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Trouble With The Help (3/3)

Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler
After Rose is rejected by her first love, she avoids going home, instead finding her own place in the world and society.  But when illness brings her back home, she faces a very different John Smith.
Based on this prompt by the lovely kaynibbler16 (via her Doctor x Rose blog)—with a few adjustments.
Thanks bunches to lotsofthinkythoughts for looking this over for me.
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Rose ordered Adam back to London the day after the party at the Reynolds. She promised it had nothing to do with John or Adam’s apparent lack of concern for her welfare, just that she had decided to take the prescription for rest seriously.  He still seemed doubtful; in truth, Rose wasn’t entirely sure of her own words, but stayed firm, telling him to get back to his job and friends and that she’d call him when she was back in town and feeling better.

John made an absurdly insincere attempt at sympathy when she shared this news with the family.

“Probably for the best,” he claimed.  "After all, I’m sure his classmates at secondary were missing him.“

Rose rolled her eyes at his unapologetic grin while her father choked on his soup.

Despite this, she and John reached a tenuous sort of truce.  She stopped actively avoiding him, because it actually seemed to take more energy than she had, and although things weren’t easy between them like they’d been years ago, they at least managed to be civil most of the time.  After half a decade apart, she reasoned that this was probably the best she could hope for. And she was fine with that… So long as she could keep herself from thinking about how concerned and protective he’d been at the party, or how good his arm had felt around her in the car afterwards.

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