FANFIC: The Blood Red Rose...PG-13 Part 17-20/20
“Right,” the Doctor said as he landed with a thump on an office building. “I think this is a good place to make a stand. It’s early in the morning and most people are asleep now so I don’t think there’s a chance anyone will get hurt.”
The Doctor looked at Rose.
“Sure you wanna do this, Rose?” he asked. “I can take you back—“
Rose held up her hand.
“I said I’m in it with ya, and I mean that.” She said.
The Doctor shrugged.
“Okay,” he said slapping his hands together. “How do we lure the little bugger to us?”
The Doctor nearly jumped out of his Converses When Rose screamed out “HEEEEEEEEEEEEEY, WE’RE OVER HEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!” behind him.
“Yeah?” Rose said turning around.
“I don’t know if you know this or not; but vampires have extremely sensitive hearing and thanks to you, I have a tremendous headache now.”
“Besides, I doubt if that wor…”
He looked behind Rose and his eyes widened.
“On second though, here he comes.” He said. “Hide now!”
Rose looked around and noticed a shadowy area in the far corner of the building. She ran to it and crouched down low. The Doctor nodded satisfied that she could not be easily detected and turned his attention to his adversary who was fast approaching the building.
“Evening.” The Doctor said. “Nice night for flying. The air is unseasonably warm this time of year.”
He stuffed his hands in his pockets and casually rocked back and forth as Ian landed in front of him.
“Very cute, Doctor. You won’t think it so funny when I rip your head off your body.”
He glanced around.
“So, where’s Rose?” he asked him.
Ian raised his eyebrow.
“Don’t give me that. I heard your little lover screaming at the top of her lungs a moment ago.”
“Oh! That! That was me.” The Doctor said proudly.
“Yeah, I’m great at mimicry. And what better way to lure you over here than to imitate your future bride. And what’d you know, your need to do the mattress mambo with my Rose led you right into my trap. Oh my! This must just be so embarrassing for you, eh? A man who’s only been a vampire for a couple of hours outwitting a 200-year-old bloodsucker. Guess it’s something to tell the boys at the office, huh?”
He scratched his ear.
“Come to think of it, do we even have an office?” the Doctor asked. “I mean, do we all get up at the crack of dusk, report to our workplace to punch in and get our schedules; and then after a hard day’s night, we all gather around the plasma cooler and swap amusing anecdotes?”
“You think you’re cute, don’t you?”
“Yeah, I do, actually. Well, at least, Rose says I am. I’m not a judge of beauty by any means, but she seems to prefer this body over the last one. Of course, the last body had these enormous ears that put elephants in Africa to shame, but on the plus side, it did provide lots of shade for Rose wherever we went and…”
The Doctor frowned.
“What? I’m answering your question.” He said. “I’m only trying to answer your question. I’m just being polite and I…”
The Doctor ducked out of the way as Ian leaped at him.
“Enough talking, let the battle begin!” he screamed.
“Oh no, that was just rude.” The Doctor said. “No one interrupts me when I’m talking. Even Rose knows that.”
He dodged as Ian made a grab for him.
“I will kill you, Doctor,” Ian said. “And then I will convert Rose and enslave and torment her for all eternity while you watch helpless from the afterlife.”
“Are you sure I’ll be helpless?” the Doctor said. “I mean did you see Ghost with Patrick Swayze? He was dead and he still managed to protect his girl. How do you know I won’t be able to do the same? You don’t, do ya? Yeah, cause you’ve never been officially dead so you don’t know what it’s like and…”
He ducked when Ian flew at him. He grabbed his leg as he went past and hurled him across the roof.
“I said don’t interrupt me! Why is it I have to keep repeating everything to stupid apes like you? Do you even listen--?”
Ian roared and flew at him. The Doctor fell onto his back and when Ian was over him, he raised his leg and kicked him in the gut. He leapt back up as Ian grunted and stopped himself in mid-air. He glared at the Doctor who was giving him a smug look.
“Something wrong, vampy poo?” he said. “Am I winning, is that it? Is that the reason for the sour face?”
Ian floated to the ground. He regarded the Doctor for a moment and then with a smirk closed his eyes.
“Oh, are we playing hide and seek then?” the Doctor asked.
“No, Doctor, I am calling your pet to me.”
“Oh, well, about that whole mind control thing. I think you’ll find that I’ve taken care of that now. I…”
The Doctor trailed off when he saw Rose rise from her corner and start slowly towards Ian.
“Oh no.” he said softly. “No, no, no.”
His hearts sank when Ian opened his eyes and saw Rose staring up at him.
“Hello, my dear. I’m glad you could join us.” He said running a finger down her cheek.
He smirked at the Doctor.
“I knew your little girlfriend was hiding in the corner, Doctor. Do you think I’m so blind that I can’t make out a human figure crouching in the shadows?”
“Let her go, Ian. This is between us.”
“Oh no, Doctor, not while I have the advantage. You see, I can send Rose after you and you won’t stop her. Not without hurting her anyway.”
“Just like you, Doctor, I seize every advantage I can get.” Ian said.
He looked at Rose.
“And now my dear, I have something for you.” He said pulling a small, wooden stake out from under his coat. “You know what to do with it.”
“No, Rose, don’t!”
Rose took the stake from Ian and turned towards the Doctor. The Doctor started to rise into the air when he noticed Rose winking at him. His eyes widened in understanding and he let his shoulders droop.
“You’re right, Ian. I won’t fight Rose. You win.” He said.
He glanced at Ian and saw that he was frowning at him in confusion.
“You, Doctor, giving up so easily?” he muttered to himself. “There’s something wrong here.”
“Rose, turn around.” Ian said.
Rose stared at the Doctor and smiled at him. Raising the stake, she turned around quickly and with one swift motion plunged it into Ian’s chest.
“OH YES!” The Doctor said. “WELL DONE, ROSE!”
“See, I told ya, I could help.” She said as the Doctor laid a hand on her shoulder.
They both looked over at Ian who was laughing hysterically.
“Little fool!” he said. “It only works if you pierce the heart, and you missed it.”
He pulled the stake out of his chest and flung it out of reach. He looked down and smiled when the gaping hole in his chest closed up.
“Nice try, Rose, now it’s my turn.” He said.
The Doctor yelled as he punched Rose in the jaw. He caught her when she sailed back into him and stared down at her unconscious body.
“YOU BASTARD!” he said.
“I’m impressed, Doctor.” Ian said as the Doctor cradled Rose in his arms. “I was hoping you wouldn’t think to block her mind from me. You’re smarter than I thought.”
“Let’s see if your smarts will be enough to save you from me.” He said.
The Doctor flew backward when Ian took a swing at him. He quickly laid Rose on the ground and balled up his fists.
“Alright, no more mister nice Time Lord!” he said. “It ends here and now!”
“Come on, Doctor, show me what you got!” he said.
With a roar of rage, the Doctor flew towards him. Ian fell on his back and kicked him directly in the face.
“That’s for kicking me in the stomach!” he said.
The Doctor let out a grunt and hit the roof. He shook his head and quickly rolled out of the way when Ian dove for him. Jumping to his feet, he sailed up in the air. Ian gritted his teeth and followed him. The Doctor glanced over at Rose.
“Got to get him away from her.” He muttered.
He turned and headed away from the office building at full speed. As he flew over London, he looked back and saw Ian was following close behind him. Looking down, he saw he was flying over a park.
“Aha, cover.” He muttered.
He angled himself down into the trees and flew through them looking for a hiding place. He found a large limb partially hidden in the tree tops and flew up to it. Perching on the limb, he hunkered down and receded into the shadows watching Ian as he flew in and out of the trees looking for him.
“You can’t escape, Doctor.” Ian said. “I know you’re in here somewhere and sooner or later I’ll find you.”
He paused in mid-air and looked all around him. The Doctor moved back further towards the tree trunk keeping his eye on his adversary. He looked around and noticed another study limb a few meters away in another tree. He watched Ian and when his back was turned, he nimbly leapt over onto it and settled back down into the shadows.
“Show yourself, Doctor, before I decide to go back to your precious Rose and deal with her instead.” He said. “And I’m sure you don’t want me to do that!”
The Doctor looked around and noticed another limb near him. He looked back at Ian.
“Come and get me, coward!”
He quickly flew to the other limb as Ian turned his head and went towards the sound of his voice. Perching on the limb, he looked down at Ian who was busy inspecting the limb he had just left. Seizing the opportunity, he quietly left the limb and headed back the other way. As he headed towards another tree, he looked down and noticed a large limb lying on the ground. Smiling, he angled down, quietly snatched the limb up and turned back towards Ian who was busy inspecting the rest of the tree.
“You might as well surrender, Doctor!” Ian said. “You can’t keep up this hide and seek forever. Sooner or later, I will see you.”
“True, but I think it’ll be awhile before you “see” anything.”
Ian turned and grunted as the Doctor smacked him across the face with the limb as hard as he could. Ian smacked into the tree trunk and fell to the ground, dazed.
“Blast, didn’t knock him out. Ah well, at least I made the boy see double.”
He paused for a moment and then flew down to Ian. Holding him with one hand, he quickly searched through his coat and smiled when he located his sonic screwdriver in an inside pocket.
“Thanks for keeping this with you.” He said. “I can’t tell you how much of a pain it is to make these things.”
He flew out of reach when Ian made a grab for him. Pointing his sonic screwdriver at a limb directly above him, he turned it on, and smiled when the branch gave way and fell onto Ian’s head knocking him out cold.
“Oh little sonic screwdriver, I missed you so much!” he said kissing it. “I feel naked without you!”
He looked down at Ian and looked up at the sky.
“About time for the sun to rise.” He said. “Good. Because I have one last offer to make before I let the little bastard roast.”
He flew down and pulled the limb off of Ian.
“Come along, Ian.” He said gathering him in his arms. “You and I need to talk.”
Holding Ian in his arms, the Doctor flew back to Rose. As he neared her, he was relieved to see she was up and walking around. He smiled when Rose caught sight of him and let out a squeal of joy. He touched down on the roof beside her, quickly lowered Ian to the ground and enveloped her in his arms when she flung herself into them.
“Oh God, Doctor, am I glad to see you!” she said. “I woke up and I didn’t see you and I was so afraid Ian had done something to you!”
The Doctor kissed her cheek.
“I’m sorry I scared you, Rose, but I had to get Ian away from here before he killed you.”
She looked down at him sprawled out on the roof.
“Why did you bring him back here then?” she asked.
“Because I need to talk to him, and I want to do it before the sun comes up.”
“Talk? About what?” she said.
The Doctor started to speak when he suddenly noticed Ian beginning to stir.
“No time, just get behind me.” He said.
He glanced up at the sky as Rose moved around him and noticed it was beginning to lighten.
“Good, almost time for sunup.” He said.
He pulled out his sonic screwdriver and aimed it at him as Ian opened his eyes.
“Welcome back.” The Doctor said.
He held up his hand when Ian leapt up and started to attack him.
“Wait!” he said.
“Why should I?”
The Doctor took hold of Rose and they moved to the side. Ian’s eyes bulged out of his head when he saw the sun starting to rise. He started to lift off into the air.
“Stay where you are!” the Doctor said.
“We’ll finish this later!”
“No! We’re gonna finish this now! If you fly off, I’ll follow and I’ll make sure you stay out in the open until the sun rises and kills you!”
“But you’ll die too, Doctor.” Rose said.
The Doctor shook his head.
“Sunlight doesn’t kill a new vampire. It won’t kill me until after the next full moon when I become immortal permanently. All the sunlight can do at the moment is give me sunburn, which is more than I can say for Ian here.”
Ian glared at him. He threw his arms open.
“You win then, Doctor. I’ll just stand here until the sun takes me.” He said.
“Or…you can listen to my offer instead.”
“What offer?” he said.
“I offer you a chance to live, Ian. Unlike you, I am capable of showing compassion even towards people who don’t deserve it.”
“You’re letting me go?”
“I will, if you do as I say.”
“Yeah, and what do I have to do?”
“What to another city? Another country?”
Ian stared at him.
“I know a planet that has no people on it, but does have plants and animals. One plant in particular is known as the Bleeding Corianthus and the reason it is called that is because it uses blood to attract insects and animals for its meals. It’s not human flesh but at least you will be sustained and you can live out your immortal life in peace.”
“But, Doctor, if you let him live you’ll be a vampire forever.” Rose said.
“Not necessarily. There’s always a solution to every problem and I’m sure as clever as I am I could find a way to reverse the vampirism.” He said. “After all, I’m practically a vampire anyway. All I would need to do is reverse the two percent genetic difference between Time Lords and vampires.”
He looked at her.
“In the meantime, I could get used to this. Flying is pretty cool.” He said.
He looked back at Ian.
“So, how about it, Ian? Do you take my offer and live out your life on another planet or do you force me to kill you?”
Ian looked over the Doctor’s shoulder and noticed the sun just beginning to peek over the top of the buildings. He looked at the Doctor.
“What about the rest of my kind? Are you going to take them to this planet as well?” he asked.
“If I run into any others, I will make the same offer to them. But I will not go actively hunt them out. The only reason I’m dealing with you is because you decided to threaten Rose.”
He glanced back over his shoulder and saw the sun was rising quickly into the sky. He looked at Ian.
“So? My offer or death.” He said. “Your choice.”
Ian hesitated for a moment and then snarled at him.
“I won’t be the one to leave this planet, Doctor. You will!” he said.
With a roar, he lunged at the Doctor and Rose. With lightning quick speed, the Doctor pushed Rose away, sidestepped Ian and grabbed him by the scruff of the neck as his momentum carried him past.
“Oh, why do they always have to do things the hard way?” he said.
Holding Ian in a death grip around his neck, he rose several meters into the sky and held him out as the sun rose higher in the sky. He stared ahead impassively while Ian kicked and flailed in an attempt to get away.
“You’ll pay for this, Doctor! You haven’t seen the last of my kind!” Ian said.
“Nope, probably not.” The Doctor said. “But I have seen the last of you.”
He watched as Ian’s body began to smoke. He tightened his grip on his neck when Ian let out a scream and desperately tried to break free.
“Hate to have to do this.” He said to Ian. “But I offered you a chance to get out of it. I can’t let you hurt Rose anymore.”
He floated down to the roof as Ian’s body burst into flames. Touching the ground, he let go and stepped back while Ian writhed and screamed in agony.
“I will be avenged, Doctor! You have not seen the last of the immortals!” he said as flames consumed his body.
With one last scream, Ian’s body broke apart and quickly disintegrated into ashes. The ashes continued to disintegrate until only a fine powder remained. Rose wrapped her arm around the Doctor as they watched the powder blow away into the morning sky.
“It’s over, Rose. We’re free.” The Doctor said.
He turned and embraced Rose as sunlight washed over their bodies.
“Oh, Rose, you’re alright!” Jackie cried out as she and the Doctor walked through the door.
The Doctor smiled when the two of them hugged one another tightly.
Jackie looked up at him and pulled him into the embrace.
“Oh, come here you!” she said hugging him tightly.
The Doctor hesitated and then hugged her lightly around the waist. Jackie broke out of the embrace and looked at him and Rose.
“So, is Ian taken care of?” she asked.
“Yup, Ian is no more. Rose is free.”
Jackie squealed with delight and planted an enormous kiss on her cheek. The Doctor stiffened and resisted the urge to run while Rose giggled.
“I’ll make you both some breakfast.” She said heading towards the kitchen. “I bet you two are starving after all that happened last night.”
“Famished.” The Doctor said. “But I think I’ll skip the bacon and eggs and just have a nip at your neck instead.”
Jackie paused in mid-step. She turned and looked at him.
“What was that?”
“I said I wanted a go at your neck. Sorry, Jackie, but Ian bit me and I’m feeling a bit peckish for blood so can I have some of yours?”
“Oh, you had better be kidding, Doctor.” Jackie said.
“I’m not actually. Ian did convert me, didn’t he, Rose?”
“Yeah, he did, mum. He did it to save my life.”
Jackie looked at them trying to decide if they were kidding or not.
“So, you’re a vampire for real.”
“Sure am and now, sadly, Rose is in my power. See, watch this.”
He closed his eyes. He opened them slightly and stifled a laugh when Rose’s face went blank and Jackie stared at her, panicked. He opened his eyes all the way and gestured to Rose.
“See? Under my thrall.” He said casually.
“Well get her out from under your thrall then.” Jackie said.
The Doctor shrugged his shoulders.
“I don’t know how. Ian made me do it in the first place. I have no idea how to undo it.”
“I’ll undo it then when I get my big frying pan and cause you permanent brain damage!” Jackie said starting towards the kitchen.
“Slave, stop Jackie!” the Doctor said pointing at her.
“Yes, master!” Rose said. “I hear and I obey!”
Jackie gasped as Rose seized her wrist.
“Sorry, Jackie, guess you’re not getting that frying pan now.” The Doctor said walking up to her.
Jackie raised her hand to slap the Doctor’s face; she paused when she noticed Rose giggling.
“Wait a moment, you’re not hypnotized.” She said.
“Nope, just playing along with the Doctor.” Rose said.
Jackie glared at the Doctor when they both started to laugh.
“Oh ha, ha, really funny.” Jackie said as Rose let go of her wrist. “You’re a laugh a minute, you are.”
“Actually, Jackie, I was a vampire for a couple of hours. I wasn’t kidding about that. But as soon as Ian died, I returned to normal.”
“Yes, thankfully, he was gonna let Ian go and remain a vampire forever.” Rose said.
“And that was a bad thing?” The Doctor said.
“Yes, I would have been traveling with a walking corpse.” Rose said.
“Yeah, but think of the advantages of being the girlfriend of a walking corpse. I could have sped you around the mall and let you get the clothes you wanted before anyone else got to them. We could have had romantic moonlit flights and necking would have taken on a whole new meaning. The only drawbacks would have been me having to hide in the TARDIS doing the day and you cramming into a tight little coffin with me.”
“Actually, I would put that bit over into the plus column.” He said. “The point is I would have been a better, stronger Doctor if Ian hadn’t been so obstinate. We would have had to come back here more frequently so I could feed on your mother but isn’t that worth it?”
He backed away when he saw Jackie giving him a look of death.
“Then again, maybe not.” He said.
Jackie rolled her eyes and walked into the kitchen as the Doctor nudged Rose and grinned at her.
“Oh, at last we can be on our way again.” Rose said as she sat on the captain’s chair and watched the Doctor punched in the coordinates.
He grinned at her.
“Why, Rose Tyler, is my aversion to the Tyler flat rubbing off on you at last?”
“No, it’s just that I wanna go somewhere where I won’t run into any vampires. At least not for awhile.”
She paused a moment.
“Doctor, do you think other vampires will get revenge for what you did to Ian?” she said.
The Doctor stared off into space.
“Who knows? I’m not sure how well connected the vampires are to one another and if they notice if one of their own go missing. I told you I was 98 percent vampire and I said that Time Lords can feel the presence of other Time Lords, so maybe the same is true for vampires.”
“So, there’s a possibility that the next time I go home, there could be other vampires lying in wait for us?” Rose asked.
“Well, if that’s the case, there’s a simple solution to that.”
“And that is?”
The Doctor grinned at her.
“Never go home again.”
Rose raised her eyebrow.
“I’m sure you’re just waiting for me to say yes to that.” She said.
The Doctor gave her a look of innocence.
“No, I enjoy my visits with your mum. I just love eating semi-burnt and inedible food while the smell of cheap perfume lingers in the air above me. I can’t imagine how I ever survived 900 years without Jackie Tyler in my life.”
He giggled when Rose slapped his back. He put his arm around her and pulled her close to her.
“Anyway, if there are vampires waiting for us when we get back, we’ll take care of em like we did Ian.”
“Yes, Rose, we. You and I are a team even if you don’t think that sometimes and I know that whenever I get in a bind.”
“Which isn’t often, mind you.” He said, his eyes twinkling with laughter. “I know I can rely on you to save my gorgeous butt.”
Rose looked behind him.
“Mmmm, gorgeous butt. I agree with that.” She said pinching it.
The Doctor laughed and kissed the top of her head.
“Now, my bride,” he said imitating Dracula. “You vill accompany me to another planet vere ve vill save the universe again and then I vill suck your blood aftervards!”
“Nah, not my blood. You can suck other things though.”
The Doctor’s eyebrows raised almost to the top of his head.
“Well, let’s hurry up and get to the next destination then and get that baddie dispatched.”
Rose giggled and leaned against him. She let out a contented sigh as she laid her head against the Doctor’s chest and listened to the quiet rhythmic beat of his two hearts.