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Title: Homme Fatale, or, Five Ways Ianto Jones is Not What He Seems
Author: [ profile] cupidsbow
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack/Ianto, Ianto/OC
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: Children of Earth
Summary: Torchwood trained Ianto Jones, but that doesn't make him theirs.
Note: For the Five Things challenge on Flashfic-hub. Thanks to Hope for the beta.
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Title: The Naming of Things
Author: [personal profile] find_rightbrain
Characters/Pairing: Jack, various OCs
Word Count: 956
Rating: PG
Summary: Four people Time Agent 426O1 has been, and one he won't be again.
Notes: Written for [community profile] flashfic_hub's five things challenge. Spoilers for Children of Earth.
Disclaimer: Doctor Who, Torchwood, and all characters belong to the BBC. I am not affiliated with the BBC, and am not making any money from this.

( The night starts here - forget your name, forget your fear... )
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Title: Five Times Gwen Cooper Suffered the Consequences of Her Actions
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Torchwood Series One and Two cast.
Warnings: In fanfic, the Teflon self-insert Mary Sue is the most reviled creature. So, what would happen if Torchwood's own Mary Sue actually had to pay up? [Translation: not Gwen friendly]
Notes: For the Five Things Challenge.
Disclaimers: I should own Torchwood and its characters. I'd do a damn sight better job of caring for them than those pillocks.

But don't worry, Jack; I won't be leaving for a very long time.
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The Harlequin challenge is now closed. Quite possibly we were all still smarting from Children of Earth, so hopefully this fortnight's challenge is a bit more broadly stimulating. Thanks, though, to all those who played.

You can find the stories by clicking the challenge:harlequin tag.

Challenge 7: Five Things

If you've spent any time reading fanfiction in any fandom, you've probably come across the "Five Things" story model. When it first sprouted it generally presented in the form of five snapshots of alternate universes ("Five Things That Never Happened To [Character Name]" being the most common title of such stories, doing exactly what it says on the tin), but over the years its characteristics have broadened. These days, a "Five Things" story is simply a set of multiple scenes -- generally not with the same chronological timeline -- that have a connecting theme.

The Five Things model can be one of the most fun to play with, letting you explore ideas and get your hands (very briefly) dirty without becoming mired in a larger plot.

There are the AU scenarios -- the obvious "Five things that never happened to..." that can span from forks in paths: what if Andy instead of Gwen had witnessed the resurrection gauntlet scene that first time? What if Jack had stood firm on his refusal to hire Ianto?

Or you might want to go more extreme with a set of entirely alternate universes. For example, "Five teams Torchwood Three never was" -- crewing a tourist ferry, ping pong champions, a gang of highwaymen/women...

If the AU route isn't for you, you might explore a theme within the canon framework: "Five artefacts Ianto catalogued," "Five autopsies Owen conducted," "Five cases Gwen solved," "Five times Jack went against his instincts."

The best thing about Five Things is that it's perfect for flashfic -- your ideas can be quick and spontaneous. Scenes don't need to be long, plot is rarely required. You've got two weeks to play around -- the challenge will close Sunday 23rd August.

Please drop by and give us more prompt suggestions for future challenges. You can comment over on the prompt post.


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