Title: Good For You
Characters: Jack, mentions Gwen & Rhys.
Word Count: 241
Summary: When Jack returns from the Year That Never Was to find that Gwen is engaged to Rhys, he has some mixed feelings about it.
Spoilers: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood or any of the characters.
Rhys had proposed while he’d been away; that was surprising. The way Gwen played fast and loose with her relationship, Jack had half expected her loyal boyfriend to give up, cut his losses and just dump her. Instead, they were going to be married.
What would that mean for the rest of the team? Would Gwen want more time off? Would the happy couple decide to start a family? Children and Torchwood weren’t a good mix. Besides, he’d only just got back to his team, and already it looked like he might lose one of his friends, the little band that had become the nearest thing he had to a family. He didn’t think he’d be able to accept that; after seeing what happened to them during the year, he wanted, needed, to keep them near, where he could protect them. Losing even one of them was a terrifying prospect.
But they’d survived his absence, they were all okay, and now Gwen had a chance at the kind of life Jack wished he could have: a home, a partner, maybe even children. Instead of feeling crushed that he’d missed such an important event in her life by chasing after the Doctor, he should be happy for her, even though she didn’t seem all that happy for herself.
“Wow. Gwen Cooper, getting married. Good for you.” And even if he didn’t sound as enthusiastic as he wanted to, he meant every word.