth.
"I'm telling you come upstairs," the Doctor shouted as the man took the men towards the hallway where the creature had ran.
"And I'm telling you sir, I will sleep well tonight with that thing's hide upon my wall."
'Not the best wall decoration,' thought Chloe. She shook her head to get ride of the stupid thought. He looked out into the hallway to see where it had gone.
"It must have crawled away to die," he said smugly. Chloe's eyes went wide as something leant down from the ceiling and picked up him. A scream could be heard.
"There's nothing we could do," the Doctor said, small amount of anger in his voice. He began to run. He pushed Rose towards another exit. Chloe followed with Sir Robert. Chloe stopped once they were there.
"The men," she said. The Doctor turned to look at her. Then she heard screams. The Doctor looked at her stretching out a hand. She ran towards him and took it.
They ran along many hallways, which all looked the same to Chloe.
Soon they went through the door.
"You majesty," Chloe could here Sir Robert calling for her. "Your majesty." then she appeared from the top of the staircase. The Doctor locked the door behind them.
"Sir Robert, what's happening I heard such terrible noises," she spoke coming down the stairs.
"Your majesty we have to get out. But what of Father Angelo, is he still here?"
"Captain Renolds disposed of him," she spoke.
"The front doors no good. It's been bordered shut," the Doctor said returning.
"Great, when did you go?" Chloe asked.
"You need to pay more attention Chloe," he said with a grin and tapped her on the nose with his sonic screwdriver.
"Pardon me your Majesty you'll have to leg it out of a window," he said with a nod of his head. The Doctor raised his arms to direct them.
The Queen excited first followed by Sir Robert and Rose.
"Always be by my side Chloe," the Doctor said with a grin.
"Forever," she replied.
"Excuse my manners, ma'am, but I shall go first, the better to assist Her Majesty's egress"
"A noble sentiment, my Sir Walter Raleigh."
Chloe scrumpled her nose.
"Yeah any chance you could hurry up," the Doctor spoke
'Thanks,' Chloe said telepathically.
'No problem,' replied the Doctor.
Sir Robert went to the window and leant forward, he pushed it open but quickly ducked. Chloe ducked as the others did. Three shots where fired at the window. The Doctor, still crouching, approached the window.
"I reckon the monkey-boys want us to stay inside," he spoke.
"Do they know who I am?" the Queen spoke.
"Yeah, that's why they want you," Rose said. "The wolf has lined you up for a biting," she added.
"Now stop this talk, there can't actually be a wolf."
Suddenly a howl echoed through the room. Everyone turned to look where is had come from. Chloe felt herself jump. Her hearts began to race.
The Doctor was up like a shot and out the room back to where he had locked the door. The others followed. The door began to shattered as something bashed into it. Chloe was pretty sure she knew exactly what it was.
"What do we do?" Rose asked.
"Is that it?" Rose asked.
"You got any silver bullets, mum?" Chloe asked.
"There we are then, we run."
The Doctor turned to the Queen. "Your majesty, as a doctor, I recommended a vigorous jog good for the health." he began jogging on the spot. Chloe lifted and eyebrow at him. She then turned towards the stairs. She being the closest took the lead and began running up the spiralling staircase, followed by her mother. She quickly looked behind to check the others where close behind. The Doctor was helping the Queen up the stairs.
'Very kind of you,' she spoke telepathically.
'Maybe I'll get a Knighthood. Sir Doctor."
Chloe giggled ahead.
"What she laughing at?" Rose spoke panting.
"It's Chloe," the Doctor said as an answer. Chloe reached the top and watched as the others where close behind. She leant over to see the wolf climbing the stairs.
"Come on, come on," the Doctor shouted to the others. He then tugged at Chloe's arm. They began to run down another corridor. Then another. The Doctor and Chloe where at the tail of them. Chloe dared to glance around as they turned a corner, but that was her big mistake. She lost her foot and fell flat on the ground. She turned over as the werewolf heading straight forward, so close she didn't have time to get up. She was powerless. Her hearts pounded in fear it would be there last beats. She closed her eyes. She felt herself being pulled, but it wasn't like she had expected. No sharp claws. Just her arms being dragged along the ground, then being pulled to her feet. Her Dad looked into her eyes, checking she was alright. She could see the fear in his eyes, the idea he had almost lost her. But then they where running with the werewolf getting closer. Suddenly Chloe felt something very close. She turned and right on their shoulders was the creature. A shot rang though her ears. The beast seemed to stop and retreat. Chloe took a moment to realise that the Captain had taken the shot.
"I'll take this position and hold it," he spoke. "Keep moving," he shouted. He began to reload his gun. "Your majesty I went to look for your property and it had been taken," he spoke. "The chest was empty."
"I have it. It is safe," she replied.
"Then remove yourself ma'am," he added. "Doctor you stand as Her Majesty's protector. And you Sir Robert are a traitor to the crown."
"Bullets can't stop it," the Doctor spoke.
"It'll buy you time. Now run," he replied. Chloe began to jog, then run with the others around her. Sir Robert led them into a room. Chloe stood looking around. Chloe could here the Captain screaming. She turned to see her Mum standing, watching in shock, in the hallway. The Doctor ran out and grabbed her, pulling her inside the room.
"Barricade the door," the Doctor ordered. Chloe grabbed for anything, as small table to hold the door. The others helped.
"Wait a minute, shhh, shh, wait," the Doctor said. The room fell silent. The wolf howled.
"It's stopped," the Doctor spoke quietly. The Doctor stood on a chair and placed his ear to the wall, listening, and listening.
"It's gone," he said quietly.
"Listen," said Rose. They listened as the beast stomped around the hallways around the room.
"Is this the only door?" the Doctor whispered.
"Yes," Sir Robert replied causing a small amount of relief to Chloe.
"No," he suddenly said and dashed towards a wall. He and the Doctor began barricading that as well.
"Shh," Rose quietened the room again. Chloe flinched at the snarls. She then calmed herself and listened as the creature made more noises. Slowly they got quieter. The creature was retreating.
"I don't understand. What's stopping it?"
'She was right' thought Chloe, why didn't it break through the doors like all the others?
"Something inside this room," the Doctor spoke as he began to wonder around the room.
"What is it why can't it get in?" the Doctor said looking around.
"I tell you what though," Rose said. The Doctor and Chloe looked at her puzzled.
"What?" they asked.
"Werewolf," she replied with a grin.
"I know!" replied the Doctor with excitement. They hugged, the Chloe flopped to the floor putting her face in her hands.
"Are you alright?" the Doctor asked worried. He walked over a crouched down next to their daughter placing a hand on her shoulder.
"Fine," she said.
"Am too," she replied looking at him. He just looked at her.
"Okay, it just…"
"Shh," she said to him raising a hand to her lips. The Doctor's face was very real.
"I thought I almost lost you. It's alright to be scared," he said placing a hand on her head. She flopped down onto the floor exhausted. He was concerned but knew she was going to be okay. He stood his eyes never leaving his daughter as she starred at the ceiling.
"I'm sorry ma'am," Sir Robert spoke. "It's all my fault. I should have sent you away. I tried to suggest something was wrong. I thought you might notice. Did you think there was nothing strange about my household staff?"
"They were bold athletic, your wife was always, I thought you were just happy," the Doctor spoke. Chloe raised an eyebrow from her position laid on the floor.
"I'll tell you what though ma'am," Rose began. "I bet your not amused."
"Do you think this funny?" the Queen replied.
"No ma'am, I'm sorry."
"What exactly, I pray, someone, please, tell me, what exactly is that creature?"
"You'd call it a werewolf, but technically its more of a lupine-wavelength haemovariaform," the Doctor said scratching his head.
"And should I trust you, sir and your daughter? You change your voices so easily. What happened to your accent?"
"Oh right, sorry…that!"
"When did we loose our accent?" she thought allowed. Chloe looked up at the Doctor he shrugged.
"I'll not have it. No sir, not you, not that thing, none of it. This is not my world."
Silence filled the room. The Queen sat down as everyone stood silently. A few minutes passed and the Doctor began to wonder around the room.
"Are you going to get up now?" he asked Chloe crouching down.
"No," she replied quiet clearly. The Doctor frowned at her.
"I'm quite happy here," she said starring at the ceiling. The Doctor shrugged and stood up. The continued his wondering. Chloe watched out the corner of her eye as he approached a wall and ran his hand over the carving.
"Mistletoe," he spoke.
"Sir Robert, did you father put that there?"
"I don't know, I suppose." he replied.
"And on the other door too," the Doctor spoke. "Thought a carving wouldn't be enough." Chloe watched his face full of thought.
"I wonder," he said standing up on the chair again. Then he did something rather unexpected. He licked the wall. Chloe scrunched up her nose, still laid on the floor. The Doctor jumped down from the chair.
"Chloe come here," he said wiggling his fingers while not turning around.
"What?" she asked sitting up on her elbows.
"Taste this," he said.
"I am not licking a wall," she replied leaning back door.
"Come here," he said more sternly
Chloe felt to an extent this was his way of being her funny old dad.
"Lick it," he said holding her to the wall.
"I refuse to lick a wall," she said.
"This is scientific, you'll learn a lot."
"Oh for crying out load," she said an licked the wall. She shook her head at the taste then wiped her tongue on the sleeve of her jacket.
"But what is it?" he asked.
Chloe sniffed as she thought.
"Viscum album, the oil of mistletoe."
"Correctumondo!" the Doctor pronounced. "It's been worked into the wood like a varnish. How clever was your Dad? I love him!"
"Much better then my dad. My dad makes me lick a wall!"
"Shh or I'll make you lick it again. Maybe this is some sort of ultimate punishment," the Doctor spoke the second part as if speaking to no one but himself. He shook his head coming back to the room.
"Powerful stuff mistletoe, bursting with lectins and viscotoxins."
"And the wolfs allergic to it," Rose asked.
"or it thinks it is. The monky-monk-monks need a way of controlling the wolf. Maybe they trained it to react against certain things."
"Nevertheless, that creature won't give up Doctor, and we still don't possess an actual weapon," Sir Robert spoke.
"Oh your father got all the brains," the Doctor spoke, slightly sneering in annoyance.
"Being rude again," Rose spoke.
"I was about to say the same thing, Mum," Chloe said defending her father.
"You're a bit rude," Rose said.
"True, mum." Chloe grinned.
"I mean that one," the Doctor spoke. "You want weapons? We're in a library. Books! Best weapons in the world. This rooms the greatest arsenal we could have," he added placing a pair of thick, black rimmed glasses on himself.
"Arm yourself," he said tossing the books at the people in the room. Chloe caught one and sighed.
"Homework," she spoke.
Chloe picked up a book and flicked through it then grabbed another one. In that time the Doctor had read three while the others where left flicking much slower.
"Your reading really is bad," the Doctor said quietly to Chloe. "You need to read more. This will do you good." he chucked her another couple of books. She read through the two books. "Much better," he spoke grinning at his daughter.
Chloe kept reading trying to pick out anything that made sense.
"Look up biology and zoology. There might be something on wolves," Rose thought. Chloe grabbed another book on zoology.
"What about this then?" the Doctor said looking at the book in Chloe's hands. "A whole book on mistletoe," he said.
"And rather boring too," she said handing it to him to read.
"The application of gunpowder," Sir Robert spoke. "if we could build some sort of explosive," he began.
"Hmm that's the sort of thing," the Doctor spoke. Chloe picked up another book.
"The history of dressing gowns, not sure that's fitting," she said putting it down.
"Ohh," said the Doctor holding something. Chloe looked up from her latest read. She followed him as he placed a book on the table.
"Look what your old dad found, hun. Something fell to earth," he spoke as they all admired the drawing.
"A spaceship?" Rose asked.
"No mum, looks more like a shooting star," Chloe said pointing to the image.
"In the year of our Lord 1540, under the reign of King James the V, and almighty fire did burn in the pit," Sir Robert read. "That's the Glen of Saint Catherine, just by the monastery."
"But that's over three hundred years ago." Rose said.
"Maybe just a single cell survived," the Doctor spoke. Chloe grinned realising what he was saying.
"Adapting slowly down the generations, it survived through the humans host after host after host."
"But why does it want the throne?" asked Sir Robert.
"That's what it wants, it said so. The Empire of the Wolf," Rose stated.
"World Domination," Chloe stated.
"Imagine it. The Victorian Age accelerated. Star ships and missiles fuelled by coal and driven by steam, leaving history devastated in it's wake."
"Sir Robert," the Queen broke her silence. "If I am to die here…"
"Don't say that Your Majesty."
"I would rather destroy myself then let that creature infect me. But that's no matter. I ask only that you find some place of safekeeping for something far older and more precious than myself."
"Hardly the time to worry about your valuables," the Doctor said looking up from the map.
"Thank you for your opinion but there is nothing more valuable than this," she spoke. Chloe frowned as the Queen reached into her handbag. What could be the most valuable thing on earth? And there is was. In all it glory and perfection.
"Oh You Majesty," said Sir Robert.
"That's the Koh-I-noor!" said Rose.
"Oh yes," the Doctor replied, while Chloe could only reply with a nod. The three walked closer to get a closer look.
"The greatest diamond in the world," the Doctor spoke.
"Given to me as the spoils of war. Perhaps its legend is now coming true. It is said that whoever owns it must surely die," she spoke.
"Well that's true of anything if you wait long enough," the Doctor replied.
'I thought that, that legend only applied to me and actually brought fortune to the woman.'
'A legends a legend,' the Doctor replied to Chloe's thought.
'But legends usually have an air of truth. Look at big foot.'
The Doctor looked at Chloe with a grin.
"Can I?" asked the Doctor stretching out a hand to suggest he wanted to hold it. She was reluctant at first but then gave over the diamond.
"That is so beautiful," the Doctor spoke.
"Like perfection," Chloe stated.
"How much is it worth?"
"They say the wages of the entire planet for a whole week," the Doctor said.
"Good job my mums not here, she'd be fighting off the wolf bare hands for that thing," Rose spoke.
'Ah Grandma,' Chloe thought. 'One of few woman to hit my father.'
"And she'd win," the Doctor spoke.
"Where is the wolf?" Sir Robert asked unsettled by how quiet the creature had been for some time.
"I don' trust this silence," he spoke. Chloe rolled her eyes knowing exactly what he meant without that line. Why did people always speak the obvious? Unfortunately Chloe didn't get the concept that people did not make links as easily as she did.
"Why do you travel with it?" the Doctor asked.
"My annual pilgrimage," the Queen replied.
"Can I see?" Chloe asked. The Doctor handed it to Chloe.
"I'm taking it to Hellier and Carew, the Royal Jewellers at Hazlehead. The stone needs re-cutting."
"But it's perfect," Rose spoke.
"My late husband never thought so."
"Now there's a fact," the Doctor began removing his glasses. "Prince Albert kept having the Koh-I-noor cut down. It used to be 40 bigger then this," the Doctor said pointing at the stone. "But he was never happy, kept on cutting and cutting."
"He always said the shine was not quite right," the Queen added her first had knowledge. "But he died with it still unfinished."
"Unfinished," the Doctor said. Chloe looked at him. He'd made the link.
'you've made the link,' she said. 'The diamond has something to do with this.'
'Chloe it has everything to do with this. It's the answer we've been looking for,' the Doctor replied in his mind.
"There's a lot of unfinished business in this house. Your father's research and your husband's, ma'am. He came here and he sought the perfect diamond. Hold on, hold on. All these separate things, they're not separate at all. They're connected. Oh my head," he said rubbing his hair widely. Chloe raised and eyebrow. "What if this house… it's a trap for you right, ma'am?"
"Obviously," she replied.
"At least, that's what the wolf intended, but what if there's a trap inside the trap?"
"Explain yourself Doctor?"
"GENIUS," Chloe shouted with a wide grin.
"2 minutes," the Doctor stated.
"What?" Chloe asked.
"between me figuring it out and you. I win!" he stated. Chloe rolled her eyes and folded her arms.
"What if his father and your husband weren't just telling each other stories. They dared to imagine all this was true, and they planned against it. Laying the real trap, not for you, but for the wolf," the Doctor spoke. The last line was like a whisper. Then Chloe felt something, dust hitting her head. Everyone looked up. Chloe's hearts pounded as she lept into the air, dropping the diamond.
"Chloe!" the Doctor scolded grabbing for the diamond. The wolf stood on the glass temple ceiling above them. The glass began to crack beneath it's feet.
"Out! Out! Out! OUT!" the Doctor shouted rapidly. Everyone began grabbing at the items barricading the doors, as the beast fell through the class. It looked stunned for a second, as the doors opened, and then got ready for the chase. They where all out the door in a shot. "We've got to get to the observatory," the Doctor shouted to the all as they ran for their lives. Chloe was ahead of them all and suddenly she heard screaming. She turned to see the werewolf had caught up to Rose as she stood there screaming in fear. Chloe felt someone shove her firmly out the way, as she watched that same person throw a hot liquid at the creature. It ran away cowering.
"Good shot," said the Doctor. Chloe recomposed herself as Lady Isobel gave her an apologetic look.
"It was mistletoe," said one of the girls. Chloe dashed with the Doctor to see where it was going. The girls where leaving again, heading for safety. The Doctor, Rose, Chloe, Sir Robert and the Queen had a job to do.
"Come on," said the Doctor realising the wolf would be back soon.
"The observatory is this way," Sir Robert said. They began climbing the stairs again, up and up, higher and higher.
"No mistletoe on these doors," the Doctor acknowledged as they entered the door. "Your father wanted the wolf to get inside. I just need time. Is there any way of barricading this?" the Doctor asked Sir Robert.
"Do your work and I'll defend it," he replied.
"If we could bind them shut with rope or something," the Doctor spoke. Chloe looked at Sir Robert, her face serious.
"I said I'll find you time, sir. Now get inside."
"Good man," said the Doctor with the straightest face Chloe had ever seen. Chloe was going to protest but when she saw the way the Doctor looked at her she shut up.
"Who's got the diamond?" the Doctor asked.
"You have," Chloe stated.
"Oh yeah," he said in a stupid voice pulling it from his pocket.
"Hold it for me," the Doctor said. "And this time don't drop it," he replied handing it to Chloe. She pocketed it.
"For what purpose do you need the diamond?" the Queen asked.
"The purpose it was designed for," the Doctor stated. Chloe dashed over to the telescope before the Doctor had even spoken.
"Honey," the Doctor said instructing his lovely Rose to come help.
"Lift it, come on," he said to her. Chloe was already struggling with her side of the large cog. The Doctor joined her at her side. They began turning it.
"Not exactly the right time for star gazing," she said sarcastically.
"Yes it is," the three time travellers replied. Suddenly a shriek pierced the air. It was Sir Robert. Chloe looked to her father, but he just kept pulling on the cog. Chloe continued.
Thuds began on the door. Thud, thud, thud. Chloe pulled with all her might.
"You said this thing doesn't work," Rose stated.
"it doesn't work…as a telescope, 'cause that's not what it is. It's a light chamber. It magnifies light the light, like a weapon. We've just got to power it up."
"With what? There's no electricity," Rose stated. Chloe and the Doctor looked at each other, to exhausted to explain.
"Moonlight," Rose suddenly realised. "But the wolf needs moonlight. It's made by the moonlight."
"70 % water you can still drown," the Doctor replied.
"Come on," Chloe groaned, not at them but at the thing itself. That was it, the thing began to align, the light began to flood the machine. An enormous bang and the door shattered underneath the wolfs weight. The three travellers turned to look at it.
"Dad catch," Chloe shouted as the Doctor dashed for where the light came out at the end. She threw the diamond to her father, who caught it perfectly and rolled it under the light. The light shone throne the diamond reflecting off the angles. The light caught the wolf lifting it into the air. And like that the wolf disappeared to be replaced by a young man.
"Make it brighter," he spoke. "Let me go."
The Doctor moved towards the machine and pulled a leaver. The light intensified and engulfed the boy. An outline of a wolf appeared, it howled and then disappeared. Chloe breathed out, exhausted. The Doctor moved to pick up the diamond. He looked over at the Queen. Chloe frowned, watching as she examined her wrist.
"Your Majesty, did it bite you?" he asked.
"No it's…a cut, that's all," she said dismissing the Doctor's comment.
"if that thing bit you…"
"It was a splinter of wood when the door come open. It's nothing," she replied.
"Let me see," the Doctor said reaching for her wrist. She tapped him on the hand, lowering her hand.
"It's nothing," she reinforced.
Chloe began to wonder around, she drifted into the hallway going a little way down it. She found a window and looked out of it. The sun was just rising. She watched for a few minutes, not noticing she was in the presence of someone. The Doctor had his hands in his pockets watching his daughter.
"Chloe it really is alright to be scared," the Doctor said eventually. Chloe whipped her head around shocked at someone being there. The Doctor saw the look of panic on her face. She sat herself in the window seat and let her head rest against the pain of glass behind her. The Doctor came to sit next to her. She let her head rest against his shoulder and they sat like that for some time. They didn't speak, but the Doctor comforted her just being there. He placed an arm around her and looked down into her eyes with a smile.
"I proud of you," he said. "I'm so proud of you," spoke. Chloe smiled at him. He rubbed his hand on her shoulder.
"Well we better get a move on," Chloe said. "Adventures over. Pastures new," she grinned standing up and looking back at her father. She stretched out her hand for her father.
"Indeed," the Doctor said taking her hand and getting to his feet. They walked back hand in hand to the room.
"Hmm they must have gone somewhere else," Chloe said seeing the empty room. They carried on walking until the reached some noises. Following it they found everyone there, the guards where gathering and so where the girls from the kitchen. Rose and the Queen stood.
"I believe I owe you a thank you Doctor, Rose and Chloe. It is a shame Chloe is so young she cannot receive a Knighting along with you two."
"What!" Chloe shrieked. "I'm older then I look."
The Queen smiled.
"I feel I shall have to make an exception in this case."
"Alright!" shouted Chloe.
The Queen turned and was presented with a sword. Chloe's eyes went slightly wide. The Doctor laughed at Chloe.
"What does one dub the?" she asked.
"Umm…ptff..oh," the Doctor struggled.
"of the TARDIS ma'am," Chloe replied. The Doctor grinned at the Queen. "And Rose is from the Powel Estate," Chloe giggled. The Queen nodded.
"Step forward and kneel," the Queen spoke. All three did in a line. Chloe rested her hands on her knee grinning from ear to ear. The Doctor smiled at her, pride in his eyes.
"By the power invested in me by the church and the state. I dub thee Sir Doctor of TARDIS," the Queen tapped the sword on his shoulders. "By the power invested in me by the church and the state. I dub thee Dame Chloe of TARDIS," she tapped the sword on Chloe's shoulders. Chloe closed her eyes in mock fear. The Doctor and Rose grinned, trying not to laugh.
"By the power invested in me by the church and the state. I dub thee Dame Rose of the Powel estate."
"You may stand," she added.
'Good my knees where beginning to hurt,' Chloe thought. The Doctor shook his head.
"Many thanks, ma'am," the Doctor spoke.
"Ditto," Chloe replied. The Doctor rolled his eyes and nudged his daughter. Chloe cleared her thought. "I mean many thanks….ma'am."
"Thanks. They're never going to believe this back home," Rose shrieked.
"Your majesty you said last night about receiving no message from the great beyond. I think your husband cut that diamond to save your life. He's protecting you even now, ma'am, from beyond the grave."
"Indeed," she replied. Then her face seemed to change. She seemed less…gentle.
"Then you may think on this also, I am not amused." Chloe clicked her fingers together.
"Darn it," she said. The Doctor mocked his annoyance with the biggest grin on his face.
"Yes," said Rose celebrating her victory.
"Not remotely amused," she added at the sight of there three companions reaction. "And hence forth, I banish you." Chloe raised her eyebrows.
"I'm sorry," the Doctor said as if he swore he had mistaken her words.
"I have rewarded you Sir Doctor, and now you are exiled from this Empire, never to return."
Chloe stood in shock with her father.
"I don't know what you are, the three of you, or where you're from. But I know that you consort with stars and magic and think it fun. But your world is steeped in terror and blasphemy and death, and I will not allow it! You will leave these shores and relfect, I hope, on how you came to stray so far from all that is good and how much longer you will survive this terrible life."
She stepped back from the three companions.
"Now leave my world and never return," she spoke. The Doctor bowed his head in recognition. He walked silently out the room. Chloe was at his heal in a dash but didn't know what to say. The three left the house immediately not saying a word.
"Well…" Chloe spoke.
"Well indeed," the Doctor replied.
"Second," she spoke.
"Third," the Doctor added.
"What are you two on about?" Chloe asked.
"The times we've been banished from British Empire. And that's just the British Empire," Rose giggled. Chloe rolled her eyes. The Doctor took his daughters hand.
"Do we have to walk all the way back?" she asked.
"Yep," the Doctor spoke. Chloe groaned. They began the path towards the TARDIS.
"Do you need a ride?" said a voice only steps into their journey. Chloe turned around and lifted a hand to her face as the bright light shone in her eyes. A grey house stood with a car attached to it. A man sitting on the cart with the reins in his hand.
"Hello," the Doctor said in his boyish voice, excited and friendly.
"Hello," replied a Scottish accent. "I wonder if you would want a ride on the back of the cart," the man spoke. "I'm Dougal by the way," he stretched out a hand. The Doctor took it. "I'm the Doctor, this is my Daughter Chloe and my Wife Rose."
"Nice meeting ya, how far are you going?"
"Oh about 10 miles," the Doctor replied his hand still covering his eyes from the sun.
"Jump on the back," he spoke. "No point walking all that way if I'm heading the same way."
"Good man," the Doctor spoke. Chloe was around the back in a shot and scrambled up onto the back. The Doctor helped her then got on himself. Rose climbed on too. Chloe swung her legs back and worth, her hands planted either side of her looking at the floor as the cart began to go.
"You owe me twenty," Rose suddenly spoke.
"Ahh yes, but technically you said she would say "WE are not amused," and Chloe said ""I am not amused." she said, Mum."
"Unfair," replied Rose to the Doctor. He grinned from ear to ear.
They sat there for some time on the back of cart chatting about random things.
"Ah here we go," the Doctor eventually said. Chloe yawned bored of the journey, she'd be glad to get back into the TARDIS. The cold air was starting to get to her. She hopped off the back as it was still moving.
"Kids," the Doctor spoke.
"About here Dougal," the Doctor shouted.
"Wooo," Dougal said to his horse. Chloe darted around to the front to pat the horse.
"Cheers Dougal," the Doctor shouted waving to the man. Chloe stood back.
"Walk on," Dougal said and off they went again. Chloe waved, as did the Doctor and Rose. Chloe hopped down the small hill towards her father and mother.
"You know, the funny thing is Queen Victoria actually suffered from a mutation of the blood," the Doctor began.
"It's in historical records," Rose stated. "She's a haemophiliac."
"They use to call it the Royal disease," the Doctor added.
"But it's always been a mystery because she didn't inherit it," Chloe spoke. "Right?" she asked.
"Her mum didn't have it," the Doctor added.
"Her dad didn't have it," Rose replied.
"It came from nowhere," they both spoke.
"You two make me laugh sometimes, sharing a conversation like that. It's as if you know what each others going to say."
The two time travellers smiled.
"Do you mean that that was a wolf bite?" asked Chloe.
"Well maybe haemophilia is just a historian euphemism," the Doctor spoke
"For werewolf?" Chloe said shocked.
"Could be," father and mother smiled.
"Queen Victoria's a werewolf?" Chloe asked again.
"Could be," they replied again. "
"And her children had the Royal Disease. Maybe she gave them a quick nip," the Doctor suggested.
"So the Royal family are werewolves?" Chloe stated.
"Well maybe not yet. I mean a single wolf cell could take 100 years to mature," the Doctor mused. "Might be ready by oooh, 21st century."
Rose grinned at the Doctor's suggestion.
"nah, that's just ridiculous," Chloe laughed.
Rose wiggled her eyebrows with a smile.
"Mind you Princess Ann," Chloe added.
"I'll say no more," the Doctor replied.
"And if you think about it, they've very private," Rose laughed.
"They plan everything in advance. They could schedule themselves around the moon. We'd never know. And they like hunting. They love blood sports."
Chloe hopped up to the TARDIS watching the two talking. She folded her arms and rested her back against the doors. The time lord and lady began laughing.
"What are you suggesting Mum?" Chloe asked. The Doctor opened the door to the TARDIS and Chloe walked in.
"Oh my gosh they're werewolves," Chloe exclaimed. Rose just smiled.
Their next adventure as a family awaits.