Actions

Work Header

River Song - Friend/Goddaughter/Killer

Chapter Text

Silence in the Library

 

"I'm going to need a packed lunch."

River didn't ask, so either she understood or she didn't question him. "Hang on."

He comes to speak of her blue diary again. "What's in that book?"

"Spoilers."

He tried something different. "Who are you?"

"Professor River Song, University of -"

He interrupted her. "To me. Who are you to me?"

"Again, spoilers. Chicken and a bit of salad. Knock yourself out."

 

River went to speak to Donna. "You travel with him, don't you? The Doctor, you travel with him."

"What of it?"

The Doctor was talking with Proper Dave.

"You know him, don't you?", Donna asked.

"Yes, we go way back, that man and me. Just not this far back."

"I'm sorry, what?"

River sighs. "He hasn't met me yet. I sent him a message, but it went wrong. It arrived too early. This is the Doctor in the days before he knew me. And he looks at me, he looks right through me and it shouldn't kill me, but it does. He's ... like family."

"What are you talking about? Are you just talking rubbish? Do you know him or don't you"

The Doctor shouted, "Donna! Quiet, I'm working."

"Sorry."

That's when River realized, she was "Donna. You're Donna. Donna Noble."

"Yeah. Why?"

"I do know the Doctor, but in the future. His personal future."

"So why don't you know me? Where am I in the future?"

 

The Doctor eyed River's sonic. "Your screwdriver looks exactly like mine."

"Yeah. You gave it to me."

He frowned. "I don't give my screwdriver to anyone. Not even Rose."

She looked at him a bit ... confusedly or sadly, he couldn't tell. "You get smarter and I'm not anyone."

"Who are you?"

She averted her eyes "What's the plan?"

 

 

Forest of the Dead

 

The others were suspicious and asking about the Time Lord. "He's the Doctor," was Rivers answer.

"And who is the Doctor?", Lux asked.

"The only story you'll ever tell, if you survive him."

"You say he's your friend, but he doesn't even know who you are", Anita argued.

"Listen, all you need to know is this. I'd trust that man to the end of the universe. And actually, we've been."

"He doesn't act like he trusts you."

"Yeah, there's a tiny problem. He hasn't met me yet."

She went over to the subject of interest. He was still scanning shadows.

"What's wrong with it?" She points at his sonic.

"There's a signal coming from somewhere, interfering with it."

"Then use the red settings."

"It doesn't have a red setting."

"Well, use the dampers."

"It doesn't have dampers."

She sighed. "It will do one day."

He took River's sonic screwdriver. "So, some time in the future, I just give you my screwdriver."

"Yeah."

"Why would I do that?"

"I didn't pluck it from your cold dead hands, if that's what you're worried about."

"And I know that because?"

"Listen to me. You've lost your friend. You're angry. I understand. But you need to be less emotional, Doctor, right now."

"Less emotional? I'm not emotional."

"There are five people in this room still alive. Focus on that. Dear God, you're hard work young."

"Young? Who are you?"

Lux lost his patience. "Oh, for heaven's sake! Look at the pair of you. We're all going to die right here, and you're just squabbling like an old married couple"

River looked exasperated. "Shut up, things like that make me uncomfortable." She turned back to the Doctor. "Doctor, one day I'm going to be someone that you trust completely, but I can't wait for you to find that out. So I'm going to prove it to you."

She leaned forward to whisper two words in his ear. "Bad Wolf." It was something that her Doctor told her to do when she had last seen him.

"Are we good? Doctor, are we good?"

He looked completely stunned. "Yeah, we're good."

"Good."

 

"You know, it's funny, I keep wishing the Doctor was here," River told her team. Well, what was remaining anyway.

"The Doctor is here, isn't he? He is coming back, right?"

"You know when you see a photograph of someone you know, but it's from years before you knew them. and it's like they're not quite finished. They're not done yet. Well, yes, the Doctor's here. He came when I called, just like he always does. But not the Doctor I know. Now my Doctor, I've seen whole armies turn and run away. And he'd just swagger off back to his Tardis and open the doors with a snap of his fingers. The Doctor in the Tardis. Next stop, everywhere."

Mentioned man came in. "Spoilers. Nobody can open a Tardis by snapping their fingers. It doesn't work like that."

"It does for the Doctor."

He was getting annoyed with her, she could tell. "I am the Doctor."

"Yeah. Some day."

 

River knocked the Doctor out. When he woke up, he was handcuffed to the wall and River was readying herself to hook herself into the Data Core.

"Oh, no, no, no, no. Come on, what are you doing? That's my job."

"Oh, and I'm not allowed to have a career, I suppose?"

"Why am I handcuffed? Why do you even have handcuffs?"

She smirked. "Spoilers."

"This is not a joke! Stop this now. This is going to kill you! I'd have a chance, you don't have any."

"You wouldn't have a chance, and neither do I. I'm timing it for the end of the countdown. There'll be a blip in the command flow. That way it should improve our chances of a clean download."

"River, please. No."

She chuckled a bit, but struggled not to cry.

"Funny thing is, this means you've always known how I was going to die. All the time you've known me, you knew I was coming here. The last time I saw you, the real you, the future you, I mean, you turned up on my doorstep, with a new haircut and a suit. You took me to Darillium to see the Singing Towers. We had dinner. The Towers sang, and you cried."

autodestruct in one minute

"You wouldn't tell me why, but I suppose you knew it was time. My time. Time to come to the library. You even gave me your screwdriver. 'Graduation present', you said. I should have known there was more to it."

The Doctor tried to reach the screwdrivers, but they were just slightly out of reach.

"There's nothing you can do."

"You can let me do this!"

"If you die here, it'll mean I've never met you."

"Time can be rewritten."

"Not those times. Not one line. Don't you dare. It's okay. It's okay. It's not over for you. You'll see me again. You've got all of that to come. All of us and time and space. You watch us run."

"River, you said 'Bad Wolf'."

autodestruct in ten

"You whispered it in my ear."

nine, eight, seven

"There's only one reason I would ever tell anyone about that."

"Hush, now."

She was crying.

four, three

"Spoilers."

two, one