When the Doctor woke up crying, River had her arms wrapped tightly around him and she was whispering. His eyes fluttered open. Her eyes stayed shut. River's hand stroked his chest while the other played with his hair and her forehead rested lightly against the side of his head. She sang softly under her breath, her mouth pressed close to his ear. Every few words, her tongue would hit the seashell curve of his ear and her lips would leave unintentional kisses.

River, who hadn't seen John wake, smiled when she saw that his shaking had stopped. She smoothed his hair once more.

"That's right, Nightmares. No one can have him but me."