Hey everyone! Sorry it's been so long!

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Nine months and 12 days (if my math is correct (which it's often not)). Bloody hell! I'm SO sorry! I'm so So sorry! I never meant for that to happen. I got caught up with my other stories so much. And I seemed to have had a bit of writer's block with this one. I DID have the document open most of the time, if that helps. I sit there with about 20 stories (possibly an under-exaggeration) open and work on what ever one I feel like.

But, I promise this won't happen again. I've got the flow going, and I'm carrying on with the next chapter once I have this one up.

I know it seems a little rushed, but that's the feel you get from the entire scene from the show. Hope you like it.


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Rose looked up at the Doctor in worry. The Master had just left last night. He knew where Martha was, and worse, he knew where their children were. He had arrived back about an hour ago, but he had not come to gloat. In fact, they hadn't heard a word since he had left.

It made both her and the Doctor extremely unnerved. Especially since the Master had hidden their children from them again. They had no idea where they were.

About ten minutes ago, Rose had been taken away to be cleaned up. She was now clean, showered and in a nice new dress. It was TARDIS blue, and almost matched Lucy's red dress. Unfortunately, it was even tighter than the last one. Her breasts were all but spilling out, and her post-pregnancy belly was even more prominent… even though she could have sworn it had gone down half the size. She did know a thing or two about pregnancy, and after twins, she still should have looked pregnant. Then, after that, she had been taken back, escorted by a guard. This time she was not tied up, only held in place.

And only a few minutes ago, there had been an announcement over the speakers requesting certain people to the bridge

The room was being filled up with Valiant workers and prisoners. Rose was most surprised to see a dirty, ragged, slightly older Jack. He had seemed pretty surprised to see her too. To be honest, Jack looked like he had been through hell, but on seeing her, his eyes filled with both hope and fear. And across the room, she could see the Jones family.

Then the lift doors opened, and the Master strode through, holding a small bundle in his arms. Out the top of the new cloth, she could see the light brown tuft of hair that was her daughter's.

"Freya!" she shouted. Snatching her hand from her guard, she attempted to run to her child, but she was roughly yanked back before she could even take a few steps. Now the guard held her even tighter. All she could do was glair at the Master as he walked past her and up the flight of stairs to the main deck. Though it angered her, she felt slightly relieved now that she could see one of her children… one of them. "Where's Jack?" She shouted at him.

"Right here, Rosie," Jack said, being held not far down from her.

She shot him a quick apologetic smile before turning fiercely back to the monster on his stage. "Where is my son?!"

Finally, the Master turned back to her. "Oh, the boy? Yes, a friend of yours is bringing him soon. His name's not Jack anymore. Terrible name, not fitting of his origins. What on Earth possessed you to call him that?" Rose just glared at him. "No, I was thinking of a name a little more suited to a Time Lord. Koschi, maybe? I know it was just a nickname, but I was always quite partial to it."

"His name is Jack," Rose ground out.

"And you won't be seeing 'Jack' after today, until you learn that you do as I say, Miss Tyler. I'm being nice enough to let you live, so you can look after them… you should thank me." Rose just stood her ground, glairing at him with all the fury she had. The Master just shrugged, waving in Sarah Jane, who was carrying another small bundle. "Oh, and speaking of letting people live and die, I'm not sure what to do with this one." Sarah Jane looked around at everyone, her face a stony mask, but the expression was given away by the fear in her eyes. "However, there is one that I do know the fate of… Martha Jones."

He handed Gallifreya off to Lucy and gestured to the doors with a flourish, and turned his back to them. Rose rolled her eyes. Was this guy always one for such dramatics?

Just after his gesture, the doors slid open to reveal a pretty, dark skinned woman dressed all in black. One of the guards behind her gave her a nudge with the butt of his gun, and she started walking slowly up the path towards the Master. The Master turned to look at her, a smug look on his face.

On her way past, she looked about the room. Up at the Master. Over to the Jones's, her family. To Jack. The Doctor. Sarah Jane and her children. Rose could see the surprise on Martha's face when she saw her. She wondered what the companion had heard about her.

Finally she came to a stand still at the bottom of the stairs, and the Master walked half way down to meet her.

"Your teleport device," he said, his hand outstretched. "In case you thought I'd forgotten." With a sour look, she took something that Rose recognised as Jack's Vortex Manipulator from her pocket, and tossed it up to the Master. "And now. Kneel."

Martha did as she was told, not even a hint of defiance left… What was wrong with her? She still had so much left to fight for. Her family were right there, the Doctor, her friend… How could she stand to just give up and let them all be at the mercy of that psychopath?

"Down below the fleet is ready to launch," the Master went on. Rose saw the fear in Sarah Jane's eyes and vaguely remembered a conversation about rockets. "Two hundred thousand ships, set to burn across the universe." He went over to the comm. and spoke into it. "Are we ready?"

"The fleet awaits your signal. Rejoice!" a voice replied.

"Three minutes to align the black hole converters. Counting down!" On the wall, a clock began counting down with loud, digital beeps. "I never could resist a ticking clock," he grinned. "My children, are you ready?"

"We will fly and blaze and slice! We will fly and blaze and slice!" a creepy chorus of child like voices echoes around them.

"At zero, to mark this day, the child, Martha Jones, will die. My first blood. Any last words? No?" He looked at the Doctor. "Such a disappointment, this one. So useless. Days of old, Doctor, you had a companion who could absorb the Time Vortex. A companion who could capture the hearts of a Time Lord and make him weak. A companion who could turn herself so extraordinarily… inhuman." Almost all eyes went to Rose. "Do you want to know what she is? Because I know. I ran some tests on our little pet's DNA. It's quite interesting, I assure you. Of course, how could she still be human after what she did. After carrying the Time Vortex within her for so long, and carrying Gallifreyan children. She should have died."

Rose saw Jack's eyebrows rise when he heard the comment about carrying Gallifreyan children, and his eyes flicked to the Doctor in amusement.

"We can get back to her later." He turned to Martha. "Bow your head." She did so. "And so it falls to me, the Master of all, to establish from this day, a new order of Time Lords! From this day forward-" He stopped when Martha interrupted with a small chuckle. "What? What's so funny?"

"A gun?" Martha said, raising her head.

"What about it?"

"A gun in four parts?"

"Yes, and I destroyed it," the Master said in annoyance. Rose was entirely lost at this point.

"A gun in four parts, scattered across the world? I mean, come on. Did you really believe that?"

"What do you mean?"

"As if I would ask her to kill," the Doctor said.

"Oh, well, it doesn't matter. I've got her exactly where I want her." He pointed the Laser Screwdriver at Martha.

"But I knew what Professor Docherty would do. The Resistance knew about her son. I told her about the gun so she'd get me here. At the right time."

"Oh, but you're till gonna die!"

"Don't you wanna know what I was doing? Travelling the world?" she said, stoking his curiosity.

"Tell me," he sighed, sitting on the steps.

"I told a story, that's all. No weapons, just words. I did just what the Doctor said. I went across the continents all on my own. And everywhere I went, I found the people, and I told them my story. I told them about the Doctor. And I told them to pass it on, to spread the word so that everyone would know about the Doctor."

"Faith and hope? Is that all?"

"No, 'cause I gave them an instruction. Just as the Doctor said." She stood up, hope in her voice. "I told them that if everyone thinks of one word , at some specific time-"

"Nothing will happen!" the Master cried in frustration, jumping up, too. "Is that your weapon?! Prayer?!"

"Right across the world. One word, just one thought, at one moment… but with 15 satellites!"

"What?" the Master paused.

"The Archangel Network," Jack said.

"A telepathic field binding the whole human race together, with all of them, every single person on Earth, thinking the same thing at the same time. And that word… is 'Doctor'."

Behind them, the clock struck zero, and the Doctor's cage began to glow. Rose jumped back in shock as the cage disintegrated and the Doctor himself began to glow.

"Stop it," the Master said, his face contouring into fear. "No, no, no, no, you don't!"

Smiles slowly lit up people's faces and their eyes closed.

"Doctor." The words whispered out of Jack's dirty lips.

"Doctor," Francine said.

Everyone around the room began to say his name. TV's over the walls showed billions of people over the world shouting his name.

"Stop this right now! Stop it!" the Master shouted.

No one listened. Jack said it again, Sarah Jane said it, Martha said it, even Lucy Saxton did. Rose watched as Sarah Jane took baby Jack from the unstable looking woman, and she clung to the banister. She could only imagine what it had been like being the Master's wife for so long.

She looked over at the Doctor, and saw him growing taller, getting younger. He was coming to life again, growing strong.

A grin spread across her face and she looked him dead in the eyes. "My Doctor," she said proudly.

The Doctor smiled, then looked from her to the Master, his face forming into a scowl. "I've had a whole year to tune myself into the psychic network and integrate with its matrices."

"I order you to stop!" the Master shouted at him.

"The one thing you can't do. Stop them thinking." By the time he'd finished speaking, the Doctor was back to his normal self. Martha and Jack let out a relieved laugh.

"Oh, yes!" Rose cried, jumping into the air. By now her guards had let go of her, and she rushed forward so she was out of their grasp. At the same time, she felt the barrier around her children's minds snap, and she joyfully reached out to them.

Still glowing, the Doctor levitated himself up. "Tell me the human race is degenerate now, when they can do this."

While the Master was distracted, Martha ran to her family, and embraced them. And Sarah Jane dashed down the stairs to Rose. Jack came over to them too, and grabbed one of the infant Time Lords from her, while Rose took the other.

"Why am I not surprised," he winked at her.

They were all distracted when the Master cried out. "No!" he shouted, firing the Laser Screwdriver at the Doctor, but he deflected it.

"I'm sorry. I'm so sorry."

"Then I'll kill them!" The Master aimed the Laser at Rose, the twins, Sarah Jane and Jack. "Your little family." Angered, the Doctor held out his arm, and the device flew from the Master's grip. "You can't do this!" he cried in a panic. "You can't do- It's not fair!"

"And you know what happens now," the Doctor said, moving closer to the Master. The Master backed down the stairs, attempting to escape with cries of protest. "You wouldn't listen."

"No!"

"Because you know what I'm going to say."

"No!" the Master cried again, curling into a foetal position at the base of the stairs, against the wall.

The Doctor landed, the light around him fading. Then he walked to the Master, knelt down beside the whimpering man, and wrapped his arms around him.

"I forgive you," he said quietly. And for a moment, it seemed that everything might be fine, but…

"My children!" the Master said in a harsh whisper. Rose curled her son tighter to her, afraid he meant them, but outside, the Toclafane stirred in a flurry of metal.

Cries of, "protect the paradox," were heard all around them.

"Captain!" the Doctor shouted to Jack, jumping to his feet. "The paradox machine!"

"You men, with me," he ordered to the near by guards. He placed Freya into the crook of Rose's other arm, and led the men off with a firm, "you stay here," to her and Martha.

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"No!" They were all startled by the cry from the Doctor. They turned to him, just in time to see him and the Master disappear in a flash.

"No!" Rose cried. "Doctor?!" She ran forward to where he had been only a second ago. "Where is he? What happened?"

"The Vortex Manipulator. The Master still had it," Martha said in horror. An alarm went off and she rushed to the control panel. "We've got all six billion spheres heading straight for us!"

Everyone made their way to a window and watched as the swarming cloud of black dots made their way towards the ship. Rose curled her children in closer, wishing there was a away she could protect them from this.

"Ahh!" she suddenly cried in pain. She doubled over, grabbing many peoples attention, and nearly dropping her babies. Sarah Jane and Martha rushed to her, taking a baby each. "Ah!" she cried again. The two women stood by her in concern as more people came to help her. By now, she was on her knees.

She felt like something was zapping through her body. The horrid feeling she'd had since she came to this world getting so bad she was about to vomit and break from the pressure at the same time. She whimpered as a fire burned through her, and it was all she could do not to scream in agony.

And then, suddenly, it was gone. She could breath. She could breath better than she ever had in her life. Looking up a moment, she could see through blurry eyes, the swarm of Toclafane vanish right in front of them.

Around her, everyone seemed to pause in relief. And then came a jolt that pulled almost everyone to the ground. Martha passed Jack to Rose, then stood and tried to make her way somewhere. The constant shaking toppled her over, though, and she was caught by the Doctor, who had just appeared.

He shot her a huge grin. "Everyone get down!" he shouted to them. "Time's reversing!" He dropped to the ground with Martha, holding her hand and still grinning like a madman. Suddenly the smile dropped and his face went pale. "Time's reversing!" he whispered in horror. "Rose!" He let go and scrabbled to his feet, shouting her name over again.

Rose's eyes shot up to his panicked face. He was fighting his way over to her. She attempted to get to her feet. It wasn't easy as she was trying to look out for Jack too, and a strange feeling was coming over her. She was getting increasingly dizzier, but still, she struggled to her feet and wobbled towards him.

Papers flew about them, and other objects slid about their feet, trying to trip them over. The constant shaking made their feet unstable and running towards each other seemed like a mission. The desperation grew on the Doctor's face as the smile grew on Rose's. They were so close to each other now. They were nearly there. The Doctor reached out to her, and she used her free hand to reach for him. Their fingers brushed…

And she was gone.

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Don't worry, I promise I won't take so long with the next chapter. You can throw me in a black hole if I do.

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