AU. Three-shot. Here's the first part.
"What if we had ideas that could think for ourselves? What if one day our dreams no longer needed us?"
- River Song, Doctor Who, Time Of Angels.
Yes, another one of them crossovers I do. You don't really have to know much about DW if you're reading this for Wild At Heart, and vice versa. Wild At Heart is sorta set at the beginning of S6, and Doctor Who the end of S5, before S6. If you watch Doctor Who you'll understand it more (The River parts anyway- who is rather OOC I noticed after re-reading. Oops). And if you've seen Inception you'll understand the whole taking the subject into a dream! :P
Inspired partly by Inception :') I still don't understand that film. Inspired mostly by a fanvideo on YouTube called "Her name is Alice... I mean River." by BroadwayTimeTraveler, it is the least effect video of the Doctor Who fandom I've ever seen and gave me goosebumps. It's so clever.
I don't own Inception, Wild At Heart, or Doctor Who. I simply lead an Alex Kingston Hair Appreciation Life.
Maybe the dozens of crystals that floated through the skies were a sign that something wasn't quite right. But then again, they were used to travelling throughout time and space and seeing the near impossible. The Doctor had explained it to her earlier on- how the crystals floated. She understood, of course she did, she was clever. He knew that. But she was more transfixed by their beauty than anything. They moved gently, a cluster spread above them and around them.
The Doctor was flat on his back on the purple grass, donning a pair of ridiculously large black sunglasses. River rolled her eyes. One day that man would learn not to wear such stupid things around her if he didn't want her to disintergrate them with her alpha meson gun- but he hadn't learned yet. River Song herself was stood several yards away, fingering the crystals around her lightly. They glittered when she ran her fingers along them, and she smiled.
"Doctor, come look!" She said excitedly.
The Doctor didn't move. "Ah, c'mon, River, you mean you didn't know they glittered?" He propped himself on his elbows, "I'm surprised I haven't brought you here before." He mused.
River laughed and said, "Spoilers!" The Doctor smiled to himself. He liked the sound of River's laughter. It was like a Song- Oh, there he was again with the puns. He stifled his laughter quickly, and cleared his throat, laying back down on the purple grass.
"Come lay down, River."
River stopped laughing abruptly and stared at him, "How early on is this for you, sweetie?" She asked him seriously.
The Doctor continued to lay flat on his back, "I have absolutely no idea who you are, River Song." He told her honestly. "I intend on finding out soon."
There was a stretch of silence for a moment, and The Doctor worried. He removed his sunglasses from his face and looked up to see River Song walking towards him in a way that he would consider very seductive, each movement slow and exaggerated. She had that trademark smile on her face and had her curls always been so bouncy? When she reached him The Doctor felt a little hot and flustered, and swallowed, hard. River Song was such a tease.
Slowly, she stretched out one slim hand for him- both an invitation and a challenge, he realised, when he noticed her raised eyebrows.
He could never resist a challenge like River Song.
The Doctor stood up and took her hand and she lead him back to the place that she had been standing in mere moments before- the very center, a small gap, in the middle of the crystals. She wrapped her arms around his neck slowly, fingertips lightly brushing the base of his neck, sending shivers through his spine. The Doctor felt himself blush, and hesitantly wrapped his arms around her waist, swallowing hard again. He noticed her smirk.
"I've brought you here before, haven't I?" The Doctor murmured, dipping his head down to her ear, lips brushing her ear slightly.
River smiled, "Spoilers."
And then they danced- without music. But the crystals made up for it. They danced slowly, never doing more than swaying, but every crystal they brush let off glitter, and soon enough the place was shining and it was so very, very beautiful. The Timelord was grinning down at River Song, this complicated and mysterious woman, and she smiled back. Then, slowly, she lay her head on his chest, and he pulled her close, so that their bodies were against each other. He smiled smugly and lay his head in her mass of curls, inhaling deeply. There was a distant look of pain in his eyes.
The hairs on the back of River's neck rose, and she turned out of The Doctor's grasp. It was such a casual thing when she spun away, but she made it look so graceful. The Doctor frowned, feeling a little put-out, but soon noticed what River was staring at. A couple meters away were another couple, dancing much more faster than The Doctor and River's own intimate one. The crystals were glittering wildly around this couple.
River looked back at him, smiling wryly. "Come on, Doctor. Maybe it's time we left." She said- and he heard a tinge of sadness in that tone.
The Doctor shook his head, "Nah, we can stay here as long as we like."
River grinned in return.
Several meters away Danny Trevanion spun his wife around, and then dipped her while she giggled. He stared deep into her sapphire eyes and she stared back with love and admiration. He kissed her lips softly and then pulled her upright. "You have a brilliant imagination." He complimeted her.
Alice danced out of his reach, standing on her toes and spinning like a ballerina, and he watched her, amazed. She laughed gleefully, and skipped away, and he struggled to jog after her. He reached out a hand but every time she managed to dance out of his way. He groaned in frustration, "Alice! You know we need to focus!"
Alice stopped dancing out of his reach, causing him to go crashing into her, sending them toppling to the ground. They landed on the purple grass breathlessly, but giggles were soon ripped from their lips like two naughty schoolchildren, like they knew they weren't supposed to do this. Alice rolled over and pressed a kiss to her husbands cheek. He gave her the puppy eyes look and she rolled her eyes, and gave him a slow, lingering kiss on the lips. When they parted, he grinned at her.
"Lighten up. Relax. Have fun." Alice told him, and then nodded her heard to where The Doctor and River were, "Those two are."
Danny looked over at them. The Doctor and River had settled themselves on the ground, each taking turns to stroke a crystal surrounding them. Then Danny looked back at Alice, "They can't know anything." He said, "We're the responsible ones here, if-"
"Oh, shh!" She cried, and leant down to kiss him again.
A few hours passed and soon nightfall came or so it seemed. The crystals glowed softly in the dark, setting a warm, romantic atmosphere. Many other "couples" had come to the crystals, some sat eating a picnic, while others dances, and some simply lay and watched The crystals. Danny and Alice were sat the furthest from The Doctor and River, but kept them in their eyesight. They were taking their turns stroking the crystals, still amazed when glitter shimmered from the crystals.
Danny pressed a kiss to her neck, "Soon we'll be back home."
Alice sighed, "Yeah."
He frowned, "You don't sound too happy about it."
Alice looked up at him with sad eyes. "I like it here." She whispered, afraid. "Here is... Here is free."
"Free isn't real-"
Alice closed her eyes and hummed to herself softly, blocking him out. Danny frowned. She'd never done that before. It had changed her, he decided. And not in a better way.
The Doctor was laying on his back again, and River lay beside him, afraid to touch him. He could sense it. He felt a stab of guilt in his heart when he wondered what it was like for her- if what she said was true, of course. But if it was true, how must much it hurt? He wasn't quite sure what they meant to each other in the future, though The Doctor did have a vague idea- the flirting between them was a clue. So he gathered that she would mean a lot to him, and he a lot to her. Which both stunned him and made him sad. He couldn't ever picture River Song loving someone, she was too hard, too thick-skinned. A criminal, locked up in stormcage unless he broke out or he broke her out. She was far too strong to feel that much for someone, in his eyes, but it would seem that she did love him. The look in her eyes then, sad and full of love.
The fact that they apparently meant a lot to each other made him sad, too. River Song was such a strong, hard character- but every time she saw him, he knew her less. He knew what that was going to do to him, even though River Song didn't mean quite as much to him yet. Just looking at her then, a woman who must be so used to doing as she pleased (and which he'd seen) looked so vulnerable and afraid to do anything.
And though guilt filled his heart, he knew it had to be done.
The Doctor banished such thoughts from his head, and simply studied her face. The moonlight shone on her face, illuminating it slightly, a slightly bluey tint to her face from all the crystals. Her eyes were a mixture of blue and green. They switched between green and blue a lot, he'd noticed. They were fascinating.
"Come here, River." He whispered, and outstretched an arm to her.
River moved closer to him, wrapped an arm around his torso tightly, and nestled her head into his chest. He kissed her curls softly, sighed, and held her as she slowly drifted off to sleep.
Alice was sat huddled in a ball, watching a flower in front of her grow slowly, her back to Danny. He just didn't understand, she decided, he never had understood. He had just gone along with it all because he loved her. She didn't love him any less, but this place just felt like home now.
"Stop it." Danny warned her in a low voice, "They're getting suspicious."
Alice groaned in frustration but noticed The Doctor waving at her. He had gathered River Song in his arms, holding her to his chest. She nodded at him slowly, and he nodded in return, turning and walking away to the 'TARDIS'. Alice watched him with a sigh, and knelt forward, pulling the flower from the ground. She held it in her hands, twisting it around before throwing it back on the ground. Finally, she turned to Danny, who was already staring at her.
"Why is he doing this?" She wondered aloud, "Surely he must know he can-"
"You're complaining?" Danny asked bitterly.
Alice sighed, "I like the freedom. I don't like why we're doing this."
Danny shrugged and stood. Crystals glittered as his body brushed against them and he started to walk away, "C'mon, we can't miss it.."
Alice glanced around the crystal filled place sadly for a moment, before hurrying after Danny.