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August 2019



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Drabble: Telling Lies

Title: Telling Lies

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Gwen, mentions Rhys and Owen

Rating: G

Written For: Challenge 300 at tw100

Spoilers: Countrycide, They Keep Killing Suzie, Combat.

Summary: Gwen berates herself over her affair with Owen.

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

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

Standing at the bedroom window, Gwen stared between the curtains at the deserted streets, hating herself.

She’d lied to Rhys. Again. Told him she was working, when in reality she was here, with Owen.

What was she turning into? She kept telling her colleagues how much she loved Rhys, hated having to deceive him about the true nature of her job, but now she was doing something far worse; betraying his trust.

As much as she hated it, lying about her job was a necessary evil. But this was wrong. She knew she should stop.

She just didn’t want to.

The End


Yeah, but then Gwen's always so self-involved, she comes up with all these justifications to keep doing things she knows she shouldn't. I don't believe any of them are true, they're just convenient excuss to do what she wants to do, a way of salving her own conscience.

This was hard to write because Gwen is doing something I could never do, betraying someone she claims to love. I can't understand how (or why) she would sleep with Owen - who she claims not to even like - if she truly loves Rhys, it doesn't make sense to me. Trying to put myself in her shoes was an uncomfortable experience, especially knowing that she wasn't going to stop sleeping with Owen despite being fully aware that it's wrong and feeling guilty about it. Come morning she'll probably be back to justifying her actions by telling herself she's sparing Rhys from having to deal with what her job does to her.

I'm kinda cynical about Gwen, aren't I.

Thank you,.
Nah, I don't think you're being cynical, as that's exactly what she does--claim to love Rhys and then sleep with Owen at the first opportunity. And then keeps on doing it. It just doesn't jibe with her supposed role as "the heart of Torchwood" and a "carer". If they'd set her up to be an uncaring cad (sort of like a female Owen) running around while she had a perfectly nice guy at home, that'd be one thing. (I could totally see Suzie doing this, for example.) But that's not how it's presented and I think that's why it rubs a lot of people the wrong way.

Yeah, alright, maybe I'm a little cynical too. :-p
*giggles* Maybe that's Gwen's problem, she makes people cynical, lol!

Yeah, that would have been more believable than the 'I'm so caring and perfect' Gwen that we're supposed to see. Then again, I think if she'd been a journalist rather than a police constable I would have found her more believable too. Then it would make sense that she'd pry into things that are none of her business and keep investigating even after being told to stop. It would be understandable that she thought she could ignore orders instead of following the chain of command. It would even make her idiocy in Ghost Machine with the knife and in Day One with the chisel more tolerable instead of making her look clueless and incompetent from the start. I never could believe in Gwen as a police officer.