This was different. He’d taken her dancing, running, and into a thousand places she’d read about as she studied him. But each time she knew he had been holding back, only giving her a taste of the things she longed for. She never stayed longer than the silly dates and the gleeful adventures that were not much different than the things he probably did with her mother. It was as if he were waiting for her to know him first. She wonders if this is it. If this is what he was waiting for, for younger him to do these things?
Her hand was warm within his and she laughed as he turned her around to the lilting sounds that hung in the air. “Perhaps.” Surely such a simple admission couldn’t be that much of a spoiler, but it had suddenly dawned on her just how much anything she said could change things. She wasn’t sure she wanted to risk rewriting some things just yet.
She eyed the jewelry with a frown. She didn’t want to spoil the child cheerful greeting or the delighted grin on the Doctors face but she hesitated. Her own past was filled with innocent looking things that were more deadly than most would imagine.
He laughed and glanced down at the girl for a moment before looking at River. He gave a big, trusting smile, and took the necklace from the little girl. She beamed, then waited. He turned to her, placed the necklace over her head, then let it rest on her chest.
“The little girl is showing her appreciation for our display of love. She gives the necklace as a token, where the husband takes the necklace and places it on his wife.” He grinned a bit and then leaned in. “It can also be viewed as rude to decline it.” With an inhale, he smiled down at the girl and nodded to her. “Thank you.”
She bit her lip and beamed at River, then the Doctor laughed. He leaned in slightly and exhaled. “It’s also customary to kiss.” He smiles. “A bit like mistletoe.” He gave a smile and then leaned in to press a light kiss to the corner of her mouth while taking a hold of her hands.
The girl clapped and then scurried off while giggling as the Doctor pulled away to look at her. He laughed and then gave an innocent shrug, even if his eyes were mischievious. “Dance with me?”