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Canon-Schmanon continues!

Original meme posted HERE
Closing out today!


For aeron_lanart

Title: Crime and Punishment
Fandom: Dr. Who/Torchwood
Pairing: Nine/Kathy Swanson
Rating: G
Wordcount: 565


“Kathy, my wild, sweet Kathy. You must have been name for Wuthering Heights. Big Bronte fan, your mum?”

DS Swanson didn’t appear the least bit amused or impressed, but at least she was still standing there, instead of marching back to her desk and leaving him alone in his cell.

It wasn’t the incarceration that bothered him. The Doctor had been imprisoned all over the universe and survived just fine, thank you, but this time he was by himself, and he’d had just about enough of that.

In fact, he’d come back to Earth with at least the hope of finding a human worth traveling with for a bit, once he’d dealt with that invasion in London. Turned out the TARDIS had a few ideas of her own, taking him to Cardiff as though she were looking for something there.

He took a peek outside to try and determine the date and that’s when the trouble started. One minute he’d been asking a likely looking passer-by exactly what year it was and the next he’d been arrested for loitering in front of his own ship, a crime so heinous it apparently required a fine and a night in Her Majesty’s Prison. If he didn’t want to be alone he had to keep Kathy talking to him.

“Named for my Grandmum. Where she got it is anybody’s guess. Now will you please stop rattling on and let me get some work done?”

“You’re really going to keep me here all night. Just for standing somewhere?”

“For trying to get to someone to stand there with you. Conspiracy to loiter. We don’t want bad elements congregating on our streets.”

“Course not. So I’m stuck here all night, am I?”

It was a game of course. If he really needed to get out, there were at least five ways he could think of and only two of them would involve actual violence.

“That’s right.”

“And you’re stuck here with me.”

“Seems that way.”

“Low man on the totem pole, Detective Sergeant?”

Her narrowed eyes and exasperated sigh told him she didn’t appreciate the comment, but amending it to reflect her gender would have been worse.

“I’m going back to my desk now. You got anything else smart to say, it’ll have to wait until the next drunk gets pulled in.”

He didn’t want her go.

“Can I at least get some tea?”

The Doctor half expected her to growl at him through the bars or even attempt violence against his person, but instead she appeared to be considering his request.

“I could do with a spot myself. Come on, then.”

She fed a combination into the keypad on the wall. The Doctor watched the door open, and hung back, wondering if this was some kind of trick, making him vulnerable to an attack.

“I asked for tea, not escape from Alcatraz.”

“The law says you have to spend the night in custody. It doesn’t say you have to be in there.”

“Oh, Kathy,” he replied with exaggerated coyness.

“At my desk.”

Her head-shake was both aggravated and amused. If she could keep her sense of humour and handle the various obstacles that still faced her, she’d make a good police officer. Hopefully her future held more than baby-sitting dangerous loitering conspirators.

It would be a long night for him, but at least he’d have someone to talk to.


For joanne_c


Title: Never Con a Con Man
Fandom: Dr. Who/Knot's Landing
Pairing: Jack Harkness/Greg Sumner (Stealth edit my ass!)
Rating: PG13
Wordcount: 630


Jack sat watching, as Greg Sumner looked over the pages of the contract.

After all these years on the con, he still got a thrill from this part, knowing the mark had been roped in and the payoff was on the way. Hard to believe there’d once been a time where he was innocent enough to express shock at the idea of using his wrist strap and a knowledge of history as means of making some extra money. That was before he woke up in custody on Cloudbar 4, and only got out because his conviction that he’d lost two years of his life was deemed grounds for an insanity plea.

Now he was all about taking care of himself and finding out what the Agency had done to him. If he got some fun along the way, well Jack had never been one to turn down fun.

Like this deal with Greg Sumner. Southern California in 1989 suited him, both by morality and fashion. He liked the blondes, he liked the clothes, and he could hardly wait to get the signature that would put a major score in his account back home.

Sumner himself was fascinating. A rich, powerful man, just corrupt enough to be the perfect victim for a self-cleaning con. Handsome too, Jack thought, but that hadn’t part of this particular con. He’d decided that Greg Sumner had too many women swirling around him to be sexually vulnerable. His weakness was the desire for more money and the power he believed came with it.

All he had to do was sign that contract, and Jack could head back to London. He’d been careful not to spend too much time in the sun. He couldn’t risk showing a tan in the middle of the London Blitz.

What the hell was taking Sumner so long? Still looking at the contract, face resting against two long fingers on his cheek and one under his lower lip.

Jack noticed the smile breaking out on Sumner’s slightly bulldoggish face. He knew he had a good smile himself, but Greg Sumner’s teeth were formidable.

“Quite a deal you’ve put together here, Captain.”

“You’ll make millions.”

“I have millions and I intend to keep them.”

He’d put down the papers, taken off his glasses and Jack couldn’t stop thinking of a song that had a shark and a jack knife in it. Probably time to get the hell out of Dodge, or Los Angeles County, anyway. Safety was a teleport away, but Jack was intrigued. He’d been made, maybe days ago. Greg Sumner had been toying with him. Not many people could say that.

“If you’re not interested, I’ll have to take this great opportunity elsewhere.”

He stood up, but took his time, curious to hear what Sumner had to say.

“Give me one reason why I shouldn’t call my friends at the SEC, the FBI, the LAPD, and maybe the Governor’s office, just for good measure and tell them exactly what kind of a scam you’ve been trying to run on me?”

If Sumner expected Jack to offer money, he had another thing coming, but as he’d already pointed out, he had plenty of that. Jack only had one other asset. It was worth try and giving himself up to Greg Sumner would hardly be a defeat.

He met the predatory smile with one of his own, and raised his best insinuating eye-brow.

Sumner didn’t flinch. That was a good sign.

“Here? In my office? That’s rather bold.”

“I have a ship,” he replied. She was parked by Capitol Records building. It was the closest thing Big Ben he could find in Los Angeles.

“You mean a yacht?”

Jack rolled up his sleeve and reached over the desk for Sumner’s arm.

“Not exactly.”



For joanne_c

Title: Warriors
Fandom: Dr. Who/Torchwood
Pairing: Nine/Real Captain Jack
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 175


There would always be wars, and young men who needed to fight them. Old ones too, the Doctor thought, only slightly amused by the irony. Nine hundred years or twenty nine. No difference at all, if they believed the cause was just.

At least he knew the outcome of this war. There was hope for democracy and even humanity in the big picture. On the small scale things were different.

A single human being, a man who’d come to fight before his country had even declared war. The great pity was that he had to fight himself at the same time. It wasn’t fair and the Doctor knew he was only making it worse, but he couldn’t resist. The man was too attractive, the emotional need too great. Nothing happened, but even the emotional connection was dangerous for a man in Jack’s position.

Captain Harkness was shipping off to Wales and the Doctor had places to go, making it the right time to say good-bye.

Maybe there’d be someone better waiting for Jack in Cardiff.


For joanne_c

Title: The Last Victim
Fandom: Dr. Who/Torchwood
Pairing: Lucy Saxon/Gwen Cooper
Rating: PG13
Wordcount: 230


“Jack, what’s happened to her?”

Gwen could see Jack trying to hold his emotions in check, which meant whatever she thought he might be feeling, it was far worse. He might share it with her later, in private, but right now they were representing Torchwood, and that meant stiff upper lip in the face of UNIT, the US envoy, and the wreck of a woman who had once been First Lady of the United Kingdom.

“Interrogation, incarceration, being married to a madman. God knows what else. But we’re going to take care of her now.”

Jack made it clear that the rehabilitation was Gwen’s job. He was relying on Gwen’s humanity and kindness to repair something that had been broken, something he couldn’t bear to look at himself.

What Jack had forgotten was Gwen’s own weakness. Lucy’s pale skin and empty eyes made her nearly irresistible. Gwen brought food and tried to offer healing, even though she barely understood the trauma involved, but Lucy whispered in Gwen’s ear and told her that solace wouldn’t come from sweets and a cuddly toy. She needed Gwen, all of her, more than she’d given Jack, Rhys or anyone else. The same things her Master had taken from her.

By the time Jack showed up to rescue her it was far too late; she was completely in love with Lucy and nearly as lost.




For rose_cat

Title: Time After Time
Fandom: Dr. Who/Torchwood
Pairing: Ten/Gwen
Rating: G
Wordcount: 100



For a Time Lord, the Doctor had no luck with timing.

His hearts were still stinging from saying goodbye to Rose (again) and to Donna (forever) and even the growing knowledge that he’d lost so many others to his own emotional blindness.

He’d come to Torchwood looking for Jack, but met his second-in-command instead. Gwen’s smile had the force of a sonic screwdriver, zapping him with a spark of happiness that he’d never expected to feel again.

He was just asking if she’d interested in doing a bit of traveling, when Jack walked in.

No luck with timing at all.

Comments

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aeron_lanart
Feb. 15th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
I think they're all great but I'm very fond of the Nine/Kathy and Lucy/Gwen.
karaokegal
Feb. 15th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your suggestion. I'm glad you liked the results. These were challenging to do, but lots of fun.

unfeathered
Feb. 16th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I love these, especially Gwen and Lucy. :-)
karaokegal
Feb. 16th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I've had so much fun working on these.

Glad you liked.
merucha
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Liked them all, but loved Lucy Saxon /Gwen Cooper!
karaokegal
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Lucy is such a great character, and she would totally destroy Gwen.
filthgoblin
Feb. 17th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Loved Lucy/Gwen. Loved it. People seem to think that Lucy was a pathetic, hollow, abused character, but I don't see that. She was ambitious and strong in my mind. I don't know how else you could explain why she got together and stayed with the Master otherwise. He wouldn't be interested in someone who was weak.

Well, that's my two penn'orth, anyway...
karaokegal
Feb. 17th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks sweetie! I think Lucy is way under-rated. There's plenty of evidence for awesomeness including the scene with the reporter and the fact that the Master chose her in the first place. Plus Alexandra Moen is seriously hot in the red dress. Also Lucy/Master is a very good argument against that whole "asexual Time Lord" thing.

Glad you liked. You may want to check out paperclipbitch's fic tags because she has done some amazing Lucy fic.
shane_mayhem
Feb. 18th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
These are awesome! Of course, they work well as almost-drabbles, but some of them (or all of them) are intriguing enough to expand upon, too!

karaokegal
Feb. 18th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks sweetie! I had a House suggestion that had the nerve to go and grow a full-blown plot. :)

I love putting together characters who've never shared a scene and finding a way to ship them. If any couple deserves a fandomn, it's Gwen and Lucy. (Even the Gwen-haters might be able to get behind that.)
kohlrimmedeye
Feb. 19th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Lucy/Gwen, and ooh, so dark and lovely. *nods in approval*

xxx
karaokegal
Feb. 19th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
YAY! I definitely had your Lucy fics in mind, but hopefully gave it a different twist by dragging Gwen into the mix.
joanne_c
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
So sorry it's a while since this was posted.

And eeee! Greg Sumner fic! Yay!

Also I totally agree with Jack about the handsome part. Greg/William Devane have only improved with age.

And thank you for writing it - I did miss the 'a fandom' bit. But it was so worth it! I loved it.

Nine and Jack (the other one) was bittersweet and lovely. And maybe in a way Nine was right. Incidentally and apropos of nothing, I realised that I asked for the two people who I honestly feel have the most chemistry with (JB) Jack to be paired. That has to say something. (Owen and Gwen and Martha and Rose are right after!) I'm not sure what, but. Something.

Gwen/Lucy just makes me go ow, in a good way. I could see that, yes. I could see so much. Lucy is a fascinating character - I agree that few people see her as strong as she is.

Edited at 2009-02-22 11:32 am (UTC)
karaokegal
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the suggestions. Putting Jack and Greg together was fun, because I could see Jack in his 80's style outfits fitting in quite well and I could really see Greg's reaction to him. My William Devane crush goes back to Missiles of October and lasted through some really horrendous choices on his part. Phenom, anybody?

Nine/CJH was hard in terms of figuring out a time-line, but I think it worked because they're both intense characters, and you are so right about the chemistry with JB. The "touching hands" moment from CJH is still one of the most sexually charged things in all way of TW, maybe on TV every.

Gwen/Lucy probably needs to be expanded in the future. Because under the circumstances, it's actually pretty shocking how little TW femslash fic there is, and because Lucy is a great character to work with. Definitely stronger than anyone gives her credit for. For one thing, she and "Harold" seem to actually have fun being evil together before she goes bonkers, so post-bonkers Lucy should have a bit of humor as well.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you enjoyed.
rose_cat
Feb. 26th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Sorry it took me so long to comment. I did get your email; I've been functioning at a pretty low level for a while.

On to the fics: I love what you did with Nine/Kathy :) Nine, arrested for loitering! *snicker* (Maybe, with the buzz cut and the leather jacket, they thought he was a skinhead or something?) Nine is in rare form here, charming and snarky. Ooh, what if he'd offered her a trip? That would have made for some interesting chemistry!

Nine/Real Jack -- You made a great connection here, and in so few words. Both of them soldiers trying to do the right thing despite the cost to themselves. Nine hundred years or twenty nine. And both of them lonely, in a way that can never be fixed. The great pity was that he had to fight himself at the same time. It wasn’t fair and the Doctor knew he was only making it worse, but he couldn’t resist.

Lucy/Gwen -- now that is interesting. I'd have to say that Jack would be awfully clueless (beyond being a bastard ;) ) to give Gwen a responsibility like that. Um, psychotherapy? Meds? You'd think the risk to Gwen would have occurred to him. Then again, given the last year, his brains could be a bit scrambled, so...pushing that aside, Gwen's compassion, usually an asset, sets her up for disaster here. Lucy's need would be nearly bottomless, and she could pull Gwen in with her, especially given her time with the Master. She'd have become a master manipulator, no pun intended.

And on to Ten/Gwen. Darn, I thought I might stump you with this one, but you made it work. After Gwen's line in "Stolen Earth"("Ooh, he's a bit nice. I thought he'd be older."), I can see her giving him one of those killer grins. Gwen’s smile had the force of a sonic screwdriver... Nice line! And the image of Gwen turning that warm smile on the Doctor made me think of the scene in "Rise of the Cybermen" when Rose used one of her smiles to get what she wanted. So, thanks :)

I had an odd initial reaction to the story, though. Maybe it had to do with the emotional place I'm in. So I'm writing a fic in response. (I'm still working on the one you betaed -- I ended up reworking it considerably -- and hope to get back to you soon on that.)
karaokegal
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Wow!

Thanks so much for reading all the ficlets in this post.

It was fun writing snarky-Nine and putting him up against no-nonsense Kathy and I also liked the idea of him and CJH. That's why I like doing memes like this...where else would I get the notion to put those two together and have to think of a way to make the time lines work?

Lucy/Gwen...well you know Jack is sort of besotted with Gwen and he gives her a lot of responsibility as well, and I think he's slightly taken in by Lucy's apparent fragility, because he mostly saw her as the Master's victim.

Ten/Gwen----I'm so glad you liked. SQUEEEEEEEE!!!! But now I'm curious about the initial reaction and dying to see what inspiration occurred. I'm always available for beta services as needed (or tolerated.)

dariclone
Aug. 11th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Wiw, I liked the Gwen/Lucy, very interesting pairing.
karaokegal
Aug. 12th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. I love putting people together who've never shared a scene and seeing what I can do with them.
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