Rating: All ages
Word Count: 4389
Author's Summary: The Doctor and River always begin things at the end. This is their life.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor/River Song
Warnings: SPOILERS for 4X09 "Forest of the Dead"
Recced because: I felt the need to recommend a Doctor/River story, and there was this one, teasing the reader something mad. All the usual and expected things happen - the story being inevitable - but it still managed to make me squirm and twitch and stupidly hope that it would end differently. The Tenth Doctor displays a rare and painful self awareness, River is everything I loved about her in the show itself, and, stunningly, the end does manage to surprise. Reactions to River split the fandom and looking for fics if you liked her can be daunting, so I figured I'll do fellow fans a service: this one delivers.