Author: Maria Law
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3536
Author's Summary: On a cold night in November, Grace Holloway meets the one person she never thought to meet again. The Doctor is lonely and looking to make a connection. Can the two of them sort things out?
Character/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Grace Holloway
Much has been written under the "Nine visits an old friend after the Time War" theme. It's one of those well-loved tropes that can fuel a thousand fics (and more) without getting old. Of those thousands of fics, however, this is the only one I know of that features Nine getting brained with a zucchini.
There's also great characterization, zesty dialogue, and lush descriptions.Wary manages to strike a balance between well-handled Time War angst and moments of laugh-out-loud funny, without feeling disjointed. The result is a great fic that takes angst and makes it bright without making it trivial. I hope it brightens your day too.
He took a step forward and Grace knew she was going to have to defend herself. She took a swing aimed at his head with the only thing that she had in her hands; the long, thick, deep green zucchini that she had purchased earlier at the supermarket. The vegetable connected with her would-be attacker's left ear with a loud thunk.
"Ouch!" He yelped as he cupped his ear. "What was that for?"
Grace danced from foot to foot, wielding the vegetable like a miniature baseball bat. "Oh, come off it, buddy! You were going to mug me - or worse, ravish me!"