The TARDIS materialized once again. This time it was orbiting a nebula. "Well, here we are," Ten said, his voice cheery but his expression a little sad. He opened the TARDIS doors and leaned out, one hand gripping the side. He flicked the sonic screwdriver a few times until it locked onto a signal. Within a few moments, another TARDIS appeared.
Two and Jamie stood in the console room, reluctant to leave. Everyone knew they should go, but nobody wanted to make the first move. Finally, Jamie stepped forward. He looked at Jack. "It's been a pleasure," he said, grasping Jack's hand and giving it a firm shake. Jack just nodded, giving Jamie a slap on the shoulder, the universal man signal of approval. Jamie stood aside while Two came up. He also gave Jack a handshake, saying, "Well, young man, it's been an experience. With both of you. Safe travels," he concluded. Jack nodded again, then stepped back and gave the Doctor a salute.
"You really impressed him, Doctor," Ten broke in. "He's almost never serious like that."
"Hey," Jack complained.
Jamie walked over to Ten. "It was good to meet you, Doctor," he said. He moved to shake hands, but Ten wasn't much of a handshake man. He leaned forward and gave Jamie a big hug. Jamie made a face of surprise. H wasn't accustomed to hugs, not from the Doctor, anyway. Stepping away, Ten said, "Be safe, James McCrimmon. Look after him," he added in a whisper. "He won't ever say it, but he can't get on without you."
"I know. Goodbye, Doctor."
Two walked over to Ten and they stood face to face, silent for a few moments. "Don't hug me," Two finally said.
"Wouldn't dream of it," Ten replied with a smile. "I'm glad you and I got on. You and Three never did. Of course, he did tend to be an arrogant bugger."
Two made a face. "I'm looking forward to it," he said, sarcasm oozing from his voice.
Ten smiled again. "Goodbye, Doctor."
Two bowed his head in acknowledgement. "Doctor," he said.
Two and Jamie finally walked to the open doors. Ten moved to the console and manipulated the controls, expanding the extrapolator shield to encompass the other TARDIS so that they could simply walk over.
Just as they were about to exit, a voice crackled over the scanner. "Doctor," it said in a deep, ominous voice.
Two rolled his eyes. "What is it, Laran?"
"The high council is most displeased at your continued disregard for the non-interference statute."
"What else is new?" Two retorted.
"Due to your repeated offences, the only logical conclusion is to recall you to Gallifrey to face the consequences. Your TARDIS will be confiscated," Laran droned, his voice losing the deep ominous resonance and becoming merely annoying.
Out of Laran's view, Ten pushed a few buttons, jamming the scanner. As static began appearing, Two said, "Logic, my dear Laran, merely enables one to be wrong with authority." Laran's face was priceless as the connection was lost. Two and Jamie seized the opportunity and dashed back into their proper TARDIS. It broke away from Ten's TARDIS and dematerialized. Ten and Jack continued watching the empty space it had occupied for a few moments. Then Two's voice crackled over the scanner. "I nearly forgot, Doctor. I wanted to tell you to watch out for someone named River Song. She seems to know you and expect you to always come to her rescue whenever she calls. And I imagine she calls rather often. She seems quite a reckless lady."
Two nodded in understanding.
"Happy travels," Two said. He disappeared.
Ten rather absent-mindedly snapped his fingers, closing the doors. He was musing over what Two had just told him. I certainly don't need to be looking after ANOTHER reckless person.
Oh, and I suppose you're Mr. Careful, Jack mentally replied.
Ten grinned. "You're right. Between the two of us, I think we have enough recklessness for the universe to handle."
Jack sighed, feeling the sensation of calm settling in. Not if I can help it, he thought. "So, what's next, Doc?"
"I don't know. What do you feel like?"
Jack didn't need to stop and think. "You know we didn't do this time around?" Ten shook his head. "Run," Jack replied.
Ten grinned at Jack and flipped the lever. As the TARDIS dematerialized, they both grabbed the nearest railing. "Allons-y!" they cried in unison.
Well gang, it's been fun. Hope you all enjoyed this, my first completed fanfic.