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Guilt - 22/70ish

Title: Guilt
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Ianto/Lisa
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Torchwood is not mine. No matter how much I sometimes wish it was.
Spoilers: Better say everything through s2, just to be sure. Begins pre-S1.
Summary: Ianto starts work in the archives.

Thanks to: My beta cazmalfoy for all her wonderful work, and my cheerleaders angelzbabe1989 and piper08 for putting up with me when I whine about being stuck.

Author's Notes: Voting is open at Children Of Time - Brokeback Manor is nominated in the AU category - go vote!

Author's Notes 2: I finally got round to making a Master List - check it out for all my past work!

Fic starts here
Previous chapters at my master list

Chapter Twenty-Two

Ianto threw his file to the floor, sinking down next to it, and wondered, not for the first time, what insanity had gripped him when he’d offered to organise the archives. It was a truly mammoth task, and it was difficult to even see where was best to start.

Several hours ago, he had taken the plunge, choosing arbitrarily to start at the opposite end to the one at which he had begun his search the previous day. It was going to be slow going no matter where he started, but he held out hope that he would find the all-important artefact Tosh was talking about faster starting from this end.

When he had taken him his coffee that morning, he had asked Jack if there was any particular sorting method he wanted Ianto to use in the archives. The blank, slightly hesitant look he had received in response went a long way to explaining why Jack had never tried to organise the archives before.

Eventually, in a tone that suggested he was trying to sound like he knew what he was talking about, Jack had simply told him that he trusted him to use whatever method he thought was best, which didn’t help Ianto much at all.

He’d been working almost non-stop for hours, with regular breaks to make the rest of the team coffee and make a quick check on Lisa, and he’d barely made a dent in the shelves and cabinets of alien tech and archived information.

He’d been relieved to discover that the majority of items were at least labelled and numbered, although some of the information on the labels was seriously lacking.

He wasn’t entirely sure what he was supposed to do with labels like the one he’d found on item 53-273, for example. ‘Probably does something but the buttons seem to be stuck, if they’re even buttons,’ wasn’t exactly particularly informative, and he had a feeling it would have to be placed with the unlabelled items in an ‘unknown’ section.

Conversely, some items were labelled so thoroughly that he began to believe that the mythical archivist from the 1920’s that Jack had mentioned may actually have existed. A few older artefacts even had cross-referencing tags written on the bottom of the labels.

As he cleared the shelf, he’d taken note of the label information and archive number of each item, logging them in a notebook.

Sitting wearily on the floor, notebook in front of him, he made a mental note to talk to Tosh later about implementing the information he was taking down into the artefact database. After all, there was no point in him even recording the data if it was inaccessible and now that he had started this job, he wanted it done properly.

Even if, as he was beginning to fear, that took years to accomplish.

Glancing down, he noticed that it was nearly lunchtime, and wondered briefly if the team would actually manage to feed themselves if he just stayed down here and worked.

Theoretically, he knew they must have managed to keep themselves fed during the day before he arrived. But in the past few weeks they had somehow come to rely upon him to appear at lunchtime, food in hand, and it seemed a very real possibility that they would miss lunch completely if he were to suddenly stop.

Picking up his notebook, he got to his feet and began to wend his way back out of the archives. After checking once more that Lisa was resting comfortably, he returned to the main body of the Hub.

He raised his voice just enough to be heard by everyone as he climbed the small steps to the ‘office’ area. “Unless anyone has any particular lunch preferences, I’ll just…”

Jack’s voice cut in, interrupting him. “Already sorted. Should be arriving in a few minutes.” He smiled affably. “You’re not the only one who can pick up a phone and a take-away menu, and we thought you deserved a day off from feeding us.”

Ianto was silent for a long moment, stunned. It certainly made a difference to only be responsible for his own lunch, and no one else’s. “Right. Okay then. Guess I only have to…”

He was interrupted by Jack again before he could finish his sentence. “You’re part of ‘us’, Ianto. We got yours too.”

Ianto hovered, momentarily at a loss as to what to do next. “If you’re desperate for something to do,” Jack continued, apparently noticing his indecision, “I wouldn’t say no to another mug of your wonderful coffee.”

Glad to have a task, Ianto dropped his folder on a desk and disappeared to the kitchenette, returning with a tray of coffee just as Tosh came through the cog door with her arms full of lunch.

Chapter Twenty-Three
Any and all comments and concrit welcomed! (Comments = Love <3)


( 32 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 11th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Organising those archives will take more than a few years by the sounds of it ... oh poor Ianto, thinking he wasn't one of the 'we's'.
Feb. 11th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Ianto could easily have a job for life (and not a short-Torchwood life) just sorting out the archives...
Feb. 11th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Aww, Ianto, poor Ianto. He is part of 'us'. *huggles him*

*pokes you for more*
Feb. 11th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Ianto should never doubt that he is definitely part of 'us'.

And more at the weekend :P
Feb. 11th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Wonderful chapter, its going to take forever to organize those archives. I loved that Jack took care of lunch since he knows how big of a task Ianto has in front of him. And poor Ianto thinking he wasn't one of them, glad Jack showed him he was.
Feb. 11th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Jack just wants to help Ianto however he can :)
Feb. 11th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Poor Ianto --- he doesn't feel like he belongs. He's so isolated.
Feb. 11th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
The rest of the team (well, Jack and Tosh mostly) aren't going to let him keep feeling that way if they can help it.
Feb. 11th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
wonderful, very peaceful...
Feb. 11th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)

(might not stay peaceful for too long though...)
Feb. 11th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Is it weird of me that sorting out the archives sounds like my idea of a perfect job? I'd say it's probably safer than field work too, but...well...it is Torchwood...who knows what dangerous alien tech is in the archives? LOL
Loved this!
Feb. 11th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Depending on my mood, I'd either love or hate sorting out the archives (I'm the kind of person who occasionally pulls all the books and dvds off the shelves just so I can put them all into order again)
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Feb. 11th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Oh dears. What did Torchwood do before Ianto? *shudders to even imagine*
Feb. 11th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
I really don't know...
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Hooo really interesting chapter !!! Take care ;)
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
Feb. 12th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Awww! Poor Ianto thinking he wasn't one of the team. Great chapter :c)
Feb. 12th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah... but Jack set him straight :)

Feb. 12th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
I felt so bad picturing Ianto in the archieves. What a job!
"The blank, slightly hesitant look he had received in response went a long way to explaining why Jack had never tried to organise the archives before." - I loved that line!
Feb. 12th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Damn, "Archives". That'll teach me to proof read. ;)
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Mar. 13th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
Oh my Ianto, thinking he wasn't part of the "us" so sweet there at the end though...them taking care of lunch. And GAH the archives sound like a disaster!
Mar. 13th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
the archives sound like a disaster! - just a bit...
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
Ianto Angst! YAY!!
I just wanted to pause and let you know that I started reading this this afternoon and read straight through to here... I need to stop for a while now, though, much as I don't want to, so figured I would take the time to say *THANK YOU!!*

I'm really loving this fic, and as others have noted before me, my fingernails are looking a bit worse for wear as I hit the end of each part. Literally bit end of one off accidentally a little while ago =-O ... think was when Ianto was fessing up to Jack - I was uncertain if he'd fess up and change things to an AU, or if he would stay quiet and story would follow things as they happened from his POV - love how you're going so far and look forward to reading more tomorrow, or later tonight, and dreading getting to the end and having no more to read.

The archives.... they sound like my basement. Wonder if Ianto could help me tame that...
Mar. 23rd, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
Re: Ianto Angst! YAY!!
Firstly, I'm really glad you're enjoying this so far - sorry about the nail ;) As of yesterday, you still have 11 more chapters to go before you catch up on my posting...

And if he had time outside looking after Lisa, cleaning up after the team and organising the archives, I'm sure Ianto could tame anything.

Thanks for such an epic comment!
Dec. 8th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Recently found this & have been reading straight through. I'm glad you kept working on this even when it was tough to. I love that Ianto decided to trustthe T3 team & how they have supported him. Poor Ianto, not thinking he was part of us

The archives, ugh! I was nearly overwhelmed at organising our household paperwork. I like things in their place, alpa cd's & dvd's, cookbooks by type (chinese, italian...).

After my husband had a stroke, he still takes care of daily things, but there were stacks of papers all over. Even my china cabinet was stuffed w/papers that never got filed! It wasn't until I had every nook & cranny cleared of papers that I realise the enormous amount of sorting I needed to do. It took about a month to sort, label, file, etc

The thought of ROOMS full of things that haven't been organised since the 1920's would probably leave me sitting on the floor in defeat!
Dec. 8th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I'm glad you're enjoying it so far.

I think we all get overwhelmed a bit with papers and stuff to file. I'd probably tear my hair out faced with the archives!
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