A/N: A collection of one-shots, drabbles, what-ifs, alt. endings, AUs and whatnot mostly focused on Rose and the Doctor, both Nine and Ten. With a few here and there concentrated on other characters. Could end up being ten chapters. Could end up being a hundred, but I've got to start somewhere, so this one here is a bit of a taste of what most of us craved from the end of series 4, an alternative ending to Journey's End.
Words that Need Saying
If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it's yours forever.
"When I last stood on this beach, on the worst day of my life, what was the last thing you said to me? Go on, say it."
He took a deep breath, looking down. "I said 'Rose Tyler.'"
"Yeah," she agreed shortly. "And how was that sentence gonna end?"
His eyes were dark with sorrow as he gazed at her, hands buried in his pockets. "Does it nee- Oh!" He interrupted himself suddenly. "Who am I kidding? Course it needs saying. Otherwise I wouldn't have started to say..." He darted forward, grabbed her hand and pulled her back toward him. "Guess it'll be my first chance now, and truth be told, you already know…unless, of course, you're that dense….I mean, everyone else knew-."
"Doctor," Rose interrupted softly, her eyes glistening. He was rambling now, and they both knew it.
"Sorry," he frowned. "Right, the words that need saying. Rose Tyler," he murmured, "I-."
"Hold on!" Jackie exclaimed suddenly from the sidelines. "Don't I get a say in this?!"
"Mum!" Rose groaned in frustration.
"No, Rose. 'E says it, and I lose you again. You'll go off and leave me again to go fly 'round the universe like it's nobody's business 'til you get yourselves killed!"
"It isn't nobody's business. It's not your choice! 'S mine. You've got to let me go. Because I can't-."
"I love you." Though the waves continued to break on the beach, the silence amongst the people was deafening. Rose had frozen, her hands in midair, her lips in midsentence. She turned slowly to look up at him again, and suddenly they were the only two people in the entire universe. His eyes burned into hers.
"What did you say?" She murmured disbelievingly.
"I said-." At this, he bent to whisper in her ear. Seconds later, she had grasped his coat's collar, bringing his face down to meet hers. When they parted breathlessly, he grinned excitedly down at her. "Rose Tyler, would you make me the happiest man alive and come traveling with me…again?"
"Yes, Doctor, I will." She laughed. He held out his hand, wiggling his fingers. And she took it as trustingly as on the first day when he'd had a different face, when her future contained picket fences and taxes instead of aliens and stars, before her life became what it was meant to be.
A/N: In the chapters to come, I'm going to have such incredible fun playing with the ending to "Journey's End," but for the meantime, you'll just have to put up with this. Someone pointed out that Jackie's a bit selfish here, a point with which I agree and may have to fix soon. Also to let you know, the hogganoodles are after me and will devour me if I don't have reviews to give them, so... *help*!