Sorry this took so bloody long! I got massive writers block on where to go from somewhere on the second page or so. I honestly couldn't get anything down. But I've finally overcome it.
I hope it was worth the wait!
One Big Krazy Alien Family
The Doctor and Rose spent another whole week on the TARDIS. But it didn't drive them nuts this time. They had a lot of catching up to do, in more ways than one.
Rose told him about her many escape attempts and was even able to laugh at some of them. Like the times she had tricked the guards, or did something hilariously stupid or clever. She was quite offended that he was surprised at how ingenious her escape plots had been.
He, in turn, had told her about, and even shown her some of the adventures he'd had before he found her again. He had laughed when he felt surges of jealousy flash through their telepathic link at the mention of companions like Sarah Jane (although that was not as harsh as the others), Nyssa and Romana. But she couldn't help it, the way he talked about them, so fondly, made her pout.
"Time Lords don't get jealous," he teased her.
"Yeah, well I'm a Time Lady. We can be as jealous as we want," she sulked, causing him to laugh even more.
"Oh come on, it's not like I liked and of them that way. That's why you startled me so much. Somewhere in between 'run' and 'I could save the world, but lose you', I found myself feeling something I'd never felt so strongly before. I wanted to protect you more than anyone before and when you kept coming back…"
"Like I could leave you," she nudged him playfully. "Besides, this has been coming for hundreds of years."
"You know, it's strange knowing that you're 639 years younger than me when we were only born a few months apart."
"Would you rather I went travelling by myself for a few hundred years until I catch up. Then come back when we're the same age?" she joked.
"No!" he cried quite seriously, pulling her back down on the couch when she started to get up. "Never go. You're my Rose, and you are never leaving me again… not even for a day, you got that?"
"Wow, little possessive there."
"You started it," he mumbled into the crook of her neck.
"Well, you are mine, always have been," she said cheekily with her tongue in teeth grin. She turned in his arms and gave him a quick, soft kiss. He hummed in content.
"Well, if I'm your Doctor, then you're my Rose. You're mine. I'm allowed to be possessive."
"Sounds fair," she giggled tuning around again and relaxing back into him. They stayed like that for a while, just lying together on the study's couch. His breath tickled at her ear as his lips brushed the shell.
The Doctor made up his mind in that moment and whispered in her ear. Rose felt an impact in her mind then felt dizzy as memory after memory altered to reveal the true ones that their childhood bond had hidden.
"What?" she gasped looking at him, wide eyed.
"You heard me," he grinned at her. "And I'm not saying it again."
"You just told me your…" He nodded. And then the next thing he knew, her lips were on his and she was kissing him fiercely. After a moment she told him hers, after all, she'd told him in the Path that Never Was. Like her, he seemed somewhat disorientated. He shook his head to clear it.
"I love you, you know that?" he said cheerfully.
"Yep," she popped the 'P' and gave him her tongue in teeth grin. Suddenly she remembered something and she groaned.
"What is it?" he asked, slightly worried.
"We have to see Mum."
"Yeah, I can see why that would be a problem- Ow!" he pouted as she hit him in the shoulder.
"Last time she saw us, you were dragging me out of the house in a murderous rage. She deserves to know what's happened. I mean, she didn't take it well when you told her I wasn't really her daughter. What will she say when she finds out I've opened the watch."
"Well, whatever she says - if it's bad, that is - she won't get very far. I'll stop her and explain everything to her if I have to."
"Thank you," she said giving him a quick kiss. "Oh, and it might pay not to tell her about the last few weeks. I may have forgiven you for being such a pig headed jerk, but I doubt she'll let it slide." She felt him shiver beneath her.
"Okay," he squeaked. "I vote on not telling her… Did I ever say I was sorry for that… for all of it?"
"A few times," she giggled. "Don't worry about it. I understand why you did it. Why you felt the way you did… I certainly didn't help."
"Mmm, you always have been stubborn. You want to know something?" he asked, a thoughtful smile on his face. "When I asked you to travel with me - as a human - the reason why I asked again… you reminded me a little Time Lady I once knew."
"For a genius, you really can be slow on the uptake and putting things together," she laughed.
"Ugh, don't remind me!" he cried. Then his tone became resigned. "So, your mother's then?"
"Doctor, we have a TARDIS. A time machine. I'm sure she won't even be able to tell the difference. I have something else in mind." She grinned at him cheekily, leaning down to kiss him again. Part of her realised that like the Doctor, she was much more tactile in this body. But this was much more than the need to be constantly touching. This was much deeper.
As he kissed her, the Doctor's hand brushed against her temple and he saw what was running through her mind. "I think I quite like the sound of that idea," he murmured. Suddenly he had flipped her onto her back and he was smiling down at her.
'That is so mean!' Rose thought. The Doctor grinned at her cheekily. Since they had created a bond, they could speak to each other in their minds as long as they had skin to skin contact.
'Yeah, but it will be funny,' he encouraged, giving her hand a squeeze.
'Oh, it'll be hilarious! Let's do it… Although, you do know she'll probably slap you, right?'
'It'll be worth it,' he told her. He raised his other fist and knocked on the door. There were hurried footsteps and the door swung open to reveal a somewhat distressed Jackie.
"Rose!" she cried almost in relief. She threw her arms around her daughter, eyeing the Doctor warily behind her back. He put on a hurt and confused face.
"Mum, are you okay? What's happened?" Rose asked in a panic, drawing back before Jackie could feel her hearts.
"What do you mean 'what's happened'?" she spluttered. "Are you okay? He didn't hurt you did he?"
"What?" the Doctor growled, stepping protectively towards Rose. "Who wants to hurt her? Jackie, tell me, what do you know?" Jackie just looked at them in shock and confusion. They both knew why. They had purposely landed twenty minutes after they had last left. "Jackie, please. If Rose is in danger you have to tell me!"
"What…? But you…" she just seemed lost for words.
"I'll be fine," Rose rolled her eyes. "I'm a big girl. Honestly, you two worry too much. I may not be a Time Lord, but I think I've cheated death a few times now," she grinned smugly. "Is Pete - Dad here? We found something in the future about him. Thought he might like to see it." And she pushed her way inside the house, leaving behind a stuttering Jackie.
"Don't look at me, she's your daughter," he said before following. He was barely holding back his laughter at Jackie's expression.
"Hold on Doctor!" she cried, suddenly dragging him into a side room. "What the hell is going on? Half a bloody hour ago you were storming in here and screaming at that girl. She looked terrified out of her wits! And now you're all happy and everything's just dandy!"
"Jackie, what are you on about?" he said in concern. "Have you been at the scotch again?"
"What? No! Look, I don't know what the bloody hell is going on!"
"There's a surprise," he muttered under his breath.
"Seriously, one bloody minute, you're in here harping on about how Rose is an alien and tearing our family apart. And now-"
"What? Rose being an alien?" he scoffed. "You really have been at that scotch, haven't you? She's too skinny to be a Slitheen, and I'm pretty sure I'd notice if she'd been possessed or swapped. And if she was born an alien that would mean that you were one too. Well, you or Pete."
"But I can't have kids! You said it yourself. Those memories were implanted in my mind."
"Really Jackie, this is a little overboard don't you think? I know Rose. I care for her more than anything. I would know if she weren't human."
"Come on, I'll prove it to you." Without waiting for her reply, he walked out of the room and into the lounge, hiding the huge grin on his face. In the lounge, Rose sat beside Pete, showing him the news paper clipping they had found in 2016. He had a rather bewildered look on his face that the Doctor knew had nothing to do with what he was being shown. "Rose? Are you alright?" he asked cautiously.
"Yeah, I'm fine," she replied.
"Hey, Rose, remember that Hoix we were up against the first time we saw Elton grown up?" he tested.
"Do I ever! Red bucket, blue bucket. You need to make up your mind.
"One fish, two fish. Red fish, blue fish. I very clearly said 'not blue'!"
"Did not!" the smile ran away from her face when he took out the sonic-screwdriver and bleeped it up and down her body. "What are you doing?" he asked cautiously.
"Your mother thinks you're an alien," he said simply as he checked the results. The Gallifreyan that was projected in front of him (only visible to him, of course) told him that she was 130% Time Lord… 130%? He'd have to look into that later, but it was probably just the Vortex. He looked up at Jackie and lied. "See, 100% human. Pete, you may have to start hiding the vodka."
"What do you mean 'she thinks I'm an alien'?" Rose cried.
At the same time Jackie shouted, "I'm not bloody well drunk! You told me she would be an alien when she opened that blinking watch!"
"What watch?" he said, false worry starting to creep into his voice.
"That watch you had with you the other day!"
"Jackie… we didn't have a watch with us…"
"Oh! Oh, god! You're time travellers!" she suddenly remembered. She paled and looked between the two of them in panic. "Oh my god! I've screwed up time! I've created a paradox thingy!" Suddenly the both burst out into peals of laughter. Jackie looked at the two of them, even more bewildered than before.
"I'm - I'm sorry," Rose struggled to get out. "Oh, Rassilon, your faces!"
"What?" Jackie stuttered. It was another few minutes before they calmed down and whipped the tears from their eyes.
"Sorry, Mum. We couldn't help ourselves," she gasped. "It- it's okay, we're not from the wrong timeline."
"You little-! You let me think I had-!" They both had to cover their mouths to stifle the giggles that threatened to burst forth. But Jackie surprised them by doing something they never thought they'd ever see. She let it go. "So, you're still my Rose then. You haven't opened the watch?"
"Kind of," Rose told her awkwardly. "I'm still your Rose… but I have opened the watch."
"But he said you wouldn't be Rose Tyler if you did that," she nodded at the Doctor.
"Yeah," he said tugging at his ear. "When I said that, I didn't really think it was possible that she had been Rose Tyler before she was in the watch in the first place." Jackie just stared at them blankly. "Something went wrong with the process and she's still the exact same person. As a human, she was the same person as who she regenerated as, and kept her feelings and emotions of her human life. She always was, and still is, Rose Tyler."
"Then what was with the big angry Time Lord act?"
"Yeah… I needed a bit of convincing. We're both a little stubborn. I was firm on my beliefs and I didn't want her hurting and tricking you when by my reckoning you should be grieving for the loss of your daughter… Turns out I was…" the last word was mumbled so quietly they couldn't hear it.
"What was that, Doctor?" Rose asked cheekily, teasing him and forcing it out of him, despite the fact they all knew what it was meant to me."
"I was wrong," he mumbled a little louder.
Jackie began to laugh. "Never thought I'd see the day. See now, was that so hard?" The Doctor just grumbled. "And what about you?" she asked Rose. "If he's 900, how old are you really? And who were you before all this?"
"I'm 263 in total. And everyone knew me as Zeta. But I didn't really have the best of lives and I'd rather forget that name. I'd just prefer to be called Rose… Rose Tyler if you'll let me."
"Of course you can!" Jackie cried, jumping up and sweeping her into her arms. "I don't care how old you are or what bloody species you are or even that you're not my birth daughter. You're still the little girl that I raised."
"Thank you, Mum," Rose whispered, a tear leaking down her cheek. "And I guess, since I don't trust anyone more than my parents… and the Doctor… you two deserve to know this." And she told them her true name. It didn't have the same effect as on Time Lords, where all the memories rushed back. But it did appear to have some sort of effect on them because they both shivered in response.
"Ooh! And guess what?" the Doctor said to break the tension after a long momentous pause. "Rose and I were what you would call the Gallifreyan equivalents of childhood sweethearts!" He pulled one of his cheeky grins and held Rose's hand tighter. Jackie just gave them a look.
"But she's… 600 and something years younger than you!" She cried. "Still, guess it's better than over 850."
"It's 639 years difference. And actually, I was born a few months after him," Rose told her. "First and only two in 4,000 years to actually be born, not loomed. - Anyway, we got out of sync when I got bought to you and he carried on through his travels and the Time War, etc."
"Okay… right… So does that mean you two are a couple now?"
The Doctor opened his mouth to 'um' and 'ah' and babble. But Rose cut over top of him "Yep," she said cheerfully.
Jackie turned on the Doctor. "You know, she's like you. The only one like you. She's gonna live just as long and she's gonna out live us. One day you're all she's gonna have. I hope you're planning on marrying that girl one day because you're an idiot if you don't."
"Erm," the Doctor stuttered awkwardly, running a hand through the back of his hair. "Actually, um. According to Gallifreyan tradition, erm, we're, ah… we're already married," he finished quickly.
"Well, congratulations!" Pete said, speaking up for the first time. Jackie was obviously surprised, but nodded in agreement as everything battled it out in her head.
"Yeah… But you're having a human one too," she finally said in a firm tone. Rose and the Doctor looked at each other and sighed.
There was no getting out of this one.
=D And that's all folks! I really couldn't resist teasing Jackie. And yeah, after all she's been through, I think she'd be more worried about if her daughter was okay, rather than berating them.
I hope you enjoyed this!