Flip SideFlip SideThe first few moments were just as imagined; the shock, the joy, the tearful hug with murmured emotional nonsense, the ruffling of hair and rubbing of noses. Several kisses, both chaste and very much not, earning a wolf-whistle from Jack, muttered grumbling from Martha, and a smug smile from Donna.As they separated, though, reality veered sharply to the left from the joyful reunion the Doctor had imagined, and the TARDIS echoed with the sound of palm meeting cheek.What?!?, The Doctor sputtered, cradling the hot flesh of his face where Rose's hand had just connected.Doctor, before you decide to say 'impossible' again, Rose growled, her eyes narrowing with both threat and promise, I suggest you seriously rethink your definition of the word!
18 Seconds... Chapter 8Chapter 8 Cause and EffectAt such moments, you realize that you and the other are, in fact, one. It's a big realization. Survival is the second law of life. The first is that we are all one. - Joseph CampbellWhat the hell is going on out here?Rose stiffened in the Doctors embrace, clutching the lapels of his leather jacket as she turned her face towards the voice but making no move to step away from his comforting warmth. Matthew was standing in the doorway to the break room, his hair mussed and clothes rumpled from sleeping on the couch, wearing a bewildered look as he took in the scene before him.The sound of Matthews voice brought Rose back to the present, and she cursed at herself mentally as she became uncomfortably aware of the dozen agents surrounding them, weapons trained in their direction. A part of her rankled at the fact that she was allowing the Doctor to distract her so easily; she had more combat and field expe