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Title: The Hollow Men
Fandom: Torchwood
Paring: Jack Harkness/John Hart
Rating: G
Wordcount: 100
Notes: Written for TW100 Challenge #244. Reverse Fandom Challenge-Beauty and the Beast. Unbeta'd. Comments and concrit welcome.
Summary: He'd been pretending not to care.



Watching the time vortex taking “John Hart” away from him, Jack was hard-pressed to keep up the façade of indifference.

They’d been partners, lovers, and eventually enemies, but John understood him in a way no one who hadn’t shared the life of a Time Agent possibly could. He knew what the Agency took and what it left behind.

The temptation to leave with John had been stronger than Jack wanted to admit. Now he was stuck on Earth, his greatest loves lost to time, space or circumstance. He’d have to settle for what Torchwood offered.

For the time being, anyway.

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tardisjournal
Jul. 18th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
I loved this! You fit in so much it seemed far longer than 100 words. I can imagine that's exactly how Jack feels.

And--ouch.
karaokegal
Jul. 18th, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! I haven't drabbled for awhile, so it felt good to get back to. I think John means so much more to Jack than he can ever let on.
unfeathered
Jul. 18th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Eee! Always love me a bit of Jack/John! :-)

I've been roleplaying my Jack with the same John for the last three years or so and I agree so much with the sentiment expressed here. It's very similar to Doctor/Master - a bit of the old life he knows he shouldn't want but still can't help wanting, and it hurts, but it's *so much fun*! :-)
karaokegal
Jul. 18th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! It drives me bonkers when people try to undervalue Jack and John's connection. The intensity of the fight/kissing scene in KKBB is so far beyond anything we saw with anyone else. IF the team hadn't walked in when they did, things might have gone quite differently.

unfeathered
Jul. 18th, 2012 06:46 am (UTC)
Oh god, yes. I just wish we could have had more of John, even though it *is* the same as the Master in that you'd always be just going over the same old ground, but the *chemistry* there was amazing. Such a tantalising little teaser!
rose_cat
Jul. 18th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
IF the team hadn't walked in when they did, things might have gone quite differently.

...and it would have had to be shown on STARZ :D
tardisjournal
Jul. 18th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
I'd order STARZ in a red-hot minute if that was the case. :D
rose_cat
Jul. 19th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I'd certainly consider it! Also, icon love :)
rose_cat
Jul. 18th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Nice!

John...knew what the Agency took and what it left behind.

Very well, and succinctly, put.

It's too bad that Jack wasn't able to maintain his connection with the Doctor long enough to have a chance to bond with him over the immortality/live-too-long/only-one-of-his-kind issues that they ended up sharing. Maybe if Nine hadn't regenerated when he did...

Since Moffat did create Jack in the first place, though, maybe he'll bring them together again one day. If only.

And I'd really like to have seen Jack's reaction in the event of running into John again post-COE. Other authors have explored that, I'm sure. (As could you -- hint, hint :) )
karaokegal
Jul. 18th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Shippers of all stripes like to understate the Jack/John connection and I will have none of it.

Well, I did do ONE drabble which had them together after Jack got a certain post-CoE mission out of his system. I also did a bunch of Jack/John/Lorenzo drabbles during the Drabble-a-Day project. Those were fun.
http://karaokegal.livejournal.com/tag/who%27s%20the%20boss

I HAVE to believe we will got a Moff-written i.e. real Jack meeting up with the 11th Doctor, if only for the anniversary. Of course the idea of Jack running into River and both of them trying to keep their previous entanglements hush-hush from the Doctor is one of my fondest fanfic dreams.

Edited at 2012-07-18 07:46 pm (UTC)
rose_cat
Jul. 19th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
I'll have to check those drabbles out!
sandysan2013
Jul. 19th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Ouch!
karaokegal
Jul. 21st, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
IKR? Poor Jack. Especially considering what he's stuck with.
a_phoenixdragon
Aug. 10th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
Ohhh, honey...this was beautiful and oh-so-hurty-accurate!

*HUGS*
karaokegal
Aug. 10th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks sweetie! I still think the looks that Jack and John exchange in KKBB and Exit Wounds speak volumes of their connection.
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