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Drabble: Lashing Out

Title: Lashing Out

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Ianto, mentions Tanizaki, Lisa and Jack

Rating: PG

Spoilers: Cyberwoman.

Summary: All Ianto’s plans are coming unravelled.

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

A/N: For one of the prompts I didn’t get around to using for tw100’s challenge 316 earlier this year. I’ve dug them out again to supplement the prompts I got from my f-list, just because there are still loads I wanted to use. Prompt at the end.

Tanizaki was supposed to help Lisa; now he’s dead and Ianto’s panicking. Everything’s falling apart, all that planning for nothing. He hides the body, even though there’s little point.

Lisa’s out of control, everyone knows, and Jack has a gun to his head. The day can’t get any worse. Why should he keep quiet any longer?

“I clear up your shit. No questions asked and that's the way you like it. When did you last ask me anything about my life?”

It’s a low blow, but it hits its mark; they all look guilty.

It only makes him feel worse.

The End

A/N2: Prompt used is ‘No Questions Asked’


That was totally understandable!
Yes. He made himself invisible on purpose, but it still must have cut deep to realise how easy the others found it to ignore him.

Thank you!
I know he wanted to be invisible but at the same time it hurts to be ignored.

poor Ianto.

great drabble.
Precisely, and that's why he lashed out. Sort of a case of 'be careful what you wish for'.

Thank you.
Poor Ianto...he tried so hard to save her, and in the end it didn't work.
All that effort for nothing. But if he hadn't tried, he would always have wondered if he could have saved her.

Thank you!
Ianto's rant broke my heart and made me a fan.
Cyberwoman was when I stopped thinking about him as 'cute background suit guy' and started really seeing him as a character with a backstory and all these terrible things he'd endured.

Thank you!

Edited at 2014-10-05 07:39 pm (UTC)
Of them all, he very quickly became a favorite. I guess I just like the underdog; the life he led up until that point, especially the nightmare of Canary Wharf. I guess this was the beginning of the eventual end for Jack, just like Alex. Ianto deserved better...
Ianto deserved a lot that he didn't get, he was (and still is) my favourite character. He went through so much, but he came out stronger in the end. (CoE didn't happen.)

Thank you!
Ugh, that was a hard moment. He was right to call them on it, though. What he did was wrong, but they could've at least reached out. Lisa would sadly still be dead, but perhaps hers would've been the only life lost.

Of course, Ianto WAS deliberately trying not to be noticed, so it was partly his own fault. He wanted them to ignore him, they did, but it hurt.

Thank you!
I like this.
I like how you used the present tense for a change.
It gives it momentum and a sense of inevitably- like watching a train wreck in slow motion.
Thank you! The tense tends to choose itself automatically, I very seldom try to change to a different tense when an idea strikes. This one just had to be in the present, which I love writing in, I don't think it would have worked otherwise.

(I have quite a few pieces written in present tense during Contest Week on fic_promptly, which I still haven't posted. I'll get there eventually, when tw100 drabbles stop eating my brain!)