Human Holidays by Lumendea Chapter One: Present

Disclaimer: I still don't own Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures or Torchwood.

AN: Welcome to the holiday special for the Timey Wimey ...Stuff series. It will have three chapters: one today Christmas Eve, one on Christmas Day and one on Boxing Day. Happy Holidays to all, I hope everyone enjoys time with family and friends.

The Doctor blinked in surprise as he entered the bedroom he and Rose shared in the TARDIS. Currently his fiancИ was lounging on the bed with a small photo album open in front of her. Her eyes were distant and sad as she looked down. Holding back a sigh, the Doctor slipped up next to the bed to look over her shoulder. He was not surprised to see a picture of her, Jackie and Mickey along side a few photographs of her and her family in the alternate universe. Leaning in a bit closer, the Doctor realized that they were Christmas photos and smiled when Rose turned the page to one of him and her right after he had regenerated into his current body. "You're missing them," he said softly so he didn't startle her.

Rose closed the album and sat up to look at him. She gave him a small forced smile, which only seemed to worry him and shrugged. Sighing, she softly said, "I knew that I'd miss them Doctor," she shook her head, "I still count days you know," Rose actually chuckled a bit, "Guess I like to know how old I am and stuff. It would be Christmas now." She watched him nod before he held out his hand to her.
"Christmas it is then." Rose tilted her head and gave him a long look. He just gave her his usual wide grin, which only made her smile. Nodding, she took his hand and let him pull her up off the bed. Smiling now, Rose kissed the Doctor's cheek,
"Do I need to change?" Taking her hand, the Doctor squeezed it tightly and led her toward the control room,
"Not for this."

He said nothing else as he took over the TARDIS controls and smirked. The smirk drew Rose's attention back to him from the column, "What is it"
"Just you humans and your holidays," he shook his head, "You love to measure time and love any reason to celebrate." Rose crossed her arms and raised an eyebrow,
"That's not what Christmas is about." Shaking his head, the Doctor shrugged,
"According to you it is to celebrate a religious event that was put into place by the church to overshadow another traditional holiday," he looked up at her, "We could go see the ▒real event' if you like." "No," Rose said firmly, "I'm not going to argue this topic with you," she paused and smiled, "I've never really been religious Doctor, you know that, but to me Christmas is a reminder to be kind and cherish the ones you love. One day a year that reminds us of what matters." Shaking his head, the Doctor shoved down every little retort he could think of. If the future mother of his children wanted a human holiday once a linear earth year for her, then he would give it to her. He grinned as the TARDIS stopped and he held out his hand for hers. The grin widened as Rose took his hand and he pulled her out of the TARDIS.

Blinking, Rose looked around with a muffled gasp. It was early evening and they had landed near her old school, one she hadn't seen in years and one she was sure should have been in worse condition. Looking over at the Doctor, she frowned in confusion but let him pull her forward into the school. Finally, Rose looked away from the Doctor to look around the halls. Adults and children were moving through the hallways toward the school's stage. Pulling her along, the Doctor took her to a pair of seats in the back row and sat down with a smug smile.

Rose was still very confused as she looked around the room, until her eyes fell on Jackie Tyler sitting in the third row. Gasping, Rose covered her mouth with a hand and let the Doctor hold on tight to the other. "You're nine years old and about to sing carols," he said in a soft voice, "your mother called in several favors to be here that night." Kissing her cheek softly, the Doctor gave her a moment before whispering, "I can't let you talk to her Rose, but I can let you remember how much she loved you." She leaned against him as the lights dimmed and the children came out onto the stage. Rose's eyes darted between her small self in the angel costume and her mother, who was glowing with love and pride.
"Promise me that we'll see them when we can cross the void. I want to spend Christmas with my entire family." Nodding, the Doctor put an arm around her as they listened to the off key singing and the proud whispers of the parents.
"I promise Rose. When you want Christmas, you can have it." She turned her head to look at him, resting her head on his shoulder,
"Even if it is a silly human holiday." He nodded and sighed,
"Yeah, but then the kids are going to be half human, I guess I should accept that certain cultural aspects will be taught to them"
"I'm glad you realize that." Rose said with a chuckle before settling against his shoulder to watch the show and her applauding mother. The Doctor smiled and kissed her forehead,
"Happy Christmas." Squeezing his hand, Rose nodded,
"Happy Christmas."

Coming Soon: Future