Title: Serendipity’s Shadow
Category: Het (Canon AU)
Rating/Warning: M (Strong Language, Character Death, Violence, Explicit Sex)
Summary:In a universe where the Time Lords survived the Last Great Time War, Rose Tyler lives on an Earth ruled by the alien race. When she unknowingly becomes part of a secret revolution intent on overthrowing the Time Lords, Rose is forced to renounce her parents and go on the run. Becoming a fugitive in the midst of a vengeful race leaves her with only two option: fight or be killed. However, after a particularly nasty run-in with the Guard, she is rescued by a member of the High Council, The Lord Doctor. Left with a regenerating Time Lord and a bounty on her head, Rose must decide where her loyalty truly lies.
“They’ll kill my family! That doesn’t matter to you?”
Her words, uttered from lips stretched thin with hysteria, dug into his chest like a dagger, nicking raw nerve endings and sending his hearts into a frenzy. They pounded through his head, over and over, like a constant echo that would haunt his dreams for many decades to come. He remembered when he had first met her. She was nineteen and beautiful with bright brown eyes and dazzling smile. That was nearly two years ago, though, and things had changed. She was still the radiant vision he had stumbled upon in the macabre alley, even with her sweat-tangled hair and dirt-streaked cheeks, but now she held herself with a certain grace she hadn’t possessed back then, as a little girl with a red hoodie, running scared from big bad wolves that howled in the night.
“….I thought I mattered to you,” she said, and he smiled softly, because of course she did. Rose always mattered—that wasn’t the issue. She just didn’t understand, and he doubted she ever would. Standing in the doorway with her eyebrows furrowed in confusion, the light from the room behind casting a shadow over the ivory carpet, she accused him of betrayal and murder, but he said nothing—did nothing. He would never make her see sense, and in a way, there wasn’t any reason to. She was already lost to him.
He waited for the sound of the door slamming shut as she walked out of the flat and his life—forever. However, only silence remained, and when he raised he fixed his gaze with hers, tears were shimmering in her eyes. “Well I guess I was wrong then,” she murmured, and he felt one of his hearts burn. Funny, he thought. Is this what love feels like?
“Aren’t you gonna say something?” she whispered.
“Does it need saying?” he asked and wanted to hit himself. Of course, it did, but Rose didn’t need to know that.
Rose blinked. Then she turned on her heel and headed for the door. This was it, and he thought he had prepared himself, but obviously not enough. The words were on the tip of his tongue, desperation trying to wiggle past his defenses, but he couldn’t let it. As much as he wanted her to stay, she was safer if she’d go. It was the only way to protect her: from the Master, the High Council, and herself.
“I trust you,” she said suddenly, whipping around to face him. “I trust you… Doesn’t that matter to you?”
The Doctor swallowed hard, knowing that was all he had ever really wanted from her. “I thought it did,” he replied at length, echoing her earlier words, “But I guess I was wrong.”
Rose’s features hardened, and she pursed her lips into a resolute expression. He had once compared her to a sheep in wolf’s clothing—the innocent trapped behind a mask of malevolence—but now she looked every bit as delicate and dangerous as he’d originally thought. “If you stand in my way, I’ll kill you,” she said. “I know how.”
He nodded. From then on, she was human, and he was a Time Lord. There would be no mixed signals or false leads; they were enemies by given trade. “I know,” he told her, a resolute expression settling across his face.
The game had been set. The sides had been chosen.
It was up to fate now.