“I’m going in darling, you coming?” Jackie said softly to Rose visibly shivering.
“No, I wanna stay just a little longer mum if that’s alright,” Rose said firmly but weakly, she then smiled faintly.
“Ok sweetheart but don’t stay here for too long, its freezing out here,” Jackie reached over and pulled Rose into a motherly hug.
Rose returned the hug enthusiastically holding on as if her life depended on it. Her voice finally wavered, “Mum… I’m not gonna lose you am I, cos I couldn’t handle it… I couldn’t handle it Mum.” She couldn’t suppress the sobs now.
“Rose no, of course not Rose, you know I’ll always be hear for you sweetheart and him too,” Jackie held her tight and gestured to the Doctor as if speaking her acceptance to the Doctor being with her Rose.
The Doctor stood there in the cold, not feeling anything. He didn’t care if it was icy blizzards or a thunderstorm he would still be here, supporting and standing by his Rose’s side. He cared deeply for Rose even more so in this regeneration, he knew what he wanted more than anything was this human girl in front of him, but it’s not like she felt the same way, so he would never voice his feelings or take it any further than what they were now.
His hearts were breaking for her, he so badly wanted to take her from her mother’s arms and take her into his and never let her go, keep her safe forever and always, just them two, no fear, no agony and no death.
Rose by now had stopped crying and all that remained were wet glistening tear tracks down her face and mascara smudges, “Go on mum please, I wont be long the Doctor will stay with me, he’ll make sure I’m alright, go on.” Rose argued with a small smile.
“If you’re sure,” she turned to the Doctor. “Look after my little girl.” She then walked off towards the church building.
The Doctor and Rose just stood in silence neither sure what to say to the other.
“I never told you about Uncle Tom did I Doctor?” Rose broke the silence still facing the graveside.
“I can’t remember you mentioning him no,” the Doctor said neutrally putting his hands in his pockets.
“He stayed with us for a while when his girlfriend left him, he was my mum’s younger brother. We had a connection, you know, he was a bit rough around the edges but who isn’t? He helped me through a hard time, he was there when no-one else was, he gave me the courage to leave my ex Jimmy.”
“I like him more and more Rose,” the Doctor said smiling at her broadly.
“He was a lot like you actually, he wouldn’t let anything happen to me and when it did you had to run and hide.” She laughed and smiled tears filling up again, memories clearly overwhelming her.
She choked back tears, “And I want him back Doctor, I just want him to come back.” She broke down, the Doctor catching her swiftly in his arms.
The Doctor responded immediately hugging her to him tightly both his hearts breaking to see her crying. “I know you do Rose, I know you do.”