Chapter Four, Part One: The Other Horn of the OryxMature

“Find the bitch.” 

The Master’s voice singsongs across the hall. His tone is soft, considerate. 

The look in his eyes is anything but. 

His hand holds something precious as it tangles in the Doctor’s hair; his fingers are caked in blood. 

Not wanting to release his hand, he uses telekinesis to float his hoodie off of his body and fold it under the Doctor’s head. 

The younger Time Lord is micro-convulsing in short, rapid bursts, his whole frame shaking with the effort of fighting what is happening to him. 

His green eyes hover near the Master’s face. His vision is cloudy with some kind of dust. 

The Master cringes as he follows the trail of dust that is slowly creeping along the man’s face. 

The flesh is turning a grayish clay color; soon it will be just like the pile of dust that used to be the Doctor’s sonic probe. 

“You dropped your screwdriver, you stupid git,” the Master says, scrubbing his thumb down over the Doctor’s face. As he stares, the crawling dust directs into an eye duct, turning one sunken green peridot the color of a shining pearl. A tear rolls down his own cheek, and he smacks his free hand at the unfamiliar feeling, swatting at the drop like he would a fly. “Do you see the bits of guard over there? Those piles of dead skin and pomp? The bird scratched them too. You’ve lasted this long, Theta! Don’t… don’t do this!”

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