"Rose." he shook her arm gently. "We're back. Feeling better?"
"Yes, thank you." Rose yawned, covering her mouth. "How long have I been out?"
"Let me see." the Doctor took a good sniff then tasted the air by sucking it in sharply. "About three hours."
Rose blinked. "What?" the Doctor asked.
"Nothing." she escaped a giggle.
"Nothing, just.." she cocked her head. "You never stop to amaze me, I guess."
After entering the mansion and setting their luggage in front of the door, they were greeted by wet kisses from Jackie and Tony. The kisses from Tony were most welcomed, but the ones from Jackie weren't the Doctor's cup of tea. He wiped his cheek, grimacing.
"You two had a good trip?" Jackie was curious. The Doctor and Rose exchanged glances, unsure of what to say. "Oh, don't tell me. I said it before and I'll say it now, you two are looking for trouble." Jackie continued.
"More like 'trouble is looking for us'." Rose muttered under her breath, at which the Doctor chuckled.
"Made some dinner. Pete won't be home for the next two hours and me and Tony, we've already eaten. I can put some tea on." Jackie said.
"No, I think we're fine, mum." Rose smiled. "Thank you."
"Will you read me a bedtime story?" Tony jumped up and down excited. "Please, Rose. Please!"
"You know what?" Rose winked. "I was thinking that the Doctor could do it this time. What do you think?"
The Doctor made a face. He looked over at Jackie. "As long as it's child-friendly you can go ahead." she said. "And no Daleks, Cybermen or Slikeen."
"Slitheen." he corrected. The Doctor took Tony into his arms. "Well then. What story would you like? I have three thousand and twenty-four stories packed inside my brain."
"The one about the TARDIS." Tony smiled.
"Oh, that one?" the Doctor paused. "Well, I guess I'll have to narrow some down."
He winked at Rose before stepping away and out of the living room. Jackie looked at her daughter. "Never thought I'd say this, but he'd make a good father. So I'll be accepting of you two."
"Mum!" Rose's eyes widened. She rubbed her forehead, her chin close to her body.
"What? You can't tell me that nothing's happened back when you were traveling."
"Mum!" she repeated. "We're not like that."
"As long as you use protection."
"Oh My God! I can't believe we're having this conversation."
The Doctor tucked Tony in and switched the lamp on his nightstand on. He sat on a chair nearby, running a hand through his hair. He saw the little boy watch him curiously and excited.
"Let's see then. Has Rose ever told you the story of how we met?"
Tony shook his head. "No."
The Doctor smiled. Oh, he could remember every minute of it. Every word, every glance, every second. Mind you, they didn't really get along at first, calling her a stupid ape and all that. Yet that seemed to still be a beautiful memory to look at.
"Once upon a time, there was a man with blue eyes and charming smile roaming the streets of London. Well, not exactly roaming, more like running. He was set to save the world from a bad creature that landed on Earth in search of consumption. That creature was called 'The Nestene Consciousness' and it was made out of plastic. Living plastic. Now, the man had a plan to stop the bad creature from taking over the world and he was to do so by giving it a chance. Always give them a chance, Tony. You never know what reason hides behind actions. And so he searched for the core of it." he sat back in his chair.
Rose walked up the stairs to Tony's bedroom whose door was slightly opened. Her intention was to enter, however, when she heard the Doctor talk, she stopped and listened.
"And then he met a girl. A beautiful blonde girl with rosy cheeks and big brown eyes. The girl was not supposed to be there at all, but looking back, the man is glad she was. So they ran together. He took her hand and they ran. Through all the galaxies and time and space. They beat the Nestene Consciousness with help of her bravery and then they continued to save worlds. Together. And he was happy. After all of the bad things that happened in his life, he was happy. And then he fell in love. In the whole wide universe, he managed to do so. And it was beautiful."
"Doctor?" Tony called. "Do you love my sister?"
The Doctor took a moment to smile. "Yes. I do. Very much."
"Good. Because I do too."
"Well I'm sure you do." the Doctor stood to kiss the child on his forehead, then tucked him in better. "Good night, Tony."
"Good night, Doctor."
At that, Rose quickly tip-toed away from the door and down the stairs. Then she walked them back up as if it were the first time she did so.
"I thought you might be hungry." she was holding a plate of sandwiches. When she saw the Doctor, she opened her mouth with the tip of her tongue showing. "It's chicken and salad."
"Rose?" he leaned against the wall with his arms crossed. "Were you eavesdropping?" he raised an eyebrow.
"What?" she laughed. "I just came up the stairs, you saw me."
"Oh, yeah. Yeah, I did. Of course you did. Just this second, bringing me a plate of sandwiches. Mhm."
Rose looked away embarrassed. "If you don't want them, then fine."
"Never said that did I?" he stepped closer with a lopsided grin on his face. He stared at her for a moment, then chuckled. "Thank you." he took the plate. "I've got an idea. How about some star gazing?"
Rose kept minimal eye contact. "Yeah. Sure. Stargazing." she nodded. "Stargazing!! Perfect." then she ran away.
The Doctor grinned to himself. "Yep. Still got it."