A/N: Last chapter everyone. Definitely this time. SO don't forget to review as it will be the last time you'll be able to tell me how good/bad this was.
A Parting Farewell
(The end of an adventure but the start of a beautiful relationship)
Toshiko stepped tentatively out of the Tardis. Her wide eyes looked out for any danger but she sighed in relief when she saw that they were back in the Torchwood Hub.
"Oh good" said Gwen as she stepped out, "I thought we may have landed in a pit and might have been surrounded by giant snakes"
"You watch too much TV" said Ianto shaking his head.
Owen rolled his eyes as he followed Jack out. Donna and the Doctor were next. They stood beside the Tardis. Everyone was quiet and no one knew what to say.
"Well, I guess this is it then" said the Doctor as he bounced on his feet.
No one said anything. Finally Gwen moved and grabbed the Doctor in a fierce hug. "I'll miss you" she mumbled into his chest.
"Hey, don't worry. I'll be back again. It's not like this is goodbye forever!" he said smiling but everyone knew that it could be exactly that. Who knew that when the Doctor next came, if they'd be there or not.
Tosh hugged him next. "You will visit right?" she asked trying to stop the tears from falling.
He nodded, "Of course! Once you cross paths with the Doctor, you can guarantee that there'll be another encounter with him. Tell them Donna" He waited for Donna to speak but no sound came. "Donna…?" He turned around and stared at his companion.
She was busy hugging Ianto and complaining about how she had never drank such brilliant coffee and probably would never be able to again.
"Really!" said the Doctor indignantly, "Do none of you think we'll ever see each other again?"
They all shook their heads.
"I had to wait centuries and millennia's until I finally saw you again" said Jack.
"Yeah, and you might have not noticed, but some of us aren't that lucky" said Owen as he, unknowingly, put an arm around Tosh and pulled her against him.
This gesture did not go unnoticed by the others. Tosh looked shocked but didn't say anything. Instead she leaned into him and enjoyed the feel of him stroking her back.
The Doctor smiled. 'At least something good came out of this trip' he thought. He hugged Ianto ad Jack and shook hands with Owen. He watched as Donna hugged everyone else before standing next to him. They smiled at everyone.
"Well, bye then" said the Doctor smiling while Donna gave them a small wave. A chorus of 'byes' rose from the Torchwood team as they stood and watched the Tardis de-materialised. They stared at the empty space for a few seconds.
Finally Jack said, "Don't you lot have work to do? I bet there'll be loads of files to get done after all this mess"
The others groaned. It had been nice getting away from their jobs and now they had to get back to it. Ianto sighed and went to make some coffee for everyone. They'd all be needing them. Gwen got her new upgraded phone out and dialled her home number. She had a lot of explaining to do to her husband. Jack pulled out his own phone and got into a long conversation with UNIT. Tosh walked towards her own desk and sat down, getting ready for the next file thrown her way. Owen watched her with a contemplative look. Finally, he shook his head and walked towards his own desk. Grabbing his lab coat, he walked down the stairs into the autopsy room.
Tosh sighed as she finally finished the case file she was working on. Shutting her computer off, she took off her glasses and rubbed her tired eyes. All she wanted right now was to go home, have a hot bath and go to sleep in her warm bed. Standing up, she stretched her sore limbs and grabbing her coat made her way towards the door.
Gwen had left earlier, needing to sort things out with Rhys and Ianto was busy cleaning up while Jack was in his office. She waved to both of them and got a wave in return. She wondered if Owen had left already. If he had, he hadn't said bye to her. Feeling disheartened at that thought, Tosh gloomily walked out of the Hub.
Owen woke up with a start. He had apparently dozed off on his chair. He stood up and walked up the stairs. His eyes searched for the petite Asian woman but she wasn't there. He located Ianto sweeping at the foot of the stairs and walked towards him.
"Where's Tosh?" he asked.
"She already left" said Ianto.
"No!" said Owen, "I needed to ask her something. When did she leave?"
"Minutes back" answered Ianto. He looked at Owen curiously. He'd never seen Owen this agitated before. "If you run you may catch her"
Owen nodded and sped off, grabbing his coat on his way. Ianto stared after him before turning around at the sound of footsteps.
"What was that all about?" asked Jack looking confused.
Ianto grinned, "I think Owen's finally seen some sense. Or at least noticed the woman who's been in love with him for ages"
Jack laughed and the two of them locked up before heading to Ianto's flat.
Tosh turned around as she heard her name being called. Running towards her was none other than Owen Harper. She waited for him as he ran as fast as he could. She looked up at the dark sky. Clouds had started to form. Owen reached her just as the first droplets of rain started to fall.
She waited for him to catch his breath before saying, "Yes Owen? Did you need something?"
Once he'd caught his breath, he replied, "Yeah, I was wondering, what are you going to be doing tomorrow?"
She raised an eyebrow, "Well, since Jack gave us the day off, I was thinking of sleeping in and then just lazing about" She turned and started to walk again.
"Oh" he said falling in step besides her. "Iwaswonderingifyouwantedtogotodinnerwithme?" he said in a rush.
Toshiko stopped and stared at him. "I'm sorry?" She hadn't understood anything of what he'd said.
"I was wondering if you wanted to go to dinner with me?" he repeated.
Tosh stared at him. Owen's heart started to pound wildly. He was sure his heartbeat had accelerated and he was finding it hard to breathe. Never, in whole life, could Owen ever remember a time where he'd been this nervous after asking a girl out. But then again, Toshiko wasn't just any girl. She was special. And that's probably why he'd never let him think about her as anything more than a friend. He respected her too much and didn't think that he'd ever be enough for her.
Now the Doctor, he was her type. Someone she could be smart with, who understood her. Owen could never giver her that and so he'd always made it out that he didn't consider her as anything more than a friend. He wasn't blind or dumb. He knew Tosh fancied him. But he hadn't wanted her to as he felt he'd never be able to give her what she deserved. So he's mock her, be cold towards her, all in the hopes of making her give up on him and move on to someone better. It hadn't been because he didn't care about her.
All that time he'd spent pushing her away, he had unconsciously taken it for granted that she'd never find someone else. And it had made him happy, even if he'd never known it. But then seeing her and the Doctor had made him realise just how much he really liked her and just how much he didn't want her to find someone else. Call him selfish, but he wanted her to like/love him forever. But he should have known it couldn't have lasted and after feeling threatened by the Doctor, he didn't want that to happen ever again.
He waited with bated breath for her to give him an answer. When an eternity (but was only a few seconds) passed, Owen was sure that she was going to decline.
Preparing himself for the blow that he was sure would be thrown his way, Owen was surprised when Toshiko smiled and said, "Sure, I'd like that"
He blinked, "Really?"
Tosh laughed at his shocked tone, "Yes Owen, really"
A grin burst out on his face. He felt so stupidly happy, it was unbelievable. Grinning foolishly at her he said, "Great! I'll pick you up at 7 tomorrow"
She smiled and nodded, "Can't wait"
He grinned still feeling very happy. For the first time since Katie had died, Owen felt like the world really was a beautiful place.
"Bye Owen" said Tosh turning to walk away.
"See ya Tosh" he said turning the other way.
As they walked in opposite directions, both couldn't help but feel giddy with happiness. Owen felt like whooping with joy while Tosh wanted to jump and punch the air. But neither did this for fear of embarrassment. Instead, they controlled themselves and Owen put his hands in his pockets and whistled a merry tune. Meanwhile, Tosh walked with a bounce in her step and a slight smile on her face.
Sending a silent 'Thank you' to the stars where she knew a certain blue box would be travelling through, Tosh walked home feeling like the happiest person alive.
"Finally!" said Donna moving away from the monitor. She sat next to the Doctor on the Captain's seat. "I was wondering when they'd finally get together. I mean, anyone can see that they make the perfect couple.
The Doctor nodded and remained quiet. Donna sighed and took his hand. Gently stroking it she asked, "You alright?"
He grinned, "I'm always alright"
Rolling her eyes, she was about to reprimand him when the Tardis suddenly went wild again. They were thrown to the floor.
"This" said Donna standing up, "Is becoming a ridiculous regular occurrence. This ship of yours is mental"
She expected to hear him defend the ship but instead there was silence. "Doctor…" she turned to see him staring at the monitor with wide eyes. She also noticed that he had gone even paler than he normally was. This was quite remarkable.
"Are you ok?" she asked. When he didn't answer her but continued to stare, Donna got really worried. She moved to stand next to him. On the monitor was a blonde girl with brown eyes. Donna noticed that she was mouthing one word over and over again. Doctor. Donna knew who she was at once. She didn't need to be told. The expression on the Doctor's face said it all.
Suddenly, Donna Noble was certain that the Doctor was about to get his Rose back.
A/N: And that's a wrap. No really, it is. That is the end of the fic. It would have ended earlier in the chapter but I just couldn't resist. Did you like the end? I hope you did.
I may not write a sequel as I think this is a good place to just leave it. Unless I get an idea about how to continue with this.
I know all the characters were a lot OOC but I needed them to be for this story to work. So sorry about that. I'd also like to thank all my faithful reviewers who have read this from the start till the very end and have found the time to give me feedback. Thank you.
Anyway, please review and let me know as this is the last time you'll be able to do it for this particular story.
P.S. If you liked this, check out my other stories that are already written or will be written in the near future.