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FIC: "Request" Rejected (1/1)

Title: “Request” Rejected
: Doctor Who
Series: The Many Things to Never Say to the Doctor
Rating: T (It involves River Song)
Author: tkel_paris
Summary: What if the Doctor reacted differently to River's expectation that he'd boost her signal in “(5.4)”?
Disclaimer: I wouldn't be writing this if they were mine.
Dedication: tardis_mole, for help with the prompts.
Author's Note: The series is the result of thinking of the kinds of things companions and others should learn to never say to the Doctor, no matter his incarnation. This series is, for now, only with Nine, Ten, and Eleven. If I get more comfortable with the earlier Doctors, I'll add in the rest one by one.

Here? Time for River to learn a valuable lesson about presumption. This is posted as a Christmas present for TM. I know you saw this, but you get the honor of giving me a prompt or two for how and where to continue this in the sequel. :DDDD

Request” Rejected

Started May 3, 2013
Finished December 25, 2013

Never assume to the Doctor's face that he'll help you. He may try teaching you a lesson instead.

River Song walked away and spoke into her communicator. “You lot in orbit yet? Yeah, I saw it land. I'm at the crash site. Try and home in on my signal.” She turned and aimed her communicator toward the sky. “Doctor, can you sonic me? I need to boost the signal so we can use it as a beacon.” She paused in a pose that was supposed to be attractive on a woman.

The Doctor narrowed his eyes. The memories of the Library suddenly came back with a vengeance, and he wasn't liking the implications they were telling him about this moment. The way their respective time-lines seemed to be working, she had developed this belief that he would always come to her aid, no matter what situation she was in or what it would cost him.

Did she deserve any of it? Did he? Especially after she had told him more spoilers than she ought to have? Trying to minimize the ripples in time, his ass (the one belonging to the current gangly self or to the former skinny self that first met River). It looked more like she was trying to bind them together.

Here was the kicker. He could now look at the time-lines more clearly than he could on that fateful day. He wasn't so convinced that she came to knowing his name the way he'd originally thought. There was something he now realized was missing from her proof.

So what would happen if he didn't oblige her this time? Was it worth the risk of a paradox? Or was their supposed timeline together a paradox that needed to be burst?

Doctor?” River called out, puzzled but not moving much. He never took this long!

Amy frowned. “Aren't you going to help her? She seems to know you.”

That made up his mind. The slight headache he was starting to feel, be damned. “No. Help yourself, River. I'm not letting you get me into another mess.” With that, he grabbed Amy and dragged her back into the TARDIS.

If he was holding her in such a way that River would have to shoot through her to get him, he wasn't going to admit to it. Besides, there was something in her manner that told him she would never hurt Amy, so he was using that against River.

Doctor!” River screamed. “Stop! You and I, we're a fixed point!”

But he threw his best Oncoming Storm glare at her, stopping River in her tracks. “Are we? Or are you merely a Neverwere who's manipulating me? Let's see what the time-lines say after this.”

And he slammed the door in her face.

River, and the world around her, began to fade away.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 6th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Request Rejected

This ties in rather nicely with an October 2013 story I've almost finished - where he refuses to go to the Library in the first place. :DDDDDDDDD

Sequel... Repair the damage that occurred at Lake Silence and Demon's Run.

Now... how do you put bookmarks on LJ pages?
Mar. 6th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Request Rejected
Thank you! :DDDD

Ooh, well, feel free to reference this, then. Would make yours an unintentional sequel. :DDD

Hmm... Why does my muse instantly go to thinking about writing a Nine story...?

On my page, near the link to leave a comment, there should be a link that says "Add to Memories" or something like that. It'll take you to a page where you can give the page tags to find them on your Memories page. Some pages have the link at the top of the page, as an icon. I think in that case it's a heart.
Mar. 8th, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
Re: Request Rejected
Ok. I'm wondering if it would be a prequel for him, since it's in the Doctor's past, or a sequel, since it's her future, which has been negated anyway since Eleven has refused here.

Nine? Why would Nine be there? Maybe he kills the Spaceman? :DDD

Thanks. I did it. Apparently I've done it before, but couldn't remember doing it or how I'd done it, but there's five other memories in there. :)
Mar. 8th, 2014 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: Request Rejected
Good question. But since we're dealing with the Doctor's POV mostly, I'd say... Actually, since this story CAUSES whatever story I do write, it's sort of both at once. O.O

I don't know. But I kind of like the idea. :DDDD

Good. I think I may have some of yours in my memories. :)
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