Chapter Two

"Are you gonna stay in that stupid suit all night or do you have anything else?"

The Doctor looked down at Jackie who'd asked the question. He gave her his biggest grin and said "I plan on staying like this."

Jackie sighed and rolled her eyes at him. "It starts in 10 minutes." she said.

Rose, who hadn't been allowed to see him by her friends eventually pulled herself free from her bedroom, and the other two girls soon followed.

The Doctor saw her, and he couldn't take his eyes off her, taking in her appearance. She was in an ivory coloured top that only seemed to be held on her body y being strapped around her neck and by the jeans holding it down due to it not even having a back to it. The top seemed to shimmer in the light from the side view he'd gotten of her, her blonde hair sat in soft curls down just past her shoulder blades.

Feeling eyes on her, she turned and her eyes met with his. She bit her lip slightly as she smiled, and she walked over to him. When he didn't say anything, she began to worry and became nervous.

'Why am I this nervous? It's only the Doctor… he's seen parts of my skin but only when I've needed patching up when I'm hurt, or my clothes…' she thought, giving a wary glance at her top, checking nothing was going to come out with how low cut it was.

"Somethin' wrong? Is it too much?" she asked.

"Huh? Oh! No, nothing. Everything's perfect." he grinned at her once he'd found his voice.

"Good." she smiled.

"Rose! We gotta get you singin'! We've all gotta do it!" Kita called over.

"No! Not till I've had a few drinks first! Nuh uh, no way!" she hid behind the Doctor.

"Yes! Come on!" she pouted.

"No! Doctor tell her!" Rose whined.

He didn't turn to look at her. He'd found it all amusing, and one look at her with her fluttery eyelashes and puppy dog eyes would make him crumble, and she knew it.

Other peope started arriving, saving the Doctor from Rose's ways of getting him to do anything she wished.

Kita pulled Rose away from her shield and pulled her into the kitchen.

The Doctor walked into the living room. A dark haired woman he'd never seen before was making eyes at him. He gave her a small wave and a smile, and the woman looked as though she would pass out.

"Yep… one of Jackie's mad lot…" he muttered, reluctantly remembering what the woman in question had tried to do. He, after all, had eyes for one woman, and that was her daughter. Something he was certain, was the main thing Jackie held against him.

"So, are you Rose's travellin' mate?" came a voice behind him.

The Doctor turned and looked at a spotty, blonde haired, blue-eyed bloke standing next to him. "Sorry?"

"I said are you Rose's travellin' mate." the bloke said.

"Yep." The Doctor gave hi his biggest, friendly grin.

"Oh." he gave him a look. "Could've sworn she said 'good looking'. Though after Mickey, I wouldn't trust her judgement on men."

"Hey!" the Doctor looked offended.

"Kieron, sod off!" Shareen shouted.

The blonde bloke, Kieron, glared at her.

"Just because she turned you down, you're just sulkin'. Get over it, it was 5 years ago!" Shareen said, clearly unphased by the menacing glare.

Kieron growled softly and stomped off.

"Ignore him. Whatever he's said about her, she's heard worse/ don't take it to heart." Shareen grinned.

"Can't help it." he nodded.

"I know. From what she tells us, you keep her safe. Or try to anyway."

He laughed softly. "Yeah when she's not running off."

"Where do you go. She never tells us anything." Shareen asked. "And I'm supposed to be her best mate."

"We just… travel… don't stay in one place too long, don't even think about the places we go." he grinned. "And we go looking for trouble."

"That's what she says."

"What's what who says?" came Rose's voice as she made her way to her best mate.

"You. 'Bout your travellin'."

"Cause it's the truth." Rose grinned. "Now come on, get that in your system. Party don't start unless it's done." she said, handing her a bottle of something red, and she had an identical one.

At that moment, some God-awful Christmas song had started to play.

"Mum you couldn't get somethin' good could ya!" Rose shouted.

The Doctor laughed.

"And if you play anything 60's and 70's I will personally kill ya!" she added.

"You haven't been here long and you're already drunk?" he asked with a smirk on his face.

"Nah, I'm just getting started." Rose grinned.

He laughed, holding her to him gently. "Rose Tyler you never cease to amaze me."

"That's good to know. I'm full of surprises."

"I bet you are." he grinned back at her.

Rose drank from her bottle and put it down on the table just as the song was changed. "Come on you."

"What?" he looked at her.

"Dance." she smirked.


"Why? Scared I'll show you up, old man?" she teased.

"Oh I've got the moves, I just don't want to show off." he smirked.

"Yeah right." she laughed.

"904 years old and you still think I can't dance, Rose Tyler."

"Yep." she nodded.

He pouted at her.

"Not exactly sayin' different are ya?" she teased, sticking her tongue out.

He grabbed her hand and dragged her into the middle of the room/ he moved with her in time to whatever song was playing. Neither one cared at that moment.

Rose's friends cheered her on, and when they'd finished showing off, the girls joined them.

"Now that's the Rose we know!" Shareen called out.

Rose laughed. "She never left!" she grinned and went to get some food. She came back with two paper plates full of food and handed one to the Doctor.

He took it from her, grinning. "Don't say I don't do anything for you."

"No, you just like disconnecting the water cable in the middle of my showers." she smirked, taking a bite from a piece of cake on her plate.

"Rose get your big behind over here!" shouted a voice.

She turned to see Jay, Keisha's brother. She hadn't expected him to be there, what with Keisha being ill and all. "It's only big cause I want it to be. I refuse to be a stick insect." she smirked.

Kita handed her another bottle after seeing someone had had away with the other one/

She took it and walked over to Jay. "Is there somethin' you wanted?"

"Nope." he shrugged, grinning. "Only to get YOUR music instead of your mother's."

"Lemme think. No." she grinned.

"Please! We're dyin' here!" he pouted.

"That don't work for you."

"Only on me." smirked the Doctor, who had followed her over.

Rose rolled her eyes. "You had practise." she said, eating again.

"Even still." he grinned, taking her gently by the arm and lead her away and outside. He stood by the doorframe, smiling at her.

"Thanks." she said.

"For what?" he asked.

"For all this. Giving me this one moment." she smiled.

"I'd always do it for you." he smiled softly, pulling her into a hug, all too aware of her completely bare back beneath his hands, and against the cold night air.

She relaxed into his embrace, her arms around his middle.

They stayed there for some time before Kita came to find them.

"Rose, come on. Five minutes till New Year."

Rose lifted her head from the Doctor's chest and looked at her friend. "Okay then…" she nodded before stepping back from the warmth, shivering a little.

Kita grabbed her arm and pulled her, and she pulled him in with her.

No sooner had they got into the living room had a slow-ish song started playing.

It's undeniable

That we should be together

It's unbelievable

How I used to say that I'd fall never

The basis you need to know

If you don't know just how I feel

Then let me show you now

That I'm for real

If all things in time

Time will reveal

The Doctor had twirled Rose toward him and started, like some of the couples in the room, a slow dance with her.

"You want moves, Rose? I'll give you them." he murmured in her ear.

His hot breath on the side of her face sent shivers catapulting down her spine.

She looked up at those big, dark, doe-like eyes he adored so much, and he flashed her his cheekiest smirk.

One, you're like a dream come true

Two, just wanna be with you

Three, girl it's plain to see

That you're the only one for me

Four, repeat steps one through three

Five, make you fall in love with me

If ever I believe my work is done

Then I start back at one

He moved around the room with her, neither one realising everyone had fallen silent moving to the sides of the room watching them intently.

So incredible

The way things work themselves out

And all emotional, once you know what it's all about babe

And undesirable

For us to be apart

Never would have made it very far

Cause you know that you've got the keys to my heart

Eyes of deep brown met the unique mixture of green and brown, and instinctively they were pulled closer.

Jackie Tyler watched them. She, along with everyone else could practically feel and see the chemistry between them as they danced, a chemistry that didn't seem to waver all night.

One, you're like a dream come true

Two, just wanna be with you

Three, girl it's plain to see

That you're the only one for me

Four, repeat steps one through three

Five, make you fall in love with me

If ever I believe my work is done

Then I start back at one

The women that had tried flirting with him looked at Rose like they wanted to kill her, while Rose's best friends looked on with smug satisfaction, that their plan had worked.

Their plan of dressing their friend in the most revealing thing she had without showing off too much.

Say farewell to the dark night

I see the coming of the sun

I feel like a little child

Whose life has just begun

You came and breathed new life

Into this lonely heart of mine

You threw out the life line

Just in the nick of time

Rose stared up at the man who was dancing with her. Her eyes full of adoration, full of life and love. She knew that this sing had been played for them in a way. The words referring to them. It was then that she realised the look she had on her face was mirrored on his own face and she smiled.

One, you're like a dream come true

Two, just wanna be with you

Three, girl it's plain to see

That you're the only one for me

Four, repeat steps one through three

Five, make you fall in love with me

If ever I believe my work is done

Then I start back at one

They both slowed to a stop as the song ended. They only realised they'd had an audience when everyone bar the women giving the daggers, erupted into cheers, whoops and clapping.

"Rose that was amazing!" Shareen and Kita shouted.

Rose went pink and leaned agains him.

Jackie now had to accept that her daughter was in love for possibly the first time in er life, and unless she was forced to, would never return home for good.

"Ten! Nine! Eight!" Everyone had glanced at the count down on the TV as someone switched it on, and was counting down.

"Five! Four!"

The Doctor had glanced down at Rose with the bigest grin of his life on his face.

"Three! Two! One!"

They both closed the gap and their lips met as everyone chanted "Happy New Year!"

And soon a chorus of 'Auld Lang Syne' sounded through the flat as fireworks crashed in the night sky outside as the Earth celebrated the New Year of 2010.

- Finite -