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Alright guys, here's the next chapter. I hope you'll like it. Also, I know I said I'll finish this first part before Christmas but I just don't think it's feasible. December is a very busy month. I will try and write the next chapter before New Years but more than that, I can't promise anything. There will be between 3-5 chapter more after this one, two of them are based on episodes which is why I might have to cut them up in two, but I will still write them in one peace before cutting which means that they will be updated fairly quickly after each other. The next one though is an original chapter which takes place between 'The god complex' (which is this chapter) and 'closing time'.
Without further ado, here's the next chapter =) I hope you'll like it.
Chapter 27 As Long as You Love Me
Although loneliness has always been a friend of mine
I'm leavin' my life in your hands
People say I'm crazy and that I am blind
Risking it all in a glance
And how you got me blind is still a mystery
I can't get you out of my head
Don't care what is written in your history
As long as you're here with me
The Doctor woke up first.
He wasn't sure if it had been a dream at first; last night had been a big mix of bottled up emotions. So he wasn't entirely convinced that Rose had really come into his room after visiting River.
Until he opened his eyes and took a look at his pink and yellow human lying beside him.
There wasn't much room between them, their legs were entwined and her back was pressed into his chest. They were spooning.
He felt almost giddy. They had spent many nights sleeping in the same bed, but never spooning. He decided that he liked it. Very much.
He also liked his very own human girl. Loved her, actually.
He needed her to be awake so he could talk to her. He always loved talking to her. He loved doing everything with her. So how to wake her up?
Being as clever as he was, it didn't take long to come up with a good plan that would both wake her up and satisfy a craving he was just beginning to acknowledge.
So he started peppering feather light kisses along her jaw and continuing down her neck. When he reached her collarbone, she was starting to wake up, releasing a soft sigh as she grabbed a hold of his hand that had been resting on her stomach; drawing lazy circles.
"Doctor?" She mumbled.
"Is this real?"
"Yes, very much so." He stopped his administrations so she could turn her head towards him.
"Good." She grinned before surging upwards and capturing his lips.
It stunned him for a quarter of a second; for some reason this body was an awkward kisser and he missed the confidence the old him had possessed; but then he got into the rhythm of the kiss and happily gave as much as she took.
As the kiss turned more heated and hands started to wander, the Doctor made a mental note to always wake her up like this.
"Where are they?" Amy whined. She was leaning against the console, pretending to check her nails like if she was bored when in fact she was... actually she was bored. Extremely bored. Where was the Doctor? And Rose for that matter.
"We don't know." Jack snapped. "Just like the last five times you've asked."
Amy narrowed her eyes as she glared at the Captain. "You're grumpy in the mornings."
"You're one to talk."
"Guys, come on." Rory sighed. Amy could tell he was growing irritated by their bantering, and she understood him. It was too early in the morning and if she hadn't been one on the banterers... banters? Whatever. If she wasn't participating in the bantering, then she would have been irritated by them too. "They're probably still sleeping."
"Who's still sleeping?"
Finally, the person she was waiting for. "Doctor! Finally." She pushed herself away from the console and walked over to the Time Lord. "Come on, we're bored."
"You're bored." Jack muttered, like a child. Jack was a overgrown child and no one could convince her otherwise.
"Are we going somewhere?" Rose's voice drifted down from the staircase.
"Yes!" Amy pushed the Doctor towards the console. Why was he being so slow? "Come on, take us somewhere."
"You're being pushy this morning." The Doctor grumbled but did start to type in a sequence.
"Tell me about it." Jack huffed and shared a look with Rose. "You look happy." He wagged his eyebrows in a suggestive matter. "Want to tell me about it?"
"Not now." Rose glanced towards her and Rory.
Oh, she was definitely getting to the bottom of that later.
Jack seemed to take the hint and kept quiet. God, she wished she could read Rose like he did. It would help immensely while trying to figure out her and the Doctor's secrets.
"Alright!" The Doctor spun around to face the room and she quickly turned her attention on him. "Ravan-Skala! The people are 600 feet tall, you have to talk to them in hot air balloons and the Tourist Information Centre is made of one of their hats."
"Now we're talking." Amy ran down to the doors and opened them wide; she could tell that the rest of them were following after.
"I'm sorry, but I don't see any huge hats." Rory was frowning as he looked around the room they were standing in, and she agreed. Were where the hats?
"This could be the most exciting thing I have ever seen!" The Doctor exclaimed as he spun around the room with wide arms.
"You're kidding." Rory deadpanned.
"He's right, Doc. This doesn't look very exciting." Jack put in.
"It looks like a rubbish hotel on Earth." Amy grimaced, this was a huge disappointment.
"This has just been made to look like Earth." The Doctor started to explain. "The craftsmanship involved..." He shook his head with excitement. "Can you imagine?"
"Doctor," Rose touched his arm to get his attention. "I don't think we're on Ravan-Skala."
"What?" Amy quickly rounded on the Doctor. "Then where are we?"
"I don't know." The Doctor frowned and took in the framed photographs on the walls and the potted plants around the room. "Something must have yanked us off course, but look at the detail on that cheese plant!" He exclaimed and deeply inhaled a leaf.
"Right, but who would muck up an Earth hotel?" Rory questioned.
The Doctor took an apple from a bowl but Rose plucked it from his hand before he could bite into it, giving him a shake of her head as he pouted. "You don't like apples, remember."
Amy smiled to herself; those two were adorable with their little quirks and tells.
"You're no fun." He mock-grumbled but gave her a wink. "Right," He clapped his hands. "Colonist maybe, recreating a bit of home, like when ex-pats open English pubs in Majorca. No, whoever did this; I am shaking his/her hand/tentacle."
"But look at these photographs." Rory spoke up. "They don't make sense. Look at the labels. 'Commander Halke, defeat'. 'Tim Heath, having his photo taken'. 'Lady Silver-Tear... Daleks'."
"'Paige Barnes, other people's socks'." Amy continued reading. "'Tim Nelson, balloons'. 'Novice Prin, sabrewolves'. 'Royston Luke Gold, Plymouth'. Lucy Hayward, that brutal gorilla'." She turned to the Doctor. "Doctor, what does it mean?"
"I don't know. Let's find out."
He ringed the bell on the Hotel reception desk and all of a sudden, they were swarmed by three newcomers.
Rose watched from the sidelines as the Doctor talked to the tied up man named Joe, while the Ponds talked to the other three: the medical student, Rita; Howie, that she admittedly didn't know anything about; and Gibbis, an alien from the planet Tivoli. She and the Doctor had been there once in his first regeneration. They were a very submissive race that prided themselves on getting concurred by different alien races every few months.
Jack came up beside her.
"So..." He started. "Something happen last night?"
Not discreet at all. "Shut up." She grinned and nudged him.
"Oh, so it did." He chuckled. "Come on, you can tell me."
"He scanned me."
"That doesn't sound very sexy." Jack winked at her, but then grew serious. "So, what's the Doctor's verdict?"
"I have Artron energy in me." She paused to see if he recognised the name. He gave her a small nod in acknowledgement to show her he understood and that she should continue. "Basically it changed my DNA, enhancing my senses and things. And it's tied to the TARDIS, so as long as she's alive, so am I."
"Yeah," She smiled a tight lipped smile at him, still not sure how he felt about it all except what it meant for her and the Doctor. Which admittedly, was the only thing that mattered for her right now. They could worry about the rest later. "So I guess you won't get rid of me that easy."
"Wouldn't have it any other way." He pulled her into a hug which immediately calmed her down. Jack was the best at giving hugs. "I take it you and the Doctor took the news well. At least well enough to finally take the metaphorical leap into a relationship."
Oh, that man. He was too intuitive for his own good. "We're taking it slow." Her voice was a bit muffled by being pressed into his chest. "But yeah, we're officially dating now."
"Dating," Jack scoffed. "Such an old fashioned word. You two have already been dating for three years. What you guys are doing now is way more than that. And..." She could feel his eyes on her so she turned her head up and met his eyes. "I'm happy for you."
"Thank you, Jack." That warmed her deeply. He was her brother. What he thought meant a lot to her.
"Gottle o' geer! Gottle o' geer!" Joe, the tied up man, started laughing along with every single creepy ventriloquist dummy in the room.
"Alright, those dolls are officially creeping me out." Rose said.
"You and me both."
After some discussion, the Doctor decided that he wanted to take a look around, so they decided to take a look around. They put Joe on a sack barrow so they could take him with them.
"Doctor," Rose said as they made their way down a long hallway, lined with doors. The Doctor was pushing Joe while the others walked behind them. "This feels wrong. This place."
They shared a look and Rose was about to say something else, when suddenly the door to room 158 opened and a PE teacher stepped out in front of them.
"Hello." The Doctor said.
"Have you forgotten your PE kit again?" The teacher said. "Right, that's it; you're doing it in your pants!" He then turned and went back into his room.
"That was weird." Rose stared at the closed door, feeling more creeped out by this place the longer they stayed there, but the Doctor wasn't listening. He had just noticed Howie trying to open another door and quickly ran over to try and stop him.
Rose didn't notice this though because she had found another door. Number 313. And it was so fascinating. She couldn't tell you why it was fascinating, it just was. It was almost irresistible.
Without any conscious thought, she walked up to the door and was reaching out to turn the handle when Jack grabbed her hand.
"Don't." He pushed her away from the door.
"I wasn't gonna..." She trailed off because she suddenly wasn't sure anymore what she was going to do. She had wanted to open that door, it was almost like a compulsion, but now she wasn't sure anymore. She looked at the door and felt nothing. It was just a regular door.
"Rose, this is important. You can't open the door."
"I'm not gonna open the door, Jack." She huffed and tore her hand free from his grip, before turning around to walk back to the Doctor and Rory who seemed to be comforting an upset Howie.
"You alright?" The Doctor asked.
"Yeah," She pushed a stray lock of hair behind her ear. "I'm fine. We should keep going."
As they continued their walk down the hall, a low growl was heard, but when they turned to look nothing was there.
Another growl, louder this time.
"Ok, whatever that is, it's not real, yeah?" Amy glanced between them.
"No, no, I'm sure it isn't," The Doctor looked around nervously. He was trying to look calm so he wouldn't scare them but it was proving difficult. "But just in case, let's run away and hide anyway. In here."
He opened a random door and quickly ushered Amy, Howie and Gibbis inside. He turned to get Rita, but she had already pushed Joe into another room.
Rory was standing in the middle of the hallway, talking about an exit, and the Doctor was about to call for him when Jack took a hold of the Roman and pulled him and Rose into another door. He gave the Doctor a quick nod before closing the door.
The Doctor had a mind to just go over there but the growling was getting louder and he knew Rose would be fine with them. He needed to take care of the people already inside his room. They were his priority now.
"I think I found my room." Jack said.
Rose turned away from the door and saw a young man sitting on the bed. He was impeccable dressed and was sporting a scowl on his face.
"You promised that I would be safe." The man said.
"I know." Jack said softly, his eyes downcast.
"You let me die."
"I didn't mean for it to happen."
"And yet it did." Another man came out of the ensuite. "You brought me back only to let me die again."
"We sacrificed ourselves for you." A woman appeared behind the second man.
"I'm sorry." Jack said, his face stoic but his voice starting to waver. "I never wanted this."
"Jack," Rose grabbed his clenched hand. "They're not real."
"I know." He was clenching his jaw hard. "But they damn sure look real."
"Who are they?" Rory came up to his other side.
"My old teammates. Ianto, Owen and Tosh."
"You killed us." The Owen impersonator spat.
"You turned your back on us." Tosh added with venom in her voice.
"I loved you." Ianto said with disgust. "How stupid of me."
"Ianto..." Jack started but wasn't able to finish.
"Leave him alone!" The sound of the Doctor's voice snapped them out of their stupor and all three of them turned towards the door. Rory was the first to reach it and opened it only to see the Doctor running down the hall towards the stairwell.
"He didn't make it." The Doctor came back to the hall were the rest were waiting for him, carrying Joe's body in his arms.
"Let's go back to the dining room." Rose said, looking at Joe with sadness. "We can regroup from there."
"I'll make us some tea." Rita excused herself as soon as they arrived back in the dining room, which was still filled with the creepy ventriloquist dolls.
The Doctor laid down Joe on the dais and scanned his body. Not finding anything, he started to feel dejected. An innocent man died, and for what?
"We'll get to the bottom of this." Rose took his hand in hers. "They won't get away with this."
"I just hope no one else will have to die before we do." The Doctor leaned his head against Rose's, taking comfort in her steady presence.
"Tea?" Rita came up to them and offered them a cup of tea.
"Superheated infusion of free radicals and tannin," Rose grinned as she took the offered cup. "Just what the Doctor ordered."
"What?" Rita frowned.
"Sorry, inside joke." Rose shrugged then looked over to the Doctor, who had ignored the offer of tea and was instead covering Joe with a thin sheet.
"Come on," He took Rose's hand. "We need to figure out what's going on here."
The Doctor read aloud from the notes that Amy had found earlier.
"My name is Lucy Hayward and I'm the last one left. It took Luke first. It got him on his first day, almost as soon as we arrived. It's funny. You don't know what's going to be in your room until you see it, then you realise it could never have been anything else. I just saw mine. It was a gorilla from a book I'd read as a kid. My God, that thing used to terrify me. The gaps between my worships are getting shorter, like contractions. This is what happened to the others... and how lucky they were. It's all so clear now. I'm happy. Praise him."
"Praise him." Howie parroted.
"What did you just say?"
All of them stared at Howie in horror.
"Bring me death! Bring me glory! My master, my lord, I'm here!" Howie's voice echoed down the halls. "Come to me. I'm waiting here... for you. He has promised me a glorious death."
"This is creeping me out more than the dummies." Rose shivered, and Rory agreed wholeheartedly. He and Rose were waiting in the hall outside of the beauty parlour; Rory was armed with a mop.
The plan was simple. They lure the creature into the Parlour and close the doors on both sides, and then the Doctor would try and talk to it. See if he could figure out its motive.
Gibbis was watching Howie back at reception, but the Doctor had wired the speakers so his voice would be heard inside the parlour. Tricking the creature.
"Give it to me now, I want him to know my devotion."
"Tell me about it." Rory grimaced.
"How are you holding up?"
"Surprisingly okay." Rory shrugged. He was fine, really. Sure it was a bit creepy, but he didn't seem to feel the effect of the place like the others did. Like Amy did; she seemed to take it the hardest out of all of them.. "I'm more worried about Amy."
"Yeah," Rose nodded "And Jack. That room..."
"I'm surprised he wasn't the one to start after Joe." Rory frowned.
"Yeah, but how strong."
"Shh, it's coming." Rose shushed him. "I can hear its steps."
"I don't hear anything." Rory whispered.
"Trust me." Rose gave him a look and Rory nodded.
"Rory! Rose! He's in!" Amy's voice called out and the two quickly blocked the door into the parlour with the mop.
They could hear the beast knocking things over on the other side of the door.
"Let his name... be the last thing I hear. Let his breath on my skin be the last thing I feel. I was lost in the shadows, but he found me. His love was a beacon that led me from darkness to light, and now I am blinded by his majesty! Humbled by his glory! Praise..." The voice suddenly cut off.
"The Doctor must have cut of the speaker." Rory looked around him but he and Rose was still alone in the hall.
"He's talking to it."
"How can you..." Rory started, but then he heard it too, inside the parlour. It was faint but he heard the Doctor. "Do you have enhanced hearing?"
She didn't answer immediately, just stared at him. Biting her lip like she was debating on what to say. "Yeah," She finally breathed out.
Yes. He knew it. Had he been alone he would have made a victory dance. But seeing as he wasn't alone, he kept his cool. "Does the Doctor know?"
"We did a scan yesterday."
He didn't say anything, waiting for Rose to elaborate if she wanted to herself.
"It's a long story," She looked away from him. "But due to an incident long ago, long before you guys. I... My body changed. My senses, my metabolism, my... lifespan."
"My life matches the Doctor's. Basically."
"Oh..." He was speechless, this was more than he had imagined.
"Yeah," She chuckled.
"And... You're happy about it, right?"
"Of course." She smiled at him.
"Wait," Rory suddenly realised something from that morning. "Are you two... together?"
"That's..." She seemed to debate something before answering. "Fine," She huffed. "If you want to define it, sure. We're together."
"I'm here!" Howie's voice stopped him mid sentence. It wasn't on speaker this time but outside in the halls. "Bring me death!"
"Rory, Rose! Watch out!" The Doctor called out from inside the parlour.
The Beast shattered the glass in the door window and the two of them quickly covered their faces as the glass rained down on them. The Beast pulled the mop from the handle and threw open the door, knocking them both out cold.
The Doctor checked so that Rory and Rose were okay, and when they both started to wake up; groggy but fine; he quickly hurried after the Beast.
He ran down the stairs and through the hall but stopped when he saw Howie's glasses on the floor. Picking them up, he continued his run down the hall until he saw Howie kneeling on the floor, leaning against the wall.
He was dead.
He crouched down and gently brushed his fingers against his cheek. He didn't deserve this. No one did.
The others come running down the hall towards him and he looked up and found Rose staring at him with worry.
"He got free." Gibbis came on the opposite end of the hall. "He overpowered me."
The Doctor didn't say anything; he just stood up, walked over to the others, grabbed Rose's hand, and made his way back.
"It might leave us alone now." Gibbis continued. "Maybe now we'll be safe."
He was furious. At himself. He had let two innocent men die and he was putting the others at risk the longer they stayed there. He needed to get them out.
And he might have found a way.
He was running down the halls again but stopped when he heard the voices.
"Praise him. Praise him. Praise him."
They were coming from room 11.
Against his better judgement, he opened the door and looked inside.
He saw his other self and Rose.
"Of course. Who else?"
He closed the door and put a 'Do not disturb' sign on the knob.
"Where's Rita?" Rory looked around the room but she was nowhere to be seen.
"And where's the Doctor?" Amy stood up.
They shared a look and knew exactly what the other wanted.
They debated telling Rose and Jack but they busy talking to each other and they figured they would be back sooner rather than later anyway.
So the two of them made their way out off the dining room; leaving Rose, Jack and Gibbis behind.
They found the Doctor in a monitoring room rather quickly.
"What's going on?" Amy walked up to the Doctor. "Rita's disappeared." That's when she saw her on the monitor. She was talking into a phone she had dragged out of a room, in a hallway somewhere. "What's she doing there?"
"Rita." The Doctor pleaded into a phone, not acknowledging Amy or Rory. "Rita, please. Let me find you."
"You stay where you are." Rita spoke into the phone. "Please, let me re robbed of my faith in private."
"Look." Rory pointed at another monitor where the Beast was charging down another hallway.
"Rita. Rita. Go into the room, lock the door."
"I'm not frightened." She responded. "I'm blesses, Doctor. I'm at peace. I'm going to hang up."
"No, no, no, Rita."
"Thank you for trying."
"Rita, please!" But she had hanged up the phone. "Please, please."
The Doctor hanged up the phone and sat down slowly. The three watched in silence as the Beast came closer to Rita, but before it had a chance to charge her, the Doctor used the sonic to turn of the monitor.
She deserved her peace and he didn't want Rory and Amy to see that.
As soon as they arrived back in the dining room, the Doctor made a beeline for Rose while Amy and Rory made their way over to the bar.
He engulfed her in a big hug and cried softly into her shoulder.
Jack excused himself and went to join Amy and Rory.
"Was it Rita?" Rose asked.
He just nodded, too distraught to form any coherent words.
"I'm sorry, Doctor."
"I love you so much."
"I love you too, my Doctor."
"Never leave me."
He pulled back so he could look into her eyes. "Promise me. You'll never leave me."
"You know I can't promise that." Rose wiped away tears from his cheeks. "But I will never leave of my own free will. You know that, Doctor."
He didn't say anything, just surged forward to capture her lips in a searing kiss.
Rose indulged him for a few moments, but eventfully she broke it off. He wasn't in his right mind right now, none of them were.
"We need to find a way out of here, Doctor."
"I know." He was once again pressing himself into her shoulder.
"Come on." She gently guided him over to the bar where the others were waiting, pretending not to have seen any of it.
"Okay," The Doctor went tight back to his usual self, but all of them could see how hurt he was underneath. But they decided not to mention it. They were all upset and this was his way of coping. He started pacing the space in front of the bar, any sign of his meltdown gone from his face. "It preys on people's fear and possesses them. But Rita wasn't afraid, she was brave and calm. Maybe it's something to do with the people, some connection between the four of you that'll tell me how to fight it."
"Yes, you keep saying that, but you never do." Gibbis injected. "And while we wait, people keep dying. And we'll be next!"
"Look, he'll work it out, he always does." Amy said. "Just let him riff."
"Oh, no." The Doctor exclaimed. "Oh, no,no."
"Doctor, what is wrong?" Amy was worried.
"It's not fear. It's faith. Not just religious faith, faith in something."
"Like gambling?" Jack asked, realising where the Doctor was going.
"Yes, gambling. Joe had dice cufflinks and a chain with a horseshoe. He was a gambled and gambler believes in luck, and intangible force that helps them win or lose. Howie believed in conspiracies, external forces controlling the world." He kept pacing. "Gibbis rejected personal autonomy and is waiting for the next batch of invaders to tell him what to do. They all believe there's something guiding them, about to save them. That's what it replaces. Every time someone was confronted with their most primal fear, they fell back on their most fundamental faith." He sat down on a barstool.
"But why us?" Rory asked. "Why are we here?"
"It doesn't want you. That's why you haven't found a room yet, you're not religious or superstitious, so there's no faith for you to fall back on. Jack found his but he can't die so why bother with him, no offence."
"None taken." Jack grinned.
"Rose saw hers but she never opened it so it's not her time yet, and she's a realist. Her faith isn't that strong, it will take time before she's ready. No, it wants her." He points at Amy.
"Me?" Amy looked around at her friends. "Why?"
"Your faith in me. That's what brought us here."
"But why do they lose their faith before they die and start worshipping... 'it'?"
It needs to convert the faith in a form 'it' can consume. Faith is an energy, the specific emotional energy the creature needs to love. Which is why at the end of her note, Lucy said..."
"Exactly." The Doctor nodded at Amy.
It takes them a moment before realisation hits them.
"No." Rory jumped up. "Oh, please, no."
They can hear the Beast coming.
They all stare in silence as the Doctor does his best to save Amy. Locked inside her room with a younger version of herself while the Beast is trying to knock down the door.
Rory and Jack are doing their best to hold the door, but it is proving difficult.
"Doctor," Amy is whimpering. "It's happening. It's changing me, it's changing my thoughts."
"I can't save you from this, there's nothing I can do to stop this." The Doctor knew what he had to do to save her, but it meant hurting her. But he rather hurt her than watch her die.
"I stole your childhood and now I've led you by the hand to your death. But the worst thing is, I knew. I knew this would happen. This is what always happens."
The Beast almost broke through.
"Forget your faith in me. I took you with me because I was vain, because I wanted to be adored." He stokes her hair. "Look at you. Glorious Pond. The girl who waited for me." He faces young Amelia. "I'm not a hero. I really am just a mad man in a box. And it's time we saw each other as we really are." He kisses Amy's forehead and the Beast stops charging at the door. "Amy Williams," He taps her chin. "It's time to stop waiting." He stands up and opens the door.
The Beast is staggering down the hall until it collapses onto the floor. As it does, the lights flicker and the hallways and walls give away to a black room with a lit grid floor.
"You must believe in something to." Amy walked up to the Doctor that stood by the instrument panel on the alien ship. "Otherwise you wouldn't have seen your own door. So what do Time Lords believe in?"
"I believe in her." He looked over at Rose. "I have been for a long time."
"It's time for me to leave." Jack said once they were all back on the TARDIS after having dropped Gibbis of at his planet.
"No, Jack." Rose started to protest, she didn't want him to leave. She needed him with him. Here.
"Don't worry," He came up to her and hugged her. "I'll be back one day. If you'll still have me."
"You and the Doctor need some time alone." He whispered into her ear.
Rose kissed his cheek. "Just send us a message and we'll come and pick you up."
"Where do you want to go?" The Doctor asked.
"Just drop me of in Cardiff. I have an old friend that I need to catch up on and it's time I get back to my old job."
"Saving the Earth." Rose smiled at him.
"Exactly." He laughed.
"Good luck, Jack." The Doctor gave him a quick hug.
"Goodbye, Doctor." He kissed him on the mouth. "Got to keep traditions alive." He chuckled. "Goodbye, Rose." He gave her a chaste kiss then walked over to the doors. "Don't save the world without me, got it."
"Promise." Rose smiled at her dear friend.
"See you along, Ponds. I'll be in Cardiff in you ever need me"
"Bye, Jack." The Pond chorused.
He waved one last time as he excited the TARDIS and closed the doors behind him.
Rose stared at the doors a long time before turning to the Doctor. They shared a look of understanding before the Doctor spun around and started to pull levers at the console.
"One last stop before we retire."
"Where are we going?" Rory asked.
"Open the doors and find out."
The Ponds walked out of the TARDIS while the Doctor gave Rose a meaningful look.
"I'll stay here." She said. "Say your goodbye in peace."
He nodded once before following the Ponds out of the TARDIS.
When he came back inside, Rose put in the sequence that would take them to the vortex, before walking over to the Doctor and giving him a hug.
She would miss the Ponds, but they would see each other again.
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