Title: Subversive
Author: sinecure
Rating: All ages
Summary: Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. -- Erica Jong
Disclaimer: I don't own Doctor Who.
Author's Notes: To JennyLD for the beta.

The Doctor picked his way over the rubble, paying little attention to where he was stepping. There was an ache in his chest that nearly felled him several times, but he quickly righted himself and kept on moving toward the TARDIS. It was slow going, and, by the time he entered his ship, he was completely covered in ash and dirt and dust.

His hands, hovering over the controls, shook with grief as echoes of her voice sounded in his head.

I love you, Doctor.

The second the TARDIS landed, he rushed to the door, flinging it wide open. Fire and smoke greeted him, forcing a cough from his lungs as he exhaled the breath he'd been holding and tried to draw in another.

I love you, Doctor.

There was a lone figure standing, back to the flames, orange light flickering over her blonde hair, which blew in the hot wind as she spoke into her phone. Her eyes were turned to the city, the tallest of the buildings there housing the military contingent that he was with at that very moment.

I love you, Doctor.

Striding across the street that wasn't as empty as it seemed, he saw the hordes of Ulondo warriors were closing in on their position. He could hear the pounding of their boots, the shouts of directions, and orders. Their laughter. Human screams of terror and pain. The infection was spreading quickly, heading toward the densely populated area they were in now.

As he neared, the words in his head echoed perfectly with her voice. "I love you, Doctor." An explosion went off on her other side, forcing her to duck down and shield herself from the blast. When she straightened up again, she pushed her hair out of her face and said clearly, "Do it."

And then she saw him heading toward her. Her eyes widened and she stumbled forward. Taking her hand, he pulled her quickly back to the TARDIS. Just before she stepped through the doors, she dropped her phone, letting it crack on the pavement.