Collapse Into Now
A Doctor Who/Harry Potter Crossover
By: Sam Lincoln
Disclaimer: All the characters and setting depicted below belong to other people.
Spoilers: Collapse Into Now is set during Half Blood Prince and between A Christmas Carol and Impossible Astronaut. Obviously, for the purposes of this story, The Shakespeare Code is being ignored. This chapter takes place after God Complex, but before the end of The Wedding of River Song, and obviously before the epilogue of Deathly Hallows.
The doorbell to Amy and Rory's new home rang incessantly. "I'll get it!" Amy shouted at her husband who was currently occupied in the kitchen. She opened the door and found herself facing a man in his early thirties. There was something about the his's unruly black hair that seemed familiar to Amy, but she could not quite place it. "Can I help you?"
A smile broke out on the man's face, "Merlin, it is you Amy! I knew it would be when I saw the door, but you really haven't aged a day. Not that you would have I suppose, and you probably don't recognize me. The last time we met I was quite a bit younger."
Amy reached out and brushed the man's bangs away from his forehead. "Harry Potter!" She shouted when she saw the distinctive lightning bolt scar. "What are you doing here?" She asked as she pulled him into a hug.
"As I recall you invited us," Harry pointed out. "So I figured I'd pop in and introduce you to my wife."
"You're wife?" Amy asked in disbelief. Harry grinned, and Amy needed no prompting when the petite red-haired woman stepped into view. "Ginny!" Amy exclaimed before hugging the other woman.
"It's good to see you too," Ginny said, returning the hug.
"Where are my manner, come in, come in." She ushered the Potters into the house. "Have a seat, make yourselves at home. Rory, fetch a bottle of wine, the Potters are here!"
Rory entered the living room, "Who are the Potters?" his voice trailed off when he saw Harry and Ginny. "Oh, the Potters, of course, good to see you Harry, Ginny." He ducked back into the kitchen and returned with a bottle of wine and four glasses.
"So Harry, tell us your story," Amy said. "We thought you, er, had to die."
"How did you know that?" Ginny asked.
"The Doctor figured it out of course," Rory said.
"Why would the Doctor tell you that?" Harry wondered. "He saw me at Piccadilly Circus."
"Hermione worked out the day the Doctor took us to Piccadilly Circus, so we went, and the Doctor saw Ginny and I. He gave us a thumbs up."
"So why would he say you had to die?" Rory wondered.
"Because I did," Harry replied.
"You got better at least," Amy dryly noted.
"You don't seem too surprised.
Amy shrugged, "I brought this bloke back," she shoved Rory in the arm. "after he died and was erased from time, and that was the first, no second time he died. Anyway, you had to die, but that didn't mean you had to stay dead?"
"Something like that, yeah," Harry admitted. "Why don't I explain from the beginning." He then told Amy the story of the Horcruxes, Hallows and the final confrontation with Voldemort.
"That's some story," Amy said after Harry finished, "Almost beats our eh Rory?"
"What I don't understand is if the Doctor knew Harry was going to live, why didn't he tell you?" Ginny asked.
"Rule One, the Doctor lies," Amy replied.
"The Doctor once told me that time's never really set in stone," Rory said. "That outside of certain events things can change. You were one of those points Harry, but only up to when you had to die. Everything after that was just as uncertain as the rest of us."
"But why not tell us the truth?" Amy wondered.
Rory shrugged, "He never exactly said Harry was going to stay dead, just that he had to die. Beyond that it's a question for the Doctor..."
"Where is the Doctor anyway?" Harry asked.
"He's...out there," Amy said quietly, waving her hand at the window. "Off having mad adventures with his blue box, but what about your friends Hermione and Ron?"
"Oh they got married of course," Ginny said.
"They wanted to come, but there was business at the Ministry they needed to attend to," Harry added.
"What about kids?" Amy asked. She figured if she could keep the Potters talking about themselves they wouldn't press her further on the Doctor.
"Oh yes, we have thee, James, Albus, and Lily..." The rest of the evening passed in comfortable small talk as Harry and Ginny talked their life and jobs, while Amy and Rory told inconsequential stories about their travels with the Doctor. The bottle of wine was long finished when Harry glanced at a clock over the fireplace mantel.
"Is that the time? We really need to get going. We left the kids with their grandmum, and while she loves them dearly, she's probably ready to put James in a body-bind hex by now."
"Of course, here I'll show you out," Amy said.
"Ginny, Harry, it was great to see you again," Rory told the couple. "And feel free to stop by anytime."
"And next time bring Hermione and Ron," Amy added. "And your kids, I'd love to meet them." They all stood up and Amy lead the Potters to the door. "It really was lovely to see you both again," Amy said as they stood on her front stoop. "I'm so happy for the two of you, but especially you Harry. When I first met you were a boy with no future. Now look at you, all grown up, married to your school sweetheart, kids, a whole life. It just makes me so glad to see someone who thought they were in an impossible situation escape from it."
"Amy," Harry gently asked. "What happened to the Doctor?"
Amy sighed, "He dies," she admitted. "Last April he is going to die."
"But, that doesn't make any sense, you mean he's already dead?" Ginny asked, horrified by the news.
"A future version of the Doctor died," Amy clarified. "So he's still out there somewhere, messing around in his blue box, but his story has an ending now."
"Is there anything anyone can do?"
"His death is a fixed point, just like Harry's was."
"But I'm not dead," Harry protested.
"I know," Amy replied. "And that's what gives me hope." She reached out and hugged Harry. "Thank-you for coming, and please come back soon. I'll tell you real stories about the Doctor, not that rubbish we went on about tonight. The Opening of the Pandorica, the Battle of Demon's Run, the Girl Who Waited, the Last Centurion, and the story of Melody Pond. If the Doctor's time is at an end people need to hear his story." Amy laughed, "Look at me getting all solemn."
Harry squeezed Amy's shoulder. "We understand, and we definitely won't take another fifteen years to visit again.
"Just give us a ring, or whatever it is you wizards do," Amy said as she shared farewell hugs with the Potters.
"Oh, and if you do see the Doctor, be sure to give him these," Harry said as he pulled a bag out of his jacket pocket and handed it to Amy.
"What are they?" Amy asked as she peered into the bag.
"Bertie Botts Every Flavour Bean," Harry replied. "I thought the Doctor might like them."
Amy picked a jelly bean out of the bag and popped it into her mouth. "Fish Custard!" She exclaimed with a laugh, "Oh that is brilliant! Thank-you so much."
They said their final goodbyes and Amy watched the Potters walk down the street, then disappear with a crack. She then looked up at the sky. "You come back to me, you hear? Because I've got a present for you," she said to the night before going back into the house, closing the TARDIS blue door behind her.
Afterword: And we're done. I won't mince words, I am really quite proud with how this story turned out. Though I'll grant you the threat was a little vague, but I didn't want to use any of the heavy hitters in the Who canon (Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, etc.), and tying it into the Silence fit in nicely where I decided the place the story in the Who time line. Now as far as why didn't the Doctor tell Amy and Rory that Harry was going to be OK? I confess I don't have a good answer, that's the results of two different drafts being welded together. In the end let's just say the Doctor was looking for an excuse to boot Amy and Rory from the Tardis before The Impossible Astronaut. In any event, this was a lot of fun to write, and thanks one last time to everyone who stopped by to read. Now go write a review already!