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remuslives23. Torchwood Big Bang: The Sum of Your Choices

This fic is amazing! Wow! One of the best I’ve read lately. It has everything: a strong plot, a good original character, great insight into Jack and Ianto’s character, snappy dialogue, some in context Gwen bashing (*smirk*), a strong, understanding, compassionate Ianto Jones (set post Meat), lots of angst, hurt, comfort, and even a bit of romance. Basically, it’s brilliant. I can’t stop thinking about it and highly recommend it. Details below - enjoy!

Title: The Sum of Your Choices
Author: remuslives23
Artist: misshapenmuse
Characters/Pairings: Team, OC’s; Jack/Ianto, mild Ianto/OMC
Contains: Language, mild sexual references, discussion of miscarriage and genetic manipulation
Rating: PG15
Word Count: 33086
Beta: dogsunderfoot 

Summary: Matthew Prentiss thinks he’s having a bad day when, after a close encounter with an alien device, he regains consciousness in a cell in the underground headquarters of Torchwood. He befriends Ianto Jones, who is having his own problems trying to sort out what he wants from his faltering relationship. Things go from bad to worse when the mystery of Matthew’s odd experience is unraveled, uninvited visitors arrive in the Hub, and Matthew is called upon to make a choice that will change his life.

Notes: Set after ‘A Day in the Death’ and references events in ‘Reset’ and ‘Meat’. Thanks to my beta, Di, for her cheerleading and constant support, to my artist for choosing my fic despite the horrible summary, and to my flist for shaking pompoms when I complained about how much easier it would be to write 15000 words of porn than it was to write actual plot.

Disclaimer: This fiction is based on characters and situations created and owned by Russell T Davies, the BBC, and affiliates. No money is being made and no offense is intended. Characters are of legal age for sexual situations.

Fic recommendations

I read way too much fanfiction, and guess what? Most of it is about Jack and Ianto. And even more surprising? Most of it is angsty, with some romantic fluff thrown in when I can find it.

There is some brilliant stuff out there. Wow. In fact, I’m going to post the fic I read today in my next post. It was amazing.

But do you know what I’d really like to see? And maybe I just need to troll the humour categories more, but I’d like to see a story with Jack and Ianto and lots of fun and laughing. No hurt, no comfort, no angst, no fluffy romance. Just two guys having a good time with one another and laughing their heads off. Because they must have had moments like that. And I want to read some. Then maybe I’ll write some.

So - any recommendations? Maybe we can get a good list for other fans to enjoy too! Thanks!

The Dead Line

I am looking for a transcript of the BBC Radio Play ‘The Dead Line.’ Why, you ask? Since listening to the dulcet tones of our favorite Welsh teaboy are much preferable to staring at words on a screen. :) But I am framing a chapter of a new fic around it and need to make multiple checks and references, so having a written copy is far easier to work with than having to pull out my iPod every time. 

The story is an AU look at how things might have gone if Ianto had left Torchwood during the second season. My beta and I were talking about all the Retcon fics out there and started throwing around ideas that took the premise and twisted it up quite a bit. So it’s not what you would expect. I hope.

Anyway, I’ve searched and only found Ianto’s speech. If anyone can point me toward a full transcript, that would be wonderful! Thank you!

Well, the Janto fangirl in me loves that last gif - Gwen asking about Jack coming back and Jack pretty much rejecting her. But the skeptic in me will always wonder about that first one. Was he really talking to Ianto, or was that just an edit? Did he mean it? Because he says the same thing to Gwen later. But she’s married, so he asks Ianto out. This teeny tiny part of me will always wonder if Jack would have asked Gwen out if she hadn’t been wearing that ring. And I hate wondering that. :P

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Time for a reblog! Because this is my absolute favorite shot of Ianto - he’s just so perfect with the mussed up hair, getting dressed, and that perfect comeback. Gah. It’s drool worthy.

I wonder if he said that because he felt the tension almost immediately and was trying to deflect it.

The best part is that if you pay attention, when he walks back into the hothouse after Gwen leaves, Jack already has his shirt back off. Love it!!

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The Bunker

In happy fanfiction world, Jack sure lets Ianto stay in his bunk a lot, and I’m not talking about the sexy times. Ianto’s sick? Down to the bunker! Ianto has a concussion? Down to the bunker! Ianto has been shot/clawed/psychically attacked/otherwise compromised by alien tech? Down to the bunker!
It’s sweet. Really.
So here is my question: what about Tosh or Owen? They are both alone too. Gwen has Rhys so we won’t worry about her. But does Jack let Tosh or Owen have his bed when they are too sick or injured to be on their own?
And has anyone read a fic where this happens?
Because equal opportunity and all that.
And yes, plot bunnies are appearing…

Ianto looked at Jack now, this man who stood staring at him in the darkness of a Scottish countryside, a man who he knew was bored at this point in his life by the endless progression of days, by the ceaseless waiting to find the Doctor again, by the hurt of the Doctor’s abandonment, by the confusion as to what he was and why he could not die, why he had to continue on living as everyone else died around him. This Jack was alone, so completely alone, lost in a world and a history he could not escape, tired of simply existing—and Ianto loved him. He loved him because this was Jack. He loved him because Ianto Jones had long ago thrown aside any limit to how much he could love this one human being.

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How Ianto Jones Saved the Future, by Chocolatephysicist (via janestvalentine)

I really liked this story! It was a fascinating bit of time travel with a good fix-it, romance, a special appearance by the Doctor and most of all a strong, determined, smart, loyal, and loving Ianto Jones. And alive. Really well done, glad it was recced here!

lemeacatlover:

Gareth David-Lloyd just confirmed that Ianto Jones is the funny type of drunk when he’s drunk(Sorry if that sounded repetitive).  Source: x

Cue the fanfiction. Don’t you love when actors inspire authors? ;)

Thinking Out Loud Again

You know, sometimes I wonder about how actors (and writers) see their characters and then choose to portray them. Because sometimes the connection is dead on, but other times there seems to be a disconnect.

I think Jack/Gwen/Ianto might be a shining example of that disconnect.

RTD pushed Jack and Gwen even while writing Jack and Ianto. I’ll never understand that, especially once it was clear that fans LOVED Ianto - still RTD treated him like crap, like the second choice office boy pining over his immortal lover. It was RTD’s character, his choice, but how is it that fans saw sooooo much more in Ianto? And wanted so much more? And why didn’t we get it?

And then you read some of the things JB has said about Jack and Gwen and Ianto and you wonder again how he missed a great thing with Jack and Ianto because a lot of his comments focused on Jack and Gwen, while making light of Jack and Ianto. Take this one from Torchwood Declassified when CoE came out:

JB: Gwen [has] kind of become a little unattainable to Jack but there’s hope in Jack’s mind that maybe she just might, she just might come over to the dark side. *big toothy smile**shrugs*”

I mean…I don’t know. Maybe it’s the monogamist in me, but Jack is with Ianto and yet no one on the show - Jack, John, RTD - seemed willing to commit to that except Ianto/GDL. Still the focus and pining on Gwen, even though she’s married, even after years of clear fan preference for Ianto and his relationship with Jack.

Not that writers and actors should cater to fan preference, but it still seems so clear, even coming to the show years later, that Jack and Ianto were the stronger couple. Again - maybe it’s the “I don’t like unrequited love stories” or “Stories where one character is dumped on” in me. And because of that one decision, to continue the Jack/Gwen tension instead of focusing on the Jack/Ianto relationship, so much potential was left undiscovered. I mean, think of all the amazing fanfiction out there that really explores Jack and Ianto and a mature relationship between them within a Torchwood context. There are even stories that treat Gwen nice (haha.) So it was possible, so possible. And I bet it would have been even more successful. Because I suspect the writers had no idea of the uproar when they killed Ianto. Yes, part of the tragedy was the loss of potential, but really - we got next to nothing from Jack and Ianto being together in Torchwood. It could have hurt even worse if they’d developed Jack and Ianto a bit more and then killed him. Talk about tragedy.

So anyway. That statement above bugged me for some reason. A big part of that reason is that within the series and out, the character of Ianto was marginalized, when in reality he was the most sympathetic and relatable character of them all. In my opinion, he was the conscience of the team, loyal to a fault, and showed more heart than Gwen. And even though it’s pretty obvious the fans adored him, I just wish the writers had realized what a treasure they had. RIP Ianto Jones.

Maybe next time I’ll ramble about Jack’s character a bit and how he was treated disrespectfully as well. This is probably enough for one night, though. ;)

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(Post 10 out of ?) Jack/Ianto:

Compromise

The Edge Of The Roof

First Day

A Man Not Alone

Interrogation

Writer In A Drawer 2009

Carnival Show

The Doctor And Mr. Jones

All The Things I’ve Lost And Found

Snow Day

The Theory Of Two Centres

A Hero’s Return

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Something Blue

Maybe it was

Chocolate Sprinkles

Untitled Fluff

Walk a Mile

Not So Average Days

Innocent Enough

Quixotic

Sacrifice

Does Tumblr allow squeees? Because several of these stories are mine - Squeeeeeee! Thank you so much for the recommendations! I’m so tickled. Plus I have some new stories to read (or reread) myself! Thank you!!

PS. Copper badge is brilliant!!!

torchwood-headcanon:

Submitted by fandoms-before-bandoms

Yet another headcanon that needs to be written down somewhere so we can all sob into our screens…

torchwood-headcanon:

Submitted by fandoms-before-bandoms

Yet another headcanon that needs to be written down somewhere so we can all sob into our screens…

I adore this picture. Nothing is more adorable than this man here.

I adore this picture. Nothing is more adorable than this man here.

Quixotic, a torchwood fanfic | FanFiction

I finished a short Torchwood story should anyone be looking for something to read. As I said in my author’s note, I’ve done post-Cyberwoman (several times), post-Countrycide (also a few times), post-Something Borrowed (tricky), and post-Adrift. So here is my required post-Kiss Kiss Bang Bang story, featuring The Date. I know, I know! How many Jack and Ianto dates can one person read?? We all have our own vision, though, and the beauty (or evil?) of the Internet is that we all get to share them. I’d like to think I’ve done well by them, however, and do hope you enjoy it!

Title: Quixotic
Author: Gmariam
Summary: “We capture aliens, we chase psychotic time travelers, we save the world. We don’t do romance.” But maybe they could…and maybe it would even be romantic. Jack and Ianto’s first date after Jack returns.
Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance - Jack H, Ianto J - Chapters: 6 - Words: 16, 832 - Status: Complete!

And there was the big kiss with his namesake and the “There’s no one at home” line. Did the writers not know this kiss was coming??? Thank god for fanfiction to fill in the blanks. As far as I’m concerned, going back to 1941 was a bit of a wake-up call for Jack in many ways, and he and Ianto definitely talked afterward for this to happen.
But yes, then Jack left. 
And once again we get nothing. As much as I love this show, sometimes I wonder if it bit off more than it could chew with things like this. Or they were just exceptionally cruel in teasing the viewers. Or clueless.
Probably some combination of all three. Still love it, though. Jack and Ianto just look so good together!!

And there was the big kiss with his namesake and the “There’s no one at home” line. Did the writers not know this kiss was coming??? Thank god for fanfiction to fill in the blanks. As far as I’m concerned, going back to 1941 was a bit of a wake-up call for Jack in many ways, and he and Ianto definitely talked afterward for this to happen.

But yes, then Jack left. 

And once again we get nothing. As much as I love this show, sometimes I wonder if it bit off more than it could chew with things like this. Or they were just exceptionally cruel in teasing the viewers. Or clueless.

Probably some combination of all three. Still love it, though. Jack and Ianto just look so good together!!

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Thinking Out Loud

bitsygirl9:

gmariam321:

All right, I have to ask. My curiosity has finally overcome my inner filter.

I follow the Torchwood actors on Twitter. Gareth follows Naoko, Eve, Burn, Freema, Kai, and Tom…but not John. And John follows a lot of his other coworkers…but not Gareth.

Why oh why oh why? Are they not really friends…

On the one hand I try not to read too much into who friends who on twitter,lol. On the other I have wondered the same thing. But really there’s no real reason two actors who happen to work together really have to be friends outside of work. I can’t imagine they have much in common with one another. My guess is they’re a lot like most of us. Friendly enough in work situations, but don’t really feel the need to associate outside of that. Of course there could be some big scandal behind it all, but I doubt it really.

If I stuck my tongue down John Barrowman’s throat several times and died in his arms, I’d most definitely keep in touch with him. ;)

It just seems odd when all the rest of them communicate on Twitter but these two. I can only guess they really fell out of touch. I dearly hope there is no scandal. 

You are right about coworkers outside of work, particularly former coworkers. I suppose us fans sometimes have this idealized vision of our favorite actors as great friends off set, and maybe sometimes they are. But JB and GDL haven’t worked together for years, and while I thought I’d keep in touch with some of my former coworkers forever, that has not been the case whatsoever. Moving on is hard … especially for fans, lol!