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Drabble: Forewarned Is Forearmed

Title: Forewarned Is Forearmed

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Ianto, Jack, Team, OC Mr Bickerdyke

Rating: G

Written For: Challenge 288, Week 3 – Reverse fandom – Last of the Summer Wine at tw100

Spoilers: Nada.

Summary: The Torchwood team receive bad news – the world is about to end.

Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.

A/N: Title used was ‘According To The Prophet Bickerdyke.

This one’s a double drabble – or more precisely, a drabble and its sequel, posted together because they’re both for the same prompt and it’s less fiddly than posting them separately. Also, I couldn’t come up with a second title.

Ianto looked up as the door to the Tourist Office opened and an elderly man walked in.

“Good afternoon, Mr Bickerdyke, how can I help you today.”

“Mr Jones, I am the bearer of grim news once again, I’m afraid. It appears the world will be ending next Thursday.”

Ianto’s brow creased with concern. “Thursday, you say?”

“After lunch.”

“That’s grave news indeed, Mr Bickerdyke.”

“So you’ll take care of it then?”

“I will indeed. The end of the world would be bad for the tourist industry.”

Mr Bickerdyke nodded. “Good day, Mr Jones.”

“Good day, sir, and thank you.”


After Mr Bickerdyke departed, Ianto headed down to the Hub to deliver the news.

“Jack? We have a problem. According to Mr Bickerdyke, the world is ending next Thursday, after lunch.”

“That’s not good, gives us less than a week to prepare. I really wish he could be more specific. Okay, kids, listen up. Something bad is coming our way next Thursday. Tosh, monitor the Rift. Gwen, liase with the police; anything out of the ordinary, I want to know about it immediately. Ianto, Owen, internet and news. We have to keep the world from ending. Let’s get to it!”

The End


so all hands on deck to save the world!
Luckily, Jack believes this prophetic man.
Yes, he's always right and Jack knows it's better to prepare if you get any kind of warning, it might just save everyone!

Thank you.
Their very own Oracle - so convenient!
Convenient yes, but unfortunately rather vague. Poor Mr Bickerdyke, his premonitions of major rift activity always register with him as 'The world is ending.' The early warning is nice, but it would be easier if they knew what to expect!

Thank you!
Brilliant. I can really see this happening!
Thank you!

I figure some people in Cardiff must be more sensitive to the Rift than most. Poor Mr Bickerdyke, he can foresee major Rift events but they always register with him as 'The world is going to end', which isn't as helpful as Jack would like, lol!
Well I know what ever it is they can sort it LOL.

BTW Mr. Bickerdyke? have you been listening to the Janet and John stories?
Nope, he must have been a character in Last of the Summer Wine, because the challenge this month is to use the titles of LotSW episodes as prompts. The titles are great, very inspiring, lol! I've written 25 this month so far, and there's still another week to go!

Thank you, and yes, Mr Bickerdyke knows just who to go to with his premonitions. It always seems to work as the world still hasn't ended! Mr Jones is clearly very efficient.
LOL! I love this. I imagine this "Mr Bickerdyke" is quite the eccentric character. He's probably very pleased someone takes his prophesies seriously!

The end of the world would indeed be bad for the tourist industry!
I figure he's hyper-sensitive to the Rift and has always fretted that no one believed his warnings, even when the world never ended when he was expecting it to. Then he met young Mr Jones, who took him seriously instead of laughing in his face and for the first time, telling someone took a weight from his mind. He knows the danger will be taken care of.

Thank you!
Fabulous !!
Thank you! It was just going to be the first half at first, but it felt unfinished so I figured I'd write a second drabble, just to finish it off.