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Fall Forever, G, 347 words

Title: Fall Forever
Characters: Ian, Barbara
Rating: G
Word count: 347
Summary: Ian wonders where it began.
Notes: Written for tigerkat24, because I gave her an IOU for fandom_stocking. Many thanks to purple_bug for betaing.




The thing about falling, Ian thought, is that sooner or later, you hit the bottom.

Barbara looking up and catching his eye from across the staff room, smiling and tucking a strand of hair behind her ear.

Usually it hurt.

Surely that first moment, when safety ran out, was noticeable. But cartoon characters ran off the edge without looking, and stayed running without anything to support them. Then they looked down.

Maybe he’d looked down.

Maybe, like Alice in Wonderland, he’d got used to the falling and could barely remember the rabbit hole.

Barbara animated, passionate, excited; her eyes bright and her hands flying like her words.

She had always been a friend - a kind, intelligent, fascinating and extremely attractive friend - but somewhere, whether at Coal Hill School; in Cathay or the Cave of Skulls; on Skaro or Marinus or somewhere in between, Barbara Wright had become the most important person in his universe (and that was much broader now), for decidedly non-platonic reasons.

Barbara blazing fury and spitting contempt, because they were worth more than this and how dare he treat them like this; stupid old man, no gratitude or common sense.

Somewhere they had become a ‘they’, in his head at least.

He cut himself shaving, went to fetch a tissue and, catching sight of her in the corridor, managed to walk distractedly into the doorframe.

She fussed over him; told him off; enquired as to whether he had a quota of head wounds per month to fill. He played along, joking, the good-natured friend, and knew it was quite impossible to risk this.

Barbara thoughtful, curious, concerned; putting her trust in him as they went to explore the junkyard that night.

***

He always was terrible at keeping his own secrets.

Barbara putting a hand to his burning cheek and kissing him, still laughing against his mouth.

The thing about falling, Ian realised, was that if you fell far enough, the rest of your life would be the fall. And it would be wonderful, with Barbara’s hand in his, falling just the same.

Comments

Posted by: shinyjenni (shinyjenni)
Posted at: 31st January 2009 23:47 (UTC)

That was lovely.

Posted by: remember my prophetic chickens (agapi42)
Posted at: 3rd February 2009 04:22 (UTC)
Barbara colour

Thank you!

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Posted by: remember my prophetic chickens (agapi42)
Posted at: 3rd February 2009 04:26 (UTC)
Ian/Barbara not now

Thank you!

I tried to keep track of how much times he got hit on the head when watching Season 1 and 2 with my friend; I'm afraid I rather lost count. That would be an Interesting Skientific Fact: maybe I should keep a paper record.

Posted by: infiniteviking (infiniteviking)
Posted at: 1st February 2009 05:15 (UTC)
17

Awwwww. XD Lucky he's so bad at hiding things!

Posted by: remember my prophetic chickens (agapi42)
Posted at: 3rd February 2009 04:28 (UTC)
By the river Thames

:D Indeed. Thank you!

Posted by: marah_sarie (marah_sarie)
Posted at: 1st February 2009 09:38 (UTC)
ian/barbara

Oh, this was so very, very lovely. Ian getting distracted and accidentally walking into a doorframe is exactly the sort of thing I can see happening, and oh, the last two lines are just beautiful. This fic has given me such a warm, happy feeling. Love it!

Posted by: remember my prophetic chickens (agapi42)
Posted at: 3rd February 2009 04:30 (UTC)
Team TARDIS 1

Thank you! It's lovely to hear you enjoyed it!

Posted by: Nic (paranoidangel42)
Posted at: 1st February 2009 12:41 (UTC)
Revolutionaries

That's so sweet.

Posted by: remember my prophetic chickens (agapi42)
Posted at: 3rd February 2009 04:32 (UTC)
Team TARDIS v.1

Thank you!

Posted by: Lurky McLurklurk (ionlylurkhere)
Posted at: 1st February 2009 16:31 (UTC)
Barbara

Oh, oh, that's lovely. Captures them perfectly.

Posted by: remember my prophetic chickens (agapi42)
Posted at: 3rd February 2009 04:32 (UTC)
Barbara

That's wonderful to hear. Thank you!

Posted by: is that BABOU?! (oltha_heri)
Posted at: 1st February 2009 18:22 (UTC)
{dw #1}  chestertons.

I love this. It is just so sweet, and cute, and lovely.

Posted by: remember my prophetic chickens (agapi42)
Posted at: 3rd February 2009 04:36 (UTC)
Ian/Barbara

Thank you! I'm pleased you liked it!

Posted by: tigerkat24 (tigerkat24)
Posted at: 1st February 2009 20:11 (UTC)

This was beautiful! Oh, man, I love your wording here. The little flashes he gets of her, and the quota of head wounds made me snork (truth, sister). And Ian being terrible about keeping his own secrets and walking into the doorframe and oh. So beautiful and amazing. This is going into my memories, and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, and I'm sorry for being late in commenting; my internet was out. Such a lovely story.

Posted by: remember my prophetic chickens (agapi42)
Posted at: 3rd February 2009 04:44 (UTC)
Ian

Oh, I'm thrilled to hear it worked for you!

You're very welcome and thank you for a lovely comment.

Posted by: KathyB (kb91)
Posted at: 2nd February 2009 16:12 (UTC)

This is beautiful. From the sweet humor of the doorframe, to the tenderness of their kiss, I could feel his yearning throughout. Just lovely.

Posted by: remember my prophetic chickens (agapi42)
Posted at: 3rd February 2009 04:48 (UTC)
Ian/Barbara

Oh, thank you!

Posted by: MinervaFan (minerva_fan)
Posted at: 27th February 2009 17:25 (UTC)
Dr. Who - Barbara

Oh, my gosh! How did I miss this one? Exquisite story--makes me want to go back and watch all my Ian and Barbara episodes again.

Posted by: remember my prophetic chickens (agapi42)
Posted at: 2nd March 2009 02:34 (UTC)
Barbara colour

Thank you very much indeed! And you know, you can never watch too much Ian and Barbara.

Posted by: Gooseberry (2_fish)
Posted at: 15th August 2009 12:55 (UTC)

Wonderful! :)

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