THE SWAN SONG

Happily ever after indeed. It won't last for long, not with out track record

Donna Noble - Fairy Godmother, Donna Noble Style


Epilogue: Happy Ever After?

It was Christmas Eve and Sylvia Noble was starring at the TV while sipping her cup of tea when from the corner of her eye she saw her father head towards the front door. His thick parka and red woolly hat on while carrying his flask under one arm.

"You are not going star gazing are you?" she asked coldly. "I thought we were to put an end to this nonsense"

"It's not nonsense; it's real and out there. Donna proved it didn't she? Rose, Jack, the twins, Jackie Tyler and that Doctor, they all proved it" Wilf said passionately. "Aliens are out there, there's more than human life and it's amazing to watch"

"Amazing?" Sylvia shrieked. "It killed my daughter! Replaced her with some stranger who doesn't even look like my daughter!"

"Well I think Professor Song is a fine young woman and if you actually spoke to her you would find she still has a lot of our Donna's characteristics" Wilf sniffed. "I will watch the stars for her and the others. Chances are we'll never see any of them again"

"Good riddance" Sylvia muttered. "First that blonde takes my daughter away, drags her into a mess of government officials, then the twins blow everything up right, left and centre and then that man comes along and the world goes bonkers and my daughter becomes a stranger instead of getting a proper job and marrying that Lance"

"I don't believe it" Wilf said shaking his head. "You've gone bitter towards wonderful, loving people because Donna didn't want to settle down. Your mother would be disgusted; she loved the stars just as much as Donna. She loved Rose as much as Donna and would have loved the twins as much as I and Donna do. Now excuse me, I'm going to watch the stars and remember the good times"

The door slammed shut and Sylvia broke down into tears. She didn't mean to be so bitter and harsh but the loss of her daughter has become too much.

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"When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it will never end. But however hard you try, you can't run for ever. Everybody knows that everybody dies, and nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark, if he ever, for one moment accepts it. Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair, and the Doctor comes to call... everybody lives"

River glanced up and smiled down at the sleeping girl, Charlotte or better known as CAL the girl that tried to save everyone from flesh eating aliens, the girl she had taken in with her made up children and not-so made up husband. She snapped the blue TARDIS looking book shut and leaned down and kissed the girl's forehead. She got up and walked to the door, looking at her beautiful children and smiled fondly.

"Sweet dreams, everyone" she whispered before snapping the light off and closing the door to a jar. She turned and beamed up at the handsome dashing man, a computerised copy of the real one she loved. "Hello gorgeous"

"Isn't that supposed to be my line" he joked huskily.

River flipped her hair. "Oh stop it" she scolded.

"Last time I checked you weren't the Doctor" he said laughingly as he wrapped his arms round her waist pulling her to him. "Can I just say you acting so motherly is goddamn hot"

She laughed. "Jack Harkness computerised or not, you never change"

"Hey! Your fault, you could have asked CAL for a more polite and less sexual-orientated version" Jack protested.

"But where's the fun in that?" River asked coyly wrapping her arms round his neck.

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Ianto parked neatly between two cars on an estate street in front of a small house with a very small front lawn. He took a deep breath as he took his seatbelt and looked straight out of the window.

"This is it" he said looking at Alex Rose from the corner of his eye. "If you changed your mind we could go back and-"

"No" Alex Rose said quietly looking out of the window; it was hard for Ianto to read her expression since her blonde hair covered her face well. "This is what I want, I'm a bit nervous but no way am I turning back now" she turned to face him. "You think they'll like me?"

"They'll love you, it's hard not to, I can swear on the bible on that" Ianto said cupping her face and leaning down, kissing her gently and slowly. "Come on, lets get it over and done with" he whispered before pulling away.

They walked to the front door hand in hand, Ianto knocked and patiently waited as someone shouted along the footsteps. The door opened to reveal a rather tall and chubby brunette woman who stared at Ianto for a minute before breaking into a big grin.

"Ianto!" she squealed pulling him into a bone breaking hug. "It's been too long! How are you? And who's this pretty little thing?"

"Rhiannon this is my girlfriend Alex Rose Tyler" Ianto said smiling as he pulled out of his sister's grasp. "Alex Rose this is Rhiannon Davis my sister"

"It's nice to meet you" Alex Rose said politely holding a hand out to shake.

Rhiannon took the hand and shook it firmly. "Oh my dear it's nice to meet you, it's about time Ianto got his head out of the sand and found a pretty girl like you, come in, come in OI JOHNNY GET OFF THE BOG QUICK AND MEET IANTO'S GIRL!"

Alex Rose laughed at Ianto's embarrassed expression as his brother in law shouted something rather rude about Ianto's sexuality.

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It was snowing. Real snow, something Rose hadn't seen in years since according to her daughter the snow in the past three years had something to do with the Doctor. The pair of them walked slowly along the Victorian street hand in hand while Jenny skipped ahead happily.

"I really liked Rosita, didn't you?" Jenny asked. "She reminded me of Donna"

"Yeah she definitely had Donna's characteristics" Rose laughed at the memory of Rosita punching the villain. "Think she and Jackson will get on ok?"

"Of course" the Doctor said. "Rosita seemed to adore Jackson's little boy, she didn't care that Jackson isn't me, which personally I think would disappoint the ladies I'm quite the catch I have you know. And he doesn't care of her class background. They'll be friends forever"

"You quite a catch? Donna would disagree with that" Jenny said. "You're a bit too skinny if you ask me"

"Oi cheek!" the Doctor shouted, Rose let go of his hand and wrapped both arms round his arm, resting her head on his shoulder.

"I don't know Jenny, I think skinny quite suits him" she purred causing the Doctor to blush and Jenny to laugh. "Since it's Christmas, shall we visit Jack and the twins?"

"Sure, why not?" the Doctor said quickly trying to hide his embarrassment.

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"A toast" Jack shouted standing up wobbly, he had drunk rather a lot that day, his cheeks were bright red and his paper hat was almost falling off. "thank you for bringing Owen and Alex Rose back, for making our bonds stronger with one another and giving us Mickey the Idiot to protect us all, to family!"

"To family" everyone chanted.

Owen turned to Tosh. "Is it just me or did that speech make no sense?" he murmured.

"It wasn't just you" Gwen said reassuringly from his other side.

"I don't know" Ianto said wrapping an arm round Alex Rose. "Makes sense to me"

"And me" JJ said grinning as he took his twin's hand. "Me and Alex Rose's link is stronger than ever, we can communicate telepathically miles away without having to concentrate"

"We know, you used it to prank us one time too many" Mickey grumbled.

"Oh lighten up Mickey, they're just having a little fun, something we need after we've all bring through" Martha said sipping her wine. "Lets hope 2009 is better than this year"

Everyone turned to face Alex Rose who shrugged. "Don't look at me, I don't have visions anymore. You're just going to have to hope"

"Well knowing Torchwood we're doomed" Owen said moodily.

"I don't know I think we're all rather lucky, seen many miracles this year alone" Tosh said glowing with happiness.

"To miracles, doom and Torchwood then" the Doctor said from the doorway, everyone turned to see him, Rose and Jenny holding bags of presents. "Thought we'll drop by"

"Merry Christmas everyone" Jenny said.

Alex Rose grinned. The past year had been rough on her. But now she was back with her family and friends. She no longer saw the future and she could guarantee her grandmother was happy in the parallel world. Nothing can go wrong...

Could it?


Winter has come for me, can't carry on.
The chains to my life are strong but soon they'll be gone.
I'll spread my wings one more time.

Is it a dream?
All the ones I have loved calling out my name.
The sun warms my face.
All the days of my life, I see them passing me by.

In my heart I know I can let go.
In the end I will find some peace inside.
New wings are growing tonight.

Is it a dream?
All the ones I have loved calling out my name.
The sun warms my face.
All the days of my life, I see them passing me by.

As I am soaring I'm one with the wind.
I am longing to see you again, it's been so long.
We will be together again.

Is it a dream?
All the ones I have loved calling out my name.
The sun warms my face.
All the days of my life, I see them passing me by.

The Swan Song Within Temptation

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