Getting to Know You

I imagine this took place shortly before Journey's End… if like me, just half of you follows the aired story line.

"You know, we've been friends for a couple years now, and even though you do an awful lot of yakking, you don't really say much." Donna said aloud thoughtfully, standing against the entrance from the hall to the console room. The Doctor was tinkering.

"What's this about? I could say the same about you, with all your shouting." He admitted from beneath the Tardis's mechanisms. Donna flipped her hair off her shoulder, and walked across to the central column.

"Oi, don't try distracting me. I like to think we're pretty good friends, even pretty close ones, but we don't really know each other, do we? You don't know much about my life, I don't know much about yours."

The Doctor didn't look convinced as he glanced at her from the floor.

Donna sighed. "We don't have to chat about our life histories, we don't even have to start right now, but I think we should do more real talking. We talk a lot over tea and hobnobs, but we're more often running about and nearly killing ourselves. I don't want to go through this entire fantastic journey without knowing you. The man behind the heroism, the last of his people, who has traveled a long way, and seen so many places, who must have so many unshed emotions and stories to tell." He pulled himself up from the floor and regarded her momentarily.

"It's not all green grass and blue skies, Donna." He replied, in a tone of gentle warning.

"Well I hope you certainly don't think my life was rainbows and candy floss either, because I've got news for you Sunshine, there are plenty of dark and scary places in my past."

"I've never had a companion do this. It's weird." He shrank on his heels slightly as he pondered her proposition.

"It's only weird because it's human, you prawn." She smirked, playfully nudging his arm.

He crossed his arms across his chest. "You're something else." He said, observing her quizzically.

"Thanks very much, now come on – let's go get dinner. I'm starving."