he lets go of that little bit of hope that she might choose him instead

I was scrolling Tumblr on my phone in bed this morning and the Bad Wolf Bay scene from Journey’s End entered my mind.

[sorry these gifs suck but I needed them]

When he says this I don’t think he is just trying to convince Rose to go and live a happy, human life with Tentoo.  You can hear it in his voice when he exhales at the end, you can see it in his body, in his face, that he’s also saying, “I need you”.  

There’s a part of him, a small, selfish part that wishes she wouldn’t go with Tentoo. That she wouldn’t believe him. That she would stay with him. That when she said forever those years ago that it would come true.