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Drabble: Belated Realisation – Sequel to ‘After Hours Visit’

Title: Belated Realisation – Sequel to ‘After Hours Visit’
Author: badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, Jack
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 309 – The Library at tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Common sense finally makes an appearance, but it’s too late.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.

Miraculously, despite the way Jack had managed to bump into practically everything in his path, they’d managed to make their way through the building to the library’s archives, where the older books were now kept, without setting off any alarms.

“I still don’t know why you couldn’t have just brought the book in and told the librarian that you found it among the effects of a deceased relative, or something.”

Jack stopped dead and Ianto walked into him.

“Why didn’t you suggest that before?” he hissed.

“Because your lack of common sense has apparently rubbed off on me,” Ianto sighed.

The End


As a former librarian, I can say returning it like that wouldn't help as the issue record would still exist.However, if the librarian had time, eventually it would be deleted, as who would think the borrower was still alive after 73 years. That sid, myfavourite book I read as a child was still in the house because Dad didn't have time to return it to the library when he was called up at the start of the war. Always remember not to sneak into a library at night, as you might be tempted to feed the books. Terry Pratchet warned against it

Edited at 2016-10-31 04:41 pm (UTC)
As a former university librarian, I know that issue records often still exist when a book has been returned because people have a habit of leaving them on tables where they just get shelved, then we'd chase people for books they no longer have, so it sort of goes both ways. I also found 'lost' books on the top of the stacks from time to time, or fallen down the back of shelves, so Jack might or might not get away with it. Either way, I don't think he'll be borrowing books in future.

Terry Pratchett was very wise ;)

Thank you!