Word Count: 11,091
Author’s Summary: There's a woman alive in this world who wasn't alive before, and that woman is her, and this entire universe is different because she's here now. (Post-Doomsday Rose!fic, AU from that point on. Mainly Rose/Doctor with a side of Rose/Jack.)
Characters/Pairings: Rose/Ten, Rose/alt!Jack, Mickey Smith
Recced because: Life in Technicolor totally blew me away! This story is elegant at every level: structure, prose, emotion, and more. Flashbacks and imagined futures intertwine with the present as Rose lives on Pete’s World, trying to adjust to her new life. The progression of her emotions and choices is just right. There’s a fabulous appearance by alt!Jack. The language is plum gorgeous, the details inventive, and the dialog always in-character. If all that isn’t enough, the story makes marvelous use of Bad Wolf that at one point literally made me gasp out loud. (Yes, I was that immersed in the story.) If you read only one story I rec this week, make it this one.
Here's an excerpt:
Then comes the dream, his voice whispering in her head, and Bad Wolf Bay.
She thought she'd already hit rock bottom. She thought she'd pulled herself back up again. She thought she was settling in here, adjusting, figuring out some sort of life for herself. She thought it would get easier every day. She thought she was doing fine.
Boy, was she wrong.
It's a bit like the end of Wizard of Oz, Dorothy awakening at home surrounded by the people she loves. Sweet, really, and lord knows it's safer back on the family farm. But there's that whole wide terrifying wonderful world she's lost, yellow brick roads and emerald cities and ruby slippers. It's one thing if Kansas is all you've ever known, dull and comfortable and safe. But once you've seen a universe in Technicolor, how can you go back to living your days in black and white?
Rose wonders if she'll spend the rest of her life longing for that somewhere over the rainbow.