Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 376
Author's Summary: Mels Zucker always runs, falls often, and rises again each time. This one time though, pain holds her down. She might need fixing. She won't stand for that. Exploring the relationship between the Leadworth kids.
Characters/Pairings: Mels, Amy, Rory (kids)
Recc'ed Because: Short and stinging, it's a fantastic glimpse at the girl who would become River Song. Part of her made a point to search out her parents as children in Leadworth, but her history and her destiny came too, even if Amy and Rory couldn't possibly know. There are lots of layers to this story and it shows that history, even with such a small snapshot in so few words.
Mels Zucker was very determined not to cry, the day she fell and broke her leg.
Be brave, she'd been told. Be resilient and tough, others had added. She had no right to weakness, or it would be taken advantage of. This world was a harsh one. People took what they wanted.
Mels wanted the Doctor, and to be strong always. (In control.)