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Title: a house on fire
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairings or Characters: Amy/Rory
Genre: Romance, Angst
Word Count: 281
Rating: G
Warnings: None!
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Summary: But sometimes he considers the burning house and realizes that house might well be him and Amy. Pre-series.
Notes: This is for [info]who_contest's Drabble Challenge #4: burn.

"We all live in a house on fire. No fire department to call. No way out. Just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it."
- Tennessee Williams

He thinks of Amy and he thinks of fire.

Fire because of her hair, bright red, making it easy to find her in a crowd, as though she is a signal fire and he is a wanderer.

Fire because of her personality, because that’s the word her teachers use to describe her: fiery. The adults watch the two of them together and chuckle, because how is it that meek little Rory Williams has taken up with Amy Pond, the firecracker?

Mostly, he thinks of Amy because fire destroys.

Once, a neighbor’s house had burned down, and James Williams and his son had sat together on their lawn, watching the structure shudder and collapse in on itself.

Above all else, this is what he thinks of when he thinks of Amy: a structure so strong, one that burns so brightly, until one thing knocks it down. That thing, he reflects with some scorn as he looks around her room and sees the dolls, the drawings, is the Doctor. Amy had been so strong until the Doctor had broken her down, stolen her childhood, left her always waiting.

But sometimes he considers the burning house and realizes that house might well be him and Amy. Their relationship is fragile as a house of cards, because he knows that Amy would drop him in a second if the Doctor were to appear, that the remnants of them would flutter to the ground then and scatter. But at the same time, they are an inferno, because as they kiss, he flushes hot and they burn, burn, burn brightly together.

Together, they are a house on fire, and some days he waits for them to collapse.


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Aug. 24th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
I forgot to tag it: it's pre-series! Most of my Rory angst fics are, because I have this vaguely unhealthy interest in exploring how inadequate Rory must have felt at times during their early relationship. I think it's really telling that Amy only says "I love you" to Rory when the Doctor doesn't exist. Fortunately, she's getting much better at that, but until their wedding, I think Rory must have had a lot of confusion and doubt about her feelings for him.

This was initially something completely different, but the idea of comparing them to a house on fire totally overtook me, and that line was one of the first things to come to me. Yay for inspiration out of nowhere? LOL! Thank you! :)
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Aug. 24th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)
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Aug. 25th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
I'm a fake redhead and even I have nothing on Karen's hair, LOL. Thank you; I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)
Aug. 25th, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
This!! Ohhhh, this...Amy is an ember flaring - but together...oh together they are FIRE. Beautiful, dear! Just lovely!

Aug. 25th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks!! I'm so glad you liked it! :D
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Aug. 26th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's part of what I like exploring about Amy--she puts on a very strong front most times, but sometimes she just breaks and you realize how badly the Doctor has damaged her. The pain in her voice when she asks, "Well, why did you say five minutes?!": that's just the essence of her, to me. Her strength seems to come from so many years of anger and pain, and Rory was the one to help her through that. I've liked exploring that in my fics, for certain.
Aug. 27th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the imagery!
Aug. 27th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And oooh, pretty icon. ^_^
Aug. 29th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
I really love this. Comparing Amy to fire and their pre-series relationship to a burning house is very clever and appropriate.
Aug. 31st, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :D I love your icon, BTW! It's gorgeous, and I do so love that scene.
Aug. 31st, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, it's by famira! I love your icon too. SO naughty out of context. XD
Aug. 31st, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
LOL, initially, all the Amy/Rory pieces I'd written were smutty, so I needed a naughty-out-of-context icon to go with them. ;) Seems to fit the bill quite nicely!
Sep. 4th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
oh my poor Rory, you capture his feelings toward the Doctor well, even if this was pre series I think he is still weary of the Doctor.
Sep. 4th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think so, too, which is why so many of my Amy/Rory pieces focus on Rory's feelings about the Doctor situation. I think he's got a better understanding of the Doctor by now, but I think there's a part of him that might never fully forgive the Doctor.
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Sep. 7th, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you! I'm very glad you enjoyed it so much!
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