|snakeling (snakeling) wrote in snakelingsrecs,|
@ 2008-07-25 18:10:00
|Entry tags:||fandom:torchwood, gen:torchwood, rating:pg-13|
The End of a Circle, by K Haldane
People who have been following this rec journal know how much I love complicated, Moebius-strip time-travel stories. This one is a glowing example of what I mean by that.
It's also a very realistic and very interesting look at what happened to Jack during Exit Wounds, and develops some interesting theories about the Rift.
Jack was aware of none of this. He revived only to die within minutes, and all he could do was try and keep his mind as calm as possible. He might well have gone mad, except that he always died before the horror of his situation had time to overwhelm his reason. He hung onto the same thoughts every time: for good or for evil, Gray was alive; John’s ring on his chest was not only a promise but, more practically, a beacon, to lead help to him; and his team would never abandon him, no matter how long it took to find him.
Jack might have laughed at how Gray’s own cruelty had backfired on him, had he air to breathe. John would cheerfully have killed Jack outright from sheer pique, but when Gray decided to force his cooperation John immediately set to work to actively sabotage his efforts.
Jack had to hope that John wouldn’t go to Torchwood for help and get shot before he could explain himself. On the other hand, John was pretty good at talking his way out of just such situations.