Chapter 2: Friends
“So, what’s going on with you and the Doctor?” Gwen asked three days after Rose and the Doctor arrived in Cardiff.
Rose glanced at the other woman a little uncertainly. “What do you mean?” she asked innocently, not really wanting to get into it. Since coming to Cardiff she had felt closer to the Doctor than before, but she still wasn’t entirely sure how she felt about him. Did she love him? He wasn’t the real Doctor, wasn’t actually the man she fell in love with, but he was just like him, apart from a few tiny personality traits that he seemed to have inherited from Donna Noble, like calling ‘oi’ a lot. She didn’t mind those either, they were kind of endearing. Still, could she be with him, knowing that the man she fell in love with was still out there, and that he had abandoned her? That part was bothering her, too. Would the Doctor that stayed in this reality with her abandon her one day as well?
“Oh, come on, I saw how he looks at you,” Gwen stated. “And the way you sometimes look at him, too.”
Rose sighed. “It’s complicated.”
“Tell me about it,” Gwen insisted, but Rose wasn’t really sure where to begin.
“How about you tell me about you and Jack instead,” she said, trying to change the subject.
Gwen sighed dreamily and decided that maybe if she shared something Rose would do the same. “We met at a bar. He used one of his cheesy pick up lines on me,” she started and laughed slightly.
“But you couldn’t help but succumb to his charms anyway?” Rose suggested.
“Who wouldn’t?” Gwen asked.
“Yeah,” Rose agreed with a slight laugh. She couldn’t imagine anyone being immune to Jack’s charm. She certainly hadn’t been, even though she had sort of still been with Mickey and was already falling in love with the Doctor when she first met Jack.
“He later admitted that he had been watching me, because he knew I worked for Torchwood. He said he needed help capturing aliens that had come back in time from the 51st century, the same century he was from. He’s a time agent from the future, Rose,” Gwen went on. It was the first time she told anyone who Jack really was. She hadn’t told Lisa, Ianto, Owen or even Tosh. Jack did that himself later, or at least she thought he did. She had no idea how exactly he managed to get Lisa to hire him. And she wasn’t sure either why she never told them in the beginning. They would have believed her of course, and they were all kind of friends, definitely more than just co-workers, but she never felt the same kind of connection to them that she did to Rose. The two of them simply hit it off from the moment they met. She had the feeling she could tell her anything, and for some reason she felt like Rose would not be surprised about a time traveller from the future at all. She didn’t really know why, but she was sure Rose had seen a lot more in her life than most Torchwood employees.
Rose looked at Gwen a little surprised. So Jack was still a time agent in this reality? Interesting!
“I know he’s from the 51st century, Gwen,” she said, deciding that if Gwen told her the truth about Jack she could tell her about herself, too. “I kind of already knew Jack before I came here, and I met you before, too. Well, sort of… I am from an alternate reality,” she started, then told Gwen the whole story, how she met the Doctor, how she ended up in this world, went back and ended up here once more, this time with a Doctor.