Author: Amy Wolf
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1372
Author's summary: The strength to let go. AU from Doomsday.
Characters/Pairings: Rose Tyler
Warnings: Doomsday spoilers.
Recced because: One of the most common types of New Who fic to find on the Teaspoon (secondary only to Ten/Rose reunionfic) are alternate universe fics where Rose did not, in fact, end up leaving the Doctor at the end of Doomsday. Generally this is perceived to be a good thing by all and Rose gets her happily ever after. Amy Wolf takes the basic premise of Doomsday AUs and she turns it on its head. What if love isn't enough? The Doctor may be a Time Lord, blessed with seeming eternal youth until his next regeneration, but Rose Tyler is only too human. She ages. She changes.
She finally noticed her forty-year-old face in the TARDIS bathroom one otherwise ordinary day.
That was why she’d left.
Forty years old, or around there. Middle-aged, at least. And Sarah Jane Smith was right about one thing. His companions do look younger every year. There’d been new people on the TARDIS; men and women, boys and girls, and an occasional being without gender or determinable age. She’d accepted this, letting him take on other traveling companions. Whoever he wanted, as long as there was no romance or sex with anyone but her. Back then, she hadn’t realized how little that meant. She came to realize it, eventually.
That was also why she left.