dbskyler (dbskyler) wrote in calufrax,

rec: time present and time past, by rivendellrose

Story: Time Present and Time Past
Author: Rivendellrose
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3694
Author's Summary: The Doctor stops in on Brighton beach, and meets an old friend under very unusual circumstances.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/Romana II
Warnings: None.

Recced because: To be honest, I'm not sure if this was jossed by "End of Time" or not (I think it's up for debate), but either way, this story is amazing. Set sometime after "Journey's End," the Tenth Doctor stops by Brighton beach and impossibly comes across Romana. What happens next is basically just a conversation, but what a conversation it is -- all about life, and death, and the Time War, and what it means to know that your time is coming to an end. It's also gorgeously written, and the last line is especially wonderful.

She shakes her head, and looks back down at the stones at their feet. For a long time she’s silent, then she bends down, her hand hovering over the rocks as if looking for exactly the right one, and then she picks up a smooth, grey stone and stands up, briskly walking to the water’s edge. She weighs the stone in her hand, pulls back, and skips it neatly over the water’s surface. Once, twice, thrice... four times it skips, and on the fifth it disappears into the grey horizon. “Your academy records weren’t lying about you, I see,” she tells him drily. “You really are horrid at temporal physics.”
Tags: author: rivendellrose, companion: romana ii, doctor:10, pairing:10/romana ii, rating: all ages, reccer: dbskyler, type: gen

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