Thursday, 1 November 2012
05:34:46 PM (GMT)
Twelve chimes. He'd missed it.
One hundred years, and one day, and he'd missed it.
The twenty-five year old let his head fall into his hands, "Again, Doctor. I missed
her again... There aren't any more jumps left... I've lost her." He felt ten years
old again- an eternity behind him- as he leaned forwards onto his knees, the much,
much older man by his side placing a hand gently on his shoulder. "I understand now.
Why you said to be careful of the humans... The same happened to you, didn't it?"
Keith didn't need to look up to hear the sadness in his teacher's voice, "Amelia
Pond. The girl who waited. Wait, Keith. Just wait, and the two of you will find a
"I'm a hundred years out. She'll be gone by now, you know that."
The Doctor's gaze fixed on a faint prick of light in the darkness. To anybody else
it would be a normal star, but to him, it was one of the many he'd shown Amy. One of
the many that had brought a smile to her face. His own lips changed now into a smile
of his own, and he jumped up with a flash of his infamous energy, "Well don't just
sit there moping, Keith!" He said, laughing out loud as he swung on the door of his
blue box, "Did you want to see her? Show her the stars, kiddo!"
"What? Doctor, I'm out of jumps, it's not possible..."
"Remember how I got her?" He asked, patting the wall of the TARDIS, "I told you
"You... stole her?"
The man grinned, his smile so familiar to Keith's own. A smile of knowledge and
adventure, of daring and excitement. Of love and loss.
Keith scrambled up, jumping up the three steps and twirling around the central
control, pressing buttons and pulling levers to his heart's content. He'd been
taught what they all did, of course, and he knew precisely where and when he wanted
to go. And where he wanted to stay.
"Don't worry, I'll leave you two to, er... Kiss and boring things..." The Doctor
laughed, crossing his legs as he sat in the old armchair (Amy's chair) to watch
Keith. Was this how he looked? A madman in a box? Like everyone always said? But
now, Keith had someone to travel for. He didn't have the burden of saving the world
anymore, he was just chasing a dream.
"I won't come back with you, Doctor. I'll stay with her. I won't leave her again."
Keith looked at him, ecstatically happy but with tears in his eyes, "I'm going to
live normally. And I'll get old, but I'll be with her, so I don't care. You'll tell
Harkness, won't you? You'll tell him why I can't come back?"
"He knows, Keith. He always knew what you'd do after the mission."
A single nod, "Thank you." He pulled the last lever, and the wonderfully familiar
sound started, filling his ears for one last time.
For five minutes, the two men stood looking up at the tower of appartments. They
both looked the same age, but one had the experience of 907 years, the other the
experience of 25. They looked to eachother, and nodded.
"Go get her, Jenkins." The Doctor smiled, straightening the boy's jacket. "I like
the denim, by the way."
"Almost as cool as your bowtie."
They laughed, embraced, and parted, Keith stepping through the doors of the tower
building, unlocking it with the miniature sonic he'd made, and the Doctor through the
doors of the TARDIS.
The quiet buzzing of the screwdriver momentarily overwhelmed the soft thrums of
music, and the humming of the woman inside the room. As silently as he could manage,
Keith slipped inside, his breath hitching as he saw the woman he'd been thinking of
for the past century. He stepped over, a steady, disbelieving grin forming on his
lips as he caught her hand, taking the place from her imaginary partner. A split
second passed before she looked up, her hazel eyes meeting his own unnervingly blue
"Are you real..?"
He grinned, unable to quite form an answer. Instead, the last four words of the song
left his lips in a breath of melody, "Happy birthday to you..."
"Yeah, yeah, bigger on the inside than the out, got it~" Keith grinned, pulling her
inside the blue box and pressing several buttons, starting the machine in motion.
After a few minutes of rocking and shuddering, the room steadied itself, and he
walked over, taking her hands, "Close your eyes." He smiled, waiting until she had
done so before leading her to the door, "Remember that time when we met? I said I'd
show you somewhere higher than the top of the earth? Somewhere that eternity can't
touch?" He opened the door, standing behind her as he looked over Emilie's
I swore I'd show you the stars