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Title: A Blue Box, a Tall Man, and Rose Tyler
Fandom: Doctor Who
Author: lunaillustris / Gill
Characters: Ten/Rose
Rating: G
Word Count: 2249
Spoilers: none
Disclaimer: Doctor Who is owned by the BBC.
Summary: A stranger witnesses a reunion.
Written For: nycteris_m for the time_and_chips Secret Pilotfish Exchange 2007
Prompts: Ten/Rose, Christmas reunion (through the eyes of a random observer)
A/N: I’m so very sorry that this is so late – time has not been on my side recently. Fear not, I am on the look out for a certain Time Lord and his wonderful TARDIS – that should fix things in the future. I do hope you enjoy!


The rain had been following me all day and the cold air was following closely behind. I was freezing and wishing for snow – I always thought snow would be a much more agreeable weather occurrence to have to live with the cold temperatures, but, no, the rain was ruling over today and it didn’t seem to have any thoughts about stopping. I shivered as I attempted to not think about how far away home was and how lovely a cup of hot chocolate would feel as it made its way down my throat.

I shook the thoughts from my head and looked around.

I was standing in the middle of a busy shopping street – a very busy shopping street. People were pushing past aggressively and ‘tut’ing at my sudden stop. I looked around apologetically but the crowd continued to hurry around me; their faces all becoming a blur under the twinkling Christmas lights hanging from lamp posts and in shop windows.

I began to move again feeling put down at the lack of Christmas spirit, and hurried across a road as a green man flashed to allow for pedestrians to cross. I decided to make my way down a quiet side street where a couple of exhausted shoppers were taking a rest by leaning on walls of office buildings, and, after a few paces and a turn around a corner, I found myself walking into a blue box.

I almost crashed into it as a door flung open and a tall man wearing a long coat over a suit strolled out seeming rather pleased with himself. He put his arms out to stop me from falling and then gave me a huge grin.

“Lovely day,” he said, clearly not noticing the drops of rain splattering all over him. I eyed him nervously but he just kept smiling. “Are you alright now?” He asked – he still had his hands on my elbows so I, lightly, pulled myself free.

“Yes, sorry, thank you” I said and then returned the smile. “Nice box,” I muttered. He turned around and patted it.

“The best box in the universe,” he grinned. I frowned but he didn’t seem to notice my non-understanding. “Well, anyway – must dash. Millions of people I can still run into – the day is still young,” he patted down his long brown coat. “Merry Christmas!” He smiled.

And then ran off.

I watched him leave and then turned back to the blue box again. It seemed rather odd – it had been labelled as a ‘Police Public Call Box’ but I tried to push the door open to take a look inside and it wouldn’t budge.

Suddenly, I heard a pair of feet splashing in puddles of rain water and heading straight towards me. I turned around to see a young woman with blonde hair and a rather anguished look upon her face. She raced the wind to reach the blue box, her determination clearly present.

“Did you -” she started, trying to catch her breath, “did you see -”

“There was a man,” I told her without understanding why I had volunteered the information so readily. But the woman seemed familiar and the look upon her face made me sure I knew to whom she was referring. “He was wearing a suit and a long brown coat,” I said. “But he just left.” The woman’s eyes were wide, she turned quickly to inspect the surrounding area which seemed to be empty.

“Which way did he -”

“That way,” I told her pointing in the direction I had watched the man leave. She smiled at me and I smiled back.

“Thank you,” she said and then ran off in the direction I had pointed in. I watched her leave, intrigued at the story behind the two strangers.

I suddenly remembered how tired I was as reality came spinning back to me in the form of a clock bell striking the hour. I looked around, suddenly worrying what time it was, and wondered which direction I should head off too. I decided to drop my bags beside the odd blue box and wondered if I should just wait for a taxi to come in my direction.

I had just reached into my pocket for my mobile phone when I heard a pair of shoes splashing rain water. I looked up to find the tall man had returned, his grin had diminished slightly.

“Hello, again,” he smiled. “Listen, you look like a local – you don’t know where I might be able to find the Tyler residence, you know: The Tyler’s, they own the Vitex company,” he watched me for signs of recognition – he wasn’t disappointed. I suddenly recognised the young woman’s face:

“Rose Tyler,” I mumbled. The tall man almost punched the air.

“That’s it! Brilliant – fantastic, even,” he laughed at his own inside joke. I raised an eyebrow but he didn’t elaborate.

“They do more than own Vitex,” I told him.

“Do you know where I might find them – Rose, especially?” the tall man asked, his smile getting smaller in his impatience. I looked at him, wondering why he was so interested – not a stalker, I hoped. The Rose girl had dashed off after him – what if it was part of her Torchwood duties that everyone knew about? Something like the police but for stranger occurrences. I thought this over but the tall man’s impatience grew. He waved a hand in front of my face. “Sorry, hello, yes – normally I’m not so impatient but it’s quite important that I find her – well, more than quite – very important. Yes, very, very important that I find Rose Tyler,” his voice urged me to speak.

“Oh, well yes, of course – well, it’s just – she was just looking for you,” I told him and his eyes lit up.

“Brilliant,” he grinned, flashing his teeth at me. “Very, very brilliant. That’s Rose Tyler for you,” he explained to me, “always one step ahead of me – or is that one step behind me? Never mind. Which way did she go?” I simply pointed in the direction she had left in and watched him leave.

Aside from all the strangeness and the intrigue of their story I was rather glad to have bumped into the strange blue box as the cold feeling was starting to lessen – disappear, even, as I remembered the brightness of their smiles and the twinkling of their eyes. I smiled to myself, alone in the dark.

The Rose girl almost crashed into me. “Hello, again!” She said cheerfully. “I’ve just run in a circle,” she seemed rather amused at this. “I think this is going to be more difficult than I thought – has he been round again?”

“You both run very fast,” I spluttered.

“We’ve had lots of practice,” she grinned – another inside joke, I guessed they were both full of them: they were either the best of friends or old enemies. “Has he been round again?” she asked again. I nodded, distracted by my own writing of their history – I’d now decided they were old friends who were attempting some sort of reunion through the use of a game.

I wanted to clarify though. “Are you friends?” I asked, seemingly unashamed at my intrusion. She smiled at me and nodded. “Oh, that’s good – I wouldn’t want to send a stalker after you, or anything,” I mumbled but she laughed.

“Perhaps I should just wait around for him to come back,” she mused and then moved closer to the blue box. She put a hand on it and I could swear that tears were starting to form in her eyes. She seemed to be stroking the blue box as she circled it once. “I’m Rose, by the way,” she said. I nodded but didn’t give her my name, lost in thoughts of how strange my day had become.

I considered the blue box, the tall man emerging from it and the daughter of a millionaire running around in circles after the man. I didn’t seem to feel the need to leave or to move on. “It’s a strange thing, isn’t it?” I asked, eyeing the blue box. She laughed.

“Stranger than you think – stranger than you’d ever believe,” she sighed. “Oh, it’s been so long,” she said but it sounded like she was talking to herself. We stood together for a while, silently mulling over our own private thoughts. “Too long…” she told herself. Suddenly she shook herself into focus, I shivered as I remembered the cold now gliding its way around my wet clothes. “You couldn’t pinch me, could you?” She asked seriously, I raised an eyebrow. “Please. I just want to check I’m not dreaming,” she urged me on. I wondered about the strangeness of the situation as I pulled of a glove and flexed my cold fingers and reached for her hand and pinched her. She smiled at the small pain. “Brilliant,” she laughed. “Fantastic, even.”

We stood in silence again. She kept turning her head to look around the empty streets but there was only the movement of leaves and rubbish to catch her attention. She sighed several times but not once did she ask me to leave or if I had anywhere else to be. I wondered at my own decision to remain rooted to the spot.

She faced the blue box again and ran a hand over the panels of wood.

“Is it special?” I asked.

“Very,” she whispered, I nodded but did not press her any further for the waiting seemed to be testing her patience too.

We didn’t hear the footsteps approach.

“Rose Marion Tyler,” a voice whispered – it was almost questioning, just like Rose’s voice of disbelief. The voice seemed to crash into Rose’s ears and she turned so quickly that the wind seemed to be pushed by her movement. I looked at both of them, blushing at my intrusion. The moment felt special – too special to be stumbling in upon, un-welcomed.

“I’ll be off then,” I told no one in particular and neither seemed to notice. They just held each other’s gaze like nothing in the world could be more important than the sight of each other. I picked up my shopping and tiptoed out of the scene, coming to a rest around a corner where I could watch from a far. I felt silly thinking it was important to watch but there was just something that felt so magical and important about the moment that the reality of the rushing people and aggressive tendencies waiting for me around another corner seemed to blur from my memory.

I watched as they continued to just hold each other’s gaze. It felt as if an entire lifetime could have passed and they’d still be standing there. Christmas lights were twinkling from high windows and dancing upon the figures of the Rose girl and her tall friend.

Suddenly the man laughed. “Are we just going to stand here all day?”

“You’ve got the whole of time and space…” Rose muttered and I guessed it was another inside joke. My intrusion was clearly not going to help me in on their ‘fantastic’ secrets. I seemed to be so entranced by the scene that I didn’t notice my wrapping paper turning to mush in my shopping bags as the rain flooded them.

The tall man closed the space between them in three steps and then grabbed her into a hug – the tightest hug I’d ever witnessed. It seemed as if he’d waited a long time – too long – for this moment to arrive and he didn’t want to let go. Rose seemed to have the same idea as she wrapped her arms around him; both of them ignored the, now, howling wind and rain.

“I’ve missed you,” Rose sniffed, barely audible from where I was standing. The tall man kissed her forehead.

“I’ve missed you too, Rose,” he breathed and pulled her even closer – something which hardly seemed possible but the space between them now was nothing. Rose looked up at him with tears shining in her eyes, the rain meaning nothing to her feelings.

“I – I -” she stuttered, the words tumbling into the air. “I love you,” she told him. The tall man looked down at her and grinned.

“You know what, Rose Tyler,” he said, moving his head to close the gap between his head and hers. “I -”

I didn’t hear the end of the sentence. I’d finally realised I’d intruded on their moment for far too long. I grabbed my rain-soaked shopping and dashed off to find myself a taxi to get home in. The thoughts of the two strangers filled my mind as I found my way back into the crowds. I wished that there would be more moments, like the one I had just witnessed, in the world so that everyone could bear witness.

I smiled despite the sea of grumpy faces that dashed around me. I thought of Christmas time and Christmas spirit and I thought of Rose Tyler and her tall friend and his strange blue box. Even if I didn’t have the whole of time and space like the tall man did, I did have a life and seeing moments like theirs just reminded me how special it was.

*


The Doctor pulled Rose into the TARDIS. Her eyes lit up as she walked up the runway towards the console. The Doctor watched her carefully, his smile growing.

“Welcome back home, Rose Tyler.”


- - - - - - - - - - - - - The End - - - - - - - - - - - - -



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Comments

( 39 comments — Leave a comment )
wish_wielder
Jan. 7th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
That was beyond sweet - I loved the POV; nice twist there. Very lovely work. =)
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I'm glad the POV worked out and that you enjoyed it. =)
myxsecretxside
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Oh so sweet! Really. I loved that this was an outsider's perspective of the scene. It kind of saves itself from the angsty lines that can overload reunion fics so this was perfect to me.

GREAT job. Kudos kudoes kudos. :)
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Thank you - especially for the kudos, hehe. I was inspired by the prompt, but it was a good chance (and quite fun) to do a reunion fic from another point of view, so I'm glad it worked out =)
angelique_grace
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
That was brilliant! I loved how you wrote that she didn't see or hear him say it back, that fit so well somehow, really nice!
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I always have a hard time getting the Doctor to say those words back and I finally managed to find a way to, practically, avoid it altogether, hehe. It's not that I don't want him to admit his love or anything but... well, I'm glad it worked here =)
bethtaurichick
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
An absolutely brilliant reunion fic- with a unique twist! Loved the outside POV. Well done!
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you! I'm happy the POV worked out =)
dominamia
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
lovely, ab fab
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Thank you!
danu_mactire
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Awwwwww! Love it. . .and like everyone else I think the POV was brilliant (especially the parts where the Doctor and Rose keep asking him where the other one went).
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! The missing each other was fun to write - it gave the stranger a chance to get to know them separately but also kept the anticipation for the reunion... I hope, hehe.
maniacalshen
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Very sweet! And I liked them running around missing each other; that would so happen. XD
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Hehe, thank you! I believe the Doctor and Rose were made for running so I never miss a chance to make them do it and a reunion is as good a time as any, haha.
rebelsaint
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
That was just gorgeous.
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you!
sarah_120
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
awww that was so lovely x
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you!
emmyangua
Jan. 7th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
That was just...love on a stick. So sweet and heartwarming and I always love a good third person POV who doesn't know the character's stories - no one seems to write many of them for any fandom though.
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Love on a stick - I don't think I've ever heard/read that expression before but lovely all the same, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the POV - it was fun taking a look at the characters from a stranger's POV. It's difficult to get your head around the not-knowing characters you love so much though, hehe
artic_fox
Jan. 7th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
Wow, that was fantastic. Such a great idea to write the reunion from another point of view. I liked how they kept running around in circles and missing each other. Lovely fic!
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you! It's always good to explore reunions from as many angles as possible - we'll never run out of possibilities that way, hehe. And, of course, the Doctor and Rose were made for running so I couldn't stop them from running after each other the first moment they got, haha.
iwillrememberu
Jan. 7th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
Brilliant! Fantastic, even ;)
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Tee hee! Thank you!!
_carly_
Jan. 7th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
I love how the Doctor didn't even get to say "I love you" out loud in the fic - very sneaky of you, but very apt I thought, hehe.

Great idea, written brilliantly :)
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
For some reason I can't always get it to sound right (in my head) when the Doctor attempts declarations of love so I'm happy I managed to find a way around that problem, haha. Plus, it's the happier verion of the Doomsday ending ;) heh...

Thank you!
sunnytyler001
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Awww!!!! So very sweet!
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you!
hotarus_sister
Jan. 7th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Love love love love love love love.

The idea of it being from a non-omnipotent third person perspective is brilliant. Fantastic even : )
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Heehee, thank you! And thank you for all the love! I thought it might be fun doing it from this POV that made it easier to imagine, as the reader, that you were the one watching the reunion. I don't know if that idea got across but I'm glad that the POV, generally, worked out =)
fairyfloss_love
Jan. 7th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Lovely, brilliant, fantastic ;)
Really great work
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Teehee, thank you!
monkeefan1
Jan. 7th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
That was sooo darned beautiful
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you!!
nycteris_m
Jan. 8th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
This is fantastic! I'm thrilled! it's so what I was hoping for! Thankyou so much! *hugs her fic pressie*

I loved your random character and their reactions to seeing the Doctor and Rose running around lol! so many great lines - like this one, “Well, anyway – must dash. Millions of people I can still run into – the day is still young,” - I can't quote them all!

Love the Doctor and Rose as well - they were brilliant! well done! their meeting at last was wonderful - I went from laughing to sniffling... and the welcome home at the end - awww!

thanks again!
lunaillustris
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh! I'm so glad you liked it! I'm really glad it was what you were hoping for too! You are very much welcome - especially since it all stemmed from your prompt, hehe.

It was fun pretending to watch the reunion as someone who didn't know the characters (or love the characters as much as I do, hehe) so I had a lot of fun with the whole idea.

But aww that it made you sniffy! I just wanted to give them the last moment in the story because... you know, it's the Doctor and Rose - how could I not?

Anywho, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
electrictoes
Jun. 17th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Loved that, the outside POV made it even more special!
lunaillustris
Jun. 18th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed =D
thistwilight
Apr. 24th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Oh, that was adorable! *sniffle*
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