24 years....

Remember River Song's last episode. Christmas 2015...they had 24 years together on Durilium. In real time they have 22 left...I've always wanted to know what happened during those 24 years...

1 Night=24 years long.

24 years is all she gets…24 years left with her doctor. He showed up on her doorstep with a new face and a new haircut.

She lays her head against his shoulder and he holds her tight. The woman he loves by his side for just one more night.


3. Part 3

River steps out of the TARDIS and hears the clinking of cutlery. The receptionists greets her with a warm greeting.

Receptionist: ‘Professor Song! The Doctor is waiting for you on the balcony.” River: “Oh. Excellent.”

Receptionist: “This way, ma'am.”

River: “Do we have a good table?”

Receptionist: “The finest in all the galaxy, ma'am.”

River: “Ah. One moment.” River darts back into the TARDIS and changes her clothes. When she comes out she sees someone familiar.
River: “Ramone?”

Receptionist: “Professor Song. The Doctor will be with you in a moment.” River: “What are you doing here?” She inquiries about Ramone

Ramone: “They pulled us from the wreckage, ma'am. Fixed us up. I've been working here ever since. Don't worry. The nasty part's all gone -- got deleted in the merger.”

River: “What about Nardole?”

Nardole (O.C.): “Oh, merry Christmas, ma'am. Yeah, good to see you again.” River: “Merry Christmas, Nardole!”

Nardole (O.C.):” Sorry I'm off duty. I'm just having some me time.”

River: “I imagine that must be quite a challenge.”

Nardole (O.C.): “Yes, ma'am” (chuckles)

River: “So, Ramone... you have a metal body now.” The Doctor appears and chuckles

The Doctor: “Down, girl!” River turns and sees him wearing a suit. She smiles

 River: “Now, that, my dear, is a suit.”

The Doctor: “Happy Christmas.” He gives her a box. She tears the paper open

River: “Really? I don't think you've ever given me a present before.” (She gasps) “It's a sonic screwdriver! How lovely!”

The Doctor: “When I saw the sonic trowel, I thought it was just embarrassing, but, look.” (Screwdriver whirs)

River: “Oh, thank you.” She kisses him on the lips and he smiles

 The Doctor: “You look, amazing.” River blushes

River: “Doctor, you have no idea whether I look amazing or not.”

The Doctor: “Well, you've moved your hair about, haven't you?”

River: “Well done. It's very sweet of you to try.”
The Doctor: “So, what do you think?” (Haunting music plays) “The Singing Towers.” (Gentle music plays)

River: “The music. Listen to it. Are you crying?” He wipes away his tears.

The Doctor: “No. Just the wind.”

 River: “Nothing's ever just the wind.”

The Doctor: “No? It blows through the cave system and harmonizes with the crystal layer.”

River: “Why are you sad?:

The Doctor: “Why are you sad?”

River: “I told you, my diary's nearly full. I worry.”

The Doctor: “Please don't.”

River: “There are stories about us, you know.”

The Doctor: “Oh, I dread to think.”

River: “I look them up sometimes.”

The Doctor: “You really shouldn't do that.”

River: “Some of them suggest that... the very last night we spend together is at the Singing Towers of Darillium. That wouldn't be true, would it?”

The Doctor: “Spoilers.”

River: (gasps) “Well, that would explain why you kept cancelling coming here. Do you remember that time...”

The Doctor: “River, stop.”

River: … “when there were two of you...”

The Doctor: “Don't.”

River: Because I want you to know that if this is the last night, I expect you to find a way round it.”

The Doctor: “Not everything can be avoided. Not forever.”

River: “But you're you. There's always a loophole, you wait until the last minute and then you spring it on me.”

The Doctor: “Every night is the last night for something, every Christmas is the last Christmas... “

River: “But you will. You'll wait until I've given up hope, all will be lost, and you'll do that smug little smile and then you'll save the day -- you always do.”

The Doctor: “No, I don't, not always. Times end, River, because they must. Because there's no such thing as happy ever after. It's just a lie we tell ourselves because the truth is so hard.”

River: “No, Doctor... you're wrong. Happy ever after doesn't mean forever. It just means time... a little time. But that's not the sort of thing you could ever understand, is it?”

The Doctor: “Hmm. What do you think of the towers?”

River: “I love them.”

The Doctor: “Then why are you ignoring them?”

River: “They're ignoring me. But then... you can't expect a monolith to love you back.”

The Doctor: “No, you can't. They've been there for millions of years, through storms and floods and wars and... time. Nobody really understands where the music comes from. It's probably something to do with the precise positions, the distance between both towers. Even the locals aren't sure. All anyone will ever tell you is that when the wind stands fair and the night is perfect... when you least expect it... but always... when you need it the most... (Haunting music plays) there is a song.” (Music continues)

River: “So... assuming tonight is all we have left...”

The Doctor: “I didn't say that.”

River: “... how long... is a night on Darillium?”

The Doctor: “24 years.”

River: (gasps) “I hate you.”

The Doctor: “No, you don't.”

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