Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1762
Author's Summary: A regenerating Ten makes a stop in an Aztec garden.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Cameca
Recced because: This fic was just posted two days ago, but as soon as I read it, I knew I wanted to rec it here. As we know, the Tenth Doctor held off his regeneration and went on a goodbye tour, visiting past friends and companions. This fic tells us why he did that -- and the reason given is both obvious (in retrospect) and brilliantly insightful. Then, the author gives us a wonderful interaction between Ten and the person who is arguably the first human the Doctor ever loved: Cameca from the First Doctor episode "The Aztecs." It's sweet, and melancholy, and beautifully written. And, it takes place in a garden.
He draws in a deep, ragged breath, and steps out of the TARDIS and into a garden. It's fresh and green, filled with birdsong and the scent of flowers and herbs. It tickles something in the back of his brain, a memory of having smelled this fragrance before, long ago, with another nose.
It's all incredibly, almost uncannily peaceful. Well, of course it is, that's its whole purpose: a place of rest for the elderly. He didn't belong here before, back when he was only playacting at being old. Now, though... Well.