Forget Me Not

When the TARDIS takes the Doctor (that'd be the tenth, ladies and gents) and Rose to an obscure little cottage in the middle of nowhere, they are faced with a dangerous alien, as the Doctor always is, and the underlying relationship that all of us Whovians know exist between the Doctor and Rose comes into the light. It's the story that Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat would never give their fans the satisfaction of seeing- but that's what I'm here for. Allons-y!

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17. Lunch

Doctor had dropped her off at just moments ago. She was startled to feel a hug from behind, but she gasped and smiled when a familiar voice said, “Rose Tyler. How are you, darlin’?”

“Jack!” She turned and gave him a real hug, surprised to see him where she was. “What are you doing here?”

“I’d like lunch, actually. I brought a friend, too. Is that alright?” Jack smiled, knowing that she’d explode when she saw Mickey.

“Yeah, of course! Who’s your friend?”

Rose looked around, and when she saw Mickey walking towards her, accompanied by the Doctor and some teenage boy, her heart stopped. It couldn’t be true. Mickey? Really? He was actually walking towards her, smiling and holding his arms open for a hug? And the Doctor, he looked ashamed, afraid even. What happened? And who was that boy? His eyes were twinkling, and they were-

“Oh. My. God.”

Jack turned to look at what Rose was staring at. She broke away from his light embrace and briskly walked right past Mickey, over to Peter. She put a hand on his cheek, staring deep into his eyes. Peter kindly smiled in silence, knowing that Rose was going to have a hard time adjusting to his new look. The last time she saw him, he looked ten years younger.

“Peter,” she whispered. Her eyes were tearing up, but the corners of her mouth were still turned up in a hint of a smile.

Peter put his hand on top of Rose’s, holding her to him, and quietly replied, “Yeah, Mom. It’s me.”

Rose pulled him into a tight hug, and she cried for a moment before suddenly stopping and looking up at the Doctor. She let go of Peter, who stepped back and gave her some space. Everyone who knew Rose in that café could tell that she was flaming mad. The Doctor could barely meet her eyes. She walked over to him and whispered in a quiet, angry whisper that could make anybody sound terribly evil.

“What the hell happened?”

The Doctor dared to look up, and he saw fire in Rose’s eyes. She was extremely angry with him, he could easily tell. “Rose, the TARDIS was hijacked.” Rose’s steely look instantly softened, and the Doctor continued. “Miss Marie came back, she rigged the controls to the TARDIS. Peter got hurt, but he seems to be better now, though I don’t know how. He grew twice since we dropped you off, there was no way I could stop it. I tried my best, Rose. I’m so sorry.”

Rose’s expression had completely faded from anger to sorrow, and she turned to get a look at Peter again. He seemed fine on the outside, but she had no clue what went on in her absence. She knew it was a bad idea to leave them, she should have waited and made them all go together, she missed an entire part of Peter’s growing, a part of his life that she wasn’t there for-

The Doctor pulled Rose into a hug and calmly shushed her, telling her that everything was alright. She had started crying again without noticing. Jack and Mickey both walked over to Rose to offer their comfort, with Peter in tow. None of them heard what the Doctor had said to her, so they could only assume.

“I’m alright, Mom. My knee is fine, and there are no after effects of that gun, as far as I can tell.” Peter was trying to comfort her, but she turned to eye the group surrounding her and choked out, “Gun?!” before returning to her former position, crying into the Doctor’s chest. Peter made a face like he was sorry for stirring things up, and Jack replied with a silent motion to let it go, Rose was fine, she’d get over it in a minute.

Rose took a deep breath and regained her composure. She let go of the Doctor and stepped back to face all of them; all of the people she was closest to. “Tell me everything that happened.” The Doctor and Peter took turns explaining what happened inside of the TARDIS when Rose left, and Jack and Mickey told her about how Jack had popped in for a visit with Mickey, and they were walking around on a deserted planet just talking when they discovered Peter, who already looked like he did now. Rose nodded and periodically gasped when guns or gashes or fainting were mentioned. She smiled at Jack when he concluded with, “So there you have it. Now can we eat?”

“Sure,” Rose shakily replied, “I just need a hug from each of you.” Starting with Jack, she went around the circle. Jack was a bit frisky, hugging her low around the waist. She gave him a look, but he just smiled that trademark Captain Jack Harkness smile. The Doctor and Peter were both quick and sweet with their hugs. Mickey lingered, however. Rose went to pull away, but he held on. She felt awkward when he let go a few seconds later, and realized that she had totally forgotten him when she saw Peter for the first time since he grew.

“Oh, Mickey, I’m sorry! I walked right by you when you were coming to give me a hug!”

Mickey smiled and said, “I was wondering when you’d remember. It’s fine, that must have been weird. And shocking.”

Rose scoffed and only replied with a “Yeah,” still not able to wrap her head around the fact that she’d missed so much in what seemed like so little time.

Captain Jack pulled a couple moves on the waitress at the counter, so everyone got to eat for free, and they didn’t even have to use the psychic paper. Minutes after they were all seated and chatting it up, they were served with a huge lunch. The bill was still given to Jack, but it was signed with a lipstick kiss on the bottom, accompanied by a phone number. He laughed and tucked it into his pocket, which got him shrugs and eye-rolls from everyone at the table.

Over the course of the meal, Peter was thoroughly entertained by his parents and their friends. He loved how fun they all were, and he was excited for the adventures they would have together. Jack was secretly admiring Rose’s shirt, which was indeed low-cut. Mickey kept looking at Peter and his parents, noticing how he had his father’s eyes, his mother’s smile, and things of that nature. He was still amazed that Rose and the Doctor had a kid together. The Doctor was letting his cares go for the time being, just soaking up the happiness of being in the company of the people who still liked him, despite the chaos and trouble that always followed him around. Rose was thinking about those feelings she had back at the cottage about Mickey, wondering if they were real. She kept looking between him and the Doctor, but in the end she put it out of her mind because she knew she’d always choose her life with the Doctor over anything else, no matter who or what came along to try to change that.

They had a wonderful time together. As they walked out the door, Jack signaled the waitress who had kissed the bill with a sign of “I’ll call you,” even though everybody knew he’d be too absorbed in the next girl to even remember the kiss he kept in his pocket.

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