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It Happened One Day

Ficlet: Seeing The Sights

Title: Seeing The Sights
Author: badly_knitted
Characters: Jack, Ianto.
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: This will be Ianto’s first time being a tourist on a civilised alien world, and Jack wants to make sure he doesn’t miss anything.
Word Count: 500
Written For: Prompt 536 – Tourist at slashthedrabble.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters. They belong to the BBC.
A/N: Set in my Ghost of a Chance ‘Verse.




“So, where do you want to go first?” Jack asked brightly as he and Ianto left the spaceport and boarded a tram that would take them into Sammastriel, the nearby city.


“How should I know? I’ve never been here before; I’ve got no idea what there is to see. First time Space Tourist, remember?”


This planet was nothing like Horgan’s World, the only other planet Ianto and Jack had landed on since leaving earth; that had been a small and relatively new colony, reasonably well set up but still primitive compared to the bustling metropolis spreading out in the distance. Ianto stared out the tram window at the strikingly beautiful alien city, all graceful towers and outlandishly shaped domes made from a pale pinkish stone that from this distance appeared to have random silvery streaks in it.


Jack shot Ianto a surprised look. “You didn’t study the guidebook I left for you?”


“Guidebook? What guidebook?” Ianto tore his gaze from the view to frown at his lover. “I haven’t seen any guidebook!”


“But I left it on the bed beside your bag!” Because they planned to stay in the city for a couple of weeks they’d brought with them everything they’d need for their visit in a couple of surprisingly lightweight packs.


“Oh!” Ianto dug in his pocket and pulled out a small, flat blue square. “You mean this? I thought it must be sort of like a passport.”


Jack sighed. “My fault, I should’ve told you what it was instead of assuming… Everything customs-related got dealt with electronically while we were in orbit before being cleared for landing. This… is a universal guidebook. I uploaded the package for Ysbril so you could take a look and decide where you wanted to visit while we’re here.”


“It’s a bit… small for a guidebook, isn’t it?”


“Not really, it’s more like an ultra-slim PDA.” Jack flipped the small folder open and touched a silver spot at the bottom. The interior of the folder lit up with two screens, one on each page. The right-hand one appeared to be an index written in galactic standard, while the left-hand one displayed whatever information was selected from the index. Both pages could be scrolled up or down like the screen on a smartphone. “It includes everything a tourist could possibly want to know about; galleries, museums, restaurants, gardens, entertainments, sports facilities, shopping arcades… There’re opening and closing times, entrance fees, transport rentals… all in any language you need. I figured Galactic Standard would be best for you.”


“I’m sure you’re right, and it sounds wonderful, but maybe we could look through it when we get to the hotel? Right now I want to enjoy the view of the city.”


“Right, of course.” Jack tucked the device away, looking a bit disappointed.


“Priorities, Jack. I’m sure the guidebook will prove useful, but let’s not get so obsessed with seeing the sights that we forget to enjoy just being together.”


Jack smiled. “Wise words, Mr. Jones.”



Continued in 'Luxury'












Comments

Jack wants to make everything as easy as possible for Ianto. I'm sure they'll have a wonderful time, both sightseeing and enjoying each other.
I'm sure they will. They can browse the guidebook once they get to the hotel, see where they might like to visit and play the rest by ear.

Thank you!