After dropping Martha off, the Doctor trudged off deeper into the ship to sulk, not that Lilith blamed him. Once he was out of earshot, Donna turned to the other girl. “Alright Spacegirl, what’s the deal?”
Lilith raised an eyebrow innocently. “There something wrong?”
“In the beginning, when Jenny blew up the tunnel, you shouted something at her before she did,” Donna said.
Lilith shifted, uncomfortably. “Did I?”
“You did. You yelled, ‘Jen! No!’”
“Well, that’s her name isn’t it? Jenny?”
“Except I hadn’t suggested that name yet,” Donna pointed out. “So how did you know?”
The Time Lady sighed. “What do you want me to say Donna?”
“How about the truth?” she suggested sarcastically.
“When I told Rose and Martha about my family, I told them I had three siblings. But the truth is, there’s seven of us in the family. Not six. Mom, Dad, me, Darkel, Nyx, James, and Jenny.”
Donna seemed to understand. “Jenny’s not actually dead, is she?”
Lilith shook her head. “No, she’s not.”
“Then why did you let him think she is?” she demanded. “You saw what her death did to him!”
“Because if I had taken her back with me, it would’ve caused a paradox!” Lilith took a deep breath. “I only knew to wait five and a half hours because that’s what Jenny told me I did the first time I met her.”
Donna frowned. “But you just met her today.”
“No, I met her a good fifty, maybe sixty years ago. It was after the Ponds were traveling with us, but before the twins were born. Mom, Dad, Darkel, and I were on Estrex Prime and she just saunters up with us with a grin. She looks right at Mom, and says, ‘Hi, I’m Jenny. You must be my mum.’”
Lilith laughed. “Dad’s just sitting there gaping at Jen like a fish and he finally croaks out her name and she laughs and hugs him. Darkel and I have no idea what’s going on. She turns to me and asks, ‘So, Lilith, how do you feel about running?’ and the two of us race across the field.”
Her laughter died. “And then it was time for me to leave. Jenny told me everything I needed to know, gave me a hug, and walked away. That was about twenty years ago.”
“You haven’t seen the rest of your family in twenty years?” Donna asked quietly.
Lilith shrugged. “Oh, I ran into them a decade or so ago. But otherwise, no.”
“I’ve gotten used to it.” Lilith waved away the apology. “For now, you and Dad are my family.” She grinned. “How about a shopping trip? I know a great market on Tiaanamaat.”
Lilith could tell that Donna was hesitant to let the subject drop, but she smiled back anyway. “Shopping it is.”