Rose was gently drawn from her sleep as the Doctor began to stroke her hair. “Doctor.” She brought a hand up to her face, rubbing at her eyes.
“Sorry, didn’t mean to wake you.” He kissed the top of her head, arm wrapping tighter around her as he continued to play with her hair. “I know you’re tired, it’s been a long day. Go back to sleep.”
She smiled despite her drowsiness. “I might be able to if you stopped fidgeting. You don’t have to stay here, you know that right? It can’t be much fun when you don’t sleep as long as I do. I wouldn’t blame you for getting bored.” She shifted to look up at him.
“I’m not bored, Rose. I want to be here, you think I’d miss this?” He kissed her forehead. “You are so, so beautiful and I could never get bored of this. I get to fall asleep with you in my arms, watch you smile in your sleep, wake up to you every morning, the one adventure I thought I could never have.”
She leant up to kiss him. “Can you please stop playing with my hair then? Just let me sleep, I’m absolutely shattered.”
“Sorry. It’s just so soft, and the colour is amazing, unique even. I think I’m going to call it ‘Rose Tyler blonde’, actually I’ve been calling it that for a while now, in my head that is. Oh I’m babbling, sorry, go to sleep.”
With a smile she rested her head back on his chest, the rhythm of his two hearts lulling her back to sleep. “I love you.”
“Shh. I love you too.”
Of all the magic in the world, none is more powerful than love.
“What’s this?” Rose curled her fingers around the pendant that had been dropped into her hand. She looked up at the Doctor expecting an answer, but instead was met with his grinning face. “It’s so beautiful, Doctor, thank you. But it’s not a special occasion, so why?”
“Because I love you.” He cupped her face, brushing his thumb across her cheek.
Her grin matched his as she leant into him. “What is it?” She ran her fingers over the smooth stone, marvelling at the way it glowed as if responding to her touch.
“That’s starlight trapped at its centre, other than that it’s just a regular gemstone.” He wrapped his hand around hers and Rose watched the light shine brighter before fading again.
“Starlight?” The Doctor slipped an arm around her waist, kissing the top of her head, the stone glowed brighter. “But it’s sort of blue or green, and why does it glow like that, shouldn’t starlight be constant?”
“Its turquoise, like the TARDIS’ central column, not all starlight is white and yellow, some stars burn with other colours. The glow, well…” He swallowed, Rose turned to look up at him. “It sort of, well, it’s special in the way that it feeds off happiness and love, don’t ask me how, I didn’t stop to ask, but when it glows brighter it’s soaking in even more love.” He carefully took the TARDIS key from round her neck, adding the pendant to the chain.
She smiled as it glowed in his hand. “Yours or mine?”
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