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Quarduple Drabble: Spying

Title: Spying

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Teen Ianto, Jack

Rating: PG

Word Count: 400 – a quadruple drabble.

Summary: Teenage Ianto likes being up trees, looking down on the world, especially when no one knows he’s there.

Spoilers: None.

Warnings: None.

Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood or any of the characters. Which is sad.

A/N: This one’s for Meirionwen, who left the 600th review on my drabble collection at She asked for ‘Young Ianto in a tree. Bonus points for Jack. Ianto is seventeen.’ I tried to write a drabble, I really did, but it just wasn’t working, so here is a set of four drabbles.

Ianto spent his 17th birthday up a tree. This wasn’t exactly unusual, at least not for Ianto, who spent a great deal of time up various trees. So much so, his sister Rhiannon said he must be part monkey.

There was a lot to be said for being up high, looking down on the world, especially if no one knew you were there.

Being up a tree was like being in a different world. It was peaceful, private, a good place for thinking and an even better place for spying, which was what Ianto was doing right at that moment.

A man stood a short distance away. Ianto had seen him before; tall, dark haired, gorgeous if you liked that sort of thing, and Ianto rather thought he did. Just looking at him made his skin tingle.

Maybe it was the coat, retro military. He wore it like it was as much a part of him as his blue eyes, white teeth and film-star smile. Made him look like the dashing hero in those war movies he watched with his dad at the Electra, back when he was a kid. Before dad lost the shop and turned to the bottle.

Ianto watched the man surreptitiously. He seemed to be waiting for someone, or something.

There was a communication device in his ear; he keep reaching up to touch it and speaking in a voice too low for Ianto to hear what he was saying.

Ianto wondered if he was some sort of secret agent, like James Bond. That would be so cool!

Suddenly, the man tensed, pulling a gun from a holster at his hip. Ianto’s eyes widened and he held his breath as the man took off at a run, coat flying out behind him like a superhero’s cape.

Ianto watched until the man was out of sight before slumping against the tree trunk, panting, unbelievably turned on by what he’d witnessed. There was something about the man that excited him in ways he’d never experienced before.

He liked girls, no doubt about that, and he was attracted to boys too, but this was different, stronger. He felt drawn to the man, like iron to a magnet.

Everything about him was perfect; his hair, that smile, the way he moved. That bloody glorious coat!

He was a mystery; Ianto didn’t even know his name, but someday, he’d find out.

The End


Oh, I loved this! Clearly, so many things Ianto comes to know and love later in life were meant to be.

Even at this young age, he is wildly turned on by Jack and Really Liked That Coat. Destiny! <3<3

Edited at 2013-10-28 08:03 pm (UTC)
Well, who wouldn't be turned on by Jack and the coat? Most of Cardiff probably feels the same, lol!

Definitelt destiny, makes me wonder if Ianto remembers or if he gets retconned between then and the present day, possible by one of the other Torchwood people of the late 1990s. He gets his mysterious man in the coat in the end though.

Thank you
I wondered if this was AU, or meant to be pre-canon. It could definitely fit--maybe Teen!Ianto went poking around to find out more about his Mystery Man, got too close to the truth, and someone had to Retcon him.

It makes me strangely happy to think he got Jack (and the coat!) in the end, though. :)
I never really thought about whether it was pre-canon or AU, but if I had to choose I guess I'd say pre-canon. I think there must have been a Retcon dose at some point.

Fate and destiny, Retcon can't prevent what is meant to be! That's why I believe Ianto should become immortal. =)
It was fate. ;)
Indeed! The memory of the mysterious coat man must have remained in the back of Ianto's mind until finally they met. The rest is history!

Thank you.
awwww and he sure did get to know more than his name!
Loved it!
Yep! Ianto got everything in the end.

Thank you.
Awww yeah. Gotta love the coat so early on.
Once seen, never entirely forgotten. At least Ianto got the guy in the end!

Thank you.
And he will do more than meet him in the future, Great fic.
He will, he just has no idea ay this point how important the mysterious man in the coat will be to him.

Thank you.
That was great! I love stories where Ianto sees Jack before they actually meet. And yes, I can see anyone being turned on by the sight of Jack in full-on Captain mode. :)
Especially a horny teenager! Captain Jack is probably the star of a lot of teenage wet dreams.

Thank you.
Very nice! :-)
Thank you!

I might write a short sequel to this at some point, I've been asked to write a meeting between young Ianto and Jack.
Thank you!
I bet when Ianto is perched on a tree he feels like a king. He did not doubt that he has just met his King of Hearts!
It reminds me of "The Prince of Central Park" Evan H. Rhodes. this is the story of a boy who, because his "family life" is difficult , decides to live alone in a tree of central park. It makes every effort to achieve it, and follow his journey is exciting. This is a book that I reread from time to time for its freshness.
That sounds like a good book.

It is rather like thst for Ianto, he can get away from everything up his tree but he doesn't live there yet. His home life isn't good, but still he'd rather have a roof over his head on rainy days.

Thank you.
I'll recommend it. It ends well!
I read the French translation but it is a book written in English.
I'll look out for it.