Characters: Ianto, Owen.
Written For: Challenge 530: Maze at tw100.
Summary: Owen is about to carry out a very scientific experiment.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: Double drabble.
“What on earth are you doing?” Ianto asked, leaning on the railing above the autopsy bay and studying Owen’s latest… project.
“It’s a maze,” Owen said, continuing to move boxes, books, and bits of equipment around to leave a single meandering path leading from one end of the tiled floor to the other, with several side passages branching off it leading nowhere.
“I can see that. Doesn’t look very professional.”
“Yeah, well, got to use what’s available. Not like I can go on ebay and order a do-it-yourself maze, is it?”
“Not one that big, no,” Ianto conceded. “What’s it for?”
“I’m studying the snocks, I want to find out how intelligent they are and if they can pass information to one another in some way. First I’ll put a snock in here and time how long it takes it to find its way out. Then I’ll put it back with its flock. After a day or two, I’ll put one of the other snocks in here and see if it can negotiate the maze any faster than the first one.”
“Interesting, but won’t the maze get in the way of your other work?”
Owen frowned. “Hadn’t thought of that.”