Author: Wish Wielder
Word Count: 26,216
Author's summary: When Jackie makes a flippant comment in the presence of an alien artifact, she wakes up to find her entire world flipped around – and not in the good way. There’s only one man – well, alien – she knows who could possibly fix it, and she’s just wished him out of their lives.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Jackie Tyler, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Pete Tyler, Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (9th)
Recced because: I adore stories that delve into the intricacies of 'what if' and toying with time. This one is a true gem. It starts with the premise of Jackie wishing for one thing, one thing only: That Rose Tyler never met the Doctor. From that moment on, it hits the ground running. It's an engrossing, well-written story and it contains one of my absolute favourite characterisations of Jackie Tyler in fan fiction.
“It’s not worth it, sweetheart,” she said. They both started and looked at her, eyes wide. “The Doctor’s an amazing man, I’ll give him that, but I’ve seen what loving him like Rose does will do to you.”
“What?” Martha asked, her forehead scrunching as she watched her. She was caught in Jackie’s stare; the woman looked so torn, caught between happiness for her daughter and wanting something better for her. Something that didn’t put her life in danger. Jackie smiled weakly and sighed.
“It breaks your heart. It only breaks your heart,” she said.