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May 2023


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Triple Drabble: Finding Ianto

Title: Finding Ianto

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Jack, Ianto, OACs, mentions Tosh, the Doctor

Rating: G

Spoilers: None.

Summary: When Ianto is taken by the Rift, Jack must find him and bring him home.

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

A/N: For the prompt ‘Hold On, We're Going Home’, one of the prompts I didn’t get around to using for tw100’s challenge 292: Billboard Hot 100 last 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. Here be a triple drabble! I might expand this into a proper fic at some point.

When Ianto was snatched away by the Rift, Jack knew only one thing: he was going to get his lover back, no matter what it took. Failure simply wasn’t an option.

So while Tosh did what she could to trace where the Rift spike had taken his Welshman, Jack worked day and night to fix his Vortex Manipulator. He’d tried to contact the Doctor, but hadn’t received a reply to any of his messages. It didn’t surprise him. He’d have to do this by himself.

VM fixed, Tosh’s coordinates programmed in, Jack punched a button and teleported to the rescue.


The planet was actually quite pleasant. Breathable atmosphere, comfortably warm, and inhabited by friendly natives who seemed very excited to see him. Jack thought they looked a lot like Wombles.

Two of the smaller Wombles grabbed Jack by his hands, chattering incomprehensibly, and practically dragged him along until they reached a settlement. They were stronger than they looked.

There, sitting in front of a hut, surrounded by several dozen Wombles, was Ianto. He appeared to be trying to teach the natives to speak Welsh. They were doing quite well, much better than Jack had when Ianto tried to teach him.


“Jack!” Ianto leaped to his feet, throwing his arms around his captain. “God, I’ve missed you! I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever see you again!” Ianto pulled back slightly, wiping his eyes on his sleeve, looking a bit embarrassed. “Sorry. It’s been a while.”

Jack returned the hug with interest.

“Missed you too,” he said in a choked voice. “How long has it been for you?”

“Almost two years. The natives are nice, but I’ve been lonely.”

Jack grinned.

“Let me take you away from all this! Hold on,” he added, pressing the button again, “we’re going home.”

The End


Bye bye to the Welsh-speaking Wombles! Oh, they're going to miss Ianto, aren't they? So glad Jack found him.
They will be sad, poor wombles! I think perhaps Ianto and his TARDIS should visit them.

Ianto is glad to be going home, but he'll miss his friends.

Thank you!
Loved this! Jack would do anything for Ianto, we all know that! Getting snatched by the Rift...nothing to Jack, he'll just do the near-impossible and find him.
With Tosh's help. nothing is impossible!

At least Ianto wound up in a place with friendly natives!

Thank you!
I know Jack could do it, knew hed find his Welshman.

great story.
He would search to the ends of the universe for his Welshman!

Thank you!
That manipulator has been broken for a long time! I guess Jack didn't have sufficient motivation before. ;)

Thank goodness Ianto ended up somewhere halfway normal. Of course he'd make the best of it! I loved the idea of him teaching Wombles Welsh. LOL.

Welsh-speaking Space Wombles! I think he might run into the species again while travelling in the TARDIS. Wombles on the TARDIS? Rescue stranded/abducted Wombles and take them home?

That would provide one adventure, but I need more adventures en route to finding Jack, so any ideas are welcome. Not time travel though, Jack's vortex manipulator got deactivated by the Doctor again and he made a better job of it this time. Jack will need to get better tools than he had on earth to fix it this time before he can even teleport, much less time travel. He's also not motivated to fix it because he's too depressed over losing Ianto. Jack is going to mope in linear time until Ianto catches up with him.

Thank you!
Lovely. So glad he was safe.yOU'D NOT WRITE ANY OTHER WAY. More would be most welcome. Welsh Wombles? Only you. Thanks
One day I'll write the longer version. In the meantime, maybe Welsh Wombles on the TARDIS? The TARDIS will translate so I won't have to worry about not speaking Welsh. Or Womble. It's an idea I'm thinking of using for Through Time And Space, anyway, just because it might be fun =)

I'd never seriously harm Ianto, though I might give him a few minor dents occasionally, just so Jack can fuss over him ;)

Thank you!
fortunately it was a welcoming planet!
Very fortunate. Ianto made the best of things.

Thank you!
Jack to the rescue. Love the idea that Ianto in two years had better luck teaching Welsh to Wombles then Jack despite the fact Jack has lived in Wales for over a 100 years.
*grins* Thank you! I suspect if Jack really wanted to learn Welsh he could make as decent stab at it, he just has other things he'd rather do with Ianto so he's easily distracted.

The Wombles have enquiring minds and like learning new things. He taught them English first, then Welsh, while he learned to speak Womble.
Aw, I'm glad Ianto didn't get taken to a horrible place. But poor lamb, being without Jack for two years. Thank goodness he's back home with his Captain.
Space Wombles are nice, but they're no substitute for Jack, lol!

Thank you!
Poor Ianto - two years is a long time! But Jack would never leave him there and he knew it.
Ianto believed in Jack, but it wasn't easy waiting like that. At least the Space Wombles were good company!

Thank you!