ten x rose, teen, 1,400 words
angst + cuddling; possibly in the 'solace in oblivion' ‘verse
Rose’s door is open a few inches, soft light spilling into the TARDIS hallway, but the Doctor knocks anyway.
“Come in,” she calls, squinting at him as he nudges the door open with his elbow and takes a step inside. “Since when do you knock?”
“Oh, I knock sometimes, don’t I?”
He shoves his hands even deeper into his pockets and clears his throat in an attempt to calm his stuttering hearts. Taking another step, he nearly trips over a pile of clothes — her jeans and pink jacket among them — and he smiles, thinking of the orange spacesuit left in a heap on his bathroom floor.
“The old you did,” she says, hugging her knees to her chest. “But this you, nope, not even once.”
Her words are teasing, but her voice sounds how he feels — shaken and unsettled. He opens his mouth to reply but, for once, no words come. He takes another step.
read this on here today and i haven’t stopped thinking about this quote since (via hairspr4y)
#Rose remembers this after Bad Wolf Bay #because the sadness is quicksand #and sometimes she is Atreyu—pulling herself out of its depths with the sheer force of her will #but sometimes she is Artax #and the world closes in around her and the wrongness of it all seeps into her throat #and threatens to drown her #When the silence of her bedroom chokes her #and the emptiness of her hand cuts like glass #she takes a deep breath and repeats this until she can breathe again #the stars are going out #and even though she wants to find him again more than anything #she has a universe to save (x isilienelenihin)