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Mysterious Ways, part 12 of ?

Title: Mysterious Ways, part 12 of ?
Author: Aenaria/io_aenaria
Character/Pairing: Ten/Rose, Gemma (an OC), with appearances by Jack, Martha, Donna, and a bunch of other OCs
Rating: This part is PG, however rating is more than likely to go up by the end of it...
Summary: The Sonnetsverse reunion. "She's been lost, found the key, unlocked the door to the universe, wandered about, took a detour, stopped, stopped some more, then started again. Now, finally, Rose Tyler is on her way home." Has gone totally AU after 'The Unicorn and the Wasp', so is safe for people avoiding spoilers for the end of s4.
Disclaimer: Alas, no. All I've got is a kitten named Fortuna, but she's not for sale.

a/n: Okay, so Friday morning turned into Friday night, but at least I'm getting this out. :) However...cliffhanger ahead. Major one this time. Good thing I'm posting this from a hotel and not my home so you guys won't be able to find me. I've known exactly what was going to happen in this chapter for nigh on a year now, so I'm rather eager that it's finally out there. Still hiding from you guys after this chapter though, make no mistake! *veg*

Many, many, many thanks to anepidemic and earlgreytea68 for doing especially quick betas on this part. They've helped me out so much, and it's always appreciated. And, as always, to Paige, for putting up with my insane rambles about this. Love ya, hon.

Previous parts of Mysterious Ways and the rest of the Sonnetsverse found here.

Thanks for reading!

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Jan. 10th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Amazing, amazing, amazing! I am completely in love with the entire Sonnetsverse and am absolutely dying for Ch. 13!
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, and I'm glad you're loving it! I'm working on chapter 13 right now, so hopefully it won't take me too long to get it out there for the world to see. Thanks for reading!
Jan. 10th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
Good thing you ran & hid! This was fantastic, though. I could just see Gemma standing there, unable to know what exactly to do when confronted with this sort of mythic character from the stories from her childhood.

I really can't wait for the next chapter! This was brilliant, and I can't wait to see The Big Chapter!!
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
LOL, ran and hid and since it's so cold, no one can recognize my face under all of the layers. *g*

Gemma's reaction was fun to write, that's for sure. I think there was a lot of talking to myself and prancing around the room involved in trying to get the exact nuances down. I'm glad you thought it worked.

Chapter 13 is on the way! Thanks for reading, and I'm glad to hear you liked it!
Jan. 10th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
As someone who does a little dancing, I'd be impressed to see people doing tango and waltz to the same song. :-p

“THE Doctor, nine-hundred-year-old alien, Time Lord, travels around time and space in a big, blue box?” Gemma continues, eyes still worried.

This is me silently flipping out in anticipation while trying not to wake the parrot on my chest.

Suddenly his eyes snap open, hands clenching on the floor, and through a haze of glistening green he can make out Martha’s masked face staring at him.



akdjga T_T
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
As someone who does a little dancing, I'd be impressed to see people doing tango and waltz to the same song. :-p

I never said they did it well... Seriously though, if the image is that jarring I can change it. The song that's playing is the important part to me, however I've never seen that dance done and the only place I can find any details of it are on obscure websites with weird steps for medieval dances that I have no hope of making sense of. Let me know.

Flipping out though? It sounds like a good thing, however I don't want the parrot to be woken up or injured in the process. :) Am working on the next chapter as we speak. Thanks for reading!
Jan. 10th, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)

But we're getting there right?? I just knew Gemma and Donna would be great together. This is so exciting now :)
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
*covers ears from the howls*

Yes, we're getting there. Next chapter will have something, I promise. :) Thanks for reading!
Jan. 10th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
I knew they weren't meeting up in this chapter, but that's all right. I'm actually loving the so close but so far thing you have going on. And poor Genma, she must feel awful (in the way a 10 year does about things that aren't their fault) about meeting the Doctor and not knowing it.
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Exactly - the poor girl is kicking herself right now because she didn't get it all those years ago. But really, I don't think she has anything to worry about. :) Glad you're liking it so far!
Jan. 10th, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)
Very good.....and that isn't the worst cliffhanger ever.
But I'm begining to get anxious over the lack of meetup.
My nerves can only take SO MUCH.....
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
I never claimed to have the worst cliffhanger ever...I can think of many more off of the top of my head. ;) Meet-up is coming, just hang on...thanks for reading!
Jan. 10th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
I still love that Gemma is the first person to really, truly make the connection. I suppose I could have seen that coming, but it still just feels so incredibly perfect.
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Well, I never specifically said it'd happen like that, with Gemma being the first to recognize the Doctor, so don't feel bad. :) I'm always glad to hear it worked though! (especially after reading over my workshop notes and getting my rear end handed to me a bit - which, while normal, especially on the first draft of a story that totally lost the bloody plot - it's nice to hear that something worked :) So thank you again, always, for your help.
Jan. 10th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)

*Drops dead from suspence*

Jan. 15th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
*revives you with a combination of smelling salts and pictures of David Tennant*

Feel better?

Hehe, glad you're loving it!:)
Jan. 10th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
OH C'MON!!!! I've been waited ages and ages for him to look up and see Rose coming down the stairs and realising it's HER.


I love this, I do, but I swear to God, if they don't meet up soon I'm going to have a very childish temper tantrum. :)
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Next chapter, honey, I promise. :) It may not happen exactly as you're thinking it, but we are getting there. Glad you're still liking it though, even if it's driving you crazy. *g*
Jan. 10th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
And you WILL be posting the next chapter VERY VERY soon, right? I've loved all your stories in the Sonnetsverse; you write beautifully, but you're obviously an evil person who enjoys tormenting poor defenseless readers.

Seriously. Next Chapter. Now. Before we all do something Drastic.

And poor Gemma, realizing who she's talking to, and blaming herself for not knowing who he was before. Well, I'm sure she's heard so many stories she feels like she should have recognized him.
Jan. 15th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
*is enigmatic* I'll post the next chapter when it's ready. I'm in the process of writing it, but things are so busy right now I have no idea when it'll be out.

So just calm down, and step away from the drastic. ;)

(Personally, I HATE WIPs myself. The only reason I started posting this as a WIP is because RTD made the announcement that Rose was coming back in the 4th season, and since I knew that would send this firmly into AU land, it was the 'get this out before you're screwed' decision.)

I know, I do feel bad for Gemma, but it had to happen like this. And really, the bad feelings will only last for a little while. *g*
Jan. 10th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
This is amazing and, again, you had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I feel so bad for Gemma but happy that she's figured out that he's the Doctor.

I love this chapter and I'm hoping you post the next one soon!
Jan. 19th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it! :) Yeah, it's a bit cruel of me to do that to Gemma, but I love how it's working out, so I don't feel all that bad, if that's horrible of me to think...

I'm working on the next couple of chapters as we speak, so hopefully it won't be too long to get it posted. I can't make any promises about dates, given how crazy and insane RL is right now, but I am trying my hardest to get it out as soon as I can. Thanks for reading!
Jan. 10th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
*splutters incoherently* Need more...

Wonderful chapter as always :D Loved Gemma and Donna's little guy talk!

*waits patiently for next chapter*

*gives up*

Update soon???? pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee??
Jan. 19th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
Hehe, I had fun with Gemma and Donna's talk - it's a great way to channel your frustration with the boys in your life sometimes, that's for sure. *g*

More is coming, I promise. I don't know when exactly, but I am working on them constantly. :) Thanks for reading!
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Jan. 19th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
Cliffies are evil, but fun. *g* I know I'm dragging out the reunion, but the story will be all the better for it, I promise. :) I'm working on the next couple of chapters as we speak. So just hang on, the reunion is coming soon. Thanks for reading!
Jan. 10th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
I've been a very bad fangirl, and not commented on this story for a while.

I love this series to pieces, but despite this: OMG, the constant cliffhangers are killing me over here! So, I'm now totally at your whim and awaiting the next chapter.

... the cliffhangers don't detract from my love of the series though. *G* Brilliant job!

(Btw - is it all right if I friend you? I tend to pay more attention to individuals on my flist than I do to the comms. xD Don't want to miss the next update, whenever it may be.)
Jan. 19th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
You're not a bad fangirl, no worries. :)

I think the cliffhangers are getting everyone right now, that seems to be the resounding comment for this chapter. *g* I am so glad to hear that you're loving it anyways though! It warms my heart in this sub-zero weather to hear it.

Feel free to friend me! I never say no to an honest request for a friend (trolls don't count, which I know for sure you're not *g*).
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Jan. 10th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
I love you and hate you right now, not quite enough to get a pitchfork but nearly. I love it because the continued cliffhangers feel right to the story that you're weaving. It would absolutely kill it if they suddenly met and just everything was perfect there has to be that disaster and that torment.

I hate you because at the same time I want some sort of contact between them even if they don't realize it. *sighs* Guess I'll have to continue waiting.

As ever lovely build on the situation that you've created for yourself. I especially love Gemma and her delightful childness(not really a word but it suits the situation). She's just such a kid and it's splendid and enjoyable. Her reaction to the discovery of the Doctor was spot on.

I know it's what I would have done as a kid. "I'm in so much trouble..." Which is amusing paradox because its good you've discovered it but bad because one always assumes they're at fault for whatever was discovered that was hidden. (if that makes any sense)

Fantastic build and I can wait so update soon please!!!! *offers e-cookie*
Jan. 19th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
Eek. No pitchforks please, lol. I'm glad you think the cliffhangers are working - you're right, it is a good way to build a sort of tension up that a reunion needs. And I'm a sap, I think that the build-up to the reunion is the real fun part, so I'm playing that up for all that it's worth.

You say you want some sort of contact between them? Go back and read the last part of this chapter, from the Doctor's POV. And then think about what exactly he's seeing...and in any case, you will get your reunion wish in the next chapter, because it's finally here and I am working on it constantly.

I'm glad as well that you think Gemma is a good and accurate kid - that's always one of my biggest fears, that I'm making her too mature for an almost ten year old. However she is a ten year old and I want her to act like that. And your explanation makes sense - and I would have done the same thing. *g* First it would have been the "I'm in trouble. I'm in big trouble". Then it would be "I can explain"... which she may have to do in some way or another. *g*

I'm working as fast as I can to get the next bit out, so keep an eye out for it. Thanks for reading!
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