Characters: Jack, Ianto.
Written For: Challenge 600: Mechanical at tw100.
Summary: Jack decides it’s time Ianto started learning about the mechanics of spaceships.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: Double drabble. Set in my Ghost of a Chance ‘Verse.
“Welcome to Spaceship Mechanics 101,” Jack said cheerfully. “You’ve had time to get used to the controls and what the various dials and readouts mean, you have a basic idea of what the various systems are for and how they work, now I think it’s time you learned how to repair anything that might go wrong. Spaceships are a lot like cars…”
Ianto raised an eyebrow at that. “Cars?” he asked, a dubious tone to his voice.
“Well, okay, a cross between cars, planes, and computers. The point being their systems are a mix of the mechanical and the computerised. If properly maintained there shouldn’t be a lot of problems, but parts do occasionally wear out, or break, and have to be replaced. While a lot of the routine maintenance can safely be left in the hands of the spaceport mechanics, every spaceship pilot needs to have a working knowledge of how to repair their craft in an emergency.”
“That makes sense, but why go into this now, when we’re out in the middle of nowhere? Wouldn’t it make more sense to wait until we land at our next port of call?”
“Yes, except we’re having engine trouble.”