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Saved By a Kiss, Part 1/1 
8th-Sep-2008 11:52 pm
DW -- martha/10 kiss
Title: Saved By a Kiss
Author: radiantbaby
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Martha
Word Count: 656 [in Microsoft Word]
Genre: Fluffy Romance, Missing Scene
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Peacemaker by James Swallow
Summary: At the end of their adventure in the American Old West, Martha and the Doctor share a hotel room for the night.
Beta: persiflage_1
Disclaimer: All your Doctor Who are belong to us Sadly, I own nothing related to Doctor Who et al. I am just playing around in their sandbox for a bit of fun.

Author Notes: I read this book on my recent holiday in Italy and, though I tried working on another story, my mind kept coming back to the book -- especially the end where, along with Nathan [one of the main characters], Martha and the Doctor spent the night in a hotel before leaving in the TARDIS. According the text: “The Doctor sat on the balcony of the hotel where they stayed, watching the stars all night long. Martha and Nathan slept, and they did not dream at all.” I kept thinking about what the Doctor might be thinking on that balcony after all that had happened and thus this fic [a missing scene of sorts] was born.

It’s probably better if you’ve read Peacemaker already as this story has some pretty major spoilers for it, but it is probably not a necessity. YMMV.

Thanks so much to persiflage_1 who beta’d this piece. Any other mistakes are all mine. Feedback is happy-making, so please leave a word or two [even if I am a bit slack in responding, your comments always make my day].


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The Doctor pressed his fingers against his lips, the blazing bolt from Martha’s kiss still seeming to tingle that tiny bit there – even after several hours had passed.

Saved by a kiss, he mused.

He remembered that not too long ago in his past, he was killed with a kiss, but this time – this time when he worried that all was lost – the sweet pleasure of lips pressed against his had instead galvanized and strengthened him when he’d felt most weak.

Martha.

He’d almost lost her that day and just the memory of that suddenly tore with white-hot pain through his senses, as if burning him from the inside out. He’d not be surprised if she wanted to go back to her life in London after all of this, he thought shamefully, and there was a part of him that felt more afraid – more hurt -- by that possibility than her almost dying.

(In that moment it was as if he couldn’t bear the thought of her living her life, day after day, on Earth without him, especially knowing that she’d run from him – from this life of his. And then, just as quickly, also in that moment, his walls crashed upward around him, working quickly to block those thoughts.

No, he had to deny such feelings.)

He moved from the balcony and into the semi-darkness of the hotel room. Though the nightmares were gone from the effects of the Clade weapon, Martha admitted to being somewhat afraid to sleep alone after looking death in the eye and asked him to share a room with her.

He’d obliged her, of course, knowing that he’d mostly be awake throughout the night anyway and that he could hide on the balcony from any temptation that might result in sharing her bed.

Still, nevertheless, he found himself being drawn into the room to her bedside. As he stood above her, he watched the soft rise and fall of her breathing beneath the bedclothes and the way her skin was colored by the swatches of moonlight slipping through the cracks of the window shutters.

His gaze then swept over where her gunshot wound once ripped at her skin and he felt his breath catch. He should have kept her safe, he should have never let her get shot, he should have –

“Doctor?”

The whisper shook him from his reverie and he looked over to see Martha blinking sleepily at him. “Is everything all right?” she added, her brow starting to furrow in concern.

“Yes, just fine. Go back to sleep,” he said softly.

“But,” she paused, swallowing heavily, “you’re crying.”

The Doctor reached up to press his palm against his cheek and felt the wetness there, surprised at the tears that were falling from his eyes. He felt suddenly abashed and looked away.

“Lie with me,” Martha said sweetly, reaching to twine her fingers with his.

“I should – “ he started, trailing off as he helplessly pointed toward the balcony, failing as he tried without words to tell her he needed to go before things got more…complicated.

“You should lie down. With me.”

“I can’t,” he replied, though his body seemed to contradict him – he was crawling into her bed beside her, shifting on his knees to lie by her side.

“You are,” she corrected, easing the blanket over him.

“So I am,” he said with a blush.

Martha shifted forward to wrap her arms around him, her warm body pressed against his. He stiffened at first – the contact too close, too intimate – but then eased into her embrace with a heavy sigh.

“Good night, Doctor,” she whispered against him, her breath hot on his neck.

“Good night, Martha Jones.”

I love you, he added silently in his thoughts, before finally locking away his feelings again and letting himself fall asleep in her arms.

She’d not have any nightmares tonight – not if he had anything to do with it.
Comments 
9th-Sep-2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Awww! ♥ That was beautiful, with just the right amount of sadness. I haven't read the book, but I think I might have to now!
12th-Sep-2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
I am so happy that you liked it -- thanks so much!

I was actually surprised by the book. My expectations were honestly not very high (the premise of the book didn't sound that interesting), but I gave it a go on my recent vacation and found it to be a very enjoyable read!

The book is also rather shippy in Ten/Martha terms and I really, really love how respectful Ten is toward Martha in the story and how it's even mentioned by an outside character that they have an obvious deep bond. I wish they would have shown more of that side of their relationship on the show, but oh well...
13th-Sep-2008 04:14 am (UTC)
You're welcome. :)

I haven't tried any of the books so far, but I think I may have to start. I've heard that a few of them are very shippy, Ten/Martha-wise, which can only be a good thing! ^.^
9th-Sep-2008 04:30 am (UTC)
I wanted to quote my favorite line in my comment, but then I realized I would just end up quoting the entire thing.

That was lovely.
12th-Sep-2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Awww! *blush* Thanks so much! I am so glad that you enjoyed it!

P.S. If you've not read Peacemaker, I would definitely recommend it, by the way. :)
13th-Sep-2008 03:16 am (UTC)
P.S. If you've not read Peacemaker, I would definitely recommend it, by the way. :)

Oh, I loved Peacemaker!It's definitely one of my favorite Martha/Ten books.
9th-Sep-2008 04:35 am (UTC)
*snuggles up alongside Ten and Martha*

Love this fic - a perfect "tag" to James' book...
12th-Sep-2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

Oh and I'd love to snuggle alongside them as well -- they are just so perfectly cuddly here, aren't they?

There was so much warmth and affection between them in Peacemaker (to which I was very pleasantly surprised!), I honestly couldn't resist doing a tag fic for it. :)

Now if we could only get that relationship aspect on the show...
13th-Sep-2008 04:58 am (UTC)
There was so much warmth and affection between them in Peacemaker (to which I was very pleasantly surprised!), I honestly couldn't resist doing a tag fic for it. :)

Yes - that warmth and affection is particularly strong in Peacemaker, The Pirate Loop and Wetworld (all of which I've just re-read during the past week). It fits, though, with the warmth and affection they began to share after "42" - which is when the books are set.

Now if we could only get that relationship aspect on the show...

Oh please!
9th-Sep-2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Awww...
12th-Sep-2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :)
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12th-Sep-2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you -- I am so happy that you liked it so much! :)
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12th-Sep-2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
9th-Sep-2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Okay, I refuse to read anymore fics today. They're all giving me tears. In a good and sweet way, but, I'm at work!! I'm not supposed to be all weepy! You and persiflage_1 really need to stop making me cry today!

In case that's too much of a cover, I really did love this. You always do such a fantastic job!
12th-Sep-2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Awww, I didn't mean to make you cry! Maybe I should put a "cry warning" on my fics going forward? ;)

*belatedly hands over some tissue*

I am so happy that you liked it! It was just something I wrote really quickly on vacation and didn't think much of. I am glad that I posted it -- it received much better feedback than I'd anticipated! :)
9th-Sep-2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
i haven't read peacemaker, but i'm sure this scene will be in my mind when i do. it's a beautiful encapsulation of ten and martha in season three:

“I can’t,” he replied, though his body seemed to contradict him – he was crawling into her bed beside her, shifting on his knees to lie by her side.

“You are,” she corrected, easing the blanket over him.


even the "i love you" is lovely, because it doesn't seem like a romantic declaration, just a statement of fact that the doctor can't seem to be able to say out loud, like so many other things.
12th-Sep-2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I am so happy that you liked this fic -- thank you so much!

I was pleasantly surprised by the book myself and would recommend it for some nice light reading. The author really shows a deep friendship between Ten and Martha, IMO, giving their relationship lots of respect in the text. I am sad that wasn't something more evident in the show itself.

it's a beautiful encapsulation of ten and martha in season three:
[snip]
even the "i love you" is lovely, because it doesn't seem like a romantic declaration, just a statement of fact that the doctor can't seem to be able to say out loud, like so many other things.


Thanks, I am so glad that you got that aspect of their relationship I was going for. As you said, the "I love you" was more a statement of fact than anything particularly romantic. It wasn't something that needed heavy fanfare or sparkling lights, it was just something that was simply there between them (though held back by the Doctor). It was, as you said, so very much them in S3.

Thanks for reading and commenting! I also see you around fandom and I think you have a lot of great things to say. :)
13th-Sep-2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
i will remember to check this book out once i actually have money to spend on such things. i wish i had monies just so i could buy all the bbc books because i enjoy their lovely hardcovers... same for big finish.

It was, as you said, so very much them in S3.

as much as i love s3 stories, i wish there was more post s4 doctor/martha. i know a lot of people think the show has made it impossible, but i think it just made the possibility even more complex and intriguing.

I also see you around fandom and I think you have a lot of great things to say.

yay, thankee. i *do* like to say things, so im glad they're interesting to somebody. :D
16th-Sep-2008 12:11 am (UTC)
i will remember to check this book out once i actually have money to spend on such things. i wish i had monies just so i could buy all the bbc books because i enjoy their lovely hardcovers...

I love the hardcovers as well! I actually just spent two Barnes & Noble gift cards I'd received for my birthday on all of the Ten and Martha books very recently. I felt like a full-on geek for doing so (which is fine, because, well, I am one), but I am so happy that I did. :)

same for big finish.

I really, really need to get some of the Big Finish stuff. I keep hearing so many wonderful things about them.

as much as i love s3 stories, i wish there was more post s4 doctor/martha. i know a lot of people think the show has made it impossible, but i think it just made the possibility even more complex and intriguing.

That's a good point. I think fandom still churns out S3 stories in a way to attempt to fix things they were unsatisfied with in the series. I know that I am guilty of this as well. I suppose once you get to S4, you have Tom Milligan and, by extension, Martha's engagement. A lot of people aren't really sure how to work with that. I know I can get a big hung up on that myself some times. I agree though, there should really be more post-S4 Ten and Martha stories. I think post-S5 might be a good place to start. Maybe I'll do a fic myself.

yay, thankee. i *do* like to say things, so im glad they're interesting to somebody. :D

Well, they are. To me, at least. :)

By the way, I'm going to friend you in a second. I hope that is not too weird or anything -- I never know with people.
16th-Sep-2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I really, really need to get some of the Big Finish stuff.

yes you do! their books are expensive, but not really anymoreso than most other hardcovers, it seems. their download service is actually pretty cheap, and the audios are WIN. well, most of them. also i love nick briggs, so we should all help him keep his job of making awesome doctor whoness.

I think fandom still churns out S3 stories in a way to attempt to fix things they were unsatisfied with in the series.

i'm sure this is true, but after a while this just ends up making the fandom stagnant. especially as most of the concerns that were had at the end of the third season have actually been addressed by canon! not always with complete satisfaction, but that would have been rather disingenuous if they had, because it would have meant throwing out a lot of what happened in the season before.

I suppose once you get to S4, you have Tom Milligan and, by extension, Martha's engagement. A lot of people aren't really sure how to work with that.

that makes sense if they are trying to write fluffy romance, because, er, with the situation the way it is you can't. not without being untrue to the characters. (sort of like making immediate fluffy nate/rose). but it seems to me that things were never really fluffy between martha and the doctor anyway. of course i think the same about rose and the doctor, and most of fandom doesn't seem to agree. frankly i would be quite intrigueed if someone wrote post s4 doctor/martha and didn't have martha magically free of tom through a covenient break-up or magical polyamory. even though i think there are plenty of reasons that martha and tom could have to break up, it's always seems a bit too easy (as opposed to real break-ups, which, even when they are mutual, are still usually horrible). plus there could be excellent opportunities to show the doctor feeling guilty -- not because of the cheating itself (the doctor probably doesn't have the exact same attitudes to sexual relationships as modern, western human civilisation), but because he thinks martha will hate him. because he is self-centred like that. :D

By the way, I'm going to friend you in a second. I hope that is not too weird or anything -- I never know with people.

feel free, m'lady! i usually don't friend back right away because i like to lurk for a while, and keep my flist managable. i don't know how people with 100s of friends manage to read their flist (i imagine they don't). also because of long bouts of anti-social tendencies that happen. but yes. free to friend and defriend at will, i have no qualms. :D
18th-Sep-2008 07:31 am (UTC)
that makes sense if they are trying to write fluffy romance, because, er, with the situation the way it is you can't. not without being untrue to the characters. (sort of like making immediate fluffy nate/rose). but it seems to me that things were never really fluffy between martha and the doctor anyway. of course i think the same about rose and the doctor, and most of fandom doesn't seem to agree. frankly i would be quite intrigueed if someone wrote post s4 doctor/martha and didn't have martha magically free of tom through a covenient break-up or magical polyamory. even though i think there are plenty of reasons that martha and tom could have to break up, it's always seems a bit too easy (as opposed to real break-ups, which, even when they are mutual, are still usually horrible). plus there could be excellent opportunities to show the doctor feeling guilty -- not because of the cheating itself (the doctor probably doesn't have the exact same attitudes to sexual relationships as modern, western human civilisation), but because he thinks martha will hate him. because he is self-centred like that. :D

Erm, so you sorta made me commit fic. As I said in my author's notes, I am not sure if my story is what you were looking for, but it was totally eating my brain yesterday and had to be exorcised. Heh. :)

Oh, and as for "magical polyamory" in post S3 stories -- ho boy am I guilty of that! Then again, I am poly myself, so sometimes I can't help myself [plus there is the bit of my personal fanon that ties into that where I don't see the Doctor as inherently nonmonagamous himself]. ;)

feel free, m'lady! i usually don't friend back right away because i like to lurk for a while, and keep my flist managable. i don't know how people with 100s of friends manage to read their flist (i imagine they don't). also because of long bouts of anti-social tendencies that happen. but yes. free to friend and defriend at will, i have no qualms. :D

Excellent! No pressure to friend back, of course. I just like to read people whom I find interesting and, at least at the present time, you are one of those people. :)
18th-Sep-2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
i have the power to compel peoples to commit acts of fiction! obviously this is a great and terrible power.

re: magical polyamory, it's not so much that martha (or anyone) couldn't be poly, just that the idea only ever comes up in doctor/martha stories right before they're about to have sex. it's used as a convenience, as opposed to... i dunno, character development.

plus there is the bit of my personal fanon that ties into that where I don't see the Doctor as inherently nonmonagamous himself

ok, now you must elaborate! i have curiosity! *waits*

also: *goes to read fic nao*
19th-Sep-2008 04:10 am (UTC)
i have the power to compel peoples to commit acts of fiction! obviously this is a great and terrible power.

And you should wield it with responsibility or you will have a thousand monkeys writing constantly for you!

...Actually, that probably wouldn't be so bad. Carry on. Use that power!

re: magical polyamory, it's not so much that martha (or anyone) couldn't be poly, just that the idea only ever comes up in doctor/martha stories right before they're about to have sex. it's used as a convenience, as opposed to... i dunno, character development.

That's true -- that can and does happen. I am sure I've probably made the same error in my own fic(s) on occasion too. I'll have to keep an eye on that myself. I think sometimes I am so blinded by my rebellion against the whole "One True Love Only" concept of romance, that I can get a bit impulsive. 'Tis a weakness, I suppose.

ok, now you must elaborate! i have curiosity! *waits*

Well, hmm, it's a bit hard to articulate, and honestly not something I've ever tried to put into words. I'll say up front that I am an introvert and tend needing a lot of "processing time" to articulate my thoughts in a way I am comfortable, but I am going to attempt to give it a go off-the-cuff:

First off, I just basically don't buy the Doctor falling into traditional human patterns of relationships when it comes to romance, not because he's a bastard (which he certainly can be), but because he's an alien and therefore approaches things from an entirely different worldview. This is admittedly a flimsy argument as there are meta factors coming into play such as the worldview of the writers coloring his characterization. I know that. Still, it seems there are glimpses into the way he looks at things (such as when he casually explains Captain Jack's omnisexuality to Rose) that show that his ideas about "love" probably veer a bit more toward what we think of as nontraditional.

Now the problem is, we haven't had a lot of (overt) examples of how the Doctor deals with "romantic relationships" in canon. The examples that we do have (well, in the new series, at least) seem to tend to point toward nonmonogamy though (again my opinion and again arguable), such as falling in love with Reinette while remaining in love with Rose and the love in both relationships not being diminished by the other.

Taking out any equation of my disinterest for the Doctor/Rose ship, canon tells me they were in some sort of relationship, but the Doctor doesn't seem to consider this relationship exclusive from what I can tell. I sort of went into this in a review I wrote about GitF here.

The Doctor, later, seems to show non-exclusivity with River as well (at least from bits and pieces you get from her). Again, that is open to interpretation as it's a) only her word on things and b) not explicitly stated in the text.

Now, is that his default setting? Is he too distracted by the New Shiny to maintain monogamy? I don't know. It just makes sense to me. Maybe -- admittedly -- because nonmonogamy makes sense to me and, by extension, seems to make sense for the Doctor's lifestyle to me. I could be projecting. I own that.

Then again, they say "no two people ever see the same movie" (or shows, books, etc. for that matter) due to our varied experiences and perspectives that translate what we see and how we react emotionally to it. I suppose that is how, say for example, I don't think the Doctor was ever "in love" with Rose (he cared a lot about her, yeah, but that was it from what I could see) or how the Doctor cared more for Martha than he ever said. Other people see things differently in the show, interpret looks and words differently than I do.

I suppose that's fanon vs. canon for you, though.

Hrumph. Maybe I should sleep on it.

also: *goes to read fic nao*

Hooray! *goes to read your response to fic*
24th-Sep-2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
ahhhhh, see i misread your first comment and thought you were saying something to the effect that ten was more monogamous than he might have realised! thus my confused intrigue, especially when paired with a poly martha.

anyway, nonmonogamy is one of the aspects of the doctor's character that i sort of just take for granted -- he's an alien, his relationships are often non-linear in nature, and he's a thousand years old. damn, human relationships can get pretty complicated over the course of sixty years, imagine relationships that stretch over centuries. i'm also not super invested in separating sexual relationships from most other relationships; again, he's an alien, again, he's a thousand years old. and i don't think it's a matter of your being poly and projecting; i'm a dude who is hard-wired for monogamy myself. but i think even someone like me would have a different way of approaching things after several hundred years.

i think hints are about as much as we're ever going to get on this in canon, which is GOOD. pls to not be spoiling the mystery of the character, BBC. but in my mind the glimpes we've got generally support the idea that, yeah, the doctor is not a thirty-eight year old human guy who wants to settle down in the current western cultural fashion.
9th-Sep-2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's completely lovely, and now canon in my head... :)
12th-Sep-2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much! :)
10th-Sep-2008 01:31 am (UTC) - Good Night, Martha Jones
Just beautiful as always!! :D
12th-Sep-2008 10:32 pm (UTC) - Re: Good Night, Martha Jones
Yay! Thanks so much! I am so glad that you liked it! :)
10th-Sep-2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Very nice! I want to snuggle with both.
12th-Sep-2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I would love to snuggle with them as well.

*happy sigh*

P.S. I am catching up on comments and stuff, so I am about to answer the message you sent me once I finish. Not to worry, I am certainly not ignoring you or anything, I've just been crazy-busy!
12th-Sep-2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
No worries! I figured you were busy, I know how it is. :)
11th-Sep-2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
This was beautiful...just beautiful.
12th-Sep-2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks so much! I am so happy that you enjoyed it! :)
12th-Sep-2008 09:56 am (UTC)
I've been dying to read this book (they don't sell much DW merchandise here, woe) even more now after reading this story!

In that moment it was as if he couldn’t bear the thought of her living her life, day after day, on Earth without him, especially knowing that she’d run from him – from this life of his.

Oh dear, this made me sadface like whoa, 'coz we all know what happens next :( Anyway, this fic was so adorable, especially that bit where Ten says no but his body says yes ♥
12th-Sep-2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
I've been dying to read this book (they don't sell much DW merchandise here, woe) even more now after reading this story!

I know what you mean about the lack of DW merch around you. Here in the Southeastern US, it's not much better. I actually ordered it from the internet (Amazon) myself.

I would definitely recommend it to read though, if you can get your hands on it. It is very good about showing the bond between Martha and Ten in the text and, as many fans have probably told you already, is very shippy for an "official" story.

Oh dear, this made me sadface like whoa, 'coz we all know what happens next :(

Yeah. The two of them don't know that she's going to walk away in the near future. :(

Anyway, this fic was so adorable, especially that bit where Ten says no but his body says yes

I could totally picture Ten getting into the bed while saying that he can't. That is so indicative of their relationship during S3 though -- saying one thing while his looks and actions say another (I mean, seriously, anyone who can take some of those looks he gives her and say he's not attracted to her are fooling themselves, IMO).

Anyway, thanks so much for the feedback -- I am so happy that you enjoyed the story! :)
12th-Sep-2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
This is lovely, in a brilliant way.

I loved Peacemaker, it's one of my top favorites of the new!Who books. And this is the perfect complement to an already amazing story!
12th-Sep-2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I really enjoyed Peacemaker myself and couldn't help being inspired by it (this fic was written within an hour of finishing the book to be honest!). I am so glad that you liked it! :)
14th-Sep-2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
It's great that someone wrote about the aftermath of the second(?) 'kiss of life' Martha gave the Doctor.
Martha, as she always seems to do, ends up comforting the Doctor.

I had just watched '42' before 'The Peacemaker' so maybe that's why I saw many similarities. (The possession of the Doctor, The Doctor and Martha saving each others lives, and of course The Doctor's desperation to save Martha)

Nice fic!



15th-Sep-2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback!

I loved the whole "kiss of life" bit in "Peacemaker" too and how Martha -- yet again -- saved the Doctor's life. It's weird how such things often seem somewhat downplayed in fandom, but it's amazing to see just how many times Martha saves the Doctor (and he saves her as well). I really liked how protective the Doctor was of Martha in "Peacemaker" as well -- sadly that is not something that is shown in their on-screen adventures as much as I would have liked.

I didn't think about the parallels between "Peacemaker" and "42", but you are absolutely right -- they are a lot of similarities! A lot of people tend to not like "42" very much, but I think it was a great episode for showing how much of a bond there is/was between Martha and the Doctor and how much they care for one another and look out for each other. Possessed!Doctor is a scary, scary thing, but Martha seems to be really good for helping him through that and he knows that.

Anyway, enough rambling (sorry!). I am so glad that you liked my fic! :)
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