Rose Tyler was lying on her couch staring at the ceiling; her legs hanging over the edge. She was supposed to be going through her e-mail checking for her new class schedule but wondered why bother?
E-mail after e-mail was either from a friend or relative bragging about a date, a new boyfriend or a new girlfriend or just wanting to know when she was going to get a dating life. It seemed it was becoming nothing more than an annoying reminder that she had no love life.
It wasn't that Rose hadn't tried or didn't want to she was just busy at Torchwood and at the moment she was on break because she was going to college so she didn't have a lot of time to date plus she was still new to Broadchurch and she felt so out of place and homesick.
After a few minutes she sighed and glanced out the window; it was a beautiful day outside Rose realized so she decided to step outside for a while.
Rose slipped on her flats and stepped out onto her front yard. The breeze felt nice against her skin as she sat on the green grass.
Looking around she had to admit it was nice having a beautiful front yard to enjoy, a place where she could think and be by herself.
She turned her head and was surprised to see a car parked in the driveway of the house next door. "Must be a new neighbor." Rose realized and smiled at that.
Rose was about to go over and introduce herself when the front door opened and a man dressed in black trousers and sky blue buttoned down shirt stepped out.
He appeared to be frowning at least it look like he was frowning. His head was down slightly and he was reading the morning paper so it was hard to tell.
Rose eyed him up and down and realized he wasn't bad looking; dark brown hair, thin yet muscular, tall, a gruff five o'clock shadow but he look like he had been through a lot. It almost saddened her just looking at those intense and sad, tired brown eyes.
Rose decided to call out to him. "Oi'!" She called. The man didn't answer. "Hello!" She called again. The man still didn't answer but Rose had a feeling he was ignoring her on purpose. "One of those, huh?" She muttered.
Unfazed she shrugged and came closer then flicked his shoulder startling him. "Oi'!" He scowled.
"Ah, so you can hear and talk and a very nice Scottish accent by the way." She remarked. "Yes, I can talk!" He scowled.
"Good for a minute there I thought you were just ignoring me." Rose said smirking.
"You're very observant." The man grumbled.
Rose rolled her eyes. "You're just a ray of sunshine, aren't you?"
He sighed. "Is this going anywhere? Is there a point to you annoying me?"
"Well, you're the new neighbor so naturally I wanted to introduce myself, I'm Rose Tyler." She replied extending her hand.
Alec nodded politely shaking her hand. "DI Alec Hardy."
She tilted her head repeating it under her breath like she knew that name.
"Something wrong?" Alec asked. She shook her head. "No, your name just sounds familiar for some reason."
He shrugged. "Yeah, I get that a lot, unfortunately."
She looked at him strangely but shrugged the answer off. "So you're a DI?" Rose asked.
He nodded trying to read his paper. "Yeah."
"What a coincidence! I'm studying to become a DI for my agency." She replied.
Alec glanced at her slightly intrigued. "Really what agency?"
Rose smiled. "Torchwood."
Alec looked at her like she had two heads. "Torchwood?" He scoffed.
Rose arched her eyebrow. "What's wrong with Torchwood?"
"Nothing but aren't they the alien happy chasing hunters?" He replied simply.
Rose folded her arms taking an offense at his comment. "We are more than aliens DI Hardy and we certainly don't chase them."
He nodded unconvinced. "Uh, huh, okay, if you say so. Now if you'll excuse me I have to get ready for work." Alec started to go back inside.
"Have fun with your Martian hunters." He added. "I am not a Martian hunter!" She fired back as his door closed.
"Pompous twit!" Rose muttered placing her hands on her hips. "I heard that!" He replied poking his head back out.
"Good!" She yelled stomping back to her house.
Alec rolled his eyes. "Height of maturity that one." He mumbled closing the door. Still he felt bad for snapping at that girl; she really didn't deserve it.
She had just caught him in a bad mood but then he was always in a bad mood. He really couldn't remember the last time he smiled.
Alec glanced at the door tempted to go back and apologize but decided not to. "She'd probably snap my head off anyway." He thought to himself and went upstairs to finish getting ready for work.
Rose slammed the door and went back to the living room pacing the floor grumbling. A minute later her door knocked again. She spun around annoyed. 'Oh, he had better not even try it!"
Rose marched up to the door. "Look you son of a bitch I-!" She started to say opening the door but instead of Alec it was her friend Jack.
"Wow, you sound just like my last one night stand!" He said smirking. She smiled sheepishly. "Sorry, I thought you were someone else." Rose replied inviting him in.
"Come on let's have some coffee." She smiled slightly.
Jack noticed she wasn't her usual lively self as he followed her to the kitchen.
"Hey, Rosie what's wrong?" He asked looking at her concerned as he leaned against the counter. She grabbed two coffee mugs and shook her head. "Oh, I have a new neighbor and he's a real grouch."
She poured them both some coffee. "Is that your nice way of saying he's a son of a bitch?" He remarked.
Rose snickered sipping her cup. "Not yet but he's close." Jack shrugged blowing into his cup before taking a sip. "Well, maybe he'll come around."
Rose shook her head. "I don't think so. He's not only a grouch but he also picked on Torchwood."
Jack scoffed taking another sip. "Oh, honey, everybody picks on Torchwood."
"Well, he was really rude." She replied pulling a bar stool and sitting down.
He studied her thoughtful expression. "But?"
"But at the same time I get the feeling he wasn't always like this. He seemed so troubled like he's been through more heartache than one person can honestly take." Rose said softly.
He arched his eyebrow. "You sure you hate him because it sounds like"
"Don't start." She said playfully cutting him off.
He chuckled. "So what's his name?" Jack asked stealing a cookie from a plate in front of him.
She thought for a minute before replying. "He said it was DI Hardy."
He almost choked on his cookie. "DI Alec Hardy?"
Rose nodded. "Yeah, that's it. You know it sounded familiar but I don't why."
Jack groaned. "Rose DI Hardy's the one that solved the Danny Latimer case."
She just looked at him and shrugged. "Okay, good for him."
"He also worked on the Sandbrook case." Jack added sighing.
Her heart dropped, she remembered now. "Of course the Sandbrook case." Rose said to herself.
Lisa Newberry was Rose's best friend. They always hung out together. Rose even used to babysit her cousin Pippa. Then one day they vanished just disappeared. Then Pippa's body was found but not Lisa's. She's still considered missing though the family lost hope a long time ago now they just want her body found.
Rose closed her eyes and shook her head. "I can't believe I forgot that." Jack sighed. "I can't believe DI Hardy screwed up the case like that."
Rose scowled. "That is not true. I never believed for a minute that it was his fault. To be honest if I had just come forward Lee Ashworth would be jail but mum and dad wouldn't let me… they were too scared of him."
Jack squeezed her hand. "It's not your fault. You've got to believe that."
She nodded but deep down she wasn't convinced.
They talked for a while then he glanced at his watch. "I've got to go. I'll see you Rosie." Jack smiled touching her cheek.
Rose smiled back and walked to the door after closing it she glanced out her window at Alec's house then her eyes wandered over to a picture of her and Lisa at the photo booth at the school carnival.
She sighed bitterly. Lee was still out there enjoying his freedom and it wasn't fair but now that she knew DI Hardy was next door there was still time, there was still a chance to give Pippa and Lisa the justice they deserved. All she had to do was convince Alec to help her but after meeting him it wasn't going to be easy.