Story: Cautionary Tales for Incautious Children
Author: JayTheNerdKid bewarethespork
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1,516
Author's Summary: A guide to fairytales (and how to interpret them) for the clever and discerning child or child-at-heart.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (11th)
Recced because: This is an "experimental" story (according to the author's notes) which is made all the more chilling by the format. A meditation on fairy tales, hero/villains and points of view, it tells the story at the core of the fifth season of New Who, in a seemingly dispassionate voice and vivid detail.
The stories are right about one thing - there really is a man. Right now, on this deceptively innocuous-looking day, he is sitting at a table in a cafe on a planet you've never visited on the other side of the universe from where you are. He is drinking tea. Some things are constant. His companion is drinking coffee from a blue mug with cheerful yellow flowers painted on it. Her hair is very, very red, redder than a sunset, and when the sun shines on it through the grimy cafe window, it blazes orange.
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