Characters: Gwen, Tosh, Ianto, Jack.
Written For: Challenge 643: Wonder at tw100.
Summary: Gwen has a lot to learn.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: Double drabble.
“I wonder what would happen if I just pressed the button.”
At Torchwood, those were words nobody wanted to hear, and most people would never consider saying them.
“If that’s meant to be a joke it’s in very poor taste, and if you’re not joking then you’ve got no business working here,” Tosh snapped, knocking Gwen’s hand away from the alien device she was researching. Gwen had only been with Torchwood a couple of weeks and Tosh had no idea why Jack had hired her. She was always touching things she shouldn’t, even after being told not to.
“But it’s only a purple ball; what harm could it do?”
“Mauve, actually,” Ianto said, bringing Tosh some files she’d asked for. “The universal colour used to indicate something dangerous.”
“No, pet, that’s red.”
“Only on earth. Everywhere else it’s mauve.”
“You’re having me on.” Gwen grinned to show she could take a joke.
“He’s deadly serious,” said Jack, coming up behind her. “You need to stop thinking about everything in earth terms. It might look harmless, but chances are it’s an explosive device of some description, or possibly a cannister of poison. First rule of Torchwood: Don’t fiddle with unidentified objects.”