September 2nd, 2019

Five with key

"A Friend in Need"

Title: "A Friend in Need"
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Genre: Sci-fi
Word Count: 2435

Summary: Jack is the only bloke who gets anything done around here.

Notes: Written for the [community profile] who_contest "Amnesty" challenge. Chosen prompt is "Blame".

This is kind of a cheat, as I did actually write a story for the "Blame" challenge. Three of them, actually. The first, "Eight Months", turned out too long for the 500-word limit, so I started this one. This one got out of hand quickly and I didn't finish it, opting instead to try a third idea. That one was "Caged Bird", and it was my eventual entry for the challenge.

For this story, the original idea was to simply establish that River's squareness gun in "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" is Jack's gun from "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances", and explain how River got it and why the gun's handle changed color. As I worked on it this time, I couldn't figure out how to end it, which brought Meta into the room, and then from that conversation, the last part needed to be created.

This. This is why I never get anything done.

Bonus note: After all these years, this is my first story with Meta? Seriously? (Edit: Turns out it's the second. The first was Pete's World Jack meeting Meta, from two years ago.)

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