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FIC: Growing Pains 6/7 - Guilt and Reason

Hello one and all! Guess how long I've been awake? That's right... OMIGOSH WAY WAY TOO LONG. But, I give you fic.

And a teaser in case the mods still haven't gotten to it by the time all you normal people are awake and see this...


Jack turned back to the toaster, and blinked at it.

It remained a toaster.

Sighing philosophically, Jack carefully disconnected the toaster from its power supply and turned it upside down over the dustbin. He shook it experimentally, deciding to ignore the ominous clunk that the dustbin subsequently emitted.

And since while that bit of text is amusing, it is also a sorry excuse for a teaser, here's another one...


The Doctor’s gaze dropped down to the sofa cushion between them, his expression going momentarily blank.

“That well, huh?” Jack said sympathetically.

“Trying not to think about it, actually,” the Doctor admitted, sounding almost guilty.

“It’s okay,” Jack reassured him. “You don’t have to fixate on it, you’re allowed to just spend a day relaxing and having fun. That’s pretty much the whole point, actually. But we probably ought to at least talk about that nightmare of yours.”

The Doctor’s face went blank again.

That's better, isn't it? This part is, as I said in the author's note for it on Teaspoon, somewhat epic... so much happens, such a wide range of emotional expression for this pair of characters. It was wonderfully fun to write and it's my favorite part so far.

But I already think the final part is going to be my favorite, overall. I am already bouncing in authorly glee over it, even though I've yet to write a word of it, because it's time to tie everything together and fill in the missing bits of this story.

I do have one question for those of you who are interested. I don't promise to follow your suggestions, if you have any, but I will certainly think about them carefully.

I could easily write Rose into the final part, as a fully involved character. It would require her immortality and an assumed Doomsday fix that will surely be Russelled fairly well by S4. It would make this officially an OT3 story, and I could see that working nicely.

But I can also see it just feeling like something that got tacked on at the end with little justification. The story that I'm trying to tell doesn't need Rose, and it's been all about the relationship between Jack and the Doctor up until now. There's no need to complicate it into an OT3 story.

Thoughts, anyone?

Comments

order_of_chaos
Mar. 21st, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
I adore OT3 - much more than I do Rose/Doctor, Jack/Doctor or Jack/Rose separately.
But my first reaction (not having read the latest chapter because - arrgh - not yet validated) is that throwing Rose in at the end would be more than a bit random. As you said - tacked on; and I like it how it is.
adaliafic
Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
At this point, the OT3 just seems more natural to me than any other arrangement of those characters. (I think this is largely the fault of wendymr and all her wonderful fic, not that I'm complaining!) But your first reaction matches my own when I first had the idea. Thanks for your input! :-)
order_of_chaos
Mar. 22nd, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
I infinitely agree :P   *blames wendymr for everything OT3 related*

Read chapter 6, and loved it. The Doctor's nightmare, Jack getting it him out of it, the coral (still, again, she's-so-adorable) the flagitious abuse of Jack's kitchen appliances and the Doctor listening to Jack being old and wise - loved it all. Sad the Doctor's leaving soon; charmed by Jack noticing and letting him know it was okay. Am looking forward to the next chapter.   *is gleeful*
adaliafic
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed all the different aspects of this part! I really had a lot of fun writing it, since getting to work a little bit of DW flavored crack into an otherwise serious story is always fun. :-)

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