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Fic: What Not to Wear (drabble)

Title: What Not to Wear
Author: Lindenharp
Words:
100
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble
Rating: all ages
Spoilers: none
Summary: Why did the TARDIS offer her that dress?
A/N:
Written for
Challenge #286 in DW100: "Scarlet".  Thanks to
[info]canaana  for beta services, and for pushing me to do better. And I'm going to mention again that I am offering 5 drabbles in the Help_Haiti auction. 

He stares at the dress Donna's holding.  "It's ... scarlet."

"I like red.  Just 'cos I'm ginger--"

"Scarlet," he repeats.  "And orange."

"Okay, scarlet.  You said 'wear bright colours to honour the Sublime Poohbear.'"

"Poojah," he mutters.  Why would the TARDIS provide her a dress in Prydonian colours?

Donna studies his face.  Her frown softens.  "Never mind.  Plenty more choices.  It's just a dress."  Her hand lingers wistfully on the hanger.

"Wear it," he blurts.

"What?"

"I--  It's not important.  You'll look brilliant."

He's right.  At the coronation ball, the only thing brighter than Donna's dress is her smile.

Comments

( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
silvermoon_06
Jan. 18th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Awe, this was just so adorable. :D I love it! It made me smile. :D Thanks so much.
lindenharp
Jan. 18th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I like causing smiles.
garpu
Jan. 18th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Awww. :) I could see Donna in them, too.
lindenharp
Jan. 18th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Personally, I think she'd look better in teal and electric lime, but who am I to argue with Donna Noble and the TARDIS? For that matter, it was supposed to be Rose in this story, but Donna just shouted "Out of the way, blondie," and took over. What's an author to do?

Thanks for commenting.
garpu
Jan. 18th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I know...characters are pushy. Brax was supposed to be a minor character in "Spiegel," but he had other plans...
lindenharp
Jan. 18th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
No surprise there. Brax is a brilliant and devious Time Lord, and Donna Noble is a force of nature.

*sighs* I get pushed around by characters I created. Anaphu was supposed to be a walk-on minor character with no lines. Tragan Vehik was supposed to be a minor character, someone for Donna to butt heads with. I was going to kill him off, and the stubborn so-and-so wouldn't die.

I don't get no respect.
garpu
Jan. 18th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
It's our lot, I think...
rose_cat
Jan. 18th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
This is lovely :)

Donna studies his face. Her frown softens.

And she gets it, that he's really bothered by something, not just being a pain. Donna always gets him.
lindenharp
Jan. 18th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

"Donna always gets him."

She does. She hasn't the faintest idea why this dress upsets him. If she had to guess, she'd probably guess wrong (something connected to Rose, maybe), but she'd know there was a problem. Can you tell that I really, really 'ship Doctor/Donna as best mates?
rose_cat
Jan. 19th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
Can you tell that I really, really 'ship Doctor/Donna as best mates?

Yes. And so do I!
yamx
Jan. 18th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
This is so bittersweet. They both understand each other so well.

I love it, thanks.
lindenharp
Jan. 18th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you. "Bittersweet" is just what I was aiming for.

*icon love*
hab318princess
Jan. 19th, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
lovely, Donna in red :D
lindenharp
Jan. 19th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Scarlet. And orange. :-)

Thanks! Glad you liked it.
othermewriter
Jan. 21st, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Lovely so very like the Doctor and Donna both.
lindenharp
Jan. 21st, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm always happy to know I got the voices right.
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