THE BREAK UP -

Donna Noble stood outside the Doctor's chamber. She listed to Rose and him laughing. She felt her tears wet her eyes, but she pushed them away. Donna breathed in deeply and forced a composed face on the count of three she opened the door to his room to find Rose and the Doctor sitting on his bed.

"Hey, we were just." The Doctor started but was cut off by Donna.

"Um I would like to speak with my boyfriend," She said addressing Rose. "alone." Rose turned on the bed and smiled at the Doctor. She slid off of the bed and walked to the doorway where she stopped.

"Doctor, I'll get those reports later. Thanks for the sex." Rose remarked. Donna felt her first curl. Rose walked out of the room closing the door behind her. Donna watched as the Doctor stood up to try to defend himself.

"She's joking." He told her as he stuck his hands into his pockets. "I was trying to call you."

"You mean when you weren't hanging out with Rose?" Donna said crossing her arms.

"Come on Donna, you never called me back."

"Yeah now you know how I feel." Donna sighed and cooled down. "Listen I know it's been rough for you lately; having to deal with Sara Jane Smith's death and having to give up Martha. I feel like I've been keeping you close to me, to try to protect you from those things."

Donna risked a glance at the Doctor and immediately regretted it. The look in his eyes made her want to break down and cry like no tomorrow. She breathed in and carried on.

"Like I'm hanging on to the two of us for you, but not for me." The Doctor looked up. Why does this always happen to him?

"I'm sorry I kissed Rose. I should've told you." He apologized. He walked over to a chair and slummed down into it. Donna started towards him.

"It's not about that Doctor, it's not. I mean I thought it was, but it's not about her." Donna kneeled down in front of him; both her palms resting on his left knee. "It's about me. I love you Doctor and I probably always will, but." She paused feeling his hand fold over hers and she looked deep into his searching for something to hold onto.

"But we go days without having meaningful conversations. And I used to miss you so much when that happened, but it never seemed like you missed me." Donna said low and meaningful. The Doctor looked away, but Donna kept her eyes trained on him.

"I guess because of it I stopped missing you." She said sadly. That was it for the Doctor. His eyes watered as he found her starring at him. Waiting for a response of some sort. "I mean look at today. You haven't talked to me all day, and you only tried to reach me once Doctor. You were with Rose all day! You shared laughs with her when you never even shared a hello with me."

I guess I should have said something, but when someone tells you that they suddenly have stopped missing you, you know it's pretty much over no matter what you say.

"It shouldn't be like this Doctor."

"Donna." He said weakly.

"I'm sorry. I can't do this anymore." Please don't say it. Don't say those five words, please Donna don't say them! "I want to go home." She leaned forward and kissed his forehead before getting up to leave. He watched as she grabbed the door handle.

See. There had to be something. Something I could say to make this right. Something that no has ever said in the history of the world.

"Donna." The Doctor called. He watched as she slowly turned around to meet his gaze. "I'm sorry." Donna forced a half smiled and nodded sadly. She had wished he would have said something else.

"Yeah, me too." She whispered before leaving his room and closing the door behind her.

That wasn't it.