Story: The Sound of Running Water
Word Count: 9950
Author's Summary: Staying behind to mind the Hub while the rest of the team went to investigate an anomaly in the Himalayas had sounded boring to Gwen, but that was before the Prime Minister announced First Contact, Jack was declared a terrorist and then killed on live television, and a mysterious stranger popped into the Hub from nowhere.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Martha Jones, Rhys Williams, River Song, The Master (Simm), Toshiko Sato
Warnings: Explicit Violence, Swearing
Recced because: A lovely story by an author who hasn't been recced here before, in which River Song takes a hand in the events of the Year That Wasn't.
“Well, looks like I've arrived just in time.”
Gwen was standing and had her gun drawn before she'd quite registered who had spoken, though she immediately took note of the basics. It was a woman. Tall, curly hair, smug smile. And she'd got into the Hub in the middle of the lockdown sequence, obviously before the anti-teleport field had activated.
“And who the hell are you then?” Gwen demanded.
“Doctor River Song,” the woman replied, hands slowly rising to show that while she might be armed, she at least hadn't drawn any weapons, “and I'm here to help you save the world.”
“You expect me to believe that?” Gwen asked, incredulous. “You show up here, now, and I'm going to just say, 'Oh, well, good thing she's showed up'? How do I know you're not part of this Saxon's invasion?”
“Because I've brought you the technical specifications necessary to take down the Toclafane spheres, not to mention the tech you'll need to do it, and you'll be needing that in just about … now.”