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September 2019



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Double Drabble: Unsuitable

Title: Unsuitable
Author: badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, Jack, OFC.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 551: Regret at tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Some people simply aren’t suitable candidates to work for Torchwood.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: Double drabble. Set in the future.

Ianto tapped away at the keys to his computer; he hated this part of the job as much as Jack did, but someone had to be the one to shatter an innocent person’s hopes and dreams, and he was more… tactful than Jack would have been.

‘Dear Miss Molesley, I regret to inform you that your application to join the Torchwood Institute was unsuccessful as you do not meet our stringent employment criteria,’ he typed. And he was regretful; she’d been quite charming, but she was also a walking disaster area. Before lunch on the first day of Torchwood’s latest recruitment drive, she’d managed to almost kill Jack and put two of her group of potential candidates in hospital.

In olden days, she would have been immediately Retconned, never to remember anything about Torchwood or her ill-fated attempt to gain employment there. But that had been years ago, before Torchwood and aliens had become public knowledge. Nowadays, everyone knew of the Torchwood Institute, and anyone could apply to join, hence the rejection letters.

As sweet as Miss Molesley was, she was eighty-two and had bad eyesight. With the best will in the world, she’d never make a good Torchwood operative.

The End


But ... but ... She killed less people then Gwen did on her first day - and she'd probably be great as an under-cover agent cos no-one suspects little old ladies.
Ianto is regretful, but there were better little old lady candidates who can see where they're going.

Thank you!
We have to accept that with advancing years there are certain things we can't do. Mind you she wasn't as bad as Gwen when she started. Ianto is kind enough to let her down gently. There might even be certain duties she can undertake without becoming a full time agent
Maybe she could man a recruitment booth or something. At least she gave it a shot!

Thank you.
OMG! I didn't imagine recruiting such a mature applicant! Poor old lady, she will be devastated!
She gave it her best shot! Can't fault her for trying.

Thank you!