Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 39,894
Author's Summary: The Doctor, Amy, and Rory visit a tropical planet where the people are supposed to be peaceful. Something's gone horribly wrong and as they try to help, Rory learns more about the Doctor. Set between Amy's Choice & Hungry Earth in series 5, following my earlier story, Sleepwalking.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Other Character(s), Rory Williams, The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Action/Adventure, Character Study, Hurt/Comfort, Introspection
Recced because: Ahhh, I DO love a good Team!TARDIS 'case-fic' - and this author always knows how to deliver! I've recced her once before - and if you read that rec, you know you are in for a good time. She gives equal attention and love to these characters and tells a story that will have you pulled in and reading loooooong past your bedtime. This is another one of those stories. Adventure, action, introspection and hurt/comfort all with a fantastic mystery at the heart of it all, leaving you eager to uncover the truth along with our merry band of misfits. She draws a mental picture that seems so real it's staggering - and you are given the feeling of traipsing along happily with our ficcy heroes, walking right beside them as they live the adventure you are reading!
Really, I'd love to stop and give you more glowing accolades and teasing hints to the work of this author (as is my standard MO), but you see, I have this fiction I have to re-read and well...
What are these marks here?" Rory asked, pointing at a set of squiggles on their route to the TARDIS.
"The caves," the Doctor answered.
"The glow-in-the-dark caves," Amy said, rolling her eyes. The Doctor smiled, rubbing his hands together gleefully.
"Exactly. Mysteriously glowing caves."
"It's not phosphorescence?" asked Rory and the Doctor's smile widened.
"We can find out," he said. "We'll be the first off-worlders to visit them." Rory glanced at Amy and she sighed, shaking her head.
"You boys and your glowing caves," she muttered, smiling indulgently. "Let's go and see them then."
"Right. It's not far. We should be back to the TARDIS by tea-time." The Doctor set off again, clearly eager to leave the awkward conversation behind. Amy moved with him and Rory followed. The path was wide enough now that the three of them could walk abreast, but he let them go ahead. He wanted a few minutes to think without having to make conversation. The idea of the people on this planet all thinking at each other about him was enough to make him nervous, and finding out the Doctor could join in the thought-conversation made his skin crawl. The Doctor had said the people here couldn't hear the thoughts of non-telepathic people, and he'd seemed truly embarrassed about his own telepathic abilities. Was he embarrassed at being caught out, or about having the abilities in the first place? Rory wondered. He does seem to get… uncomfortable whenever the subject of his people comes up.
Rory's thoughts were disrupted when another group of the natives came into view. He realized with a start how far ahead Amy and the Doctor were and he quickened his pace to catch them up, hastily returning the blue-skinned people's friendly wave as they passed. The trail was moving uphill now and he panted a little as he hurried. The day had grown warmer since they'd left the TARDIS and he was wishing the Doctor had asked for canteens in the village.
When Rory finally reached the top of the hill he found Amy and the Doctor staring at a small rise of rocky land a few dozen yards away. At the base of the rise was a cave opening and even at this distance Rory could make out a faint glow. He stared at the cave for a moment as he caught his breath, until the sound of bubbling water caught his attention. He turned toward the noise, trying to find the source. Instead of spotting a stream or spring, he saw a circle of standing stones a few feet to his right.
Be sure to stop and tell her how Fantastic she is...then maybe stop and read it again. Gosh knows I just did!