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Double Drabble: Question

Title: Question
Author: badly_knitted
Characters: Gwen, Owen, Jack, team implied.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 484: Weekend at tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Gwen has a question for the team.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: This one’s a double drabble.

“So,” said Gwen as the team sat around the boardroom table, eating takeaway, “what do you lot like doing on weekends? Any hobbies?” She’d been racking her brains for questions she could ask in order to get to know her new colleagues, and that one seemed about the safest.

Everyone stared at her and Owen let out a disparaging snort. “Weekends? We’re here, workin’, just like every other day of the week. Torchwood isn’t some cushy nine-to-five job with weekends and bank holidays off. It’s twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. We’re lucky to get one day off a month. Who’s got time for hobbies?”

“Owen’s right,” Jack agreed. “The Rift doesn’t operate to a set schedule, so we have to be ready to deal with whatever comes through at any time, day or night. That’s why phones have to be kept charged and turned on at all times. I handle most nighttime alerts myself, but you never know when I might have to call the team in to assist.

Gwen was floored; all she could manage to say was, “Oh.” She ducked her head, concentrating on lunch. What had she got herself into?

The End


Well, to be fair they all DID have hobbies, they just didn't confine them to the weekends.

Owen's is drinking and shagging; Jack's is standing on rooftops and swishing his coat; Ianto's is looking after the cyber-girlfriend; and Tosh's just happens to be the same as her work so she can do it any time.
*laughs* Ianto also likes to make coffee and file things, and Jack likes flirting with anything that moves,and some things that don't... They have lots of workplace hobbies.

Thank you!

I think Gwen was ill-prepared for a lot of things. Her previous job wouldn't have been standard business hours either.

Edited at 2018-01-25 03:00 am (UTC)
But at least it had more or less regular shifts, unlike Torchwood. She was useless as a PC anyway, behaved like an idiot and probably would have been fired before long.

Thank you!

Yeah. Jack waited so long to find someone ideal for Torchwood and she was it?!

The problem was that she lack the skill set necessary, let alone the potential.
He saw her as a convenient replacement for Suzie and made a snap decision to hire her because she broke the Retcon. He really should have done some investigation into whether she was capable of doing the job. She just wasn't
I guess Jack couldn't just put her on a trial period and Gwen needed more than gun training to be equipped for the job. Jack also encouraged her to maintain a "normal" life which she couldn't really do.

Edited at 2018-01-27 09:18 am (UTC)
She didn't rally try to maintain a normal life, just kept lying to Rhys for no reason. All she ever had to do was say her work was top secret so she couldn't talk about it. Instead she lied to him every chance she got, cheated on him with Owen, and kept throwing herself at Jack, who kept pushing her back at Rhys. Grrr!

Rhys could have done better. I wish that he hadn't been left in the dark about her cheating. Gwen having an affair with Owen was so random.
Rhys deserved someone who would respect him instead of treating him like a convenience. Wouldn't surprise me if thee had been other affairs. She didn't even particularly LIKE Owen.

Gwen actually cried when she realised that Owen was upset about Diane leaving him. I mean, what did she expect was going to happen? Rhys may not have known about Owen, but Owen knew about Rhys, right?
I think Gwen bit off more than she can chew LOL.

Great drabble

More than a bit!

Thank you!

She'll eventually get used to this new way of working. It just makes you appreciate those little moments you get for yourself all that much more.

Torchwood agents have no choice but to adjust.

Thank you!