Chapter six: When things go perfectly
"Wait!" Jackie exclaimed, looking at Thomas. "Thomas…"
"Here it goes…" Thomas sighed sadly. "You're ending things."
"I'm sorry, but that man is the love of my life. If your wife came back from the grave, wouldn't you chase her down? We had fun. Karaoke was a blast with the kids. Not that I can remember it I was so drunk. But, my point is that we aren't serious material. I can't thank you enough for everything you've done. We can still be friends. I'd like that."
Thomas nodded as his eye rolled to one side. "I'd like that too. I kind of figured we weren't meant to last anyway. It's been fun, Jackie. Really fun."
They embraced and he backed away as Pete started to move closer. "Jacks?"
"Get over here, Pete Tyler."
He went to her and they embraced, snogging like there was no tomorrow. Rose shrieked happily and hugged Jack, but he leapt at the contact. He patted her on the arm. "Rose, I think that I'm bleeding."
"You are not," she laughed. "I didn't have my nails that deep into you."
He peeled back his coat and gestured to the stains on his white shirt. "Really?"
"Sorry. Mum's ex-boyfriend is dry cleaner. Take it to him."
The minister was still in the room, since Thomas was his ride home. He gestured to the door. "Shouldn't we get going, Thom?"
"Wait," Jackie declared as she pulled back from Pete. "I have a lovely idea. Pete, this might be a bit crazy, but I don't care. Let's get married right now."
"What?" he exclaimed. "But our lives have been different for over twenty years."
"It's still you. Why don't we make a go of it?"
He chuckled. "That's how I asked you to marry me."
"See? Not everything is different."
"I can't do that," the minister argued. "I have an early mathematics class and I haven't finished the work due tomorrow."
Thomas took him by the arm. "Remember how you wrecked your father's car and I covered for you?"
The minister laughed nervously. "I guess that I have time…"
Jackie nodded to Thomas thankfully and the minister took his place between them. "Don't bother with the long version," Jackie told the kid sternly. "Fast and simple."
"Right. Do you have rings?"
Pete pulled his old wedding ring from his pocket, as he kept it on him since the other Jackie died. Rose offered hers to Jackie, on loan of course. They got ready and the minister did as he was told. "Here for these two to get married. Love, symbols, all that. Make up your own vows. Go. Groom first."
"I take Jaqueline Andrea Suzette Tyler to be my wife…again. No matter what happens. With this ring, I thee wed."
It didn't quite fit, but they made it work. She smiled. "You got my name right."
"Practice makes perfect."
"I take Peter Alan Tyler to be my husband again. And I always will. With this ring, I thee wed."
Once she put the ring on his finger, the minister clapped. "Awesome. With the power invested in me—"
The sounds of the TARDIS interrupted him and the Doctor came dancing out. He paused and gestured to the scene. "Have I missed something?"
"Shut up and watch," Jackie snapped.
He smiled and joined Rose and Jack, draping an arm across his wife's shoulders.
"Like I was saying, I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride."
They kissed and the Doctor grinned widely. "I really did miss something."
"Now I really have to go," the minister hurried out of the hall and Thomas began to follow.
"Thank you," Jackie stopped him.
He waved. "I expect to see you at my shop, Jackie Tyler. And you better be smiling."
Jack shakily got onto his feet. "Well, this has been a day. Can you get me back to my place? I have to take care of my foot and shoulder because someone clawed me."
"I was excited and nervous," Rose defended. "Speaking of that, I need my ring back, Mum."
Jackie handed it over and hugged Pete's arm. "I kept mine. It's at home. Same flat as when we were first married. I never left."
He smiled. "I love that flat."
"Brilliant! We'll drop Jack at Cardiff, Jackie and Pete at the flat—if they'd like, and then it's time for the honeymoon…" the Doctor winked at Rose.
She blushed and pecked his cheek. "We're going to a planet called Barcelona. He's been meaning to take me there for ages."
"I have indeed. Well, c'mon! Everyone in the TARDIS!" the Doctor called as they crammed inside. "I took the Cyberpeople to a really nice planet in the future, so we won't have to worry about their mood swings. First stop is Cardiff. Hold on!"
They appeared in Jack's flat and helped him onto the couch. He hugged them both with a smile. "I'm so happy for you. Don't be strangers. I might like to catch an adventure with you at some point. Well, once the foot is all better. Sorry for being a bad best man."
The Doctor patted him on his sore shoulder unknowingly. He hid the wince fairly well. "You were fantastic, Jack. Thanks for everything."
"You're welcome. I'll see you around."
They waved goodbye and started to head towards the Powell Estate. The TARDIS appeared in the living room of Jackie's flat, and Pete stepped out in amazement. "It hasn't changed much."
"Not really," Jackie agreed.
"Funny how this isn't my world, but it feels like home."
Rose embraced them both with tears in her eyes. "Bye, Mum. I'll call you soon, yeah? And bye, Dad. Or Pete. Whatever."
"Let's go with Dad."
She grinned and embraced him again. "Bye for now, Dad. Welcome home."
"See you soon," the Doctor promised. "…in-laws."
Pete and Jackie waved goodbye as the Doctor scooped Rose suddenly into his arms and ran into the TARDIS. She couldn't stop laughing as he set her down and shut the doors, darting to the console. "Time for us to go to Barcelona!"
"Why don't we just drift for a while?" Rose suggested with a mischievous smile.
He frowned. "You don't want to go straight to our honeymoon?"
"I do. That's the point."
She dropped the hideous gown to the floor and breezily stepped towards their room. He was very distracted when he spoke. "Right. Set to. Drift. Drifting is good. Very good."
He set the course and dramatically shed his coat and bow tie, chasing after her into their room. Three rounds later, they were relaxing to the super-radio the Doctor had installed. His fingers walked down her arm and she chuckled into his neck. "Now I don't have to worry about my soul for shagging out of wedlock."
"Oh yes. You were such a terrible person before for shacking up with likes of me, Rose Tyler. Or is that Mrs. Rose Tyler? Or Mrs. Doctor Rose Tyler? Or Mrs. Doctor? Hmm."
"Don't you have a last name I can use?" she asked hopefully.
He shook his head. "No, I do not. It's just the Doctor. Like Cher."
"Fine, I'll just stick with Mrs. Rose Tyler. I like the sound of that. Doctor?"
"Did you know that we just got married?"
His arms pulled her into his lap as she giggled. "No idea. None whatsoever. Are you sure it was me not someone else?"
"Check your left hand."
The Doctor looked at his finger and grinned. "A ring! Would you look at that? It's a bloody miracle we have them."
"Jack lost them how many times?"
"Twice. Then he went and broke his foot. Flew right off Aladdin. I didn't even notice, to be honest. I just assumed that he was being quiet. That should have been the giveaway right there. And what's this about your dress?"
"Mum thought it'd be fun to watch a film in our dresses, but she couldn't get her old one on. I had to unzip her before she suffocated and that's when she knocked me over. I spilled wine all over the dress. It couldn't be saved."
"Let us remember the dress in a moment of silence," he teased, causing her to whack his arm. "Ouch! I've married a husband beater."
"You have. It'll be a wedding no one will forget."
He nodded sadly. "Sorry it wasn't exactly right."
"Are you joking? It was perfect."
"Perfect?" he repeated strangely. "Our original plans were ruined, we were stuck in a banquet hall with a child minister, Cybermen showed up, Jack was…Jack, and your dress was ruined."
"Yeah. But I married you. That alone is perfect. Not to mention my dad coming back and marrying Mum all over again. It's just like when we were dating, Doctor. Things always went wrong, but it was always perfect because it's you and me. We're known for trouble. I hope that never changes. Married or not."
"It won't, Rose. We're not the average couple, so this isn't the average marriage. We live on a time traveling spaceship that's bigger on the inside with a pet horse. How will that ever get boring?"
She smiled and kissed him deeply. "It couldn't if we tried. Now, what's this about children?"
"Children? I don't recall mentioning…"
"You so did. I want three."
"Three? You want three? Tell me that's not all at once."
"Of course not. I'm not barmy. How many kids did you want?"
"Counting or not counting horses? Because clearly, if you get three children I get at least two horses."
She laughed hysterically. "You and horses. I say it's a deal."
"Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant."
A song came on the radio and she squealed excitedly, pulling him out of bed and into a naked dance. "I love this song! Ian Dury. Partial to your abracadabra. Enraptured by the joy of it all."
Rose sang along and the Doctor just smiled, going with it. Once it was over, he kissed her and put on a robe. "Get your things together! Our honeymoon awaits! And it will be perfect. Nothing is going to go wrong this time."
"You shouldn't have said that, Doctor. You really shouldn't."
He set the course and helped pack a bag. They reluctantly got dressed. She made sure that the horse had enough food and water while he gathered their things. "We have a reservation for three nights. I booked it myself while you were asleep about a week ago. Went in person as someone from some royal family. Anyway, my point is that we will have the nicest accommodations on the entire planet of Barcelona. You're going to love it, Rose. You really are."
It was simply stunning. She took his arm excitedly as they wandered the busy street towards their hotel. Once they got there, the Doctor stopped and stared. She stood next to him, also staring. Her hand went to her forehead. "Don't tell me."
"You told me not to tell you."
She groaned. "Go on. Tell me."
"Our hotel is gone."
There was a large hole in the row of buildings, including a dip in the ground where the basement used to be. Faint markings seemed to indicate that the building had been pulled upwards by someone or something. The Doctor set the bags down and took out his sonic screwdriver, scanning the area for clues.
"Did someone take it?" Rose wondered.
"Oh yes. The building was abducted."
"So much for our honeymoon. Can we get a different hotel?"
"No. The rest were already booked."
"Of course they were. This is your fault for saying that things wouldn't go wrong."
He scoffed. "Please. It is not. Besides, it could be worse. It could be raining or we could be under alien attack."
She pointed to the sky where a large spaceship was firing lasers at a street over. "Alien attack."
"Huh. Maybe this was my fault. But, look on the bright side, Rose. Our honeymoon won't be boring either!"
The ship got closer and she started to walk backwards. "Running for our lives on our honeymoon? Not the traditional holiday."
"Exactly. That's why it's our honeymoon. And it's already perfect. You and me. Together. Shall we, Mrs. Rose Tyler?" he extended his hand and she took it.
He grinned and they darted down the street with the ship in pursuit. They wouldn't have it any other way.
A/N: Sorry this chapter took so long. Had a bit of crisis in my personal life. Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed this silly story. If you haven't yet, you should read the first part to this called: Partial to your abracadabra. It chronicles their life as a dating couple. Thank you for your lovely reviews, follows, and favs. It means a lot to me.