Title: Pack Up the Moon and Dismantle the Sun
Author: TygerTyger (easytheretyger on LJ)
Word Count: 16532
Author's Summary: River hasn’t seen her Doctor in a very long time and decides to request opportunities to work towards a pardon. The only offer comes from the last organisation she would want, the Church.
Characters/Pairings: Eleven, River, Amy and Rory
Recc'ed Because: This is a look at the events leading up to early series 5, in a new light entirely, from River's perspective in Stormcage. It's a difficult story to read: we all knew her lines from series 6 about losing the Doctor by degrees, but in this story you actually see it. You have a River who by virtue of their twisted timelines, has spent years alone in Stormcage and who is not sure she will ever see the man she loves again, or if she does, if he will recognize her. It presents a very realistic motivation in her working with the Church and Father Octavian. It's sad but hopeful, and tells a story on the edges of another unfolding story; the story of a life well-lived that ends where we know it will but makes it all the more moving for knowing the road that led there. It reads like a novel, effortless and forthright but painting a picture in scene and dialogue, with recognizable characters throughout and fully realized original characters in the wings as well.
River sighed as the warden and guards left her alone with the cleric. He moved to the other side of the table and took a seat. His face was lined, but still handsome in a blunt sort of way. He was wearing a green dress-uniform, brass buttons shined smooth. The left breast of his coat bore stripes of accolades from the various missions he had been part of and she wondered if one of them was for Demon’s Run. Had he been there amongst the clerics who stole her away, even before her own father could hold her?
There was a quality to the bitterness she bore that never faded; the reminders were with her every day. The prisoner identification chip injected into the flesh of her arm, her cell, her loneliness. One of the reasons she had originally wanted a pardon was to be able to escape those reminders. Once her other reasons had disappeared off in that blue box, it was the only one she had left, and over time it had become enough. She needed to move on.