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Drabble: Application Rejected

Title: Application Rejected

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Ianto, Owen, Myfanwy, OC Harry Randolph

Rating: G

Written For: Challenge 288, Week 4 – Reverse fandom – Last of the Summer Wine at tw100

Spoilers: Nada.

Summary: Not everyone is cut out to be a Torchwood operative.

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

A/N: Title used was Will Randolph Make a Good Impression?

As potential new recruits went, Harry Randolph didn’t get off to a good start.

At his first sight of Myfanwy, he shrieked like a girl and leapt into Owen’s arms, much to everyone else’s amusement.

He didn’t endear himself to Ianto either, loudly announcing that coffee was as bad as any drug and he’d only drink herbal tea or water. His strict diet meant he didn’t eat junk food either.

To cap it all, he passed out while observing an alien autopsy and cracked his head open.

At least the head injury provided the perfect explanation for his memory loss.

The End


HMM oh dear definitely not Torchwood material. Great drabble.
Thank you.

I think it's back to the drawing board, Jack needs to be more careful when interviewing potential recruits. There are a few things he needs to add to his list of requirements for potential recruits.

...Must love coffee and be willing to eat junk food at least some of the time.

...Must not be scared of large birds.

...Must not be sqeamish and prone to fainting.
Ha, ha--brilliant! He definitely didn't make a good first impression. Kind of makes you wonder where they even found this guy. :-p
Who knows, maybe the advertised in the Situations Vacant column, just didn't say that responders would be interviewed for a position with Torchwood.

It's more likely that they've been online looking for people with suitable qualifications and calling them in for interviews in the hope they'd find a couple of suitable applicants. Or maybe Gwen just dragged him in off the streets...

Thank you.

Edited at 2013-07-21 02:55 pm (UTC)
Could be any of the above! Maybe he's an accomplished scientist or engineer--but he's lacking the nerves of steel and strong stomach TW requires.

Is it really called the "Situations Vacant" column?That sounds so picturesque. :) In the U.S. we call it the "Help Wanted" section. So crass. :-p
I don't even know anymore, it's an awfully long time since I scoured the ads looking for possible jobs, lol!

Yeah, I think you're right about Harry. Very smart guy, (I'm back, had to go rescue mum from a spider. What was I saying? Oh yeah.) Vert smart guy, but not a good fit for Torchwood Three, he seems to be lacking in certain areas, especially not being a coffee addict. Torchwood Three runs on coffee after all.
One of the best parts about my visit to the UK and Ireland was noticing all the little ways the language differed. Every time I saw or heard something like "Situations Vacant" I made a note of it. I've got pages and pages now. Hopefully it will improve my writing. :)

I'm sure the poor bloke's fate was sealed when he looked down his nose at Ianto's coffee and declared it as bad as drugs! Next applicant, please!

Edited at 2013-07-24 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yep, Ianto was already preparing to toss him out on his ear even before he passed out in the autopsy bay. Jack would have helped - he won't have anybody insulting Ianto's coffee!

It's amazing how much British and American English differs, considering they're essentially the same language. I think Australian English is also different to both. Someone should write a lexicon comparing the three, I'm sure it would help fanfic writers no end!
Now I wonder who picked up the poor guy as a potential TW member in the first place - I would have thought that Jack and Ianto both have more knowledge of human nature. Then again, where would have been the fun in that?! XD
Well, he had the right qualifications, you just never know how someone will react to seeing impossible things!

Jack is planning to check that all future applicants like coffee and don't object to junk food though. The rest will still have to be trial and error.

Thank you.
not Torchwood employee material at all!
No, he really wasn't!

Better luck with the next potential recruit, maybe!

Thasnk you!
Recruit was from UNIT obviously.
Oooh, good theory! Yes, that's a distinct possibility!
Thank you!

Recruiting for Torchwood isn't easy!
Owen was not amused.
Very definitely not! Now if Harry had been a girl, I think Owen would have been more than happy to have an unexpected armful, but he didn't appreciate a grown man leaping into his arms.

Thank you.
That's what I thought. Owen must have wondering how he made past Ianto's mad skills.
I expect they'll re-think the interview process. Ianto shouldn't have let Jack interview this guy on his own, he obviously didn't ask the right questions!