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November 2019



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Double Drabble: Far From Normal

Title: Far From Normal
Author: badly_knitted
Characters: Gwen, Rhys.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 571: Simple at tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Life before Torchwood is a distant dream for Gwen.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: Double drabble. 200 words first try.

Gwen sighed; life had been so simple before Torchwood. Back when she’d been an ordinary police constable she’d had to work shifts, but she’d always been able to give Rhys some idea of what time she’d be home. She’d had dinner with him most days, even done her share of the cooking although her efforts were never as good as his.

They’d been able to plan ahead, book a table at their favourite restaurant for special occasions, have date nights at the movies, go on holiday, plan outings for her days off… Life had been normal.

Now, she worked all hours of the day and night, hardly ever made it home in time for dinner, her free time happened when she could be spared and she was lucky to get one day off out of every fourteen. As for holidays, she was starting to think Torchwood agents didn’t get them.

Rhys was being so patient, even though he ended up doing most of the housework and shopping. He was resigned to her getting dragged out of bed in the middle of the night. Her normal life was gone, and yet she couldn’t regret it. Torchwood was so much more exciting.

The End


Rhys was so loyal!
A truly devoted guy. Too bad he devoted himself to someone who didn't appreciate him.

Thank you!
Yeah. I wish Rhys knew about the affair.:(

Edited at 2019-10-03 12:58 pm (UTC)
He would have dumped Gwen in a heartbeat if she hadn't retconned him in order to 'confess'.
I loathe the fact that Rhys will never know. Although it does beg the question of how people in real life could possibly cheat on their significant other without being caught. How sad is that? :(

Edited at 2019-10-05 11:31 am (UTC)
I know. I mean, if you fall for someone else have the decency to break up with your partner before sleeping with the other person. Too many want to have their cake and eat it, going behind their partner's back for the thrill. =(
It's really selfish on Gwen's part. She is only fully committed to Rhys after they are married and there is no hope of Jack ever reciprocating back.

I didn't even like how Amy came onto the Doctor for sex. They tried to downplay it because kids watch "Doctor Who". She should have waited until she saw Rory again.
Even on her wedding day she obviously would have dumped Rhys for Jack, judging by the way she acted when the Nostrovite was disguised as Jack. To be honest, even after she's married she's still probably dump Rhys for a better prospect, but as she told Jack, no one else would have her. Gee, I wonder why? Maybe because she's a self-righteous, compulsive liar and a hypocrite...

Yes, that was a miss-step in the storytelling. Makes me wonder whose idea it was.
I guess that was more for the Jack/Gwen shippers, as Gwen ended up headbutting that thing. She did look like the wandering eye type.*frowns*

Jack wanted her to appreciate "the simple life" with Rhys.

I saw the bloopers so I can't rewatch without giggling.:)

It was so abrupt. I couldn't imagine Amy doing that to Ten. I wouldn't want to. Rose didn't even do that!
RTD was trying to push Jack/Gwen, but people weren't biting. Jack was right to push Gwen back towards Rhys. He hired her because she had a life outside Torchwood. He thought it would give her a different perspective. If she'd broken up with Rhys she would have lost what made Jack hire her in the first place.

well, I wouldn't with Ten, but Amy was hitting on Eleven and he's my favourite so...
Gwen was Rose 2.0 series one. Then Amy 2.0 season two. Or maybe I'm generalising here?

Gwen's role was that she had "empathy" compared to the others.*scoffs*

More like she had a clearer head from the environment because she was still brand new to the Torchwood group. Don't get me started on how she acted later in the series. I just remember her holding guns and handling weapons more.*shrugs*

Awww okay. I want to treat Eleven like my little baby brother. That's probably something he would hate. :D

Ten could be pompous and that's why he needed Donna to knock some sense into him. While also being there for moral support.

Edited at 2019-10-08 07:28 am (UTC)
I actually liked Amy, so I wouldn't compare Gwen to her. Gwen loses badly.

She was supposed to have empathy but mostly she came across as patronising and condescending. Look at me, see how caring I am, taking down to this poor unfortunate person when I'm so much better than they are. And she did love playing with weapons, while the rest of the team used them when necessary and treated them as tools.

Eleven is just so adorable I want to squish him!

The pomposity and arrogance were the sides of Ten I didn't like. Donna soon knocked him off the pedestal he put himself on. Of course, after he lost her he went out of control.
It was more of a contrast. Amy at least had redeeming qualities that Gwen lacks.

Although I still haven't grasp how Eleven rectifying Amy's life in series 5 effected her in the long run. Some things would have changed her outlook on life.*goes psychological*

There's a reason that I can write fics about Amy instead of Gwen.

"Eleven is just so adorable I want to squish him!"

Dory: I will call him Squishy!*Finding Nemo*

Sorry, got sidetracked. Marilyn Monroe took a shine to Eleven. She left kisses all over his face that one time they met.;)

Ten couldn't manage without Donna. It was sad.:(

Edited at 2019-10-10 02:25 am (UTC)
Yes, Gwen lacked redeeming qualities altogether.

Doctor Who doesn't tend to dwell on the psychological effects though, being primarily a kids' show.

I can write Gwen, but it's not easy to make her tolerable.

LOL! There was a Torchwood ficlet based on that, where Jack calls Ianto his squishy, hugs him and goes 'Squish squish*

Marilyn had good taste.

It was tragic, he went to the dark side =(
*Shakes head at RTD*

If only we could have seen Eleven visit little Amy. After grown up Amy gave him the idea to do so in a letter. It is one of those paradox moments within the show.

I wrote Gwen within a Jack fic. It's the best I can do.:D

Marilyn Monroe: If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

Yes. It was strange seeing Ten on his own and slowly going down a dangerous path. To see that on a children's show is quite shocking. Although not as graphic as in Torchwood.