Two Birds in a Cage

by Daystar Searcher [Reviews - 49]

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  • Teen
  • Explicit Violence, Non-Con
  • Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort

1. Chapter 1 [Reviews - 6] (1329 words)
Notes: An AU for the Inferno-verse, which I guess makes it an AU of an AU. Basically, the Doctor we know never popped in from our universe, but their version of the Doctor has been their prisoner for as long as he has been in exile. Oh, and the world never burned up, obviously.

Warnings: Descriptions of torture (including allusions to sexual assault). A friendship with occasional Stockholm Syndrome overtones. Stockholm Syndrome.

Disclaimer: I'm just taking these characters out for a spin, BCC. I'll have them back ten minutes after they left.

2. Chapter 2 [Reviews - 5] (3590 words)

3. Chapter 3 [Reviews - 4] (2512 words)

4. Chapter 4 [Reviews - 2] (2901 words)

5. Chapter 5 [Reviews - 4] (9017 words)
I'm changing the warning from "friendship with overtones of Stockholm Syndrome" to straight-up "Stockholm Syndrome." I really should've done it awhile back, but it took some time to realize that the way the story had played out in my head was not the way it wanted to be written.

6. Chapter 6 [Reviews - 2] (8311 words)
As always, Doctor Who does not belong to me, and this time neither does the first story SJ reads, H.P. Lovecraft's "Azathoth."

This chapter was getting really long, so I just cut it off at an appropriate point. The next chapter may be a bit shorter because of that.

7. Chapter 7 [Reviews - 3] (8445 words)
As ever, Doctor Who is not my property, and neither is the play SJ tries to read in this chapter, "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen. No comment on whether I am choosing her reading material by just picking books off my shelves and checking the copyright date.

8. Chapter 8 [Reviews - 1] (5480 words)

9. Chapter 9 [Reviews - 3] (1504 words)
A shorter update this time. Messing around with style, playing with dialogue and repetition and withholding information (I felt like I was starting to come down with explain-everything-itis). We'll see how it goes

10. Chapter 10 [Reviews - 5] (3648 words)
I shameless ganked the gist of a Cory Doctorow blog post about the short story The Cold Equations for the Doctor’s rant in this chapter.

11. Chapter 11 [Reviews - 4] (7716 words)

12. Chapter 12 [Reviews - 3] (6839 words)
Hi, all, I'm here! Apologies for the long, long gap before updates. I've been furloughed until my workplace can safely reopen, and I'm hoping to use this time to work on both my fanfic and my original fic projects.

TRIGGER WARNING: This story already contains a rape/noncon warning, but previously this has mostly taken place offstage. It is front-and-center in this chapter, and there is also some internalizing victim-blaming (on the survivor's part) and some internalized homophobia (on the rapist's part). Take care of yourself, and I understand if you need to bow out. The real world's certainly stressful enough right now.

13. Chapter 13 [Reviews - 2] (7594 words)
Third to last chapter here! One additional warning specifically for this chapter: it's really hard to live in rape culture without internalizing some of it. Even the most sympathetic characters can start to devalue explicit and enthusiastic consent, and blur or cross boundaries.

Also, if you're in the U.S., please VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE. I enjoy writing about a fascist hellhole, not living in one, please and thank you.

14. Chapter 14 [Reviews - 2] (3068 words)

15. Chapter 15 [Reviews - 3] (3527 words)
And we've made it to the final chapter! Thank you all for sticking with it; can you believe I began this story in college? What the fucking fuck is linear time.