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Myfanwy 2

The Stolen Earth Incident - Chapter Forty-Four

The Stolen Earth Incident - Chapter Forty-Four
Author: Milady Dragon
Series: Dragon-Verse
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): JackHarkness/Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato/Kathy Swanson, Owen Harper/Diane Holmes, Tenth Doctor/Rose Tyler, Martha Jones/Tom Milligan, Phil Coulson/Clint Barton, Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
Warnings: Language, Violence, Angst, Temporary Character Death (It's Jack), Perceived Character Death, Minor Character Death. 
Spoilers: Thru S2, E13, "Fragments" and "Exit Wounds", the audio play "Lost Souls" for Torchwood, S4, E12 and E13, "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End" for Doctor Who.  Slight spoilers for the movie, "Iron Man" 
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood, I would have treated it better. Don't own Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, either
Author's Note:  Here it is, the Dragon-Verse version of "Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End". 

Summary:  The Earth has been stolen.  There are twenty-six other planets in the sky.  The Daleks are raining death down from the sky.  It's the end of the world.



The TARDIS

 

Rose watched the altercation between Jack and the Doctor, even more confused than ever.

She was going to find out what had happened while she’d been in the alternate dimension after everything calmed down.  There had to be some way to heal the breach between the two most important men in her life, and she was determined to find it.

When she’d entered the TARDIS, the second Doctor had explained about how he’d come to be in a few words, but Rose thought she got it.  She’d actually stepped on a piece of glass near the console, and that icky hand was gone.  It seemed impossible to her, that another Doctor had grown from that single hand, but it wasn’t the craziest thing she’d seen or heard while travelling with the Time Lord…which really said something, didn’t it?

When he’d said that both Donna and Clint were also catalysts for his being created, it suddenly brought the reason that the Dimension Cannon had fixated onto those two into focus.  If they hadn’t been present inside the TARDIS, then this second Doctor would never have been made, and the Daleks would have won. 

It had all been destiny, of a sort.

In a flash of light, Jack was gone.  Rose missed him immediately. A part of her had hoped he’d stick around, and that he could start travelling with them again, but there was something about him even if he and the Doctor weren’t getting along; something that had changed in the time they’d been separated.  He seemed more mature, more responsible, with his team and his boyfriend and the planet under his protection.  In a way, he’d become the Doctor, if the Doctor was human and had settled in one place.

She still wanted to know what had caused him to come back to Earth, to the 21st century, but there was still time to find that out when he came back.

And just why the Doctor seemed to dislike him for it.

Then the Doctor was addressing the sub-wave once more.  She heard Jack acknowledge his arrival back at Torchwood, and that he was working on what the Doctor had wanted him to do.

“Sarah Jane,” the Time Lord called.  “What’s your son’s name?”

She was standing on one side of the console.  “His name is Luke.  And the computer is Mr Smith.”

The Doctor was back at the monitor, speaking to Sarah Jane’s son.  Rose wondered when that had happened, because the last time she’d seen the older woman Sarah Jane hadn’t mentioned having one.  He was asking this computer to do something with the Rift energy that Jack was sending them, which Rose assumed was from the Cardiff Rift, and they were talking about things she really didn’t understand.

She found her mother standing next to her.  Rose sighed, turning to her.  “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you I was leaving.”

Jackie had her arms crossed.  “We had to find out over dinner with your Dad – “

“He’s not my Dad!”

Something crossed her Mum’s face, something that Rose couldn’t identify.  “We’ve known you were unhappy, which is why Pete made sure you had a project to occupy you.  But even he didn’t think the Dimension Cannon would actually work.”

Rose’s mouth dropped open.  “You mean he did it…”

“To help you, yes.  None of the scientists on the project really thought it would work either, so you can imagine everyone’s surprise when it did.”

That…couldn’t be right, could it?  That Pete had only set up the Dimension Cannon Project just to make her feel better? 

It shifted her perspective. It made her rethink everything she’d ever considered about the alternate version of her father.  She didn’t think he’d particularly cared about her, only accepting her presence because she was Jackie Tyler’s daughter by a man who just happened to look like him.  She’d thought he’d created the Dimension Cannon Project in order to utilise her knowledge of other universes, hoping to be able to access them again one day for his own purposes. 

Instead, he’d been trying to help her by giving her a reason to keep going.

What would he have done if it really hadn’t worked?  What would he have done to try and help her then?  Had he been hoping that she’d finally be convinced that things weren’t all that bad and that she’d come to enjoy her new life?

She didn’t think Mickey had known.  He certainly wouldn’t have tried to convince Pete not to indulge her otherwise.  But her Mum had known, and had gone along with it.

“We just wanted you to be happy, sweetheart,” Jackie murmured. 

She could see that, now. 

Rose felt tears build up in her eyes.  All she’d wanted to do was get back to the Doctor, and her family, even knowing that it was most likely impossible, had encouraged her need to try.  They’d been supporting her all this time and she’d been too selfish to realise it.

She hugged her Mum.  “Thanks.  Love you, Mum.”

“Love you too,” Jackie murmured into her hair.

“Alright,” the Doctor’s voice got their attention.  Rose looked at him, keeping her arm around her Mum, because she needed the contact in that moment.  The original Doctor was motioning to them all, while the other Doctor was sloping against the wall, as if trying to get people to forget he was there.  “Do you know why this TARDIS is always rattling around all over the place?  Because she’s been designed for six pilots and I’ve been doing it all on my own.  So, everyone, gather round!”

The Doctor began positioning everyone around the console, although when he got to Jackie he carefully moved her out of the way; knowing her mother the way she did, Rose thought that was a very smart thing to do.  Once he had them where he wanted them, the Doctor began to show them all what to do.

From Rose’s place at the main console, she let her fingers trace along the organic-looking controls she was in charge of.  A part of her was thinking that maybe she wasn’t the right person for the job, but the TARDIS didn’t share her concern; a warm wave of acceptance washed over her through her fingertips, and she couldn’t help but grin.

This really was where she belonged, despite having learned what her mother had just shared with her.  She belonged in the TARDIS, with the Doctor, and as far as she was concerned she’d never be leaving again.

Somehow, Clint had ended up beside her.  Her eyes flicked toward him, and she couldn’t help but laugh at the sheer excitement on his face.  It wasn’t every day someone got to help pilot a real-life time machine, and it was obvious that he was loving every minute of it.

This was her chance.  Clint worked with Jack; surely he’d know what was up with him and the Doctor.  So, she asked.

She got a shrug instead of any real answer.  “I just met Jack about a month ago.  I know Ianto better, but he hasn’t told me what the hell’s up with those two.  Although I get the feeling Jack did something that the Doctor didn’t agree with, and that it has to do with this crazy bastard who tried to destroy the planet.  You might want to ask Martha.  She was involved with all that shit.”

Rose peered across the console at Martha Jones.  She was standing between Mickey and Sarah Jane, and she looked just as excited as everyone else did at having a chance to pilot the TARDIS.  Donna said something to her, and she laughed in delight, while Mickey simply rolled his eyes.  Martha had been a companion as well, and Rose wondered if this was the reason she wasn’t travelling with the Doctor any longer.

Donna caught her looking, and her smile went from wicked to kind in the blink of an eye.  The redhead made her way around to Rose, touching her on the shoulder as she settled between her and Clint.  “He’s glad you’re back, you know.”

Rose couldn’t help her own smile.  “I’m glad to be back.”  She was.  This was what she’d been aiming for, for years; being back on the TARDIS, travelling with the Doctor on his adventures.  Her eyes flicked over to the Time Lord – the one in brown, who was currently showing Mickey something on the console – and she felt warmth spread through his chest.  “How long have you been with him?” she asked out of curiosity.

Donna shrugged.  “Not all that long.  Turned him down the first time he asked, and that was when he picked up Martha.  Don’t have any details on why she left, but I think it was pretty traumatic.”

Rose frowned.  She just knew this had to do with why Jack and the Doctor were on the outs.  “But what I don’t understand is why Jack is even in this century.  The Doctor and I left him in the future, where he was supposed to be helping out the human race rebuild after another Dalek invasion.”

Donna looked perplexed, which Rose took to mean she didn’t know what had gone on.

She was frustrated.  Rose wasn’t getting anything from her or Clint.  He obviously hadn’t been told a thing.  She’d need to corner Martha as soon as she could.

If Rose was going to fix this, she needed to have the truth.

 



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