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Title: Bleeding Stones [also at AO3]
Rating: PG
Pairings/Characters: The Doctor, Amy Pond, River Song, Donna Noble, Martha Jones, assorted companions from both new and classic Who.
Spoilers: Spoilers for all of Who, including some major classic Who plot points.
Warnings: References to (very old; read: classic) canon character death.
Word Count: 363 words
Summary: The Doctor burns cold.
Notes: This is kind of a remix/fic meta response to a vid. Can you remix vids in fic form? Whatever, y'all should check out [personal profile] fan_eunice's 5x07 vid, I.



The Doctor burns cold. He moves through lives like a light, touching everything and nothing, there and gone.

"Not always," he says in stark counterpoint to, "Just this once, everyone lives."

"Do you know what's dangerous about you?" Rory says, and Amy smiles, says, "You really are an alien, aren't you?"

They come back, sometimes: Sarah Jane Smith and her unrelenting curiosity; Rose Tyler ripping through the walls of reality like a kid confronting drywall with a sledgehammer; Jack and his desperation, his fixed point in time (and what, the Doctor wonders in a distant part of himself, would happen if a fixed, immovable fact of the universe like Jack fell through one of the cracks, confronted that initial explosion).

Sometimes.

(Sometimes they're just gone.)

"I am perfectly capable of admitting when I'm wrong," he tells Romana; to Susan, he says, "One day I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back."

("You don't always tell me the truth," Amy says.)

The universe is vast and beautiful; it always surprises him. Time is complicated. Time can be rewritten.

"Maybe when you're older," River says, and, "A very good man. The best I've ever known," and, "Oh, Doctor. Aren't we all?"

(Martha answers, "We could die any minute, but all the same—it's beautiful.")

"Don't you ever change?" Donna asks; says like a plea, "I was going to be with you. Forever."

(Donna Noble is the most important person in all of creation; Martha walks the Earth for a year to save the world; everything, all of time, hinges on Amelia Pond.)

Maybe—maybe his companions, they're the light, candles and fireworks, bright sparks and flashes across the night sky, distant pinpricks of beckoning life in a vast universe. Ace leaves, and Adric dies, and Amy has a white dress she plans to wear tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. She takes the keys and reaches a frost-covered hand across the frozen Tardis floor to clutch Rory's fingers.

"I grew up," Amy says; the Doctor replies, "Don't worry. I'll soon fix that."

("The life out there, it dazzles," the Doctor explains. "It blinds you to the things that are important.")

The Doctor burns cold, but he doesn't burn alone.

Date: 2010-05-22 04:41 am (UTC)
hiza_chan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hiza_chan
I always forget how much I love you and then you write something like that and I remember. That was beautiful.

Date: 2010-05-22 04:44 am (UTC)
fan_eunice: (DW-- Eleven)
From: [personal profile] fan_eunice
Seriously. Amazing. Beautiful. OMG.

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Date: 2010-05-22 01:49 pm (UTC)
aria: ([doctor who] gotcha)
From: [personal profile] aria
YOU JUST GAVE ME HONEST-TO-GOD CHILLS.

It's like a remix vid in word form! It says smart, important things! I want to take it home and keep it. <333

Date: 2010-05-22 09:20 pm (UTC)
d_generate_girl: New Who - the TARDIS (though the road is long we journey on)
From: [personal profile] d_generate_girl
Oh, that was utterly beautiful. I love the way it weaves in and out of time - old school to new school, Companion to Companion - and the color symbolism (Amy's white dress, the frost-covered floor, burning cold). Lovely work.

Date: 2010-05-24 03:45 am (UTC)
evilawyer: young black-tailed prairie dog at SF Zoo (Default)
From: [personal profile] evilawyer
Beautiful. Just...beautiful.

(here from dwfiction, by the way)

Date: 2010-05-27 05:14 pm (UTC)
beatrice_otter: Tardis on a green field (Tardis)
From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
This is beautiful. I love the way it's so sparse and yet still has so many resonances with all of Doctor Who.

Date: 2010-07-22 06:21 am (UTC)
sahiya: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sahiya
Ohhh, you got rec'd tonight (on [profile] calufrux, I think) and I'm so glad! This is beautiful. I love how you turn scraps of dialogue into a conversation that the Doctor has with his companions across his whole life. Gorgeous.

Date: 2010-07-22 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nvr-sk-to-tll.livejournal.com
Hi, here via a rec at crack_van over on LJ...

This has got to be the single most wonderful, fantastic, all encompassing short piece of Dr. Who fiction that I've ever read. Seriously, it floored me on the first reading, and it's still flooring me now on the twentieth. Well done indeed!

Date: 2010-08-11 02:02 am (UTC)
janeturenne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] janeturenne
This deserves far more comments than it has. It's absolutely gorgeous in every way. Just beautiful.

Date: 2011-05-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
honeynoir: (Default)
From: [personal profile] honeynoir
This is absolutely fantastic!

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