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11 February 2008 @ 11:18 am
Sentimental Value (1/1)  
Title: Sentimental Value
Pairing: 10/Rose
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Doomsday
Disclaimer: I don't own anything, If I did you'd be watching this story on TV
Synopsis: A post-reunion Rose needs to get back something she left behind. (This story could fit in between "Come Back to Me" and "Return for Me" if you like, but it doesn't have to).
Status: oneshot
Originally written for Last Author Standing challenge one, round one at doctor_rose_las.


Sentimental Value


Rose paced a little restlessly through the Tyler flat, trailing her fingers across the now empty surfaces throughout the lounge and feeling just a bit nostalgic. She shuddered as the startling wail of an ambulance siren penetrated the thin walls, only to fade as the vehicle turned a corner. London was in mourning, still cleaning up from the Battle of Canary Wharf and desperately trying to save the poor souls mutilated beyond repair by the cybermen. Most of her friends would assume she’d been one of them. In less than twenty-four hours Rose, and her mother with her, would be presumed dead.

All things considered, they really shouldn’t be anywhere near the Powell Estates. There was another Doctor out there burning up a sun to say goodbye, and another Rose Tyler crying her heart out in an alternate Norway. Any minute now a concerned neighbor could come barging in to check on them, discover Rose to be alive, and thoroughly foul up established events. But having finally gathered up enough courage to come back here to collect a few things, Rose had been insistent. Unwilling to upset her, the Doctor had reluctantly agreed. They just had to make it quick.

Most of the items on Rose’s “need-to-keep-no-matter-what” list were already packed away inside the TARDIS. She had boxes and boxes of old photographs, gymnastics trophies, and other odds and ends to go through once they were back onboard. But one item kept nagging at her, despite its reluctance to leave the flat. She couldn’t leave her childhood home for the last time without it.

A rather disturbing sound emanating from the Doctor’s general direction, snapped Rose out of her woolgathering. Smirking in amusement, she found him half buried inside the tiny flat’s sole storage cupboard.

“Do you really need this particular bicycle?” he asked petulantly, tossing another unidentifiable object out into the room. “I know it’s red and shiny and has this cute little bell on one of the handlebars…” Rose giggled at the tinny ringing as he demonstrated. “…but we can get a hoverbike from Crespallion, or an auracycle from Donoli IV that changes color with the rider’s mood. Aha!” Whatever he was going to say next was muffled by a series of horrible grating noises. Rose flinched a bit in concern, only to relax a moment later as the Doctor’s grinning face peered out through the doorway. “You see,” he said triumphantly, wheeling his prize out into the room; “I can do anything.”

Rose beamed, thinking that while that wasn’t altogether true, he’d certainly managed the impossible a time or two. Crossing the few feet to reward his efforts, Rose reached up to place an affectionate kiss on his pouty lips. “My hero,” she teased.

He took advantage of her proximity, pulling her warm body into an embrace and nuzzling his cool nose into the side of her neck. Pushing her lover away in mock annoyance, Rose turned to examine her bicycle. She ran her fingers through the light plastic tassels hanging from the handlebars, smiling nostalgically as she remembered that day so long ago. She’d been twelve, and miserable, and poor at Christmas. Her mum had just lost her job down at the grocers, and the idea of getting any presents under the tree had seemed like a distant dream. And then, she’d gotten a miracle. A knock on the door had resulted in a bright, shiny new bike. A glance down the hall had revealed a tall, dark haired man in a leather jacket, quickly retreating before she could stop him.

Shifting closer, the Doctor brought the whole length of his body against her back, leaning slightly into her warmth. Nuzzling her neck again, he placed a long fingered hand over the barely perceptible curve of her belly. “You know,” he said against her skin, his hand rubbing little circles around the tiny bump, “it’s going to be years before she can even ride the thing. Are you sure you don’t want to just wait and get a better one when she’s ready?”

Rose tilted her head back, looking up into love-filled eyes that while brown instead of blue, still housed the same soul. “No,” she said, refusing to let go, of either the gift or the one who’d gifted it to her. “This one’s special.”
 
 
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
 
 
 
hezmanagirl: TenRose kisshezmanagirl on February 11th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
*wibble*

He was her Secret Santa and that's why the bike was so special! Very sweet. *sigh*
svanderslice: DW - Rose Scarf Smilesvanderslice on February 11th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
aww, thanks so much. That's exactly the reaction I wanted.
theyellow_daisy on February 11th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
D'awwwww! So sweet! I love reading stories about 'the bike'. It was such a simple line, but it meant so much. This was a very nice little take on that. And a little baby!fic as well.*squee* Thanks for sharing. Nice work.
svanderslice: DW - 10/babysvanderslice on February 11th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. A little baby!fic is good for the soul isn't it? :)
lostwolflostwolfchats on February 11th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh - that was so sweet!!
svanderslice: DW - Rose XDsvanderslice on February 11th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Shen: With Youmaniacalshen on February 11th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
I ALMOST voted for this one as my favorite in LAS. It was seriously very close, what with the memories and the adorable and the timebabies. Love it!
svanderslice: DW - 10/Rose Foreversvanderslice on February 11th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. I love a good fluffy babyfic myself, plus I wanted to put a slightly different spin on the traditional "red bike fic." I'm glad it worked for you.
Vincelia Valentinevinceliav on February 11th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
OMG SARAH I LOVE YOU! I knew I had it pegged which one was yours! The babyfic was just so your style lol! I so voted for you then which makes me happy!

I love it to death!
svanderslice: DW - Rose XDsvanderslice on February 11th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
I knew it was the babyfic part that gave it away. I hope you didn't just vote for it because you thought it was mine. But if you voted for it because it really was your favorite, than THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I'm so glad you liked it. :)
sunnytyler001: Happy happysunnytyler001 on February 11th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Awww!! This story is so sweet! It's realy beautiful!
svanderslice: DW - 10/Rose Foreversvanderslice on February 11th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I really appreciate it.
lydlodslydlods on February 11th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Awww this was just so adorably beautiful and sweet - I can so imagine the scene in my head too. Perfect fluff!
svanderslice: DW - Rose Scarf Smilesvanderslice on February 11th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
yay! perfect fluff is exactly what I was going for. Thanks so much for commenting.
catsfictioncatsfiction on February 11th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's gorgeous! How sweet that they're getting it back for their baby. And I loved the line right at the end about "eyes that still housed the same soul."
svanderslice: DW - 9/10 svanderslice on February 11th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked that line. It was my favorite one too. Thanks so much for your comment.
nyaaaaaauuuuuuu: hugnyaaaaaauuuuuuu on February 12th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Oh, what a beautifully understated baby!fic. And a lovely way to tie it to the red-bicycle-when-you-were-twelve line. :)
svanderslice: DW - 10/babysvanderslice on February 12th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you. What a lovely compliment to my story! As you said, the prompt I chose was "red bicycle when you were twelve," and I really wanted to put a different spin on it than I'd seen before. I'm so glad it worked for you.

And I adore baby!fic. I think they're good for the soul. :)
boycotting FOX because they terminated T:SCC.: [S4] Rose;;waiting.xbriyeon on February 12th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Aww "red bicycle when you were nine"-fic. so cute. =]
svanderslice: DW - Rose Scarf Smilesvanderslice on February 12th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. That was the prompt for the las challenge and I wanted to try and put a different spin on it. So glad you liked it.
ladyofgallifrey: DW-Ro-25ladyofgallifrey on February 12th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
OMG! I wasn't sure this was yours but it was my fave! Out of all the fics that had the "red bicycle" theme, I liked this approach to it the best - it really *was* special!
svanderslice: DW - Rose Scarf Smilesvanderslice on February 12th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
aww thanks! I really wanted to approach this theme differently than I'd seen before, and I'm so glad you liked the result. It really means a lot to me. :) (plus it's a baby!fic. I'm just saying...)
Jasmine: Rose smilereve_silencieux on February 12th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Awww. That was very sweet. I agree, babyfics are good for the soul. I have to try hard not to include a baby in all my fics because there's just something about them.

I only wonder why the Doctor didn't understand why Rose really wanted the bike. I mean, he remembers right?
svanderslice: DW - 9/10 svanderslice on February 12th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm so glad you liked it.

As for the Doctor's attidue towards the bike, I kind of just think he's half-playing with her. He's not really the kind of person to get sentimental about an object (you know, unless it's the TARDIS and she doesn't really count as an object). So I just figured that since he was annoyed at having to pull it out of the closet, and he'd most likely prefer to get his baby girl a more high tech one anyway, that it would be easy for him to taunt Rose a little bit about her attachment to this bike. Plus, it's a good way for him to fish for compliments. If he tells her it isn't worth the trouble, she can tell him why.

Does that clear it up for you?? I hope so.

Edited at 2008-02-12 03:56 am (UTC)
Marinajavabreeze on February 12th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
So adorable. This made me smile.
svanderslice: DW - Rose XDsvanderslice on February 12th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it.
Salienne de Lioncourtsalienne on February 12th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
I loved the idea behind this--such a great take/twist on the prompt. And it was very sweet and adorable and well-written.

Great job. :)
svanderslice: DW - Rose Scarf Smilesvanderslice on February 12th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
oh I'm so glad you liked it. I really wanted to go for a different angle on this theme, so the fact that it worked for you really pleases me. Thank you for taking the time to comment. :)
Mandy: Guhsmandypants on February 12th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
SO. MUCH. LOVE.

This made my heart squeeze in exactly the right way. Very nicely done.
svanderslice: DW - Rose XDsvanderslice on February 12th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
thank you so much!!! I'm so glad you liked it.