Just a small chapter to finish things off. I couldn't wait another day to post it!
"We did it!" exclaimed Rose, hugging the Doctor.
"You did it Rose," the Doctor corrected. He threw his arms around Rose, picked her up and spun her around. "My brilliant, clever Rose." He put her down and looked into her eyes.
"If you hadn't thought of sending Arthur on his own, I'd be trapped in the 18th century right now," he said.
"Oh, I'm sure you'd figure out a way to get back," said Rose.
"That's beside the point," said the Doctor. "When I said I wouldn't leave you behind, I meant it with all my hearts. And do you know why?" Rose looked at the Doctor in anticipation.
"W-why?" she asked timidly.
"Because I love you," said the Doctor. "More than life itself. And I know we acknowledged that we can't literally be together forever, but I don't car-" The Doctor was cut off as Rose brought her lips to his. It took him a moment to realise what was happening. Rose was kissing him! He closed his eyes and melted into the kiss, moaning as his tongue danced with Rose's. When they finally broke apart he was breathless.
"Does this mean…?" he began
"Yeah," said Rose, smiling. "I love you too. And I'm going to make the most of the time I have with you. " The Doctor smiled and held Rose close to him. As he kissed her on the top of her head, he remembered what Reinette had said about him.
"Lonely then and lonelier now."
No, he thought. Not anymore.
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Awwwww, I love a happy ending!