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Perfectly Imperfect Chapter 10Cold reality slams into Rose and she stumbles out of the Time Lord's reach. "You're gonna try an' send me away again, aren't you? Course you are, because that's what you do when you start with all your self loathin' and the rest of that rubbish." She fixes her hands into a mocking steeple, "Oh, poor little Time Lord, I've got thousands of people throughout time and space who love me and would do anything for me, but I have to travel alone because I'm a BIG FAT IDIOT!"
Shocked, her target takes an uncertain step backwards, nearly crashing into a support beam in the process, "Now Rose, there is absolutely no need to get all shouty. I just want you safe, like I always have. You-"
"You want me SAFE?" the woman explodes and charges forward to nullify his retreat, "I spent years trying to prove that I was strong enough and yet the first bleedin' thing either of you do when things go pear shaped is try to send me away! I'm tired of bein' carted off all the time because you are too stupid to b
Perfectly Imperfect Chapter 9The Doctor freezes at the question, then drops his head in contrition and blows out a sigh, "You have to understand that nothing, I mean not one single thing, is ever that simple with River Song. Her time-line is tied to mine, so we keep meeting, but it's all in the wrong order. Jumbled like a big ball of wibbly woobly, no wait...forget the wibbly wobbly, it's nothing like that. The first time I met her was the last time she met me and it's been that way ever since. I am older each time we intersect while she gets younger. Mostly. Also, she is going to spend the rest of her very long life in prison for killing me, so the least I can do for her-to make things easier on her- is allow her to indulge in this one fantasy."
Rose crosses her arms with a huff, "So what you're tryin' to avoid telling me flat out is that this River still thinks she is married to you-even though it never happened in this reality-because you feel sorry for her. And you didn't tell her your name, which supports you
Perfectly Imperfect Chapter 8Rose shrugs in way of apology and bobs her head once in affirmation, "Sean says that I won't gain my second heart until I move into a new body. Some sort of Time Lord fail-safe mechanism I'm guessin'."
"Rose Tyler, Defender of Earth. Fantastic pink and yellow human turned brilliant pink and yellow Time Lady," he grandly announces with a healthy dose of awe and affection added into the mix, "Did Handy-er-Sean keep our, his face as well?"
She shakes her head, "No he didn't. I think he missed the sound of his second heart too much. Looked a bit like that bloke from Sherlock after what happened in Sheffield. He said that he did his best to keep with a form he knew I'd fancy since his/your tenth face was supposedly made just for me."
"Willingly passing up a chance to be ginger? Shameful," he declares, oblivious to the fact that his companions timid smirk has faded, "The things we do for love."
He realizes that he's made yet another mistake when her eyes fill up with tears and immediately ju
Perfectly Imperfect Chapter 7Of course she finds him in the single place that both Sean and the Doctor favored above all in their respective ships, the library being the sole exception.
The console room.
"I see you've redecorated since the last time I was here," she muses aloud over the familiar buzz of a sonic screwdriver in use, allowing the sound to lead her down the stairwell that ribbons under the glass platform and to a wire covered Doctor.
After seating herself on the bottom step, the daft old alien turns toward her and pushes a pair of ridiculous looking goggles up into his floppy mop, "Yeah, kind of had to. Last regeneration was a bit...let's say energetic. Soaked up a bit too much radiation to stop a meltdown and boom! I blew the whole place to bits, to be honest. It all occurred in mid-flight too. Almost crashed into Big Ben-again- while I was hanging out of the doors. Anyways," he catches the expression on her face and forces himself back on task,"She scrapped the old desktop theme as a result and came
Perfectly Imperfect Chapter 6Dark gold and the subtle aroma of apple grass greet Rose as she awakens. It takes a few heartbeats for her neural pathways to clear the vestiges of sleep away enough to register exactly what the golden sight is all about and to push the comforter from her face.
She vaults out of the bed, away from the pain that threatens to drag her under again, and abruptly learns that somehow she has wound up in her old room on the Doctor's TARDIS. In response to her epiphany, she feels a comforting nudge on the edges of her mind. Unlike the manic energy exuded from her infant time machine, this feeling is soft and patiently loving.
"It's good to see you again too girl," she fondly replies to the ship while she scours the space for her weathered boots and tugs them on. When she tries to locate her gun belt and pistol though, she is unsurprised when her search yields nothing but bits and bobs from her former, former life. "Still not a big fan of guns, is he? I should've k
Perfectly Imperfect Chapter 5While he cradles the grief ridden woman to his chest, the Doctor struggles within himself.
Big Bang Two.
Pete's world should have been restored, safe and sound, along with everything else when the reboot occured. He is also perfectly and uncomfortably aware that he ought to send her back as soon as possible.
To keep her safe.
Especially from this reckless and often childish incarnation of himself.
But with his brother, clone, or whatnot gone, there would be no one waiting on the other side to protect her.
No, he can't send her back.
Decision made, he leans back to glimpse at his favorite human only to find that she has drifted into a restless slumber, one hand curled around his neck and the other still clutching the lapel of his jacket.
Taking the utmost care not to rouse her, the Doctor gingerly gathers Rose more securely against him and gets to his feet.
"Geronimo," he sighs to himself then proceeds to carry her limp form into his TARDIS.
Perfectly Imperfect Chapter 4"First came the cracks in time and space, then stuff-and people- started disappearin' and no one could remember them. It was like they'd never existed," she begins, an automatic response to the Doctor's demand for information, "Sean said it was like the entire universe was bein' erased, but in bits and pieces at a time. Then he figured out that it wasn't just one universe, it was all of them. He's actually the one who came up with a plan to cross universes so we could help you reverse things before it was too late."
"Who's Sean?" the Time Lord interjects, his confusion plastered on his face, "Friend? First companion? Family dog? Mobile pincushion? Just tell me he's not that worlds version of Jack Harkness."
She swipes her tangled hair away from her face and gifts him with another sad smile, "He's you, the other you. Sean Noble Tyler. Picked the name 'cause he said that he was tired of bein' plain ole' John Smith and since he only had one life to work with this time around, he wanted a
Perfectly Imperfect Chapter 3Hearing her name uttered in a voice that she fails to remember ever encountering, Rose warily raises her head and barely manages to restrain a gasp when she is met with an unfamiliar face that holds a pair of ancient eyes that never change, no matter their color.
The stunned quiet around the pair stretches on as sorrowful brown orbs search twinkling-and more than slightly nervous-hazel. The Doctor purposely casts off his mental barriers while she probes, giving her an unrestricted view to all that he is and ever was.
Anything she wishes, it is hers.
He refuses to hide from her ever again, even to save himself.
Finally, upon finding what she was looking for and judging it satisfactory, she lets out a trembling breath and graces him with a watery smile. "I've found you, my Doctor."
His hand moves independently of his brain and tenderly molds itself to her cheek, "You did find me. Now you need to tell me what's happened so I can fix it because as much as I love you, Rose Tyler, you should
Perfectly Imperfect Chapter 2With Dorium's taunting question still soundly ringing in his ears, the Doctor launches his ship into the time vortex with a few absent lever flicks. She protests the rough take-off with an explosion of sparks and grinding gears...until something flutters against the farthest edges of her consciousness and she promptly allows her thief to manipulate her controls.
"That's my sexy gir-" the compliment and prerequisite console stroking is cut short when the flighty vessel changes her mind once more and she hurtles towards a new destination, subsequently sending her lone occupant sprawling.
"What are you doing this time?" the Time Lord questions after climbing to his feet and pulling down one of the suspended monitors. He checks and re-checks what the readings are telling him, growing more agitated with each completed scan. "Oh, that is very not good. In fact, that is the exact opposite of good."
The TARDIS quietly hums, informing the confused alien that they have landed directly across the
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