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22 September 2011 @ 01:25 am
Fic: ‘There’s always a choice.’  
Title: There’s always a choice.
Fandom: Doctor Who.
Rating: (G)
Time Period: After The Girl Who Waited, season 6.
Summary: Rory makes a decision.

Author's Note: This is quick ‘n’ dirty (for definition see the F. A. Q.).

SPOILERS if you’ve not seen the episode The Girl Who Waited. NO SPOILERS, please, for The God Complex.

Impatient to see The God Complex, I wrote this. I honestly couldn’t imagine Rory not making this decision after what happened in The Girl Who Waited.

And yep! There’s a definite pattern!

All characters contained herein are the intellectual property of the BBC & Steven Moffat; I am not affiliated with nor endorsed by them.


Leaving Amy asleep, he walks, hands on head, into the console room and sits on the stairs leading onto the platform. His head bows, his elbows rest on his knees and he closes his eyes.

He shouldn’t have had to make that choice, to have heard his wife tell him to leave her behind while her younger self lay on the floor behind him. He shouldn’t have had to hunt the universe for his wife or lose his daughter. He’d seen the Doctor die, he had died, Amy had been left behind and hadn’t laughed in thirty six years. He should’ve shared those years with her and not lose them because she’d gotten stuck in a different time stream. He should’ve ...

He should’ve followed his instincts and stayed home.

He grabs his hair in frustration and grief. He shouldn’t have to make those kinds of choices. He wasn’t the Doctor; he was just Rory Williams (sorry, Pond), a nurse from Leadworth who’d married the girl of his dreams. Which would never have happened if his daughter hadn’t made Amy face the truth of their friendship.

God! Life shouldn’t be this complicated. When had it ...

“Rory? Are you all right?”

That’s when it had become complicated. When this impossible man had dropped into their lives, stealing clothes and calling the aliens back when he’d gotten them to go away.

“Fine,” he mumbles and straightens.

“Are you sure?” The Doctor stands at the console, studying the young man thoughtfully.

“Yes,” he replies as he stands. “I’ve got to get back to Amy,” he tells the other man, walking past him on the platform.

“There was no other choice,” the Doctor quietly states and Rory tiredly nods. There’s never another choice with the Doctor, is there? He wonders and continues walking, off the platform and down the hallway back to his and Amy’s room.

Standing in the doorway, he watches her sleep, arms folded and he leans his head against the doorway. In that moment, as he steps into the room and kicks off his shoes, he knows what he has to do.

There is always another choice.
Mindy: doctor who - amy/rory - never let goarliddian on September 21st, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is lovely. It's exactly what I imagined must have been going through Rory's mind. Very, very well done. <3
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on September 22nd, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow; thank you very much!
     Mandy: Eleven - The Doctor and Rory - TGCa_phoenixdragon on September 22nd, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)

Oh Rory...this was heartbreaking and beautiful...thank you.
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on September 22nd, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.
Armchair DM: Igor: Joy! Joy! Joy! Joy!armchairdm on September 22nd, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
This is gorgeous. And Rory (and Amy as well as the writers of Season 6) show Rose and Mickey that there does not need to be a choice of the Doctor or their relationship.

And anyone who says there's less emotion since RTD left really needs to watch Amy and Rory.
F. J.: Golden Candlesmorethanacandle on September 22nd, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
Chris: Rory and Amyheintz57 on September 23rd, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
Ahh love it and I just love the contemplation he undergoes.
F. J.: Three candlesmorethanacandle on September 23rd, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
I couldn't imagine him not taking that moment to think.

And thank you.