This is the second story in my linking series. If you don't get the first part written in italics read 'Greatest Desire'. This is one the bit that gets left out because the sonic pulse makes them forget what they did after its effects wear off.
Some of you might be a little angry that I've kind of written out River. I've fitted that in as that The Doctor saved her so she was effectively wiped from existence but because she and the others are anomalies they remember her and for some reasons all the things she did to help still happened.
So sorry River lovers but, as much as I like her, this story wouldn't really work with her in it.
And yes. I have based the OC Aria off myself.
All original Doctor Who characters do not belong to me. Hawkes bay IS a real place. And the OC's Aria, Luka, Emory and Koda belong to me.
The Doctor was kind of scared. He didn't know what he would do. Not even he knew his own greatest desire, and the closer they got to the transmitter, the worse it got. And every step they were getting closer. He doubted that if another pulse hit that he would be able to withstand its effects.
Holding Rose's hand as they ran through the spiral tower stairwell reminded him all too much of what it had done to her… and him. She had been under the pulses influence, acting on her greatest desires. What was his excuse?
There was another sonic like pulse, just like last time. But this time his mind was getting foggier and foggier. He couldn't stop it this time…
Suddenly he became keenly aware of the soft skin in his hand; he stopped running and looked down to see he was still holding Rose's hand. And as he looked up at her, he knew what it was he wanted.
He had always wanted many things: to live a normal life, or well, normal-ish, not to be the last of his kind, to do something more rash and impulsive and he ever had done before. But looking at Rose, he knew that the one thing he wanted more than anything else in all of time and space was her.
Looking in her hazel eyes he could tell that she was experiencing the same ecstasy as he was of not having to care about what they were doing.
Taking her in his arms he pulled her to him. She came more than willingly and kissed him fiercely. He was kissing her back, kissing her passionately, pressing her against the wall so there was as little space between them as possible. But it wasn't enough.
He needed more of her. He needed to be with her forever. She was his Rose. He needed her more than anything. He needed to be closer than this.
Rose's hands slipped down from his neck and began pulling away his jacket. Wanting the same as her, he all too eagerly helped. Then taking her by the hand he led her out, back to the TARDIS.
Once there something nudged at the back of his mind, something important. But his head was so filled with the image of the woman he loved that he couldn't remember. Just in case, he quickly flipped a few switches so that the TARDIS would be suspended in time. And before he could turn back to Rose, she had slipped in front of him and was sitting on a clear spot on the console.
He was kissing her again as she pulled of his shirt. His hands found the bottom of her sundress and soon that was on the floor too along with her bikini top.
They were pressed together, body to body. Her bare skin against his felt like bliss…
With a jerk, The Doctor woke. For a second he was surprised to find that he had all of his clothes on, and that there was no one in the bed beside him… And that the shape of his body was different. Unfortunately reality hit back pretty fast.
Sighing deeply he rubbed his eyes and raked his hands through his hair.
Rose… he hadn't thought of her in a long time.
But seriously, a sex dream!
After a very long soak in the shower he made his way to the control room of the TARDIS. Amy, who was holding Melody, and Rory were already there and were looking at him weirdly. Quickly he checked himself to make sure he was dressed right or had nothing weird stuck to him. All he noticed was the irritating absence of a fez. Amy had hidden them all…
"Doctor, are you alright?" she asked.
"What? Oh, yes. I'm fine. Right as rain… you know I never got that saying. How could rain be right? Anyway… wait, why what's wrong?"
Amy rolled her eyes before saying, "figure of speech, Doctor. And you look… I don't know, kind of distracted, unsettled."
"Well, I did have a dream," he said, leaning heavily against the control panel.
"Me too," she said cheekily.
"I had a dream about someone I haven't seen in many years. I guess it kind of was… unsettling."
"Why, what happened to him… or her?" Rory finally spoke up.
"She got stranded in a parallel universe. I wasn't able to get her out. And when I could… Well, I had to leave her there."
"Who was she?" Amy asked.
"Her name was Rose," he told them. "She was… she was only 19 when I first met her. But she was beautiful and smart and brilliant. She just… And I…" he really couldn't get anymore words out.
"You loved her," Any finished for him.
Silently he nodded, still not willing to say the words aloud. At this silence followed. His two companions looked at each other like they didn't quite know what to say. "So!" he cried breaking the tension. "Who wants to go bungee jumping?"
Before either of them could reply he was setting in the co-ordinates and flipping the switches. Internally he found himself cringing. Great idea! In an attempt to get Rose out of his mind he ended up going to a place where he had wanted to take her! He didn't want to think about Rose, because even now, after all this time, it was still painful.
The Doctor smiled as the TARDIS made her familiar materialising noises. In all his 913 years he would never hear a better sound. It could cheer him up in an instant.
Quickly he checked to see if he had the right place and was pleased to find that he did… well, a different year albeit. But it wasn't far off.
"Tada!" he cried opening the doors. "Welcome to New Zealand, 2025!" Then he looked out into a small village half full of old shabby houses, and half full of new houses that looked like they'd been cloned. "This isn't Taupo, well this sucks!"
He was rather sad. Taupo had the best bungee jump in this world. It would have been better in about a hundred years after the earthquakes had deepened the gorges. But even now they were pretty great.
Actually… this place looked very familiar. Looking about he saw a sign that read 'Sunny Hawkes Bay!' He felt his hearts drop into his stomach. Last time he had tried to take Rose bungee jumping they had come out in the right time… but they had landed here.
"Hey!" Amy's angry cries broke into his thoughts. But she wasn't yelling at him, she was yelling at some teenage boys.
"Go back to mars!" they taunted throwing things at a poor girl who was on the ground. But at the sound of Amy's voice they all jumped on their bikes and scattered.
"Freak!" they yelled back at a girl, who Rory was helping up. The girl got wobbly to her feet, clutching her head. She didn't look any older than eighteen.
"Idiots," she mumbled. "I'm not a Martian, I don't even look anything like a Martian!"
"Are you okay?" Rory asked her.
"Yeah, I'm fine. I'm used to it," she said brightly as if nothing had happened.
"They were throwing rocks at you!"
"Yeah, I don't blame them," the girl muttered.
"What!" Amy cried in alarm.
"I'm the crazy girl," she told them. "I believe in things that to them just aren't possible, I'm quirky and different… they never really did like different."
She seemed to pause and look up at the TARDIS with a look he could quite recognise.
"That's a police phone box," he told her. "Bet you've never seen one of those here, have you?"
"Not my self, no… But… it does look familiar…" With a blink and a shake of her head, as if snapping out of a dream, she looked off down the street and began walking. Was it just his imagination, or were her hands shaking?
He was deeply intrigued by this girl, she was right, she was different. There was something about her…
The way she was so bright and cavalier about what had happened. Her interest in the TARDIS, and yet she had walked away. He could tell, just by being around her that she was something strange. And if he felt it then no wonder the humans had.
It wasn't just that though, she looked familiar… like he'd seen her before.
"Hey, wait a moment," he said catching up to her. "What about those boys, what if they attack again?"
"It's an hour walk home, they're bound to be hiding around a corner somewhere," she said in a blasé tone, which horribly suggested that it was a common thing.
"Couldn't your parents do something about it?"
"No, I'm not telling her," she rounded on him. "Mum doesn't need to know. She already worries enough."
Stopping her, The Doctor looked at the girl carefully. She was petite and had long, hip length hair that was an oddly familiar shade of light golden brown. There was something in her blue eyes that he couldn't quite place. Her features were rather elven and fairy like. But she looked so sweet and innocent – well, he wasn't sure exactly how innocent when she had those curves – and he could hardly bare the thought of letting her walk all that way and have more stones thrown at her. And yet she still had a smile on her face as if everything was fine.
"Right, well I don't want you getting hurt, so I'm giving you a ride home."
"Really Doctor, you don't have to."
"No I insist."
"Fine then, you can drop me off in the park behind my house. I can walk across a field by myself just fine."
"Hey…" he said thinking back a second. "How did you know I was called The Doctor?"
"I heard her call you it," the girl lied flawlessly pointing to Amy. Amy looked confused like she was trying to remember if she had said it or not.
"Uh huh… Well, in we go," he said stepping into the TARDIS. There was something about this girl and he had no intention of letting her out of his sight.
Everyone stepped in after him and he waited expectantly while the girl looked about. "Well…?" he asked.
"It's smaller than I remember," she said. His face fell.
"You told her to say that didn't you?" he rounded on Amy, who shook her head. "Wait, did you say 'remember'?"
"Huh…" the girl said cocking her head to the side, "I guess I did."
"Right, now short distance travel is very tricky, but I'll try my best," he told her, pretending to drop the subject of the odd things she knew.
"Why don't you just ask her to take us?" Every head turned to the girl.
"What… can't you hear her…?" She looked from one face to the other, taking their silence as a no. "Anderson Park, please" she called into open air. "No! not my house, the park!"
A few seconds later the TARDIS was flicking her own buttons and was dematerialising on her own.
"Meany! I said the park," she said in annoyance.
"How in the name of Gallifrey did you do that?" he asked when they had materialised. For a moment she looked at him sharply as if he had said something he shouldn't. "Who are you?"
"My name's Aria," she said brightly. "Now, I know you're The Doctor, but who are these two… er three?" she looked at his companions.
"I'm Rory, this is my wife Amy and our daughter Melody," Rory told her cautiously.
"Well Aria, it's nice to know your name. But who are you?" he asked again. "How do you know who I am, how do you recognise the TARDIS and how do you know how to fly her without touching anything? And what did you mean by 'can't you hear her'?"
There was a lot she wasn't telling them and he wanted to know.
But before Aria could open her mouth to speak there was a bang at the front and he looked over to see a figure standing in the doorway.
The woman seemed quite out of breath and had familiar blonde hair and hazel eyes… she was older than he remembered, but it was her…
"Rose…" he whispered. He was feeling slightly faint, and 'shock' didn't even begin to explain it!
"Hello Doctor. You've changed again," she said as she walked up to him. Her tone was casual, but he could just hear the excitement she was trying to hold down.
"Yes," was all he was able to say.
"You're wearing a bowtie," she said giving it a little tug.
"Bowties are cool."
Rose laughed happily, "Same old Doctor!" And then she was kissing him. He realised a moment later that he was kissing her back.
"Mum!" the appalled cry broke the two of them apart. He whipped around to see three shocked faces, but the most shocked of them all was Aria's.
"Aria Gallifreya Tyler, what the hell are you doing in the TARDIS?" Rose said, sounding slightly hysterical.
"Mum?" The Doctor repeated. "Did she just call you…? She's your daughter!" he said in disbelief.
The Doctors brain felt like mush, he was so shocked that it was running like rusty clockwork… Wow, this must be what it felt like to have a human brain.
"Ah, what the hell is going on here?" Amy asked.
"That's what I'd like to know," he said. "Rose, what are you…? How did you…?"
"Would you look at that," she joked. "I've made the Great Doctor speechless… not the first time." She grinned.
"Rose," he said in a warning voice. "You were stuck in a parallel universe, not even I could get you back. And now I find you here? How?"
Rose sighed and for a brief moment her eyes flicked towards her daughter.
"We found a way back," she told him. "We just somehow ended up here and we've been here ever since."
"Yes, but how did you-?"
"Mum!" Aria suddenly called out. The girl had her eyes screwed up tight and she was holding onto the banister like it was her lifeline. She kind of seemed to be… flickering…
"Aria!" Rose cried running over to her daughter in a panic. "Hold on sweetheart. Don't go, come on concentrate, concentrate on me!"
By now the girl was almost completely disappeared, and was slipping through her mothers fingers. As she disappeared completely there was a disjointed scream, a few seconds passed and she reappeared on the floor unconscious.
"No, no, no, no, no," Rose was muttering as she knelt down next to her unconscious daughter. The Doctor was right there beside her too. "No, don't do this. Please!"
After checking her pulse, Rose placed a hand on either side of Aria's chest and began pumping as if she were trying to do CPR.
"What are you doing?" Rory cried knocking her out of the way. "You'll kill her if you do that." He made to take over, but the second his hands touched the girl's chest he backed away with a small cry. "Oh my God! What the…"
"What is it?" he asked Rory in alarm. Rory just shook his head.
By now Rose was in tears. "Please Doctor," she sobbed. "You have to save her. She isn't breathing and her hearts have nearly stopped!"
"Did you just say-?"
"Just save her!"
"Right," he said chucking her the Sonic. "Use this."
As Rose waved the Sonic-screwdriver over Aria, he placed his hands where she had and began pumping. With the help of the sonic he felt the faint thump against his hands. The thump of two hearts, beating as one…
"Rose, why does your daughter have two hearts?" he asked cautiously as he continued the CPR.
"It doesn't matter right now, just restart them."
"ROSE, why does your daughter have two hearts?" he said much louder than he needed to.
"I should think you already know the answer to that one," Rose cried.
Below him Aria drew a breath, and they both stopped, and just stared at each other.
"Oh…" he breathed.
He did know the answer. Because it hadn't really been a dream last night… it had been a memory.
And now I know that some of you will be wondering about the Human Bio Metacrisis Doctor… Don't worry, I'm getting to that.
If you're a little confused, keep clam. The other three in the series might help you figure it all out. Just keep reading!