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October 2019



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Drabble: Unhelpful

Title: Unhelpful

Author: badly_knitted

Characters: Ianto, Jack.

Rating: G

Written For: Challenge 400: Milestone at tw100

Spoilers: Nada.

Summary: Travel on other planets is largely guesswork.

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

After passing the third one, Ianto just had to ask.

“Jack, what’re those weird curly things?”

“You’ll have to be more specific, Ianto. Weird and curly is the order of the day around here,” Jack replied. He had a point; even the pale yellow grass was curly.

“The pink things like bent corkscrews sticking out of two mops twisted together.”

Comprehension dawned. “Oh, those things. They’re the equivalent of milestones, they tell people how far they are from the last village and how much further to the next one.”

“So how far…?”

Jack shrugged. “Didn’t say I could read them.”

The End


*headdesk* Good one Jack....

Jack figures it's enough tat he knows what things are. If Ianto wants more information, he'll have to look elsewhere.

Thank you!
Could u be more unhelpful Jack lol

Great drabble.
Oh, I'm sure he could ;)

Thank you!
I feel for Jack. I understand every single word you say, but I don't have the faintest idea what you're talking about. Me when my nephews attenpt to explain computers
That's me and computers too - among other things!

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Haha I know the feeling :P reminds me of the trip to Germany two weeks ago LOL I knew what the signs were, just had no idea what they actually said
Even when signs are in the correct language, there's still no guarantee you'll understand what they say. I think sign makers are deliberately cryptic!

Thank you!


everything is completed on this planet ????
The tardis gives oral comprehension but not written so ... I never reported on this- yes it is said he translated the conversation and that's it!
there are only the shrink paper for writing in the language.
It's a very curly place ;)

The TARDIS does indeed only translate spoken words, but it gives Ianto something to learn ;)

Thank you!