Story: You sheltered me from the storm
Word Count: 3,683
Author's Summary: The first year in Stormcage had been the hardest, as River came to realise just how much time she would spend alone, waiting. Yet an unexpected friendship, and the ever expanding entries in her diary of adventures with the Doctor, made the sacrifice of keeping her secret worthwhile. She lived for the friendship and love of two men, but more importantly, she learned to live for herself. In the end, she made her life her own, and the legend of River Song grew in its own right.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, River Song, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Angst, Character Study, Crossover, Standalone
Recced because: I think part of what truly makes this show is the amazing characters that you find within it. In the end, the show (though centered around the Doctor, much as the characters are) is not about the Doctor. It is about other people, how they relate to him - what they mean to him and he to them. Two of the most enigmatic, engaging, funny and yet tormented characters are none other than Captain Jack Harkness and River Song. There have been many tales written about them meeting - all of them flirty or funny or dangerous or angst ridden. This fiction captures all of those aspects and so much more. The Doctor blips in now and again, but while he is the main drive of this tale, the center and main portions are lined around two people who love him in vastly different ways, for reasons that are opposing, yet similar all the same. These are two people who lives have been defined BY the Doctor - even when he is not there (especially when he is not there). They have more than common ground to meet on - and somehow, despite their ties (or maybe because of them), they forge a relationship separate from the Doctor, but made richer because of him. Honestly, this is one of my favorite writers - so you will always see one rec by me about her work. She has a beautiful grasp of character dynamics and settings that make you feel every moment, every word. I'm sure you've read other crossovers with Jack and River. But you haven't even touched on these two until you have read this one.
Footsteps echoed in the passageway outside her cell. River looked up; it wasn't the usual time for the guard's rounds. She walked to the front of her cell, wrapping fingers around the cold bars, tilting her head slightly as she followed the sound of the footsteps as they grew closer. A hooded figure appeared at the end of the empty passageway. Her heart flipped for a second, hoping it was her Doctor, but the stature was all wrong.
The man halted as he reached her cell. River guessed human, but it was hard to tell with the shadows and cloak concealing his face. She waited, a little unnerved by the unexpected visitor and lack of guard escorts.
"Is it true?" The man asked.
"You'll have to be a little more specific?" River replied coyly.
"Is the Doctor dead?"
"Well if he isn't, I'll be demanding a repeal, and compensation for the frankly appalling service."
"I want the truth."
"Oh, I'm not lying. You should try eating what passes as food around here."
The man stepped forward suddenly, faint light glinting off blue eyes as his gaze pinned her, immobilising in its coldness.