The Doctor felt it before he saw it; felt River’s grip on his hands loosen and her shoulders slump as she fell back against him, before he saw her expression soften into an almost peaceful one. Her eyes were closed now and her screams ceased, though her breathing still heavy. It felt like she’d been pushing for hours, but it couldn’t have been more than one, and a brief panic rushed through him as he feared she’d actually passed out from exhaustion. He looked up to the nurses, panic fading at their calm looks. He curiously waited for a moment as the one between River’s legs brought her hands up from their previous position, holding a pink and wiggling creature.
That’s when he heard the most beautiful sound the universe had to offer.
Excerpt from chapter three of The Good Kind of Surprise (x)