raven: young Amy sitting across the table from the Doctor (doctor who - small amy)
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I watched "Day of the Moon" last night with [personal profile] thingswithwings and [personal profile] livrelibre (thank god - they can attest that I spent most of the time hiding behind nearest jumper/cushion/puppy) and we all really loved it and then they persuaded me to write the following.

[Spoilers, guys! Spoilers, spoilers.]

Fic:: Scenes From The Wedding Album of Canton Everett Delaware III
by Raven
800w, Doctor Who. Marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life's momentous acts of self-definition.


Marriage... bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family.... Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life's momentous acts of self-definition.

Per Marshall J, Goodridge v Department of Health, 798 N.E.2d 941 (Mass. 2003)

*


Exterior, day. Cold, wet, grey, Massachusetts. A long, long line, with coffee vendors, journalists, and men in formalwear at eight in the morning. A voice, querulous and loving.

"And why do you want your whole stupid fucking name on it, anyway. Canton Everett Delaware the Third, like, twenty years from now I'm going to check my wedding album to check I didn't marry your fucking father."

"I don't want an album at all!" An elderly man, determined. "I want to stand here and drink my coffee in peace and not have you popping up at me with that stupid camera."

"Well, fine. Twenty years from now you can go and look up your own wedding on Facebook, see if I fucking care."

A pause, while he sips the coffee and his partner rummages for pastries and they shift along absent-mindedly in the way of lines everywhere.

"Gentlemen" – a new voice, a slightly oily, practised voice – "is there anything you'd like to say at this historic moment?"

"Yes," says Canton, after a moment. "My partner of forty years is about to marry me with cheese Danish crumbs on his collar, let me get those, you idiot."

The journalist takes a picture while he fixes it. Groom-to-be nervously adjusts tie, he guesses the caption will be. God damn the New York Times.

"Facebook of course won't exist by then" – he's on a roll – "and all you'll have are the memories that survive your advancing senility."

Canton says, "I can consult the paper of record. Romance is not dead."

*


A courtroom trying for expectant hush, and landing on expectant excitement. "Three-day waiting period my ass," Henry whispers.

"Shut up."

"Hear ye, hear ye" – court in session – "and God save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

Canton finds it inexplicably hilarious. The judge has white hair and a stern expression. He looks down at the papers and nods. "All set."

And then they're crossing the street through the sleet to the justice of the peace and this is happening, it's really happening. "I've never done this before," mutters the guy, and fixes his tie and checks his lines, and then they're saying their bit, and it's kind of a blur. Canton signs his name in full, though. Some things last; some things matter.

They stop on the steps of City Hall and look out over the lines, the crowds. People are cheering, traffic's stopping. A guy with blond hair and black-rimmed glasses jumps out of the crowd and says, "Hey, I can get you both..."

"Thanks," Henry tells him, handing off the camera, and they pose, briefly, while the sun comes out obligingly for just a few moments. The clean wind whips away some of the bad times and when Canton looks up the guy's gone.


*


Exterior, day. Later that same day, climbing down from that same high.

"Oh, my God."

"What?" Canton says, "what, what" – and he rolls out of the passenger seat of the car – "did we get a ticket or what?"

"No." They got a sign, hand-painted, stuck to the back of the car. "Just married", in black text on bright TARDIS blue.

"Oh," Canton says, and sits heavily down on the bonnet. "Oh. Give me the camera."

He looks through the pictures. There's the rain, turning to sleet, the half-empty cup of coffee, his own nervous, old, smiling face, and there's the two of them coming out of City Hall, and there's the man behind them in the fez with the elastic grin and double thumbs-up.

"You've told me about that guy," Henry says, and it's not a question.

"Yeah," Canton says. He thinks about it. "Doctor!" he yells. "Doctor, where are you hiding?"

There's no answer. From nowhere, a sprinkle of silver, otherworldly confetti; then a distant sound of dematerialisation.

"Thanks," Canton says, to no one, and breathes in the cool morning air, covered in stars.

end.
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on 2011-05-01 04:42 pm (UTC)
happydork: A graph-theoretic tree in the shape of a dog, with the caption "Tree (with bark)" (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] happydork
"My partner of forty years is about to marry me with cheese Danish crumbs on his collar, let me get those, you idiot."

:D:D:D:D:D THIS FIC MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

on 2011-05-01 04:43 pm (UTC)
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (who: eleven [profile])
Posted by [personal profile] such_heights
eeeeeee!!! *flails at you* I wanted just this fic, so much, and this is so perfect. Hearts for you! :D

on 2011-05-01 05:09 pm (UTC)
livrelibre: DW barcode (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] livrelibre
Eee! That is just as fabulous as imagined and twice as funny:)

on 2011-05-01 05:15 pm (UTC)
thingswithwings: dear teevee: I want to crawl inside you (a dude crawls inside a tv) (dw - amy and eleven standing around pret)
Posted by [personal profile] thingswithwings
oh oh oh you wrote it! And it's delightful! My heart completely broke at:

"Yes," says Canton, after a moment. "My partner of forty years is about to marry me with cheese Danish crumbs on his collar, let me get those, you idiot."

And then it stayed broken throughout, but in a good way. OH I LOVE THEM OH. and the Doctor hovering around, waving to them from their own history! THIS IS PERFECT.

on 2011-05-01 05:25 pm (UTC)
recessional: a small blue-paisley teapot with a blue mug (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] recessional
He looks through the pictures. There's the rain, turning to sleet, the half-empty cup of coffee, his own nervous, old, smiling face, and there's the two of them coming out of City Hall, and there's the man behind them in the fez with the elastic grin and double thumbs-up.

EEEEEEEEEEEEE.

EEEEEEEEEEEEE.

*takes breath*

EEE.

Just so you know.

on 2011-05-02 12:52 am (UTC)
happydork: A graph-theoretic tree in the shape of a dog, with the caption "Tree (with bark)" (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] happydork
Oh, okay, so you have read this! :D But on the plus side, clearly I was right to rec it to you.

on 2011-05-01 05:51 pm (UTC)
polarisnorth: the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), with ear and hand pressed against a wall ([dw] eleven handporn)
Posted by [personal profile] polarisnorth
THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY. <333333333

on 2011-05-01 05:52 pm (UTC)
rhivolution: Mulder's I Want To Believe poster from X-Files, with a TARDIS in place of the spaceship (I want to believe: X-Files/TARDIS)
Posted by [personal profile] rhivolution
Oh geez. This makes me want to cry with awesome.

on 2011-05-01 06:09 pm (UTC)
silverhare: drawing of a grey hare (dw - river [smirk])
Posted by [personal profile] silverhare
*gleeeeeee* Oh, loved it. Especially loved Henry's character; I could really hear his voice coming through.

on 2011-05-01 07:26 pm (UTC)
starlady: (moon dream)
Posted by [personal profile] starlady
Ah ha ha, awesome!

on 2011-05-01 07:26 pm (UTC)
wealhtheow: River Song fluffs her hair smugly (river-fluffs-hair-smugly)
Posted by [personal profile] wealhtheow
YES!

Canton is pure love.

Also, how much do I love the out-of-nowhere confetti? So much. Oh Doctor, never stop trolling.

on 2011-05-01 07:41 pm (UTC)
devohoneybee: (fez)
Posted by [personal profile] devohoneybee
sweet and bittersweet in just the right measure.

i needed this. thanks.

on 2011-05-01 10:48 pm (UTC)
petra: Harley Quinn hugging Poison Ivy blissfully (Harley & Ivy - Femslash yay!)
Posted by [personal profile] petra
This reminded me of standing outside the Northampton courthouse to observe and cheer on that particular day, and it made me beam in retrospect. Thank you.

on 2011-05-02 01:12 am (UTC)
dremiel: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] dremiel
Putting on my fez to give you two big thumbs up!

on 2011-05-02 03:13 am (UTC)
fairestcat: Dreadful the cat (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] fairestcat
OMG I LOVE THIS SO, SO MUCH.

I just finished the ep. and this was EXACTLY what I wanted to read.

on 2011-05-01 04:40 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] myricarubra.livejournal.com
This story mad me so incredibly happy ♥ CANTON :D :D :D :D

on 2011-05-03 03:57 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
yaaay, thank you!

on 2011-05-01 04:49 pm (UTC)
trobadora: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] trobadora
LOVE. :D

on 2011-05-03 04:29 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
thank you!

on 2011-05-01 05:11 pm (UTC)
ext_55027: (dw:tardis)
Posted by [identity profile] silveronthetree.livejournal.com
This made me smile so much. Lovely!

on 2011-05-03 04:29 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
Hurrah! thank you!

on 2011-05-01 05:13 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] heretherebefic.livejournal.com
That was - that was -

*sputters and flails madly at you*

*in a good way*

on 2011-05-03 04:30 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
*grins* yaaay!

on 2011-05-01 05:23 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] wishfulaces.livejournal.com
*applause*

Groom-to-be nervously adjusts tie, he guesses the caption will be. God damn the New York Times.

HA. I kinda enjoy snarky non-romance. :-D

on 2011-05-03 04:30 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
me too! thank you!

on 2011-05-01 06:04 pm (UTC)
ext_30599: (Other: rainbow flag)
Posted by [identity profile] yan-tan-tether.livejournal.com
Wonderful! \o/

on 2011-05-03 04:30 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
thank you!

on 2011-05-01 06:31 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] littlered2.livejournal.com
OH CANTON. OH MARRIAGE. This is lovely.

on 2011-05-03 04:30 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
aww, yay, thank you!

on 2011-05-01 06:41 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cobweb-diamond.livejournal.com
YAY I AM SO GLAD SOMEONE WROTE THIS FIC. :)))))))) smiles forever, thank you.

on 2011-05-03 04:31 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
aww, thank you for reading it!

on 2011-05-01 06:43 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] amet.livejournal.com
jd;f;djas;a;;; ADORABLE. ♥

on 2011-05-03 04:34 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
<333!

on 2011-05-01 09:23 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] tempestsarekind.livejournal.com
YAY. Lovely.

on 2011-05-03 04:35 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
thank you!

on 2011-05-01 09:33 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] laliandra.livejournal.com
Yay, oh, this is lovely. What a gorgeous final image *happysigh*

on 2011-05-03 04:43 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
Thank you!
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