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Drabble: Workplace Tension

Title: Workplace Tension

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Owen, Gwen, Tosh, Ianto

Rating: G

Written For: Challenge 307 – Special Snowflake at tw100

Spoilers: Nada, but set somewhere between End of Days and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Summary: Gwen and Owen are having a go at each other. Again. The others are not impressed.

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

A/N: Not my best work by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s all I can come up with for the prompt.

“You think you’re so special! Just because you have someone to go home to doesn’t make you better than the rest of us, just luckier,” snarled Owen.

“At least I have someone who loves me, I don’t have to get some stranger drunk just so they’ll sleep with me,” Gwen threw back at him.

Tosh sighed heavily and retreated to the archives, in search of more pleasant company.

“Hi, Tosh, what brings you down here?” Ianto asked, smiling.

“Our special snowflakes are squabbling. Thought I’d escape before they tried to drag me into it.”

Ianto rolled his eyes.

“Wise decision!”

The End


I think you did a quite admirable job of it. Makes perfect sense to me. I love it.

That prompt fills my head with fluffy pictures of children and grandparents, and as lovely as they are, I don't think Janet and Myfanwy fit the bill. So, you had to move on to the human children in the Hub. Pick a pair, any pair. They could all fit the description at one time or another.
Thank you, I used the urban Dictionary definition of people who feel they're better or more entitled than everyone else just because of who they are, which certainly fits both Gwen and Owen when they're at their worst!

'A member of that newly-adult, me'er-than-me generation which expects attention and praise just for being themselves -- doing anything to deserve it is completely optional.'

With Jack missing, I'll bet those two were butting heads the entire time, lol! No one there to put them in their place.
I think the prompt was very well used, it worked for me beautifully!!!!
wise Tosh!
Thank you! Tosh knows the others won't venture into the archives!
Owen's a prat, but he does have a point.

Thank goodness for those archives, nice place to retreat from all that squabbling! ;)
At least he admits to being a prat - or something similar! Gwen, on the other hand...

With Jack missing, there's no one to make them behave. Threats of decaf only go so far. At least the archives are a safe refuge in times of need!

Thank you.
When we have to choose between and honest prat who knows himself, and one who keeps hurting people with no understanding of her doing, if we are to take sides, we go with the first. But Tosh is right, and the archives seem a heaven!

I think the prompt was used wisely!
Thank you!

Tosh has good sense. She didn't want to be asked to choose sides, Gwen would probably have accused her of siding with Owen because she fancies him so I don't blame her for taking refuge with Ianto!
LOL! "Special snowflakes" is a pretty good description of the two. Gwen seems to forget that she cheated on Rhys with Owen and she's playing holier than thou here. Gwen and Owen do seem to be a hard team to write. You did a good job here.

Edited at 2014-02-13 11:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you, the term seemed to fit them both, lol!

They're not terribly easy for me to write at the best of times, but it's easier to write them being bitchy, lol!
a very wise decission on Tohes part, great work.
Thank you! She's a smart one, knows when it's safest to beat a retreat!
As Gwen is the embodiment of the term "special snowflake", this fits the prompt admirably! (Owen too, though at least he's aware his behavior is abhorrent. He just doesn't care enough to change it.) I imagine things get pretty testy indeed in Jack's absence!
It probably started out as an argument over who was in charge, and went rapidly downhill from there, lol! Tosh didn't want to be asked to pick a side, so sensibly got the hell out of Dodge! The archives are the safest place to be.

Thank you.
Hard to type a lovely feedback when all I(Owen and half of Wales)want to do is give the 'heart' of Torchwood a good smack up side her self centered smug self. Owen was a gentleman and didn't bring up the fact Gwen despite her waving Rhys around like a flag had no problem jumping into Owen's bed.
Well, he didn't mention it BEFORE Tosh headed to the safety of the archives, but I bet it didn't take long after that, lol! After all, why should Owen bother with being tactful when Gwen isn't?

Thank you!
I would be with Tosh! Those two could go at it for awhile. Ahem.
Once they start with their squabbling, the best place to be is anywhere else!

Thank you.
Hehe. Poor Tosh. Great use of the prompt :-)
She didn't want to get caught in the middle, lol!

Thank you!
Love it! Well done hehehe they are deffinantly special snowflakes haha!
It really does fit both of them *grins*

Thank you!
wise Tosh
Wise indeed! She knows when to run for cover!

Thank you!