Rose fought the urge to laugh as a blush covered the Doctor's cheeks.
"How about we finish this conversation at home later, yeah?" she suggested.
The Doctor nodded, relieved. By now they had finally reached Pete's office and, even outside, they could hear Jackie's hysterical shouting from inside the office.
"Ready?" Rose asked, smirking at her husband.
The Doctor rolled his eyes and took a deep breath.
"As ready as I'll ever be," he murmured.
And with that, they stepped into the room.
Almost as soon as they'd set foot in Pete's office, Jackie ambushed them.
"Well? What were the results?" she demanded, clearly fraught with worry.
Rose took a deep breath and grasped her mother's hands in hers, leading Jackie over to the plush chairs in front of Pete's desk. Pete, meanwhile, was sat on the desk, cradling Amelia in his arms, although he reluctantly passed his granddaughter to the Doctor. By now, Jackie had sunk into a chair, but had refused to let go of Rose's hands.
"So?" Jackie prompted, softer this time, and the worry was evident in both her tone and her facial features.
"Well, Mum, Dad, there's no easy way to tell you this," Rose admitted, sitting on the arm of Jackie's chair, glancing between Pete and Jackie uneasily "but mine and the Doctor's life spans are effectively…Well, they're bound together. I can't die until the Doctor dies,"
Pete merely stared, speechless, while Jackie gasped, covering her mouth with her hand. It wasn't long, however, until Jackie regained her speech.
"Oh, my baby girl!" she exclaimed, dragging a rather shocked Rose onto her lap, beginning to rock her- something she hadn't done since Rose was 10- and repeating over and over again "It's going to be alright, sweetheart, everything's going to be fine."
"I know it is, Mum!" Rose replied, extracting herself from Jackie's lap. "And in case you'd forgotten, I am a married woman and a mother now!"
Jackie did a very good impression of a fish at this point, gaping at her daughter for several minutes before standing up and rounding on her son-in-law.
"You!" Jackie spat, glaring daggers and pointing furiously at the Doctor.
"Me?" the Doctor asked, perplexed "What did I do?"
"This is all your fault, you know! You did this to my Rose, you've ruined her life!" By now, Jackie was in full-on protective mother mode, yelling at the Doctor- who, in Rose's opinion, looked suspiciously like he was attempting to use Amelia as a shield- while Pete tried to calm her down.
Knowing that there was nothing she could say or do to calm her mother down- well, nothing she could say or do that Pete wasn't already doing- Rose surveyed her family, noting the near-petrified look on her husband's face. Amelia was kicking in the Doctor's arms, and Rose moved to relieve him of her. He barely even noticed as Rose took Amelia, instead choosing to keep all his attention on Jackie. Never mind the Doctor being the Oncoming Storm, Rose thought wryly, Jackie was more like a scale 5 hurricane.
"What happens now, huh? What if you up and leave in the middle of the night, suddenly decide that you can't raise a family like a normal human?"
"Jackie, I promise you that will never happen," the Doctor cut in suddenly, finally having enough of Jackie's ranting.
Jackie blinked, shocked.
"When I married Rose, I promised to stay with her forever. I promised to help raise Amelia, to help raise a family. The thing is, Jackie, the change Rose's body has gone through means that now, we can have forever. And that's exactly what I intend to do; stay with Rose for the rest of my life, or at least for as long as she'll have me."
Rose had been fussing over Amelia, but looked up suddenly at her husband's words. Pete still hadn't managed to get a word in, thanks to Jackie's rant, but it didn't look like he had anything he could say now, and Jackie was doing her fish impression again. Suddenly, the door to Pete's office burst open, and a breathless Mickey collapsed against the doorframe.
"I came as soon as I got your message! What's going on, is everything alright?"
As Mickey stared at the occupants of the room, they all glanced at each other and began laughing.
"What?" Mickey asked, confused.
After Mickey had burst into the office, Rose had spent several long minutes calming her friend down and assuring him that she was fine. The five of them- and Amelia- had then headed back to the Doctor and Rose's, where they had sat Mickey down with a can of lager and explained carefully to him about Rose's change. He had taken the news surprisingly well, although did spend a great deal of the explanation glaring at the Doctor. Said Doctor had then drove down to the nearby fish and chip shop and bought chips for everyone, which they had for tea. That was how they now found themselves in the Doctor and Rose's sitting room watching TV, Mickey playing with his goddaughter on the floor while her tired parents were curled up on the sofa.
Later that night, Mickey, Pete and Jackie had headed home, and Amelia had fallen asleep on the Doctor's chest.
"You're ok with this, right?" the Doctor asked Rose suddenly, keeping his eyes fixed on the TV.
"Of course I am, Doctor, why?" Rose answered, watching her husband in concern.
"Because…Well, we weren't exactly expecting this to happen, and you didn't exactly agree to it," the Doctor pointed out, beginning to ramble.
"Doctor," Rose cut in quietly "I promised you forever. And that's what we have now. Forever."
And then their peace was shattered by Amelia crying.