Through Ash and Ember by Trialia
Summary: They live out their days in a disintegrating world, loving but never touching. (Spoilers for The Wedding of River Song.)
Categories: Doctor Who Characters: River Song, The Doctor
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 433 Read: 3078 Published: October 12, 2011 Updated: October 12, 2011
Story Notes:
Warning: character death.

Beta-read by coffeesuperhero. Prompted by winninghearts at the spoiler_song Hell in Heels ficathon: He has no plan to save himself, and she will not kill him. They live out their days in a disintegrating world, loving but never touching.

1. Through Ash and Ember by Trialia

Through Ash and Ember by Trialia



He never knew someone could love him enough to sacrifice the universe for him.

It's spreading.

She's desperate to keep him alive. She doesn't care if the whole world falls apart around them, because that's what would happen for her anyway, if she killed him.

Don't touch me.

He's tried to change her mind. He can't. He can't kill himself, because that won't fix this.

River, please.

She loves him more than anything. More than her own life, which is disintegrating with the universe, but her love is still here. Still alive.

So far away.

He can only beg her to do what she must. He's afraid to die, but he doesn't know any other way. He's beginning to wonder if the damage is already done.

I can't let you die.

She can't even touch him. It's all she can stand to be in the same room with him and keep her hands to herself all that time, but she can't love him any less, and she can't face his death either. There has to be a way.

River, please.

He's got to work this out. There must be some other way to right this, to make the fixed point happen and the world come back together without destroying her.

Help me.

She knows she's being selfish, but she'd rather die herself than lose him, and in this broken world even that wouldn't fix anything.

Marry me.

He can't touch her, but he will still ask everything of her. She won't refuse him anything - except for his death.

I'm scared.

She'll find a way out of this that doesn't involve killing him. Someone in the universe must know something. She'll go to the end of the universe and back if it means she can find a way to keep him alive. Out of the universe completely if she has to. Loath though she is to leave him.

Me, too.

He never knew loving without losing someone could hurt so much.

Let me go.

She doesn't know that her future has already happened. That she's destined to be both his wife and his killer. She hasn't seen it, but he has.

I can't.

He has no more lies left. He can't let her wreck time for him. He's not worth that. She will live on, after; he's seen it.

River, you'll see me again. This won't be over for you. Please.

She has tears in her eyes, ready to spill over. She's never looked more beautiful.

My love...

He marries her.

I love you.

She kills him.

I love you.

Rule one.



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