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Chapter 24

The two of them walked down the winding halls of the TARDIS, through the corridors that they knew led to the library. As they walked, Rain and Jet kept their hands entwined, doing their best to hide the ring so that River wouldn't see it the moment she saw them.

As they walked into the large, open room, they found River sitting in an armchair surrounded by all sorts of books. She didn't look up when they came in, so Jet cleared his throat to announce their arrival.

River glanced up at them, but then went right back to her book. "Oh, hello," she said while turning a page. "Is there something I can do for you?"

Rain looked over at Jet, who motioned for her to start talking. "Actually, there's just something we wanted to tell you."

Now, River looked up suspiciously, marking her page before setting down her book. "What has the Doctor done this time? Please tell me he hasn't gotten himself tangled in the wires again."

Rain let out a short, nervous laugh. "Um, not exactly. Well, at least not that I know of." She began to shuffle her feet nervously.

However, her anxious demeanor didn't go unnoticed by River. "Rain, is something wrong?"

"No, nothing." She took a deep breath and slowly held out her hand, displaying the ring. "I just wanted to tell you that I'm engaged."

River's eyes got wide, but she didn't say anything at first, so Jet stepped in. "Don't worry. I promise I'll never let anything happen to her. I'll die before that happens. I know we're just eighteen, but if you just give me the chance to prove-."

But before he could finish speaking, River jumped up and threw her arms around Rain, tears brimming in her eyes. For the next several minutes, the library was filled with hugging and jumbled congratulations. Eventually, though, River calmed down enough to ask, "So how exactly do you plan on breaking the news to the Doctor?"

Jet gave a smug smile. "I've already told him."

This completely surprised River. "What do you mean you've already told him? I didn't hear any fighting."

"That's because there wasn't any," he answered proudly. "I just asked for his permission, and he gave it to me."

"Well then," River said, walking towards the door, "if you're engaged and I'm pregnant, then I guess it's time for another visit to the Ponds'."

After confirming with the Doctor that he had, in fact, been notified about the engagement, River set course for the Pond residence. They ended up landing only a few months from the last time, partly because they wanted it to look like they visited regularly, and partly because the Doctor really wanted to land in the middle of summer.

The Doctor proceeded to knock furiously on the door until Rory opened it with a slightly annoyed expression that soon turned to joy. "Amy! We've got company!"

"Rory the Roman!" the Doctor exclaimed, pulling his father-in-law into a hug before leading the others into the sitting room.

Amy came rushing in almost immediately. "River!" she called, wrapping her arms around her. "I haven't seen you in months!" Then, she caught sight of Rain standing behind River and wrapped her arms around her as well. Amy pulled back to look at her in confusion. "Something's changed about you since the last time I saw you. You seem . . . happier."

Rain shrugged. "Yeah, well it helps that my head isn't filled with the Silence anymore."

"Well, it's good to have you with us." Amy said, smiling. Now, she noticed Jet, who had thus far been trying to remain invisible. "Oh, I remember you. You're . . . Jet!" she exclaimed, glad that she had remembered.

Jet remained silent, but accepted the hugs and handshakes. After the greetings had been exchanged, they all sat down in the living room. Rory spoke up first. "So what brings you all here today?" he asked.

Rain and River exchanged a glance as if to say, "Do you want to go first?" River then nodded, turning the floor over to her.

Now Rain addressed the Ponds with the same nervousness she had had when telling River. "We actually came here for a couple different reasons. The first of which is to tell you that Jet and I are engaged."

Amy let out an excited shriek before jumping up to embrace her. After Rory had congratulated her as well, he leaned over and patted Jet on the shoulder, whispering to him, "Just remember that I have a very sharp centurion sword, and I know exactly how to use it."

Jet gulped. "Yes, sir," he answered weakly, nodding.

Once all the excitement had died down, Amy looked over at Rain. "So what's the other reason you came?"

Rain looked over to River, who took the Doctor's hand before answering. "Mother, Father," she began, building up the suspense, "I'm pregnant."

This announcement was met with the same reception as the last, consisting of excited squeals from Amy, and a sideways glare at the Doctor from Rory. The Doctor just laughed. "Well, what do you expect? We are married." Rory rolled his eyes, but couldn't help chuckling to himself.

The dinner that ensued was slightly uncomfortable for the Ponds, since both of the other couples were so obviously flirting. At one point, Rory actually stood up to go get his sword, but Amy pulled him back down again, whispering, "Oh, let them have their fun."

"I don't mind Rain and Jet so much," he countered quietly, "but the Doctor and River have been married for quite a while now, and they can't keep their hands off of each other!"

Of course, none of the others caught this conversation, as preoccupied as they were with their partners.

Soon, though, it began to get late, so the four of them left the Pond residence after another round of congratulations and goodbyes. Honestly, the Ponds were slightly relieved to have the love-struck couples gone, but they would never admit that. After all, they only visited every few months.

Once back inside the TARDIS, the Doctor began spinning around the console again. "Any requests?" he asked, but the question was mainly directed at River.

She smiled deviously as she walked towards him. "How about Melody Island?"

The Doctor grimaced. "I'd love to, but I don't really think that's a good idea, considering that the last time we went there you were abducted by the Silence."

River sighed. "They're always getting in the way. In that case, it is late. Maybe we should just stay in for the night."

"Yes!" called Rain, who was thoroughly exhausted.

In fact, everyone looked tired except for the Doctor, who was practically bouncing. "But there's nothing fun to do in here," he whined.

River just smirked at him as he realized what he had said. "Oh, I'm sure we can find something to do."

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