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15 July 2008 @ 07:24 pm
RPF: There Cannot Be A Close Second  
Title: There Cannot Be a Close Second
Pairing: Tennant/Piper
Genre: RPF, romance, angst?

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She came from out of the rain.

He remembers that his fingertips were cold, and his socks were wet. He was tired – but then, he was always tired, these days. The first thing he saw was the dull red glow of her fag, burning through the steel shimmer of rain, smoke curling around her like a veil, like a shroud.

Her eyelashes were stuck together, and her breath smelled like oranges and ash, and when he took her hand, she leaned against the wall beside him and started to cry gently. He didn’t need to ask why she’d called him here, and she didn’t need to say anything. He knew about the mistakes, and the regrets. There were shadows under her eyes; her shoulder blades felt like sharp bird wings beneath his hands. She was still the most beautiful woman he’d ever known, and it was because she knew what it was to live, really live.

He held her face between his long hands, the ones that had held dozens upon dozens of women on stages and staring screens, strangely intimate and cold. All that painstakingly conjured emotion, and wasn’t it funny that of all the heart-swelling kisses he had administered, the only thing that felt true was this moment, standing in the rain on a street corner at three in the morning with a married woman’s tears slipping down his fingers.

Her eyes are full and sad. His are afraid and certain, as his lips shape words his heart’s cried out to her silently for years and years. He finishes a conversation they’ve never had to start, and he finds himself saying, into the hazy silence of an April morning, “But you were, you know, you are, the closest thing to a real story I’ve ever had.”

His mouth finds hers in a moment of stillness. All he can feel is her breathing and the raindrop caught beneath his fingers against her wrist. She sighs against him, a breath that blooms around them, ice crystals hanging in the air, everything in slow-motion.

Her hand curls into his. “I want to go home.” From the way she trembles against him, he knows that she lost that place a long time ago.

“I know.” They’re all just trying to find their way back; they’re all fumbling through the dark, doing the very best they can.

He leads her down side-streets and broad avenues. She trails behind him like a child, her hand folded carefully in his.

When they fall into his bed, shoes and all, still shivering lightly against each other, she clings to him and buries her face in his chest. Her words are muffled; her voice is small. “I love you, you know.”

His mouth presses against the crown of her sweet head. “Yeah.”

Outside the drawn curtains, the sun rises over London.
 
 
 
biggrstaffbunchbiggrstaffbunch on July 16th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
I love the feel of this, very atmospheric. Brilliantly done, thank you!
ophelia_winters: bills/teninchophelia_winters on July 16th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
So lovely, really beautiful. When he takes her face on the porch..!
loved it all the way though!<3
well isn't that just wizard?paisleypixie on July 16th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
Oh, this is absolutely gorgeous.
gemstar69 on July 16th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
This is so beautiful ♥
Rachhippiebanana132 on July 16th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful.
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dwight, you ignorant slut: 035. things will end before they start.andshehopes on July 17th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
absolutely brilliant.
Bec: {DW} Ten & Rose // finally [ani]thesamerain on July 17th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
I got shivers reading this, utterly beautiful! Just hauntingly beautiful, love it :D

And this? his lips shape words his heart’s cried out to her silently for years and years, is the most beautiful line in a story I've ever written. ♥
Liz: doctor who / ten *wibble*surrexi on July 17th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Awwwww, this is so beautiful and angsty. Love it.
notcosyatallnotcosyatall on July 24th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
WOW that was absoultely amazing. tragic, yet so, so beautiful.
(Anonymous) on April 16th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
so beautiful and just how I see them)) I went all awww))

Kate x
ditte3: roseditte3 on July 12th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
It's so beautiful.They are so godd together.