Chapter 6: Immortal
The Doctor sat on a chair, watching Rose as she slept in her bed. She looked peaceful and not as pale anymore as she did when she collapsed. He had been concerned about her at first, but her pulse and breathing were steady. She had only been exhausted. Not that that was surprising. She had brought him back to life after all. No, Bad Wolf had brought him back. He wasn’t sure how Bad Wolf could still be inside of her, he thought that he had removed it all from her, had even died to keep her safe from it. But apparently he had missed something. A part of Bad Wolf must have remained. How could he not have seen it? Had it kept itself hidden for all this time? Was it maybe dormant and undetectable? Had his death caused it to wake up? Or was it Rose’s death? She had died as well after all. When she found him he had at first thought that he must have been mistaken before, that she had only been wounded. But now he didn’t believe that anymore. She had died, and came back, just like Jack, and just like he would do from this day on, whenever he died. He was immortal now, too. He could feel it in every cell of his being. He had become a fixed point in time. It still felt wrong to him, but luckily Jack had managed to convince him that just because his timelord instincts thought that something was wrong didn’t mean that it actually was. Like Jack put it, he had simply been prejudiced, and over time that feeling of wrongness would surely fade. After all, staying with Rose couldn’t be
wrong. She had already lost him too many times, he never wanted to do that to her again, and now he never would have to. He could stay with her forever… if she wanted him to, a tiny part of his brain added, the part that still wasn’t sure if Rose actually wanted him, or if she still just saw him as a copy of the man she loved.
“Doctor?” Her voice pulled him out of his thoughts.
“Rose,” he said with a smile and went over to the bed, sitting down next to her and gently brushing a strand of hair behind her ear.
“You’re alive,” she said looking up at him and feeling immensely relieved. For a moment she had feared that it had just been wishful thinking that Bad Wolf had taken over and helped her save him.
“Yes, I am, and I am never going to leave you again,” he quickly promised seeing the look on her face.
“Never?” she asked as a tear ran down her cheek.
“Never,” he agreed and wiped the tear away with his thump.
Rose smiled whilst taking his hand and intertwining their fingers. “Does that mean… did I… I mean, are you like Jack now? The Jack back home…”
“Yes,” he answered.
Rose looked up at him, feeling a little uncertain. “What about me? Am I immortal, too?” She was the one who made him immortal, she didn’t want to have done that to him and then leave him, especially after everything he gave up for her.
“I don’t know,” the Doctor admitted. “I think so, but… you feel different.” He wasn’t really sure how to explain it. Jack was a fixed point in time, and so was he. Rose now felt similar to that, but not quite the same.
“Different how? What does it mean?” she wanted to know.
“That you’re special?” he offered with a smile. Yes, that definitely fit. Rose was the most special person he had ever met, and not just because of Bad Wolf. In his opinion Bad Wolf could only ever have started to exist because
Rose was special.
Rose smiled, liking the way he said it.
“I’m not really sure if you are a fixed point in time, but I don’t think Bad Wolf will let you die. I guess that would make you immortal, too. And you did come back to life yesterday.”
“Yeah, I did,” Rose agreed. “Sounds pretty immortal to me. I guess that means you’ll be stuck with me forever.”
The Doctor snapped to attention at her words and a wide smile appeared on his face. “Forever with you seems like a pretty good deal to me.”
Rose laughed and pushed herself up into a sitting position. “I love you,” she said smiling. “And I mean you
.” She poked him in the chest. “You’re my
The Doctor smiled happily, then leaned in and kissed her.