A/N: Final chapter! NOOOO! As for the reviewer from last chapter, I know Amy never said that she loved Rory in canon, but I really couldn't write the chapter without it happening. I'm going to keep thinking about it and see if I can change it, but I couldn't have Rory say it and not Amy… Thanks for reviewing though!
Disclaimer: All characters and recognised dialogue belongs to the BBC
Rory tried to ignore the way his hands were shaking. He was nervous. Terrified, actually.
"You look fine, son." Brian assured him, watching as Rory ran a comb through his hair for the umpteenth time.
"Yeah?" Rory asked uncertainly.
Brian nodded encouragingly at his son. Rory gave his Dad a shaky smile and adjusted his tie once more before picking up the bunch of flowers. Roses. Because roses represented love, right? But now he was ready, now he was ready to head out and pick Amy up for their first-ever date, roses didn't seem quite right. Too cliché. Perhaps he should have bought chocolates instead?
"I'm gonna mess everything up, Dad." Rory announced suddenly, eyes wide.
"You'll be fine. You've been friends with Amy for years, you know each other better than you know yourselves." Brian told his son.
"Yeah, but we weren't dating then!" Rory protested.
"It's perfectly normal to feel nervous on a first date, Rory." Brian announced calmly with a reassuring smile "Now, you'd better get going. You're reservation's for eight."
Rory nodded, and went to reach for his car keys when Brian pushed his own car keys into his hand. Rory blinked and stared at his Dad.
"Knowing Amy, she's wearing a very beautiful dress and high heels, and you can't expect her to get in your little car. You can borrow mine, I'm not going out anywhere tonight." Brian told his son with a smile.
Rory smiled back in thanks and accepted the car keys.
Taking a deep breath, Rory knocked on Amy's front door. To his shock, it was opened by her Aunt Sharon. Quickly recovering, Rory smiled at the woman.
"Hello, Sharon. Is Amy ready for our date?"
"She's still getting ready." Sharon replied "You might as well come in and wait."
Rory stepped inside gratefully, and stood awkwardly by the stairs, waiting for Amy. He didn't have to wait long, as soon Amy appeared at the top of the stairs in a modest but pretty green dress. Just as Brian had predicted, Amy was wearing high heels too, and Rory was relieved that he was using his Dad's car.
"You look beautiful." Rory told her when she reached the bottom of the stairs.
Amy blushed, but smiled back.
"You don't look too bad yourself." She told him with a grin.
"I, uh, got these for you," Rory announced, holding out the bunch of roses.
Amy grinned even further, and took them, kissing Rory on the cheek.
"I'll just go and put these in some water and then we'll get going, yeah?" Amy asked uncertainly.
Rory nodded, and Amy headed off to the kitchen. It took no more than a few minutes, and soon they were in the car on the way to a restaurant in Gloucester. The car ride was awkward, and neither of them really knew what to say to one another. When they finally pulled into a car park, Rory confused Amy even further.
"Stay there." He announced, slipping out of the car before Amy could reply.
And then, suddenly, he was opening Amy's door for her, and she couldn't help but grin as he helped her out of the car.
"Aren't you quite the gentleman?" Amy asked him with a grin.
Rory blushed slightly, and locked the car. He led her to the restaurant, pulling her chair out for her before sitting down himself. With a nervous smile at Amy, Rory began to look over the menu.
"I'm having a really lovely night," Amy told Rory suddenly, smiling at him.
"Me too." Rory replied, smiling "I'm glad."
They descended into silence again as they finished off their meals. Finally, Amy set her cutlery down and wiped at her mouth with a napkin, careful not to smudge her makeup.
"Why is it so hard for us to find something to talk about?" Amy asked, laughing slightly.
"I have no idea," Rory admitted with a slight chuckle.
Again, they fell into a silence, only this time there was no food to be eaten or to distract them. Amy looked around the restaurant, hoping for some inspiration.
"So," she began after a while "how's work?"
"Fine," Rory replied, nodding "it's fine. Not really something you can discuss over a meal, though."
Amy nodded, wrinkling her nose slightly at that. Of course, she really didn't want to think about blood and stuff at a meal. Particularly because she'd just enjoyed a Spaghetti Bolognese.
"I'm so nervous!" Amy admitted with a shaky laugh after a moment or two "And I don't know why, we've known each other for twelve years!"
"Well, my Dad said it's perfectly normal to be nervous on your first date." Rory told Amy with a small smile "And although we've known each other for years, we weren't dating. I suppose that makes it a little more… awkward, I suppose, until we start to function as a normal couple."
Amy snorted at that, and Rory looked a little confused.
"Us? Normal?" Amy asked with a smirk "We've known each other for twelve years, and in that time, I've bitten four psychiatrists and we've spent much of that time picking Mels up from various Head teachers offices and Police stations!"
Rory couldn't help but grin at that, rubbing his eye.
"I suppose so," he admitted with a grin.
Just then, they were interrupted by Amy's mobile going off. She shot Rory an apologetic look, but he merely smiled and watched as she retrieved her phone from her clutch bag.
"Hello?" Amy asked.
There was a pause as she listened to the person on the other end of the phone. She rolled her eyes, and Rory frowned in confusion.
"Ok… I see… Yes, thank you. We'll be there soon to pick her up." Amy told the person on the other end of the phone before hanging up with a sigh.
"Guess what?" she asked Rory dryly.
"Mels in a police cell again?" Rory asked, sighing.
Amy nodded, and Rory quickly called a waiter over with their bill. That payed, the pair got to their feet.
"Come on then," Rory announced, taking Amy's hand as they left the restaurant "let's go bail Mels out. I'm starting to see now why she calls us her parents."
Rory blinked as his phone was snatched out of his hand.
"The sun's going out, and you're photographing a man and a dog. Why?" the stranger asked.
He looked familiar, but Rory couldn't quite place where he recognised the man from. Blinking again, Rory turned to his girlfriend.
"Hi!" Amy replied with a smile, before turning back to the other man "Oh, this is Rory, he's a friend."
"Boyfriend." Rory corrected quickly.
Ok, so they'd only been on one date. And it had been cut short because their friend had wound up in a police cell. But they were boyfriend and girlfriend. Right?
"Kind of boyfriend." Amy amended with a shrug.
"Amy." Rory said, looking at her.
"Man and dog. Why?" the stranger interrupted, fiddling with Rory's phone.
Rory's eyes widened as he took in the man for the first time. Slightly floppy, brown hair. Swirly patterned brown tie. Torn blue shirt, pinstripe trousers and trainers.
"Oh my God, it's him!" Rory realised, staring in disbelief at the man.
"Just answer his question, please." Amy sighed, exasperated.
"It's him, though. The Doctor. The Raggedy Doctor." Rory stated, looking at his girlfriend again.
"Yeah, he came back." Amy admitted, cheeks flooding with embarrassment.
"But he was a story. He was a game!" Rory protested as he attempted to wrap his head around it.
All those years, playing Amy's Raggedy Doctor, trying to live up to the reputation of the fictitious man who, now, seemed to be not at all fictitious. The whole thing was making Rory's head hurt.
"Man and dog. Why? Tell me now." The Doctor interrupted, now nose-to-nose with Rory.
"Sorry." Rory apologised quickly "Because he can't be there. Because he's…"
"In a hospital, in a coma." The Doctor said at the same time as Rory.
"Yeah." Rory admitted quietly.
"Knew it." The Doctor announced "Multiform, you see? Disguise itself as anything, but it needs a life feed. A psychic link with a living but dormant mind."
Rory merely blinked, and somehow, within the next few minutes, an alien spaceship had appeared, the Doctor had caused a (minor) explosion and they were chasing an alien that was hiding in the form of one man and his pet dog. Then suddenly, the Doctor was running off, and Rory found his own feet leading him to his Mini, Amy following him close behind.
"But how can he be here? How can the Doctor be here?!" Rory asked incredulously as he hastily unlocked the car and dropped into the drivers' seat.
Amy didn't reply, and suddenly her words from their date the previous night echoed through Rory's mind: "Us? Normal?" As Rory started up the engine and began making his way towards the hospital, he took a deep breath. If the Doctor was really there, if the Doctor was real… This was the first day of the rest of their lives…