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10 March 2008 @ 07:35 am
Fic: Life and Death (1/1)  
Title: Life and Death
Pairing/Characters: 9,Rose
Rating: PG
Spoilers: The Unquiet Dead
Beta: This one is unbetad, so sorry in advance for any mistakes.
Disclaimer: I don't own anything, If I did you'd be watching this story on TV
Synopsis: The progression of Rose's thoughts while trapped in that dungeon in Cardiff
Status: Oneshot
This was my entry for challenge 1.02 on doctor_rose_las. I didn't do so well this time around, two negative comments and no positive ones. Still, It didn't get me eliminated yet, so I figure it can't be that bad. So, if you like it please comment, so I don't get too depressed when I get my negative feedback emailed to me. Thanks.

Rose Tyler is going to die.

Over one hundred years before she’s even born, her and the impossible man standing next to her are going to be murdered in some horrific fashion. They are then to join ranks with a bunch of raspy-voiced, blue-veined zombies bent on world domination. It’s like something out of a bad, late-night horror film, with Rose somehow cast as the damsel in distress. She’s even got a dashing hero, such as he is, standing off to her side. He’s trying desperately to explain the complicated weave of impossibleness that is time travel, and blathering on about tea parties and wars that she’ll never get a chance to really hear about.

The tiny cage they’ve imprisoned themselves in reeks of death and whatever chemical they use to preserve it. So far it’s keeping out the macabre horde desperate to get inside, but these thin bars won’t hold forever. She smacks her back against the cold stone wall, feeling the ragged surface dig painlessly into her skin, and focusing for just a second on that small bit of real in such an unreal reality. It’s a far cry from the Powell Estates, or the chippy on the corner, or even sneaking out at night to kiss some stupid boy she’s better off without.

The Doctor stands next to her, still the most amazing man she’s ever met, despite his propensity for danger, or perhaps because of it. He’s blaming himself for their imminent demise, deciding it’s his fault that there will be no more boys to kiss, stupid or otherwise.

Oh, but she wanted to come. Folding jumpers and dishing out chips just weren’t cutting it anymore for her; she wanted so much more than that, to do something worth remembering. She wanted to see the universe, touch time, and live an impossible dream. And she did it! The Doctor made Rose’s wildest dreams come to life and now he’s regretting that decision.

Rose can’t let that happen. In distress she may be, but for all the heaving cleavage this dress puts on display, a cowering damsel she is not! Let those zombies come, she thinks; let them see what happens when you corner a girl from South London. If they want to turn her into one of them, she’s going to thin their numbers a bit in the process.

She takes a deep breath, glances up at the Doctor. “We’ll go down fighting yeah?” They join hands; her sweaty palm slides against his cool one as their fingers intertwine. Hazel eyes meet intense blue, and suddenly the cold, dank dungeon seems so much warmer than before, her bravery so much more real than imagined.

His smile burns away the remaining chill; his words reflect her courage back at her. “I’m so glad I met you.”

His grin is contagious, bubbling up through Rose’s whole body before stretching across her lips. “Me too,” she answers. And she means it. Because for the first time, here in this dark basement, surrounded by death and decay, over a hundred years before she’s even born….

Rose Tyler finally feels alive.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Vincelia Valentinevinceliav on March 10th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
I think its awsome sweetheart! I'm so sorry I forgot about this and didn't get to vote :( I feel bad that your only going to get negative feedback. I absolutely love it!
svanderslice: DW - 9/Rose cutesvanderslice on March 10th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it (even though you're a bit biased, lol) I was pretty proud of it myself. It's different from what I usually do, but I thought it was creative. I'm so glad it worked for you. :)
(no subject) - vinceliav on March 10th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Dave, CK: Dr Who || Nine + Rose - togetherdave7 on March 10th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
That's just... brilliant. :) I love the parallel between the first and last lines - very clever - and I adore this inner monologue. :) Just brilliant!
svanderslice: DW - 9/Rose Hell yeahsvanderslice on March 10th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it! I really liked the parallel myself, so I'm so glad it worked for you. Thank you so much for commenting. :)
Annairishlullaby on March 10th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Who would leave negative feedback for this?! it's brilliant!
svanderslice: DW - Rose XDsvanderslice on March 10th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
aww, thanks so much! I really needed to hear that. :)
sundance201sundance201 on March 10th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
I loved it! I've always loved this scene and you did a reall excellent job of capturing Rose's thoughts during this moment.
svanderslice: DW - Rose XDsvanderslice on March 10th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, I really appreciate it. :)
brilliantomega: Doctor Who - Longing 9/Rosebrilliantomega on March 10th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Gonna read when I get to work - but xpost this over at hearts_in_time, please?
svanderslicesvanderslice on March 10th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Okay sure!
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(no subject) - svanderslice on March 10th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
lostwolf: You're prettylostwolfchats on March 10th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
I really liked this - spotted one error (I think)

painlessly rather than painfully? Given she then concentrates on the sensation.

I didn't vote - feel bad now - but very very very busy at work at the moment. *looks sheepish*
svanderslice: DW - 9/Rose Smiling (UD)svanderslice on March 10th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much.I'm glad you liked it.

Actually, I intended to use "painlessly." I actually really like the feel of different textures and I think Rose could appreciate the "realness" of the stone wall without it actually hurting her. At least, that was my intention.

Thanks so much for commenting. :)
togetheragain21 on March 10th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
I liked this.Especially how you captured what was going through her mind during that time and how those thoughts lead to her courage shining through.
svanderslice: DW - Rose Smiles (UD)svanderslice on March 10th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. I love introspective pieces myself, so I'm glad this one worked for you.
I'm a balancing force of maturity... Or not  ;): fantasticerinm_4600 on March 10th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Aww! Love it!
*having Nine-withdrawl now*
svanderslice: DW - 9 close upsvanderslice on March 10th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! As for the Nine-withdrawl, I get like that sometimes. You just need to watch a good series 1 episode, like...well pretty much all of them. :)
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ninefan: my hero soldier doctorninesbiggestfan on March 11th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)

Yup! That's exactly the way it was. You laid out the invisible text beautifully! :)
svanderslice: DW - 9/Rose Smiling (UD)svanderslice on March 11th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Feenie: Glad I Met youfeenie on March 11th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Wonderfully done!!
svanderslice: DW - 9/Rose cutesvanderslice on March 11th, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
Lovely - othermewriter on March 16th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Lovely - svanderslice on March 16th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)