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TitleChaos Theory in Vortex Orbits in Relative Dimensions in Time and Space (1/26)
Author -- earlgreytea68
Rating – Teen
Characters -- Ten, Rose, Jackie
Spoilers: Through the end of S2.
Disclaimer: I don't own them and I don't make money off of them, but I don't like to dwell on that, so let's move on.
SummaryAnd then there came a day when Rose said she was having a baby. Hijinks ensue from there.
Author’s Notes
– I have some friends (nameless they shall remain) who can sometimes be unfairly prejudiced against babyfic. Which I happen to love. The goal here was to write a babyfic that would appeal even to those who don't like babyfic. You can judge its success. 

The story is finished, and I'll post twice a week, but...I'm not going to tell you which days! It'll be like a game! You'll know you're getting two chapters, but you won't know when! They will be pleasant surprises! But definitely twice a week, I promise. 

Many, many, many, many thanks to jlrpuck, who was not intimidated by the length of the fic I sent off to her with a beta request, despite being the world's most in-demand beta. Probably because she's also the best. And she did a beautiful job fixing all my lazy American spellings and making sure the characters don't sound like lawyers. 

Chapter One

And then there came a day when Rose said she was having a baby.
 
It wasn’t nearly so simple, because nothing ever was with them. There were first lots of prying questions while he was trying to do far more important things, like fix the trans-multi-mono-duo-temporal switch.
 
“Doctor,” she asked, “can Time Lords and humans, um…”
 
He thought she’d realized he was busy and decided against bothering him, so he was caught unawares when she kicked his ribs not-so-gently.
 
“Rose, I’m trying to—”
 
“Resonate concrete?” she asked, scathingly.
 
He blinked at her in confusion as he slid briefly out from underneath the console. “What?”
 
“Are you listening to me?”
 
“Of course I’m listening to you,” he assured her, wondering if the trans-multi-mono-duo-temporal switch would respond better to setting 32224-A.
 
“Can Time Lords and humans…” She made a vague gesture with her hands, sort of bringing them together and waving them around each other.
 
He stared at her. “Rose,” he sighed, and slid back under the console. “Honestly. What is it you think we do together? Of course they can.”
 
“No, not that.” Rose muttered something, then said, loudly, “Can they have a baby?”
 
The Doctor sighed. Like he felt like getting into that. “Yes, they can, under certain conditions and in certain circumstances and let’s not get into it.” He didn’t mind lecturing about anything and everything, but he could think of nothing less interesting than the particular biological complexities of Time Lord and human reproduction.
 
And then a few days later, there were questions while he was trying to determine why the Frum Capacitator kept shuddering and jerking instead of just working, as would have been preferable.
 
“Doctor.”
 
He grunted around the sonic screwdriver in his mouth to encourage her to go on.
 
“What are the symptoms of a Time Lord pregnancy?”
 
He took the sonic screwdriver out of his mouth. “What?” he asked.
 
“I mean, are they the same as normal, d’you think? I mean, would it be the same sort of…Like, nausea?”
 
“Time Lords don’t get pregnant, Rose.”
 
“Well, female Time Lords. Gallifreyans, then.”
 
“Gallifreyans, no, not as a general rule. There were Looms and do we have to talk about this now? I’ve got to fix this Frum Capacitator.” He put the sonic screwdriver in his mouth and closed his hands around the Frum Capacitator and tugged on it.
 
And then, when he was underneath the grating frowning at a disconnected wire and trying to remember what it had done and why it might be a problem that it had come disconnected, Rose sat on the edge of the grating and swung her legs back and forth and said, “What about doctors?”
 
“Doctors?” He looked at her briefly. “You mean, like, old me and…new new me?”
 
“No, I mean, like, medical doctors. Are you friends with any?”
 
Friends with any?” Since when did he have friends?
 
“I mean, any you trust.”
 
“No, I don’t like hospitals, or…medical doctors. They…make me call them ‘doctor.’”
 
And then, when he had finally stopped fixing things for a moment and wishing Rose would appear with a cup of tea…Rose appeared.
 
With no cup of tea.
 
“What do you say about tea?” he asked her.
 
“Yeah, fine, I’ll have a cup.”
 
She’d totally missed the point. “No, I mean—”
 
“Doctor, can we visit my mum?”
 
He sighed. “Do we have to?”
 
“We haven’t been. In a while.” She walked her fingers up his arm, as if that was going to change his mind. “Please?” She leaned forward to whisper in his ear. “I’ll make you tea.”
 
Magic words. So Rose made him tea, and he set the course for her mum’s.
 
Rose ran off doing the shopping, and he puttered about the flat, flipping aimlessly through the nonsense on television but taking note of what it was so he could complain about it in great detail when Rose and her mum returned.
 
When they came back, they were laden with bags, and Jackie said to him, “Oh, that’s alright, don’t trouble yourself to get up and help us, oh, no!” and he shrugged and switched the station.
 
Rose dropped her bags in the kitchen and came out to the parlour and perched on the seat of the sofa and leaned her head close to his. He leaned his close to hers instinctively, while focusing on the reality show he’d located.
 
“Well, it was hard doing without Mum seeing, but I managed to get a test,” she murmured. “Will it work, d’you think?”
 
“I dunno,” he replied. “A test for what?”
 
“A pregnancy test,” she clarified.
 
He looked at her in alarm. “Is your mum pregnant?”
 
Rose’s eyes widened. And then she swatted her hand across his arm. Rather hard.
 
“Ouch!” he exclaimed. “What was that for?”
 
She marched to the TARDIS, opened the door, and pointed. “In there,” she ordered. “Now.”
 
“Rose—” He gestured toward the television.
 
Now.”
 
He groaned and dragged himself into the TARDIS. Rose slammed the door, stalked over to him, and shoved him.
 
“What’d I do?” he whined. “It’s not like your mum being pregnant is out of the question, is it? She’s not exactly, you know, a…” He took note of the thunderous look in Rose’s eyes and decided to amend his statement. “She’s a saint, your mum. Lovely woman. In fact, I was just saying the other day to the, uh, TARDIS, of course, that, er—”
 
I’m pregnant, you idiot!” exclaimed Rose.
 
“I was saying she—You’re what?” He stared at her.
 
“Or I think I am. That’s why I have the test.” She held up the small chemist’s bag. “That’s why I’m trying to figure out if it’s going to work, because it isn’t exactly a normal pregnancy now, is it?”
 
“What are you talking about?” he asked, sounding strangled.
 
“I’ve been talking to you about this for days,” she said. “I asked you if it was possible, I asked about the symptoms, I tried to get you to take me to a doctor who wouldn’t be alarmed if I suddenly had a baby with two hearts—”
 
“You were asking me all those questions because you’re pregnant?” he screeched.
 
“Now who’s Mr. Thickety-thick-thick from Thicktown, Thickania?” Rose put her hands on his hips. “I’ve been sleeping more lately, haven’t you noticed?”
 
He rubbed the back of his neck. “Not really, no, I mean—”
 
“I’ve been all queasy. You even took me to that planet with the ginger-flavoured air, to ease it up—”
 
“I thought you had a…virus,” he said, lamely.
 
She rolled her eyes and stalked out of the control room. He collected himself and followed after her. She’d locked herself in their bathroom, and he knocked politely on the door. She answered it primly, allowing him in before she turned back and sat on the toilet, watching the test that she’d set on the counter by the sink.
 
“If you were pregnant, why didn’t you just say you were pregnant instead of asking a million questions?” he asked, shoving his hands in his pockets.
 
“Because I had a million questions. And I didn’t know if it was true. I didn’t know if it could be true. That’s why I was asking questions.”
 
He sighed and sat himself on the bathroom floor in front of the sink, all long limbs that didn’t seem to quite fit in the small space without some rearranging. “How long do we have to wait for the test result?”
 
“You’re the Lord of Time, can’t you tell?”
 
“I’m not qualified to talk about babies. Human/Time Lord babies are not something we really…” He ruffled his hair.
 
She thought it might have been the first time she’d ever heard him admit to not being qualified to discuss something. That fact worried her immensely. It occurred to her that it was probably much easier to go through this with a human male.
 
He reached out, grasped her hand, and tugged until she slid off the toilet seat and onto his lap, cradled against him. She fit her head against the curve of his shoulder and watched as he pressed their hands together, measuring the respective lengths of their fingers, and it occurred to her that she wouldn’t have wanted to go through this with any other male.
 
“So how do you feel?” he asked, looking closely at their hands.
 
“Fine,” she answered.
 
“You’re not tired? Or queasy?”
 
“Well, I’m both, but I tend to be these days.”
 
He looked at her out of the corner of his eye. “Sorry I was…thick.”
 
She sighed. “No, that was my fault. I should be used to you by now. Got to flash it in neon lights along the control room if I want you to notice.”
 
He winced. “Don’t say things like that. The TARDIS likes you enough to let you do that.”
 
She was silent for a moment. “Do you think I can have it?” she whispered.
 
He threaded his fingers through hers carefully. “I don’t know.” A thought suddenly occurred to him, and he looked at her. “Do you want to have it?”
 
She looked steadily back at him. “Do you want me to?”
 
He waited to see which of them would blink first. He didn’t know why he did--it was always him. “I…” He looked away, frowning thoughtfully. The idea was so very new he could barely begin to comprehend it. But it seemed that a baby, with Rose, would be the most amazing thing. A baby. On the TARDIS. Could it even be done? And, if it could be, he thought, then it was going to be done on his TARDIS.
 
He looked back at her. “I think I do,” he said, sounding astonished to hear himself saying it.
 
She smiled. “I want it, too.” She gestured to the tears in her eyes. “This is just because of the hormones.”
 
He kissed her eyes closed, lapped up the tears on her eyelashes, then sat back. “I’m going to have to do research,” he realized.
 
“We don’t even know if it’s true yet.”
 
“D’you think the test’s ready?”
 
“Check. There’s a plus sign if I’m pregnant.”
 
He reached up, plucked the test off the counter, and looked at it closely.
 
“What does it say?” she asked. “I mean, I don’t even know if it will work, with our baby, so maybe—”
 
He pushed the test back onto the counter.
 
“Oh,” she said, at his continued silence. “Well, I mean, it probably—”
 
He stood, lifting her in his arms as if she weighed nothing and carrying her over to the bed.
 
“What are you—” she began, as he laid her onto it.
 
And then he startled into silence by pressing a reverent kiss into her belly.
 
Oh,” she breathed, combing her hands through his hair as he rested there, breathing. Oh. Her mind processed. A baby. She’d been thinking this for days, but it was real now. They were having a baby. She was having an alien baby.
 
“I can’t believe I had you running from the Licorifixips the other day,” he mumbled against her.
 
“Doctor—”
 
He straightened, pulling the covers over her. She looked up at him in surprise.
 
“What are you—”
 
“You need to rest,” he said, sternly. “Rest and…think of names. Nothing too…human, if you can help it, is that okay?”
 
“What?” she said, in shock, and went to sit up. “I’m not—”
 
He pushed her back down, gentle but firm. “Rest.”
 
“I’m not going to rest. For nine months? Are you mad? I’ll die of boredom.”
 
“I’ll get you a Rubik’s cube,” he said, negligently.
 
“Doctor—” she huffed, impatiently.
 
He was walking toward the door. “You’re going to rest. Rest, relaxation, Rubik’s cube: the three ‘r’s of pregnant women.”
 
“And who’s going to tell my mother?” she asked, sitting up and folding her arms knowingly as he drew to a halt in the doorway.
 
“Ah.” He turned back to face her and pulled on his earlobe. “Yes. Rest, relaxation, Rubik’s cube—that all starts after you tell your mum.”

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On February 24th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC), jlrpuck commented:
First!

eta: Ok, now that I've planted the flag (sorry, bouncy_castle!)...can I tell you how happy I am that you're posting this? I'm very very happy. VERY HAPPY. Because it's a fabulous fic--all 239 pages of it (yes folks, you read right. 239 pages).

As you know, I think the story is brilliant, and I adore how you started it. Your Ten, Rose, and Jackie are also disgustingly spot-on.

*sigh* I do love this (not-so) little fic.

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On February 24th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
You cheated a bit to get here first, but you also earned it with your tech support, so congratulations!

I am so glad to make you happy! And it's a good think that you love the fic, as I'm kind of forcing you to live with it for a long time!
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On February 24th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC), bouncy_castle79 commented:
Damn you, Jen!!! Sigh. I never stood a chance, did I?
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On February 24th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC), jlrpuck replied:
Given that I was providing instruction on how to post a fic to LJ? Not tonight. I remain confident that you'll smoke me for each of the remaining chapters ;)
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On February 24th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC), fishface44 commented:
I love well-written baby fics, but sadly, don't see many of them. This is lovely, and the character voices are perfect! I am also excited to read that it is already completed, and that you will post twice a week!!! Thank you very much for sharing it!
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On February 24th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
Thank you so much for the compliments! I am glad you enjoyed the opening chapter, and hopefully you'll enjoy the rest. It is completed, and twice a week like clockwork, I promise!
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On February 24th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC), drho commented:
Lovely. When I first joined LJ and started to read fanfiction, I was almost certain that all babyfic would be rubbishly out of character. But I really, really enjoyed this and I look forward to reading the rest.

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On February 24th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
Thank you! It was the challenge I set myself, to write a babyfic that *was* in character, and hopefully I manage to succeed. It was a fun experiment, either way.
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On February 24th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC), dettiot commented:
Oooooo, this is really good! I like baby!fic myself, especially when it's done well, and this one has already gotten off to a great start. I really like how you have the humor. Rose asking questions is just perfect, especially with the Doctor not realizing why she's asking.

I'm looking forward to seeing this story play out!
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On February 24th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
This was actually supposed to start out as straight, madcap fluff. The unexpected seriousness at the end really threw me. And perhaps was the first indication that it would end up being massively long... But I tried to keep the bland just right. I'm glad you enjoyed the beginning!
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On February 24th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Delurking to say I am one of those "don't like babyfic" people in general, but I like this start, quite a bit! It's not gushy, the characterizations are spot-on (even, or maybe especially, Jackie's "Oh, that’s alright, don’t trouble yourself to get up and help us, oh, no!” - *snort*) Looking forward to this!

Susan
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On February 24th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
Oh! I inspired a delurk! Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the rest!

(And I did love that line out of Jackie. Because I could just see the Doctor having *no* clue what she was referring to, and just staring at her as she sniped her way past him. Ah, Ten...)
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On February 24th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC), nyaaaaaauuuuuuu commented:
“No, I don’t like hospitals, or…medical doctors. They…make me call them ‘doctor.’” = chortling out loud.

This is delightful. I can't wait to read more.

I'm so excited (and admiring) that you've finished it and will post semiweekly. I have a terrible habit of posting things before I've completely finished... >_<;
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On February 24th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
It took a great deal of will power to wait for the fic to be entirely finished before posting. But I was determined to do it. I'm very pleased with my discipline there! ;-)

Glad you enjoyed the fic! And that it made you laugh! Always a goal of mine!
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On February 24th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC), hezmanagirl commented:
I'm someone to dislikes badly written babyfic and this certainly doesn't fall into that category. I think your Ten and Rose (and Jackie) are dead on.

I can't wait to see where this goes!
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On February 24th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
::blushes:: Thank you so much! I think characterization in fanfiction can be tricky, so that means a great deal to hear you say (or read you write, or, er, something).
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On February 24th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
It's that thickness of his that makes him so adorable, though. Sometimes. ;-)

Glad you enjoyed it!
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On February 24th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC), capemaynuts commented:
Hurray! Something wonderful to look forward to every week! Can't wait for the next chapter!
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On February 24th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
Yay! Hopefully it will continue to brighten your weeks!
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On February 24th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC), jlrpuck replied:
Bananas are evil. EEEEVIL, I'm tellin' ya! ;)
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On February 24th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC), fid_gin commented:
I adore this. Babyfic is a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine, and this is fantastic. Ten's voice is perfect. Can't wait for the next part!!
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On February 24th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
Fanfic tends to allow us to indulge those not-so-guilty pleasures very nicely. Glad you enjoyed it!
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On February 24th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC), bouncy_castle79 commented:
Ok, my violent love for this has already been made clear to you, but that will not stop me from heaping the praise.

“What do you say about tea?” he asked her.

“Yeah, fine, I’ll have a cup.”

She’d totally missed the point.

Snort. Oh, Ten is lucky he's so unbearably sexy. Because he's kind of a prat.


He looked at her in alarm. “Is your mum pregnant?”
Oh, man. One of the things I've missed most from S2 is Ten/Jackie interaction, and you write them together so perfectly.

And then he startled into silence by pressing a reverent kiss into her belly.
Sigh. This sentence made my ovaries hurt. Seriously.



Capturing the complex relationship between Rose and the Doctor, while keeping their playfulness, is such a hard thing to do. But you do it beautifully!
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On February 24th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
Aw, you're so sweet to heap more praise upon it!

Ten gets away with a lot because of his sexiness. And Rose is kind of okay with that. For kind of the obvious reasons.

I *adore* Ten/Jackie interaction. I love watching it, I love reading it, and I fiercely love writing it. So I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Ten and Rose can be a difficult balance, yes, and especially when you're writing a babyfic. So I'm happy you think I succeeded!
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On February 24th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC), ladyofgallifrey commented:
I am SO thrilled I found this! And here I thought *I* was going to write a "babyfic of epic proportions" - this is 239 pages total? OMG!

This was just absolutely delightful, sweet, very believably presented - just the right touch all the way around! I am an admitted babyficaholic, but this is a gem (and I'm adding it to my babyfic list!)
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On February 24th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
A babyficaholic! Well, I am glad to be enabling you!

The, er, 239 pages is even more embarrassing when you add in that, um, there have been, uh, epilogue-lets written since then...It's...yeah.

But glad you're enjoying it!
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On February 24th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC), wiggiemomsi commented:
Oh, this is a great beginning! I love how dense the Doctor is, and his fussy manner when the test is positive. Keep the chapters coming!!
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On February 24th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC), earlgreytea68 replied:
He is adorably dense. And I can think of few expectant fathers more protective than Ten would be...

The chapters will keep coming!
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