|In Life You Get One Shot
Author: itsthetruth PM
3rd in the 'Mai Halo' series. Life in The TARDIS and life in Bannerman Road, so different and the same. The life of Mai Pond-Song carries on, just like everyone else's...Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 24 - Words: 35,552 - Reviews: 41 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 12-20-11 - Published: 10-28-11 - Status: Complete - id: 7501340
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Mai reached her arm over a sleeping Luke and picked up his ringing phone from his hand and answered it. It was 8 in the morning. She rubbed her eyes and looked around the room she was still sharing with Luke, even though they wern't together, they still shared a bed.
"Hello?" She asked
"Oh so you answer his phone, but not your own?"
"Hey Dad." She muttered, flopping back down, her head leaning against Luke's shoulder as he started to wake up from his phone ringing. Luke looked down at her, wondering who the hell was ringing so early.
"Fucking knackered." Luke muttered down the phone.
"Dad, it's 8 in the morning, were exhausted." She sighed.
"Sorry, wanted to see if you were ok."
"Melody got there safely, she's fine." She sighed.
"Apparently there was a solar storm that hit them?"
"Solar storm?" She said. "Oh, well they would have told us if anything happened to her." Luke's heart skipped a beat and he got up suddenly, walking out the room, the letter, folded up, falling onto the bed.
"Look, I just wanted to let you know..." The Doctor said, going all serious. "I'm taking your mother to Darrilium tonight."
"Oh." She said, tears pricking in her eyes.
"I'll come and see you after ok?"
"Yeah." She said, hearing more noises from the attic. "I, er gotta go, sorry."
"It's ok, seeya later." He said, hanging up. Mai grabbed the letter, not paying much attention to see what it said and walked into the attic.
"Luke, you dropped this." She said, waving it infront of his face as he paced the attic. He stared wide eyed at the letter before snatching it out of her hands roughly and stuffing it into his pocket. "Bloody hell ok!" She said in shock. "What is it? You've been in a bad mood ever since you got that letter! What does it say?"
"It doesn't matter." He snapped.
"Well it obviously does!"
"Leave it Mai!"
"Hey, hey what's all the fuss about?" Sarah-Jane said standing in the doorway with Sky next to her.
"Nothing!" Luke said quickly, pushing past and walking out of the attic.
"Why are you up this early?" Sarah-Jane asked.
"Dad rung." Mai sighed, wiping the tears forming in her eyes before sitting down on the sofa. "He's taking mum to Darrilium today."
"Oh I'm sorry." She said, rushing over and putting her arm round her.
"I need to talk to him." Mai sighed, getting up and walking out of the attic and into Luke's room where he was sitting on his bed. She sat down next to him and leaned her head against his arm, starting to cry. "Dad's taking Mum to Darrilium today." She whispered. He silently moved his arm round her shoulder and she sobbed into his chest.
Mai and Luke layed quietly on their bed, listening to the pouring rain outside and muffled conversations upstairs in the attic between their parents. Mai couldn't face seeing The Doctor as he had come straight from Darrillium. She lay her head against his chest, and suddenly sat up and looked down at him and he grinned cheekily back as she frowned.
"What?" He asked.
"You haven't tried to find her yet."
"Well, I know full well I'd lose you if I tried, and it would be hard, she'd be hidden." He said quickly, his face dropping.
"Lose me? I thought you didn't care about me." She said bluntly.
"Do you still not understand after all this time?" He asked, sitting up and looking into her eyes, placing his hands either side of her waist. "Do you not know how much it hurt me when you left? If I knew I would never see her again? I was a twat to you, and my friends said all that stuff which wasn't true."
"Now you know how it feels. You went to Australia in a shot after everything that was said. You hurt me as much as I hurt you."
"Mai you gave our daughter away." He whispered, his heart breaking at the thought of Mels' death, he could never tell Mai that she died though, it would destroy her. He hadn't had the chance to grieve properly because he was too worried about sorting Mai out. She was broken from just giving her up, and everything with her mother, he just wanted her happy, and if that meant not telling her then by hell he wouldn't. Because deep down, even if he didn't know it yet, he needed her.
"We couldn't cope." She whispered back as he leant his forehead against hers. "Why though? I know you, you'd be looking for her usually."
"Because I know if I do, I'll lose you."
"You don't care though, everyone knows that."
"I care." He whispered, leaning forward and kissed her gently. Their lips brushed against each other. Mai sighed out loud and slowly pulled back, taking his hands from her waist and placing his hands on his thighs.
"I can't do this. I'm sorry." She said, getting up and walking round to the door. "And I think I better sleep on the sofa from now on." She gulped and walked out. Luke pulled his knees up to his chest and sighed, knocking his head repeatedly against the wall.
"The towers sang, and I cried... just like she said." The Doctor sighed as he fixed under the TARDIS console, Mai sitting opposite him on the other swing, that was parked inside the attic.
"When does she leave?" Mai asked quietly.
"The next morning." He sighed.
"Do you two want any tea?" Sarah-Jane asked, appearing at the bottom on the stairs. "I've just made some for all of us."
"Fine." Mai whispered.
"You should hear the rain out there, Luke gave Sky a lift to school, he seemed like he wanted to get out of the house. God knows why in this weather." She chuckled, walking back out again and into the attic.
"So what's new with you?" The Doctor asked.
"What's happening with you and Luke?"
"Were just friends now." Mai said, smiling weakly at him.
"I'm the only man you need in your life." He said, grinning.
"You more immature then me, your still a child inside." She chuckled, lunging forward and hugging him. He laughed back and squeezed her tightly. "I miss you." She whispered.
"I miss you too." He said, rubbing her back. "Are you regretting it?"
"No." She said, letting go and sitting back down again. "It was for the best. I was just a child, still am. And so was he. He's got Oxford and that to get on with anyway, maybe he could be happy finally, maybe with Maria." The Doctor's jaw dropped and he stared at her.
"Your kidding?" He stammered. "After everything, are you serious?"
"I want him to be happy. This isn't all running round saving aliens and having fun in The TARDIS, this is real human life, the life you can't have, there is no fairytale endings. We have to make our own happiness." It then suddenly clicked, what she had to do. She smiled quickly. "Be back in a sec." She said, hopping off the swing and walking up the stairs before entering coordinates and teleporting off.
It was completely abandoned, destroyed, empty. The Doctor did that. The library, her mother's place of death. Mai looked to the side and laying there was her mother's diary and the old screwdriver that was given to her by The Doctor.
"Typical, she'd leave it lying about so he could read it."
She walked towards the CAL node and smiled at the young girls face. She smiled back, the node must have known.
"Hello Mai Halo." The young girl said.
"How is she?"
"She's finding it hard."
"Aren't we all?" Mai scoffed, sighing. "I think, and this is just a think, I may have a way to save her."
"Mai, there was always a way to save her, it would just take a lot of energy. I've got nearly enough to help you, but I can't do it on my own."
"I can help." Mai said, taking her sonic out of her pocket and picking up the old one, placing them in two matching holes in the wall. "Any good?" She asked, running back to the node.
"Get ready to move Mai." The node said, squeezing her eyes shut tightly. Electrical light started bounding round the chair where River died and there was a flash of light. As it dissapeared Mai moved her hand from her eyes and there she was, River, sitting there staring at her. They stared at each other in silence for a few moments.
"Your Dad's gonna kill you." River chuckled eventually.
Night fell in Ealing and The Doctor and River left for some much needed time together. Mai quietly tapped on the door and walked into Luke's room, while he sat on the edge of the bed. He smiled weakly at Mai but she brushed it off, taking some pyjamas from the chair.
"Luke-" She sighed, spinning round and looking at him.
"Just friends. That's ok." He interupted. He stood up slowly, placing his hand on her shoulder and held out the letter. "Guess it's time." She slowly took the letter from him and he stayed by her side every second of reading it.
But if you looked carefully, on the cold, dark, wet night in Ealing, standing underneath the glow of the street lamp, a little girl stood with her black hooded figure standing next to her. She was in the wrong time zone and they finally had enough power to leave. But she didn't want to. 'Time has to pass first. You know that.' Her hooded figure had said. And she knew. Oh she did.
A/N - This is the end of this story... christ longest one I've ever wrote, and there will be a sequel, just as long. I've realised the 3rd installment was very short. :/ Oh well! The sequel will be called My Name Is Mai Halo, And This Is My Life.
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