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28 November 2007 @ 09:17 pm
Reflection (1/4)  
Title: Reflection
Part 1
Pairing/Characters: 10/Rose, OC Children
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Human Nature/Family of Blood
Beta: misssara11
Disclaimer: I don't own anything, If I did you'd be watching this story on TV
Synopsis: While looking for her missing daughter, Rose makes a disturbing discovery.

A gift for vinceliav. This is a combination of two requests she made of me, and I certainly hope she likes the outcome.

Takes place in the same universe as my post-Doomsday reunion fic Come Back To Me, and its sequal, Return For Me (which isn't finished yet, sorry). However, it is not 100% necessary to have read either of those fics in order to enjoy this one.

This story also been greatly inspired by #13 of irishlullaby’s November pic prompts from time_and_chips.
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Part 1

Rose searched frantically for the better part of an hour; opening and closing doors like a mad woman, growing more and more anxious as each empty corridor of the TARDIS revealed absolutely nothing. Her breath was coming faster now, tears just starting to burn the rim of her tired eyes, as panic threatened to overcome rationality any moment. Rose drew in a ragged half-sob as once again, the open door in front of her revealed nothing behind it. How, in the ten minutes that she’d been gone making weak tea and dry toast, had one tiny little five year old, sick with fever, managed to completely disappear?

It wasn’t fair, Rose thought petulantly, not caring at all if she were acting younger than the girl she was looking for. Rose could face just about anything, and given what she’d been through, both with the Doctor, and during the time she’d worked for Torchwood, that was certainly saying something. Give her a Slitheen, a werewolf, or a disembodied life form any day, and Rose wouldn’t bat an eyelash, but just the thought of loosing her baby girl made Rose go all to pieces.

Freya had been fine this morning, playing happily with her older brother; riding on his back as he’d raced down the long corridors of the TARDIS. She’d squealed in delight, begging Tyler over and over again to keep going, to run faster. When she’d refused to eat later, Rose had thought it had just been a little nausea, caused from all the excitement. An hour later though, as her daughter lay shivering under a mountain of blankets, her temperature skyrocketing, and her tiny body wracked with coughs, Rose had known how very wrong that assumption had been. God, she hadn’t even been able to give her any children’s paracetamol, because her father’s stupid Time Lord biology made their daughter intolerant to normal human pain relievers. Bullets, poison, radiation, getting stomped by a swarm of giant beetles, sure those were no problem: just slurp down a cup of tea, grow a new body, and voila they were fine. But swallow a Panadol, and you could cancel all your plans for…well, all your plans.

Oh where could she be? At this point, Rose was almost running, terrified that every corner she turned would reveal a broken little body at the bottom of a staircase, or slumped against a wall from some sort of fever induced coma. It certainly didn’t help that there was no one else on the ship to turn to. Both the Doctor and Tyler had left hours ago, searching high and low in yet another alien bazaar, to find some medicinal herbs that the little Time Lady’s body could tolerate.

Just one more door, Rose told herself as calmly as possible as she navigated the spiral staircase leading to the massive wardrobe room, just one more hallway, just one more…Rose’s eyes stung with unshed tears as she entered the cluttered room. She paused in the doorway, taking deep breaths as her whole body sagged in immense relief. At the far end of the room, surrounded by rows and rows of hat boxes, suit jackets, and colorful period costumes, was Freya.

She was barefoot, still dressed in her little white vest top pajamas with the pink drawstring trousers she favored so much. She was, strangely enough, leaning against the full length mirror; resting her cheek against the glass, a look of soulful contemplation on her little face. Rose approached slowly, afraid to startle her out of such a deep state of thought, but desperate to touch her, to reassure herself that she was alright. Once within her daughter’s line of sight, Rose knelt down and drew Freya’s little hands into her own; clasping them gently as the little girl sleepily met her gaze.

“Why’d you disappear like that sweetheart?” She asked softly, struggling desperately to keep her more violent emotions tethered. “You really scared me.”

Freya’s big brown eyes grew even larger, a look of remorse and confusion coming over her innocent features. “I’m sorry mummy,” she answered sweetly, closing in to cuddle into Rose’s arms, “I just didn’t want to leave her alone for too long.”

Rose was so relieved to feel the cool sweat covering the back of Freya’s vest top that she almost ignored that strange response entirely. Drawing back a little, she stroked the cool skin on either side of her daughter’s little freckled face, smoothing back the damp strands of dirty blond hair. “Who’s alone honey,” Rose asked with more patience than she actually felt, “what was so important that you left your bed and came all the way up here for?”

Freya scrunched up her face in annoyance and pulled away. “My friend mummy,” she answered, rolling her eyes as if it were perfectly obvious. “Come see. I’m sure she’d like to meet you.” So it was a game, Rose realized, as her daughter once again moved to lean against the glass, one slightly freckled cheek resting on its cool surface. Rose fought against a wave of guilt as the implications of that set in. She’d thought their daughter was so happy here, traveling from place to place, seeing the universe with their small family of four. Could she have been so very wrong; was Freya lonely?

Playing along, Rose addressed the empty space in front of the mirror, smiling warmly in greeting. “Hello,” she said, giving a little wave, “I’m Rose. What’s your name?”

Freya tugged on her mother’s hand, letting out a long suffering sigh that should never have come from such a little girl. “No Mummy,” she scolded lightly, “you have to do what I’m doing. Put your cheek on the glass,” Freya squished the side of her face against the mirror so tightly that her lips puckered out, “like this.”

“All right,” Rose agreed, deciding that this wasn’t a battle worth fighting, “I’ll lean against the glass, if you promise to go right back to bed once I do, yeah?”

The little girl’s response was interrupted by a few violent coughs. “Promise,” she agreed a moment later, suddenly looking exhausted once again.

Rose moved into the mirror, intending to make this very quick, and leaned her cheek against its cool surface. Freya turned to face her, their matching noses inches apart, “Do you see her mummy?” she asked expectantly, her luminous eyes filled with hope.

Rose opened her mouth, intending to lie as all mothers do when confronted with a child’s fantasy, but stopped mid-breath as she caught some inexplicable movement just beyond the mirror’s glossy surface.

Freya’s smile was triumphant as she noticed her mother’s surprise. “That’s how it works, you know,” she said, as the image of a little girl in a pink wool coat became crystal clear, “you can only see her out of the corner of your eye.”

Link to Part Two
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lachrimtov on November 29th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
:shiver: I like it, very good pacing. It gave me a chill of apprehension, and I can't wait to see how Rose is going to react when she finds out the girl's identity and story.
Oh, and I discovered I like the sound of 'Time Lady' said aloud. Time Lady, Time Lady.
svanderslice: DW - 10/Rose comfortsvanderslice on November 29th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I like the sound of "Time Lady" too, so we have something else in common, considering we are in the minority in that respect. Part two should be up shortly. I would have finished it today, but I had an awful headache I had to sleep away.
Ariel: tardisdreamin_hope on November 29th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
Ohhhh, I like this! I love that you've used the little girl from Family of Blood, that's a great idea. Can't wait for the next part!
svanderslice: DW - Rose as a babysvanderslice on November 29th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. It was actually vinceliav's idea to have Rose find "Sister of Mine," but I couldn't come up with a valid way to do it until I wrote in Freya. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and hopefully part two will be up by next week at the latest. :)
melissa: doctor who rose&ten on new earthdettiot on November 29th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
Oooo, interesting! I like the idea of Rose finding out about what the Doctor did while she was gone, and I liked the setup to this story, with it being about Freya being sick and then the twist at the end. Looking forward to the next part!
svanderslice: DW - Rose as a babysvanderslice on November 29th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
vinceliav prompted me to write a story where Rose finds that little girl, so you should credit the spectacular idea to her. I'm glad you like the story though, I really wanted to write about that little family again.
nyaaaaaauuuuuuunyaaaaaauuuuuuu on November 29th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
*Very* interesting idea. I really want to know how the Doctor's going to explain this one. And whether Rose is going to want her five-year-old daughter - Time Lady or not (Time Lady! Time Lady! Hee.) - to know the story behind this one just yet. Though I suppose some old fairytales do approach the level of grimness that drove the Doctor to punish the Family...
svanderslice: DW - Rose Bravesvanderslice on November 29th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
It was actually vinceliav's prompt that made me have Rose find "sister of mine," but I really wanted to write about my little family from "Come Back To Me," so I mixed the two together. I'm so glad it worked for you. I love my little Time lady, she's so very real in my mind, so I'm overly excited that you like her too.

And yes, the darkness of this situation just might pose a problem for Rose. dun Dun DUN!
Tiffany Marvelousdominamia on November 29th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
This is incredible.
svanderslice: DW - Rose XDsvanderslice on November 29th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
KathyB: DW Defender Rosekb91 on November 29th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
Whoa. That's just ... whoa.

I can't wait to see what you're going to do in part 2. And how completely freaked out the Doctor is going to be when he realizes that his little girl has made friends with someone he found dangerous enough to condemn.
svanderslice: DW - 10/babysvanderslice on November 29th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
oooh! I got a "whoa" out of someone. I'm so glad it worked for you.

As for the Doctor, obviously this is going to be a difficult moment for him.
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svanderslice: DW - Rose as a babysvanderslice on November 29th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
Actually, vinceliav wanted me to write a story for her where Rose finds "sister of mine," but it was my idea to have Freya find her first. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and I really hope to have part two up by next week at the latest. :)
starlightmoonlastarlightmoonla on November 29th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)

Excellent story so far and I'm rather glad that I didn't see the spoiler section because the idea of Freya seeing the girl from the Family of Blood seriously surprised me.

I so can't wait to see the next part to this! :D Great job!
svanderslice: DW - Rose as a babysvanderslice on November 29th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
So glad you enjoyed it! I was going for a bit of a shock, so I'm really excited that it worked for you. I really hope to have part two up by next week at the latest. :)
catsfictioncatsfiction on November 29th, 2007 08:59 am (UTC)
That's a really clever and haunting idea. I wonder if Freya's childish innocence will put the Doctor on the spot a bit? You capture the horrible fear of losing a child very well. I imagine that happens quite a lot on the TARDIS.
svanderslice: DW - 10/babysvanderslice on November 29th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
The Doctor's is going to have a tough time with this one, and with good reason. I'm so glad you enjoyed this first part, and I hope to have part two up very soon. Thanks again.
Vincelia Valentinevinceliav on November 29th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
I LOVE IT! I can totally see Rose now going to sit in the console room and give the doctor a good talking to about this lol. I totally can't wait for the rest! And good to see your using little Freya, even if you aren't done with the other story :) I love her already (even if we do disagree about the name ;) )
svanderslicesvanderslice on November 30th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like your present. Tyler and the Doctor will be in the next part, and the former is being his usual cheeky self, with with a bit of teenage defiance thrown in for good measure. The Doctor certainly has his hands full.
lachrimtov on November 30th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: the name Freya
I love that name. Did you intentionally pick it because of all the norse myth parallels? I thought it was familiar b/c of my comp. lit class, but wikifying it just now blew my mind. Freya-
1) was the most beautiful of Norse goddesses.
2) Freya means 'the lady' or 'the mistress'.
3) heir to half the slain with her father Odin.
The last bit's a little creepy, combine the DW mythos holds that the First Doctor was known to the Vikings as Odin Sky-father and the fact that she shares with her father the title of Last of their Race, well... pretty cool.
svanderslice: DW - Rose Cheekysvanderslice on November 30th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Re: the name Freya
I seriously love you girl, because you give me way too much credit. I'll explain her name in a real email later. I just might steal your expaination though. :)