Welcome, my fellow Whovians, to my newest fanfic! Please read, enjoy, review, rinse, repeat...

Will be rated M in later chapters, but it will be non-explicit... This is about love, people! ;)

Note: This story takes place in AU (alternate universe), and River Song does not exist. Why? Because she and the Doctor are so perfect together I couldn't break them up! Spoilers! )

Disclaimer: I do not own Doctor Who or any of the characters I mention from the show. I do, however, own my OC Hero Smith and wish that I owned Matt Smith... oh, never mind...


The December wind blew cold against my face as I walked across campus. The large, grassy quad area was empty for the most part; everyone was either already home in warm comfort or taking final exams. My shoulders protested against the weight of my large book bag and purse, but soon all those silly texts would be sold back to the bookstore and I'd be free for five weeks…

Just as I was beginning to contemplate the value of a hot cup of tea, there was a familiar shout behind me and the sounds of a girl freaking out. Whirling around, adrenaline took over my body as I surveyed an odd scene; a girl with ginger hair was running as hard as she could, hand in hand with a spiky-haired man in weird overalls. Closing in on them, no passing them, pulling them along, was another taller man, who besides being dressed in a brown suit was sporting a bow tie and wild, curly hair. I heard him shout again, urging the other two on, and I could hear the fear in his voice. The ginger girl was just starting to scream, "Whereinthehellarewe?" when my entire body froze as my brain sluggishly realized why the tall man with crazy hair had sounded so familiar.

No… It can't be…

The man shouted back to the woman, "I have absolutely no idea -" but I couldn't catch what he said because at that moment their pursuer swung around the corner of a nearby building. I saw the dark figure, but the trio had their backs to where I was looking and had slowed down to catch their breath. I was still standing frozen in place, barely able to comprehend what I was seeing. The figure chasing them had a long, dark, craggy face and was looked like talons instead of the usual fingernails. He (it?) was also holding what was clearly some sort of weapon, and he paused when he caught sight of the trio behind me, his thin lips curling back to reveal… fangs. Shit

The man-creature thing began to advance towards me, and I backed away from him when I realized that I was now between him and his prize. But his gaze wasn't on me, exactly, but on the three people who were still facing away. Whythehellcantheynotseehim?It? I backed away more, until I was only about 15 feet away from the trio, and then I heard the girl with ginger hair mutter, "Um… Doctor?" I turned sideways to look from the trio to the slowly advancing creature and back again, my widened eyes trying to take in everything at once. The tall man looked past me to where I was retreating, squinting like he was trying to see something. I realized with shock that none of them could see the creature who was now raising his weapon slowly, his teeth bared, his feet making no noise on the ground.

I was so intent on the creature that I didn't hear the three people coming up behind me until the tall man spoke directly in my ear. His voice was still oh so familiar, but I jerked in surprise just the same as he murmured, "What do you see?"

The creature was now only about ten feet away, his eyes gleaming, and I opened my mouth but no sound came out as the thing raised its weapon triumphantly…

Shit! Shit shit shit shit shit shit… I dove without thinking towards the creature as it prepared to fire at the man behind me. The ginger girl screamed and I could hear several footsteps lunging after me, trying to grab me, but I couldn't stop as I sort of exploded at the creature, who stared at me in obvious surprise as it pulled the trigger on its weapon, as I stumbled literally into it, knocking it on the ground in front of me as it snarled. There was a small explosion in front of me and I was momentarily blinded. Closing my eyes briefly, I opened them to find myself lying on my back on the leaf-strewn grass. The trio stood over me, looking alternately between me and the creature lying nearby, and the man in overalls moved towards the creature holding a rope. I blinked; my vision was going foggy, and I tried to rise but found I couldn't do more than lift my head. The wind was suddenly silent.

What the hell…

The tall, crazy-looking man was kneeling down next to me, his large boyish eyes full of concern. It seemed like he was moving in slow motion, his lips forming impossibly slow, silent words as the ginger girl leaned over me as well. A sudden fear took me, and in spite of myself I looked down at myself. There was a tear in the front of my shirt, over my heart, and on the exposed skin of my upper chest… I shuddered back suddenly as the pain of my wound overwhelmed me and I let my head fall back into the waiting darkness.