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 Ringing In the New Year, Rory Williams | December 31st, 1943
Amy Pond
 Posted: Sep 5 2017, 10:23 AM
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Manhattan - December 31st, 1943

Amy couldn't deny it, she was starting to get bored at this party. She had promised a friend from the paper she'd come to her and her husbands New Year's Eve party and it was a nice little affair. She and the girls had gone out and bought new cocktail dresses and Rory looked quite fit in his tailored suit. The beard he'd been growing suited him and the slim cut made him look refined and sexy. She'd also had a glass or two of champagne and that did wonders for her mood. Right now she was having a discussion with Penelope and Susan about her upcoming article, an editorial about women in trousers.

“I know, it's 'improper' and trousers certainly don't suit every figure, but they give you mobility. Easier to chase your wee ones when your skirt isn't wrapping around your knees.”

Rita Hayworth and a few other actresses had picked up on trousers in the last couple of years, and Amy was eager to see them popularized again. The jeans she'd worn to 1938 couldn't be brought out into the public, but she liked to wear them at home. Sometimes she even wore an extra long skirt with the jeans underneath. Trousers were hardly the most notable thing about 2012 she missed, but it was the little things that got to her and that made her articles so popular among housewives. “You're bringing them new ideas, Williams,” her boss liked to shout excitedly at her. “Big ideas, bold ideas! Just hope their husbands don't mind.” There were some things about this era she didn't think she'd ever get used to.

Her eyes drifted over to Rory at his poker game and she was pleased to see that he seemed to be ahead. She hoped he'd stay that way, but took comfort in knowing he'd been given a very limited gambling budget for the night. He'd gotten fairly good playing with the women downstairs, but it didn't pay to be foolish. Still, more interesting than Rory and his winnings was the new man joining the table. He was clearly drunk and she couldn't recall ever seeing him before, dressed like he was wearing some horribly farcical costume. She couldn't hear what he was saying, but she had to wonder where he was from and who on Earth had told him he needed suspenders with his belt.
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Rory Williams
 Posted: Sep 6 2017, 01:18 PM
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Rory hadn't really wanted to go to the party, but it was for one of Amy's friends and while she didn't even really want to be there very long they were putting on good faces for the sake of their new friends. Rather quickly he got parted from Amy and brought into 'the man's club'. With a parting kiss on the cheek to Amy he was carted off for cigars, whiskey and cards. Rory had developed a fondness for Whiskey since joining the husbands for cards and pool on Friday nights, still didn't ever go for the cigars, plenty of Nursing and health manuals telling him the dangers growing up, knocking in his head whenever offered one.

The men were on their fourth round of cards, all playing fairly well and betting with the gambling allowance either set by them or their wives. No one was allowed to bet their houses or cars this evening. Wouldn't want to start the evening with the Missus mad one of them joked. Rory had to keep from laughing , if anyone was going to bet their apartment during a card game it would be Amy after a few drinks.

By the end of the 4th round Rory had won and was currently pocketing about 10 dollars in his pocket. The men weren't betting big yet, possibly after the big count down and the drinks flowed easier and the wives would be just as out of it and not as care as much, possibly. Rory was ready to call it for the night and just stay with Amy being her arm-candy or her being his. Then a man walked up, clearly drunk and wearing a suit that looked more like a bad Halloween mobster then an actual person from this time period. He sat down and dropped a few gold coins on the table. Seems he was buying his way into the game. the first round with the stranger didn't last long, him losing his coins and Mr. Thomas rubbing them between his fingers. The design on them wasn't American... or British for that matter, it looked almost alien and Thomas wasn't letting go of it any time soon to let him look at it.

The 6th then the 7th round went all fairly quick surprisingly, The new man seemed to just want to loose all of his trinkets, Rory didn't bet for these instead now choosing to watch until the man dropped something that looked like a more compact vortex manipulator, about palm sized, could be easily pocketed if need be, ROry started playing again, he wanted to win it. Not only as a possibility to go home but as just a possibility as studying tech, man was a time traveler and apparently drunk enough to part with his way of getting around.
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Amy Pond
 Posted: Sep 9 2017, 09:40 PM
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Amy kept a loose eye on the game, more interested in the new player and Rory, though Rory didn’t seem to be playing with him. She was quickly distracted by Marjorie coming up with an Orange Blossom cocktail she insisted Amy had to try. That became a discussion about whether or not Amy could get her a spot at the paper, doing recipes and reviews. Mostly of drinks, the lush, but she did think the little hors d'oeuvres she’d made for the party were quite delicious. Amy didn’t have the heart to tell her that chopped up hot dog with shredded cheese on crackers wasn’t a groundbreaking idea.

Still, Amy did notice the strange things being bet by the man, the odd coins that looked like they wanted to be doubloons and what looked like some other random trinkets. She was a bit surprised any of the others were willing to play for them, but men did love their shiny things. And the drinks probably helped with that, seeing as some of them seemed to be well plastered. Most of it looked useless, even from a distance, but then he flashed a bit of tech that caught Amy’s eye. “Is that a wee CD player,” she asked, a little louder than she’d meant to.

“Is that a what,” Marjorie laughed, sounding a little over tipsy. “You say the strangest things, Amy. Is that an English thing?”

Amy sighed internally as she remembered that trying to correct her and note that she was actually Scottish would be pointless. “Something like that, yeah.” She wandered away from Marjorie without much segue, towards the table where the men were playing, only to be stopped by Mr. Thomas. He insisted that the men needed their space and she’d be with her husband soon enough, during the countdown and before the big kiss. Amy slipped away from the porcine drunk with an awkward chuckle and found a place not far from the tables to observe. Whatever the man had it wasn’t a CD player, just a little too small for that. She couldn’t quite make out the buttons on it, but it didn’t belong here and she was glad to see that Rory was back in the game.

She wished she could get closer, be his lady luck and make sure he was winning. Whatever it was, she wanted to know. She’d just have to hope Rory’s poker lessons had paid off.
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Rory Williams
 Posted: Sep 18 2017, 09:20 PM
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Rory really didn't have to worry about loosing, the girls from the apartment had taught him well it seemed.While Rory kept the upper hand the traveler,while still stinking drunk managed to keep going at one point pausing the game because he had to pee.

As he wandered off Rory debated on looking at his cards, or just stealing the item and leaving early with Amy in tow. Yeah and the building could explode right now in Daleks and the Doctor could show up wearing a somberro delcaring them the new 'cool thing'. Rory shaked his head with a smirk, while this little device could maybe be a way for them to get back home it could also very well be a portable tv. Which to be honest would also be nice they had left during quiet a few shows Rory had wanted to finish.
The traveler retuned and they kept playing. Rory winning and scooping up the bills and the device,pocketing it and heading over to Amy.

"Let's dance" he said to his wife as he took her hand leading her to the floor. They could talk as they swayed together. Rory looked over his wife for maybe the 100th time tonight. No matter what Amy said this era's style fit her beautifully. She looked like she belonged stepping out of a cab on broadway and giving a film camera a million dollar smile.

Amy had started to ask him questions about the device and he will admit he ignored them in favor of stealing a quick kiss then spinning her around. The drunk Traveler had passed out on a couch, they had some time to still enjoy this party before any thoughts of possibly going home had to enter their mind.
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Amy Pond
 Posted: Sep 22 2017, 01:55 PM
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Amy was pleased to see that Rory was winning against the drunken man, though it wasn’t hard to guess why as she caught a whiff of him passing by. Given the way he wobbled to the bathroom, she was a bit shocked he was even able to play the game. There almost seemed to be something familiar about him, but it might just have been the slightly eccentric mood that was just shy of the cheerful bouncing Doctor they had left behind. No, she was quite certain that whoever this man was, they’d never actually met. But he was fascinating, if only for the tech he so casually bet.

He returned to the table just as Amy got pulled into a conversation with Nancy and Janice about the USS Leary which had been sunk on Christmas Eve. Janice’s husband was in the Navy, on board the USS Schenk, and she incredibly proud of her husbands part in stopping the U-Boat attack and rescuing the survivors of the Leary. Amy couldn’t blame her for her pride, nor could she blame either wife for their concern over their spouses. However, she resented their questions about why Rory hadn’t joined the war efforts.

“Doctors are just as important as soldiers,” she reminded them, her accent a little heavier with her irritation. “Who do you think is going to take care of the men who come back with long term injuries, girls? The men who come back missing limbs?” They looked a little appalled and mildly disgusted, but she could see her words had made an impact. She almost felt bad as she saw the question rolling through their minds; What if my husband comes back crippled?

She was incredibly grateful when Rory showed up a moment later to whisk her away to the dance floor. She couldn’t help but notice how his beautiful emerald eyes ran over her, looking at her like she was the most important thing in the world. She smiled lovingly at him, truly grateful to have him there with her. She still couldn’t begin to imagine a life without him and she hoped she’d never have to.

“So what do you think it does,” she whispered quietly as they swayed close together. “Did he say, give a hint of some-” Her words were suddenly cut off as he pulled her into a kiss before twirling her around, a joyful laugh bubbling from her as she spun. He was right, of course, without ever saying a word. There would be time to wonder when they were in 1944. Right now, they had a party to enjoy.
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Rory Williams
 Posted: Nov 1 2017, 09:09 PM
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Rory had heard a snippet of the conversation of 'why hadn't Rory joined the fight' before swooping Amy away, and the answer was fairly simple, Rory didn't have that much of a paper trail, he couldn't be drafted by the United States military and since no information of him existed in the United Kingdom he couldn't be conscripted. He was just the friendly doctor that lived down the hall with his wife and he didn't want anything other than that.

The device felt like a weight in his pocket. weighing the evening down as he spun Amy under a glittering chandelier . He definitely wanted to know what it did, but asking the source may sober the man up enough to ask for it back. He also didn't want to mess with it in such a crowded room, who knew if it opened a portal to a Dalek infested world or it was a key to a new space car. He chuckled to himself amused at the idea of getting a car that can go into space, briefly wondering if they'd meet the Doctor somehow if that had actually been what the device was for.

Rory shook his head removing the idea from his head. It was almost 11. soon the party would be over and Amy could drag them home to either sleep or puzzle over the device. Most likely puzzling over the device before passing out on their couch. "Well now what would we like to do? You could whip the boys asses in cards or drink all the free champange we want." Rory winked at her as they walked over to the open bar.

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Amy Pond
 Posted: Nov 22 2017, 11:08 PM
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Amy chuckled and stopped at the bar, pulling Rory in for a gentle kiss. “I’ve had a fair few, but I suppose another wouldn’t hurt,” she said, looking up at him with a loving smile. She took a glass from the bartender and sipped it, looking briefly at the shape in his pocket. She couldn’t deny an intense desire to know what the little gadget did, if it was even anything worth being excited about. Still, they couldn’t leave early and mucking about with it in the middle of the party was the definition of a stupid idea. Still, it gnawed at the back of her mind and only the bubbles tickling her nose seemed able to push it away.

She looked around at the room, several long time couples nestled into corners, those who were only together so they wouldn’t ring in the year alone twirling on the floor. A cluster of wives whose husbands were fighting the war stood by the balcony doors, offering each other comfort and support, platitudes they knew were weak. All of them were excited by the upcoming year and terrified of what it may have to offer. But Amy knew, at least in a general sense, what 1944 had to offer. There would be the invasion of Normandy, the last eruption of Vesuvius, Anne Frank, more war and death but very little of it would reach them in New York. The rationing, the war bonds, the tragic news of course, but they were not actively hiding from bombs as they would have been in London at this time.

She finished her glass, anxiously awaiting the countdown to midnight. She had no desire to play cards right now, though she usually enjoyed wiping the smiles off pompous assholes faces. She took Rory’s hand and squeezed it. “Keep me distracted until midnight, pretty boy,” she said with a mischievous grin, leading him to a little nook she’d noticed earlier.
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