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Belated Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] travels_in_time, and fic: Busy Life, Movi

Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:55 am
I wrote this at work on Thursday for your birthday, Terry, but then came home to your post that you were going away till today. So I thought I'd wait till today to post it, so you could see it when you came home. Hope you had a good one! :-)

Title: Busy Life, Moving On
Fandom: Doctor Who/Torchwood
Author: [livejournal.com profile] unfeathered
Character(s): Jack, Mickey, Martha
Rating/Warnings: G, none
Word Count: 254
Spoilers: Journey’s End
Disclaimer: Not mine
Summary: After meeting up with the Doctor for the third time, Jack knows it really is time to move on.
Beta: The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] mad_jaks, whom I asked to just give this a quick once-over and who ended up doing a hell of a lot more!
Author’s Note: Written as a birthday present for [livejournal.com profile] travels_in_time



Jack walked away from the TARDIS without looking back. He hadn’t had an invitation to come along this time. He’d just got dropped off back home with his Vortex Manipulator set back to pretty-much-useless again and he hadn’t argued. Maybe because he knew he hadn’t actually accomplished anything by using it to teleport to the Doctor anyway. Him being there hadn’t actually done anything. (Unlike last time, with the Master, when Jack had got the three of them back to the Earth from the end of the universe, and up to the Valiant, and Martha back down to walk the Earth to spread the news of the Doctor… So maybe it hadn’t even been him the Doctor needed that time – just his wristcomp.)

Whatever the situation, he hadn’t argued because he didn’t need the Doctor like he used to. He’d spent 140 years waiting for an explanation, an acknowledgement; he’d got them and at last he’d been able to move on. He didn’t pine for the Doctor anymore. The Doctor he’d loved was gone. Maybe the Jack the Doctor had loved was gone. He knew the Doctor still wasn’t really comfortable around his Wrongness, and he couldn’t blame him.

They’d look each other up in times of crisis, and that was it. For the rest of the time, well, Jack had got his own team now. Which had some vacancies.

He looked across at Mickey and Martha with a grin. “So, you two. Do I even need to ask if you’d like a job?”
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
Jack walked away from the TARDIS without looking back
*gulps* what an intro...
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
And how much better it sounds in the past tense... *g*

I have to admit, this fic makes me kind of sad. Because I'm really not seeing Jack/Doctor anymore. :-(
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
I wasn't going to mention that...
Yes sad too - *snuggles you*

Sunday, July 20th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
I know you weren't. *g*

The Doctor/Jack thing is sad but, you know, interesting? I'm intrigued as to where fandom will make it go. And where canon will make it go.
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
85% of fandom (random figure snatched from the air) will carry on writing whatever the hell they want to - it's kind of the point *VBG*

I really shouldn't be talking to people - I'm in a foul mood.
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, what's wrong?
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Nothing - I just- feel like I'm spoiling for a fight or something...?

If - I say *if* - I were the sort of person to participate in fandom wank I think today would be the day I could hurl vitriol that would stick...
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, you've got the restless thing. Andy and I had it last weekend and a lot of other people seem to have had it too. :-(

Maybe you should go and hurl some vitriol. Might make you feel better!
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
nah I'd feel awful a nanosecond after hitting send and then just want to curl up and die/runaway very fast....
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
*accepts gratefully*
Monday, July 21st, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
I've got some bricks handy! But I decided to hand out chocolate instead.

::hugs::
Monday, July 21st, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
mmmm chocolate....

Well ther goes my diet :D
Monday, July 21st, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
t's really dark chocolate, low in fat, loaded with antioxidants. Also it's... magic chocolate. Calorie free. :)
Monday, July 21st, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Ahh *magic* chocolate well that's okay then *snarfles*
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
*gulp* oh my, poor Jack. Very very realistic, but poor jack!
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Eh, Jack's okay with it. He's reached acceptance and he's, well, moving on. :-)
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
true, true... but more poor Jack in my mind because damnit, the Doctor should treat him better!
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
The Doctor is kind of a rear end to Jack. Which makes me wonder, why?
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
because Ten is a *bleeep*?

*puts on innocent face*
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
But he's not like that to his other companions.

Well, okay, Martha would like to respectfully disagree...

Sunday, July 20th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
*g* I've often wondered if Ten feels it necessary to push Jack away because unlike all his previous companions Jack doesn't have a time-limit. In theory Jack could actually outlive the Doctor. For everyone else the Doctor knows there is this point where they'll have to part- age or illness or death or a love interest or whatever will separate them. That's not the case with Jack so he's making a preemptive strike
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
You have a very good point there. *ponders*

I was thinking earlier that all the companions walking away at the end of JE, no muss, no fuss, is sort of a pre-emptive strike on their part at the Doctor's habit of dumping them. They've got used to it, and this time they're leaving first.
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
oh yeah *nods* they left him before he could shove them out the door.
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but now I have images of Ten's naked rear end being presented to Jack... *g*
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Are you bragging, or complaining? :D
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Complaining. It's a bit of a skinny arse, isn't it? *g*
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
You have a point there. Well, consider CE's instead, is that better? He's the actual one who made the decision to leave Jack, after all.
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
I've... never seen CE's arse naked. I really can't imagine it! *g*
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Aw! Poor Jack! I mean, I agree, I think he's over the Doctor (except that I think he'll always come running in a second if the Doctor needs him, or even his wrist-comp, but he's not so much into that "my whole life is about waiting for the Doctor to show up" anymore) but it's still sad. I'm still more than a little irritated that he got put through over a hundred years of waiting and watching, and got just an "Oh, yeah, you freaked me out and I left, sorry" for it.

But Jack's resilient, more than anything else, and yeah, he has his own team now. Which, as we all noticed, does have a couple of vacancies. :D

Thank you so much! *is all sniffly from birthday-fic awesomeness*
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad you like it! Did you have a good birthday?

And yeah. It's weird, because I don't even know where this fic came from - it just sort of appeared in my mind, and I realised that yeah, Jack's okay with it all now. Like, really okay. As you say, he'll be there in a flash if needed, and I can see him and the Doctor maybe building a closer relationship again in the future (probably the distant future), but for now, this really is it. Torchwood is it, it's what he wants.

Which I know is what I was supposed to get from the end of LotTL, but it's taken me till now instead. *g*
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Which I know is what I was supposed to get from the end of LotTL, but it's taken me till now instead. *g*

Heh. You're not alone there by any means. In fact I have mentioned to others that Jack is, at this point, a heck of a lot more accepting and OK with things than I am. *g*

Yep, the whole weekend was lots of fun! New Orleans and Gulfport, beignets and beaches, mmmm.
Sunday, July 20th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Sounds good! :-)

I think I'm okay with it now. I can still write and read Doctor/Jack fic from any time up to now, after all. Or far in the future.
Monday, July 21st, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Which I know is what I was supposed to get from the end of LotTL, but it's taken me till now instead.

Me too. I just had an emotional epiphany less than a week ago that somehow made it work for me. And it certainly wasn't thanks to LotTL!

(I've started in the wrong place here, but lovely fic. Jack's realization about the wrist comp was the saddest thing to me, I think.)
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Gah! Only just found this comment! (Blooming notifications.)

Glad it wasn't just me that took a while to come to terms with it, and glad you liked the fic!

The wrist comp thing is definitely sad. Though tbh, I'd been thinking for a long time that he hadn't actually done anything at all, really, that time too, so at least there was the wrist comp!
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Great fic!
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
(can you tell how much I hate the S3 finale?)

I actually thought Jack got more to do in the S4 finale, than he did in the S3 one. TSE/JE he killed a Dalek in each episode.

U/TSoD/ahem... there was nothing, his Vortex Manipulator got them back to Earth and onto the Valiant and Martha back to Earth to walk for a year... but since Jack also had the hand, the Master could turn the Doctor into Tweety Bird Doctor.

On the whole I'll take the ending for S4.

I like the fic though, and I'd love to see you write one where Jack and the Doctor meet up again and become close (well, closer than they are now).

Hey, did you see I committed fic? If you want to read a short story with Jack and Sarah Jane, go over to my lj. It's rated G so you might not be interested.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
And at this point I have to admit to not having rewatched the S4 finale to look for evidence that he hadn't done anything useful... *g*

Though I figured Rose would have shot the Dalek that shot the Doctor after a moment anyway. Which other one did he kill? I don't remember.

Glad you liked the fic. And I'm sure I'll write another future Jack/Doctor one at some point. :-)

I haven't noticed your fic anywhere, no - sorry - but will add it to my reading list for when I actually feel like reading fic. I'm having a bit of a lack of attention span at the moment. :-(

(And I do actually read G-rated stuff, you know. Hey, I actually write it occasionally, too - see above! *g*)
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
And at this point I have to admit to not having rewatched the S4 finale to look for evidence that he hadn't done anything useful... *g*

Heh. That's me about S3.

Though I figured Rose would have shot the Dalek that shot the Doctor after a moment anyway. Which other one did he kill? I don't remember.

I didn't. If Jack hadn't shown up, I thought the Doctor and Rose would have died, since she hadn't even carried it, ready to shoot it, she was just holding on to it.

The other Dalek was on the ship, when Daleks started to show up. I believe Jack ran into the TARDIS, grabbed a huge gun for himself and tossed one to Mickey and then Jack destroyed his second Dalek.

I haven't noticed your fic anywhere, no - sorry - but will add it to my reading list for when I actually feel like reading fic. I'm having a bit of a lack of attention span at the moment. :-(

(And I do actually read G-rated stuff, you know. Hey, I actually write it occasionally, too - see above! *g*)


Heh, I didn't want you to feel pressured to read it if it didn't sound appealing to you.

I can understand going off fic after the finale, I did that last year and didn't read much after the finale until I started to a couple of months ago.

It's at the top of my lj right now, and if I update my lj at the same rate as last time, it's likely to remain the top for almost a year. *grin*
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww. Although my Jack will never get over the Doctor, but I'm happy for one who can, especially if shows up with Mickey and Martha in tow.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :-)

I don't think I'm really saying Jack's got over the Doctor. I still think they could and will get together again further down the line. I just have a real problem seeing Ten/Jack, right here, right now. But just because Jack's realised he doesn't need the Doctor anymore, that doesn't mean he doesn't love him. They just need to work out how it works between them again.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Understood. For me it's just still as real and raw for Jack now as ever. In fact, I'm working on a Jack/Donna fic that kind of spells out and reiterates just how primary it still is.

But that's just an interpretation, not a debate or wank.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
That really, really isn't a problem. I like different interpretations (especially when they're written by writers who can convince me! *g*) - I look forward to reading yours!
Thursday, July 24th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
I love that :)