|snakeling (snakeling) wrote in snakelingsrecs,|
@ 2008-07-20 23:47:00
|Entry tags:||fandom:torchwood, pairing:torchwood:ianto/other, pairing:torchwood:jack/ianto, rating:nc-17|
Transitional Spaces, by Nightanddaze
The relationship between Jack and Ianto is dark and complex, and the author captures it perfectly, showing it in all its fucked-up glory. She even manages to sell me jealous!Jack, which is no mean feat.
Without looking up Jack says, “Owen, I need you to get me some files out the morgue.” Jack puts down his pen, pulling more old papers towards him. “The Destroljik case #69875…”
Case files have seven digit codes assigned to them. Jack stops because he’s finally looked up to see Ianto standing there with his coffee. Jack’s looking at him like he’s never seen Ianto before in his life.
“Good morning, Jack.” There’s not quite a question mark after ‘Jack’, but it’s close. Ianto sets Jack’s coffee in front of him and Jack’s eyes narrow for just a moment. But then his face smoothes out and he smiles.
“Mornin’, Ianto…How are you?”
“Well, Jack. Yourself?”
“Just dandy.” By this time Jack’s smile is tight. It falters and Jack lets it go.
Suddenly, it’s awkward. Ianto smiles tightly too, and backs away quickly. Jack watches him, inscrutable. At the door Ianto turns away, frowning, wondering what kind of charade just took place. Jack should know better than to try and fake it in front of Ianto.
Ianto always knows. He used to make his living here faking it.