Act 5, Scene 4 – "A miracle, here's our own hands against our hearts."
Donna was unable to eat or sleep or think coherently for the next three days. In her mind she was doing a perfectly good job of hiding her feelings from the others, but they were having none of it. Knowing her as well as they did, they kept a wary eye on her from a distance, not wanting to spook her.
The depth of her feelings had taken them all by surprise; particularly Donna herself. The thought of Jack never coming back was the most painful thing she had ever experienced and, with every moment that passed and he did not appear in the Hub, she was beginning to think that perhaps that nightmare would become reality and she would have to live with the pain forever. If Jack didn't come back, Donna told herself that it was just proof of the pointless heartache that was love.
Finally, four days after he left the Torchwood Hub with Rose, Jack materialised. Gwen screamed, mainly because he had almost materialised on her lap, and leapt at her boss hugging him tightly and sobbing with relief. Donna let out a dry sob as well, covering her mouth as emotion washed over her. Her eyes met his over the brunette's head and Jack winked.
Before anything else could pass between them, the rest of the group appeared from wherever they'd been holed up. The Hub was suddenly full of laughter and explanations. Jack pulled the Doctor and River into a hug as they explained that they'd made up – although River assured the ex-Time Agent that the Doctor would be making it up to her for a very long time indeed. Jack winked saucily and said he expected details, causing the Doctor to blush violently.
"Right… we've had enough of this." Gwen said a while later. Jack and Donna had been pointedly avoiding each other during the impromptu celebration that was taking place in the Hub. "You two are clearly made for each other. You know it and we know it, so will you please just admit it and stop playing silly beggars?"
"I have no idea what you're talking about." Donna told her innocently with an overly showy shrug.
"Yeah, you're not fooling anyone, sweetie." River replied bluntly.
Amy grasped Jack's arm. "Jack… if you ask her, she'll have to say she loves you."
"Well?" Jack turned to face Donna, shrugging slightly. "Do you love me?"
She snorted. "No. Do you love me?"
"Yeah, right." Jack replied sarcastically, pulling a face.
"Children…" River muttered, rolling her eyes in exasperation.
"Well then clearly this lot have obviously lost the plot, because Gwen, Martha and River seemed to be convinced that you did... do." Donna told him, ignoring her friend's murmuring. Jack narrowed his eyes slightly.
"River, Rory and the Doctor said the same about you."
Donna shrugged. "They're all clearly insane; we should have them committed."
"So you don't love me?"
"Right… This is just boring now." Gwen rolled her eyes and pulled a folded piece of paper from the pocket of her jeans. "I found this in your office, Jack, when I was looking for the keys to the bottom storage container."
"Wha– Gwen… no."
Donna smirked and took the paper that was being held out in her direction, dancing out of Jack's reach so that he couldn't rip it off her. Before she was able to read it, however, her face paled at the sight of River reaching into a desk drawer and pulling out a very familiar book.
"This is the diary of Ms Donna Noble…" River announced, flicking through it and handing it to Jack, open at the right page. Donna squeaked indignantly, trying to grab it off her. "Sorry, Donna, but it had to be done. For your own good."
Glaring at them, Donna looked at the piece of paper that was covered with Jack's handwriting and read it quickly.
Dear Donna. I'm writing this in case I don't get the chance to tell you what I feel in person. You asked me to get rid of Rose, so I am. For you. Not for the Doctor or River or anyone else. For you. I might not make it back from the parallel universe. There's the chance that destroying the Reverse Dimension Cannon will immediately seal the gap between the universes and I'll be stuck there. Alternatively I may be pulled into the void. But if that happens I want you to know that it was for you. I would do anything for you. I could have refused to do this, but then I wouldn't have you. I'd rather risk anything than not have you. I love you.
Donna felt herself blushing. Between the technical information, his feelings were evident. She glanced up at Jack, who was still staring down at the diary in his hands.
Eurgh. I've finally been forced to admit to myself that I am completely, desperately, hopelessly 100% in love with Jack. I thought I would never fall in love again. After Lance and then Sean I never WANTED to fall in love again. What with all that pain and sadness it just wasn't worth it. But then… Jack. He makes me feel… alive. I love him with everything that I am. Eurgh… I sound like River.
Jack glanced up at Donna and arched an eyebrow.
"Oh, shut up." She muttered, folding up the piece of paper and pushing it into her bra. At the questioning looks from the others she shrugged. "No pockets… again."
"So…?" Amy prompted, bouncing on the balls of her feet excitedly.
"River mentioned that there was a play you wanted to see. Fancy it?" Jack asked, his eyes twinkling.
Donna worked very hard to keep her face blank. She shrugged. "Might as well. Only 'cos I want to see the play… it has nothing to do with you. I hope you realise that, Captain Kodak-moment?"
"Oh… shut up!" Jack muttered, using her own words against her. Then he wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her. Donna smiled against his mouth, her eyes fluttering closed and her arms instinctively moving around his neck holding him close. "I seem to remember you promising to show me just how much you love me?" Jack whispered in her ear when they broke apart, his breath tickling her and sending shivers down her spine. "Care to keep to your word?"
"Right, well… lovely as this was, I've got a… thing… I need to do." Donna said loudly in response, suddenly feeling hot all over. "Jack, care to give me a hand?"
"It would be my pleasure." He agreed, grabbing her hand and practically dragging her up the stairs to his office. The rest of them gathered in the Hub watched in amusement as they disappeared inside and the door was closed quickly. Seconds later the blinds snapped closed.
Gwen pulled a face. "I swear I am never going in that office again."
A/N: So that was it, my attempt at a Doctor Who/Much Ado About Nothing Crossover.
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