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Drabble: Attitude Adjustment - Sequel to ‘Confessions’

Title: Attitude Adjustment - Sequel to ‘Confessions

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Ianto, Donna, John Hart, Jack, the Doctor

Rating: PG-13

Written For: Challenge 315 – Drone at tw100

Spoilers: None really.

Summary: Ianto is astounded by the remarkable effect Donna seems to be having on Hart.

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

A/N: Part Twenty-One of the Drone series. In an attempt to get to the end a bit faster (this challenge is bound to end soon) this one’s a triple drabble.

As the coffee brewed, Ianto glanced over to where the Doctor was working on the drone. Jack was talking, no doubt filling his friend in on all things relating to Hart. Ianto just hoped Jack could convince the Doctor to give their unwanted guest a lift off world. It would be the best solution.

He turned back to the machine as it beeped, pouring coffee for the Doctor’s companion. When he took the mug over to the redhead, he found her chatting away to Hart, who was hanging on her every word. The sight was… disturbing, to say the least.


“Looks like the drone’s finished.” Ianto commented quietly. “Here’s your coffee, Miss Noble.”

The lady in question turned her attention to him.

“Oi, none of that, mate. It’s Donna, alright?”

Ianto couldn’t help smiling.

“If you insist.”

“I do. Ta very much.”

Donna took a careful sip of her coffee.

“Oh. My. God! This is the best coffee I’ve ever tasted!”

Ianto inclined his head politely.

“I try my best.”

“Hey, where’s mine?” Hart demanded.

“Mind your manners, Johnny Boy,” Donna snapped.

Hart sat up straight.

“Yes ma’am. Sorry. May I have another cup of your delicious coffee please, Ianto?”


Ianto stared at Hart in stunned disbelief, then turned to Donna and raised a quizzical eyebrow.

“I don’t know what you’ve done to him, but I definitely approve.”

Donna shrugged casually.

“He’s no problem, just needs a firm hand is all.”

“Oooh, yes please!” Hart looked up at her hopefully and Donna laughed.

“We’ll see, sunshine, maybe if you learn to behave you’ll get lucky. I don’t take no nonsense from anyone, mind. Ask Space Boy over there, he’ll tell ya.” She pointed towards the Doctor, who waved back, grinned and pointed to the drone, giving them the thumbs up.

TBC in ‘Considering


Well well well it seems Donna can keep John in line, I just hope it isnt an act oh his part.

great fic.
Safe to say, it's no act - Donna has made quite an impact on our Captain Hart! He's half scared to death of her and half turned on, I think. It's having a very strange effect on him, lol!

Thank you!
Donna really is the perfect person to handle John Hart. She won't take his crap! *laughs*

'll soon have him toeing the line!

She'll soon have him toeing the line! LOL!

Hart needs someone bossy to tell him what to do. When he follows his own impulses he does bad things, but with Donna's guidance he can become a better person!

Thank you!
Wow, Donna got Hart under control really quickly! And he doesn't even seem to complain :D
I doubt it will all be smooth sailing, but he'll learn. One day he'll be a proper boy ;)

Thank you!
Hart has meet his match.
Definitely! He's already lost the battle and he doesn't even mind!

Thank you!
Go Donna Go! Im sure that she will be able to teach him good manners by the end of the travel!
Hart will be practically unrecognisable by the time Donna's finished with him!

Thank you!
It looks like Jack's successor has stepped up to the plate.
And she may eventually be Jack's successor in more than one thing ;)

Thank you!
John Hart on Team TARDIS, maybe? I kinda like that idea (hopefully he wouldn't kill the Doctor). ;)
He wouldn't get the chance - The TARDIS wouldn't let him, she could lock him in and disarm him, whatever's needed.

Hart just needs to be properly housebroken.

Thank you!
Donna, if it does not exist, we would invent! this is the best of companions.
Hart will spin sweet.

suddenly, I imagine Ianto and Donna on the same team ... it would make a holy damn team! argh
She really is the best companion.

Ianto and Donnas together would make Torchwood run so smoothly it would be super-efficient!

Thank you!
Ok.... I think this is where I got up to with my commenting....
Only two months behind!

I like this. You got Donna spot on and I love how she can control John! :-)
Thank you! Donna's not the easiest character to write, I think I was a bit hit and miss with her in these drabbles, sometime I thought I'd got it, but other times she didn't sound quite right to me but I couldn't figure it out.

You're further behind than I thought! No wonder you're having trouble catching up! I hope you'll think it's all worth the effort!
I don't think I am actually this far behind, I think the end of this drabble series was just an anomaly that I missed. I have quickly read through the next couple of weeks of your fics now and I have already left comments on them. I will keep scanning through until I come to one I don't recognise....
Oh good! I'm not surprised you missed a couple of these though, there ended up being so many it got a bit ridiculous, I couldn't seem to find a place to stop!