Characters: Ianto, Jack.
Written For: Challenge 679: Vibrate at tw100.
Summary: The Happy Wanderer is having engine trouble.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: Double drabble. Set in my Ghost of a Chance ‘Verse.
Over the years since Ianto had joined Jack aboard the Happy Wanderer, he’d grown accustomed to the constant vibrations running through the ship when she was in flight, and the background humming that emanated from the various systems. It was soothing, reassuring, indicating that all was well.
It also served as an early warning system. If the vibrations altered, or the pitch of that background hum changed, he and Jack knew right away that there was a problem, even before alarms sounded, and warning lights started flashing on the control panels.
“Port engine’s running a bit rough again,” Ianto commented. “Feels like the stabiliser flange is losing traction.”
“That quick repair we did last week isn’t holding up as well as I’d hoped,” Jack agreed. “We’d better get it checked out when we dock. We’re only three days out from Verna Station. With luck it’ll hold long enough to get there.”
A few hours later, the vibration through the co-pilot’s seat changed again. Ianto winced. “So much for luck! There goes the flange.”
“Dammit!” Jack flipped a few switches, dropping them back into normal space. All vibrations ceased. “We’ll have to dismantle and rebuild the stabiliser!”
Ianto sighed. “Oh, joy.”