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Full Circle

Title: Full Circle
Author: darklyenigmatic
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Vague allusions to LotTL
Summary: The Doctor left the Master, the first time. Now, at the last, the Master leaves him.
Characters: Ten, Simm!Master, vague allusions to earlier versions
Pairing: Implied Doctor/Master
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: Not mine, unfortunately. BBC owns them.
Word count: 200 exactly
Author’s Note: Attempting to ease myself back into Doctor/Master. I do intend to finish Golden, I promise, but it may take some time. Hopefully once all my assignments are out of the way next week I’ll be able to start focusing on my fics again. Anyway, this is my first double drabble, my first fic in months, and probably not that good. Apologies in advance for what are probably some very messy tenses. I just needed to write something. Unbeta-ed, so any and all mistakes are mine. Written for the doctorwho_100  prompt 014: Regret. Let me know what you think! :)

Years on, the Doctor will know that what he did was wrong. But now, right now, in this very moment, all he has is anger. He thinks, then, so very young and so very naive, that it is hate, but later he learns how vastly different the two are.

He leaves that night, flees in his TARDIS and doesn’t return for a hundred years, and even then he leaves again, less than a day later and with his granddaughter in tow. At the time, he doesn’t realise how much his actions hurt the Master, and later, when he finally comes to accept that in this he is the one at fault, he cannot let himself dwell on it, on the fact that, if he hadn’t ever mistaken anger for hatred, then it may never have come to this, to the Master dying in his arms and leaving him alone again. It is a terrible irony, the way it has come full circle. The Master is leaving him this time. And, for all his crimes, for all the things he has done, for leaving the Master that first time and spurning him since, he can’t say it’s more than he deserves.


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Dec. 7th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Very poignant and packs quite a lot into just a few words. I always like stories that approach their relationship from this angle. Very nice. :)
Dec. 9th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed :)
Dec. 7th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
I love this - y'know it still sometimes startles me when I think back to the First Doctor and realise that he's the same character as Ten...or even Eleven (but perhaps not so much so with Eleven as there is something curiously old-fashioned about him, isn't there?!)... imagining that crothety old man in Totters Lane and then Ten with, say, Donna.... it's weird. There's no other show quite like it, is there?! Brilliant, and I love your story. Because I personally think that, Rasillon notwithstanding, a lot of what is wrong with The Master has to be down to the Doctor and his absolute abhorrence of commitment or settling-down-ness.... I sometimes see The Master as a frustrated stalker, LOL.
Dec. 9th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
Heh, as far the Doctor being the cause of many of the Master's problems, I'm with you there. Anyway, thanks for commenting! Glad you enjoyed it :)
Dec. 8th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Mmmm, this is angstygood.
Dec. 9th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Dec. 8th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Ohhh. I love this. Very tightly written and good. It's wonderfully mysterious and leaves you wanting more, and this kind of matches some of my ideas of *why* they broke up and how the Doctor managed to leave with Susan. I thought he ran away first, after the breakup, and then came back later for Susan. So, yeah, fantastic stuff here. I'm glad to see you writing more!:D
Dec. 9th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
Thanks :) Glad it worked for you! And yes, finally I have both the time and inclination to write. It's frustrating how infrequently the two coincide.
Dec. 8th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm always happy to see an insightful Ten, and you've written one very nicely here. Good job! Looking forward to more "Golden", too.
Dec. 9th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! Characters are the most important thing for me, so it's lovely to hear when I've got it right :) Glad you enjoyed, and as far as Golden is concerned, with some luck and a bit of inspiration there should be another chapter up within the next month.
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