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February 2023



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Ficlet: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Title: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Author: badly_knitted

Characters/Pairing: Jack/Ianto

Rating: PG

Word Count: 385

Summary: The latest Rift gift provides an entertaining interlude.

Spoilers: None

Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood or any of the characters. Which is sad.

A/N: This one is for jedi_harkness’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I stumbled across your prompt again and thought I’d write you a drabble. Needless to say, I slightly overran the word count, lol!

Ianto crowed with delight over what had come through the Rift.

“I used to read these all the time when I was a kid!” He picked up one of the comics and started flipping through it. “I wanted to be Captain America.”

“You’re Welsh, you twat!” Owen whapped Ianto over the head with a rolled up comic. “Captain Wales doesn’t have quite the same ring to it though, does it?”

“I’d make a great Captain America,” Jack exclaimed, striking a heroic pose.

“Please God, no! Last thing I need is to see you in tights!” Owen looked positively disgusted.

“My favourite was Iron Man,” Tosh admitted. “Tony Stark was such a tortured genius. I wanted so badly to create some of his inventions in real life. That’s why I studied engineering.”

“Because a robotic flying suit of armour would be so useful in real life,” Owen teased then looked thoughtful. “Okay, actually it probably would be in our line of work.” He turned to the others. “I vote we set Tosh to work on that right away. Who’s with me?”

No one answered.

“Oh my God! Look at this guy! What’s with the massive hammer?” Gwen waved a comic at the others.

“That’s Thor. Norse god of thunder,” Ianto explained.

“He’s hot! I wouldn’t kick him out of bed. What?” She looked at her teammates with a bemused expression on her face.

“You’re married!”

Gwen sighed.

“Yeah, I know.” She stared dreamily at the cover of the comic in her hands. “I can still dream. Look at those muscles!”

“‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ my arse!” Owen dropped the comic he was holding back on the pile. “We do the same thing they do, protect earth, but without all the fancy armoured suits, giant hammers and that bloody patriotic metal Frisbee. That makes us way better than them!”

“He has a point,” Ianto agreed.

“Thank you. See? Teaboy agrees with me.”

“Yeah, well don’t get too used to that. It’ll probably never happen again.” Ianto glanced at the comic in his hands. “You never know, maybe one day someone will write comics about the heroic Torchwood Team, battling aliens to protect the citizens of Cardiff.”

“Or a TV show, maybe even a movie!” Tosh added.

Jack just grinned.

“Maybe someone will. Who knows? Stranger things have happened!”

The End


*grins and giggles with glee* Aww, that was adorable! I always thought Jack would make a good Captain America, and what's wrong with Captain Wales? *hee* And Team Torchwood outfitted in Iron Man armor sounds pretty bad-ass! ;)

Thanks so much for this delightful gift! I loved it! *huge hugs*
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! *hugs*
This fic rocks the casbah!! I love it! It's delightful! What a great birthday gift! :D
I aim to please! The prompt had been hanging around for ages because I couldn't think what to do with it, but the idea popped up just at the perfect time!

Thank you!
That was great! Although I don't see a thing wrong with there being a Captain Wales. After all, there's a Captain Britain! Equal opportunity!

Jack would make a hilarious Captain America. Ianto should get him a costume ASAP. Jack will turn it into a fetish almost immediately. :)
I'm just worried about what Jack might do with the shield...

Of course there's nothing wrong with Captain Wales (and Ianto would be perfect for the part), but Owen is English, a Londoner no less, and he's talking to Ianto, so he's not going to say "Captain Wales, that would be so awesome!" Writing Owen's POV means often writing things that differ from my own personal opinion. In this fic, I'm firmly on Ianto's side. I grew up with the comics and always wanted to Captain American myself.

Thank you!
And a brilliant TV show it was too (untill the bloody writers decided to kill of three of the characters) great story, I grew up reading super hereo comics too.
Thank you!

I never saw the TV show, but I grew up reading the Avengers comics (and X-Men), so this is based firmly on the comics I remember, which I loved with a passion, spending all my pocket money on them. My dad threw them away one day while I was at school. =(

Oh I really liked this !
Thank you! I'd been given the prompt months ago, but I couldn't think what to do with it until yesterday, when I had a lightbulb moment and wrote it in about 20 minutes =)
Torchwood are the best heroes - ordinary people (not counting Jack here) who do extraordinary things! :-)
Very true! They risk so much to keep the people of Cardiff safe!

Thank you!
Hehe, you never know Tosh! A TV show might be just the thing!
Indeed, you never know ;)

Thank you!
Great fic. I love it when inspiration strikes.
Thank you! The timing was perfect too!
Very meta :D

Trust Gwen to go for the muscles. I'm with Tosh on this one, because Tony Stark is just awesome.
I'm with Ianto - I was always Cap when I played Avengers with my two friends!

Thank you!
Yes, I was sneaky, lol!

Thank you!