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Better Days PG-13, Ten/Rose
The much anticipated follow up to where The Art of Being Human left off. Warning: this story contains awkward conversations, a veritable Holiday spree, Banana Daiquiris, a bit of kissing, an unexpected present and a Chinese Dragon Puppet. Make of that what you will and Happy Chinese New Year!

And I don’t need boxes wrapped in string, and desire and love and empty things / just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days )
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Unfortunately I don't think the epilogue is going to happen. Maybe ever. I know I said there was going to be one and all but you know, between my university load and my lack of inspiration for it it's just not going to happen. Thanks to everyone who has commented and enjoyed it. Hopefully you'll be able to fill in your own blanks as to how the story might end :)

ETA: also a very happy birthday to the Weasley twins, Fred and George. What better day for them to be born on eh?

ETA2: Oh god I am so mean. Somebody slap me, I'm turning into my mother...
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To the fans of AoBH,

I am truly, truly sorry for not getting this chapter out sooner but this story has turned out to be even LONGER than I thought it would be and I've been agonising over the end of it for several months now (damn my OCD!) because so many people have invested so much time in this fic (a fact that continues to humble and amaze me) and I don't now want to rush the end and do a half arsed job because you all deserve so much more! (So much more...!)

So thank you for your amazing and ongoing patience (and the gentle, ongoing digs at me on totally unrelated journal posts to write more of this XD). You guys are all so incredible and I've been enjoying all of your comments so very much. This whole fic has been a massive labour of love and I'm going to be very sad when it's all over and posted :( but in the meantime, have a new chapter (FINALLY) of The Art of Being Human.

xx sapph

~*~

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The Art of Being Human – Chapter 10/11 PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. With John Smith gone and the Family defeated, Rose returns to life on the TARDIS with the Doctor. But things aren’t like they were before and it seems like the Doctor might not be able to help Rose heal after the loss of John...

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue

Previously, in the Art of Being Human... )

Chapter Ten )
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The Art of Being Human – Chapter 9/11 PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. It is the autumn of 1913 and Rose has found herself the wife of a man who doesn’t really exist. Between the fear that she may truly learn to love John and the ever present knowledge of his true identity, Rose is forced to re-evaluate both her life and loves. And all the while the Family of Blood draws nearer to their prey...

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue


They ran, Rose clutching her shoes in one hand and her skirts in the other. Her first instinct was to go to the TARDIS and John merely followed her lead without question. It wasn’t until she began to draw near to the shed where it was hidden that she began to realise that she couldn’t take him there or the Family would find it too. Well, that and she didn’t want to have to explain the TARDIS to John. )
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The Art of Being Human – Chapter 8/11 PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. It is the autumn of 1913 and Rose has found herself the wife of a man who doesn’t really exist. Between the fear that she may truly learn to love John and the ever present knowledge of his true identity, Rose is forced to re-evaluate both her life and loves. And all the while the Family of Blood draws nearer to their prey...

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue

Rose tried to flatten herself even further against the window and it was as she spread her fingers against the glass that she discovered she was not alone... )
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The Art of Being Human – Chapter 7/11 PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. It is the autumn of 1913 and Rose has found herself the wife of a man who doesn’t really exist. Between the fear that she may truly learn to love John and the ever present knowledge of his true identity, Rose is forced to re-evaluate both her life and loves. And all the while the Family of Blood draws nearer to their prey...
Author's Note: I know, I know! In my defense, this chapter really was a bitch to write and I’ve had a lot of real life dramas lately – like, a LOT. To make up for it, this chapter is super extra long (like seriously, a whole scene) and I promise, promise, PROMISE it will be posted regularly from now until the end of it. Promise. You can all attack me with pitchforks if I don’t.

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue

In her life with the Doctor she had grown so used to him being able to take her wherever she wanted at the drop of a hat that to be told no, something else needed to be done, something that was more important than she was...it was a jarring experience, to say the least. )
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The Art of Being Human – Chapter 6/11 PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. It is the autumn of 1913 and Rose has found herself the wife of a man who doesn’t really exist. Between the fear that she may truly learn to love John and the ever present knowledge of his true identity, Rose is forced to re-evaluate both her life and loves. And all the while the Family of Blood draws nearer to their prey...
Author's Note: Huge huge HUGE apologies for the massive gap between chapters! Real life just came up and bit me in the ass in a rather major way in the past few weeks and my muse completely hated this chapter and wouldn't cooperate at ALL. Majorly frustrating. I've been writing lots of stuff for [livejournal.com profile] then_theres_us to get my writing mojo back into gear and apparently it's worked because - hurrah! - new chapter for you all. Anyway, the exciting stuff all starts to happen from here so I hope you forgive me for the long wait and enjoy the final few chapters of this. I think there will be between 3-5 more to go after this one and maybe an epilogue but I'm still not 100%. Enjoy and much grovelling apologies and love, sapph xoxox

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue

Rose regarded John’s red face a moment and then grinned in realisation. “You’re scared of my mum.” )

->
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The Art of Being Human – Chapter 5/11 PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. It is the autumn of 1913 and Rose has found herself the wife of a man who doesn’t really exist. Between the fear that she may truly learn to love John and the ever present knowledge of his true identity, Rose is forced to re-evaluate both her life and loves. And all the while the Family of Blood draws nearer to their prey...

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue

No manip this time around. Have a poem instead – because I am SUCH a bastion of great literature (ha). Read into it what you will and why I’ve included it in this story ;D )

As far as Rose knew there was no self help book written in the history of the universe for a 21st century girl stranded in the early 20th century trying to have a relationship with an alien unknowingly masquerading as a human. That didn’t stop her for searching through the TARDIS library for one though – just in case. )
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The Art of Being Human – Chapter 4/11 PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. It is the autumn of 1913 and Rose has found herself the wife of a man who doesn’t really exist. Between the fear that she may truly learn to love John and the ever present knowledge of his true identity, Rose is forced to re-evaluate both her life and loves. And all the while the Family of Blood draws nearer to their prey...
Author's Note: I'm back at uni as of this week so the chapters might be a little bit further apart again for a while. I will be doing my damndest to get it finished over the next few weeks though so don't lose heart! It will be finished, I promise. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed so far - it's so wonderful to get so much amazing feedback from you all! Much love to you all xoxo Ellin

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue

Rose frowned for a second and then nearly laughed when she realised that John had just apologised to her for basically attempting to seduce her into having makeup sex with him. How...modern. Instead of laughing and upsetting his delicate sensibilities however, she reached for his hand under the blankets and squeezed it. )

Chapter Five ->
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The Art of Being Human – Chapter 3/11 PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. It is the autumn of 1913 and Rose has found herself the wife of a man who doesn’t really exist. Between the fear that she may truly learn to love John and the ever present knowledge of his true identity, Rose is forced to re-evaluate both her life and loves. And all the while the Family of Blood draws nearer to their prey...
Author’s Note: A special thank you to my mum for her help with this chapter. After all these years she’s so used to me asking random questions for stuff I’m writing that she didn’t even bat an eyelid when I started drilling her on early 20th century wound care :P also my apologies at the long wait for this chapter. I literally agonised over it and the following chapter so I hope it's worth the wait :)

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue

She had never expected a man who wasn’t meant to be real to have secrets. )

Chapter Four -> (and a manip)
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The Art of Being Human – Chapter 2/11 PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. It is the autumn of 1913 and Rose has found herself the wife of a man who doesn’t really exist. Between the fear that she may truly learn to love John and the ever present knowledge of his true identity, Rose is forced to re-evaluate both her life and loves. And all the while the Family of Blood draws nearer to their prey...

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue

Rose tried her utmost best to concentrate on the stories but John had a penchant for Charles Dickens that was painfully reminiscent of her first Doctor. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she had long ago been forced to read Dickens at school and after slogging her way through two and a half odious chapters of David Copperfield, she had chucked it in the bin. )

Chapter Three ->
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The Art of Being Human – Chapter 1/11 PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. It is the autumn of 1913 and Rose has found herself the wife of a man who doesn’t really exist. Between the fear that she may truly learn to love John and the ever present knowledge of his true identity, Rose is forced to re-evaluate both her life and loves. And all the while the Family of Blood draws nearer to their prey...

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue


“This,” she muttered as she smoothed leaves and twigs out of her hair. “Is not what I imagined when you said ‘anywhere in the universe, any time any place’.” )

Chapter Two ->
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The Art of Being Human – Prologue PG-13, Ten/Rose, John Smith/Rose
AU. It is the autumn of 1913 and Rose has found herself the wife of a man who doesn’t really exist. Between the fear that she may truly learn to love John and the ever present knowledge of his true identity, Rose is forced to re-evaluate both her life and loves. And all the while the Family of Blood draws nearer to their prey...

Prologue, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, Epilogue


Ay me! for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth;

- A Midsummer Nights Dream


He was late. )

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