Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters/pairings: Rose, Doctor, Jack
Warnings (including spoilers): None
Wordcount: 200 words
Summary: Rose and the Doctor inform Jack of her culture’s traditional holiday celebration.
“No, really, what’s Christmas?” Jack asked.
Rose snuck a mischievous look at the Doctor while their friend’s face was buried in the Tardis console. The Time Lord winked.
“It’s a religious holiday from Rose’s time. They spend a month or so very subdued, thinking about the previous year and how they can act more ethically in the future.”
Rose just managed to keep her face blank when Jack turned to look at them, aghast. “And… you want us to observe this holiday, Rose?” he asked with a pained expression.
She nodded at him, trying to look pious. “Absolutely. It’s really rewarding. I always feel so clear-headed after a few weeks of chaste, moral celebration and reflection.”
Jack squinted at her, then looked beseechingly at the Doctor, who gave no quarter. “That sounds… very rewarding. I’ll go… get ready.” Shoulders slumped, he dragged his feet out of the console room.
As soon as the door closed behind him, Rose and the Doctor burst into laughter. Finally, Rose asked, “When should we tell him?”
“Give it a few days,” the Doctor suggested, an evil glint in his eye. “I want to see how long the captain can keep up ‘chaste, moral reflection.’”