Not One For The Diary

Memory Ninety-Four: Hot And Cold

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Author's Note: A very warm, heartfelt thanks to all the people who have taken the tome to review either the last part or numerous parts as they work their way through the story. You are the bestest. This part comes from an idea sent to me by the-nose-and-chin on tumblr so I hope you like it! This is a younger Doctor/mature River combo. Enjoy…

"River can I just…" The Doctor pleaded as he tried to reach his arm around River to push the lever he needed but couldn't get to because she was sitting on the console. She was actually sitting there, just perched right on the edge of the TARDIS console. She just came in and sat there with her legs folded looking all…. And sitting on the console. His console. In his TARDIS and she was just sitting on it like it was the most natural thing in the world. How was she even managing that without falling off and still managing to look-

"Can you just what, sweetie?" River purred, cutting rudely through his train of though as she slid forward slightly off the console and stood with one leg in-between his own, rubbing her foot ever so slightly against the hem of his trousers.

"Move!" The Doctor managed to blirt out quickly as he stumbled backwards.

"Oh, sorry, were you trying to fly her?" River replied in mock innocence as she moved to one side.

"Urm, yes. Yes I was." The Doctor straightened his bowtie quickly as he stepped forward again feeling very smug at the way he had quickly taken control of the situation.

"Well, I mean obviously I don't know much about it," River's silky voice appeared in his ear as she snuck up behind him and placed her hand on top of his. "But I think maybe you should push it a bit slower, like this, she might respond better that way."

"Oh no it's fine I think I'll just use this button instead." The Doctor jumped as he hurried around to the other side of the console and pushed the desired button hurriedly, trying not to let his thoughts linger on the way it felt when she pressed up against him.

"Oh hunny be careful." River fluttered her eyelashes flirtatiously as she appeared at his side again and took his hand in her own. "You'll hurt yourself if you keep hitting things that hard. Want me to kiss it all better?"

"No, no! Urm no thank you." He mumbled as he flushed a deep crimson and extracted his hand quickly as it got dangerously close to her lips. "In fact maybe I don't need to fly her anywhere, not really, maybe I'll just stay here for a bit longer and go outside and have a nice walk and get some-"

"But baby," River murmured as she quickly walked around the Doctor, leaning against the wall of the TARDIS and blocking his route to the doors. "It's cold outside. Wouldn't you rather stay in here with me and get warmed up?"

"Right, that's it!" The Doctor announced decisively as he grabbed River's arms and pulled her upright as he began patting her down like a security guard at an airport.

"What on earth are you doing?" River asked in alarm as she looked down at him kneeling in front of her patting aggressively at her trousers. "Because if this is your idea of foreplay I can tell you-"

"I am looking for an off switch!" The Doctor growled as if it was the most obvious thing in the world. "Because I don't know what to do with you and I cannot-" He broke off quickly as River dissolved into fits of laughter in front of him. "This is not funny River!"

"Oh, this is hilarious." River gasped as she dabbed at her eyes. "Oh you adorable man, what am I going to do with you?" She reached out her hands and he placed his own in them so she could gently pull him to his feet. He stared at her for a few seconds wondering if she was going to laugh at him again or kiss him and which one he would prefer.

"I'll go keep myself occupied, tell me when we've arrived." She finally said kindly as she placed one hand on his cheek. He stood there and watched her walk away into the depths of the TARDIS wondering how the mood had changed quite so quickly.


"River!" The Doctor called loudly as he bounded into the room he was sure she'd be in. "River we've arrived and… oh." He stopped quickly as he saw he sprawled out on the bed, fast asleep. "It may have taken a bit longer than I anticipated." He whispered as he walked forwards gingerly and sat down on the bed.

"River." The Doctor whispered again as he shook her shoulder gently in an attempt to wake her up. "River, I was wondering if you wanted to do the thing now… The keeping-us-warm thing because I was thinking and that sounds like-"

"Huh?" River mumbled sleepily as she opened her eyes slightly. "Oh no, Sweetie, not now. See this is what I look like when I've pushed my off button."

"Well I could always…" The Doctor gulped as he summoned all the courage he had left. "I could always see if there's a button to turn you on?"

River chortled as she grabbed his hand and pulled him down onto the bed with her, her arms wrapping around him as she snuggled into his shoulder.

"Oh, you're learning." She grinned.

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