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27 November 2008 @ 11:16 pm
nov 27: twfanfic: time for change [Gen. Jack, Ianto]  
by lucy_locket
time for change;
Gen. Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, (team);
U-Rated; 500words; Set shortly after 1.04 "Cyberwoman",
Ianto returns to work, and Jack muses.

It was as if the entire incident with the Cyberwoman had never happened, Jack mused, leaning back in his chair only a week later and watching his team discreetly over the rim of a freshly brewed mug of coffee. Toshiko, Owen and Gwen were at their respective desks, working on their latest caseload whilst still managing to exchange the friendly banter that had become their norm. Ianto, aside from having just brewed everyone fresh mugs of coffee, was doing his best to blend into the woodwork, which- Jack realised with a jolt and the guilty clenching of his gut- was also his norm.


Sitting forward with a frown, Jack focussed his eyes on Ianto, watching as the young Welshman went about his own duties without so much as a word or a glance in his fellows’ direction and, as a result, was easily forgotten. Jack had never noticed just how well Ianto had mastered the art of making himself invisible to his colleagues, but then Jack assumed that was actually the point.


Pressing his lips into a thin line, he allowed his eyes to fall shut- the dark aroma of his coffee filling his nostrils as he inhaled deeply- allowing his mind to take him back to that night, allowing himself to remember the moment when he’d had his gun pointed at Ianto’s head, had the man kneeling and all but broken before him yelling at Jack, screaming that he had no business judging Ianto when Jack didn’t know a damn thing about him.


When was the last time you asked me a thing about my life?


When, indeed? When had he taken the time to ask any of his fellows about their lives? Ianto’s words brought home the fact that Jack had become too far removed from human society, more so than any victim profile of Gwen’s ever could. Maybe… maybe if he’d taken an interest, allowed himself just a moment to look that little bit deeper… maybe even Suzie could have been saved…


Jack’s eyes snapped open, not liking where his line of thought was taking him.

[ end. ]
[ written as part of Caspe-Wri-Mo

mood: lethargicknackered
music: mojo!radio
daylyn: SH Holmes smoking_cimnessdaylyn on November 27th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Nice. You do such a great job of conveying the emotional turmoil behind everyone's facade -- and having everyone sound so in character. You captured both Ianto's ability to be invisible (and some of the meanings behind it) as well as Jack's almost guilt at his actions (or lack thereof). This is a very well done character musing.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.10 \\ J&I; starecs_whitewolf on December 14th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you think I manage to get everyone in character :) that's a real compliment, hun. And that you liked this piece. I feel I can say so much in these small pieces, and not always with words.

Thank you!
Erin Giles: ianto - coffeeerin_giles on November 28th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Meep. Maybes are never good. Another great fic hun, full of emotion and you've got Jack's voice spot on. :)
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.03 \\ Janto kisscs_whitewolf on December 14th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
X) Thanks! I'm glad my Jack worked for you, he can be somewhat tricky to play with at times.

mrs_cj_harknessmrs_cj_harkness on November 28th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
Oh I like it. Very much.

Awww Caspe-Wri-Mo is nearly over :(
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Jack; torchwoodcs_whitewolf on December 14th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading!

(Yes I know, *way* behind with the reviews! heh)

hab318princess on November 29th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
That was brilliant, caught them ever so well!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.07 \\ Ianto/Rissen Mittencs_whitewolf on December 14th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you ever so much! I'm so pleased you think so :)

CS WhiteWolf
It All Comes Back to the Breathjo02 on December 1st, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
That one was particularly good!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.05 \\ Comforting Squeezecs_whitewolf on December 14th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

CS WhiteWolf
missthingsplacemissthingsplace on December 3rd, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Very nice.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.03 \\ Ianto/Gwen & proud!cs_whitewolf on December 14th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!

CS WhiteWolf
Electro Club: lucy_locket Ianto blue eyeselectro_club on December 3rd, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
That was really good!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ SinCity \\ Almost...cs_whitewolf on December 14th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm pleased you think so :)

CS WhiteWolf
Jen: JB Declassifiedluvinthe88and20 on December 3rd, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Nice Job.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Lost Souls \\ Bellcs_whitewolf on December 14th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And thank you for reading!

CS WhiteWolf
thrace_adams: Jack poutthrace_adams on December 4th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
This was really good. Very good character piece.
Campaspe: Torchwood Novels \\ Twilight Streets; Pacs_whitewolf on December 14th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad you found it so :)

Rhi: aeryn toonvipersweb on December 5th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, interesting drabble. I like Jack's thoughts in this. Really nicely done.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.01 \\ gun to the headcs_whitewolf on December 14th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it and that it worked for you :)

CS WhiteWolf