Story: Gaining Momentum
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1639
Author's Summary: Five things Donna remembers, after
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble
Recced Because: This story is rather deceptive. It starts off feeling like simply a fluffy but poignant look at snapshots of Donna's life after Journey's End, but as the title says, it gains momentum as it goes along. The five snapshots unfold like a modern fairy tale; the fantastical and whimsical existing just in the peripheral corners of the drudgery of the real world, just out of reach but coming into sharper focus. I love how it shows Donna's growing potential through her own eyes and mind, how it builds excitement and energy as it goes along, so the end is at once satisfying in a storytelling sense, but also a wide-open beginning.
Hands cradling her face... Falling through darkness. Black emptiness pressing against her. Chipping away piece by piece of her. Heart pounding, frantic breaths... piece by piece until there's nothing left. Nothing left. Nothing.
And then - a hand in hers, pulling her away.
She's in her work office, at her desk.
Sylvia is there, covered in post-its. "I don't know how you ever plan to get ahead in life, madam," she says. "Not if you don't start using that mind of yours."