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FIC: Their Quest For Experience (1/1)

Title: Their Quest for Experience
Genre: Doctor Who
Rating: M (or trying to get there)
Author: tkel_paris
Summary: Sequel to “A Tempting Trope”. So how is the afterglow for two former virgins?
Disclaimer: This never could've become canon. Sadly. Would've been funny to watch.
Dedication: sykira. This two over two years overdue, I'm afraid, and I'm not sure how smutty – even in implication – I managed.
Author's Note: Sometimes when you want to write smut, all you get is an epic fail. :( I hope the emotional aspects make up for it. And I promise to finish polishing and fully post “Seals of Love” by Christmas.

Their Quest for Experience

Started August 30, 2013
Finished October 8, 2013

In a bedroom in the TARDIS, two bodies lay panting under the sheets. Both stared at the ceiling, although the woman's eyelids were so heavy she could barely keep them open. He was grinning like an insane idiot.

The ginger woman snorted. “I can hear that smirk, Doctor.”

“I'm not smirking,” he murmured. “I'm smiling.”

“Grinning, smiling, smirking... same difference where you're concerned.”

He snorted and slowly managed to roll onto his side to face her, his movement drawing her to slowly meet his gaze. “Is that a complaint?”

She had to smile and reach to stroke his cheek at the tiny hint of insecurity in his voice. “No. You wouldn't be who you are if you weren't the vain, smug, acts-like-he-understands-everything alien I've come to know... and love.”

He turned his face into the pillow for a moment. “Okay, I was wrong then. And I certainly knew nothing about this before that one night. Never mind about you.”

His voice turned a little husky at the end, gently triggering a few butterflies in her tired stomach. It reminded her of other moments he had sounded like that. “So... what do you think of the Human way of being close to another person?”

He stroked her arm tenderly. “Where you and I are concerned, it's brilliant. Now I see why you Humans fuss so much over it. All these pheromones, the touching...”

“Yeah, that gets pretty personal, don't it? I mean, as much of a toucher as you are, I bet you never tried for more than a hug with anyone.”

He flinched. “Well, the kisses tended to not be started by me.”

“Did you ever start one?”

“Well, I can think of two. One was as much started by her, since we were delighted to survive. And she was a ginger, so I couldn't resist. The other... I'd rather not think about. Especially not now.”

She blinked, then narrowed her eyes. “Why?”

“I don't know a lot about what to talk about after lovemaking, but I'm pretty sure there are some things you don't bring up.”

“Okay. But we will discuss it later.”

He grimaced.

She giggled as she rolled over. “You are a bloke. Who knew that some things are universal?”

Wanting off that subject and back to the earlier mood, he wrapped his arms around her and gently tugged her close. “Even when you're knocking my ego down to size, you're still the best thing that's ever happened to me.”

She curled her arm around him in response, tucking the other out of the way across her chest, and smirked at his words. “Wouldn't you say that's one of the best things I do for you? That ego will get you into trouble you could avoid, and I do like this skinny you. Am I selfish to hope that you keep this body for a while, even after I'm gone?”

He thought a moment, and closed his eyes in a silent groan. “Given some of the men I've been, I can't promise you'd like the next me – even though I'd still love you.”

She stroked his back gently. “And it has nothing to do with me being willing to read Human sex guides with you as a tutorial?”

He blushed slightly as he returned the touching. “I had no idea how much Humans could focus on it, but under the right conditions that yields brilliant results.” He managed a pleased grin.

“So I got it all right for you?”

He blinked. “You mean you didn't notice the highly undignified sounds I couldn't stop making? Especially whenever your mouth touched me?”

She giggled again. “Just being sure. I wasn't expecting a response I could almost call Human. Aside from that mental connection bit.”

He looked worried. “Was that all right for you?”

“Well, if you hadn't warned me first I might've been alarmed, but...” She took a deep breath and heaved it out. “Oh my god, Doctor. And I thought your mouth and hands were lethal weapons. Never mind that tongue! You were finally licking in a useful way!”

He chuckled. “I never lick anything without a reason.”

“You are rather random with it, Spaceman.”

“You're going to object to all the practice at manipulating my tongue when it caused the sounds you made?”

She giggled. “Well, you did use mouthwash, so I felt okay not knowing the last few places that tongue had been.”

He mock-huffed, but continued stroking her back. “So I don't get credit for knowing how to react to the slightest changes in your hormones or pheromones?”

She reached and stroked his cheek. “You're too easy to make fun of sometimes, you do know that?”

He relaxed, huffing a laugh through his nose. “I keep forgetting when you're really upset and when you're merely rattling my cage out of loving disrespect.”

Deciding a change of subject was called for, she confronted one of their new changes head-on. “You don't mind this cuddling? All the touching and stroking?”

He smiled. “Your hand on my back feels brilliant. It feels like every touch is releasing additional hormones and relaxing me at once.”

“That's kind of how it works. At least where there's anything more than mere lust involved. Remember what we read in that last resource?”

He nodded, closing his eyes to see that passage. “Emotional bonding, affection, cuddling while naked after sex is extremely important, as is post-coital touching and stroking, particularly of the back, for hormone release.”

Just about what it said.”

I used fewer words.”

That makes a change.”

I'll have you know that as long-winded as I can be I've never been accused of wasting a single word. Well, you're the exception.”

Who's your source? A dictator who didn't realise you were about to overthrow him?”

He thought to Max Capricorn and his plans, and sighed. “Well...”

Donna laughed out loud. “I knew it!”

Are you going to keep laughing at a man you just made love with?!”

She pulled herself together, slowing her laughter. “No, but you have to stop giving me material to laugh at.”

And how do I do that?”

Make the topic more serious.”

He stilled. “Got any ideas?”

Her turn to stiffen. “Um... well, we didn't use any protection. Is it possible... despite the two hearts and other extra organs differences... that I could get pregnant?”

His eyes widened before he knew it.

She noticed. “I didn't scare you with the possibility of Dad Shock, did I?”

No... not that.”

Then what?”

His mouth worked as he tried to work through the thoughts going at light speed through his head. “I... I told you I've been a dad before.”

She nodded. “You thought that part of you was dead.”

And you said I was wrong. And I think you may be right, because I'm feeling this urge for half Human ginger Time Tots.”

She briefly laughed. “There's no guarantee they'd be ginger, assuming I'm not too old to have children.”

He squeezed her as her face fell. “Oh, Donna... you're not. The TARDIS does a scan of everyone who comes here, to check their health. You remember that. And she saw that you're still fertile.”

But I am older. That could mean problems.”

It's nothing compared to one possibility.”

What's that?”

I might still be sterile.”

There was a long moment of silence as she stared at him.

I told you about the Curse. I don't know if it fully lifted when my people and planet were... locked away. It might not happen, even though... you're everything I'd want in a mother for my children. I told you that Jenny was imprinting on you, and it was the best thing that could've happened to her. If she lived, we would be a family.”

She sniffled. “I would've loved teaching her how to be a woman, how to live a civilian life. Do you think there's a way for us to have children?”

I hope so. Would you be willing to look together?”


Then I'll look for a way. Somehow there has to be a way to bond my DNA with yours, because it happened once before. The TARDIS might have something recorded in her computers that could help us.”

Donna shifted a moment, uncomfortable. “I hope it won't take too long. I might be fertile now, but-”

The Old Girl halts biological functions. You'll be fertile for years yet. My bigger task will be to protect you from harm.”

You can't keep me locked away.”

I know. I can't do that to you. I also can't turn off the instinct to keep you safe.”

She stroked his cheek. “Daft protective Martian.”

This time he grinned, knowing it was not meant in insult at all. Taking a breath, he changed the stroking of her back. “So... does that mean I got it all right for you?”

You didn't notice the times I couldn't stop myself from screaming or begging for more?”

A gentleman doesn't assume that because he was let into bed once that he has open access.”

She smiled. “True, but I know I'll never have to worry about you. And you're right, I might not always be in the mood. Although you're telepathic, right? And have a more sensitive nose, so you might be able to tell if I'm receptive. I'll have a harder time telling if you're in the mood, even though you are a bloke. And you're right, I did notice just how all right I got it for you. Even without the telepathy.”

Oh, Donna,” he purred as he adjusted his hold on her so he could roll her onto her back, gently resting on top. “You were brilliant. We'll have to try more of those positions next time.”

Just looking for more contact right now?”

Oh, yes.”

And this is definitely not a one-night stand?”

He lost his smile. “Where'd you get that idea?!”

She pat his cheek and ran the fingers of her other hand through his hair. “Just checking. I didn't share my body with anyone else because I didn't think they wanted more than one night from me. And it might be forward of me to say this, but I don't like the idea of you sharing your body with anyone else as long as I live.”

His eyes turned dark, regaining the beguiling bedroom look that had melted her earlier. “Oh, Donna, I am yours as long as we both live.”

She tensed briefly. “Is that a proposal?”

It's asking to marry you, right now.”

As in this instant?”



Say the word and I'll show you. The timing feels right. Please?”

It was always hard to say no to those puppy eyes, and this time she had no urge. Her wishes and his were one. “Yes.”

Beaming, he leaned to to her left ear and whispered something long, something she couldn't pronounce if she tried. But she felt her mind open wide, and she knew she was feeling his mind, hearing his thoughts.

He drew back. “I know I gave you the wedding night before the wedding, my wife. Forgive me?”

She beamed tiredly. “Completely. And it's all catching up with me.”

He grinned, adjusting so they were both more comfortable. “Sleep. I'll be here when you wake.”

You'll sleep tonight?”

You did tire me out.”

Change of pace.”

He laughed through his nose as they curled loosely together, drifting peacefully into slumber and the rest of their lives... together.



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 9th, 2013 07:29 am (UTC)
It's just totally them! Sweet, yet snarky at the same time. I wonder which guides they were using for tutorials. *snicker*

Oh... I think I know which kiss he was talking about, and it was to save someone's life, but it cost him one of his, didn't it? Quite right that he shouldn't want to discuss it right at that moment, and leave it to Donna to let him know he's not off the hook totally.

One of the funniest things in this was Donna saying she could hear the Doctor's smirk! I really liked this, it was well done without the smut; we all knew what happened right before. Their discussion afterwards was more interesting and revealing, I think.

Oct. 9th, 2013 09:25 am (UTC)
Eh, whichever guides Donna knows of the best or read the most, I suppose. ;)

Yep. 100% correct.

Well, you can hear it at times! Especially Ten's! :) And thank you, I had WANTED to write smut, but this was what Muse churned out in the end. It is a change for me, so I hope it worked.
Oct. 9th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
You mean you don't know which ones she used? I'm sure the TARDIS provided educational information, but there are a few "standards" out there...

I figured as much, and it wouldn't make proper bedroom conversation....

Oh, yes you can! And you can totally hear it when he grins ear to ear, too... Ten's smiles are really multi-sensory!

Oct. 9th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
Well, we can assume some, but I don't know what would be well-known to someone of Donna's age range in Britain.

No kidding. :)

Oct. 9th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
I guess we'll have to do some research on that. Anyone out there who would know some resources?

I'll start with this: Kama Sutra is a classic ancient text still known today... apparently it covers virtuous living, family life, the nature of love and loving relationships, as well as the more well known content. It was part of a whole series of texts. I'm sure the TARDIS would provide a copy. The Doctor would probably be interested in the academic parts of the text, being curious about the nature of human interactions in general. The Time Lords would definitely not have approved of any of this!

Oct. 9th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
Wow, their relationship progressed quickly! Yeah, best not discuss past relationships during pillow talk. I am a sucker for Time Tots (especially those of the ginger variety or those with "sticky-uppy" hair) so I hope these two find a way to start a family.

After "The Doctor's Daughter," I kind of knew that, had Jenny survived, the three of them would have been a family, but I didn't really process what that meant until I read your fic. Maybe I saw Donna filling the best friend role more than a motherly role, since Jenny was older in appearance (and the girls would team up against the Doctor at every opportunity), but Jenny had a lot to learn, and Donna would have been the mother figure in that family unit. *sniffle*
Oct. 9th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hey, did I say how long it took between Trope and Quest? I don't think I did. So you can assume however long you want. ;) And yes, I feel that they WOULD be able to have those Time Tots. (And who says their hair couldn't be BOTH ginger and sticky-uppy? :D)

Well, it's a good question. Donna, being the only female role model she'd have consistently around, would naturally be an important figure in Jenny's life. A lot would depend on how Jenny sees her interacting with the Doctor. But even if there's nothing romantic going on, I could see the Doctor being willing and even eager for Donna to act as Jenny's mother. And who says that would stop them from ganging up on the Doctor when he needs it? So sad it didn't happen. *joins you in a sniffle*
Oct. 9th, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's because I've read so many D/D Time Tot fics (and because Donna had twins in CAL), but I always pictured ginger Time Tot twins: a Mini!Donna and Mini!Doctor, if you will. I see a stubborn pouty girl with curly hair who likes to dress in bright colors, play dress-up and pretend, and wear hats. Her brother is an energetic boy with sticky-uppy hair who likes to wear the same thing everyday (including children's Converse) and take everything apart to see how it works. Oh, and the boy wants glasses, but whether he needs them or not is up for debate. :) I would have loved to see Jenny be a big sister to them. *sigh* Darn you, Rusty!
Oct. 9th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Wow! This is utterly fantastic, love. Apart from the font deciding to do funnies halfway through this is perfect. :D
Oct. 9th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Half the time when I cut and paste from my beta's emails, it does that. I don't see it most of the time in the document itself, which means I can forget to modify the text within the file to make sure it's all the same font style. Even then sometimes I can tell what was added via cutting and pasting. It's annoying. But thank you. :)
Oct. 10th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
Awwwwhhh. You can make them both so sweet. I love it. All the cuddling and such. It makes me giggle. =D

And the thought of ginger Time Tots always makes me grin.

Sometime the font size changes for me when I copy and paste from Word documents. On my PC it depended on which browser I used. On my Mac it just happens once in a while. And no amount of editing will change it. >_<

Ali ♥
Oct. 10th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
It's a first for me, but I'm glad I did it. Afterglow is important. :)

And naturally there had to be a mention of ginger Time Tots. :D

Good to know I'm not the only one that happens to. I try to clean it after I paste now, knowing that CAN happen. Guess I forgot. :(
Oct. 11th, 2013 07:57 am (UTC)
Oh I love it! I actually think, given the context, it's better that this part focused on the afterglow, and its importance, rather than shoe-horning in more smut. Especially on a practical level, given her previously 'maiden' status and my (perpetual presumption!) that's our favorite time lord is v well endowed ;D

I've noticed with the fandom culture shift with the likes of tumblr (possibly a more impulsive/closer-to-instant gratification(?) thing that newer writers in newer fandoms seem to feel pressured to get to the nc17 chapters sooner. Then it's like they've painted themselves into a corner if they try to go from there, so you get the pairing diving in for another go around pretty much right away, or after only a few minutes of afterglow. Then they fall asleep and wake up to instantly go at it again! It's one of my pet peeves when fic departs from straight up biological reality--not to mention hygiene concerns! I can suspend my disbelief for monsters and aliens, not for biological functioning!

Anyway. All that is to say I loved this, no need to apologize for the rating, and I REALLY loved the emphasis on emotional connection in the afterglow.
Oct. 11th, 2013 10:34 am (UTC)
*glomp hug* Thank you! I feel so much better about my muse's change in direction. And yes, you're probably right. She especially needed rest, no matter what our favorite time lord is packing. ;D

You know, someone once mentioned noticing a change in pacing in comedies when compared with the classics from two to three decades ago. So it's happening in far too many places. Makes me feel prouder of keeping things at a slower pace.

So you're welcome! :DDDDDDDDD
Oct. 17th, 2013 10:21 am (UTC)
that was many forms of awesome. Lol I loved both parts. Sweet, caring, lovely.... just a great feel good story! So much love! And possible time tots! Always love that!
Nov. 3rd, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you. It was a pleasure to write, and a bigger one to finally finish. :)
Nov. 3rd, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad! can't wait to read more. :)
Apr. 10th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
I was amazed when he said i am yours as long as we both live. It was brilliant!
Apr. 10th, 2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D
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