Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2161
Charcters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler
Author's Summary: In the in between bits of "Rose", the Doctor finds reasons to ask a second time. And discovers that it's just not Rose who needs to say yes.
Recced because: I'm very fond of stories that take place in those in-between moments of Rose, explaining why the Doctor decided to come back and ask Rose to come with him. This is one of my favourite examples of that sort of story. Indiana_j just gets the Ninth Doctor. And I love how she explores his reactions to Rose.
Rose had been brilliant, for a human. She'd managed to clear the restaurant despite having, well, seen her boyfriend's head pulled clean off. And if it hadn't been for her and the fantastic bit of swinging, he'd probably have been dead.
And the regeneration would have been so close to his last...the Doctor shuddered. Oh, now that would have hurt just a bit more than he would have liked. He hadn't had enough time, really, to even start to like this new him, big ears and all.
She'd saved him and the world, unlike that useless Ricky of hers. Cowering at the door to his TARDIS, calling him an "it" after they'd gotten out. Useless, ignorant and utterly normal.
Rose'd been useful, smart and so very unusual.
But he didn't ask twice. He'd asked, she'd said no. Off he went, back to the stars and adventure; back she went to her beans and toast. Both of them as alone as when they'd started the whole mess.