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The Oncoming Coat

Drabble: Marking Time

Title: Marking Time

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Jack, mentions Ianto & Lucia

Rating: G

Spoilers: Slight CoE for characters

Summary: Jack’s life is on hold while he waits or the Doctor.

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

A/N: For mahmfic’s quote prompt:



“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

― Oscar Wilde







Over a century on earth, waiting for his Doctor and it never occurred to Jack that he wasn’t really living, just marking time.



Oh, there were moments he felt alive, like when Lucia told him she was pregnant, or the first time he held their daughter in his arms, but they were like flickers of lightning, there and gone almost before he could register them. A match struck in the night, giving a moment of light before the darkness rushed in again.



Day after day he drifted, merely existing, until an unassuming Welshman brought him to life with a kiss.



The End



Comments

Aww, that's beautiful! And so poetic! :)

I'm watching Miracle Day at the moment. It's actually really good and exciting, but you were right when you said it's a little on the depressing side as well. And I really, really miss the old Torchwood team, I wish they were all still there! :(
Thank you!

Torchwood isn't Torchwood without the team, the rift, the Hub, Cardiff, Myfanwy, the SUV, Weevils, the Invisible Lift...
I totally agree! :)

(But I'll probably finish Miracle Day anyways - and afterwards, I'll pretend it never happened and watch season 1 and 2 again! :'D )
Sounds like a good plan =)
So sad, so sweet.
Thank you.

Poor Jack, he was waiting for so long he forgot to live.
That was just lovely. Passing time just isn't any way to go through life, especially when you have more time than anyone else.
Jack just put his life on hold waiting for the Doctor and I'm not sure he even noticed he was doing it. He was so busy waiting that he forgot to live.

Thank you!
Existing is never living but Love can make someone wants to live forever, who better than Ianto to teach that to Jack?
Lovely!!!!
Thank you!

Yes, Jack is learning to live thanks to Ianto and then he will teach Ianto to live forever =)
That was beautiful. I think Jack not only started living when he found love with Ianto, but also after the Year when he realized he had found his purpose in protecting Earth when the Doctor can't. The Doctor helped Jack rediscover the good person he once was, and Ianto helped him rediscover his heart (despite what Gwen might think).
Yeah, that's it! And now Jack isn't waiting for the Doctor he can move forward and get on with living.

Thank you!
This was really beautiful and sad.
Thank you.

Yeah, it's sad because all that waiting turned out to be pointless. Still, at least them he realised just what he had ion Ianto.
Beautiful! Very poetic and I think very true to what Jack experienced while he was waiting for the Doctor.
Thank you!

I think he was counting on the Doctor coming for him so much that he forgot to do anything other than wait, drifting almost purposelessly through life.
Aww. Poor Jack.
But now he has Ianto and they gave each other meaning.
They gave each other a new beginning and a future, someone to hold on to. What more do they need?

Thank you!
Oh, what is life without love.

Perfectly pointed out.

I like this very much.
Thanks, Dani!

Jack learned the value of love; no matter how hard life is, love makes it worthwhile.
very beautiful and moving. all this time without knowing that he will meet a charming Welsh.
Yeah, he waited so long but found what he was not looking for - true love!

Thank you!