Word Count: 2314
Author's Summary: The story of how a certain Class II somatic/empathic linkage was forged in the first place. AU Rose/Jack/Nine OT3 -- story begins just after "Boom Town," everything having followed canon till this point.
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor/Rose/Jack
Recced because: It was easy for me to decide to rec DameRuth's "Bliss" series. There's very little not to love in this group of fun, well-written, creatively-imagined , sometimes emotionally gripping and sometimes hilarious AU stories set in a universe that didn't include Parting of the Ways. The difficulty was deciding which story to recommend, because they're all so uniformly good. I settled on "Link," because it marks the chronological beginning of the series and tells the story of how an unexpected turn in the Rose/Nine/Jack relationship became the foundation of the Bliss!verse. ("Link" beat out "The Shared Path" by a very small nose; if you like the first, I urge you to go and read the second.) Added bonus: Nine rockin' the long hair.