Rose and Alec had settled down to married life in Broadchurch. Alec had adopted Rose’s son John and so far, the boy had got away with school medicals, his records having been carefully worded by Owen Harper and everyone at the new school he’d started was aware who John Hardy was – the son of Rose Tyler, the Vitex heiress.
Rose had dropped him off at school every morning until she couldn’t drive any more, being six months pregnant with hers and Alec’s first child together so now it fell on Alec to have to be at work five minutes late to make sure John went in with all the rest of his class. John had made many friends and was very popular, being made a school councillor just after his sixth birthday and was always talking about he was soon going to be having a new baby brother or sister to play with.
Alec had tried to explain to the young boy it would be quite a while before the baby would be old enough to play, John thinking as soon as it was in the house it would be up and around, to which both he and Rose had laughed at his impatience.
Rose still had three months to go, they had delayed planning to have their first child together due to the shocking revelation of who had killed Danny Latimer and then having to wait for the hearing and subsequent trial six months later. Rose had attended the trial with Alec when she could but things had got awkward when he was accused of having an affair with Ellie when he’d been living with Rose and John all the while so Rose had got an injunction against the defence team forcing her to back down or face charges herself but the press had been overjoyed.
Alec had handled it better than Rose but it put a strain on them and at one point, Alec thought Rose was going to pack up and take John back to London with her but she’d stayed and after it had died down, he’d asked her to marry him. John of course, only just turning four hadn’t understood and Rose had taken him out of nursery until it all died down as she didn’t want the other parents staring and saying things to him or Alec when he’d occasionally gone to pick the boy up. Once they had announced their engagement, things died down.
They had got married in July, a year after Alec had saved the boy’s life, at the Tyler mansion, Ellie and the boys had gone up for the weekend, John had been pageboy, Ellie had been Rose’s matron on honour and Mickey had been Alec’s best man and they’d gone on honeymoon by zeppelin to a Spanish resort for couples only for a week. Then, just over a year later, Rose had discovered she was pregnant and they had been over the moon.
Now Alec was sitting at his desk, looking at a photo of his beautiful wife and his adopted son and thinking back how he’d been so fortunate to meet them, under some very unusual circumstances and that his life had been saved at the same time as John’s. They had got over all the doubts that the Doctor was ever coming back, it had been a long time and if a gap had been found, then he would have surely got there by now? Over the last few years, Alec had gained full knowledge of Rose’s adventures with the Timelord and had never once felt jealous, even when she had told him how they had finally got together and she’d kept the baby a secret from him and how she could have easily have lost it coming to this world but she’d been persistent and kept on, even making the tiring journey to Norway.
His phone rang and he was snapped out of his thoughts.
“I thought we were interviewing that suspect?” came Ellie Miller’s voice.
He looked out of the large glass window to see she wasn’t at her desk.
“I’ll be right down Miller.”
He still couldn’t bring himself to call her Ellie, only when he remembered in front of John and then Rose had to scowl at him. When they had let the suspect in a fraud attempt go, Ellie switched off the recording equipment.
“You were miles away then, any reason?”
“No, well Rose isn’t sleeping very well, I don’t like to tell her she’s keeping me awake.”
“I know, it’s a difficult time for her, it won’t get any better, you knew what you were signing up for didn’t you?”
“Yes, I did, I don’t need you to remind me Miller. Well, you’d better go pick up Fred and John then, tell Rose I’ll bring something home for dinner and for her just to get John his tea.”
The arrangement had been put in place so that Ellie collected John at the same time to save them both leaving early after Rose could no longer go to the school without getting a taxi each day, which Ellie had said wasn’t economical since she had to go anyway and could easily drop him at home.
Rose was waiting for her son coming home, he’d grown so much and almost three years after she thought she was going to lose him, he was happy and healthy and she had a husband who loved her more than anything. Her phone rang.
“Hi Alec, has Ellie set off yet?”
“Yes love, she just left. How are you feeling?”
“Yuck, as usual, it’s no fun, I’m sure I wasn’t as bad with John but I think I know the reason for that.”
“Yes, well, that’s not the case this time, is it?”
“No and I don’t need reminding thanks. I’ll just be glad when the baby arrives, we have the scan tomorrow, remember?”
“Yes love, we’ll both drop John at school and go straight there. Are we going to find out?”
“Changed your mind have you?” Rose teased him.
“Well, I may have, what about you?”
“I think I’d like a surprise so we really should start picking names for either don’t you think?”
“Well if we knew, we’d only have to pick for one or the other love,” he laughed.
“Aw, you take all the fun out of it. Ouch!”
“It’s going to be a boy Rose, trust me love, with all those kicks, it will be a footballer.”
“Nah, it could be a gymnast. See you soon lover.”
Once John got home, he was happily doing the bit of homework he’d been given at the kitchen table when Alec came in and ruffled the boy’s hair.
“So, what have you got to do for homework today son?”
“We have to do these sums Dad, they’re so easy.”
Alec looked at them and thought them a bit hard for a six year old to be doing but John was just finishing the last one, Rose looking across at them.
“Well if they are so easy, maybe I can give you some harder ones to do? I’ll get you a book tomorrow and we can do them when I get home?”
“Yeah, will you? I love doing sums, my friends don’t like them much. We were playing games today, we had to keep catching things, I caught them all the time. Dad, can I play games at home?”
“We play games John, you like playing that game with your mum, you always beat her.”
John laughed as Rose came up to them. “Yes you do John, maybe we can get you some more games when we go shopping?”
Rose had set out the food Alec had brought home and John went into the living room to watch a TV programme he liked that both Rose and Alec thought was suitable for him.
“He’s growing so fast,” Rose mused as she ate.
“Yes and leaning fast, maybe you should get Doctor Harper to take another look at him?”
“Seriously? He’s showed no tendencies to be like his real father Alec, not until now, maybe he’s just bright?”
“Maybe he is but we should make sure.”
“Ok, I’ll have Owen come and pay us a visit but I’m sure you’re wrong Alec.”
Alec hoped he was as well, how would he cope if the boy turned out to be as brilliant as Rose had said John’s father was? He was sure Rose was still holding something back from him even after all this time of being together. They had hit it off from the word go three years ago almost, when he’d by some miracle been a match for her son’s bone marrow and a lot of good had come out of that search to find a donor and Torchwood were even now still sponsoring a national screening program, set up in John’s name.
That had not been the only good thing to come out of it, he’d got himself fixed, married one of the most stunning women he’d met in his life and was the envy of most of the males in the country and now, she was so in love with him that it didn’t matter to her what the baby would be because she was just happy it was his.
“I hope I am love but we need to talk because I’m thinking maybe there is something you’ve not been telling me?”
“What are you on about Alec? You know everything about my life before I came here, what don’t you think I’ve been telling you?”
“Maybe about the Doctor himself? You hardly say anything about who he was, only how brilliant he was. Who was he Rose?”
Rose knew she had been holding back information about John’s father, Alec knew the Doctor could regenerate and didn’t even look like Alec when she had met him but not the fact Owen thought she still had part of the time vortex in her head, which was partly the reason they were afraid she’d not carry John full term but she had got through it. There would be no such complications with this baby though, well hopefully since Alec was fully human.
Alec was looking at her across the table. She could lose him if she really told him what a Timelord was, that not only did they travel in time but all the other things that even she didn’t know a lot about.
“Let’s just have the scan tomorrow and if you want, you can find out what we’re having but I don’t want to know,” Rose told him.
“Then if you don’t, neither do I love, it’s not a contest you know? If you are happy not finding out, so am I. After John has gone to bed, we’ll just relax and I’ll rub your feet for you eh?”
Alec kept his word and the following morning, Rose had stayed in the car as John held Alec’s hand into the school playground and greeted his friends and Alec as usual waited for him going inside. John had been asking about a pet lately, Alec was against the idea and said maybe he would think about a cat or a dog but a dog wasn’t practical until after the baby arrived and then, Rose wouldn’t want all the extra mess to clean up so Alec was toying with the idea of a rescued dog and was keeping quiet about it.
Rose was on the examination table, having the scan, her second one but Alec still marvelled at the sight of their baby on the screen, he’d never got to see the scans of Daisy. He’d been surprised Daisy was having very little to do with his new family, he thought it would be a novelty to the teenager but that hadn’t been the case, she’d only been down a few times and been to the wedding but hadn’t wanted to be Rose’s bridesmaid. He wondered what his ex had done to turn their daughter like that, it wasn’t as though the girl didn’t know the truth and he’d been open about his relationship with Rose from the start.
Rose had told him how Tess had only stayed at the hospital until he was in the recovery room, maybe she’d felt intimidated by the Tylers and the fact there were so many people there who cared about her ex husband. The scan was over and he was helping Rose after she tried to clean herself up.
“So, do you want to know this time?” the nurse asked them.
Alec still couldn’t understand Rose’s reluctance to find out.
“Well I do but my wife doesn’t want to so no, we’ll pass and just have the scan photo.”
Rose smiled at him, she knew he was being tormented at not knowing, especially after he’d told her he’d known about Daisy.
“Alec, why don’t you let her tell you?”
“No because when I start to buy things, you’ll know, won’t you?”
“You could just buy neutral things like we’re doing now?”
“It’s not the same,” he said sadly as they were leaving
Rose saw his face and made her mind up and turned around.
“Nurse, go on then, tell us.”