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Double Drabble: To Live For

Title: To Live For
Author: badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, Lisa, Jack, Team.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 482: Bottom at tw100.
Spoilers: Cyberwoman and after.
Summary: After losing Lisa, Ianto hit rock bottom.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: This one’s a double drabble.





The massacre at Canary wharf had been bad enough, surrounded by the bodies of people he’d known, the dying and the already dead, but he’d been able to push most of the horror aside because he’d had something more important on his mind; saving Lisa.


She’d given him a purpose, and the courage and determination he’d needed to carry it through, but then she was gone and everything came crashing down on him. What was there left for him to live for? He’d felt so lost and hopeless, down as low as it was possible to get, and yet his life hadn’t ended.


The best thing about hitting rock bottom is that when you get there, the only way to go is back up. It’s not easy, every day is a struggle and there are moments of black despair that threaten to suck him back down again, undoing all the progress he’s made. But then he looks around him at the people he works with. Grumpy Owen, stubborn Gwen, brilliant Tosh… and Jack.


He’d tried so hard to hate Jack, but couldn’t sustain his anger. Jack had shown Lisa mercy by ending her suffering.


Jack is something to live for.



The End










Comments

Jack gave him new purpose.

great drabble
He did, which was just what Ianto needed.

Thank you!
Bless Ianto. He came back so strong. Jack learned to appreciate him and happiness for both followed
They both needed each other.

Thank you!
Bless Ianto.He came back so strong, JACK SAW THAT AND LOVED HIM FOR IT. hAPPINESS FOR BOTH
He has a lot of inner strength, he just needed a sense of purpose, something to anchor him, and Jack provided that.

Thank you.
Nicely done!
Thank you!

Ianto needed a reason to keep going, and I think he's the sort of person who needs to be needed.

I had a bit of trouble with getting the tenses to work, but I think I got it right in the end. Switching between past and present can get a bit tricky.

It will be a really tough road back from the bottom but if anyone can make it, Ianto can.

And he does, because Ianto is stronger than he realises.

Thank you!