Characters: Jack, Meriel.
Written For: Challenge 457: Soothe/Soothing at tw100.
Summary: Meriel takes after her dads in more than just looks.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: This one’s a double drabble.
Meriel’s crying, which isn’t unusual; she’s a baby, and babies cry for lots of reasons. She’s been fed so she’s not hungry, she doesn’t need changing, she’s not teething, and she doesn’t have colic, so it’s probably just that she’s tired and can’t get to sleep. That’s easy to fix.
Settling his daughter in her cot, Jack tucks her favourite cuddly in with her. She quietens immediately.
It’s not what most people would use as a comforter for their baby, but then Meriel isn’t really your average baby. For a start, her ‘mother’ is an immortal man from the 51st century who catches aliens for a living, while her father is also now immortal and works for the same alien-hunting organisation.
Their pets, aside from the Pteranodon, are all aliens, and her nanny is a large, very friendly, extremely fluffy alien snake creature, so really, the chances of Meriel being anything approaching average in any way are… Well, nonexistent.
Even so, as she snuggles up to the only thing that soothes her, Jack has to wonder why, when she has so many cuddly toys, she prefers an old sock stuffed with coffee beans… Maybe coffee addiction runs in the family.