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Support Network

April 30th, 2006 (05:08 pm)
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Set after Doctor Who 2x03 School Reunion, so may contain mild spoilers.

Title: Support Network
Rating: PG13
Summary: The Doctor’s passing through affects some people a lot more than others. You really do have to be there at the time to understand later.
Characters: Sarah Jane Smith and Jackie Tyler
Disclaimer: All are the almighty Beeb’s property. I am but simply borrowing them.




It doesn’t start with the normal wheezing and groaning noise that Jackie has grown to love and hate so much at the same time, but with a simple knock on her front door.

“Hi,” says the oldish looking lady on the other side of the door, “I’m Sarah Jane Smith. I was hoping to leave a message for Rose Tyler?”

“She ain’t here,” snaps Jackie, “She’s off on another one of her trips again. I can take a note, but I can’t guarantee when she’ll be back to get it.”

The lady in the leather jacket just smiles at this, almost knowingly. “Yes, those kinds of trips do tend to be a little open-ended on the return dates,” Sarah Jane says, her smile not quite reaching her eyes, and produces a business card.

Jackie eyes it automatically, her mind still picking over that particular tone in her visitor’s reply. It’s the second line that attracts her attention. “Investigative reporter?!?” she squawks loudly, “What the bloody hell does a bleeding investigative reporter want with my daughter?”

Calm and unruffled, the stranger gestures slightly with one arm. “I met her recently, and thought we had a number of things in common. She reminded me a lot of myself when I was younger.”

Jackie’s instincts tip straight over into fight mode. Looking around herself at the grotty stained walls, and the repair job that Howard have started on the broken partition, she sneers “Oh yeah – come from a bloody council flat yourself, did you? You’ve managed to do aright for yourself with your fancy posh clothes and investigative journalism, haven’t you?”

“I... spent a lot of time, travelling… abroad when I was younger,” her visitor says, looking through Jackie. She’s not sure quite what this Sarah Jane Smith is seeing, but she’s starting to have an idea of the who. “I travelled with this man, who showed me things I’d ever seen before, never dreamed of seeing before, and things I’ll never see again.”

Sarah Jane paused, and then almost whispered “And then one day he was gone.”

Pasting a smile on, she looked up at Jackie again. “That’s going to happen to Rose one day, if she’s lucky. I just thought she’d like someone who’s been there to talk to.”

“You know him, don’t you? That Doctor fella.” Stating the bleeding obvious has always been a typical Jackie approach when she’s trying to buy time to think.

Sarah nods slowly. “A long time ago, we used to be friends. But he’s moved on, and now I’m trying to. It’s more difficult than you think.”

There was a moment of quiet and complete understanding between them. “I better be going,” Sarah Jane said, “I left my dog in the car.” She pauses a few feet away from the door, “Please, make sure Rose gets that.”

“Bollocks!” says Jackie, instantly making her mind up. “Well, you better get your dog out of the car if you want to come on in and have something to drink. Tea do you? I’m sure I’ve got some left over Babysham from Christmas around here.”

Sarah Jane paused, “Are you quite sure?”

Jackie just shoots her a look. “Oh yes. He’s not much of a drinker is your Doctor, is he?”

Sarah starts to shake her head, but stops herself. Catching Jackie’s eye, she starts, “It’s just… most people don’t want to know.”

“Yes, well we Tylers ain’t most people,” Jackie snaps back. “She’s always gonna be my little girl, and if there’s anything I can do to help her, I will. Now, get your dog up ‘ere, and we can have a good old natter over some tea.”

Sarah Jane smiles, the laughter reaching her eyes for the first time. “You do have a lift here, right?”


End

Comments

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: April 30th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)

It's a lovely little ficlet, but all I can think of is "Ignore the shooty dog thing" and Whedon's long shadow.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 30th, 2006 09:19 am (UTC)
Still Running (DW 2x03)

Just think of ASH snarling "Bad dog!" and go to your happy place.

You did see the library shout-out in last week's ep, right?

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: April 30th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)

I haven't actually been watching Dr. Who. I just wanted to see the one ASH episode, given that I asked him (at Marcus' request) at the Buffycon last summer whether he would ever be interested in either being Dr. Who or guest-starring on Dr. Who. The answer to the first was a decided "no," and to the second, an interested "yes."

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2006 10:41 am (UTC)

Ah, but you didn't ask him if he would ever want to be The Master, which is the role I'd love to see him in.

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)

I believe that *was* the question I asked, now that you mention the specifics. And his answer was still yes.

Posted by: The Mellifluous Leaper 182 (leaper182)
Posted at: April 30th, 2006 09:43 am (UTC)
Badass Houdini Hamster

Aww. I like that Jackie now has a chance to really understand what it is that her daughter's doing with the Doctor. I always wondered why Jackie would let Rose disappear with this strange man and not worry like crazy about her safety and well-being, but this gives her a chance to be part of it, even if only peripherally. And if nothing else, this also helps Sarah Jane because she's had to keep quiet about this for so long, and I can't imagine being able to do that and not tell anyone about things that happened during the time that I was "traveling".

And lastly, if nothing else, Jackie will be able to be there for her daughter when Rose decides to leave, or when Rose is dropped back off on Earth. I'm hoping they don't kill her off, even if she can get a bit annoying sometimes.

*cuddles Sarah Jane plushie*

Posted by: Jen (tthjinni)
Posted at: April 30th, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)

Brilliant. Very much so, in fact. I like the idea of Sarah Jane and Jackie having a nice conversation. lol. Would LOVE to see Jackie's reaction to K9, though. *HINT HINT*

Posted by: the silver lady (acciochocolate)
Posted at: June 9th, 2006 08:45 am (UTC)
re: Support Network
Rose & Sarah Jane by khallandra

I'm just going to consider that this is the way it happened. :) Thank you for writing this! I heard their voices rather well, too, which makes it all the more real. :)

Posted by: One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear (amilyn)
Posted at: September 20th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
memories SJS

I DO so love this. I've read it half a dozen times now. Thank you.

I just wish the end of the season had left the "Call me, if you need to" a possibility.

Hopefully something like this happened, though, so Sarah got something in terms of a friend for a while.

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