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Ficlet: Levelling The Playing Field

Title: Levelling The Playing Field

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Ianto, Jack.

Rating: PG

Word Count: 285

Spoilers: Tiny for Adrift I guess.

Summary: Ianto is tired of Jack winning all the time through cheating.

Written For: Challenge #132: Cheating at fan_flashworks.

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

“You cheated!” Ianto glared accusingly at Jack, who simply smirked back at him.

“Of course I did!” he agreed. “It’s what I do, you should know that by now.”

“How can we ever have any kind of a fair contest if you insist on cheating all the time? You’ll always win!”

“You could cheat too, wouldn’t that make it fair?”

Ianto frowned. “No, it would just make things equally unfair.”

On the other hand, Ianto mused later that night as he thought about Jack’s suggestion, it made a twisted kind of sense. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. His devious mind started to hatch a plan.


The next time they played Naked Hide and Seek, Jack was baffled. Despite cheating very inventively, he couldn’t find Ianto anywhere. Usually, he could find the other man in just a few minutes, but after searching for half an hour, he finally gave up and headed back to his office.

“Found you!” Ianto announced cheerily, grabbing his lover from behind. “I win!”

Jack nearly jumped out of his skin. “How did you manage to sneak up on me?”

Ianto’s smile was positively smug. “I just took your advice and cheated.”


“Oh, like I’m going to tell you that! You have your secrets and I have mine; it’s only fair.”

Jack grumbled a bit but he couldn’t really complain as Ianto claimed his prize; after all, in a game of Naked Hide and Seek, no one really loses.

Sprawled, sated, in Jack’s bunk some time later, Ianto smiled to himself in the darkness. There were unexpected perks to having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the contents of Torchwood’s archives. He was definitely going to use that camouflage field again!

The End

Tags: fan_flashworks, fic, fic: one-shot, fic: pg, ficlet, fluff, humour, ianto jones, jack harkness, jack/ianto, torchwood fic

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