Title: Starting Over
Prompt: For sleepismyfriend who wanted Ace in the Time War
Her nose felt assaulted by a million different smells as she regained consciousness. Sniffing the air, Ace finally opened her eyes. 'Earth,' she growled, her voice still raspy. She closed her eyes again, searching out with her mind as the Doctor taught her all those decades ago. Her time at the Academy served her well during the war and the ability to sense other Time Lords came in handy. Except she only felt the cold emptiness rivalling only the fall of Arcadia. So many Time Lords had perished that day. And now everything was quiet. Too quiet.
She pushed herself up into a sitting position and tried to get her bearings. 'The Doctor did it,' she whispered. The last she remembered, she'd been on Gallifrey. The Final Option, the Doctor had called it. She'd stood by him for so many years now, and yet she still looked like the Earth teenager that met him in the 80's. She'd known him through his regeneration and fought with the other Time Lords against the Daleks. And now it was over as suddenly as it had begun.
She could still hear the sounds of the explosions ringing in her ears and smell the differences of every explosive burning through her nostrils. But she was alive. Something she never expected to be.
She had no idea whether the Doctor had survived. Whether any of the Time Lords had survived. Or the Daleks for that matter. With a sigh, Ace stood up, dusted herself off and started to walk towards anything that might be civilisation in the hopes of starting her life anew, yet again.