I smiled at Matthew as we approached the village. The castle was really quite prominent so I was surprised when Matthew jumped, explaining that he hadn't seen it earlier.
"Perception filter. " I said and he nodded. I waited for him to ask me to explain. "Well you know what one of them is right?" He nodded. "Well someone clearly doesn't want the castle being seen and I think we can both guess why." I pointed at the top, to the tower that I had explored a lifetime ago.
"What is that?" He asked as we neared the moat that surrounded the village.
"It's a long and not terribly pleasant story that I might tell you one day. But not today." I smiled at him and saw his eyes - part of him hated me knowing more than him.
"So how do we get in, Doctor?" He asked sarcastically.
"I don't know, Matthew." I replied, mimicking his tone of voice. I pulled out my sonic screwdriver but it didn't do any good; the drawbridge remained closed.
"Shout?" He suggested by which time I was descending the bank and testing the water.
"Well that isn't half as fun." I explained, wading through the moat. I felt my feet sank into the muddy bottom a little and heard the satisfying squelch as I pulled each leg free. I looked back at him, but he refused to follow. That was when I felt a fish swim past my legs. That didn't seem right. My eyes lit up with panic as I tried to run to the other bank, leaping to safety. I pointed my sonic at the water but it didn't tell me what I was expecting it to. There was nothing living in that water. I figured that it was just some dead plant matter, shrugging it off.
"So what do you intend to do now?" Matthew shouted. "You might be a little bit closer but not much."
He had a point; the bank I was standing on was quite narrow with an overbearing stone wall at the top. I contemplated resonation but figured that it would take too long.
"Think I could climb it?" I asked. He shook his head, a smile on his face. I still wasn't completely sure if I could trust him, but I figured that I probably owed him for everything that had happened between us.
"Is there another way in?" I shook my head at him, wondering how we were supposed to get in.
"Open sesame!" I yelled at the top of my lungs. The drawbridge suddenly started to lower as if by magic. I moved down the bank, climbing onto the giant wooden door.
"How?" He asked.
As we looked in, we saw Jenny. I smiled, running over and hugging her. "Thanks for that."
"No problem." She whispered. Matthew thanked her too, hoping that I hadn't seen his shocked expression when I had magically got us in. That was when something rather unexpected happened.
As we walked, I saw a person approach us. He had a familiar face. Oh no.
"I don't remember this at all." I said to my previous self.
"How strange." He replied.