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Drabble: Civilized Manners

Title: Civilized Manners

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Ianto, OC

Rating: G

Written For: Challenge 313 – Open at tw100. Prompt used is Challenge 227: Dragons.

Spoilers: Nada.

Summary: Ianto and a guest take refreshments.

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

A/N: My nineteenth drabble for this challenge.

“Would you care for some coffee?” Ianto enquired politely, “Or perhaps you’d prefer tea? I have a particularly piquant Japanese green tea.”

“Most kind of you,” the dragon replied. “Green tea would be delightful.”

Ianto inclined his head graciously and poured for them both.

“I regret that there’s no time available to perform a proper tea ceremony,” Ianto apologized.

“Understood. When matters of some urgency arise, such pleasantries must necessarily be set aside for another time.”

Sipping their tea, the two got down to the business of preventing the dragon’s damaged spaceship engines from blowing a large crater in Cardiff.

The End


Haha, don't we all like to discuss things like that during our teatime?
But really, such a well-mannered dragon! I wonder if it would get along with Myfanwy...
The dragons are considerably more advanced than humans, both in terms of technology and in their social system. Highly intelligent beings for whom good manners are a measure of the level of a civilisation. Most humans must seem appallingly primitive by their standards, but Ianto is quite clearly almost as highly evolved as they are. They're not snobby or arrogant, they don't look down on the lower species, but they're like indulgent grandparents, making allowances for humanity's failings. "Well, they haven't learned any better yet, they're terribly young. Just give them a few million more years, I'm sure they'll turn out just fine."

I'm sure they'd think Myfanwy a charming pet.

Thank you.
Oh, I wish someone would draw this! It would be fantastic. :)
If anyone out there is artistically inclined, I second that request! I'd love a picture of Ianto having tea with a dragon!

Thank you!

Edited at 2014-04-28 08:30 pm (UTC)
That is hilarious! Love it, I really do. :D
*grins* That's adorable, I love it! Thank you =D
*grins* Feel free to draw for any of my fics that inspire you, I'm always happy to see what people can come up with, and I'd love to see more of yours!
Good luck and above all - have fun! I can't draw to save my life.
Even in a crisis we can't forget he pleasantries! ;)
So true. Dragons are very advanced and civilised. They hate having to rush such things as taking tea, but sometimes there's no choice.

Thank you!
Love the idea of Ianto and the dragon discussing strategy over tea. I'm sure the dragon would prefer Ianto's diplomacy to Jack's usual manner. Or maybe not? The dragon might find Jack equally charming? I'm sure he has cross-species appeal.
I think Jack can turn on the charm and behave appropriately when necessary. He can even tone down the flirting if he has to. Dragons should, after all, be treated with respect.

This species of dragon is highly civilised and appreciates Ianto's courtesy. They'll prevent potential explosions, then settle down for a proper tea before tackling the repairs, with the help of Tosh and Jack.

Thank you.
awwww what a lovely and polite Dragon? of course, he has a nice tea partner!
Spacefaring dragons are highly civilised and polite. They value good manners, so Ianto has impressed this one as a civilised being and a worthy representative of the human race. Good manners can get inter-species relations off on the right foot.

Thank you.
Ha ha Torchwood work is never done
Truer words wrre never spoken. Sometimes there's barely time to take a civilised cup of tea, lol!

Thank you!
Space Dragons how cool, i think they can come up with a solution, they are both pretty clever.

great drabble.
They'll avert catastrophe over a nice cup of tea, then relax for a while before getting evrything fixed.

Thank you.
How very civilised! :-)
It's my belief that Dragons are highly civilized beings. They thoroughly approve of Ianto =)

Thank you!
Only Ianto would know exactly what to offer a dragon when his damaged spaceship shows up in Cardiff! Yet another reason why we love him :)
Well of course! Ianto knows everything =)

Hi, I was just thinking about you! *hugs* I really need to find time to email you, I've just been feeling so crappy it's difficult to get through the things I have to do every day. Hope you're well and not working too hard!
So civilized. Ianto Jones, Interstellar Negotiator/Mediator who also runs an exquisite tea/coffee emporium, is well-known through some parts of the galaxy as the go-to man on Earth if you really want something done properly and correctly. That he happens to be a close associate of Captain Jack Harkness is simply an excellent reference. The dragon has no worries; Mr. Jones will expedite all his needs :D

Oooooh, very nicely put! I like that a lot =)

I like to think that Ianto's reputation has preceded him and that many species out in space have heard him spoken of with great admiration and respect.

Thank you!
tea time...
Ianto does not often have the opportunity to enjoy.
then, a dragon is a precious moment.
It's a brief but happy interlude for Ianto!

Thank you!