Wisdom War and Tea

by Angelbev21 [Reviews - 85]

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Rose watched him from the jump seat for two hours, running from the different rooms of the T.A.R.D.I.S. and back, all the while sipping on a cup of coffee. He was grabbing this piece of machinery, that tool, running more scans and getting more readings, all the while with a deadly gleam in his eye. She wasn't going to pretend anymore that half of the the things he was explaining to her went right over her head, she just kept nodding and asking him if he wanted a cup of tea. With each response of "No, not yet," she figured he'd eventually say yes and had the cup of tea ready and waiting when he was, but that didn't stop her from thinking.

Thinking and planning. She couldn't let him end up with more blood on his hands, and that's where this was going, it had the potential, no matter how many times she ran over the events in her mind. She continued to watch him and reflect, taking in his every move. Forty years of wanting him, needing him and loving him and wishing to hear his voice again had taken their toll on her soul and yet, here she was and the miracle and the irony wasn't lost on her. It made her final decision that much harder to make.

She already suspected she'd have to stop the Krillitanes, the way only she could do it. They'd already broken the code, gathered up their necessities and were already ninety-five percent in completion of their plans when she'd made the discovery of the earth mound. She hadn't told him yet of what she found there before she ran out in sheer fright from the impact of what she saw, but she knew he'd forbid her if she went back and implement her own plan. He'd never let her go back because he'd be afraid to lose her, maybe for the last time. His theories of her being able to regenerate may be good, but they were just theories and she didn't want to have to put them to the test. Yet, with everything she'd seen, it looked like this was a solo, one way mission. 'The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away...' she thought, finally realizing what gallows humor was.

The memories flooded back and she let them. After stepping through the doorway hidden as part of the earthen structure, there were steps and the steps led down into a tunnel. It opened up into a cavernous and extremely deep hole in the ground with layer upon layer of what looked like munitions, gleaming and ready for their deadly intent. With the extra machinery there, she knew this facility had to be automated.

All the while, one thought kept running through her head. "What are suns made of? How do suns work, what are suns made of.." and realized that the Krillitanes were going to make this earth, her earth, with all of the hydrogen they'd collected, they'd make her earth a new sun bursting into a new galaxy and ripping a hole into her old alternate earth and using the rift to do it, creating the biggest Big Bang of all universes...and she had unwittingly gave them exactly what they needed before she died in Antarctica. Oh, her Doctor had it right. He could have taken his summations of their present quandry and banked them for all they were worth. It wouldn't wash the blood off of her hands, but knowing this was one less burden on him, made her decision easier.

She mentally asked T.A.R.D.I.S. what she thought, but there was no response, which was an answer unto its self. She had to do this alone. For the last hour she'd known this but she just couldn't move, yet she knew the longer they waited, the less time they had. 'God, we're Timelords and even we're running out of time, aren't we?' Her telepathic rhetorical question came back without a response, as was to be expected. There would be no angels trumpeting to herald a new dawn if she were successful. If they were lucky, birdsong would be the only music to their ears and yet, for her it would be enough. It would have to be. If she were successful. IF.

She got up, sat down her cup and made her decision, for better or for worse. She folded her arms and unconsciously stood her ground.

"Doctor." His head was under the controls and he must not have heard her. "Doctor!"

His head popped up and looked at her expectantly, thinking she was going to ask him if he was ready for his tea again but noticed her stance and the look on her face brought him to a full stop and stood up. "You've got my full attention, Rose. What 's the matter. What are you thinking?"

She looked at the floor, not looking at him, her hair partially hiding her face as she spoke. "I know how to fix this. I know because I saw what's inside the mound and everything your doing here really isn't going to stop the inevitable."

"What? Why didn't you tell me? What did you see in that mound, Rose? First of all, how did you get into the mound? I can't even get a bead on the sensors."

"I used my special talent. As for your sensors, they're probably using some kind spatial phase inhibitor so that even if you survived your assasination attempt, T.A.R.D.I.S. still wouldn't be able to get a reading on their position., that is, if they're out there. The place looked fully automated."

He stepped up to her and put both hands on her arms, gently forcing her to look at him. "And how would you know that, Dr. Rose Tyler?"

She couldn't help a small smile form as she answered him. "I've run into it a time or two in my career." She turnd away and moved out of his arms, taking a deep breath as she put some space between them.

"You know, I told you we're a team, right? Well, the only way we're going to stop them is if I stop them. I'm the Key, the Big Bad Wolf, a newly mutated Lady Timelord the likes this universe hasn't seen in a long time, maybe since Rassilon."

Her words shocked him, "Rose, I can't let-!" He made to take step toward her and she held out a hand. "No! You have to listen. You've been running back and forth in this ship, recalibrating, running tests and doing everything you can to fix this but this isn't going to be done by your hand. You can't do it. You're not designed to do it."

Her words slowly sunk in and he leaned against the controls as he realized what she was saying. "My God, Rose...."

She made her way to the other side of the controls, the green and yellow lights reflecting in her face, making her look...alien. "I have to stand in the precipace before they open the rift to ensure it never develops, just like Gwynnyth. I have to make sure the rift stays closed so that the two universes don't meet and I have to do it from here. 2012 already has a leaking rift, but if I do what I need to do from here, it will never have opened to begin with. That mound has enough munitions to wipe this planet off the face of the universe and create a whole new sun. If the rift opens at the same time, ergo, the Biggest Bang you'll ever see in all of your ten lives. And the odd thing is, I know you knew that but you didn't want to tell me, because your biggest weakness is me. You don't want to lose me but funny thing is, I don't want to lose you, either. So you've been running arund here trying to come up with another answer and I've let you, but we both know it's simple. Its me, its just me and has always been me, from the moment I looked into T.A.R.D.I.S.'s heart. So....this is me, walking out because we both know this is a very possible one-way mission. We don't have anymore time left." Unable to look at him, she continued to look at her feet as she spoke. "I have a couple of universes to save."

She abruptly turned and stepped to the ramp, only to be stopped by two arms coming up behind her and holding her, whispering in her ear,the desperation im his voice nearly breaking her resolve and her tears threatened to spill. "Rose, not yet, my love. don't go. I'll find an answer, I promise. We'll do this together. We have to. I can't lose you. Not again."

She leaned her head back on his shoulder and she felt his lips kissing the spot on her where her heart beat, trying her best not to cry, yet a tear escaped and it slid back into her hair. At that precise moment, the T.A.R.D.I.S. rocked and the Doctor helped her keep her balance, bracing them both against the railing of the ramp. She whipped around as soon as she could stand and kissed him hard, taking a deep breath as she stepped back.

"Old Girl, I'm ready." She began to glow, her eyes shining from their golden brown to the now familiar yellow gold as the time vortex energy built. The ship rocked again and the Doctor saw his ship create a visible energy link from her body to the control panel. "No! No! Not yet!"

Her golden hair whipped about as the energy built to a peak and her voice sounded like it was coming from far away. "I hope you believe in heaven, my Love, because I have every intention of dragging you there when your ready. I love you so very much with all of my one heart." She smiled a sad smile. "See you on the other side, Gorgeous." Her body then winked out and disappeared into the brilliance as another shock waive knocked him to his knees.

He slammed a fist to floor in his frustration. "This isn't the end, Rose Tyler! Damn it! You're not getting away from me that easily!"

He grabbed the sonic screwdriver off the control panel and headed out the door, off into the forest toward the mound.