May 27th, 2009

doctor/romana angst color

for couples_therapy: It's the mileage.

Marion: You're not the man I knew ten years ago.
Indiana Jones: It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.

- Raiders of the Lost Ark

"Why here?"

He hears the voice before he sees her. It carries calm and cool against the sharply cold air of the beach. The soft, damp sand sticks to his trainers as he steps towards the shoreline.

The light crests over the waterside, and she's standing barefooted in the icy water, the hem of her long silver dress brushing the icy water's edge. Her dress is dark silver, but seems to twinkle, even in the dull greyness of the morning here, like a Gallifreyan night with a thousand dark stars. Her shoulder-length blonde hair whips about her face with the breeze. She brushes her fingertips along her bare arms and shivers.

"Well, it's cold," she says, her voice irritated. It's a surprisingly reassuring sound, the irritation to her voice. It's something he recognizes.

"It's Norway," he agrees, stepping beside her. The water laps the shore before them and instantly bleeds through the fabric of his shoes. She's right, of course. It is cold.

"The correct term is 'Snore-way', I'm sure," she replies tartly, though she turns to face him, a small, teasing smile on her lips. He is immediately startled by her face. Not by how startling it is---by all accounts she has a pretty but plain face in this form---but by how familiar it is. Moments could've passed since he saw her last, not decades.

Or has it been longer? It's getting harder to tell the older he gets. Sometimes the Time War feels like it was yesterday, and he wakes from his evening traces in a cold, frightened sweat. Other days, it feels like a story he only half-remembered, like the story of the old hermit that lived near his home on Gallifrey. Then again, on other days, it feels like something he made up; a story created for him in a Possibility Generator. Collapse )

Muse: The Doctor (Ten)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Word Count: 2,189
Partner: Romanadvoratrelundar II (canon)