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Chapter 6

River woke up first. She was in the same place she had been the night before, when she had been too tired to walk to her room. They were on the floor of the console room, the Doctor still asleep. She would have gotten up, but his arms were wrapped tightly around her, not that she was complaining.

She just waited for the Doctor to awake, all the while memorizing the features of his face. This was definitely her Doctor, the one she had grown up with. That is, after she had escaped the Silence.

Now it seemed as though her perfect dream might actually be possible. Soon, she would have a child, and she could travel with the Doctor all the time now. All she had to do was convince him to spend a little more time on Earth.

Though, she knew somehow that that would never happen. He was an adventurer, a hero. Even if they did settle down and get a house, there was a large chance that it would be attacked by aliens within the first week, anyway.

So for now she was content with the way her life was going, especially at this moment. Of course, the Doctor would have to wake up sometime, but that didn't mean he had to let go.

As she stared at his perfect features, his eyes began to slowly flicker open. She quickly closed her eyes and slowed her breathing, pretending to be asleep.

She felt a soft kiss to her cheek and a hand stroking the back of her neck. Then his lips traced their way up her jaw, resting on her ear, and whispering softly, "River Song, you never have been a good actress."

She smiled and opened her eyes. "Okay, you caught me." Silently, she noted that his arms were still wrapped around her.

The Doctor must have noticed this too, as he tightened his grip even more, and stood up carefully with her still in his arms. "So what do you want to do today?" The question was soft, as though he could barely speak above a whisper.

"If it's not too much trouble, I'd like to go somewhere a little less dangerous. I'd rather not be almost killed twice in one week."

The Doctor smirked at this request. "And by normal do you mean Earth?"

River grinned. This was exactly what she had meant, but she said nothing and shrugged as if to say that works.

He rolled his eyes, still smiling. River always wanted to go to Earth, but he didn't blame her because on days like this, so did he. "I think I know the perfect place."

When they had materialized, River was the first one out the door. She just loved everything about this planet, but she grew even more excited once she saw where they had landed. It was a beach, but not just any beach; this one was deserted. Her face lit up, as she couldn't contain her joy. "Doctor, where are we?"

"I believe we are on some unknown island somewhere in the Pacific. I discovered this place a few years ago and thought it was absolutely beautiful—the perfect place to spend some down time."

River felt herself filled with a childlike fascination, which was perfectly normal, considering she never actually had a real childhood. "I'll race you to the ocean!"

The Doctor took off running, as he also had the restraint of a five year old. River took off after him, and they each began stripping down to only the bare necessities before jumping in to the cold blue waves.

"I win!" the Doctor shouted gleefully as they surfaced.

"Are you kidding? I was clearly the winner! Hang on, are you still wearing your bowtie?"

"Bowties are cool," he just barely managed to get out before they both burst into laughter.

The water was fairly cold today, so they now got out to lie on the shore. With the warmth of the sun on their skin, neither of them particularly liked the idea of having to leave this place, especially since it was just them; it was their place.

Then a random, rather insignificant thought popped into River's head. However, she was curious, so she asked the Doctor anyway, if for no other reason but to hear his voice again. "Doctor, if this island is undiscovered, then what have you named it?"

He turned his head to smile at her, as he had actually thought this through many times. "Melody. This is Melody Island."

River was pleasantly surprised to hear him say her name, her real name. It had been too long since she had heard it. Consequently, she smiled warmly back at him and took his hand in hers. She leaned her head up and pressed a soft kiss to his lips. "I think that's a brilliant name."

By this time, the sun was setting, creating a beautiful array of colors on the horizon. However, the temperature was dropping with the retreating sun, so the two lovers grew cold, as they were still stripped down.

Once they got dressed, though, they found that the temperature wasn't actually that bad. "Why don't we just stay here for tonight?" River asked pleadingly.

The Doctor happily accepted. "We don't have to leave just yet. Most likely, the universe won't end in the next few hours."

River could only hope that he was right. After all, the universe ending was one of the only things that could ruin this night.

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