Word Count: 21712
Author's Summary: When the Doctor and Jack are sentenced to life in prison, Rose is left all alone looking for allies on a hostile alien world.
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Jack, Rose
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Explicit Violence, Swearing
Recced because: We in fandom do like our fluff and our feel-good stories, but sometimes it's very satisfying to read something that takes on serious issues. "Look Down" does that without becoming an "issue" piece. There is plot, there is action, there is sex, there is danger, there is planning, and it all comes out all right in the end.
Rose gulps. If she's wrong about the nature of this place, if Luo's a law abiding citizen who reports any suspicious activity to the authorities — but the evidence, and her gut, tell her otherwise. "Looking for someone who can take care of trouble. Official trouble."
Luo looks her up and down, then pours a generous quantity of bubbling red liquid into a small glass and places it in front of her. "Drink up." It's challenge as much as invitation.
Rose picks up the glass and sniffs it cautiously. But really, what reason would Luo have to poison her just after bailing her out? He'd have easier ways to harm her if that was what he wanted. She downs the fluid.
It's like molten metal. All her reflexes tell her to spit it out, but she clamps her mouth shut and swallows right through the pain. This is a test. A bonding ritual. She understands, because the blokes have explained it to her. If she can take the pain, it might win her just enough respect to get a few straight answers.
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