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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...
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. :)
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...
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:
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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. :)
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!
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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