Story: More Than True
Word Count: 8538
Author's Summary: Jack is nominally part of the TARDIS crew now, but how well does he really fit in?
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (9th), The TARDIS
Reced because: Everyone has their comfort stories, they ones they read and re-read when they need to be reminded why they love this show and these characters. This is one of my personal favourites. I can’t think why this one hasn’t been recced before, except that DameRuth has so many brilliant stories to choose from.
One of my favorite ‘pairings’ in DW is Nine/Rose/Jack, whether as lovers or as friends. And my absolute favorite scenario is Jack’s early days on the TARDIS. DameRuth gives us a Jack Harkness recently arrived on the TARDIS who is still very much a loner and outsider, cynical about everyone’s motives. He is attracted to Rose and intrigued by the Doctor, despite the latter’s “ridiculous claim of being a Time Lord”. When Jack runs into some trouble on an alien world, Rose and the Doctor rush to his aid, and make him question everything he thinks he knows about how the universe works.
It wasn't that Jack didn't get it — Rose was the Doctor's and he was hers. They’d both said so, in no uncertain terms. But how the hell was a man supposed to react when Rose smiled at him that way? Or when she and the Doctor traded one of those warm looks that set a lonely onlooker's heart to aching and wishing? The two of them were a painful reminder of everything he'd lost: Rose, with her youthful, civilian innocence, and the Doctor with his fierce, uncompromising honor. Two virtues Jack would never see again, that was for damn sure. But he’d have to be made of stone not to find them appealing all the same.
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