Hello Everyone! Guess who's back? XD Welcome to the Third Time Child story, imaginatively called The Time Child: Aftermath. Because I couldn't come up with anything else. I'm sooo creative like that :P
To understand what's happening, I would recommend reading the first two parts of this trilogy - The Time Child and The Time Child: Insanity Calling. It'll give you a better idea of what is going on with my OC, Danni Fielding. Or you can jump straight into this one, whatever floats your boat :)
This chapter is more of one of them prologues where nothing will make sense until later on in the story, but I like to do stuff like that. So, enjoy :)
The Doctor took a deep breath as he stared at the TARDIS blue front door with a wreath hanging on it before raising his hand and knocking on it, feeling slightly more nervous than he should have done. Of course they'd be mad, but they'd be happy to see him, right?
"If that is more carol singers, I have a water pistol!" Amy's angry voice came from behind the door and he knocked again, "You don't want to be all wet," The door flung open to reveal Amy in a festive jumper, pointing a bright yellow water pistol directly at him, "on a night like this..." She trailed off at the sight of her Raggedy Man stood there. Must be the shock of him coming back from the dead, he could understand that.
"Not absolutely sure..." He started slowly after a long pause, "how long..."
"Two years?" Amy supplied before pulling the trigger, squirting him in the face. He grimaced as the cold liquid hit his chin and he wiped it away.
"OK. Fair point." He conceded.
"So... You're not dead." Amy stated and he grinned, chucking his hands in the air slightly.
"And a happy New Year!" He cried and they stared at each other before Amy leant closer.
"River told us." He pouted, well that explains why Amy didn't scream for Rory. Or why she hadn't seemed too shocked he was on her doorstep to begin with.
"Well, of course she did." He grumbled.
"She's a good girl." They both stood in silence, staring each other down, "Well? I'm not going to hug first." Amy pointed out angrily.
"Nor am I." He turned to look down the street at the snowflakes falling from the sky. It was nice to see an actual white Christmas on Earth for once. He glanced up at Amy, who pointedly looked down at the water pistol as if she was contemplating squirting him again. He hoped not. They continued to ignore each other very badly until the corners of his mouth twitched upwards and they were hugging each other tightly, Amy laughing in delight.
"Mr Pond! Guess who's coming for dinner!" She called over her shoulder, Rory appearing from the kitchen and faking being surprised.
"Whoa! Not dead, then." He said and Amy batted his shoulder.
"We've done that." Rory rolled his eyes with a smile, of course they had, "We're about to have Christmas dinner. Joining us?" She asked the Doctor who nodded.
"If it's no trouble." He replied.
"There's a place set for you." Rory pointed out and the Doctor frowned in confusion.
"But you didn't know I was coming. Why would you set me a place?"
"Because we always do." Amy reluctantly admitted, "It's Christmas, you moron." She snapped, sounding annoyed but really just embarrassed as she turned and walked into the house.
"Come on." Rory told him with a nod of his head before following his wife into the kitchen. The Doctor paused at the doorway, one hand in the other as he thought about what they'd just done. They'd waited for him. They'd invited him into their home, their family and waited until he was ready to join them. He stepped in, shocked and touched as he reached up to his cheek, feeling a happy tear slide down his face. Well, he couldn't remember the last time that had happened. He'd not had much to be happy about of late, but this was perfect. The only thing missing from this moment was...
"Amy!" A voice called as she stepped out from the living room off to the side, "Did you scare them awa..." He stared in shock as Danni stopped in front of him wearing, unusually, an emerald green dress. It was multi-layered, swimming around her bare legs with a tight top and thin spaghetti straps. Her hair was pulled off her face, clipped to one side with a little green bow that matched the one tied around her waist. He smiled, now it was perfect and he stepped towards her, only for his hearts to freeze as she stepped back from him.
"Danni-Girl?" He whispered and she shook her head, stepping away from him again. She knew when this was, Amy and Rory thought he was dead, which meant this is him just after The Wedding. She never thought she'd see him so close to it, that memory was still as raw in her mind as the day it happened and to see the Doctor who had made that choice?
"No." She stated lowly, turning and striding through living room, towards the doorway to the kitchen at the other end. He quickly followed her as she surprised both Amy and Rory.
"You told me he wasn't coming." She snapped at the pair, both of them looking away in guilt.
"We know, but..." Rory started but the Doctor stepped in front of her.
"They should have told you I wasn't dead." He told her gently, "I'm surprised you don't remember, actually."
"Oh, I knew you weren't dead." She snapped angrily, glaring up at him, "I was there, remember? Giant shape-shifting robot? You were inside the entire time? I'm not completely moronic, you know?"
"Then I don't understand, why didn't they tell you I might turn up?"
"They told me you weren't going to come." She corrected, "In fact, Amy swore it would be next year, so I wouldn't have to see you."
"In fairness," Amy piped up, "I didn't think you'd show up with her here." He spun on his heels, still completely confused. What on Earth was happening, "I mean, we're very glad you are here, but... you know... with everything that happened."
"I don't understand." He told them bluntly, "What did I miss?"
"It doesn't matter." Danni told him, "I'm not staying. I'm going to ring Jack, he'll pick me up in no time. Amy, phone." Amy sighed and pulled out her mobile, placing it into Danni's waiting hand. She turned to storm out of the room again, almost shaking in rage and the Doctor grabbed her by the arm. Amy winced at the mistake even before Danni had spun around and slapped him hard, sending his face to one side. He reached up, slowly, covering the red mark as he stared at her like a wounded puppy.
"Don't touch me." She hissed, "You don't get to touch me, Doctor." Immediately she felt bad, but the anger she felt at seeing him made her straighten, proud at her actions. Sometimes she felt like she'd come to terms with it, but sometimes she still felt so betrayed she couldn't help what she said. They'd worked past it, he'd explained time and time again and more than made up for it, but after seeing The Master again, it was like she had to deflect that sorrow somewhere.
"Danni, please." He whispered, "What's happened?" She barked out a harsh laugh.
"Oh, don't play the fool." She bit out, "You may have younger Danni's in your future, but this one," She motioned down to herself, "This one's a bit too late. I was there, Doctor." He frowned, still not understanding, "I was there, and I meant it. I will never forgive you for marrying River." His eyes widened in realisation, his hearts crumbling as she held up the phone, "And you know, neither will Jack. Once I've rung him to pick me up, he won't be long because he doesn't want me here with you either. Have fun with your in-laws, Time Lord." She spat out his race and he almost staggered backwards as she left the room. He fell back against the counter top as Rory sighed, rubbing his eyes tiredly.
"I'll go talk to her." He said before leaving the room. Amy rubbed the Doctor's arm as he stared after his Danni-Girl, devastated by the cold hard look she'd shot him as she left. She didn't love him anymore, did she? He'd hoped with time... but no, he'd drove her away.
"She's just upset." Amy reassured him before pulling him in for a hug. Unlike the one before, he didn't even try to hug her back, just closed his eyes to stop the distinctly unhappy tears running down his cheeks, "Why did you do it?" Amy had to ask, because she didn't understand, no one did. She'd even asked River, who had told her she had to do it to save Danni, but between the two of them surely there could have been a better way. She loved Melody a lot, which still surprised her considering she was also River Song and Mels all at the same time, but anyone with a brain cell could see how much he adored Danni.
"I had to save her. She would have died, even if we'd managed to start time again without being shot by the space suit, she would have died. I needed River to touch me so I could save her. I couldn't think of another way and I was running out of time." He sighed, rubbing his eyes, "She would always go on about me marrying River, but I thought it was that noise in her head driving her paranoia, but when it came down to it, that was what happened."he turned to Amy, forcing a smile on his face, "She can hate me, because she's safe." Amy rolled her eyes at him, he was so melodramatic.
"Oh, come here you moron." She sighed, grabbing his hand and pulling him to the other doorway to the kitchen, where they could see Danni and Rory in the hallway. They were whispering to each other, Danni looking like she was about to start screaming while Rory was calmly trying to reason with her. Suddenly she collapsed into tears, Rory pulling her into an awkward hug, "She doesn't hate you. That's the point." Amy whispered to him, "You just hurt her badly and seeing you reminds her of that. She's angry because she doesn't want you to see her cry because she's sad." He watched Rory gently rub her back as Danni sobbed into his chest. He pushed himself away from his Amelia and over to the pair, pulling her out of Rory's arms and hugging her close.
"I'm sorry." He whispered into her hair as he held her tightly, stopping her as she tried to get away from him, "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry."
"Let me go." She sobbed, "Please, Spaceman, just let me go." She didn't deserve him comforting her, she never did. It was worse than the anger, the forgiveness.
"Never." He swore, "I'm never going to let you go and I'm never going to stop making it up to you."
"I don't want you to make it up to me." She retorted, "I wanted you to not marry River. All you had to do was make her touch you, why did you have to marry her?" He pulled back, holding onto both her arms and he smiled down at her.
"You really don't see it, do you?" He asked and she frowned angrily.
"Are you really making fun of me right now?" she sniffed and he shook his head.
"No." He promised her, "I had to show her I'd do anything for you. She needed to see that I'd do anything to save you that even something as important as marriage wouldn't stop me. I was showing her that she had to kill me, because I needed her to save you."
"There are better ways of going about it." She told him and he nodded.
"You're right." He conceded, "but I was desperate and you..." He looked her up and down, gulping as he finally took her outfit in, "You... yowzah." He settled on, running his hand through his hair and suddenly feeling rather flushed. She blushed slightly as his eyes widened, "Have you always been wearing that dress?" He asked, his voice squeaking slightly and Amy rolled her eyes.
"Oh Lord." She sighed, stepping forward and pulling a confused Rory away from the pair, "Come on, you."
"Wait, are they still fighting?" Rory asked as Amy pulled him into the kitchen. Danni bit her lip, looking down at the dress and nodding.
"Yeah." She replied hesitantly, "I don't know if I like it. It might be too green for me." The Doctor shook his head.
"No. Not too green." He cupped her face, torn between wanting to make sure she was okay and wanting to kiss her senseless. She looked down at the floor.
"I'm still really upset." She whispered and he nodded.
"I don't blame you." He replied, letting his hand fall to his side, "Do you want me to go?" She shook her head, "Do you still want to ring Jack?" She shook her head again, "What can I do to make it better, then?" He asked, willing to try anything.
"I want you to kiss me." She murmured and he smiled, suddenly seeing how annoyed she was at herself. She looked up, deep into his eyes, "I want to kiss you. I want to wipe any memory of Melody Pond's lips out of your memory. But at the same time I want you to suffer and not have me kiss you for ages, because you so obviously want me to right now."
"I do." He freely admitted, "How about I do one little thing that might change your mind?" She frowned, suspicious but nodded once, watching him very carefully as he reached into his jacket pocket, rummaging around with his tongue sticking out of his mouth until he proudly pulled out a piece of mistletoe. He held it above his head, smirking and she laughed at his cheek.
"Fine." She surrendered, reaching up and pulling him into a kiss. He dropped the piece of foiliage, wrapping her up in his arms and not letting her go. She felt herself melt into his embrace, having missed the closeness between them but also needing to make sure he knew exactly how angry she was. She pulled away, looking up at him seriously.
"I'm still angry about it." She told him and he nodded, reaching up and cupping her cheek, "But I'm not as angry as I was. You'll meet much angrier versions of me."
"I remember that." He told her, "With Hitler." She giggled.
"Oh yeah. I forgot the Roman put Hitler in a cupboard." They both smiled fondly at each other, it was nice to be at a point they could share memories. With her jumping around, sometimes they just hadn't been to places or on adventures the other had.
"I will always try and make it up to you." He promised, taking her hand and bringing it to his chest, "Not just for marrying River, but for asking you like I did. One day, I will finally make it okay."
"Oh, I know you will." She told him with a smile and he glanced down at the hand he was holding, a large grin appearing on his face, "And one day I hope you'll forgive me too." She replied and he frowned before seeing the slightly haunted look pass across her face, a painful memory sitting on the forefront of her mind.
"He was lucky to hold part of you for a little while." He replied, "But you're mine for the rest of time, Danni-Girl. I'm holding on and I am never letting go." And with that, he pulled her back in for another kiss.