Chapter Thirty-Six

After supper, the three of them helped to clean the supper dishes and put them in the dishwasher. While they were doing that, Mickey and Jake came over briefly and talked to them for about an hour. As they were preparing to leave, Mickey pulled Rose aside.

"So, you really are leaving?" he asked her.

Rose nodded.

"Yeah, I belong with the Doctor," she said, "Torchwood will just have to get along without me."

"They won't. You're the best employee they ever had," Mickey said, with a grin.

Rose smiled and nodded.

"Yup, I was," she said.

She hugged him tightly.

"Take care, Mickey. Look after mum and Ariel while I'm gone."

"I will and you take care too," he said, hugging her tight.

He let go and turned to look at the Doctor as he walked up behind him.

"Nice to see you too," Mickey said to him.

The Doctor nodded.

"You're not coming?" he asked.

"Nah, me and Jake gotta look after things here especially now that Rose is goin what ya," he said.

The Doctor hugged him.

"Well, you and Jake take care of yourselves and try not to blow things up too often," he said, with a grin.

Mickey smiled at him.

"Nah, we only do that once every two or three months," he replied.

The Doctor chuckled.

He looked back at Martha and Rose.

"Are we ready?" he asked.

"I am," Martha said.

Rose turned and hugged Jackie and Ariel and gave them both kisses.

"I'll see ya around," she said.

"You just take care of yourself. I want you comin' back in one piece young lady, d'ya hear?" Jackie said.

"I will, mum."

Jackie hugged her tight.

"I'm so proud of ya, Rose and I know Pete is too."

Rose smiled and nodded. She turned back to the Doctor.

"I'm ready now," she said.

The Doctor slapped his hands together.

"Well then, gang; let's get this show on the road."

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Rose smiled, as she smoothed out the covers on the bed she and the Doctor shared. It felt so good to be back in the TARDIS and in her universe. She vowed she would make sure that she wouldn't do anything to separate herself from the Doctor ever again.

She looked up when Martha stood in the doorway.

"Good morning," Martha said.

"Morning, Martha. Have you seen the Doctor? He was already up and gone before I woke up."

"Yeah, he's in the console room. He told me to come find you. There's something going on that he wants us to see."

Rose nodded.

"Okay, give me a moment to get dressed," she said.

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"Morning, Doctor," Rose said, as she and Martha entered the console room.

"Morning, Rose," the Doctor said, as he stared at the monitor.

"What's up?" Rose asked, as they walked up to him.

"Trouble."

Rose and Martha glanced at each other.

"And that's unusual because…" Martha said.

The Doctor looked at them.

"We're being followed."

Rose and Martha glanced at each other.

"Followed? What'd you mean, followed?" Rose asked.

"I mean someone is tracking the TARDIS and following us around wherever we go," the Doctor replied. "I've tried to shake them, but everywhere I've gone, they've been right behind us."

Rose and Martha looked at each other.

"How are they following the TARDIS?" Martha asked.

"Stolen technology. They're using it to track us through time and space," the Doctor replied.

"What do we do?" Rose asked.

"Land somewhere, get a good look at them. I have a sneaking suspicion I know who they are. But I want to be sure," the Doctor replied, "I'll set the coordinates and set us down."

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The TARDIS door flew open and the Doctor, Rose, and Martha flung their bodies inside it.

"Did they see you?" he asked, Rose and Martha.

Rose and Martha looked at each other in stunned silence.

"DID THEY SEE YOU?" the Doctor yelled.

Rose and Martha shook their heads. The Doctor leapt to his feet and ran to the console.

"They won't stop," he muttered, "they'll keep on following us until they catch me…"

Rose and Martha walked up beside him. They saw him glance up towards the ceiling. They looked up with him and noticed an odd shaped device hanging above them.

"I may have to do it," he muttered.

"Do what?" Rose asked.

The Doctor looked at them.

"Rose, Martha, you trust me, right?" he asked.

Rose and Martha looked at each other.

"Of course," Rose said, "why?"

"Because," the Doctor said grimly, "what I'm about to do is going to require a lot of teamwork from you both and I need to know I can depend on you. Can you do that?"

Rose and Martha nodded.

"Good," the Doctor said, taking their hands in his, "now here's what I want you to do…"

THE END

A/N: I have a sequel to this now. It's called The Revenge of the Dark Doctor.