"The Schwarzschild Radius"
Title: “The Schwarzschild Radius”
Fandom: Doctor Who
Length: 2808 words
Summary: The Doctor, Rose, a black hole, and things better left unsaid.
Beta read by the super patient and insightful scullywolf
It’s a kind of silence that devours.
It’s not the quiet before a storm; it is the storm. A bellowing silence that swallows even the ambient sounds of the TARDIS interior behind them, every whir and hum and electronic pulse has dwindled to hide behind it like something massive but invisible, a suffocating avalanche of airless shadow, something that bends light and time with its impossible weight. It’s silence like a volcanic blast, a din, a clamor; it shakes their bones in their sediment of flesh. It drowns out everything within its reach, even the sound of breath. Everything becomes distant, like the static-sounding hush heard in a seashell.
Rose had wanted a last look at it, the black hole and what remained of its—maybe not impossible but highly improbable—planet. It’s a kind of cosmic flickershow, a fever dream shifting in distant parallax. A slow-motion pinwheel of gas and flame, studded with detritus, with brightness and dark like pearls of rain on a window. It’s a kind of thing that feels wrong to the eye; in any body he’d have found himself squinting.