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. Catch up here or on AO3
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.