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!


8. Hisses and Growls

Rose exited the TARDIS dressed in a tee shirt and a half-zipped up jacket, accompanied by dark jeans and trainers. She smiled warmly at the Doctor, who was already leaning in the doorway ready to go explore, and joined him in the hallway.

"So," Rose started, "where are we going?"

The Doctor mumbled, "In there," pointing his sonic screwdriver at the door of Room 5. Rose's heart skipped a beat with excitement, and she followed closely behind the Doctor to the door. He slowly turned the doorknob, not even knocking before entering, and peeked into the dark room.

A figure shrouded in darkness was bent over a table-looking structure that was low to the ground, only it was curved inward to resemble a very wide, low-brimmed bowl. There was a single candle in the far corner of the room, which was actually a lot bigger than it seemed, showing that the interior of the room was not painted to look like wood as the rest of the cottage was. The room itself was obviously some sort of alien technology, because the back of the room would have stretched far past the walls of the cottage. The dark figure turned from its table-bowl, its silhouette being the only thing Rose and the Doctor could see against the dark background. Its snout was dripping with a dark liquid, and its eyes gleamed a deep red color. The figure quickly turned towards the Doctor and Rose, spread its huge wings, and shrieked, spewing the liquid from its mouth all over them. Rose jumped and backed away and the Doctor slammed the door shut.

Miss Marie called up the stairs, "Is everything alright up there?"

The Doctor, fumbling for words to cover up their snooping about, said, "Oh, yeah, sorry, we were just-"

"He came up behind me and startled me, and I'm very easily scared. Sorry!" Rose cut in and saved them both from trouble with Miss Marie. Rose leaned over the railing of the staircase and smiled down at Miss Marie, who wasn't leaning on her walker, but was in fact standing up straight, all on her own.

Rose was puzzled by this and said, "Miss Marie, you're standing alone, without your walker! Where has it gone? Do you want me to bring it to you?"

Miss Marie quickly fell against the nearest wall, feigning weakness and dizziness (although she had just given away her hidden strength), saying, "Oh, dear, I guess my worry must have given me an adrenaline rush! It's right here in the hallway, would you be so kind as to get it for me?"

Rose nodded. "Of course," she replied. She turned to go downstairs, but the Doctor grabbed her by both of her arms and quickly whispered, "She is clearly stronger than she lets on. If you see anything funny at all," he locked eyes with her and lowered his voice even more, "just say 'who.' Okay? Interject it into conversation however you can. If you feel like you're in danger, say 'who.'" He let go of her arms and she began walking down the stairs. He had spoken so quickly that it just seemed like Rose was walking slowly around the railing, not taking a warning from the Doctor.

As she neared the bottom of the stairs, Rose looked around the corner for the walker she was supposed to be retrieving, but Miss Marie firmly grabbed her by the shoulder and muttered in a low tone, "I know who you two are, and I know what he is. I know what you were doing, and I know what you did last night. So here's what you're going to do now: Get me the walker like nothing is wrong. If you say your little code word, I'll kill the Doctor right here, right now. You obviously know I'm not as old or as weak as I seem, so I'll show you what I really am, in due time. However, you have something that I want, and I need to keep you safe to get it. The bottom line is: I've got you right where I want you. Try to escape, you're both dead. Understand? If you do, get the walker and say, "Here you go, Miss Marie, is there anything else I can do for you?" and while you're at it, smile for me."

All of the blood had fled from Rose's cheeks as she turned and got the walker. She pushed it over to the alien as she softly said, "Here you go, Miss Marie." She looked deep into the creature's eyes, unsure of her chances of survival when she screamed, "WHO! DOCTOR, HELP!"

Miss Marie hissed and tackled Rose, pinning her to the floor without any difficulty. The Doctor had leaped over the railing and dashed down the stairs, but not as quickly as Rose had been pushed to the ground. The thing that they once called "Miss Marie" was hovering over Rose, sharp teeth bared and drooling at the thought of tearing Rose's throat out. 

Rose was shaking with fear, as she quietly whimpered, "Doctor, help m-"

Rose's faint cry for help was cut off by a loud barking noise that came from deep within the throat of the alien that was pinning her to the ground with its body. It turned to the Doctor and hissed, "This is your choice of companion? She is a stupid human, she knows not what is best for her. You're lucky she's holding what I want or else she'd already be dead."

The Doctor confusedly asked, "Holding?"

"Yes, holding!" the alien replied. "She's got the perfect weapon inside of her womb, a Time Lord-human hybrid child that could be trained and cloned to conquer all of the cosmos!"

The Doctor, as bewildered and scared as he was, said, "That's not even possible! She could have only been impregnated last night, so there couldn't be a baby in existence yet, the two cells couldn't have merged and begun to-"

"Maybe not yet, but did you think to be cautious about what you consumed? For example, let's say, a breakfast all drugged with a chemical I concocted that would enhance a human woman's ability to become pregnant?"

"But Rose barely ate anything! Surely a single piece of bacon couldn't have...?"

Rose felt incredibly stupid when she admitted, "Actually, I ate an entire waffle while you were out getting the TARDIS."

"Really? An entire waffle?"

"Oi, a girl's gotta eat!"

"ENOUGH!" The alien was fed up with listening to the couple's exchange, it had universes to conquer. "I'm taking the girl, so you might as well give up, Doctor. You'll never find her."

"Well, then you must not know me at all, because when it comes to Rose Tyler, I never give up."

The alien growled and smashed its right hand onto its left wrist, which held a transporter able to take the alien and Rose away to where she would be kept during her pregnancy. With a blinding light and a sound like the Rift was being torn open just a little bit more, they were gone. The Doctor was left standing alone on the staircase with a raging fire burning all through him, enraged by an alien who thought it could take his precious Rose from him.

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