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Torchwood

Drabble: No Hero

Title: No Hero

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Gwen, mentions Jack and Torchwood

Rating: G

Written For: Challenge 332 – Gwen Cooper at tw100

Spoilers: Nothing specific.

Summary: She wanted to be a hero.

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





Working for Torchwood wasn’t what she’d expected. She’d thought she would be a hero, saving the day, protecting earth from extraterrestrial threats.



She’d been wrong.



There were days of drudgery, searching for small, seemingly insignificant objects that had fallen through the Rift. There was endless paperwork, and when an extraterrestrial threat appeared and the team went into action, there was blood and horror and fear. They saved everyone they could, but so many died.



She railed at Jack, telling him they should do more, but deep down she knew they were doing all they could, and something broke inside her.



The End

Comments

Re: No Hero

YES! Gwen thought they could save everyone because she'd never lost anyone. The others had a more realistic view of the world. Being idealistic is all very well, but Gwen also needed to understand that the real world is not some fairytale with a guaranteed happy ending. Torchwood does great things, they protect Cardiff, and the world, but they're neither invincible nor infallible. They do they best they can, save as many as they can, but even success doesn't mean there aren't casualties.

(Anonymous)

Re: No Hero

I love Janto

Just because they are the good guys doesn't mean that they will always win.

Jack makes the hard choices so the teams does not have to.

He will have to live with them for quite a long time.

Re: No Hero

It's a sad fact of life that the good guys don't always win. All anyone can do is their best.

Gwen has no idea how lucky she is. She gets to live a normal life, but Jack has to carry his regrets throughout eternity.