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Drabble: Fences

Title: Fences

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Jack

Rating: G

Spoilers: Not really, unless you don’t know who Jack was waiting for in Cardiff.

Summary: The heart can’t be confined.

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

A/N: For mahmfic’s prompt ‘Fences’

A/N2: Okay, this is the fourth time in about 10 days – another one that’s come in at 100 words first try! That’s just nuts!

Jack had spent most of his time since he became immortal building fences around his heart, in a futile attempt to protect himself from the pain of loving and losing.

It never seemed to work, and yet he couldn’t keep from trying, always hoping that this time would be different.

Over and over, he told himself that love was a luxury he couldn’t afford. It made him vulnerable, affected his judgement, and anyway, it was pointless since he’d soon be leaving with the Doctor.

But the heart wants what the heart wants; no amount of fences can pen it in.

The End


Awww, poor Jack. I understand he doesn't want to get hurt again but his passion is a part of who he is! He has a big heart and would be much diminished if he somehow managed to fence it in.

Go for it, Jack! ;)
Yeah, he needs to love and be loved. And as someone just pointed out to me - fences are made to be climbed. They'll never stop a truly determined person.

Thank you!
Aww. No fence is going to keep Ianto away from Jack.
Of course not, Ianto can climb!

Thank you!
You can always build the fence, but there's always a gate you don't know exists.
Wherever there's a fence, someone is going to find a way over, under, around or through it. Fences are a temporary obstacle, not a permanent barrier.

Thank you!
Jack humans cannot live without a heart that is free to love, fear and feel sadness.
But perhaps that's the problem - Jack doesn't see himself as entirely human anymore, and nor do most people when they find out about his immortality. Ianto is one of the rare exceptions.

Thank you!
But the heart wants what the heart wants; no amount of fences can pen it in.

that is so very true.

great drabble.
Thank you! Jack has to love and lose so much, but he can't help loving again even knowing how much the losing part will hurt.
This is because Jack is an idiot. It's just as well we (and Ianto) love him anyway.

100 words on the first attempt? Were you looking at the word count all the way through? Or are you just that good ;)
Jack's just trying to keep from getting his heart broken repeatedly. You can only lose people so many times before just the thought of losing another loved one becomes unbearable. But he can't avoid falling in love permanently, because he needs that connection with someone too.

I've had that happen maybe 8 times in some 600 drabbles. It's a rare but delightful fluke, but 4 times in quick succession was seriously freaky! It's just random luck, nothing to do with skill. I'm usually over the word count and have to pare back.

Thank you!

Edited at 2014-09-21 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I understand why he does it. That doesn't change the fact that I think he's an idiot. He's only human, immortal or otherwise.
True, so he doesn't have a superhuman capacity for dealing with heartbreak either. *pets Jack* Here, have an immortal Ianto...
The perfect solution, really. I can actually see Ianto appreciating immortality, in a way: he would actually use it to experience the universe, to see everything that should be seen. And keeping Jack sane. There's always that too.
They would be great together, being immortal throughout the universe! =)
And now I'm picturing them breaking out of every prison in the universe because Jack has gotten them arrested. Again.
That will probably happen a few times, lol!
Ah, now I feel sad... *sigh*
*hugs* Jack changed his tune when he got Ianto.

Thank you!
*squishes Jack*
Jack says thanks.

Than you!