Okay, this… um. It’s a bit sad, and I’m posting it mostly for the Doctor Who fans on here…
How I got the idea for this: I was thinking about Marvel, and then Peter Quill’s line from Guardians of the Galaxy came up: “I look around, and I see losers. People who have lost stuff. But today, life’s given us something.” (And I won’t finish the quote because he dropped a profanity in the next sentence. Faugh.)
Anyway, it made me think. And writing this made me cry, so you’re not alone.
For Mother Love and Father Care
His life began with a promise.
“Mommy, it’s the big bad wolf,” the little girl whispered, tears streaming down her cheeks and dampening her long, blond hair. “It’s come for me.”
Her mother consoled her as best she could, secure in the delusions of adulthood, where the worst thing that could happen to you was eviction or losing a job.
However, Rose knew better.
“Please, send someone to see about the crack in the wall,” Amy pleaded as she said her prayers. “Please, please, please.” With the crack, she was terrified of sleeping in her room. It rumbled and growled and sometimes it felt as if the world was falling apart around her.
“Mom?” Jack asked from the doorway as his mother leafed through the paperwork. “When is dad coming home?”
“I’m afraid he isn’t,” she said, a catch in her voice. “He won’t be coming home, ever.”
“Where has he gone? Doesn’t he love us?” Jack sobbed.
“He loves us, yes,” his mother whispered. “But he’s dead, Jack.”
“Jack, remember this always. Death stops the breath, but it can’t stop the heart. Your father died for a friend’s sake. That’s the ultimate act of love.”
“There’s a monster in the void,” the boy sobbed into his pillow. “Please, Daddy, please take it away.”
“I can’t. I am so sorry,” the father replied, gripping his son’s shoulder.
“But it knows my name,” the boy insisted. The father closed his eyes, wishing that his precious son could have stayed a child just a little while longer.
He had been having these nightmares since his eighth birthday.
“Don’t be afraid to be scared,” the father said. “Courage is doing the right thing despite your fear.”
Adults forgot sometimes the harsh reality of a world of nightmare, shutting themselves away in their safe delusions where the worst thing that could happen was losing a job or being evicted. True, those were terrible things to happen, but not so terrible as the child running from the evil he knows is all too real when those who should defend him tell him it is not. Being evicted is not as terrible as losing a home. Losing a job is not as horrifying as becoming lost for all of eternity, an anchorless wanderer, drifting forever through a lukewarm, empty mist.
He swore to protect them, and he would. He always would.
“Your father was a wonderful man, Rose.” Jackie whispered. “You don’t remember him. You were just a baby when he died. He was clever, and he was kind. He would have gone a long way in the world if he hadn’t been hit by that kid.”
“But it was a child’s dream that brought you here. You dreamed that you could hold back death,” the stranger said. Grace looked away. Deep inside, she would never forget Collin. If time travel was real, couldn’t they just go back and save him?
“Amelia Pond. Like a girl in a fairy tale,” the stranger rolled the syllables around his tongue like the silkiest chocolate ice cream.
“Amelia Pond, that was a brilliant name—”
He would protect them, for this.
The Fatherless Girl grew up to change history and re-write Fate, and save her friends a million times over.
The Girl Who Waited would grow up to teach a lonely man how to be human again.
The Boy from Boeshane would grow up to seek a new way.
The Girl Who Dreamed grew up to seek out lights in a new sky.
The Lonely Boy grew up to weave himself an armor of words and walk the stars forever, forging his own destiny and swearing to defend them all—to heal and not to kill, to protect and not to destroy. The solemn oath was the beginning of his life.
No child deserves to cry alone. No person should be allowed to believe that they are unloved. No living being should be allowed to think for the tiniest second that they were not important.
These children would grow up to set new lights afire.
This was his oath.
And he would never break his oath.