Courage

Mar. 29th, 2011 04:34 pm
charamei: (DW1: Doctor Susan)
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Title: Courage
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Susan
Wordcount: 425
Continuity: Gallifrey, post-Time War, in the void.
Disclaimer: I don't own Doctor Who; I'm just playing in the BBC's sandbox for fun and practice.

Summary: There are many kinds of courage. Some of them don't involve starting revolutions.

Susan was never much good at the running. There are days when she wonders how she survived PT at Coal Hill, never mind multiple Dalek invasions.

There are people who like to tell her that she's not very brave, too, although they don't really mean it. They mean where's the Doctor when we need him and he's abandoned us to this mess he made and you'll have to do and I'm scared, make it go away, and there are only so many times that she can explain that bravery doesn't have to mean charging about with a sonic screwdriver, that the changes Gallifrey needs have to come from the inside, that patience is a virtue –

That's usually where they call her a coward. It's a shame, because the next part goes like this:

Courage isn't charging about with a sonic screwdriver. Not always. Sometimes, courage is staying put, keeping calm and carrying on, day in, day out, making the world a tiny bit better in as tiny a way as you can. Courage is waiting for thirty years and never letting yourself give up, because he said he'd come back; courage is leading the resurrection of a society that has every reason to hate aliens, that would lynch you if it found out how many hearts you had. Courage is growing seven babies in a secret laboratory before you finally get a viable combination of human and Time Lord DNA, and then it's accepting that the only viable mix is far more human than not. Courage is sitting on the Omega memorial every day and just talking.

She never says anything too radical. They've arrested her a few times, for the look of the thing, but she always brings tea and biscuits with her and more often than not, the guards stop by for a chat. Perhaps it's the very lack of radicalism that upsets people; but radicalism isn't the point. Revolution isn't the point. Susan wouldn't know what to do with a revolution if she did accidentally start one (she'd turn it over to Romana, probably, and keep talking in the square). The point is: look at me. I'm disagreeing. And so can you.

People are beginning to realise. She hears more mutterings now; occasionally, she even hears something said at a normal pitch, though there haven't been any shouts as yet. The number of people wanting a revolution (expecting her to lead a revolution) is increasing. Slowly, Gallifrey is waking up. It just needs time.

And Susan is very good at waiting.

So she keeps talking, and waits for change.

Date: 2011-03-29 11:18 pm (UTC)
sharpest_asp: Nate Ford sitting on a bench, Sophie Devereaux resting against his lap (Default)
From: [personal profile] sharpest_asp
I like that!

Date: 2011-03-30 01:04 am (UTC)
evilawyer: young black-tailed prairie dog at SF Zoo (Default)
From: [personal profile] evilawyer
Sometimes, courage is staying put...

The whole thing is great, but that line really points out the difference between granddaughter and grandfather in a forceful yet gentle way. Very nice work.

Date: 2011-03-30 09:10 pm (UTC)
fierceturtle: from Gallifrey One 22 (Dalek)
From: [personal profile] fierceturtle
Exactly.

And sometime during his tenth regeneration the Doctor realized this. It didn't stop him from running away, but seems to have learned to accept the cowardice of doing so, and the courage of staying. It's why is respects Amy and Rory, because they are the ones who waited.

Oh, and great Susan story here! I now have an image of Gallifrey as the next Egypt.

Date: 2011-03-30 12:13 pm (UTC)
beatrice_otter: Tardis on a green field (Tardis)
From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
Wow. I love that. I wish I had a Susan icon, because that is absolutely aweseome. I love your Susan.

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