Author's Notes:
Six and Peri. Warning for suicide mention. Originally posted to AO3.

Peri's concerned about the Doctor. He's not as reassuring as he thinks he is.

“I worry about you sometimes,” said Peri, in that combative way she had when she was really frightened. “D-did you really think it was a suicide mission?”

“I don’t want to die, if that’s what you mean. Pulled it off, didn’t I?”

She nodded, still nervous. “It’s just, sometimes when you get so upset…”

The Doctor spoke as sincerely as he knew how. “Quite the reverse. I’m determined to live as long as possible.” His face grew grim. “You see, Peri, I’ve met the next chap. He’d only say ‘I told you so.’ I’ve got to spite the little schemer!”