"And he said take my hand,
Live while you can,
Don't you see all your dreams lie right in the palm of your hand."
- 'Ordinary Boy' by Vanessa Carlton
They're walking down the street, hand in hand. It's evening but the lights from the street and from the shops are all glowing brightly. Work is done for the day, Earth saved once more. There will be paperwork waiting for them tomorrow, but Rose doesn't care.
"Shall we get some dinner?" she asks. "I feel like chips."
He grins. "When don't you feel like chips?"
After dinner they walk through the neighborhood. There's a toy store Rose has been meaning to visit, but it's closed for the night by the time they get there. It's later than she thought.
They stand looking at the window for a few minutes, watching a bright red robot walk back and forth.
"How long are you gonna stay with me?" he asks out of the blue, and she turns her head and smiles at him.
"I made my choice a long time ago," she reminds him. "I'm never leaving you."
"You're sure?" he asks her.
Rose nods. He loves her. He can tell her that he loves her. He will die someday, but so will she.
"You're my doctor. I choose you. I will always, always choose you."
"So. You and me. Forever."
"You and me forever," she agrees.
"Here on Earth." He looks around them and then up at the sky.
"No other place you can think of, that you might maybe prefer to Earth?"
Now she just frowns at him.
He smiles, and Rose would almost think it's a shy smile except for the fact that this man is never shy. "There's something I left in my blue suit jacket, when we first came back to this world. Forgot about it in the excitement of being human."
"A banana. A handkerchief. Robert's Rules of Order?"
He's digging around his coat pockets right now, the nice brown coat with the odd blue lining in it.
He finds what he's looking for, brings it out and holds it out to her in the palm of his hand. A suitor offering a precious gift.
Rose takes his hand and looks. Her breath catches.
"He gave me a piece of the TARDIS. They're grown, you know. She was the last one, but here's part of her."
Slowly, she raises her eyes to his.
"I'm not sure how long it will take," he continues. "Maybe longer than you and I have. But it's a start. I can try."
"To grow a TARDIS?"
"To grow our TARDIS. You and me, what do you say?"
Rose cups his hand with both of hers. They stand holding the coral as if it's the most precious thing in the world.
She looks up at him, tilts her head and smiles. "There's only one thing I can say. Fantastic."