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fan fiction: the only water in the forest is the river epilogue
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Epilogue


Back in the Library.


River sat with the children, once again reading her diary to them. It wasn’t quite as painful now. She could enjoy looking back on the memories.


She was telling the story of 1969. It was one of her favorites--an adventure with the Doctor and her parents combined with delivering a crushing blow to the Silence. Good times.


She had just reached the climax of the story when the Doctor himself showed up.


What in the worlds was the Doctor doing in the Library?


He beamed at her. “Hi, honey, I’m home!”


River knew her line, knew the proper, expected response. She tried to say it, but the words just wouldn’t come. She finally managed to croak, “Wha…?”


The Doctor giggled at her. “What sort of time do I call this? I’d say it’s the perfect time, dear.”


“Why are you here? How are you here?”


"I died. Well, I regenerated--bit of a shock, that. Wasn't expecting it at all--thirteen lives was supposed to be it and done. Always planned to come here though, so here I am! And I surprised you! After all these years, I finally managed it--brilliant!"


"You're dying and regenerating? Right now?" River repeated. "So this is a quick visit and then you'll go?" She wondered what the point was--they'd already said goodbye. No point in doing it again. She’d actually been planning to delete herself once she said her goodbyes here.


He frowned. "No, you daft woman. Weren't you listening? I regenerated. Past tense. Done. New me is already off having a chat with Clara. Although she said he was grey, so I guess it's old me. New old me? Old new me?"


“So why are you here?”


"I always intended to come here, River. As close as I could get us to a proper Timelord burial. But it got a bit trickier to figure out how when I realized I wasn't going to die for good--I was going to regenerate. Took a bit of jiggery pokery to figure out how to get this me here while new old me took off with Clara." He paused for a moment. “Jiggery pokery. I like jiggery pokery. Haven’t said it in a while. Think I’ll start again.”


“Doctor. Seriously. Why are you here?”


“I told you--this was always the plan. You and me together here. We should have a good long time before the data banks fail and we get deleted. And all of it in the right order--no spoilers.”


It was everything she’d ever dreamed of and more than she’d ever hoped for. And still words wouldn’t come.


The Doctor’s expression softened. He took her face in his hands. “River. I know you said I left you like a book on a shelf. But it was only until I could pick you back up again--wait, that’s a bad analogy. Forget that.” He rested his forehead against hers. “Really all I’m trying to say is that this was always meant to be our afterlife. Sorry it took me so long to join you.”


River swallowed hard. “You’re really here. You’re really staying.”


"I'm really here and really staying, wife. You and me--every book that is or was--you watch us run."


END

A/N: If you made it all the way here, THANK YOU! I appreciate it so much. This has been fun to write; I hope someone has enjoyed it. Until next time!



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