|snakeling (snakeling) wrote in snakelingsrecs,|
@ 2008-08-09 16:23:00
Title: Make a Beginning
Summary: Post-"Exit Wounds". Gwen couldn't go on like that much longer. Neither could Torchwood.
Characters: Gwen Cooper, Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones
I want to see this in canon. I really, really want to see this in canon. This is Gwen Cooper as the show meant to show us, and never quite managed to.
Gwen came to a stop a few feet in front of him and Jack, and Ianto forced himself to push off and sit more or less upright. When he looked at Gwen properly like that, straight up and down, he could see something was wrong; she was much too tidily dressed for work, holding herself too stiffly. Ianto felt the moment Jack saw it; Jack’s hand tightened on his and then let go, and Jack was braced as if for impact. Ianto felt awake again, sharply and rather unpleasantly so, though he still didn’t feel eager to move.
“Stand, please, Jack,” Gwen said.
Ianto felt Jack push back into the cushions, automatically resisting whatever was about to happen. “Gwen, what—”
“Stand, Jack, please.” Gwen’s voice shook a little, but there was force behind it. She held Jack’s gaze steadily, eyes wide and bright, lips pressing tight.
“Please,” she repeated softly, and gestured from herself to Jack and back. “I’ve something to say, and I’d like to be facing you, eye-to-eye, when I say it.”
Jack heaved himself to his feet and Ianto followed. He could not fail to follow Jack now, could not leave him to face this of all things alone. Gwen had said she didn’t think she could bear it much longer, and now she’d gotten to the point where she had to have this conversation with Jack.