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FIC: Finally Free

Title: Finally Free
Rating: G
Characters: Ninth Doctor
A/N: 100-word drabble for DW100, prompt #216: Free

 

He ran because he wanted freedom.   Snatched Susan and stole the TARDIS, setting course for adventure.  Gallifrey didn’t catch up to him until his second life.  They tossed him in a cage: one planet, one time. 

They relented, but kept their hook in him.  Do this task.  Fix this problem.  Come home and fix another.  Come home and be President.  (A gilded cage is still a prison.)  Come home and be condemned.  Come home and fight for us.  Die with us. 

Now he is completely free.  Their summons will never snare him again.  Freedom tastes like ashes in his mouth.

 

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time_converges
Sep. 13th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Wow - the last line gave me chills.
lindenharp
Sep. 13th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. When I write a drabble, I usually start with a concept and a last line.
garpu
Sep. 13th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
I like it...did you read "The Last Dodo?" there's a passage in it that your drabble reminds me of.
lindenharp
Sep. 13th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
No, never heard of it.
garpu
Sep. 13th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
It's one of the new 10th Doctor novels. Wasn't bad, and a good read for a plane ride. :)
memorae
Sep. 13th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
I liked that very much.
lindenharp
Sep. 13th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
wendymr
Sep. 13th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, that last line. Talk about a killer punch!

Very nice work :)
lindenharp
Sep. 13th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I do some of my best work when I'm trying to avoid what I really should be writing. :-)
neadods
Sep. 13th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Ooo, yes. That last "permanent exile" really stuck, and now that it's too late to go home, he'd probably give a lot to go back.
lindenharp
Sep. 13th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. Remember Ten's nostalgia about Gallifrey in "Gridlock" and "Sound of Drums"?
neadods
Sep. 14th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
Oh yes. From a planet he couldn't get off of fast enough.
lindenharp
Sep. 14th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Well, you notice that it's the planet he's nostalgic about, more than the people. He rhapsodizes about the orange sky and the silver trees.

I think that if the Doctor could shape the universe to his liking, Gallifrey and the Time Lords would be restored. He'd still wander Time-Space with his companions, having adventures and righting wrongs. And once a century or so, he'd go home, and walk in the red grass under the silver trees.

neadods
Sep. 14th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
The planet never pushed him around and took his companion's memories.
lindenharp
Sep. 14th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly.
garpu
Sep. 15th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
*nodnod* There's a line in "The Last Dodo" about how while the Doctor can't forgive the Time Lords for some of the crap they did to him, he still misses them. In the BFA's, it seems like Seven and Eight have kind of made their peace with them. (Seven wonders if it's time he returned home at the end of Project: Lazarus.)
lsellersfic
Sep. 14th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Simply excellent drabble.
lindenharp
Sep. 14th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
nina_ds
Sep. 14th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. This is Nine. Really well done.
lindenharp
Sep. 14th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I especially appreciate that remark coming from someone with such a cool icon.
nina_ds
Sep. 14th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
I picked up that icon very early in my DW days on LJ, and I have NOT been able to find out who made it to give them appropriate credit, but it's just too good not to use, and I'm willing to prostrate myself before the artist if s/he comes forward. No luck yet.

Nine is still my definitive Doctor. He wasn't my first, but he's the one with whom I connected at a visceral level.
mad_jaks
Sep. 17th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Great work - it really encapsulates his bitterness and his loss.

Edited at 2008-09-17 05:44 pm (UTC)
rose_cat
Sep. 21st, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
This is just...well...awesome. It left me breathless.
lindenharp
Sep. 22nd, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Love the icon. I have been owned by several gray tabbies -- the incumbent is a youthful 16.
rose_cat
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :)

I made that icon myself, amazingly. It's Rose, after whom I named my blog. She's a teeny weeny six-pounder and is 13 this year.
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