Title: 002: Middles
Characters: Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Duplicate Tenth, River Song
Rating: G
Table character: The Adherents of the Repeated Meme

A/N: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] doctorwho_100. Prompt table located here. Thanks to T. S. Eliot ("The Hollow Men") and W. B. Yeats ("The Second Coming") for writing such memorable lines.


Between the desire

She is glowing, radiant, power, life, and time. He remembers why he fell in love with this life of his, and for a brief moment he tastes it; he makes himself the center, and the center cannot hold.

And the spasm

This is the way the world ends.


Between the potency

She is kneeling, center stage, where they’ve both placed her in this war of theirs. As she speaks and laughs, he feels the love she’s sent swelling from the planet, and they call his name; he makes himself the center, and the center cannot hold.

And the existence

This is the way the world ends.


Between the essence

They could have been with him, those two, not forever, but long enough to help him heal. As he seals them off into their alternate realities, he sees how literal his middles have become; he made himself the center, and the center cannot hold.

And the descent

This is the way the world ends.


He is chained to a pipe. From the floor he watches her ending, which is his beginning. She makes herself the center and the center cannot hold.

Falls the Shadow



Lazarus had it wrong.

Lazarus had it right.

“No,” he thought. “Lazarus had it.”


Not with a bang but with a whimper.


From: [identity profile] supasass.livejournal.com


This is wonderful. I've been reading T.S Eliot recently and came across the poem you've quoted and it fits in so beautifully. I guess he knew there'd be stories alternate realities and time travel and it'd make perfect writing (I've also this astounding Ten/Master story which featured Wasteland). It's a great piece on the people in the Doctor's life and the falling apart of it.

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com


Thank you! Eliot is great to work with, and I adore "The Lazarus Experiment," so when I saw the "middles" prompt, this just seemed to be the way to go. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

From: [identity profile] supasass.livejournal.com


Haven't rewatched Lazarus in a while, and I must get to it after this fic :).

From: [identity profile] dk323.livejournal.com


Absolutely amazing - I feel like I'm reading a work of art rather than a collection of words. I love seeing different styles of writing that captures the essence and thoughts of the characters in a few well-chosen words and phrases. I like how you wove T.S. Eliot's poem into this - it just fit so well with the story.

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com


Thank you! I wrote this piece a while ago, and finally decided to post it here. I hope to get back to work on this particular table (although I also need to get back to the Order one too), as posting the two fics I've completed for it reminded me of how much I liked the idea I was working with.

Anyway, I'm so pleased that you liked this fic!

From: [identity profile] dk323.livejournal.com


You're welcome. I'm glad you decided to post it. :) Good luck with juggling the two fic tables!

Just wanted to let you know I got your email on my fic. I haven't gotten around to editing it yet, but I plan to make some big changes to it (including taking out a scene). Thanks again for the beta. :)

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com


Thanks! I know you've already read this; I just needed to get it over to this journal so I wouldn't forget about them.
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