A/N: Thanks for reading everyone! I had worked on this for almost a year before posting, so reviews would be especially appreciated. Hope you enjoyed!


"Sherlock?" said Barbara as she opened the front door. "Isn't this a surprise." He kissed her on the cheek, and she beckoned him inside. "Tea? I've just boiled the water."

"Please," he said, sitting down by the kitchen table.

"You always call," she mentioned, sitting opposite him. "What's the occasion?"

"I ran into an old friend of yours recently," said Sherlock.

"Oh?" she asked, taking a sip from her mug.

"He wanted me to give you something," he told her. He reached into his coat and placed a golden snake-shaped bracelet on the table. Barbara froze, placed her mug down, and picked up the piece of jewelry.

"He's alive," said Barbara, lightly tracing the ornamentation with her fingers, and Sherlock couldn't tell if it was a question or a statement.

"Very much so," said Sherlock.

"And is he happy?" she asked.

"He seemed to be," said Sherlock.

"Good," Barbara responded. She then slipped on the bracelet and extended her arm to test how it looked and felt on her, remembering long ago moments that were never quite forgotten.

"Tell me the story," said Sherlock.

Barbara smiled. "Well," she said. "Once upon a time, your Dad and I met a mysterious old man who owned a blue box. But this wasn't just any ordinary box. This box could do all sorts of seemingly impossible things. It was called 'The TARDIS', and it could travel in both time and space to wherever you wanted to go..."