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CustomsThis time the Doctor had taken them somewhere to experience the culture rather than fine cuisine, stunning vistas or bargain shopping.

Dellamora was supposedly home to a peace-loving people with a high level of social harmony. Rose had rolled her eyes as the Doctor listed the planet's charms and spent the next hour going through the TARDIS' data banks for information on how to avoid she getting shot at, arrested or otherwise harassed by the locals.

The Doctor may well scoff at her sudden interest in research, but he wasn't the one who'd spent a night in jail for accidentally offending a Genoshee official. Memories of cold jail cells gave Rose a firm incentive for furthering her knowledge in the areas of self-preservation.

However, two hours later, she was thinking she'd missed the chapter on discouraging large, hairy men from thinking she was interested in them. She'd tried everything she could think of to drop the hint that she'd rather be elsewhere, but he just refused to get the message.

Sighing to herself, Rose wondered whether she was losing her touch or incredibly dense males were a common occurrence throughout the universe. Just as she was starting to contemplate if faking a heart attack would stop his inane chatter, she felt a touch at her wrist and a warm, familiar hand slipped into hers.

Jack held their joined hands up to show the stranger their matching bracelets that were displaying a synchronous cycle of lights. "Sorry, pal, she's taken."

Rose watched in amazement as the man shrugged and walked away without another word, no doubt he'd soon corner some other unfortunate girl. "I've been trying to get away from him for ages and all I needed was a pair of flashy bracelets?"

Still holding her hand, Jack traced a finger over Rose's wrist as the soft lights danced over her skin. "Let me guess; you looked up current fashions and social taboos?"

Not trusting herself to speak as Jack's fingers created delicious shivers that travelled much further than her hands, Rose nodded.

"You should check out social interactions next time as well. It might come in handy." Jack kissed her fingers lightly. "All Dellamorans wear these bracelets that react to those worn by others. When they light up, like ours did, they are viewed as matrimonial bands and the wearers are considered off limits to those on the make."

"Like those little pager thingies from Japan that bleep when someone matching your interests walks by?" Mesmerised by Jack's gentle caresses, Rose was a little slow to catch the meaning of his words. "Hang on. We're married?"

"Not exactly." Jack led Rose through the crowded room, looking back at her and grinning broadly. "The local custom dictates a triune marriage based on people whose compatibility is indicated by these bracelets. The more synchronous the display, the higher likelihood of a harmonious life together."

Looking down at their hands Rose frowned in confusion. "So, they're fakes?"

Jack put a finger to his lips as they joined the Doctor and she watched as he performed the same sleight of hand trick he'd used on her to snap a bracelet around the Doctor's wrist.

The Doctor turned at his touch and broke into a huge grin to see his two companions. "Been having fun then?"

Taking the Doctor's hand, Jack placed it over his and Rose's. The three bracelets brightened and pulsed even faster.

"Oh." Rose blushed as the implications sank in. "That's what triune means."

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_workinprogresschallenge: extended version of pulse

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ex_artbox613
1st Aug, 2005 07:08 (UTC)
Ooooh, I like it!
redwolf
1st Aug, 2005 07:19 (UTC)
Thanks muchly.
_workinprogress
1st Aug, 2005 09:15 (UTC)
umm.. I didn't think you'd have it done so soon. (although I'm certainly not complaining :)

see? longer is *good*.
(and wwouldn't it make life so much easier if those braclets really existed?)
redwolf
1st Aug, 2005 13:12 (UTC)
Nice to hear you liked the extended version.

I don't think the Japanese pager thingies are quite the same.
_workinprogress
1st Aug, 2005 14:02 (UTC)
I think you probably program the pager with a couple of interests/likes, or something. (or maybe just some more 'basic' interests ;)
msgenevieve
1st Aug, 2005 10:04 (UTC)
I liked the short version, but I *love* this. *g*
redwolf
1st Aug, 2005 13:13 (UTC)
Many thanks. A kindly prod and another drabble challenge that is spinning its wheels gave me the incentive to get it done.
sanda56
1st Aug, 2005 10:26 (UTC)
*Sighs happily*

It's really good to see the original story fleshed out and with background... and Jack being distracting! :)
redwolf
1st Aug, 2005 13:15 (UTC)
It was too much to fit in a drabble, so was nice to get the rest of it out of my head.
ashteth
1st Aug, 2005 20:38 (UTC)
You wrote more! *huggles you*

"So, they're fakes?" - Silly Rose!
redwolf
1st Aug, 2005 22:20 (UTC)
I was strongly encouraged to lengthen the drabble. It was a bit too over crowded. Glad you like the additional bits.
archanas247
2nd Aug, 2005 00:48 (UTC)
squee! happy happy threesome fic!

me loves the trio. *insert squeeage*

hee.

*goes back to sleep*

-Archie
redwolf
2nd Aug, 2005 01:11 (UTC)
Thank you for waking long enough to squee. I have been amused.
irishvampire13
2nd Aug, 2005 01:18 (UTC)
Much better in ficlet form. Loving Rose's reaction to what triune means! *giggles* I'd probably have the same reaction.
redwolf
2nd Aug, 2005 01:25 (UTC)
Well, she didn't run away screaming, that's got to be a good thing.
moonbeamsfanfic
2nd Aug, 2005 05:29 (UTC)
So unless I'm reading this wrong, Jack's the one who made the trio a triune? Heh, sneaky bugger. Love the idea of him just slipping the bracelets on the other two without them noticing/objecting.

Package should come any day now. I'm checking the mailbox obsessively. Plot bunnies are starting to gather on the horizon, although the muse to convert them into stories still hasn't returned. I've become far too excited and squee-ish about a show I haven't even seen yet. Quite.

I blame you entirely.
redwolf
2nd Aug, 2005 05:38 (UTC)
Jack is happy to flirt with anyone on two legs. Possibly more. I just let him narrow his field a little.

My Cory Doctorow book was posted in London on Monday and turned up in Sydney on Friday, so there's hope for the postal system yet.

I should point out that Jack doesn't appear until the ninth episode, so you'll have to wait for him.

I quite happy to have inflicted a new show on you. Enjoy!
queenkestrel
2nd Aug, 2005 09:17 (UTC)
I like!
redwolf
2nd Aug, 2005 10:10 (UTC)
Thanks! Nice to hear.
pheral
2nd Aug, 2005 20:13 (UTC)
very sweet, and kindof warming. :)
redwolf
2nd Aug, 2005 22:24 (UTC)
This must be a sign of a coming apocalypse. I'm writing sweet and you're not asking for a body count.
pheral
6th Aug, 2005 12:52 (UTC)
we must have been sick.
rhipowered
6th Aug, 2005 06:52 (UTC)
Quite cute and well-written!
redwolf
6th Aug, 2005 07:00 (UTC)
Thanks!
michellek
19th Aug, 2005 02:17 (UTC)
Ooh, I like. :)
redwolf
19th Aug, 2005 02:22 (UTC)
Many thanks!
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