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She had been like a breath of fresh air when he had first met her, the week he had arrived and been thrust in the middle of a homicide investigation. He was surprised anyone had stayed after what had happened but the Tylers had flown from England for a two week vacation just two days before and there was no getting back that easily.

They had taken a vacation rental up on the cliffs and attended the whalefest, young Tony being fascinated by the amount of whales and they seemed to know they were being watched but as they had wandered into town and been stopped by the beach being taped off, Pete Tyler had gone to find out what had happened and Rose had been with him after putting Tony and Jackie into a taxi cab.

The harangued female desk sergeant looked up as she put down the telephone and it rang again, several others doing the same and only two people to answer.

''What's going on at the beach? Has there been some kind of incident?'' Pete asked.

''Excuse me Sir but as you can see, we are rather busy and I can't tell you what's going on other than there has been a police incident.''

''Who's in charge here? Do you know who I am?''

The woman was already answering another call.

''Don't bother Dad, we'll go somewhere else, the other side of the beach is open. You can see they're busy.''

''I want some answers since we're here for almost another two weeks. Maybe it's something we could help them with? Get Jake and Mickey out here.''

''Dad, not everything is spooky you know, you're worse than me. It was your idea to come out here, to get away from everything you said and that means work.''

''You're still here Sir, can I help you with anything else?''

Pete shook his head, then changed his mind. ''May I see your chief? Tell him Peter Tyler is at the desk and offers the services of Torchwood.''

Everyone in the background went silent, phones were still ringing. ''Dad, that's not such a good idea, mum will literally kill both of us.''

Pete just whispered to her, ''Not if we're careful.''

Chief Morgan was discussing the case with Detectives Carver and Miller, Carver not wanting to play ball and do things the chief's way. He wasn't there to make friends, he had been hoping to lie low, let things die down in Rosemont and now, that was not going to happen. The chief was wanting Emmett to step down and hand over to Detective Miller earlier in the day and it had not gone down well. A knock came on the chief's door and Emmett went to answer it.


''Excuse me Sir but the chief needs to know there's a Peter Tyler at the desk, he wants to see you urgently.''

''Who's Peter Tyler when he's at home?'' Emmett asked, looking at his newly acquired partner whom he neither wanted or needed and the day wasn't over yet.

The chief spoke up. ''Show him in. Peter Tyler is the chairman of the Vitex Corporation and the director of Torchwood.''

''What's Torchwood?''

Ellie Miller smiled – he was not such a smart-arse detective as he made himself out to be. Emmett turned around as he watched the officer hurry off back to the desk and spied a blonde woman being shown in followed by a man with thinning hair and gulped, standing to one side to let her in and quickly pulling out the chair in front of the chief's desk and gesturing for her to sit, Miller stifling a laugh to see the tough guy playing the perfect gentleman when all they had done was argue since her arrival on the beach this morning that now seemed like days ago, not hours. He'd not even made her a cup of coffee when he had made one himself, this was going to be a long investigation.

''Mr Tyler, welcome to the Gracepoint Police Department, what can we do for you?''

''Forgive me, this is my stepdaughter Rose and it may be a case of what we can do for you. Would you care to discuss what's going on down at the beach? You have a lot of people in town for the whalefest who are going to be disappointed they can't take a walk down there.''

''Well, perhaps Detective Carver could fill you in, we were just discussing it. May I get anything for you and Miss Tyler?''

''A coffee with cream would be nice,'' Rose remarked, turning around and seeing Emmett staring at her.

She hadn't noticed when he had pulled the chair out for her, he could pass as a certain Timelord's double at a pinch but maybe without the beard and not being American, which she assumed he was.

''Allow me. Mr Tyler?'' Emmett asked, his hand already on the door handle.

They waited for him coming back, Pete filling the chief in on the fact they were on vacation and had noticed the beach was sealed off. He had already sent a message to Jake telling him to alert Mickey and a team. While Emmett found himself pouring out coffee and seeking some cream, it dawned on him what Torchwood was, they disposed of aliens and anything unknown. Surely they didn't think the young boy's death was not of this world?

Just a week later, Emmett had changed his mind as a team were working alongside the CSUs and he was trying his best to get the petite blonde to unwrap herself from his legs, somehow finding himself waking up to a certain part of his anatomy in close proximity to that of a certain part of hers when his alarm went off.

Rose could feel something lower down and smiled, Emmett was proving to be a very active person despite him telling her the day after they met he needed a life-saving heart operation that he might not survive. He'd never told anyone, not even his daughter or his ex wife but within 48hrs of meeting Rose and making her a cup of coffee, they had gone to his hotel room and shagged the life out each other, Emmett having shown her how to use his injections should the need arise. It hadn't, thankfully but only because Rose had been on top and made all the right moves that he'd forgotten there was something wrong with him in the first place.

''Rosie baby, come on, I have to go to work you know.''

''Mmm, I think work is the last thing on your mind right now, Detective Carver and you're allowed to be late, you're in charge.''

''It doesn't give much of an example if I stop in bed every morning with you sexy, come here for me and I might just find another excuse to stay in bed.''

''Mmm, I hope you're not just saying that lover boy, you'd better mean business. By the way, I like waking up with you in that position, better do something about it, you don't want to be going around like that all day.''

''Then quit talking and take those annoying panties off, why are you even wearing them anymore? Afraid I won't be able to leave you alone?''

Rose giggled. '''Erm, I hate to tell you Emmett but you can't leave me alone and since I'm only here for another week, you'd better start taking advantage of it.''

''You're really going back?''

He was already willing himself to 'keep it in his shorts' as Rose teased him on the way to his room every night and the two afternoons he had sneaked off early saying he was following a lead. More like he was following Rose, who had that look in her hazel eyes that said she wanted him right now and didn't care where or when, she could pick her moments that one. As they lay on their sides, his medication within arms reach of Rose just in case they got so worked up he needed it quickly, they clung on to each other and sought each others lips as Rose tried to place her leg on his hip, whispering incoherent words when their lips parted that sounded to him something like go further and made him grin.

No-one had ever wanted him the way Rose Tyler did, she was something else but she was going away again in a week's time and he had to stop her but then what? Rose had pushed him slightly over and was murmuring softly as each wave of pleasure hit her that Emmett wondered why they hadn't both fallen back on the bed, just managing to stay on his side with their legs tangled again. All he could think was stuff being late for work when Rose was doing this with him.

He had learned quite quickly what she liked and the fact he was older than her didn't seem to bother her in the slightest, she had made him feel like a teenager again and he liked it.

''Rosie babe, what are you doing to me? I'm not gonna be able to let you go away, you know that?''

They landed on the bed, Rose on top as a last jolt hit her and she cried a 'yes!' and he mumbled his own after her. She sat up on him and smiled.

''You have to let me go Emmett, I can't stay here, it was the agreement Pete had with your chief. Two weeks, that was all he allowed us and if nothing suspicious was found that was unexplained and it was all human doing, then we had to go.''

Emmett was tracing his finger on her body as she leaned back on her arms.

''It doesn't mean you have to go, does it? You can stay on vacation, move in here with me or rent a place.''

''You knew I was going home Emmett, how long I was gonna be here for and so far, it's been wonderful. Tagging along with you and Ellie, sneaking off for a quick snog and us getting more daring in the janitor's room, I love it when we do it against the door, people walking around at the other side of it, you kissing me to keep me quiet when I want to scream, which by the way is much more exciting when my legs are wrapped around your ass.''

''Is that why you just tried to climb on my hip? Ok, no more talking Miss Torchwood, we have to go to work and I'm expected to get there before you.''

''Why are we even hiding Emmett? It's not like we're co-workers, we're different agencies. For the rest of my time here, we tell people if they ask, right?''

''Gotcha babe but I really do have to go, we'll resume this later when we get back, you are coming back tonight?''

''Don't ask so many stupid questions Emmett, it's not an interrogation though if you interrogate me like that again, you might get more answers than you bargained for.''

He pulled her back down as they kissed then said, ''I hope so.''


Emmett had chosen not to go to the airport out of town with the Tylers, instead, he drove Rose and himself there and Rose questioned him going back on his own.

''Don't fuss over me Rose, I'm capable of driving an automatic car. So I can't change your mind then?''

''Emmett, please don't keep asking me that. You were amazing and I was falling for you in a big way but my job, well you can't get over what I do.''

''I wish I could, I really do but you disposing of aliens and keeping the world safe, it takes some getting used to, you know? Then there's this 'do you believe there are parallel worlds just like this one out there' lark, hell Rose, what kind of question is that to spring on your lover of two weeks the night before you're leaving? Aliens, yeah I believe you keep them at bay because of the Cybermen fiasco a few years back and that there are planets that support life other than our own but the idea there's an identical world to this, or millions as you put it with another Rose Tyler and another Emmett Carver?''

''I know it's true Emmett, where do you think the Cybermen went to?''

''Another planet Rose, that was supposed to be Torchwood's job, sending aliens back where they came from.''

''They didn't come from another planet and you know that Emmett, Lumic invented them to preserve himself when he knew he was dying, the story was put out that they went rogue but they didn't, they were under his control right up until the last minute, then they converted him.''

''That's garbage Rose, he went into hiding, he's probably dead by now anyway. Why are we even having this conversation when you're going away? We'll be at the airport in ten minutes and you're getting on a plane and leaving me behind. We should be saying goodbye not arguing the finer points of Cybus Industries. Anyway, everything that was taken over was handed back, one way or another, your stepfather's for one. We all know how you became related to him, it's no secret.''

That evening after they had first met, Emmett had crammed hours of research on Rose Tyler, Vitex and Torchwood into one evening when he should have been sleeping and the following afternoon had asked Rose out to dinner at his hotel, resulting in him asking her to his room but escorting her back to where she was staying. She had moved into his room by the following evening and they had already become lovers.

They arrived at the small terminal building, Pete was leaving his rented car there, Jake and Mickey had been gone a week, Mickey dejected that his old girlfriend had found a Doctor look-alike, an American at that so there was just them to board a private jet, mainly because Tony got airsick unless he was travelling by zeppelin and it would have taken too long on one of those and the nearest airport to Gracepoint couldn't handle them, plus Jackie liked plenty of clothes now she could afford to buy them without resorting to charity shops.

Emmett found a parking spot, putting a police sign on the dashboard and helped Rose get her luggage out. He stopped after he closed the back door of the car and took her hand.

''Last chance Rose, to change your mind. I know I can't get past what you do but couldn't you find another line of work maybe? One that doesn't involve aliens?''

''It's all I've ever done Emmett, since I met Pete and there's a lot more you don't even know about me but if I told you, you would never believe me and you'd hate me for telling you so it's best I just go but I can't say goodbye like I want to in front of my family so just kiss me now.''

Ten minutes later, Pete was pacing what passed as the VIP lounge and looking at his watch. Tony was giggling and saying his sister was probably getting all 'kissy' with the detective, which got him a scowl from his mother.

''Pete, go and find her, the plane has to leave in less than an hour.''

''Why do you think I told her to get here early Jaks? She has ten minutes then I'm off to find her.''

''Find who Dad? I'm here, stop fussing.''

She had got that term from Emmett, who was wheeling her larger case with a laptop bag balanced on the top having just come from around the back of the terminal, Emmett glad it was night or someone may have seen them, Rose with her underwear around her ankles and her legs wrapped around him, just the way she liked it.

''You lot go ahead, I'll get my luggage taken on board and say goodbye to Emmett.''

''Haven't you done that already madam?'' her mother queried, getting a look from Pete.

Emmett smiled and let go of the case. ''Come on Rose, I'll help you check in. Bye Mrs Tyler, it was a pleasure meeting you.''

''What do you mean? We may as well have left Rose at home since we've hardly seen her for the last two weeks, she's hardly been with us, following you around and don't think I don't know she's been staying in your room Emmett Carver. Rose, don't be long or we might have to leave you behind.''

Emmett was hoping they would but he didn't think her stepfather would agree to that. She was leaving on that plane, no amount of him begging her to stay would change her mind but he had to try one last time.

''Call me when you get back babe, promise me?'' he asked once her mother was going out to the jet.

''Yeah, you know I will and maybe, one day, you'll get over what I do for a living and when you have, maybe I'll come back then I'll tell you the rest, about how I know there is at least one identical world to this out there.''

Her cases taken to be loaded, he walked her to the exit door, the jet a short distance away with the lights already on and a truck taking her luggage to the ground crew.

''I love you Rose and maybe one day, I will get past what you do and maybe even you'll come back without that and when you do, you know where to find me. I wasn't going to stay in Gracepoint but now I will because if you do come back, I want you to know where I am.''

She leaned into him, her arms around his slim waist. ''I was falling in love with you Emmett, you're the first man I've wanted to fall in love with since I came here.''

''To Gracepoint?''

They kissed and she let go, the attendant averting her eyes then opening the door. She began walking towards the jet then turned back, a tear in her eye then shouted over the noise, ''No Emmett, on this world.''

Emmett only just heard her and thought he had imagined it, she could not mean what he thought she had just said, could she?