Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 721
Author's Summary: After leaving the Doctor behind, Tegan meets a stranger down by the river. Spoilers in the Author's Note, and by implication, for SJA's "The Death of the Doctor" and the Big Finish audio "The Gathering".
Characters/Pairings: Tegan, Ten
Recced because: I like Tegan and I really like how she leaves the show - in fact, I think it's one of the best moments of the classic series. I like the way this fic builds on that awkward and upsetting moment, and all the other awkward and upsetting moments Tegan and Five have had, and then slightly undercuts all that (by making it a bit better) without making the actual scene from 'Resurrection of the Daleks' any less powerful. The summary and the author's note imply you need to know the Big Finish audio 'The Gathering' to understand what's going on - but I don't think that's true, really (and I don't like 'The Gathering').
She's strong, she reminds herself - strong in her own right, and she certainly doesn't need the Doctor to validate that. She might even be better off out of their tempestuous relationship. After all, they seemed to do nothing but lash out at one another in vicious arguments, and even their truces were fraught with tension. No wonder she feels angry. But her anger is tempered by sadness and she squashes it down until all that remains is a hard, bitter lump in her throat, determined not to cry.