Chapter 12 – The Search for Felicia
The Doctor followed Sigrun into the console room and immediately went to the scanner. “Just as you said, Sigrid,” he said after he looked at the scan results.
“So, Felicia is in an earlier version of the TARDIS?” Jia’hale (now dry but still au naturale
) asked as she entered the console room.
The Doctor pointedly made eye contact with Jia’hale as he said. “Yes, she is. Now we need to find out which earlier version.”
He turned back to the scanner. He ran an analysis on the scan data. The result soon came back.
Type-40 TARDIS, younger identical capsule. Inter-chronal data suggests immediate previous incarnation.
‘That is better than an earlier incarnation,’ the Doctor thought. The earlier Post Time War incarnations would not have reacted well to an intruder in the TARDIS, and it would be difficult, although not impossible, to go pre-Time War.
“Where is she then?” Sabrina asked.
“She is, or was, in my twelfth incarnation’s TARDIS. Therefore we are going to look for him at a time when she is travelling with him,” the Doctor said.
“Wouldn’t it be easier to just look in Norwich?” Daniel asked.
“Not necessarily, Daniel. She wanted to continue travelling, remember?” Jia’hale said.
“Right,” Daniel said, trying not to look at her.
“Alright, this is going to take a while, and the TARDIS may still go off course,” the Doctor said.
“I guess so,” Sabrina said.
“Doctor, we are arriving somewhere,” Sigrun said.
“Tau Ceti III, a good a place as any I suppose, but I don’t remember being there. On the other hand, Felicia will certainly change events,” the Doctor said.
“Your earlier self may look for you?” Jia’hale asked.
“That is a possibility too,” the Doctor said.
The TARDIS landed.
Sabrina went to the doors. “Let’s have a quick look,” she said.
“Yes,” the Doctor said.
Tau Ceti III
4 July 2211
The Doctor, Sabrina and Daniel exited the TARDIS. “Are you sure that you don’t want to come?” Sabrina asked.
“It is unlikely that we would find Felicia on our first attempt,” Sigrun said from just inside the door.
“True,” Daniel said.
“Watch the TARDIS. If we’re not back in an hour, come after us,” the Doctor said.
“Right,” Sigrun said, as she closed the door.
“Ok, this way,” the Doctor said...
In the TARDIS
Sigrun turned to Jia’hale. “So, why didn’t you want to go and look?” she asked.
Jia’hale looked back at Sigrun. “You know why,” she said.
Sigrun rolled her eyes. Jia’hale’s proclivity. ‘She really doesn’t like wearing stuff, doesn’t she?’ “So what are you going to do in the meantime?” she asked.
“Not sure, maybe some sparing?”
“Um, sure,” said the not-so-sure Sigrun (given that Jia’hale was usually not-so-modestly attired when they spared).
Jia’hale saw Sigrun’s discomfort. ‘It won’t take long,’ she said.
Sigrun breathed heavily and then breathed slowly as she calmed herself. “OK,” she finally said. “But if I feel too uncomfortable...”
“You can stop,” Jia’hale interrupted.
“Deal,” Sigrun said, sounding slightly relieved.
The two friends then left the console room.
A few hours later, the Doctor, Daniel and Sabrina returned to the TARDIS. “That was a waste of time,” Daniel said.
“Not entirely, Daniel. We did solve that mystery,” Sabrina said.
“Oh yeah,” Daniel said.
“Not a total waste of time, Dan,” the Doctor said, as he opened the TARDIS doors. He found the console room empty. ‘of course they would be off doing whatever,’ he thought.
“Where to next?” Sabrina asked.
“Another random destination,” the Doctor said.
“Are you sure?” Sabrina asked.
“Yes, Sabie, I am sure. If I do plot a course, to a place that I do remember, it is likely that we will arrive before Felicia does,” the Doctor said.
“I suppose so,” Sabrina said.
The Doctor set the TARDIS in motion.
The TARDIS in flight
After he had set the TARDIS in motion, the Doctor left the console room.
Sabrina looked at the console. The current destination was Colorado Springs. ‘America? Unlikely!’ she thought.
“Come on, let’s see what Sigrun and Jia’hale are up to,” Daniel said.
Sabrina turned to him. “Sure,” she said.
Daniel and Sabrina arrived at the TARDIS’s gymnasium a few minutes later. Sabrina looked in, and quickly turned around “Aggh!”
“Jia’hale is bare?” Daniel asked.
“And yet she and Sigrun are sparing?” Daniel said.
Sabrina nodded again, with an expression of slight disgust.
“I imagine that Sigrun must be uncomfortable,” Daniel said, with a slight smirk.
“I guess so. Besides All I saw of her was that she is dressed as she usually is for that sort of activity,” Sabrina said.
“I think they’re using padded quarterstaves,” Sabrina added.
“Let’s do something else,” Daniel suggested.
“I’ll be in the library,” Sabrina said.
“I’ll be in bed. It has been a very long day,” Daniel said.
A while later, an exhausted Sigrun dropped to the floor. “Come on Jia’hale. We need to stop,” she said.
“Yeah, it has been a rather long exhausting day,” Jia’hale said as she moved away. She placed the padded quarterstaff back on the rack. She walked back to Sigrun. “I’m going to bed. See you at breakfast.” She brushed against Sigrun as she went towards the door...
Sigrun stood up and watched Jia’hale leave the room. “What just happened?” she wondered. She definitely needed sleep. She put own padded quarterstaff away, then went back to her room. She was soon fast asleep.
The ‘Day’ after Felicia’s disappearance
Sabrina entered the kitchen to find Daniel already there. “Good morning,” she said.
“Have you been to the console room yet?” Daniel asked.
“I came straight here.”
“I think we may have landed somewhere.”
“Let me have breakfast first.”
“Sure,” Daniel said with a smirk.
Sigrun entered the kitchen a short time later. She saw that Daniel was brewing some coffee and that Sabrina was making an omelette. “Having your usual large breakfasts, are you?” she asked.
“Yes, my metabolism hasn’t changed just because one of my friends has disappeared,” Sabrina said.
“I still have my appetite, Siggy,” Daniel said.
‘Siggy’ sighed as she grabbed her cereal. She didn’t much like that nickname.
“So, where do you think we are?” Daniel asked.
“Earth, first or second millennium AD,” Sigrun said.
“Is it that predictable?” Sabrina asked. ‘I would have thought the 1st millennium BC too,’ she thought.
“It is, of the places we have been since the TARDIS began going off course, less than 10% were not on Earth, and less than 15% of those on Earth were earlier than the fall of the Roman Empire or later than the Drahvin invasion that we had just stopped,” Sigrun said.
“I disagree,” Daniel said.
Sabrina turned from her cooking. “Please don’t fight over breakfast!”
“We will discuss this later,” Daniel said.
“I promise you that,” Sigrun said.
Sabrina breathed a sigh of relief and turned back to her cooking.
A while later, but while the three were still eating their meals, Jia’hale entered, still bare...
Sabrina dropped her knife onto her plate.
“What?” Jai’hale asked.
“You’re usually attired when you come to breakfast,” Sabrina said.
“Maybe,” Jia’hale said as she flicked her hair so that it fell down the front of her torso.
“More than that,” Sigrun said, remembering the previous night’s sparring session.
“I’m hungry, I have eaten like this a few times,” Jia’hale said.
“Just don’t make a habit of it,” Daniel said, looking her in the eyes.
Jia’hale rolled her eyes as she went to get her cereal.
A short time later Daniel and Sabrina exited the kitchen and went towards the console room.
“What are you thinking?” Daniel asked.
“What?” Sabrina asked.
“The way you were confronting Jia’hale.”
“Every time I have seen her at breakfast, she was dressed.”
“There were a few times prior to now that I recall that she wasn’t.”
“That’s not all is it?” Daniel asked.
“Of course not. I miss Felicia!” Sabrina said, almost in tears.
“She’s out there somewhere, we’ll find her,” Daniel said reassuringly.
“I know, Thanks.”
They entered the console room.
The Doctor was there. “Morning, had a good sleep?” he asked.
“Mostly, I’m still worried about Felicia,” Sabrina said.
“We’ll find her,” the Doctor said.
“Where are we?” Daniel asked.
“We have landed on a southern Pacific Island in the 1850’s. It should be relatively safe,” the Doctor said.
Sabrina thought for a moment. “Let’s explore it,” she said.
“I agree,” Daniel said.
“What about the other two?” the Doctor asked.
“Let’s just go without them,” Sabrina said.
“Are you sure?” the Doctor asked.
“Yes,” Sabrina said.
“Let’s go then,” the Doctor said.
26 March 1850
The Doctor, Daniel and Sabrina emerged from the TARDIS. They could see the sun rising in the distance.
“Polynesia?” Sabrina asked.
“I did say the South Pacific, Sabie,” the Doctor said.
“It’s just that we haven’t been to Polynesia,” Sabrina said.
“Good point,” Daniel said.
The Doctor closed the TARDIS doors. “Let’s find out what’s going on here.”