Word Count: 1899
Author's Summary: AU where Rita survived and came along after The God Complex.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (11th)
Warnings: Alternate Universe
Recced because: First of all: Rita. That's quite enough to be going on with for most people. *Smiles*
But this is Rita with bonus awesome.
In this AU fiction, The Doctor did something he said he would never do again - and saved her life as he did so. Only problem is, his is still ending. Rita is vastly intelligent. Highly intuitive...and deeply compassionate. She is right and she is wrong and she cannot (will not) accept his explanations for going to his fate. Maybe (in this lifetime) she was the push he needed to reach for faith, for something beyond, for an idea of how to save himself and the life he'd built for all these centuries. Maybe (in the original universe) it was merely the memory of her. I know what I prefer though. Reading this, I think Rita would have saved him from himself. And maybe helped him save her as well. And that is more than enough reason to read this fiction. Actually, just the idea of it makes the reading of this fiction an imperative. But in case 'Rita' and 'deep, beautiful conversation with wonderful results for two people who are lost' isn't enough - I do have my modest example under the cut below...
The blue wood of the TARDIS (not wood, how could it be wood? It was a spaceship) felt good against her back, sturdy and real. The world was going on around her; cars and children and the breeze rustling the soft-scented grass of perfectly mowed lawns. Rory was thanking the Doctor profusely for a flashy red sports car. He hugged the Doctor. Amy hugged the Doctor. Rita felt like, any second now, the other shoe would drop.
They were all acting like everything was fine, but it was so clearly an act.
The world felt like a cardboard set.
The goodbyes finished and the Doctor walked back to his ship, turning his back on his friends. He didn't look surprised to see Rita still standing there. He nodded wearily at the TARDIS.
"I'd give you ride, but she's finicky about short hops. We might end up anywhere. Taking a cab is your best option, really."
Rita put her hands on her hips. She had questions she wanted to ask, and accusations she wanted to make, but instead she said:
"You gave me 40 p. Do you have any conception of money? Because 40 p isn't going to get me a taxi. It isn't going to get me on the tube. It isn't even going to get me on the bus."
"I'm sure Rory will give you a ride if you ask nicely," the Doctor said. His head remained bowed as he put his key into the TARDIS door. Rita could see Amy and Rory watching the proceedings. The Doctor didn't look at them or her.
"You know, this is textbook," Rita said, following the Doctor into the TARDIS. "I don't understand why he hasn't picked up on it, if he is a nurse."
"Picked up on what?"
I certainly hope you enjoy this fiction. Do stop and tell her how awesome this was. How it touched your heart and made you think...and how real