Endings and Beginnings Chapter 8"I hate Christmas," Rose grumbles to herself while winding her way through London's busy streets, her arms
overflowing with various packages and bags, "I'm gonna kill Jack-again-for this when I get back."
Then, by chance, she spots the long sought after car park where she left Jack's SUV that morning. With a relieved sigh,
she jogs over to the truck, opens the boot, then gleefully throws the entire lot inside and slams the hatch. When she
comes around to get in the vehicle though, there is a young man with floppy hair, a bow tie, and a tweed jacket standing
there with a shocked expression plastered to his face.
Instantly on alert, Commander Tyler casually rests a hand on the pistol hanging at her hip and stares him down. "S'cuse
me mate? What did you call me?"
The stranger lifts his hands imploringly, "Rose, it's me. New face again. Still rude though, and not ginger. Please tell me
that I'm not hallucinating, that you are really here."
"Sorry, but I've never seen you before in
Endings and Beginnings Chapter 7Over the next few months, the pair falls into a somewhat comfortable routine, fulfilling Torchwood's new role in the
world while using tech they've managed to scrounge together and assemble in an old Torchwood warehouse they
previously adopted as their headquarters.
Gwen Cooper and her husband Rhys aid them on occasion, but the married couple always returns to their life of
domesticity after the celebratory 'We're still Alive!' pint down at the pub.
The single time the Doctor is brought up in one of their conversations, it is by Gwen. "So, have you found the Doctor
Former Commander Tyler's dark eyes shift from mirthful to flat and blank at the unexpected and painful inquiry.
"I'm not lookin' for him nor am I ever plannin' to. He made his wishes crystal clear when he swanned off to see the
universe an' left me behind to fend for myself. Three different times he abandoned me, I've no desire to live through
Without another word, the blond woman rises from her seat and
Endings and Beginnings Chapter 6"How can you be here? Doc said that it was impossible to get back after everything. Time and space aren't splintering
again, are they?"
"No, no splintering universes," Rose slowly lifts her head and wearily peers at the man who had sought her ought only
hours earlier. "I told you this already Jack. There was a crack that wasn't a crack that appeared on the same wall that
Torchwood One used for their ghosts shifts. That same crack showed up in both universes, and I know this because I
saw it on both sides. When I got here, by the look of things, it was only a couple of months later."
Jack Harkness falls back in his chair and rubs his face in frustration before looking at the blond woman again, "But
Rosie, that mess happened almost six years ago. You, well the other, younger you, has been here and gone again in that
time. What have you been doing all the while?"
"Did you ever meet all of the members that made up Torchwood Two? I mean the ones who were still there after the
battle of Cana
Endings and Beginnings Chapter 5Commander Tyler, clad in her customary black tank top, BDU's, and combat boots, runs through the massive
Torchwood facility at top speed, easily maneuvering around the other people clogging the corridor.
"What's happening?" she demands as she skids to a stop inside of the same blank white room that began her living hell
so many years ago. It takes all over her self control to keep the memories at bay, even after all this time.
One of the residents experts steps forward and takes a breath to steady himself in the face of his fearsome employer,
"Honestly? We have no idea what is occurring ma'am. The fissure isn't registering on any of our equipment. It's like it
"Right. I want the entire level evacuated of all non-essential personnel, then this room gets cordoned off. No one gets in
without my express consent," the woman announces while scanning the space with a critical eye, "I want motion
sensors, tech scanners, and a live video feed set up. Post guards at the entrance
Endings and Beginnings Chapter 4Three months later, Pete Tyler is killed when his zeppelin malfunctions over the Atlantic Ocean.
Two years after that, Rose's younger brother Tony succumbs to a rare form of leukemia.
Another year goes by and Rose's last true friend, Jake Simmonds, is killed in action by an alien child who had been
separated from its parents.
Ten years to the day that Rose, Jackie, and Mickie were first stranded on Dårlig Ulv-Stranden in this alternate world,
Jackie Tyler is found floating on the aforementioned beach after missing for thirteen days.
She tries calling John Noble, desperate for anything remotely familiar, but her phone is unable to reach the new ship.
For the first time in her life, Rose Tyler is truly alone.
Refusing to lay down and give up though, she does what she has to do in order to keep going.
She locks away her heart and her emotions.
Because it is the only way she can survive the pain.
Endings and Beginnings Chapter 3Two years after hearing of the human Doctor's marriage and impending fatherhood-and her subsequent breakdown-
Rose, by chance, spots him inside of Torchwood one wintry morning.
She attempts to be polite by raising a hand and waving a greeting when he passes by less than a meter from where she stands, but she might as well be a ghost for all
The woman nearly collapses with pain once in her office as she finally admits to herself that her Doctor is truly gone.
Insult is added to injury that night when a phone call interrupts her usual nightmare filled sleep.
John Noble, his wife, and their children are missing.
And so is the young TARDIS that Rose had been lovingly tending on her own for the past three years.