New Man

Years later, he returns. He's not even sure why. Since he regenerated, he's tried his very hardest not to dwell on the past, not to dwell on the pain. And yet, he can't stay away, because he owes her this.

Jackie might be remarried now. Mickey may have started a family with Martha.

He… well, he just keeps on traveling with his TARDIS.

"Why'd you take us here?" Amy asks, looking around at the cemetery.

"I think it's time I told you two about Rose Tyler."

The Doctor, Amy, and Rory all sat down in front of Rose's grave, and he told them all about his pink and yellow human. He told her how much he cared for her, how much he loved, and what happened to her in the end. Amy's eyes were glistening with tears by the time he finished speaking.

"Oh, Doctor," she said softly. "I'm so sorry. How come you waited so long to visit again?"
"New regeneration," he shrugged. "I tried not to think of her, and the pain that went along with it."

The Doctor got to his feet and faced the grave. He sighed deeply. Amy and Rory came on other side of him.

"Hi, Rose," the Doctor said softly. "I'm sorry I've been away for so long. I wanted to try to block out the suffering, but I couldn't stay away. Only wish I can see you in person. Oh, once again, meet new companions! This is Amy and Rory Pond! Married, they are!" He grinned enthusiastically. "They're brilliant!"

"Hi," Rory said. "Doctor told us a bit about you. You sound like a very important person to him."

They both glanced at Amy, half-expecting her to say something.

"Um…" she said, trying to think of something to say. "I don't know what to say. We didn't even know her," she whispered frantically.

"Amy!" Rory yelled. "Show some respect."

She looked up at the Doctor, and he showed no emotion toward her words. His eyes were fixed on the graven now.

"Sorry. Um… what do I say? Well, Rose Tyler, I wish we could've met you! Like Rory said, you sounded very important… and…" she trailed off.

"It's fine," the Doctor said, patting her shoulder. "Thank you both of you. There's not much to do here. Let's go." He turned from the grave, starting to head back to the TARDIS.

"Where are we going?" Amy asked, running after him with Rory running after her.

"Let's go to Barcelona! Not the city Barcelona, the planet Barcelona!" The Doctor exclaimed excitedly. "They've got dogs with no noses!" He laughed, remembering when he told Rose that same joke before he regenerated into Ten. "That joke is still funny, and I haven't told it in years!"

"But why Barcelona?" Rory asked.

"Why not Barcelona? I always promised Rose to take her, and I never did. Let's go to honor her. We can have a picnic and drink in her name!" He raised his arms up high.

Amy and Rory grinned at each other, looking forward to the idea of a picnic toasting to the girl who the Doctor had obviously loved every much.

"Amy, Rory," the Doctor said, arms falling to his sides and smile faltering. "I'll catch up. Go to the TARDIS."

"Okay," Amy said softly, taking Rory's hand. "See you back there."

The Doctor smiled slightly at them as they walked out of the cemetery and to the small alleyway he had parked the TARDIS.

"Doctor?" A voice, her voice, said.

He stiffened, turning around to see a ghostly Rose Tyler standing before him.

"Rose… How?"

"I don't know," she chuckled. "You've changed."

"New regeneration."

"A bowtie?"

He quirked a brow. "They're cool."

"Sure, they are."

He took a step forward, bringing his hand to graze against her cheek, surprised by how soft and warm and real it felt. She felt so solid despite the fact she didn't look it.

"I don't have much time here. Only a few minutes," she told him sadly.

"I figured." He closed his eyes, feeling tears rolling down his face. "I'm so sorry, Rose. This was my fault."

"No, Doctor, no," she cried, placing her hands on the sides of his face. He leaned into her touch. "I don't regret it. I died doing what I loved."

He opened his eyes, his brown ones staring into her hazel ones. "That's what Mickey said. On the day of the funeral."

"And he was right."

"But…"

"No buts, Doctor. I loved traveling with you. It was the best time of my life."

He felt his lips twitch into a smile. "I love you. Always have, always will."

"I love you, too."

He leaned in, pressing his lips to hers and tasting her lips, loving her sweet taste. While they kissed, her body started to fade away.

"Doctor," she said, pulling away. "I'm fading."

"Please, don't leave," he cried. All those years of keeping his memories and the pain locked away were ripped apart in this one moment. He had gone years without thinking of her, but now all he wanted to do was think of her. All he wanted was her back in his arms and in the TARDIS.

"Before I go…"

"Don't say that!"

"Doctor, before I go, I just want to say…" She pressed her body against his. It wasn't as warm as before. Her touch was becoming colder. "Find someone. Move on. Promise me."

"I can't promise that, Rose."

"Try. Don't forget me, but don't let this hinder you. And… have a fantastic life. Would you do that for me?"

He pressed his lips against hers softly before taking her hands and staring into her eyes. "I'll try," he promised. "I promise you I'll try. And don't you worry, Rose Marion Tyler, I will never forget you."

She smiled, and her body slowly faded from view. There was no more coldness on his skin. There was nothing. He would rather her coldness than nothingness.

He gulped thickly and sobbed into his hands for a few moments before taking deep breaths and adjusting his bowtie as he composed himself.

"Goodbye, Rose," he muttered, walking out of the cemetery and heading back to the TARDIS.

"Doctor!" Amy yelled when he entered. "Are you alright?"

He glanced at her and wiped his eyes vigorously. "I'm always alright. Now, where was I? Oh, that's right, Barcelona!" He skipped to the console ignoring Amy and Rory and started turning knobs and pressing buttons. "Geronimo!"

The End?

Author's note: Yes, last chapter. I didn't want to do of him coming back after marrying River. Maybe i'll do another chapter after the new companion is introduced into the series.