Word Count: 2182
Author's Summary: "'Hello,' Rose replies, tugging the Doctor’s overcoat tighter around her, brown-dyed hair brushing softly against the lapels."
Warnings: Sexual situations/language.
Recced because: This story is part of an AU series, "Held at a Distance," the first story of which has already been recced here. It's an OT3 tale with a difference: in this 'Verse, the team keep in touch after TPOTW, but Jack's "wrongness" causes the Doctor to be violently, physically ill if two of them get too close ("too close" being "within thirty feet of one another"). As a result, Jack has separated from the others but they stay in periodic contact, with Rose acting as the go-between. In this (very explicit) story, Rose and the Doctor conspire to give Jack a special, unexpected surprise during one of her visits; the love and longing are achingly palpable and vividly memorable, turning what could have been a simple PWP (if an exceptionally well-written one) into one of the most sweetly heartbreaking stories you'll ever read. (Be sure to read the whole series, while you're there -- well worth it!!)