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Title: Relapsing (10/?)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eriknannie4evr 
Rating: PG
Word Count: 551 & 1078
Warnings: None really
A/N: A HUGE kudos to my first-time beta [livejournal.com profile] sykira  for her wonderful advice. Any mistakes or crappy stuff can be blamed on me not listening to her. I also want to say that certain things addressed in these two chapters may seem overused and contrived, or even confusing, but there is a reason for it and all will be revealed soon. (Hopefully)

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The Doctor merely chuckled in response to Della’s question. He gently picked up her wrist to check her pulse, only to have the limb jerked from his grip. Startled, he pulled back slightly, seeing anger and defiance written on her face.

“What d’you think you’re doing? Get your grimy hands off me!”

She started shuffling away from the Doctor as she sat up, only to swoon once again. The Doctor reached out and caught her, keeping his body back as much as possible so not to unnerve her any more than necessary. Her eyelids fluttered as she came back to herself.

Lowering her to a prone position, the Doctor murmured, “You had a seizure. You need to try and stay calm. Have you ever had a seizure before?”

Della’s eyes snapped open, fear creeping into them.

“I had- What?”

The Doctor smiled in what he hoped was an assuring way, “I didn’t think so. We need to get you to a hospital, get you checked out.”

This time there was fear in Della’s eyes as they swerved to pin the Doctor.

“No, please don’t,” she pleaded plaintively, “I’m fine, really. I promise to take it easy. No need for a hospital.”

“You need to have someone check you,” he chided gently, discreetly running the sonic over her.

She swatted his hand suddenly, starling him once again.

“Oi, quit bleeping me!” she yelled, glaring at him, “How many times do I have to tell you Spaceman, I’m FINE!”

The Doctor’s jaw dropped as he sat there, gobsmacked, hand hanging mid-scan.

“What did you say?” he whispered, mind desperately trying to explain what was happening.

“I said,” replied Della, pushing herself up again, “that if you don’t get that bloody sonic out of my face I’ll slap you so hard you’ll…”

The Doctor was ready this time when her eyes rolled back and body started to convulse. Reaching out, he quickly entered her mind and put a clamp on her body’s reactions. Glad to have finished that, he began to carefully search her consciousness, trying to see where the cause of the seizures was. Finding a spot that felt off, he pushed gently, only to rip himself away as if burned. Shaking his head from the unexpected sensation, he felt a hand on his shoulder.

“Doctor, what’s going on?”

He turned his face up to Donna, giving her a tight smile before turning to address Jack.

“Can you get the car door?” he asked, gathering Della in his arms and standing.

Jack nodded and jogged to the first car. After waiting for the door, the Doctor carefully placed Della in the back seat, strapping her in.

“Owen,” he called over his shoulder, “Do you have a CAT scanner at Torchwood?”

“Uh, yeah, but it’s small. We’ll have to fix it up if you want to scan her.”

The Doctor nodded, turning to Donna. Giving her a smile he took her hand, “Come on, she needs to be checked.”

Seeing her confusion, the Doctor leaned in, “I’ll explain everything at the Hub.”

Donna nodded slowly, squeezing his hand before she led them around to the other side of the car. The ride to the Hub was short but tense, with the Doctor keeping one hand on Della and the other firmly ensconced in Donna’s.





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