The Ends of the Earth by vegetables

Summary: London, 1963. Two teachers stumble into a police box. London, 1962. The city is destroyed in nuclear fire. There were stories that happened before the first story was told. Before there was a beginning, something ends.
Rating: Teen
Categories: Thirteenth Doctor
Characters: The Doctor (13th), The Doctor (Ruth), Yasmin Khan
Genres: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, General, Introspection, Mixed, Romance, Standalone
Warnings: Explicit Violence, Swearing
Challenges: None
Series: None
Published: 2021.11.23
Updated: 2021.11.23

The Ends of the Earth by vegetables
Chapter 38: Chapter 38
Author's Notes:

Late the next day, Yaz knocked gently on Judith’s door, and smiling gently as it opened. Maybe Judith saw they she was holding hands with the Doctor, and maybe she knew what that meant. But if she did, she didn’t choose to mention it, whatever she might have thought inside.

“We’re off,” the Doctor said to Judith. “Back to the future! That’s a reference. You’ll get it two decades from now.”

“Oh,” said Judith, looking unsure how to respond. “Well. Thank you. For keeping me company. It looks like everything’s going to work out after all. From what the radio’s saying.”

“I’m sorry I couldn’t help more,” said the Doctor. “But I’ve got something for you, all the same. As a parting gift. It’s a first edition.”

She held up the book in her hands, and Judith looked at it delightedly.

“Oh my!” she said. “The Doctor of Delaware Hall!”

“You’ve heard of it?” said Yaz.

“Of course I have!” said Judith. “I don’t live under a rock.”

“Everyone’s heard of it, I expect,” said the Doctor. “Although I bet that nobody had, back this morning.”

“I used to love it as a child,” said Judith. “The whole series. With the Lords of the Manor and the things in the woods.”

She looked down at the book, thumbing through the pages.

“There were so many published, though,” she said. “More than I ever thought I could read.”

“Well,” said the Doctor. “Perhaps now you’ll have the time.”

Judith took the book from her, and smiled too.

“I’ll try to read them,” she said.

She hesitated.

“Thank you,” she added. “For showing me it doesn’t have to end.”

The Doctor nodded. “And thank you for reminding me that it can.”

They exchanged a smile very quickly, and Judith closed the door.

“Does the book itself matter?” said Yaz, once she was gone.

“The story matters,” said the Doctor. “That’s why I had to give it to her.”

She smiled.

“I think that I’m going to be in good hands,” she said.

Hoping no one in the sixties would notice, Yaz squeezed her hand tightly with her own. Just for a moment, they were there, together, present in the world.

And then – together – they got ready to leave it behind.

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