The Doctor sat in his study, hunched over his desk and pressing the keys of a typewriter.

~ Let me tell you about my best friends. Amy and Rory. The Ponds. I don't think they ever quite realised how much they meant to me. The first faces this face saw. That leaves a mark on someone like me. I have lived so long, met so many people in my life, but nobody quite like Amy and Rory. No matter how many times I'd screw up, they would always be there for me. They'd take me into their home and look after me, because that's what families do. Family means that nobody gets left behind or forgotten. The Ponds were the closest I ever had to a family, and I wanted to cherish it forever.

A good friend of mine once said that pain and loss define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it's a world or a relationship, everything has its time and everything ends.

I've reached the ending, at last. I hate endings, but they always arrive. Even if I try to stop it. Even if I rip the last pages out of a book, those pages will catch up with me, because endings are inevitable. My book of adventures with the Ponds has ended, but oh, it was a good book. We had the best of times. I will treasure those memories until my very last breath, but I won't dwell on them. I can't. I move on, I run away, I find someone else, and I break their heart too. That's the cycle of my life. I will still see River, though. For a short amount of time, she will still be a part of my life, but even that will end. I know it will. I can't say too much, so... spoilers.

But goodbye, Ponds. I still can't believe you're gone. I… will always love you both. You will live on in my hearts. Forever. ~

The Doctor let out a long, long sigh, and mailed the note off to River Song, with an additional scribble on the underside - 'take this to the Ponds'. He couldn't deliver the note personally. He would be tempted to simply pick Amy and Rory up again, and of course, they'd created a fixed point in time. He just couldn't go back. River could, she had the Vortex Manipulator. He sat down slowly, his shoulders heaving as he failed to hold back the tears of an ancient creature, drenched in the blood of his dearest friends.