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Pretty Tosh

Drabble: Letters Home

Title: Letters Home

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Tosh, Jack

Rating: G

Written For: Challenge 319 – Stationery/Stationary at tw100

Spoilers: Fragments.

Summary: Jack gives Tosh a gift beyond price.

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

Jack agrees to the conditions for Tosh’s release without any real intention of sticking to them; what UNIT doesn’t know won’t hurt her.

He’s instructed to allow only limited contact with her family via postcards, but the first thing he gives Tosh is an elegant and expensive set of the finest stationery. The paper is pale lilac, thick but supple, the envelopes delicate ivory. It seems almost a crime to mar them with writing.

Tosh does so anyway, writing long letters in Japanese, the kanji flowing from her brush with increasing fluidity as she practices.

She can’t thank Jack enough.

The End


I am glad Jack allowed Tosh to do this, he is a wonderful person.

great drabble.
He is, and he understands doing whatever it takes to save a family member so he doesn't want to punish her further.

Thank you!
That is the perfect gift for someone who misses their family and cannot see them.
It is, it gives Tosh so much comfort being able to talk to her family.

Thank you!

Edited at 2014-09-04 10:41 pm (UTC)
In spite of all the posturing, Jack can't hide what a caring person he really is from the people who matter to him.
Yes, exactly! He has this image he projects to the general public and people in authority, but those close to him see through that, because he lets them in.

Thank you.
He surely knows how to treat his own people!
He wants to show Tosh that he trusts her and that she's not a prisoner now.

Thank you!
Of all those Jack hired, Tosh was my favorite, next to Ianto and Owen. Her crime was serious but I loved the way Jack dealt with it. I suspect that Jack felt it was totally unfair to put such limits on her family contacts and that he was thinking of his own family when he circumvented UNIT.

It was a serious crime, but Jack - unlike UNIT - took her motives into consideration. She was trying to save her mother, not trying to commit treason (even though that's what she did) for nefarious purposes.

I think Jack would have wanted to show Tosh that he trusted her, because after what she did and what was done to her as a result, being trusted would have meant the world to her. It would have helped Tosh to trust Jack too, and prove to her that he didn't consider her a prisoner.

Thank you!
Jack is the best boss ever. <3
Yeah, he is.

I think he wanted to show Tosh that he trusted her and that she hadn't exchanged one jail for another. That was why she became so fiercely loyal to Jack and Torchwood.

Thank you!
This is sweet!
Thank you, I'm glad you like it!
A very Jack thing to do for Tosh.
Thank you!

Jack wants her to understand that he's not her new jailer but a friend.
I love it when you capture these little things about Jack, to show how much he does care about people, how forgiving he can be, how much he understands what motivates people (of course, this is what made him such a good con man).

He gave Tosh something so small, really, but gained an ally for life.
It was a simple way to show that to him, she wasn't a prisoner and to show that he trusts her.

Thank you!
What a great unobtrusive way to understand Tosh that he will not follow the rules dictated by Unit ...
Tosh was very touched. She knew then that Jack was her friend, not her new jailer.

Thank you!
Aww that is so lovely! :-)
Jack knows how to make Tosh feel like a friend instead of a prisoner.

Thank you!