The Goodbye They Deserved

The TARDIS groaned loudly. The Doctor and Donna glanced over their shoulders.

"We've gotta go," he told Rose. He and Donna turned to head toward the TARDIS.

"Wait!" Rose yelled. "It's still not right. The Doctor is you…"

"And I'm him!" The Doctor exclaimed, nodding at the MetaCrisis Doctor over Rose's shoulder.

"Alright, then," Rose said softly. "Both of you."

Rose stood in between the two Doctors, each taking an identical stance with their hands in their pockets.

"When I last stood on this beach on the worst day of my life," she said, "what was the last thing you said to me?" She looked over at the Doctor, who merely stared at her. "Go on! Say it!"

The Doctor took a deep breath. "I said 'Rose Tyler,'" he said.

"Yeah, and how was that sentence going to end?"

"Does it need saying?" He asked tenderly.

Rose brought her attention to the MetaCrisis Doctor. "And you, Doctor? What was at the end of that sentence?"

The Doctor watched as the MetaCrisis Doctor brought his lips to Rose's ear and whispered the words he had so badly wanted to say two years ago.

Rose stared at the MetaCrisis Doctor for a few seconds before grabbing the front of his blue jacket and kissing him deeply. He responded by wrapping his arms around her waist tightly and pulling her close to him.

The Doctor painfully looked away and made his way back to the TARDIS with Donna, who took one last look at Rose and the MetaCrisis Doctor.

Rose broke away quickly from him. "Doctor, wait!"

The Doctor stopped mere feet from the TARDIS doors.

She sprinted to his side.

"Please, look at me," she whispered.

The Doctor turned around and faced her, the pain clearly visible in his eyes.

Rose threw her arms around his neck and sobbed into his shoulder.

Slowly, he returned the hug.

"Thank you," she cried. "Thank you for doing this for me."

"I want you to be happy. And you can't be happy with me. I can't give you what he can."

"Thank you for all the magical adventures."

"Thank you for helping me. Rose..." The Doctor whispered. "I…"

"I know," she said, kissing his cheek. "He told me, remember?"

The Doctor laughed. "Yes, he did, didn't he?"

They seemed to be immersed in their own little world.

Donna was the one that brought them back to reality. "Oi! We've gotta get going!"

"Right," the Doctor said softly. "Goodbye, Rose Tyler." He kissed her on the forehead.

"Goodbye, Doctor," Rose said, tears in her eyes as he pulled away from her embrace and followed Donna into the TARDIS.

The Doctor gave Rose one last smile before closing the TARDIS doors.

The MetaCrisis Doctor came to Rose's side and held her hand firmly.

She smiled at him, and they both watched as the TARDIS disappeared from view.

"What do you want to do now?" He asked her.

"Let's go home. I'm exhausted."

"I've got an idea!" He said excitedly as they walked back towards Jackie. "I'll make you something to eat!"

"Do you even know how to cook?"

"Rose Tyler, I resent that!"

"I wouldn't be surprised if you burned the bloody place down," Jackie laughed.

"Why is everyone ganging up on me?"

Rose laughed, holding tighter onto his hand. "I'm sure we'll be fine. We're together, Doctor." She glanced up at the MetaCrisis Doctor and smiled at him.

He smiled back. "Forever," he agreed.

The End

Author's Note: I know this is similar to my other story, but I felt the Doctor and Rose needed a proper goodbye. I wanted them to hug each other and thank each other. I felt they both deserved it.