Especially the baby.
“That’s a shame. —Well, we all have those days, don’t we?” She smiled once again at the baby. “—Is she all human? Or did Jack pass something done, or —?” She asked, examining the young girl from a far.
With her question River snapped out of her thoughts and smiled at Donna. “Yes, I’ve got two actually. One is—— she’s all gone up now. I believe she’s twenty-six—- twenty-seven? Her name’s Aria.” River laughed, bringing her head down to smiling embarrassingly. “And I just found my other one, Emmaline. She’s six…”
Donna shook her head. “No… all of them inherited a little of Jack’s… gift.” She gave a tiny smile, “I’m the only full human in the family.” Of course, she had her own quirks— DID was nothing to shake one’s head at, but River didn’t need to know that.
“You must be proud,” she murmured, “I bet I can guess who their father is.” She bounced Lily gently and the tiny baby cooed, waving her arms happily. “Oooh, there you go! I know a little food in you would perk you up!”
“Good.” John said. “I promised Donna that i wouldn’t do anything because we agreed that going slow was the best. I don’t want her getting hurt.” He explained. “That is the only reason why I have not allowed your little games. understand?”
“You care about her,” Bella said, looking him up and down, “You… you’re good.” She nodded, “I guess I can listen to you. Even if you’re boring.” She leaned against the wall and glared at the ground.
John’s shoulders set back and he exhaled sharply and nodded. “right. You’re going to be good, then?”
“Yeah,” she muttered, huffing. She looked up at him, not wanting to admit that he was right. Of course she should obey him, he was strong, and he was good for the Whole. Not like the last one.
“Apparently you’re having a hard time knowing the word no.” He tugged away from her and wiped the slobber off of his chin that she trailed on him. “You want to be bad,” he said in a warning tone, “then all you get is nothing. You be good, and you might get something.”
She pulled back and frowned, weighing her options. She could be defiant and get herself nowhere… or she could concede to John, who was seeming more and more like he might be worth obeying. “…Fine,” she whined, pulling away and crossing her arms like a petulant child.
“I’m sure it would. —Then again if Jack’s good with anyone it would be you. I see you two together perfectly.” She chuckled then, frowned playfully at the child that didn’t seemed to be happy this morning. Infants didn’t seemed to like River, but she always loved watching them and smiling at them.
“—Two? You’ve got to other little ones? Good on you, Donna. I don’t know how you do it. I can’t barely handle one.” She nodded her head, and walked towards the kettle, and poured the boiling water in the two mugs on the counter.
“She was up all night,” Donna sighed, putting the tiny girl over her shoulder to burp her, “So she’s a bit cranky this morning, poor thing.” She looked down at the baby fondly, “She’s usually very agreeable.”
At River’s comment, she looked up in surprise. “You— you have a child?” That made no sense, considering what she knew of her from the Library. But she really couldn’t reveal that, so she kept her mouth shut.
“I will remind you,” he replied darkly, “that I was a soldier and I can over power you at a moment’s notice. But because you are currently in Donna’s body I will not harm you.” There was something implied, but it was not clear as to what it was. He stared her down. “if you want to play, you have to be a good girl. Bad girls don’t get to play.”
She pouted. “Boring! You’re boring, John!” She pressed up against him, leaning in to lick a long stripe along his jaw. “Being good is overrated, you know. I’d much rather be bad.” She was playing with fire now, antagonizing him just to see what he’d do. She didn’t think it’d be much, from how he’d been acting.
“No, you’re not crazy. A lot of the time it’s a form of… self-defence or something like that,” the Doctor explained, scratching at the line on his face again. “But like I said, I’m not certain. Not an expert and certainly not qualified to diagnose but… wouldn’t hurt to double check.”
Downing the last bit of his cup of tea and placing it on the counter beside him, he sighs and turns to face her. “Whatever it is, Donna, I promise that you’ll be alright. I’ll do whatever’s in my power to help. You got that?”
She shook her head, trying to take a calming breath. “No. No, that’s impossible,” she told him, “Completely impossible. How the hell could I— how could I have it and not even know? I mean, I’d know, wouldn’t I?”
She was really trying very hard not to completely panic at this point. The idea that her head wasn’t entirely her own was terrifying. How could there be other people living in her mind?
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“Ah, no problem, darling. Take your time.” She smiled, and gave the child a wave, then turned back to look at Donna. “Captain Harkness? Blimey, you and him? Good on you, gorgeous. I’ve meant him once or twice. “Very handsome.” She laughed, and walked towards the counter.
“—So, Lily is the youngest? How many beautiful child to have then?
Donna smiled, “Oh yes, me and Jack. Took the Doctor by surprise, let me tell you!” she laughed, “And me as well, if I’m honest. It’s brilliant, though, really brilliant.” Lily began to fuss again and she soothed her quickly, letting her finish the bottle.
“I’ve got two other kids,” she informed River, “A three year old boy and a two year old girl— Mason and Stella.” The kettle whistled and Donna frowned. “Sorry, d’you mind getting that? My hands are a bit full.”
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She nodded, still staring. “Right. Erm. This is… sorry, I think we’ve crossed timelines. This is really… unexpected.” She knew she couldn’t say anything too specific, but she was still quite shocked. River looked exactly the same as last time she’d seen her, minus the…
Donna hushed the baby, pulling a bottle out of the fridge and sticking it in the microwave to heat up. “She needs a feed, sorry.” She reached out to put the kettle on as well, two mugs already on the counter.
“This is Lily, my youngest.” Looking back to River she smiled, adjusting her hold on the baby, “Her daddy is Jack Harkness. Do you know him at all?” The microwave beeped and Donna pulled the bottle out and started to feed her daughter.
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IM SORRY THAT MY ANKLE WAS PRACTICALLY BROKEN AND I COULDN’T GET TO IT GAWD