such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (who: amy/eleven/rory [508])
Amy ([personal profile] such_heights) wrote2010-05-30 11:19 pm

fic: a shift in the universe (doctor who; rory, the doctor)

a shift in the universe
Doctor Who ; Rory, the Doctor ; PG ; 600 words ; spoilers for 5x09 ; also at the AO3
The Doctor and Rory have a conversation


Mark Oliver is alive and well. He'd had a scare a few months back while he'd been in hospital after some routine surgery, but then there'd been a night nurse who'd checked in on his ward at just the right time. Rory Williams - not much more than a gangly kid, really, but he'd saved Mark's life.

There's a shift in the universe.

Sarah Oliver, widow, lays fresh flowers on her husband's grave.

*

The Doctor roams the hallways of the TARDIS for a long time after Amy's gone to bed. He goes to the console room and retrieves the ring box from where it lies on the floor. The TARDIS protected it from being erased, and it's the last thing in the universe that proves Rory was ever real. Slowly, the Doctor tucks the box into a inside pocket of his jacket, for safe keeping. He'll find some quiet room to store it in, a memorial Amy will never see.

"Doctor."

The Doctor turns, and he's not surprised to see Rory standing there. "You're not real," he says, smiling sadly.

"This is the only place I am real," Rory says, looking around him. "Here in the TARDIS, and in your head. It's all I have left - I've got no body, no funeral, no grave."

"I'm so sorry," the Doctor says.

"I know. So am I. I'm not ready to go."

"Rory -- the cracks, the light, if there's a way to bring you back, I promise you I will. Me and the silence, we'll come face to face soon enough, and maybe there'll be a way."

Rory nods. "I know you'll try. Sorry if I don't sound too optimistic, though. I was dead before the light even touched me." He sighs and shakes his head. "What happens now? What about my parents, or the hospital? If I never lived--"

The Doctor has a sudden image of patients dying quietly in their hospital beds, no Nurse Williams, ever diligent, there to save them. "The universe has a way of rearranging itself. They'll be all right."

Rory looks like he knows the Doctor's lying -- of course he does, he's in the Doctor's head -- but he doesn't say anything. Rory walks around the console, his hands tracing the cogs and gears and patterns of light. "I know what I said before, about how you make people dangers to themselves. That's probably true, but --" He suddenly turns to meet the Doctor's eye, smiling. "I wouldn't have changed it for anything. Well, I wouldn't have got myself shot, but apart from that."

"You were amazing. Absolutely amazing."

Rory laughs, and looks almost bashful. "Thanks."

"And you know how much she loved you, don't you?"

"I think I do, yeah. I'm glad I got to know that, before the end." He studies his still-bare ring finger. "Funny how tomorrow morning feels like such a long time ago now. You'll take good care of her, won't you?"

"I swear, I won't let --"

Rory holds up a hand, gentle but firm. "Don't start. Don't make promises you can't keep, that's not fair. But I'll never get to tell Amy how brilliant she is again, so. Be good to her."

The Doctor nods.

"And give her this, from me."

Rory steps forward and rests a hand on the Doctor's shoulder. The Doctor lowers his eyes in respect for the dead, and he feels Rory's cold mouth brush against his cheek, a kiss from a ghost.

When he looks up, he's alone.
copracat: Marth Jones with her eyes closed (martha - peace)

[personal profile] copracat 2010-05-30 10:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Funny how tomorrow morning feels like such a long time ago now.

Aargh! My heart, my broken heart. {{{Rory}}}
pocketmouse: Amy, the Doctor and Rory in front of the TARDIS. Labeled 'OT3.' (ot3)

[personal profile] pocketmouse 2010-05-30 10:24 pm (UTC)(link)
YOU JUST MADE ME CRY. I DON'T CRY AT THINGS.


AAAAAAAUGH.

(Anonymous) 2010-05-30 11:30 pm (UTC)(link)
you made me tear up, too. :: sniffle ::

You also touched on something that seems almost ignored in all the "it's not a fixed point" stuff. You change a timeline-- whether through making a peace with silurians that did not exist before, or by erasing one single life... and a bunch of other dominos tumble.
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[identity profile] sunnyrea.livejournal.com 2010-05-31 12:14 am (UTC)(link)
*grin* Lovely
grlnamedlucifer: Doctor Who's Rory & Amy looking confused at Eleven ([who] better with three)

[personal profile] grlnamedlucifer 2010-05-31 12:21 am (UTC)(link)
Because apparently I hadn't actually finished crying! And God, yes, all of the things that change because Rory was never there. I really really hope canon deals with that as well as you have!
fabrega: (now who's in my chair)

[personal profile] fabrega 2010-05-31 12:54 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, wow.
fly_to_dawn: (DW; Mofftiem; Eleven and One)

[personal profile] fly_to_dawn 2010-05-31 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
Oh Doctor, oh, Rory. *sniffles*
moerae: ([Doctor Who] Team TARDIS: I will say thi)

[personal profile] moerae 2010-05-31 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, wow, I love this. Every word is so precise and beautiful and sad. I ache for Rory here and for the Doctor.

Thank you so much for sharing. After the last ep, I really wanted some Rory fic like this and it's perfect.
biichan: The Doctor and Rory have a rad bromance (dw: doctor/rory (rad bromance))

[personal profile] biichan 2010-05-31 05:25 am (UTC)(link)
Oh man. You don't want to know how much this story made me whimper.

[identity profile] stars-fell.livejournal.com 2010-05-31 05:34 am (UTC)(link)
I'd leave a more coherent comment, but I have to go out and buy yet another tub of ice cream to cry into.

I kind of want to see you write the Doctor talking to Ghost Rory more.
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[personal profile] evilawyer 2010-05-31 07:29 am (UTC)(link)
Funny how tomorrow morning feels like such a long time ago now.

Heartbreaking line. And a lovely, heartbreaking story.

(Anonymous) 2010-05-31 11:00 am (UTC)(link)
Oh my god.... that is heartbreaking. I've been looking all over for fics dealing with the vanishment of poor Rory and I'd have to say this one elicits the most emotion out of me, because it really portrays how now the Doctor, being the sole person who remembers Rory, has to keep Rory's memory alive on his own, and it must be even more difficult, because the rest of the universe out there is telling him that he never existed. Rory's even less than a ghost from the past.

What kind of makes it worse for the heart is that the Doctor and Rory were just starting to really, really get along. The kiss on the cheek at the end really made me want to break down because it's not only a goodbye, it's a portrayal to the Doctor that Rory ended up caring about him, and that is something that will probably end up haunting the Doctor, just as how he always is haunted when something happens to those he cares about by his own hand.

write more.

(Anonymous) 2010-05-31 12:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Beautiful.

(LJ: torn_eledhwen)

(Anonymous) 2010-05-31 12:57 pm (UTC)(link)
....Amy, why do you insist on doing this to people? AS IF WE WEREN'T HEARTBROKEN ENOUGH, you *have* to go and write a beautiful, perfectly-pitched and ACHINGLY SAD fic. You are a BAD PERSON. (but in a very wonderful way).

Phoebe xxxx
lefaym: The Doctor holding Amy by the foot as she floats outside the TARDIS. Above them, the caption "Doctor Who". (Doctor Who)

[personal profile] lefaym 2010-05-31 01:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, this was full of heart-breaky-ness. But as always with your writing, it's beautiful too.

I really really hope that Rory is going to come back at some point (even though after CoE I really should know better about being optimistic).
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[personal profile] elisi 2010-05-31 04:55 pm (UTC)(link)
*sniff*

Darn you, I promised myself I wouldn't cry. But - this is wonderful and perfect and heartbreaking. Thank you.
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[personal profile] pearwaldorf 2010-05-31 05:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Agh! This made me cry. It's lovely and it makes me miss him more. I never thought I would get that attached to him, but well, there you go.
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[personal profile] silverhare 2010-05-31 05:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, beautiful.
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[personal profile] ontology 2010-06-01 02:33 am (UTC)(link)
This is so sad and quiet and so right -- I love how you've painted Rory as almost unnoticed, and yet necessary and magnificent. The universe recognises the holes that his loss leaves behind, even if none of the people in it do.
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[personal profile] shinealightonme 2010-06-01 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
So heartbreaking. Your Rory voice is excellent.
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[personal profile] zanthinegirl 2010-06-01 10:20 am (UTC)(link)
That was lovely!
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[personal profile] filomena 2010-06-01 02:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Awww Rory. I like him forgiving the Doctor (or perhaps it's the Doctor hoping to be forgiven? hard to tell, with this new iteration). Here's hoping that the writers get as much mileage out of the crack's implications as you do.

[identity profile] noonwise.livejournal.com 2010-06-18 11:59 am (UTC)(link)
This was a perfectly crafted conversation. Very moving, I loved it :)
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[personal profile] thette 2010-09-04 01:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you. I rarely get to see fic that appreciates how much a brilliant nurse really do to save people's lives. (Says the physician.)

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