Chapter Thirty Seven

Eleven opened the door of his TARDIS and stepped out. He looked around at Bannerman Road and noticed none of the houses were boarded up or dilapidated. He looked at Sarah Jane's house over the road and smiled when he noticed it looked the same as usual. As everyone else came out behind him, Sarah Jane's door opened and she came outside with a squeal.

"Doctor!" she said. "I thought that was you and…Doctor…and…the clone, I'm assuming," she said, looking at Ten standing side by side with John.

"You know who I am then?" Eleven said joyfully as he and everyone else walked towards her house.

"Well, yes, we fought the Shansheeth, remember?" Sarah Jane said, reaching out to embrace him. "I'm old but I don't have Alzheimer's yet, Doctor."

"Is Luke here and Rani and Clyde?" Eleven said, pleased that time was back to normal.

"No, they're at the shopping center," Sarah Jane said. "They'll be gutted that they didn't see you again. Unless…you'd like to stay for tea?"

"Well, it's tempting but I need to take Rose and John back to Pete's World," Eleven said.

"John?" Sarah Jane said.

Eleven made introductions and introduced her to John, River, Rory and Amy, ignoring the irony that she'd already met them before in the other reality. Rose smiled and hugged her friend when she finished saying hello, thrilled that her friend was back to normal again. She stepped back and Sarah Jane smiled and looked at everyone.

"Well, it was lovely seeing everyone again. Especially you," she said to Ten.

She started going towards him and paused, looking at Ten and John.

"I'm sorry, who is…"

Ten and John looked at each other.

"We both are," they said in unison.

Ten chuckled when Sarah Jane shot him a withering look and came forward to embrace her.

"I missed you, I was worried about you," she said as she hugged Ten.

"Worried about what?" Ten said, looking at her as she let go.

"About your…"

She glanced at Eleven. Ten looked his way and saw him shake his head.

"Well, your regeneration….which obviously hasn't happened for you yet," Sarah Jane said sheepishly.

"Nah, I'll be alright. Seeing my other self and his companions have eased my fears about that," Ten said.

"Good, I'm glad," Sarah Jane said, squeezing his hand.


They stayed long enough to have a cup of tea with her before leaving. Eleven promised Sarah Jane that he would visit her again and accepted a hug from her before he went back into his TARDIS. He asked his ship to find a way over the void and after an hour, they finally made it back to Rose and John's London flat.

"Hello old girl!" Ten said when he stepped out and saw his TARDIS. "Did you miss me? I missed you!"

He unlocked the door and went inside.

"My TARDIS!" they heard him bellow. "My interior, my settings, my TARDIS. I'm back in control and it feels so good!"

He breathed in the familiar scent of his TARDIS, happy to be back in it. He patted his console lovingly and then turned to see Rose standing at the top of the ramp.

"You're back," Rose said as Ten came towards her. "Everything is back to normal."

"Well, as normal as it's gonna get," Ten said. "And you, are you willing to stay here with John and be a protector of this universe?"

"If you want me to," Rose said. "But I'll miss ya."

"And I'll miss you, always will, even when I'm him out there," he said, pointing to the door. "Blimey, I'm gonna wear tweed in future. And bow ties? Ick!"

"Better get yourself a set of fake eyebrows so you'll have them when you're him," Rose said.

"Oh, you noticed that as well?" he said while she giggled. "Yes, I noticed his lack of brows. Wonder if he misses mine," he added, running his finger along his left eyebrow.

Rose sighed and embraced him.

"I'll miss you," she said as she ran her hand down the back of his head.

"You'll always be a part of me, Rose," Ten said. "I noticed my Twelfth self was friendly with ya, apparently he still misses you."

"He was well fit, too bad I'll be here with John, your last life wasn't bad either," Rose said.

"Careful, he might be listening and I do get jealous," Ten teased.

"Eh, I'll deal with his jealously later," Rose said before leaning in for a quick snog.


After Ten left, Eleven and his companions were left with Rose and John.

"It was nice seeing you again, Rose and John," Eleven said to them. "And I'm glad you met Amy, Rory and River. I'm glad both of you are moving in the right direction and I hope you get married and have a long and happy life together."

"Well, I wish the same for you and River," Rose said.

She noticed an all too familiar hint of pain in his eyes, just for a second before he smiled that boyish grin that she was also familiar with and nodded. She hugged him tightly and did the same for everyone else as John walked up to Eleven.

"Nice to know we've mended fences," John said.

"Yeah, I'm glad we did, I just wish we could have done under more pleasant circumstances. But…you watch over her, John. Keep her safe so she can grow old with you."

"I will. Do the same for that lot," John said, nodding at his companions. "And don't let the misses henpeck you."

"She already does, mate," Eleven said, rolling his eyes.

John chuckled, patted him on the shoulder and Eleven stood back, watched and smiled while he hugged everyone else.


"So…" John said, slumping into the sofa with Rose after everyone had gone, "back to normal again?"

"Is it ever normal around here?" Rose said wryly as John put his arm around her shoulder.

"Well, normal is in the eye of the beholder," John said to her. "So…sex?"

"We just got back home," Rose said.

"Yeah. And I recall we were having an anniversary celebration before the Doctors crashed into our lives. So…sex?"

"You're randy, you are," Rose said.

"Well, I have the most gorgeous gal in two universes and I'm pent up and looking for release so yes, I suppose I am. So…sex?"

"No, I want to watch Ripper Street. It's on the telly tonight," Rose said.

She laughed when John rolled his eyes at that and squealed when he suddenly lunged his face at her neck and began to suck on it.


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