Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1971
Author's Summary: The Tenth Doctor visits Peri to ask an important question and to seek forgiveness.
Characters/Pairings: Peri Brown, Ten
Great writing, emotional dialogue, and a startling twist.
Peri is the Schrodinger's Cat of Doctor Who. Here, Ten pays her a visit to ask for forgiveness with words and actions. Meeting the Doctor has effected Peri's life in good ways and bad. She's rather philosophic about it: happy about what she's gained, and pragmatic about what she's lost. This fic shows how much the Doctor cares about his companions, even though he is a coward sometimes; especially when it comes to loss. Most of all, it shows how much the Doctor needs the people he travels with and what he might turn into without their influence. I recommend reading this twice, because some of Peri's early observations become much more significant following the final paragraph.
“I know you may find it remarkable,” she began, “but I’m truly happy here. Yrcanos and I are in love and I have two wonderful children. I couldn’t take them away from their father.”
He smiled at her, a wide, beaming smile and rocked back on his heels, his hands in his pockets, a gesture that made her heart pang with loss as he reminded her of a younger, blonder Doctor. “I’m happy to hear that.” He rummaged in his pockets for a moment, sticking his arm far further down than he should have been able to. “Aha!” he grinned in triumph and pulled a palm-sized cat pin from his pocket. He held it out to her, a pleased look on his face.
She stared at it for a long moment before she grinned. “I hated this pin,” she told him.
“That’s why I wore it.” She took it gently and his smile faded a little. “I’m sorry that I couldn’t keep you safe.”