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Chapter 47: The Story Never Ends.
"We're all stories in the end. Let's make it a good one, Eh."
Amy helped lay Rose down onto the metal grated floor before she stumbled over to the pilot's chair and collapsed, completely spent.
"We're alive." She whispered, trying to make sense of everything that had just happened, "I just..."
Then everything caught up with her. Her breathing came out in heavy breaths and a few stray tears made their way down her face.
"I'm sorry." The Doctor whispered from the console, rubbing the controls with a sad look.
Amy ducked her head further, quickly bringing her hands up to wipe the tears away. The Doctor shifted.
"It's not your fault." Amy shook her head, looking up, "I wouldn't have. Not if she would die. I wouldn't want that. Rory wouldn't have wanted that." She just couldn't get over the fact that after everything that had just happened they were right back where they had started.
The Doctor flinched and shifted his side and Amy frowned.
"Are you hurt?" She asked.
He shook his head but didn't elaborate, "Tell me about Rory, You never said anything before."
Amy smiled, a memory coming to her mind. "I used to think he was gay, you know. When we were teenagers. Cause he never showed any interest in girls. I never even realized it was because he was in love with me."
The Doctor chuckled at that, then grimaced. Amy moved to help him but he just shook his head and motioned for her to continue.
She bit her lip, "When I asked him out he looked at me for five minutes before grabbing his arm and pinching it. I just slapped his other arm and called him stupid face and then kissed him cause...well mostly to see what his reaction would be I suppose."
Rose shifted slightly on the floor and Amy turned her attention to the blond girl quickly.
"Rose!" She cried, helping the girl sit up. She was clutching her head, "Are you okay?"
"What happened?" The girl looked around confused and disoriented.
Amy let out a laugh as she realized Rose was okay.
"How about that." Amy breathed out, still on a small amount of shock, "We're alive."
The Doctor however looked at Rose in mild surprise, "Don't you remember."
Rose sat up, furrowing her eyebrows, "It's like...there was this singing..."
The Doctor looked put out for a moment, but then a cheerful expression came over his face, "That's right! I sang a song and the Dalek's ran away."
"Well they would with your singing voice." Amy couldn't help it. She didn't know if it was the shock or if she was genuinely happy that she was alive. Only ten minutes ago she had accepted that she would never see Rory again and now...she would find him. She repeated that mantra to herself over and over. She would find him. No matter what.
"Oi!" The Doctor responded, but there wasn't as much annoyance in his voice as she was used to.
Rose smiled at him, but then focused on trying to remember, "I was at home...no I wasn't, I was in the TARDIS, and..."
She trailed off, looking confused.
"Anything after that?" Amy asked, wondering the same thing as the Doctor. Did she remember Bad Wolf? Did she remember the supposed genocide of the Daleks?
Did she remember the kiss?
"No, I can't remember anything else."
Th Doctor looked up at her uneasily. Rose grinned at him, poking her tongue through her teeth and Amy just crossed her arms and leaned against the railing.
They did it.
"Rose Tyler and Amy Williams." He laughed, "I was gonna take you to so many places."
Amy froze. Was?
She uncrossed her arms, but the Doctor continued.
"Barcelona - not the city Barcelona, the planet. You'd love it. Fantastic place - they've got dogs with no noses!" He laughed at his own joke and Rose joined him, rolling her eyes.
But Amy frowned, "Was?" She asked him, confused.
But when she noticed how he was standing. Like he was in pain. She knew there had been something wrong with him!
The Doctor sighed, "Imagine how many times a day you end up telling that joke, and it's still funny."
Rose was starting to look worried, "Then, why can't we go?"
He leaned back with a vague smile.
Amy stepped forward, "Doctor? Are you okay?"
"Fine," He answered, then turned to Rose, "Maybe you will. And maybe I will. But not like this."
Amy froze, "No..." She whispered, "Now?"
He flinched, "Figures you would know." He muttered
Amy shook her head. It can't be. She looked down at his clothing, leather and a plain jumper. Nothing like the ripped suit her raggedy Doctor had worn.
So not that regeneration. But Regeneration none the less.
She felt her eyes tear up.
"You're not making any sense." Rose complained, standing up.
The Doctor laughed, but it sounded more panicked, "I might never make sense again!" He cried out, "I might have two heads! Or no heads!"
"Or a time head." Amy whispered tearfully, not being able to help herself. The Doctor didn't hear. Rose did however she sent both of them strange looks.
The Doctor had never explained this to Rose. Probably because it had been so soon since his last one.
He was getting careless.
"Imagine me with no head!" Then he turned to Amy warningly, "And don't say that's an improvement..."
But Amy wasn't laughing. She felt her heart breaking a bit. She had liked this Doctor. He was so full of pain and guilt and yet he was still so ready to joke and laugh with everybody. In his own world of darkness he still found the light.
And that light had been Rose.
Who knows what the Doctors life would have been like without her. What he would have been like. That blond shop girl from the Powell estate had shaped him into everything that Amy loved about him.
But looking at his short hair and big ears, it physically hurt knowing that she would never see that face again. Like losing a close friend.
"But it's a bit dodgy, this process." The Doctor explained. No kidding, Amy thought. Last time he crashed the TARDIS. "You never know what you're gonna end up with-"
And then a burst of light shot out of him and he was propelled backwards. Rose immediately ran forward to help, but Amy grabbed her, pulling her back.
"Doctor!" Rose cried, "Amy! Let go!"
"No, I'm sorry but you have to stay back." Amy whispered through her own tears. She knew what the poor girl was feeling. She had lived through this one before on the shore of lake Silencio.
"She's right!" The Doctor looked at her urgently and sadly.
"Doctor, tell me what's going on?" Rose begged as Amy held her back.
The Doctor winced, trying to keep his tone light, "I absorbed all the energy of the Time vortex, and no one's meant to do that!" He gasped in pain, then was serious, "Every cell in my body's dying."
Rose gasped, horrified, "Can't you do something?"
"Yeah, I'm doing it now!" He explained, "Time Lords have this little trick, it's sort of a way of cheating death. Except," He looked up and locked eyes with her, "It means I'm gonna change."
Rose shook her head, not understanding.
The Doctors eyes watered up. "And I'm not gonna see you again. Not like this. not with this daft old face."
And Amy could tell he was resisting the urge to run over to Rose and hug her one last time in this body before everything changed. But he couldn't
"And before I go..." He whispered
"Don't say that!" Rose cut across him.
The Doctor looked at her, "Rose..." She backed down, "Before I go, I just wanna tell you, you were fantastic." He smiles at her proudly, "Absolutely fantastic."
Then he turned to Amy, "And you Mrs. Williams. Simply Fantastic." Amy gave him a watery smile.
Rose took in a shaky breathe and grinned at him, still upset.
"And you know what?" He asked them. Rose shook her head and the Doctor broke out into a huge grin.
"So was I!"
And then they smiled at each other for a few moments before the Doctor exploded into light.
Amy had never seen regeneration up close before, but now that she had it looked like an incredibly painful process. She pulled Rose back, trying to shield her from the lasts of golden lights that shot from the Doctors body has every cell changed into something different.
Then the light stopped and the Doctor sprung forward looked slightly dazed.
Rose gapped at him, not understanding while Amy just studied him.
He was skinnier than both the Doctor's she knew before, but taller. His hair was longer and brown and stuck up with a thousand cowlicks. His face was thinner and longer with sharp cheekbones and brown eyes.
The man looked up at Rose with a cautious smile, obviously trying not to frighten her.
"Hello! Oka-" He trailed off, getting distracted by something. He gulped, pressing air into his mouth and running his tongue over his teeth brows furrowed, "New teeth. That's weird."
Amy gapped at him in exasperation. Of all the things...
Then the new Doctor shook his head, and with a brilliant smile he turned back to Rose and Amy.
"So where was I? Oh, that's right! Barcelona!"
A soft fizzing of electricity echoed throughout floor 500 of the Game Station. Jack jumped off his spot on the floor, excitement flowing through him at the sound. Maybe it was the Doctor, maybe they had come back!
But to his disappointment, it was just a women. Not that the image of an incredibly gorgeous women usually brought disappointment, but right now he couldn't bring himself to be thrilled.
"Oh, you stupid thing." The women smacked the vortex manipulator around her wrist, identical to the one around Jack's, "Where have you brought me?"
"Er- Hello?" Jack made his presence known tentatively. He raised his empty weapon in a semi-threatening way.
The women snapped her head up, one hand on her own pistol, before she relaxed, "Jack?"
Jack stiffened. "Do I know you?"
The Women tilted her head, looking a bit perturbed. "Apparently not."
A thought crossed his mind. Had he met her during those two years? Had every memory of her been wiped when the Time Agency stole his memories?
"Are you sure?" He asked her, "You knew my name..."
But the women seemed more interested in her surroundings, "This is the Game Station."
"What - Yes..." Jack stared at her confused.
"But that means...ah.." The Women looked a bit pained and turned to look at Jack, "Pit stop. I was trying to get to the 90th century... I have a date." She smirked.
Jack shook his head, narrowing his eyes, "Who are you, exactly?"
The women gave him a steel eye'd smile which made him question her sanity. She reached into a pocket and pulled out a blue book, flipping through the pages until she found a blue envelope stuck between the pages.
"Hello, Captain Jack Harkness." The Women smiled at him, holding out the envelope, "I'm Doctor River Song. And I need you to do me a favor, and I'm sorry. But it's going to take you a very long time."
Oh, did I say tie up the story nicely? I meant, leave a huge whopper of a cliffhanger.
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