Characters: Owen, Jack.
Written For: Challenge 532: Gender at tw100.
Summary: Owen is discovering how much he doesn’t know about Weevils.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: Double drabble.
Weevils were weird. After three months studying the creatures, Owen didn’t know much more than he had at the start. They were alien, obviously, so he couldn’t base his research on any related earth species; there were no points of reference because the creatures didn’t evolve on earth. Although they were more or less humanoid in shape, once you opened one up there was nothing human about them.
Previous Torchwood medical experts had done some studies of their internal organs. Their skulls contained something that was presumably a brain and they had some of the expected bits and pieces, such as circulatory, digestive, and nervous systems… Beyond that, however, it was all guesswork; there was stuff in them that defied description, never mind explanation.
So far Owen hadn’t even succeeded in finding out whether or not there were male and female Weevils. Maybe they were all the same gender, clones or something. Or there might be more than two genders, he just couldn’t tell.
“Oi, Harkness, how d’you tell male and female Weevils apart?” It was worth asking.
“No idea. Not sure even Weevils know the difference, if there is one. Maybe that’s why they’re always fighting.”
“Thanks for nothing.”