Chapter 3

River had been acting very strange lately. Well, stranger than usual. However, the changes were very subtle, so subtle, in fact, that no one besides the Doctor probably would have noticed any difference. But he did.

He didn't think it was anything too bad, because she didn't really look that concerned or worried. One day, he decided that he should probably ask her what was wrong.

Walking into the console room, he saw her pushing buttons and pulling levers while the TARDIS hummed with contentment. "River…" the Doctor started. However, before he could get the sentence out, she interrupted him.

"Sweetie, you wouldn't mind stopping by to visit my parents, would you?"

This caught him off-guard. She had never asked this before, and as far as he knew, today was not an Earth holiday. Maybe she just wanted to see them. She was human, after all.

Soon, River opened the doors to find that they were parked right outside the Pond house. The Doctor smiled to himself. As much as he didn't want to admit it, he had missed the Ponds, and it was a nice surprise to pay them a visit.

River grabbed his hand, and they walked up to the front door together to knock on the door. Rory was the one who answered, a look of complete confusion and shock on his face. This soon turned to delight, and he called for Amy. "Amy? You might want to come see who's at the door."

They could hear Amy calling from the other room as she came closer. "I've told those people a thousand times, I've already given money…" She was cut off once she saw who it actually was. Then a huge smile spread across her face as the Doctor and River were stuck in the middle of a family group hug.

After greetings had been exchanged, Amy led them to the sitting room. "So River, what brings you here?" she asked with a smile.

River grinned and turned to look at the Doctor, who still grasped her hand. He returned her look of pure joy with one of slight confusion. "Actually, I came here to tell you something."

At this, the look of confusion passed over all of their faces. "What is it?" Rory asked.

River took a deep breath and looked at all three of them before saying, "I'm pregnant."

The room suddenly came alive with noise. Amy had squealed with joy and was now hugging Rory, who was trying hard not to cry.

The Doctor was just as surprised as they were, as River hadn't mentioned this to him yet. But at least this explained why she had been acting strange lately. Now he wrapped his arms around her and pulled her close, tears of joy in his eyes.

Then he pulled back to look at her. "River, why didn't you tell me?"

"I wanted to tell you as a family," she said happily, though there was a cloud behind her eyes that only the Doctor saw.

After a few minutes of exchanging hugs and congratulations to the lucky parents, Amy and Rory left the room to prepare dinner.

"So why did you really wait till now to tell me?" River hesitated. "Please, you can tell me."

Finally, she let out a deep breath and said, "I didn't know what you would say, how you would respond."

For a moment, he was confused. He didn't see how this could be anything but good news. "What do you mean?"

She looked very uncomfortable now, but she continued. "I was taken by the Silence when I was born. I was afraid that you wouldn't want to take the risk of having that happen again."

Now it was clear. In a way, she did have a point, but he hadn't actually thought about it that way. "You still turned out fine, better than fine, actually. But now we know what they're after, so we can stop them. I will do everything I can to keep you safe, both of you. They won't get anywhere near you."

Once again, she couldn't help but believe his words. However, this didn't keep her from fearing the Silence. Kovarian was still out there. Amy had killed her in an alternate time stream. They had taken her childhood from her, and what few memories she did have were dark and hard to think about. She wouldn't wish that upon anyone, most definitely not her own child.

The Doctor, who still had his arms around her, now pulled her onto his lap. She sank into his chest, turning her head to look up at him. At this, he leaned down to kiss her. Her hands subconsciously found their way to his face, and soon his were on her face as well.

When River undid his bowtie, though, he grabbed her wrists, smiling. "That might not be the best idea right now with your parents in the other room."

"Actually, we're not," said Amy from the doorway. The Doctor cringed as he saw Rory standing there glaring at him.

"Doctor, I might remind you that I do still have my sword."

The Doctor cleared his throat. "Right, sorry."

Rory turned to walk back to the other room, leaving Amy there. She smiled at them, winked, and then turned to follow Rory.

When she left, River and the Doctor burst into laughter. "Well, River, I'd have to say I always did like your mother better."

Soon dinner was ready, and the meal was spent with talk of their recent adventures. Some of the stories River wouldn't have believed, had she not been there herself. These stories were told for hours after dinner was over, but soon the Doctor became obviously tired, and rested his head on River's shoulder, half asleep.

"Well, I suppose we should be going," she told her parents eventually.

Amy's face fell at this. "So soon? Okay, but just be sure to visit more often than he does," she said, motioning to the Doctor.

She smiled. "I promise."

River nudged the Doctor awake, and they said their goodbyes. She took his hand and led him into the TARDIS.

Once they were inside, suddenly he was wide awake. "I thought you were too tired to keep your eyes open," River accused.

"I'm also a great actor." He pressed a hand to the small of her back, pulling her closer. Now he kissed her passionately, and she grasped at his bowtie, which was still undone. "So where were we?"

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