Her life had started out so plain and ordinary.
Then it warped into something fantastic beyond her belief the day she meet the Doctor and ran away with him. Rose Tyler, by all appearances was your average girl. She had blond hair and blue eyes, dropped out of university (for some stupid boy) and had a dull job working in a clothes shop at the local mall. She lived with her mother in their two bedroom flat and she had an on-again-off-again boyfriend named Mickey who had been her friend since childhood. To an outsider, she seemed like a typical human but what no one knew (aside from Mickey and her mum) she had seen her own planet explode in a majestic fire. No one knew she went to London during a German Air Raid and nearly fell to her death. And no one knew she had fallen in love with an alien from a planet called Gallifrey. And that he was a Time Lord who could travel through time and space.
It was incredibly difficult for Rose to look back and imagine her life without the Doctor, the big eared leather clad man with a chip on his shoulder. He had somehow became the most important person in her life, someone who she would die for, possibly even kill for. She had proved that when she had been kidnapped by the Daleks which felt like forever ago. And while she was still with the Doctor he wasn't her Doctor. He was the Doctor but he felt like a whole new person and she hated it. He changed after saving her stupid life. She was still adjusting, learning to trust all over again when she meet an old companion named Sarah Jane. While Rose wasn't a fool and knew there had been countless others before her, it felt weird to meet one face to face, who was proof that her fate with the Doctor would end sooner or later.
Her heart longed for a more exciting life where she was useful, but she began to ponder if she was as happy now, as she was before with the other Doctor. And with Mickey now tagging along, things were growing even more complicated. They were stuck on a spaceship somewhere, trying to stop Madame de Pompadour from being killed by clockwork androids. She and Mickey barely managed to escape when the Doctor made his appearance, tricky as ever. They were freed and worked quickly to stop Reinette from being harmed. Things then grew vastly complicated as he broke the link between the ship and France itself, leaving her and Mickey alone without a way home or a way to help the Doctor. And Mickey wasn't done mocking how her relationship with this new Doctor had changed.
That was enough, too much in fact, for her to endure.
Marching over to the TARDIS, she grabbed Mickey and pushed him inside. "I can't wait anymore." She said and rush to the console. "I want to go back. I want to go back to when he wasn't off flirtin' and dancin' with anyone else." She slammed her fists on the controls, tears forming in her tightly shut eyes. She knew she was being dramatic but her heart was still broken, unable to mend itself so soon. The goodbye he gave her thanks to Emergency Protocol One was forever etched in her mind. Every time she heard his voice in her head, calling her "absolutely fantastic," she felt herself sinking even further into despair. She loved him. She loved him and couldn't love the taller, skinnier version of him. Sure, she knew his memories and feelings were there, but he still felt like a stranger, a stranger who just abandoned her.
'He wouldn't do that to me.' She thought to herself as she began to try and pilot the TARDIS.
"Take me back!" Rose pleaded to the machine. She didn't have a giant truck to make it move but she hoped it would understand. "I need to save him, I can't let him become a stranger to me, I can't. He wouldn't want me to be miserable here..." She tried tinkering with it while Mickey stood back and watched, knowing that there wasn't anything he could say or do that would fix her broken heart. "Just...look inside me and take me back before all of this happened. If you care about him like I do, please..." Rose begged the TARDIS as she fell to her knees. There was silence for a minute, followed by a burst of bright light. She rose to her feet and looked into the vortex energy. Before she knew what was happening, she was being taken back in time, back before he regenerated, back before she vanquished the Daleks, just after he sent her away. She was quick to return home and with her limited power, she shoved the TARDIS door open and Mickey quickly ran out.
And now she found herself where she belonged, with her Doctor. Her fantastic Doctor.
Now she knew what to do. She stepped out of the blue box, her body glowing faintly. She knew to reject as much power as possible, to only take what was necessary to save Jack and stop the Daleks from attacking and taking over her planet. She didn't bother to think about her shorter hairdo and her change of clothes. And it seemed the Doctor was too afraid to notice himself. He asked what she had done and she replied, "I looked into the TARDIS and the TARDIS looked into me." She said and put her hand up just as the Dalek attacked her. She stopped its attack with the same ease as before, her heart and mind racing, feeling the Time Lord's power rushing through her. It felt lighter than before, as she hoped this won't kill either of them this go around. "I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself. I take the words, I scatter them in time and space." She said. "A message to lead myself here."
The Doctor began speaking, begging her to cease but she just looked down at him, her heart repairing itself in an instant. "I want you safe...my Doctor. Protected from the false god." The Dalek Emperor spoke and she looked to him with a cold stare. "You are tiny, I can see the whole of time and space. Every single atom of your existence, and I divide them." She lifted her arm again. Everything must come to dust. All things. Everything dies." She knew this truth too well. As Rose began destroying them, she said, "The Time War ends." She wanted the Doctor to stop suffering. She didn't want to see him in pain any longer. She brought Jack back to life even as the Doctor told her to stop, she found the pain subsiding as she walked toward the Doctor and fell into his arms.
With a small kiss, he took the rest of the power from her and she closed her eyes. Then he picked her tired body up and walked them back into the TARDIS. She drifted out of consciousness but when she awoke, she jerked her head up, she found she was in the infirmary of the TARDIS. She saw the Doctor nearby looking at some monitor, probably her vitals. She bit her lip and sat up. 'So far, so good.' She thought to herself. 'I can't tell him what I did though, I know I broke the cardinal rule of time travel and if he knew that he might leave...' Her thoughts trailed off, thinking back to when she tried to save her father. He spoke to her, noticing she came around and she looked up. "Hey...am I glad to see you!" Rose smiled, the tears forming in her eyes again as everything hit her for the second time. She was back, back where she belonged, with her Doctor.
As he approached her cautiously, she threw her arms around him and buried her face in his neck, her lips coming into contact with his skin for a third time that day-sort of day. "I missed you so much, don't ever do that to me again." She cried, refusing to let go now that she got him back.
- - -
It had been a rather...interesting day for Rory Williams.
Before he had been pulled into a world of aliens and supernatural events, he had been living a normal quiet life in Leadworth with Amy and his family. Rory had an interest in the medical field and ended up working at the local hospital. Due to his recent employment, not many too him seriously.
This wasn't a surprise however, growing up, he didn't have many friends. He had Mels and Alec and of course Amelia Pond, a girl who he fell in love with at first sight. Her bright red hair and stunning eyes were utterly captivating. She was incredibly kind and clever as well. While one day at the park, Amy came to him with a wild tale about meeting a man who had emerged from a blue box. She spoke in frantic fancy about all the things they had done and how he had promised to show her the universe. But her tale ended in woe, saying that he never came back for her. This left Rory rather confused but at least relieved because the idea of her running off without him saddened him greatly. As the years grew and grew, Mels and Alec faded into their past. At least he had Amy, if she was by his side, he honestly didn't need anyone else around. She was supportive of his dreams of becoming a doctor or medical technician. He went back and forth on the issue.
Sadly, and quite embarrassingly, there were times in his youth that he'd be forced to partake in games where he'd dress up as The Doctor, not a doctor, just the one Amy had dreams about. It was a bit rattling but if a simple game of make believe would make his Amy smile, he'd even adorn a dress if need be. One might think that there were other women in Rory's life. He was of average appearance, had no glaring flaws and smelled nice. One would assume he had plenty of dates throughout his teenage years but they would be wrong. While he found some of girls cute and funny, no one caught his eye the way Amelia Pond did when she smiled at him. Just at him. And he liked to believe that one day, he and Amy would finally connect on a level that pushed beyond the boundaries of friendship. He loved Amy and couldn't consider ever stopping. When he wasn't studying at university, he was with her.
Even when she was swapping through her various shrinks, he stood by her.
He had faith that she wasn't crazy or anything like that, even if it made him swell with jealously that her mind was so consumed by some strange man who battled aliens or whatever. As they grew older, Amy got by by doing odd jobs, most of which Rory didn't approve of. He tried to be supportive but in the back of his mind, he had dreams of them living better lives, building a family together. He had yet to be able to convince her of his romantic fantasies but that all changed when he finally got to meet the mysterious Doctor. The events that followed were a blur and if he hadn't bore witness to them himself, he might have subjected himself to some therapist's inquires of sanity. Instead, the mad man in a blue box was real, more real than he or Amy could conjure. Their first meeting wasn't the best and it was damped even more so when Rory saw the way Amy looked at the Doctor.
It wasn't fair.
Her eyes should be focused on him, not the frantic babbling bow tie wearing nutter.
Once again false promises filled the Earth's air and the Doctor had once again. In the time that passed, Rory had gathered up the courage to ask Amy out on a proper date. The two ended up going out and managed to bridge the gap between friends and lovers wonderfully. It was a joyous time in Rory's life and he liked to believe that Amy was thinking of him and no one else. In the time that passed, he managed to scrape enough money together to get a ring and propose to Amy. There was a part of him that thought she would say no, that her heart belonged to the Doctor but she said yes and it was enough to convince the doctor in training, that their hearts were finally beating as one. Rory was a bit of a romantic and enjoyed spoiling Amy whenever he could. They went out for walks and picnics in the park. They drove around the countryside and had endless nights of talking, holding hands, laying down under the stars.
From time to time, the topic of the Doctor came up and Rory was doing his best to cope and have it roll off his shoulders. Even so, there was some spark, an ember of jealousy when his name would purr from Amy's lips. Even so, Rory found himself rationalizing that his ring was on Amy's finger, that she was with him and no one else. Considering how well his reality was, he had no time to dabble in silly fantasies or what if situations. He liked to believe that the raggedy man wouldn't make a third return and would leave their lives alone but sadly, this wasn't the case. He did come back and much to his dismay his Amy, his, had pushed herself onto the Doctor. But in order to try and make amends, the Doctor brought them both along to Venice where things didn't go as smoothly as perhaps planned.
Rory did his best to keep up but the culture shock was hard enough to endure, let alone ensure his fiance wasn't endangered. Thankfully the Doctor was keen on keeping both him and Amy as safe as possible, while somehow letting her be used as bait to gain more intelligence about their awkward foes. In the end, everyone came out of it alright, though Rory was still uncomfortable with the delight the Doctor derived from such dangerous adventures and encounters. But Amy seemed enthralled with it so they continued to travel, meeting various people and species and visiting various places around the universe. An event which would only resurface until much later, was when the Doctor pulled him and Amy aside to give them an impromptu crash course in time travel mechanics. It was then that Amy quickly found an excuse to do something else, leaving Rory alone with the "other man."
It happened after they defeated the vampires in Venice, Rory was urged, well forced rather, to sit beside the Doctor who began to explain complex theories and jargon which Rory could easily fall asleep to. Instead, he was prodded with the sonic screwdriver every time his attention waned. The Doctor seemed rather hard pressed to ensure Rory remembered everything. Rory wasn't sure why such things like building your own mock TARDIS was important but he decided it may help bridge the gap between the Doctor and himself. It somewhat worked and the long night was stashed away as their journey continued. Everything seemed to collide all at once, as the cracks led them to a massive discovery. It seemed all of the Doctor's enemies had teamed up to kill him but thankfully Amy and Rory were there to help and in a series of twisting events, they now had to create the universe with their own big bang.
It was very wibbly wobbly, in the words of the Doctor.
Somehow it was settled, and Rory and Amy were jettisoned back to Leadworth. Rory and Amy had their perfect wedding but couldn't help but wonder where the Doctor was. Their friend wouldn't be late for such an important event would he? As their reception wrapped up, the familiar sound reached their ears and Rory held Amy's hand as they headed out into the garden to find the blue TARDIS nowhere to be found. Instead, there was an envelope with "Ponds" written on it and inside wasn't a note, but a simple computer chip. Rory gave his beloved wife an odd look. 'What are we supposed to do with this?' He wondered. He then looked on the back of the envelope which just read, "You know what to do, Rory." but left no other clue aside from that and their new last name. 'Is that it? Is he just leaving us?' His attention turned to Amy, unsure of how this repeat of history would reflect on their supposedly happy day. In the back of his mind, he heard the Doctor babbling to him, just as he did so long ago, something about building your own time machine, should the need arise?