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So... this was doing the rounds a while back, but I didn't have the time to join in, even though I wanted to. And then I thought this would be a nice way to give my friends Christmas presents, because you get to choose your present.

The format:

* Choose a letter of the alphabet

* Choose a word which begins with that letter

* Choose your fandom and the characters you want me to write about

* Sit back and wait for the result.

Fandoms: Sailor Moon (including "Exiles" stories); Fruits Basket; Harry Potter (I will attempt anything for you here, in the spirit of Christmas, so bring on your alternative pairings); Chronicles of Narnia; Doctor Who; Heroes; I'll even attempt Veronica Mars & House M.D., if you want, but I warn you, it might not be good.

A - phoenixfyre13: 'Almost', Ron/Hermione or Molly/Arthur
C - gijane7702: 'Christmas', Remus/Tonks
D - dark_branwen: 'Drunk', Remus/Sirius
E - dark_branwen: 'Electric', Veronica/Lilly
F - ayadec: 'Feeling', Angela Petrelli
G - dark_branwen: 'Grasping', Minako/Takehiko
H - discord_harmony 'Hope', Harry/Ginny
J - dejana: 'Jealousy', Susan Pevensie
L - vifetoile: 'Legacy', Chibi Moon/Sailor Quartet
M - fireflypenance: 'Missing', Rowena Ravenclaw/Salazar Slytherin
N - heavenly_pearl: 'Nightmare', Helios/Chibi-Usa
P - flourhurricane: 'Pop Quiz', Ken/Mamoru
Q - dejana: 'Quiet', Harry/Cedric
R - demandingvoice: 'Romance', Ami/Mamoru
S - heavenly_pearl: 'Secret', Percy/Penelope
U - heavenly_pearl: 'United', Shigure/Ayame/Hatori
W - barbara_the_w: 'Wonder', Remus/Tonks
X - shield_wolf: 'Xenophobia', Remus/Tonks
Z - flourhurricane: 'Zero', Doctor/Martha

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Requested by flourhurricane
Characters: Doctor & Martha
Theme: Zero

I wish I was the one,
You lonely, lonely son,
And you looked at me that way.
I wish for long lingering glances, fairytale romances, every single day.
And you look at me and say
I’m your best friend every day,
But I wish for something, wish for something more.
Oh, I love you like a friend, but let’s not pretend
How I wish for something, wish for something more.

Amy MacDonald

You don’t think when someone offers you the universe and the whole of time and space. If you think, you’re the wrong kind of person. It doesn’t matter if you’re an intern, if you’ve got finals coming up, it doesn’t matter if your family is falling apart. When he looks at you and says, “Are you coming with me?”, you say yes. Martha Jones knew this instantly and so she said, “yes” and stepped inside the funny blue wooden box which had an inside big enough to rival the Empire State Building (she should know, she’s been there).

But of course, there was a downside. There’s always a downside. And it turned out to be a very steep one. She’s not that bothered by the fact that there have been others, it’s understandable. He’s ancient and he’s alien. It’s the comparison that hurts her, the feeling that no matter what she does, she will never be as good as her. Rose. Rose the Beautiful, Rose the Brave, Rose the Irreplaceable. She can’t even meet the girl to get a good idea of her. All she has is the look that the Doctor gets in his eyes sometimes, bleak and bereaved, or the way his face will suddenly close in upon itself like a sea anemone, or the way he stops talking all of a sudden and it’s as if Niagara Falls has dried up. A deep and total silence, full of unspoken pain, because he won’t speak to her about Rose. Anything else, but not her. Martha thinks of a hundred ways to broach the subject, but she stops short every time. She can’t defy that silence. She’s afraid. She can only take so much pain. She knows that on the Companion Scale, Rose scores a 10 and she scores a 0.

Even after the year that never happened, when she walked the world and felt her heart grow as tough as her feet, even after seeing people die and discovering the truth of the Toclafane, it was still her weak point. When the Master said, “Days of old, Doctor, you had companions who could absorb the Time Vortex”, Martha felt the words pierce her like a stiletto, even though she knew that everything had gone according to plan, even though she knew she wasn’t useless.

But now she stands in the Tardis, knowing that her family is safe, knowing that she has to come back down to Earth in every sense of the world. She is not like Rose. She will not cling to him. She will leave with her head held high. The Doctor smiles at her, his brown eyes warm with affection, and Martha is pleased to note that she feels no twinge of longing for more.

“Martha Jones, you saved the world,” says the Doctor, his voice soft with pride.

And she smiles back at him. “Yes, I did!” she agrees. “I spent a lot of time with you thinking I was second best, but you know what? I am good!”

From zero to hero. Beat that, Rose Tyler.

Edited at 2007-12-29 03:28 am (UTC)

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