A/N) Well, here we are. The start of another adventure. The sequel to CHOICES. Hopefully this will not disappoint!

Title: Promises

Rating: T

Set: Sequel to Choices.

Summary: Rose promised the Doctor she would never leave him, but found herself leaving the TARDIS at her own free will, now she finds her new life disrupted as the Doctor comes crashing back into her life along with fiery-red head Donna Noble who may just be the most important woman in the universe.

Pairings: Ten/Rose; Martha/Tom Milligan

Characters: Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Sarah-Jane Smith, Jack Harkness, Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Francine Jones, Tish Jones, Clive Jones, Leo Jones

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"I know," he whispered. "If I could say it, Rose, I would...but I can't... my head is so screwed up that I need to piece things together before I can even think about stuff like that... "

She felt guilty. She had left him alone to cope with the pain and mental torment he had gone through during his thirty month imprisonment with the Master. He had wanted her to stay but she had refused to, stating that she had needed to leave to sort herself out instead. But the Doctor had needed her.

She had stayed awake for half of the night thinking through what she had said. Several times she had been tempted to phone the Doctor, but then she realised she didn't know her mobile number off by heart and that the only one who did have her number was Martha, but her friend was asleep upstairs. Rose was curled up on the settee in the lounge of Martha's parent's house, a blanket covering her.

It was now morning, around six, but no one was moving that she could here. Usually she wouldn't even be awake herself but everything she had gone through in the last year had taken a terrible toll on her. She was used to sleeping lightly and keeping an ear open for trouble. The Jones family on the other hand had spent an entire year prisoners of the Master, and they were understandably tired. She didn't expect to see either of them awake for quite a few hours.

She contented herself to reading the papers that were still in the house from the day before, detailing Saxon's election victory in the papers. She was sitting at the kitchen table, sipping a glass of water when Martha walked into the kitchen, dressed in pink pyjamas, her black hair loose about her shoulders.

"You're up early," said Martha as she pulled out one of the other chairs and sat down.

"I couldn't sleep," replied Rose, looking down at the page she was reading.

Martha reached across the table and took her hand. "Are you okay?"

Rose sighed. "I dunno... I sort of feel..."

"Lost?" supplied Martha.

"Yeah," nodded Rose, "lost without the Doctor." She ran a hand through her tangled hair. "What can I do?"

"Tell you what, first thing tomorrow, we'll talk to everybody," suggested Martha. "And I mean everybody: Jack, Sarah Jane and maybe even track down Donna if we can."

"What good would that do?" shrugged Rose, meeting her friend's gaze.

"Maybe they can help you to decide what to do next," finished Martha. "Give you an idea of life after the Doctor."

Rose nodded, understanding what Martha was suggesting. "Yeah, that sounds good."

"Tomorrow then," smiled Martha, warmly.

To be continued...

Please let me know what you think! I know it is a little short but it is a prologue!

I should warn readers that I will be starting a new job soon so updates will be slow in coming, but I hope the wait will be worth it! :)