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14 November 2011 @ 08:27 pm
challenge weekend post the second  
*points to post title* More stories I wrote for the challenge weekend at comment_fic, because the prompts over there are brilliant!

Title: More Like The Man You Were Made To Be
Rating/Warnings: PG13
Length: 614 words
Summary: written for the prompt Doctor Who, Rory, In ancient Rome, struggling with the prospect of being a soldier, Rory has to learn how to hurt people instead of healing them.

More Like The Man You Were Made To Be


They tell him that it isn’t difficult, the pointy end of the sword goes in the other man, but there’s a look in their eyes when they say it. He learns that death is not doled out willingly here, but done daily by order, by command, by words from above. Rory has never had faith in people or entities higher than him in the hierarchy. Healers – Doctors a part of his mind insists – are not infallible and gods don’t listen. Rory deals in the concrete, in his own two hands and what they can do.

They place a sword in his hands.

It starts with endless training, designed to make sets of motions automatic and natural. He remembers as a child his father teaching him balance and grace, how to place his feet firmly, anchor himself to the ground for when the enemy comes. He remembers another childhood, being uncomfortable in his own skin, having to be taught by a girl how to climb a tree. In his head he is two people, both graceful and not, but this body of his acts as it will regardless. He is shown something once and his body remembers.

Rory hones his mind as he hones his skills, matching mind to actions. His family wishes him to be a commander of men. He wishes to be a commander of his hands.

It is too much to hope for to be a commander of his mind. He has two selves, two histories, knowledge that cannot be.

He is taught battles, wars, strategy, and tactics. He expects a conflict within his own head and on long marches he entertains himself by mapping how it might go. Yet there is something else, over-riding the two or mediating or joining them, something deeper in his head (or his heart) that makes him him and holds all the parts of him together.

It says there is someone – a redheaded girl – who believes that he is worth loving. It says family is important, that knowledge is useful, and dying hurts. It wants to help people and it wants to protect.

They take to the field of battle and then this that holds him together, that he has been thankful for, makes him falter. Surely to hurt people, and because he was ordered, goes against what he is.

Beside him Aemilius falls – fifteen and thin, drowned by his uniform, beautiful voice and knows all the crude lyrics – and Rory strikes out. His hands take the sword that they have given and they use it. Blood spills out onto the earth.

He wants to say that this isn’t him, just a body moving by rote, but truthfully for one glorious moment Rory is whole. He moves as taught, he acts as ordered, he protects and helps.

Rory hauls the younger man to his feet before facing the oncoming others once more.

If he concentrates on the fact that this is protecting and fighting for his own, if he thinks on killing as helping, then he can do this. If it’s saving lives, then he can do this. Rory can do this and be good at this.

They tell him that he has an aptitude for leadership. They place a better sword in his hands and raise him through the ranks. His family are proud and men fight to be able to fight under him. He couldn’t face an enemy in single combat and he couldn’t slaughter someone in cold blood, but given a command he protects those entrusted to his care with ruthless success.

They tell him that it isn’t difficult. Whether it is or not, it becomes easier and Rory is good at this.


Title: Priority
Rating/Warnings: PG
Length: 237 words
Summary: written for the prompt Torchwood, Gen or Jack/Ianto, “Hypothetically, Jack, what if I didn’t make anymore coffee?”

Priority


“Hypothetically, Jack,” says Ianto, hovering in the doorway to Jack’s office, “what if I didn’t make anymore coffee?”

Jack fixes a seriously expression onto his face before looking up from his paperwork, which contrary to popular belief he does actually do. Sometimes.

“Well,” he says, “first I’d have to fire you, so then there’d be retcon, obviously. Then I’d set you up as the head of your own coffee shop and make you believe that was your life’s vocation before writing into Owen’s job description that he’d have to collect our usual order from you at the usual time.”

He leans back in his chair and lets himself grin.

“I wouldn’t stop dating you though.”

“Ah.” Ianto finally steps into his office properly and places a requisition form in front of him. “Better make this a priority then.”

“A new coffee machine?” says Jack, frowning. “Why, what happened to the one we already have?”

“There were a group of idiots playing basketball in the Hub last night, sir. If you happen to know who the instigator was,” says Inato, placing both hands flat on Jack’s desk and leaning in, “I would appreciate it if you’d pass on how unacceptable the practise is. I know some people don’t especially mind if the Rift Manipulator explodes and the world ends, but apparently damage to the coffee machine can get me fired.”

“Right.” Jack closes his eyes. “I’ll have words.”
 
 
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Lady Mercury: Rory the Romanladymercury_10 on November 14th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
I really like this look at Rory...it helps reconcile his two very different selves.
inkvoices: dr who:rory the romaninkvoices on November 15th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thanking you! I wondered how Rory could go from a nurse to being a soldier in more than one episode, so this was a great prompt to be able to explore that.
hang on, traveling woman: Film: The King's Speechmiss_izzy92 on November 14th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Loved the Rory fic. Wonderful job.
inkvoices: dr who:rory the romaninkvoices on November 15th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it :D
Mindy: doctor who - ten/rose - look uparliddian on November 15th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Beautiful insight into Rory and the internet struggle he must have felt with his two selves. He is always so consistent no matter what universe they're in or which lifetime he's living through, and I think you hit the nail on the head with the things that make him Rory.
inkvoices: bubbles and heartsinkvoices on November 15th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Sorry, but I have to point out internet struggle because it made me smile a lot :D

Thank you! He is such a consistent personality, and yet he goes from being a nurse to being a soldier in more than one episode, so this was a great prompt to be able to look at what makes him tick. Glad you liked it!
Mindyarliddian on November 16th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
Aaaahahaha, I am clearly suffering from what I'd like to call 'exam brain'. *Headdesk*

I don't know, maybe Rory does struggle with the internet? Seems like having two separate lives combined into one person might be a problem when creating your online identity. Haha!
inkvoices: bubbles and heartsinkvoices on November 17th, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Heehee, 'twas my amusement of the day :D

Internet identity crisis lol. Also, can you see Rory the Roman having trouble with Rory the Nurse's phone and other tech? Amy would be all 'give it here, stupid' and Rory would be muttering, 'like to see you clean a plastic gun hand'.
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inkvoices: bubbles and heartsinkvoices on November 15th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm pleased that you think so and glad that you enjoyed it :)
firefly_124firefly124 on February 13th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Lovely insights into Rory. As a nurse, I can absolutely see how framing things in terms of protecting his own works, because any threat to one of my patients turns me into a raging lioness.

And gotta love Jack's priorities!
inkvoices: dr who:rory the romaninkvoices on February 13th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
It was one way I could see him becoming Rory the Roman. Glad you think that it works!

Coffee and dating Ianto. Check. ;)
rabecka: Ianto2x04rabecka on February 17th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Great look at Rory as protector. That really makes sense. And then the second one... *grin*
inkvoices: torchwood:ianto smileinkvoices on February 19th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them :)