For the world is hollow, and I have touched the sky.

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Doctor Who: four drabbles
DW Donna
Four iPod Shuffle Drabbles

Fandom:  Doctor Who
Rating: G
Characters: Donna, Sylvia, Donna/Ten, Eleven, Donna/Shaun
Disclaimer: Characters are the property of the BBC.
Author's Note:  Many thanks to caz963  for looking at the first two; lumalit  for the fourth, and bas_math_girl for the third and fourth.
Two are canon-compliant (i.e. just friendship), one is shippy, and the last one is 'interpret at will', I guess.

'Solsbury Hill' by Peter Gabriel

It’s days like these—when the coffee machine is broken and the printer’s only printing on one side of the page when she needs it on both and the woman in the next cubicle won’t stop with that simpering nasal laugh—that she wonders how she could ever have turned down that mad Martian’s offer to take her away from all this.

She thinks she must be madder than he is, that she’d rather this than all that, whizzing about in a spaceship and visiting strange new planets.

She wonders idly what he’s doing, right now, while she’s waiting in queue for the photocopier.

If he ever comes back, she’s not going to let that chance slip away again.

She steps forward, flicking her hair over her shoulder with new resolve.  It’s her turn for the copier.

'The Airway' by Owl City

The stars are bright tonight.  Her grandfather had given her some technical reason for it that she’d only half listened to and hadn't really understood anyway.  Then he’d gone back inside for some more coffee.

She studies the pinpoints of light against the dark sky, looking in between them for something she knows won’t be there.  But she keeps hoping.

She’ll never be happy here.  She knows she won’t.  Going day to day, pretending work and telly and the odd night out down the pub with the girls is enough.  How could it be?

She sighs, leaning back against the blanket.  Just stars.

Maybe tomorrow night.

'They Weren't There' by Missy Higgins
Sylvia, Donna/Ten

“I don’t care, Mum.”
And it’s not the words that stop Sylvia dead.  It’s the way that she says it.
She’s heard those words a hundred thousand times from Donna’s lips over the last thirty years.  But never without anger and indignation.  Never without shouting.
“It’s my life.”
No fierceness, no bristling.
“And I love him.”
No challenge.  Just calm and absolute finality.
Warm tears prickle Sylvia’s eyes and a smile twitches her mouth.
She reaches across the kitchen table, gripping her daughter’s hand beneath her own.  “I’m proud of you, Sweetheart.”

'Gates of the Country' by Black Lab
Eleven, Donna/Shaun

He comes to see her, a few months after the wedding.  A few months in her timeline, a year in his.

Just wants to be sure she’s happy.

She’s bought a vast estate in a quiet countryside, with horses and sheep and everything she’s ever wanted but could never afford.

It was a small thing to do for her.  The least the universe owed to the woman who saved it and will never know.

He doesn’t approach her, though it doesn’t matter.  He could.  She wouldn’t recognise him now anyway.

What would he say to her?

He mills about the grounds, watching her sip tea with her husband.  Watching her smile.  Watching her laugh in the brilliant sunshine, fire caught in her gorgeous ginger hair.

She’s better off without him.

It doesn’t dull the ache.

He returns to the TARDIS, stepping back into the empty ship.  Slips the perception filter back into his pocket.

At least she’s happy.  At least she’s safe.

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Wow, those were awesome! I particularly liked the one with Sylvia, a side of their relationship we never really saw.

Thank you. :) I would have liked to see a bit more of this side of Sylvia in the show as well.

I hadn't realised there'd be four wonderful drabbles to read! Lush!
I love these little insights, very much; and I still can't decide which one I love the most!! :D

Oh, they're not anything special. But you're always much too sweet. ;)

I completely adore the 3rd one. So beautifully put, and I like me some Donna-Sylvia bonding, haha.

And eleven! *hugs him* I can see him doing that. I don't know why the writers never included a scene like that for ten, I mean, it would have been some closure to both him and the fans with empty boxes of kleenex.

Brilliant, all of it. <3

Aw, thank you. :)

Maybe they felt it would have been overkill or unfair treatment, since Ten went to see Donna when she was getting married. If they'd put in another scene of him visiting her, then they'd have to put in another scene of him visiting Rose and Martha, now wouldn't they? Haha.

Oh the last one made me wibble. I loved each and every one of them. Thanks so much for sharing!

I love the different facets of pain in this, seen through the eyes of the various key characters: Donna's regret, Sylvia's shock and the Doctor's loss. The use of the songs was a great method of inspiration. Lovely!

Thank you so much. :) Didn't mean for everything to turn out so angsty, but that seems to be the way it goes.

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Yeah, derp; sorry I forgot to reply. Aw, it's very sweet of you to say that. Thank you. :)

Oh, I love these, especially the one of Eleven checking up on her. I do adore the ones about the time between TRB and PIC - there should be more fic about those months when she was searching, and I love these. Thank you for sharing!

Aw, thanks. :) You're right: there should be more fic about that time between TRB and PIC, shouldn't there?

The last one is absolutely heart-breaking. In a good way.

Aw, thank you very much. ♥

These were gorgeous -- but the third was absolutely my favorite, so triumphant &hearts

Aw, thank you so much. ♥ I'm glad you liked them. :)

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