Rating: MA 15+
Spoilers None. AU but the names of the Episodes are mentioned
Summary: There is a new Boss for Torchwood Cardiff.
After the meeting Jack and Ianto debrief.
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Torchwood- Copyright BBC.
Un-betaed so all mistakes are mine!
Italics are thoughts
“Jack do you want another coffee?” asked Ianto.
“Yep, can you come into my office, I’d like to have a word with you.”
“Certainly, I’ll get coffee and be there in about 3 minutes.”
Jack looked up as Ianto entered the office, with two mugs this time.
“Sit down, now how do you think they liked me?”
“Well” began Ianto “Owen does’t care who runs the show, as long as he gets the support to do the research and development he wants to do and someone to keep the head office off his back, he’s happy and I think he believes you will do that. He’ll get to cut stuff up, get regular coffee, get paid and make discoveries that will save people, he’s a happy camper.”
“Tosh likes you.” continued Ianto, “Because she is very shy, and by giving her time and warning before you grill her on her work, she will be so prepared, with every possible question mapped out, with answers and reason. She will be prepared and as such, happy. Suzie our last boss use to put her into situations without her being prepared, you know, if someone came in from Head Office, she wouldn’t warn her and they would come over asking questions and she would be all tongue tied and embarrassed. She knows her stuff and confident when she is prepared, but take her unawares and she doubts her ability. She use to work for UNIT, you known of them,” Jack nodded “our main software competitor. They only do the software, where as we do both software, hardware and medical as well, well they were giving Tosh a hard time. She has told me she felt like she was in gaol, the way she had a tiny little room to work in, no comforts at all. Locked in and having to have a supervisor release the door for them to go out. They are so paranoid that information will get out. When she started here, she said it felt like she had been rescued, but Suzie make her feel unsure, as she was questioning her, about previous projects with UNIT, which was covered under their non disclosure which Tosh signed. She is honorable and will stick to that come hell or high water. I don’t know how to help her with that.” Jack nodded “I noted that, you were right in your pen sketches of them, now the last one?”
“Yep, am I gonna have problems with her?”
“Well she has the hots for you, if you are happy to go along with that, she will be happy.”
“Well I don’t want a romantic relationship, only want to work with her.”
“I think you will have some problems with her. I don’t known her very well, she hasn’t been here that long and I must admit I am a bit biased against her, so I don’t think I should make any comments about her.”
“Why are you biased about Gwen, what did she do to you Ianto? I can’t imagine you disliking her without a valid reason!”
“Please take this as someone who was upset by what she said and I don’t want my opinion of her to colour how you think or deal with her. I really don’t feel all that comfortable ...”
“Ianto I get the picture, close the door and spill. I know you want to rise above this, but I want to know what she did to you.”
“Not to me per say, but to Andy.”
“Yeah, she treats him like he is some sort of menial worker, not worthy of even being polite to. Andy is a clever fellow, much smarter than a lot of the people here, but she has judged him by his job and she has written him off, but the worst part is she tells people how dumb he is. She actually said to me she was surprised to see him reading. She thought Andy was putting on ‘Airs and Graces’ and trying to look clever by reading. Andy is studying and has more compassion and knowledge that she has, she just makes out she is the “heart” of Torchwood and knows everything - sorry, she ‘gets on my goat’. Andy as you know, is my friend and didn't have the chances some had with study and support. He is doing it himself and - oh - I don’t know, I don't appreciate him being put down. There is no need to be like that.!”
“It’s okay Ianto, you are supportive of your friends and I must admit that sort of behavior, if I witness it, will be dealt with straight away. Remind me never to get on your bad side and to stay as a friend, I’d like to have someone support me like you do with Andy. Andy is a nice guy, wicked sense of humor, and can drink like a fish.”
“Get on my bad side and you get decaf, keep doing it and it’s instant decaf.”
“Oh no, you don’t, do you?”
“Yeah, Owen will vouch for that. You can tell when Owen has pushed a bit to far, he starts to fall asleep by 3 pm. I usually get better behavior from him the next day. Tosh is the usual person he misbehaves to, and that is not on.”
“Ianto I love that, it going to be great working with you. But, please, no decaf for me. I’m like a bear with a sore head without my caffeine.”
“I’ll remember that. Now I’ll just go and type up and send out the minutes of the meeting and..”
“Ianto I didn’t see you take any notes. The conference room is wired is it. I don’t like the..”
“No, it’s not, and neither is your office. For informal meetings I like to use my memory. Just to keep it working. For formal meeting I take short hand.”
“Wow, I’m interested to see how good your memory is. Now can you organize informal meetings with the three of them. Lets see, one a day. Owen first, then Gwen and Tosh last. That should give Tosh enough time to feel me out, get Owen over and done with and not make Gwen feel she is the most important.”
“Jack, you don’t have to do what I suggest.”
“You have to understand I trust your opinion. You have been open and forthcoming. I want to use you to the fullest extend and picking your brains is pointless if I don’t use that information.”
“Certainly, Sir, I will be outside at my desk, if you need me.” It sound formal but the smile was large and easy.
Jack took a deep breath, wow, Ianto was too much, I’ll have to be careful with him. So smart, so... handsome. No can’t go there, it gets to complicated and, oh boy, do I want to go there.
Ianto sat at his desk and started on the minutes. It kept his mind off Jack. Oh he is, is so... so.. Dashing, and to go with my suggestions. Oh wow, keep typing Jones, concentrate on what was said, don’t think about Jack and his blue eyes, that smile the cleft in his chin. Those strong hands, wonder what they would feel like on.... NO. Concentrate on the minutes.