Story Title: Second Chances
Author Name: HonorH
Story Url: Story Link
Alternate URL: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Adult
Length: 7,654 words
Story Summary: An older, wiser and sadder Rose meets the last person she ever expected to see in Pete’s World, and they may just end up rescuing each other.
The thing about HonorH’s fics is that it would be quite easy for me to simply recommend every last one of them, as they are each so appealing in their own, individual way. This particular fic hits upon one of my absolute favorite of all favorite fandom tropes: Alt!Nine meets Rose in Pete’s World.
I love how matter-of-fact this slightly more mature Rose is able to be, even as she is still passionate and emotional underneath the surface, as well as a bit unhappy and resigned about her Alt!Earth-bound life. I also love how outwardly impassive and stern this Nine can be, even as he is inwardly desperately lonely and just as passionate and emotional as Rose. The two of them make sense in a way that even Rose and her first version of Nine did not, because they are each able to understand the other’s loneliness and joyless pragmatism in a way that young, teenage Rose and her immediate-post Time War Doctor could not immediately do, in spite of the way they were good for each other.
This story has a beautifully hot love scene, but as with all of HonorH’s adult scenes, it’s the emotions and tactile, emotionally-evocative language which really makes the scenes so captivating. She has a gift for writing such scenes in a way that feels very emotionally driven, as evidenced in this fantastic story. (See her “Brown Paper Bag Fics” for further examples of this gift.) Oh, what I wouldn’t do for a sequel to this “frankly magnificent” fic!