Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1,355
Author's Summary: "In Rory's dreams, there is a little girl that dances right beyond his reach, lost and found." Some Rory insight about his relationship with his daughter. Includes references to Amy and Eleven.
Characters/Pairings: Rory Williams
Recced because: Saying "this is a fantastic Rory character study" doesn't even begin to do this story justice. "Afterthought" dives into Rory's longing for the daughter he never got to see grow up -- a daughter he knows is just fine and having a wonderful life, but whose youth was robbed from him, as well as from Amy. It makes sense that a man who spent 2,000 years guarding the woman he loved would be haunted by his inability to protect his own child, and Inkfire makes Rory's innermost thoughts feel real and visceral. This is one of those stories where it's nearly impossible to choose my favorite quote; the language is that beautiful, and the emotions that raw.
It aches to think about her, like it aches to think about Mels, mad, weird, unpredictable Mels whom he always thought must have found him a bit pathetic, a bit of a tag-along. Mels who frightened him too, sometimes, made him wary at the very least. For years they shared exasperated fondness, and then she, too, disappeared. Mels gone, all that was left was memories again: countless, oblivious moments–having had her so close, and never knowing, it makes him want to break something.
It is like destiny is playing with him, like someone somewhere is having a good laugh giving him so many glimpses of her, yet never quite the real thing. Three faces for one daughter and none of those he gets to keep, hold close to his heart. Three names, and three selves–it feels like the reality of her is being stripped away, and the more he thinks of Melody Pond, the less she even exists. He gave a part of himself to create her, and she grew without looking back, never needing him at all. So brave, like Amy told her to be, and knowing her father wouldn't be coming for her.