Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2731
Author's Summary: He writes on Rose’s skin in Gallifreyan, the looping, swirling, interlocking patterns inked onto her flesh, preserving their story for the years to come.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (9th), Rose/Doctor
Recced because: The story is by turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, and is held together with a lyrical writing style that is incredibly vivid and poetic. The whole story is told in a series of vignettes that link the Doctor and Rose together through a tradition that becomes almost a character in and of itself. It's the beginning of a series, but this one shot is the one I keep coming back to for a re-read. Also, the author quotes Shakespeare, and manages to not have it be hokey, which is an automatic plus in my book.
The clinking of the stylus against the ink bottle brings her around again, and she leans up slightly to look at the Doctor, dancing his fingers around the swirled writing now surrounding her navel. “Well?” she asks. “What’s this one say?”
The Doctor just smiles that grin of his and begins to place kisses up the length of her torso. Each gap between is punctuated with a word. “I” —kiss- “believe” —kiss- “in” —kiss with the slightest hint of tongue- “you”.