Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth

by rutsky [Reviews - 71]

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  • Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance

1. Prologue [Reviews - 12] (456 words)
My offering for dark_aegis' and wendymr's OT3 Ficathon on lj. It was written for Cathica, who wanted a story with a spectacular moonrise, silk, and an unusual market. I promise I'll get to that moonrise eventually.

2. Chapter 1 [Reviews - 0] (710 words)
In which Jack ponders the dangers of affection.

3. Chapter 2 [Reviews - 0] (2105 words)
In which Rose and the Doctor discover a message, and the Doctor is reminded of pheromonical lures.

4. Chapter 3 [Reviews - 2] (1600 words)
In which Jack learns a history lesson.

5. Chapter 4 [Reviews - 3] (2795 words)
In which the Doctor and Rose learn some things, but make a misstep. As always, it's not me, it's the BBC (oh, and RTD) who own these three. Pity.

6. Chapter 5 [Reviews - 2] (1887 words)
In which Rose and the Doctor dream quite different dreams, but travel to the same place. (To all those who know the Doctor's history much better than I do, please accept my heartfelt wishes that I have retrieved a few of his memories well, and used the clues I found in tales of One, Three, Four, Five, and Seven.) As always, I am grateful to the BBC and RTD for creating these characters. I only dream with them, and take nothing except love from them.

7. Chapter 6 [Reviews - 1] (3434 words)
In which tactics, at least, if not strategies, are employed by nearly all involved. As always, my deep yearning to play with the BBC's characters, avails me naught but more yearning. They'll never be mine. ETA: Edited as of 18th May, 2010, to correct some incorrect times, and make the continuity fairy happy.

8. Chapter 7 [Reviews - 4] (3339 words)
Finally! After far too many months, I've returned to the story of Jack, Rose and Nine on Lizhbau - hello to any readers who still retain any sort of interest in this poor, long abandoned tale ... and this chapter is the one in which Jack gets his ducks in a row, and waits to see who mows them down. Many heartfelt thanks to my Best Beloved, who edited, and included a handy hint about shot glasses - I used his comment in its entirety, for he is gifted with words.

As always, the Doctor, and the Whoniverse, are the property of the BBC. I bear only love for them, and thank all and sundry for allowing me to play here.

9. Chapter 8 [Reviews - 3] (3154 words)
In which the Doctor stumbles, and Rose must pick up the pace.

10. Chapter 9 [Reviews - 4] (2540 words)
In which the Captain re-learns the dangers of being foolish, and the wisdom of being humble. This chapter has been unruly, but I believe I've calmed it down enough to let it lead me (and, readers, I hope you as well) down the correct path - and that would be the one which eventually brings our trio back together. Not yet, though; not yet. As always, the BBC owns all rights to the Whoniverse. I am grateful for the privilege of being allowed to spin my stories - free of charge, but full of love - in it. (Finally, quick and dirty translations of the blurred and mutated neo-Portuguese of the First Great and Bountiful Empire: Machado means "axe," while bidasfeina maps out very roughly to "caffeine drink." Unimaginative, but Truth In Advertising ....)

11. Chapter 10 [Reviews - 4] (3302 words)
In which Rose follows her nose. Warning: Not for sex, or for violence, but for any possible triggers caused by evidence of extreme imprisonment.

As always, none of the characters in this story are mine. They belong to the BBC, to RTD and friends, and to the Whoniverse. I am grateful to be allowed to play with them. Many thanks to my Best Beloved for his second set of eyes.

12. Chapter 11 [Reviews - 6] (2804 words)
In which we learn why the Captain was hunted so quickly, and a little about the hunter.

My apologies for the extreme length of time between chapters, and my thanks to my Best Beloved, who is my finest editor. As always, as much as I wish it were otherwise, The Doctor, Rose, Jack and the TARDIS are part of the BBC's Whoniverse. I mean no copyright infringement, and take no coin.

13. Chapter 12 [Reviews - 3] (4399 words)
In which Jack learns much about family dynamics, something of politics, and, finally, a hint about the whereabouts of his team mates. As always, the Doctor, Rose, Jack and the TARDIS are part of the BBC's Whoniverse. I mean no copyright infringement, and take no coin.

14. Chapter 13 [Reviews - 3] (3889 words)
In which Rose does what must be done to hide in plain sight and, perhaps, to escape thereby.
Warnings: For more brutal language and situations than in previous chapters, and for possible triggers caused by descriptions of extreme imprisonment.
Edited by: the incomparable dr_whuh Thank you, Best Beloved.
Disclaimer: While I wish it were otherwise, with a great yearning, The Doctor, Rose, Jack and the TARDIS are part of the Whoniverse and belong to the BBC and their various creators. I take no coin for playing in this world, and mean no copyright infringement.

15. Chapter 14 [Reviews - 3] (4915 words)
In which the Doctor fails to make his case, a rebel hurries up the pace, and a reunion lacks the right face. Not quite a placeholder chapter, as events torque towards conflagration and summation. Many thanks to my excellent pinch-hitting editor, LJG, for helping make this chapter better than it would have been. (For those with interest in these things, Rio Corazh'frio is First Empire Neo-Portuguese which translates, exceedingly roughly, to Cold Heart River, and Sera Sangao is a vaguely religious curse - "Mother's blood" or "Mother of Blood." It's considered a lot stronger than Sera Lumina, which is, more or less, "Our Lady" or "Lady of Light.")

While I wish it were otherwise, with a great yearning, The Doctor, Rose, Jack and the TARDIS are part of the Whoniverse and belong to the BBC and their various creators. I take no coin for playing in this world, and mean no copyright infringement.

16. Chapter 15 [Reviews - 2] (3078 words)
In which the Doctor falls, and Rose rises; the one strangled and muffled by silk, the other prodded by stubborn determination.
I am beyond abashed, racing headlong into sick embarrassment, as I note it has been one year and four months since I last updated this story (surely, surely that's wrong; surely it was only a month or so ago) and four years, four months since I started the story for a long-ago ficathon. All I can say in my defense is that I have never, ever, entertained the thought of giving up; Jack, Nine and Rose deserve far better of me, and so do you, Patient Reader. Wait, are any of you still out there?
Edited by: my incomparable Best Beloved, dr_whuh. Thank you, love.
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole properties of the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement, and take no coin. I do, however, love them all, and thank the BBC for letting me play (and create the occasional original character) in their sandbox.

17. Chapter 16 [Reviews - 2] (4657 words)
In which Jack learns Hilda's clever, clever plan, learns more about Lizhbau and moves a step closer to the Doctor.
Edited by: The near-numinous dr_whuh. Thanks!
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole properties of the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement, and take no coin. I do, however, love them all, and thank the BBC for letting me play (and create the occasional original character) in their sandbox.

18. Chapter 17 [Reviews - 2] (3631 words)
In which Rose meets the other person in Luisa's head, and learns how she got there.
Please Note: Trigger warning in this chapter for mention of previous rape.
Edited by: my Best Beloved dr_whuh and the incomparable a_phoenixdragon
Disclaimer:As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole properties of the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement, and take no coin. I do, however, love them all, and thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox.
For those interested, filhote d'um bruzsha translates very roughly as "witch's whelp".

19. Chapter 18 [Reviews - 3] (2125 words)
In which the Doctor is forcibly enlightened through silk, and the experience may be life-changing.

Edited by: Partly edited by dr_whuh, bless him. For a number of reasons, the final version was unedited, save for a read-through by my First Born. All mistakes and emotional inconsistencies are mine alone.
This was a difficult chapter for me. It was always intended to be a crucial one, but I realized that it required a slight but perhaps not unsignificant change to the beginning of the story. Constant Reader may note the callback to the prologue in this. Constant Reader may also note the change I've undertaken. My apologies if it gives anyone pause; I've decided it better suits the way the story has developed.
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole properties of the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement, and take no coin. I do, however, love them all, and thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox.

20. Chapter 19 [Reviews - 3] (4959 words)
In which a soldier contemplates her conscience, while Rose finds home again. Home, however, knows where it needs to be.
I have almost despaired of providing regular updates to this story, but it does not mean the tale is not progressing. For those of you who wish to wait until it is done, I understand. And to everyone, my apologies.
Edited, as always, by my magnificent Best Beloved.
Disclaimer: I take no coin, and intend no copyright infringement. All characters are the properties of the BBC and/or their respective owners. I simply love them all and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

21. Chapter 20 [Reviews - 0] (4424 words)
In which sleep is very much to be considered, valued and sought after. After having completed just one chapter in 2013, it's my solemn wish to finish the story this year. Please wish me luck.
Edited by: the ever-faithful buckaroobob/dr_whuh, with help from the delightful a_phoenixdragon

22. Chapter 21 [Reviews - 3] (4080 words)
In which two people who think they shouldn't love the Doctor are connected by one who knows they must. Two chapters in as many days is unusual for me, to put it very mildly. But I'm glad to be able to do so.
Edited by: the every patient dr_whuh, aka my Best Beloved, and read over by the excellent a_phoenixdragon.

23. Chapter 22 [Reviews - 2] (3305 words)
In which Rose begins to say goodbye to one person and finally says hello to another.
A third chapter in one year? Is it the apocalypse? Not at all; it's me trying to be a responsible author. Wish me luck as I forge ahead.
Edited by: My flexibly perfectionist, always awesome Best Beloved dr_whuh; also read by the irreplaceable a_phoenixdragon
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They belong solely to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I do, however, love them and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.nt and take no coin. I do, however, love them and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.
Addendum: For those who care: in First Empire neo-Portuguese, "Senhra’da Luz" is roughly translated as Lady of the Light, a more respectful version of Sera Lumina. "Quemosangre" can be very roughly translated as "whose blood", another idiomatic non-obscene near-oath, substituted for "God's blood" (sort of like "heck" for "hell")

24. Chapter 23 [Reviews - 1] (4902 words)
In which a necessary accomplice reaches a fork in the road, and the road now leads to our team as it rebuilds.
Edited by: My irreplaceable Best Beloved, dr_whuh, and given a necessary read through by the wonderful a_phoenixdragon.
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, No Whoniverse characters are mine. They belong solely to the BBC and their respective creators. I do, however, love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

25. Chapter 24 [Reviews - 1] (5592 words)
Author's Note: I cannot believe that it took almost a year to complete this chapter. The only thing I will say in my defense is that I was dealing with a multiplicity of characters all coming together - and for an author who deals largely in solitary introspection, that was one daunting task. We have, however, got all the players in place for the final act. 
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They belong solely to the BBC and their respective creators. I do, however, love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox

26. Chapter 25 [Reviews - 1] (5509 words)
In which the Doctor has a conversation, his rescuers prepare their plan, and Inverno runs into an unexpected problem.
Two chapters in one year, w00t ... But at least I can say that we’ve brought the Doctor fully back into the equation, if not into full action. I foresee two more chapters in the story. Stick with me, my few and faithful readers; we may get this baby done in less than a decade.
Edited by my beloved dr_whuh; all mistakes, from misspellings to bad pacing and illogical plot twists, are mine.
Disclaimer:as much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I do, however, love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

27. Chapter 26 [Reviews - 0] (5278 words)
In which our three heroes find each other, and the beginning of the end of the adventure commences. Edited by: my beloved and irreplaceable dr_whuh. Thank you, dearest. Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I do, however, love them all, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

28. Chapter 27 [Reviews - 0] (6705 words)
In which homecomings give way to leave-takings, and Rose says what has to be said.
I thought this was the penultimate chapter, but have since realized it was not. Not quite. But soon, soon.
Edited by: the irreplaceable dr_whuh, without whom none of this would be possible.
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, but do thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox.

29. Chapter 28 [Reviews - 0] (5793 words)
In which even villains think they're patriots.
Edited by: the remarkable editrx, who helped me excise unnecessary verbiage and streamline the narrative - thanks! My beloved dr_whuh, without whom none of this would be possible, also edited.
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, but do thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox.

30. Chapter 29 [Reviews - 0] (4806 words)
In which both Rose and Inverno are comforted, then discomfited, at different times and for different reasons.
Edited by: My Best Beloved, dr_whuh. You are the best, my dear!
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, and I thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

31. Chapter 30 [Reviews - 0] (5147 words)
In which an emperor gains a weapon and loses a criminal, while the TARDIS is close to reaching Her goal.
I was able to add a phrase at the bottom of this chapter that I wasn't quite certain I'd ever be able to. We're now well and truly near the end.
Edited by: the incomparable dr_whuh. What would I do without you?
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

32. Chapter 31 [Reviews - 1] (5056 words)
In which there are, at long last, endings and beginnings.
I couldn't get it done in a decade, but 11 years seemed to be the magic time period. Thank you to everyone who stuck with this ridiculously lengthy WIP; I hope it's been worth the wait, despite 11 years of changing writing style and prowess, and undoubtedly some messed up plot points. (Too many years, and too many chapters, and perhaps not enough careful reviewing by Your Humble Author, to blame for that last.)
Many thanks to those who helped me keep at it, and who helped in many different ways. Thank you to a_phoenixdragon, editrx, and ljgeoff , and always, always, always, my Best Beloved, dr_whuh. You are the absolute best, and I love you more than cookies.
Thanks and love to everyone I wrote about: to Luisa, Filomena, Nico, Hilda, Salvha and Jao, to David, to Pau and Laowhra, even to Inverno and the elder Bohlver. Thanks, especially, to the Doctor, Rose, and Jack, the OT3 of my heart. What shall I do without this story of yours to tell?
Finally, thank you to cathica, whose prompt all those years ago started this journey. She's an immensely talented writer and a lovely person, and this is all because of her.
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They belong to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I simply love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox.