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katherine_b ([personal profile] katherine_b) wrote2013-11-24 08:33 am
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DW Fic: Redemption Epilogue

Title: Redemption Epilogue
Author: [livejournal.com profile] katherine_b
Rating: PG
Summary: When you have lost everything, what do you do to get it back?
Characters: The non-Doctor first glimpsed at the end of Name of the Doctor and a lot of old friends.
A/N: Oops, did I forget to mention this bit? *g* Oh, and NO spoilers for Day of the Doctor.

Epilogue

Sun warms his face and the scent of grass is strong in his nostrils. He inhales deeply, his eyes still closed, and from the smell of the world around him, he could almost believe himself to be on Gallifrey again. But Gallifrey before it was destroyed, when such mundane and yet beautiful things as red grass and silver trees still flourished.

He readies himself for bitterness and disappointment. Better that than to let himself hope that a miracle has somehow taken place, only to have to suffer that pain all over again.

Exhaling to rid his olfactory senses of the teasing memories of home, he finally opens his eyes to look out at the new world on which he has found himself.

A brilliant landscape full of colour greets his nervous gaze. Twin mountains, the snow on their peaks reflecting the brilliant orange sky, soar high above his head from the edge of the plain of red grass on which he is lying. A tree stretches its branches high above his head, the silver leaves dancing and sparkling as a light breeze passes over him. Two suns have reached the peak of their paths across the sky, casting brilliant light across everything. It is a world he knows only too well.

The Vadlott stares in disbelief.

“Gallifrey...” he breathes, swinging himself into a sitting position.

Every part of his logical mind screams that the scene in front of him is impossible, but his overwhelmed senses make it all but impossible to deny.

The only thing missing from the scene in front of him, he realises, is the great glass dome in which the Citadel should be located.

It is the sudden realisation of what this absence might mean that has the Vadlott on his feet and scrambling for his tardis key. He finally grabs it and jams it into the lock, flinging open the door and stumbling inside.

“Oswin!” he calls as soon as he has crossed the threshold. “Oswin, where are you? Oswin?”

The tardis suddenly seems horribly empty, and the wind outside enters through the doors with an eerie whistling sound, gusting around the dark walls and across the console.

“Oswin!” he roars at the full force of his lungs.

“Vadlott? I’m coming!”

There’s an edge of panic to her voice that makes him think hard, wondering if she, too, has woken somewhere unexpected. The next moment she bursts into the console room, her hair messy and her eyes wide.

“Oh! Vadlott!” She stops short at the sight of the room she has just entered. “What happened in here? It’s all different!”

“Oswin.” He crosses the floor to stop in front of her. “Never mind the tardis for now. Look at yourself.”

Her eyes travel down to her belt, which is sitting at rather a drunken angle across her hips, and her shoes, in which the laces are lying partly undone. She runs her fingers through her hair to smooth it.

“I’m a mess,” she admits.

“No,” he says gently. “Look properly. Look,” he adds daringly, averting his eyes, “at things I can’t see. Have never seen. Wouldn’t know how it – they – looked.”

Out of the corner of his eye, he sees her pull out the neckline of her dress and peer down at her chest, before her eyes widen and she looks up at him again, her hands falling to her sides.

“How am I seeing that?”

He reaches out and, for the first time, gently places his hands on her shoulders. She stares at his fingers for a moment before looking up at him again.

“How are you doing that?” she demands. “How are you touching me? I’m not real. It’s just that crystal...”

She gestures in the direction of the console, and her jaw drops noticeably as she sees the vacant spot where it once stood. The Vadlott pulls his cravat free and then loosens his shirt collar so she can see his bare throat.

“No chain,” he points out. “No medallion. It’s gone. And you, Oswin Oswald, are not being projected into this room. You ran into this room. Your footsteps on the floor weren’t an echo from my mind. They were the sound made by your feet.” He waits for her to reply, but she is clearly still stunned so he leans forward, gazing searchingly into her face, and adds, “You’re human, Oswin.”

Tears glisten in her eyes, but she blinks them away. “Don’t!” she says gruffly, tearing herself away from his hold. “Don’t tease me. It’s not nice.”

“Pinch yourself,” he suggests, nevertheless letting her go because he can understand her utter bewilderment. “You won’t get anything from me because I won’t be feeling that pain, but you will!”

Her hands are drawn together in front of her body and thus out of his sight. Then she starts and turns back to him so that he can see the tears streaming down her face.

“I felt it!” she sobs, and then runs into his embrace.

He wraps his arms around her, gazing out at what he can see of Gallifrey beyond the tardis doors as Oswin recovers from her shock. She mumbles something and he looks down at her.

“What was that?”

“I asked how it happened.” Oswin glances at the bronze-coloured tardis core before returning her eyes to his face. “Did you know she could do that? That she could make me human again?”

“The tardis didn’t do it,” he says confidently. “She was a passenger, just like we were. Because – Oswin, do you have even the faintest idea where we are?”

“Actually, I was hoping you did,” she retorts with only the slightest tremor in her voice. “Otherwise we’re in trouble.”

He walks her over to the doors and gestures outside with the arm that is not around her shoulders.

“Gallifrey,” he says simply, and watches her eyes widen as all traces of tears vanish.

“But – what? Where? How?!”

He chuckles softly. “The ‘how’ I can’t answer. But while the ‘where’ is Gallifrey, it’s not my Gallifrey. This is a different Gallifrey, in a different universe, where there were never Time Lords. This is a completely unpopulated planet, in a universe that is not ours.”

Oswin’s lips form a silent ‘Oh.’

“There’s not a Time Lord in this entire universe,” he adds thoughtfully. “Well, other than me, of course. Although,” he releases his hold on Oswin and runs to the console, digging out the controls behind the light that tells him if the Doctor is in the region and turning the receptive setting up as far as it can go so that it will stretch to the farthest reaches of the universe, “nope,” he adds when the light remains off, “not one.”

“Not even the Doctor?” asks Oswin from half-way across the room.

He casts a half-smile in her direction. “It would seem not.”

“Meaning what?” asks Oswin, eagerness in her voice. “Meaning I was never converted into a Dalek?”

“Not quite.” The Vadlott sinks his hands into the pockets of his coat and rocks back on his heels. “We were certainly transferred here – but how that happened, that’s the bit I don’t understand. Still, whatever caused it, during that process, certain things were undone. You were changed back from being a Dalek, and I was deposited on the very last place on Gallifrey that I stood before ending the war. Exact space-time co-ordinates, but it all looks very different because it’s not the same version of the planet. Even the tardis has changed. It’s gone back to the way it was after I first regenerated: a steam-punk theme, rather than the modernist look it had when you first came on board.”

Oswin frowns for a moment. “Nope, not really getting it,” she admits. “And I don’t say that very often!”

He smiles. “You’re my impossible girl, Oswin. Even more impossible now! And I’m impossible, too, remember? The Universe – our Universe – has been trying to find a way of getting rid of me ever since I was created. Clearly whatever happened back there, the meeting between the Doctors that we were being dragged into – and it must have been something impossible, like time being unwritten or rewritten – forced the Universe to spit out, for want of a better description, everything that didn’t fit in with its current state of being. Everything that didn’t make sense to it. And we are the epitome of things not making sense: this is a tardis that shouldn’t exist, I’m a man who shouldn’t be, and you’re a girl who should be a Dalek. We’re so impossible that we could probably even defy the laws of time and skip across those parallel Universes if we wanted to, even without the Time Lords there to control everything! So it got rid of us, undoing these impossible actions in the process. Us being here like this is the result of that.”

“Oh.” A smile appears on her face. “Oh!”

“This universe is all ours,” he adds, caressing the tardis controls. “Ours to discover. Ours to experience. Ours to enjoy. So, Oswin Oswald,” he grins at her across the console, “where do you want to start?”
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[personal profile] juliet316 2013-11-24 02:07 am (UTC)(link)
:-D Wonderful ending!

[identity profile] katherine-b.livejournal.com 2013-11-24 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much!
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[personal profile] snowflakie06 2013-12-11 07:48 am (UTC)(link)
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!

BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT!

I HAVE NO OTHER WORDS TO SAY!

Seriously, that and my icon (and its keywords) say it all!

[identity profile] katherine-b.livejournal.com 2013-12-11 10:25 am (UTC)(link)
Yay for you loving it so much! I hope you noticed the little line I added in just for you and any future fics in this universe. (If not, let me know and I will point it out.) I definitely wanted to give them both a happy ending!
snowflakie06: (nine rose jack team tardis doctor who)

[personal profile] snowflakie06 2013-12-11 03:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, let's see. There were actually a few that stood out to me as being very 'yay!' for me personally. For starters: NO TIME LORDS! Honestly, I still do not know how I feel about that part of the 50th. And this way I don't need to go do any research on them. Then there's traveling through universes... um, HI, ROSE AND 10.2, AND YOU CAN SEE HAPPILY MARRIED MICKEY AND MARTHA! Then the line about being unwritten or rewritten, reminded me of Eleven explaining to Amy how she could still remember the clerics at the end of Flesh and Stone, because she is a time traveler, so this does not affect River, Luke R. or anyone else who has traveled with the Vadlott, yes? And I think that's all I got. But, like I said in another comment, this is from me reading it after 3AM so I may have missed something. Which is why in a few days (hopefully) I will be going back and reading it all again, and in the correct order. No accidentally missing a part this time like I did when Bracewell was traveling with the Vadlott!

[identity profile] katherine-b.livejournal.com 2013-12-11 08:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, the Time Lords were a complication I was glad I didn't include (and in fact completely disposed of by the Vadlott's alternate!Gallifrey to which he can happily return if they become bastards in the 'proper' universe).

And I added the possibility of between-universe travel just for you. Of course, 10.2 would also hate the sight of the Vadlott, so there's a challenge straight away. But he does need the chance to go back and see the Lukes (part of me could also see Oswin finding at least one of them rather nice, but that's just my romantic side coming out).

I look forward to your comments after your complete reread!
snowflakie06: (ten waiting doctor who)

[personal profile] snowflakie06 2013-12-12 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
BWAHAHAHAHA! Perfect fix! :D

Well, yes, 10.2 would hate the Vadlott at sight but I think Rose might help bring him around given a)Rose has met the Vadlott and b)Ten forced 10.2 into a parallel universe from which he could not leave and with no ability to time travel so... I think I can work it out ;)

YES! THE LUKES! AND SARAH JANE! Since in my fic she's definitely going to be alive and raising Sky!

LOL, Oh, Oswin, you flirt, you! And of course Oswin and Luke R. have some lovely parallels in their relationship with the Vadlott so they'd have lots to talk about. Also, Luke S. is fully committed to Maria, sorry! (No, I'm not because, dude, LUKE/MARIA! XD)

I shall hopefully have a lot more coherent comments with a reread instead of just 'OMG's!

[identity profile] katherine-b.livejournal.com 2013-12-12 12:11 am (UTC)(link)
Ah, but Rose hasn't met the Vadlott! I don't think. Unless I'm forgetting something. He knew about her. He met Mickey and her mum (who might be able to say something), but I don't think I ever had them meet. (I'm happy to be wrong if I've forgotten something.)

Ooh, excellent! (Perhaps the Vadlott sneaks something through from the alternate universe to save her life. Or the Doctor does.)

Oh, Oswin would be so, SO flirty, and Luke R would have no idea how to cope. Then again, I'm not certain Luke S would either. And Maria would roll her eyes so hard they would almost come out of her head. But I suspect Sarah Jane would work with the Vadlott to push them together (although does that leave the Vadlott without a companion again?).

I shall look forward to it! :-)
snowflakie06: (ten waiting doctor who)

[personal profile] snowflakie06 2013-12-12 12:27 am (UTC)(link)
Why did I think they met? Did they pass each other or something? Or is that in my notes, that I was going to have Rose meet him when she was hopping through universes? I don't know, I'll figure it out.

Definitely some possibilities there! Perhaps the two of them both do it... Hmm....

Yes, Maria would be like 'Okay, Luke S, time to take you away from here and shop for purses.' Seriously loved that opening scene from Warriors of Kudlak XD

No, no, because the Vadlott could travel with both of them and go insane from their genius selves OR he could do a fix so that the Judoon forget about Clyde and Rani being 'grounded' and he takes them along. I would say Luke S as well, but then Maria would have to go too and that would be just too much to deal with haha

[identity profile] katherine-b.livejournal.com 2013-12-12 12:33 am (UTC)(link)
I'm not sure. I put a part in Partners in Crime where the Vadlott was going to call after Rose before she returned to the parallel universe, but then remembered she would have no idea who he was. He then goes on to meet every other one of the Doctor's companions other than the one-off ones, so I can see why you might be confused.

Ooh, that would be interesting. Having them team up to save her. Could be fun! (And you could even bring Three and Four along for the ride...)

*lol* She so would! "Let's leave these two alone for a while. Come one!"

And does that mean the Vadlott and Sarah through space with both Lukes, Oswin and Maria? Could be very, very interesting...