Hopefully a good end. I was thinking of doing a series with the Doctor, Donna and Grace, but I'm not sure. Any thoughts?
Grace awoke in the silence, Donna and Jack in the room but asleep. The Doctor was awake in a chair reading a book, but he looked up as she scooted to the edge of the bed.
"Good morning," he smiled at her.
She couldn't return his smile. She was leaving him today, and though in all honesty it was only for a few minutes for her, it wasn't exactly the same. He was him, but he wasn't this him. Her version had the same eye color, but the storm had calmed and the same crazy hair- he had the same laugh, smile, dreams but he wasn't the man before her. Her mom had always said that Grace was what changed him.
"What's wrong, Grace," the Doctor had stood and walked over. He sat beside her on the bed and she fell into his open arms. She hadn't meant to cry, but the tears fell anyway. "Shhh," the Doctor murmured. "I'm here."
Her head was buried in his shirt, and she could hear and feel his heartbeats, and suddenly she wanted him to know. She pulled back and his face was concerned. "I have two hearts."
His eyebrows raised but he didn't look surprised. He reached for his stethoscope that was on a bedside table, and slid the ends into his ears, and held it to her chest. The heartbeat was there, the original, but he moved it to the right and felt a tear escape when he heard the second- thump-thump. He removed the stethoscope and put it back on the table.
"How did you hide that Grace, and the scanners?"
"You taught me." Her eyes were wide.
He seemed to notice her worry and softened his tone. "Me, I'm touch telepathic, Grace."
"You and mom made me better." It was the truth. "You taught me. You told me that I had to pretend until the last day."
He reached out, brushing strawberry blond hair away from her face, the bruises gone now. "I don't want to lose you."
Her smile was sad. "You're not. You'll see me again."
He shook his head. "I know, but I still hurt like I'm losing you."
She understood. "I know."
"How long do you have?"
She looked the clock, "Twenty minutes."
He nodded. "Your clothes are dry, so I'll take Donna and Jack, and you can change."
He just nodded and kissed her head, and went to wake the two sleeping in their chairs. They rose, and he explained. When the door closed behind them, Grace rose, and pulled her clothes out of the top drawer. After she had changed she put her hand on the wall of the TARDIS. "I'll see you soon. And thank you."
The TARDIS hummed loudly. Grace looked around the room one last time. Her room and she wiped away the tear that fell and walked out of the room. She entered the Console room and three pairs of eye settled on her. The only thing she felt leftover from her injuries was a mild pain in her right knee and it caused her to limp.
"Are you all right," the Doctor asked her.
She made a face he had made many times. "I'm always all right."
He smiled at her, and Donna stepped to her and pulled her into a tight hug. "I'll be seeing you, then?"
Grace smiled into her shoulder. "Oh yes."
Donna pulled back. "And I'm a good…"
"The best," Grace agreed.
Donna nodded and took a step back and Jack replaced her. He reached out taking one of her hands into his. "Just a dream?" He asked again.
Grace tightened her grip. "You'll just have to wait and see."
Jack's smile was wide and he pulled her into a hug. "I think it'll be worth the wait." The words were soft, meant only for her.
When he pulled back the Doctor was there, his arms open for her. She took the step forward and he pulled her up into him, her feet off the ground. He sat her back down but held her close another moment. "I'm so glad that we had this time, Grace. And I hope I am everything you deserve."
Grace took a small step back. "I love you."
"I think I might love you more." The Doctor said.
"Bye, I'll see you all." Grace took a step towards the door, but paused and turned around.
"Doctor?" The word was weak and sad.
"Oh, go on. Just this once won't hurt."
"Dad," Grace said again and he nodded his approval. Grace took a step close to him, lowering her voice. "Dad, there is going to be a day real soon. You'll be with Donna and you're going to think you have to do something. You won't want to but you think you have to. Just wait a minute, okay? Things will change, but you have to wait."
The Doctor looked down at her, unsure. "When?"
She shook her head. "You'll know. Just wait."
And with that she walked out of the door. As it closed behind her the Doctor's mind filled with that beach on Shadowalk again. But this time he wasn't alone. Grace and Donna and Jack were there, and he found that he didn't mind it at all.
Three Months Later
Things had been crazy but there had been so much joy. But the celebration was over. He had left Rose again, though he found the heartbreak wasn't as bad this time. And she had the other him. That brought him comfort. He was alone in the TARDIS with Donna and this was why his hearts ached. She stood before him on the edge of burning, and he knew what he had to do. He lifted his hands, and she begged him not to make her go back. He was almost there when he was reminded of Grace's words.
And he stopped. She cried still but he stepped back, vowing to give it just a minute and if nothing happened he would save her. He didn't have to wait though; Donna began to glow in light. And then she was bursting with it coming from every part of her body. Her body was regenerating; somehow, it had changed to save her. But did that mean she wouldn't be his fiery Donna anymore? And what was she now?
The light vanished and she looked at him, every feature the same as before.
"Your…" he couldn't find the words.
"I believe that is a trick Time Lords have to cheat death?"
She stepped to the console of the TARDIS with a smile.
"You…" Again the words were lost.
"I'm brilliant, yeah. And so are you. Where to then, Doctor?"