Pinned to the floor by the future Jack and a chair, Jack struggled to get free. The Doctor sprinted in, closely followed by Rose, who squealed with horror when she saw the two Jacks fighting each other. The Doctor grabbed the future Jack by the waist and pulled him away.
"Did he touch you?" he yelled as he tried to keep the future Jack still.
Jack shook his head, suddenly unable to breathe properly. Gasping for air and confused about why, he turned so he was on all fours and started coughing until he could breathe normally again. Martha ran to his side immediately.
"Thank you" she whispered into his ear. Jack smiled as she kissed his cheek and gave her a hug. The Doctor saw them and smiled slightly. He was OK about Jack flirting with Martha as long as he stayed away from Rose. Struggling with the future Jack, he finally managed to pin him down to the floor and yelled to Jackie and Pete to close the Tardis doors. Rose hastened to the centre of the Tardis and pushed buttons and pulled levers at the Doctor's instructions, flying them safely away, back to their own universe. Martha watched her, a pang of jealousy stabbing her heart. The Doctor had never done that with her, and Rose seemed so much more experienced than she ever would be.
Jack followed the Doctor out of the Tardis as he delivered the future Jack back to his own time and place. He looked into his eyes and then to the Doctor.
"Can I have a word with him?"
The Doctor shrugged.
"As long as you make it quick, make sure nobody sees you and don't be rude with him" he said with a small wink at the last condition. Jack smiled slightly and then turned back to the future version of himself.
"Why did you follow us?"
The future Jack thought for a second.
"Don't know…thought Doctor could change me…so I could die"
"Why do you want to die?"
"Too tired…too many wars, too many friends lost…"
"Wars? Friends? What do you mean?"
The future Jack smirked.
"I'm guessing you'll find out…soon enough…"
Jack glanced back towards the Tardis.
"Not...?" he gestured towards the Tardis.
"Don't think I should say…would damage timelines or something…ask the Doctor"
"You should...go…I've said all…I remember"
"You remember this?"
The future Jack nodded.
"Played it exactly…as it happened to me back then"
He turned back towards the Tardis and started to walk towards the door. He turned back for one last glimpse of himself, but the future Jack had already disappeared.
"Right then!" called the Doctor. "Tyler residence, London, England, year 2007?"
"Suits me!" Rose replied. Martha merely nodded, a tear forming in her eye. She couldn't help but feel insanely jealous now Rose was on board. Jack noticed and put his arm around her shoulder.
"I'm not staying" she murmured. "I can't."
Jack nodded. "I didn't think so."
Martha tried to swallow the lump now forming in her throat. "He'll probably forget me in time – now Rose is back. That's what I hate most, compared to her, I don't matter." Tears were now falling thick and fast and Jack handed her a handkerchief. When she had dried her eyes, she made to give it back but Jack shook his head.
"Keep it. And don't worry, I'll make sure he doesn't forget you." He smiled at her, and she smiled gratefully back.
The Tardis appeared in the middle of Jackie's living room, and she, Bethany and Pete stepped out. When they turned back, Rose was at the door grinning.
"See ya later!" she sang, and the Tardis was gone, leaving Jackie shaking her head in disbelief.
On board the Tardis, the Doctor was sitting with Rose on his lap, his arm around her waist. He didn't want to let go, and Martha could see that. She took a deep breath.
"I want to go home."
Rose looked at Martha, and then at the Doctor. Jack did the same. The Doctor just looked at Martha, at loss for what to say.
"Oh…well, if that's what you want, then I suppose…"
He shifted Rose off his knee and set the new destination. The Tardis beeped and hummed happily, and soon they were appearing in Martha's street. Rose smiled at Martha as she walked past, only to receive a half-hearted one in return. Jack met her at the door and hugged her tightly. He kissed her briefly on the cheek and smiled.
"We'll miss you."
Martha smiled sadly and gave him one last hug before following the Doctor out of the Tardis. They stood in silence for a second, and Martha made to give the Doctor back his key to the Tardis.
"Keep it. We've all got one, and…if we ever cross paths again…you know you're welcome back."
Martha nodded, even though they both knew this would be the last time they saw each other. The Doctor rocked from his heels to the balls of his feet.
Martha nodded. "Suppose this is goodbye, then."
The Doctor smiled. "You sure this is what you want?"
Martha nodded again. "I'd only feel like I was intruding on you and Rose."
The Doctor laughed. "Yeah, but Jack could use someone to bore with his tales of Torchwood."
Martha grinned. "Naaah, sorry."
The Doctor laughed again, and then swept her up into a hug.
"Thank you for everything" he murmured into her ear, and then he let go and walked back into the Tardis. Martha started to cry as she was left behind.
9,000 years later, and Jack had just hidden from the past version of himself. He had played it exactly as he had remembered it. Before he joined the other humans, he felt tears prick his eyes as he remembered losing Martha soon afterwards. The tears started to roll down his cheeks as he remembered Torchwood, and he sank down by the trunk of an old tree, crying for Rose and the Doctor, and the little time Jack had left with them.
A/N: As you can see, I've left room for a sequel ;-) Expected in the next few days!!
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