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Drabble: Illegal Alien – Sequel to ‘Illusive Alien’

Title: Illegal Alien – Sequel to ‘Illusive Alien’

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Owen, Jack, Ianto

Rating: G

Written For: Challenge 300 at tw100

Spoilers: None.

Summary: The swan impersonator is questioned.

Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.

A/N: A second fill for the square Swan/Deception

The alien, now in its natural form, sat forlornly in its cell.

“What do we do with it now?” Owen asked Jack.

“We find out what it's doing here, aside from pretending to be a native.”

“According to our records, it's a Flummel. They're peaceful scholars,” Ianto supplied.

“I did no harm,” the Flummel protested.

Jack frowned.

“Then why’d you run?”

“I am not authorized to visit your world.” It sounded sheepish.

“So you tried to hide.”

It nodded.

“Why a swan?” Owen demanded.

“They’re similar. I thought I would blend in.”

“And the third leg?” Ianto inquired.

“I miscounted.”

The End


O oh tht Alien should do a bit more research before comming to earth LO.

Great drabble.
I don't think it had the chance since it sneaked in. Also, I suspect the reason it came to earth was to research the planet and its life forms. It just got a little mixed up in its rush to blend in, lol!

Thank you.
Hee! Happens to the best of us.

Well, no harm done, really, except the time and effort TW spent in tracking it down. Wonder if they'll let it stay to continue its research, or send it back?
That's yet to be decided. Part of me wants to continue this, find out more about a certain alien scholar, so I guess we might have to wait and see, lol!

Yeah, poor thing was in such a rush to blend in, it made a slight but rather revealing mistake. Like you say, happens to the best of us.

Thank you.
*bows* Thank you!
We've all had days like this (although I wouldn't mind getting chased down by Jack). ;)
Sometimes just nothing goes right, lol!

Poor alien was scared it would be shot on sight by Torchwood; when it realised it had been detected it fled for its life so I don't think it enjoyed being chased.

I promise Torchwood will be lenient though.
Aww poor flummel.
Yep, poor Flummel, it got a little mixed up and got caught. Fear not though, it won't be harmed. Haven't quite decided whether there will b e s continuation of this idea, but if not let's just say Torchwood helped it and made sure it didn't get into any kind of trouble.

Thank you.

Edited at 2013-11-25 11:15 am (UTC)
Counting is a important skill if you are going to try to impersonate another creature!
It is, but in the flummel's defence, it was dark and it didn't have time to look carefully before trying to disguise itself. When there's a group of birds together, it can be difficult to tell which legs belong to which. Many times I've seen birds that at first glance seem to have three legs, then one moves and you realise there's another just behind it creating the illusion.

Thank you.
I'm sure anyone caught up in a situation like this, including Ianto, could quite easily miscount body parts they weren't familiar with. I'd much rather they be chasing this swan than the purple one. This one is nice.
Me too, iantojjackh 's swan was SCARY!

Yep, poor thing was quite frantic, not knowing what Torchwood might to to it if they caught it. It needn't have worried though, now they know it's not a threat of any kind I'm sure they can come to an arrangement that suits everybody.

Thank you.

Edited at 2013-11-25 02:56 pm (UTC)
For sure! I'd take the one with three legs over the one with the nasty teeth any day!
Something friendly is always more appealing than something that's trying to kill you.

Not sure how many legs a Flummel should have in its natural form. Two is boring, three would mean the whole 'miscounting' thing wouldn't work, so it must have more than three, maybe six or so... It's important tio figure these things out in case I want to use the character again. ;)

Still trying to decide whether to continue with this idea.
hahahaha at least he is sincere!
It's not just the bad aliens who run from Torchwood. Poor thing was just scared it was in trouble with the authorities.

Thank you.
Fortunately, this is no more TW1!
Very fortunate indeed! Torchwood Three will treat the Flummel well, they might even help it with its studies before making sure it gets back to its homeworld safely.

Thank you.