Story: Double Dose
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1268
Author's Summary: In which the Doctor is reminded that in-jokes can be annoying to the uninitiated and absolutely necessary to mental health for those who coin them.
Characters/Pairings: Amy Pond, Eleventh Doctor, Rory Williams
Recced because: I was debating what to do about my last rec for the week and then I stumbled upon this story, which is just lovely, and a perfect fit because of the holidays. It manages to to address an aspect of Amy and Rory's timey-wimey lives in a way that is both humorous and bittersweet, and feels very real. The character details are spot-on, and it really hits the right emotional notes. I'm not usually the biggest fan of Christmas fic, but I loved this--it's cute without being sappy, and just a really great little story overall.
Amy and Rory had a term for it.
"It's a twin thing," one of them would say, and the other would nod sagely.
The comment would usually come in the middle of some conversation in which one of the two would start a sentence with "I remember–" or "But didn't that happen back in–" and stop, momentarily confused, at the complete incomprehension in their listener's eyes. A moment of silence would be followed by the twin comment, after which conversation would resume as if nothing had happened. Most people involved in such a conversation would generally leave it frustrated.
After being subjected to too many of these conversations himself, the Doctor finally cornered Rory (having determined that trying to do the same with Amy might be counterproductive, if not actively unhealthy.)
"What this 'twin' business, Rory? You don't have a twin, do you? I know Amy doesn't." He stopped, looking the slightest bit fearful. "She doesn't, does she?"