Meanwhile, back in Latimer's study, Clara pleads with her employer to comfort his children. As a tear falls from Clara's eye, the snow outside begins to turn to rain. The giant gumball machine fills with water. Simeon drops dead. "What happened?" Vastra asks. "The snow mirrors, that's all it does," says the Doctor. "It's mirroring something so strong, it's drowning everything else." He and Vastra run outside. Vastra tastes some of the rain and realizes it's salty. So humanity is saved, but now all the plants around there are going to die. The Doctor realizes that the snow is made of up of tears -- the tears of a family crying on Christmas Eve.
He races back to the Latimer house to find that Clara is on the verge of death. The children cry in their father's arms. The Doctor kneels beside Clara and tells her they saved the world. He promises he's not going back to his cloud again. With her dying breath, she whispers, "Run, you clever boy, and remember." She says that every time she dies.
At Clara's funeral, the Doctor, Jenny and Vastra wait for the Latimer family to say their goodbyes to their governess. Vastra wonders if the Intelligence has gone with the rest of the snow. Jenny doesn't think they could be in much danger from a disembodied intelligence, even though they just were. The Doctor takes out Simeon's business card and looks it over. "The Great Intelligence? Rings a bell." It's called foreshadowing. The Doctor finally goes over to Clara's tombstone. "I never knew her full name," he says. He knows it now: Clara Oswin Oswald. The question, though, is who commissioned the tombstone? The Latimers knew her as Miss Montague. The Doctor realizes now that Clara was the soufflé girl who got turned into a Dalek. "It was the same woman, and she died both times!" He's not upset, but thrilled. "Something impossible is going on, something..." He rubs his hands together in glee and runs back to the TARDIS, shouting that he's off to find Clara.
In the modern day, Clara and a friend visit the graveyard. The friend clearly doesn't want to be there. "Don't you think it's creepy?" she asks. "Nah, I don't believe in ghosts," Clara says, tossing a knowing smile at the camera. The Doctor fiddles with the TARDIS console. "Clara Oswin Oswald, watch me run," he says. According to estimates, he should find her sometime around the spring of 2013. See you there, too.
Tippi Blevins is a freelance time traveler. She dropped by 2012 to write this weecap. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find her @TippiB.