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Gone by swankkat Gone by swankkat
He pushed the doors open to find her shirt laying over one of the rails.

His first instinct was to grab it up and hunt her down, with the intent of teasingly accusing her of using the console room as a clothesline.

Before his hand reached the fabric, the fact finally sunk in.

She's gone.

It was as if one of his hearts had suddenly stopped working; his chest felt tight with the realization that the beautiful, sunny creature he'd shared his life with - twice over no less - was no longer a part of his universe.

Gulping a breath, he picked up the shirt and instantly his senses were flooded with the same sensations he'd always experienced every time he touched her.

laugher joy sunshine regret strawberries desire tea shampoo soft warmth sympathy love

Blindly, he slid down against the wall, holding the shirt in both hands to his face, as if he could hold on to her essence by merely breathing in her lingering scent.

As the tears mercilessly dropped from his eyes, he whispered words into the stillness that no one but his ship would ever understand.

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A/N: Unbeta'd ficlet written to accompany the art here. I've been having a rough time (not merely due to online issues), and both the art and fic that it inspired were the result of some very dark moments. This could theoretically take place before the final scenes in Doomsday, but I prefer to imagine this occurring immediately following his departure in The Runaway Bride.

And even though I don't deserve it, thank you all so much for your kind words and support. It's because of you that I don't give up.
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tenthdoctor10 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Something I've been thinking about, is that if the doctor has a machine that he can use to make himself human, why not make Rose timelord? They could be together, and when Journeys end comes along he can make the other doctor become John Smith for the poor matron. Rose+timelord+doctor=LOVE and HUMAN DOCTOR+John Smith+Matron=LOVE And LOVE+LOVE=JOY!!
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tenthdoctor10 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Sad..Sad..Onion  that's my re-re-reaction to -th-th-this...
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FUCKENCIA Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
you make me cry, awesome work <3
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therandomgal800 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
THE FEELS. I WILL SHIP THEM TILL THE END OF TIME THE FEELSSSSSSSSS








THE FFFFFEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLSSSSSS
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VoteSaxon45 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
YOU DID NOT JUST
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:icontherandomgal800:
therandomgal800 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh god, I just said a pun, didn't i.
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abslikechicken Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my god so beautiful and yet so sad.. 

You did a fine job portraying the most beautiful love in all of space and time. ^-^
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Toxickaty Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
/cries
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WhaleDoctor Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:smallestviolinplayinjustforu:  TT A TT Ahhhhh the feels....
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Loomable Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The feels! Just finished season 4 of Doctor Who and THE FEELS! Your image brought them all back!
But really amazing! The writing as much as the picture itself :')
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KarinDaAwesome Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist
It's beautiful :3
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Thatfangirl117 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
WHY DIDNT BILLIE PIPER AND DAVID TENNANT GET MARRIED OMFG I DINT FREAKING UNDERSTAND THIS
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Kinleyps Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Right in my FEELS. Thanks. I needed that so much. Why world, why? Oh, btw, great picture! :P
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sydneybenham Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Photographer
are you trying to kill me with this
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StorytellingWriter10 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist
You almost made me cry the first time I saw this. Very good! The shading's excellent! Well done! The short snippet of a story's wonderful too. Absolutely heartbreaking. I don't want to know how long this took to make. Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.
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sugarpoultry Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I saw this and instantly.... MY FEELS. :(
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XxpalmtreexX Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
ow.
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Rosialette Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shampoo?
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:iconguardianofmemories:
GuardianofMemories Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Why would you do that ;A;
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:iconmielemac:
MieleMac Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't even-..this breaks my heart! So beautifully done :heart: Amazing work!
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Is this at losing Rose? Great work.
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Dark-Eerie-Light Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Artist
OHMYGISHTHEFEELS!
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Sleepingseeker Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing! :love:
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redlikeroses42 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*dead*
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Laurenthebumblebee Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Right in the feels ........
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stelleo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this made me cry! oh my god the feels!
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flare-and-fade Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
This is beautiful. Really, I'm incredibly jealous - I wish I could draw like you. But ouch. That's painful. The drawing and the ficlet. Both of them perfectly capture the Doctor's devastation. Beautiful, really beautiful.
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MrsTiggular66 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Um, excuse me. I was happy, and then you had to go and do that and make me all sad. Shame on you.

:D Very lovely drawing, the pic is perfect.
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mikimachine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Ooooh, right in the feels!!! What a beautiful picture, and an equally beautiful and emotional piece of writing. I love this. ~<3
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JediKitteh Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such an amazing piece to go with such a sad moment :3
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Phoenix-Fire-4 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
OH GOD.
THE FEELS.
ALL OF THEM.
TnT
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pandapurplelover Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! This has got to be one of my most favorite of David I have ever come acrossed!
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IveBeenWaitingToo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
OH GOD IT HURTS
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Howling-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad as this is, it is beautifully done, and the accompanying ficlet is perfect. Bravo.
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t-florencestay Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this, even though it left me kind of depressed.
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Morfinwen Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
This is beautiful and heartbreaking. Not fair.
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saraginotou Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh... thats beautiful and touching
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EssenceOfShadow Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student General Artist
xsniffsniffx Poor David </3
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brenanaphone Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Holy God, I'm jealous of your skills. And at the same time crushed by the emotion in the picture, all while gaping in awe at the artistry. Well done.
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HouseofDoom Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student General Artist
OH MY GODDDD
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StarlightWhispers Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gosh. ;A; This.....you're going to make me cry......
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OmegaDevin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Okay, it is way too early for me to see this. I'm still recovering from Doomsday. The emotion is perfect. Now excuse me while I go sob in the corner. :+fav:
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Elia713 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
YOU MADE ME CRY AGAIN! and i just got over re-watching the episode with Bri-Bri! How dare you!
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wolfylunarstar Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Gorgeous! Makes me want to tear up too now! <3 the ficlet too!
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Haizea Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Wow.
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Doghcat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWWW.
THAT'S SO CUTE!
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TinaCaper Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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wild-n-wintery Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
*sniffles* It has been -what, 4, 5 years- since Doomsday happened..and yet it's still a knife to my heart.
That and the lovely bit of literature that goes with it.
Beautiful, slightly heartbreaking, but beautiful :aww:
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Mad-Hattie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
*procedes to sniffle.* Lovely job!
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