A/N: Final-ever chapter :) Read and Review XD
"Where's Rose?" The Doctor asked as he entered the TARDIS library, a grin on his face.
"In her room." Jackie answered "Why are you looking so smug?"
"Smug?" the Doctor asked, brow furrowing "I don't look smug!"
"Yes you do." Jackie replied, turning to look at him better "Why do you look so smug? Have you given her the ring?"
"How could I have given her the ring? She's been out shopping with you all morning!" the Doctor pointed out incredulously.
"Just asking." Jackie sniffed. "Why are you looking so smug?"
"If you must know, I got Rose a present." The Doctor answered.
"I know, Doctor, you bought her that ring. I was with you." Jackie replied.
"Not the ring. Another present."
Jackie frowned, dropping her gossip magazine onto the sofa as she looked up at the Time Lord quizzically. With a flourish, the Doctor stepped to one side, revealing something small. Jackie's eyes widened when she realised what it was.
"You bought her a puppy!" Jackie realised, looking at the puppy, who was sat by the Doctor.
"A noseless Barcelonan puppy!" the Doctor replied with a grin "I thought Rose would like one. I mean, she really liked the one we met on the first day here, and I thought it might…Well, help her."
His smile faltered at this, and he looked unsure. Jackie looked at the puppy again.
"Looks like a Siberian Husky puppy." Jackie said suddenly, before looking at the Doctor was a soft smile "Rose always wanted a Siberian Husky."
The Doctor stood nervously outside Rose's bedroom door, fist raised, about to knock. Taking a deep breath, he knocked twice on the door before opening it.
"Rose?" he asked, sticking his head round the door.
"Yeah?" she replied, looking up.
She was lying on her bed, reading a book, but she sat up when the Doctor entered the room.
"I, uh, I got you a present." The Doctor explained nervously, smiling weakly as he shielded Rose's view from the puppy.
Rose moved to sit on the edge of the bed expectantly, smiling, and the Doctor grinned back. However, as he moved to pick up the puppy, it dashed past him, barking and running straight from Rose. It jumped up onto the bed and sat beside Rose, panting. Rose broke into a wide grin.
"You got me a puppy?" she asked, reaching out to scratch the puppy's head.
"Yep." The Doctor told her with a grin, heading over to kneel in front of Rose as she began playing with the puppy. "You like him?"
"Yeah!" Rose replied, still grinning.
She quickly moved to hug him, but pulled away when the puppy began barking again. As the puppy regained her attention, the Doctor reached into his pocket, fingering the ring box.
"I've got something else for you, Rose." He told her quietly, and Rose made a small noise to show she was listening.
Taking a deep breath, he took the ring box from his pocket, watching Rose carefully as she looked over at him and saw it. Her eyes went wide.
"I'm not proposing, Rose." He told her with a slight smile "At least, not yet. This is a…A forever ring, if you will. To…To show that I'm yours. Forever. Or, well, as long as you want me…"
He trailed off as he noticed that Rose was just staring at him. He'd already opened the ring box, but she was looking at him and not the ring, and the Doctor suddenly had the horrible feeling he'd made a huge mistake. Feeling incredibly stupid, he suddenly got to his feet, throwing the ring onto the bed, only for the puppy to go and sniff it.
"I knew I shouldn't have listened to your Mother and Jack! I should have taken things in my own time, I know we're moving too fast for you. I don't want to push you into anything, Rose, I really don't, and I'm sorry if I scared you. I'm scared too, sometimes I lay in bed wondering how anything can ever go back to normal for us, after everything that's happened…I can't even work out why you'd pick me, I mean, all the people who've died for me, and yet you insisted you needed me to help you through this…" the Doctor told her, pacing the room.
Suddenly, Rose was beside him, trying to stop him from pacing.
"Doctor," she tried, but the Doctor ignored her, continuing his rant.
" Sometimes I wonder if you'll ever be ready to hear me say that I love you, and I don't hate you for it, I could never hate you. I just… I don't want to hurt you. I love you so, so much, Rose, and I would rather regenerate a thousand times than hurt you…"
The Doctor finally stopped his rant, breathing heavily and wide-eyed as he realised he'd said far too much. He was face to face with Rose, and he knew that, any minute now, she would bolt across the room. However, Rose merely blinked, watching him. They remained in silence, staring at each other for several long moments before she moved. However, it was not away from him, like the Doctor had expected, but to him. Nervously, she stretched up and kissed him gently on the lips. The kiss was over far too soon for the Doctor's liking, but it at least meant that Rose was healing now. It may not have been much, but it was something.