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Doctor Who Drabble: Forbidden Knowledge

Title: Forbidden Knowledge
Author: badly_knitted
Characters: River Song, Eleventh Doctor.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 229: Encrypt / Decrypt at dw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: River will go to any lengths to keep the Doctor from learning things he shouldn’t know yet.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Doctor Who, or the characters.

River seldom leaves her diary unattended, citing ‘spoilers’ as the reason she won’t let him read it. She doesn’t want him knowing details of events she’s already lived through that he has yet to experience. On one hand he knows it’s a sensible precaution, but on the other… Well, curiosity is one of his major personality traits, so from the moment he first set eyes on that bulging book he’s been longing to get his hands on it.

When he finally does it’s almost insulting; River’s written the whole thing in code! Does she really think he can’t decrypt it?

The End


Amy and Rory did have a rather complicated relationship with their daughter in the end, having known her as two different people at various ages. None of what they went through is exactly commonplace.

Dads often are hopeless though. I know mine was. that's not always a bad thing, doesn't make them all horrible, just inept at a lot of things. Modern dads are more hands-on with babies and young children though. They're learning.
My mind hurts just thinking about it. Writing a fic is my therapy for story holes like this. That is if I can think of how to express it.

You know my dad was incompetent. I learnt what not to do as a parent from him. It depends on how a man is raised. Women will always be judged by their nurturing/child baring capabilities.

Edited at 2018-06-19 10:56 am (UTC)
Good luck with that! It's a complicated one.

My dad must have been waited on hand and foot by his mother. He wasn't horrible, and he could do some things, but mum did most things because of his ineptitude. He did try sometimes, but it was usually a disaster and resulted in breakages. He did take us to lots of interesting places, and to the theatre...

Well at least you had some fond memories. The frustration came out of not knowing what I could expect from my father so its best not to want anything decent in the end.:(

Edited at 2018-06-20 10:09 pm (UTC)
That has to be tough =(

My dad wasn't perfect, he bailed on us when I was 18 and cheated on mum throughout their marriage, but I didn't know that until I was older so I do have some good memories from childhood.
Sometimes ignorance is bliss. I still find out random things about my dad from my mum.

I told her, I don't want to know anything anymore. The opportunity to change the outcome has already passed.

I have one good memory of my dad as a little kid going to bed. I was afraid of the dark and I ask him to stay with me until I feel asleep.

Now a "normal" parent would have tried to distract or find a way for me to cope with my fear. Like say a bedtime story. He just sat in the dark on the floor. That was the best he could do with his mental state of mind.
It was a nice thing for him to do, so that's something to remember.

I didn't know about all dad's previous infidelity until after he left. I resent him for what he put mum through, but what's done is done.
As long as I was not interfering with what he perceived as me threatening his insecurities, sure.

That was your dads problem. He couldn't appreciate your mum. I hope she didn't let it effect her too much. Sometimes bad memories suck.:(
My mum was a strong woman, that may have been part of the problem in my dad's eyes. She was independent and he wanted someone to wait on him hand and foot. A traditional housewife. Mum was never going to be that.
I'm glad your mum was tough. My dad use to put my mum down and expect to be served too. That's not a wife's role. That's a servants! The whole concept is stupid!*not happy*
Mum was a feisty redhead, she took no nonsense from anyone!

Back in the 50s women were supposed to stay home and take care of the kids and their husband. I guess dad wanted things to stay that way. Mum moved with the times, but dad didn't.
You had me at "feisty redhead"! I bet she could have done some amazing things besides domestic responsibilities if not for the situation.

I think about what my mum could have done if she hadn't married my dad. My brother and I may not have existed though. Although she may have married someone far more deserving of her instead.
I think along those lines too, wondering what her children would have been like if mum had married someone else.

Not as feisty as Donna or even River, but mum did do stuff. She took woodworking classes, and made things, and she rode a moped until she was getting on for 70. The only reason she stopped when she did was that the laws had changed and she needed to take a test. She was developing cataracts and wouldn't have passed.
I could have been a different person. That would mean I also may not have ended up chatting to you. Life's strange that way.

My mum has cataracts too. I heard the procedure is supposed to be simple from what I've heard from those who had it. Still, the eye is delicate.

Your mum sounds like a superhero to me.:)
yes, there are a lot of things about my life that I wouldn't want to be different.

Mum had both eyes done successfully, and my neighbour across the road has had hers done too.

She was. She could be difficult, but she was loved by a great many people.