Characters: Ianto, Lisa, Jack, Team.
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.