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Reception Difficulties

Title: Reception Difficulties
Author: CrabbyLioness
Rating: G
Characters: Jack, Ianto, Gwen
Word Count: 200-ish
Summary: Ianto takes a phone call for Jack

"Ianto, get in here now!"

Ianto turned around and sprinted for Jack's office. What on -- or off -- Earth was the matter this time?

He found Jack holding up his cell-phone and glaring. Jack thrust the phone out to Ianto. "Here, you explain it. You're a Brit, maybe he'll listen to you."

Ianto took it. "Who's on the phone, sir?"

"The Prime Minister is coming on. He's giving Torchwood information to the Opposition again. Loyal or not, those briefings are strictly 'need to know'."

Ianto gaped at Jack. "Captain, I'm just the receptionist! I can't talk to the Prime Minister!"

"You're Torchwood. That's all he needs to know." Ianto continued to gape at Jack. "Just pretend it's Owen."

The phone beeped. Ianto automatically raised the phone to his ear and deactivated the 'mute' button. After the fall of Torchwood 1, Torchwood 3 had taken over many of their collating duties as the largest branch still standing. Jack had foisted off as much of the paperwork on Tosh and Ianto as he dared, but he had handled the high-end contacts himself before now. "Yes?"

Gwen walked into the office. Jack made sushing motions with his hands. She stared at them, puzzled.

"This is -- Mr. Jones with Torchwood. Captain Harkness asked me to speak to you, sir. It's about those briefings."

"Yes, Mr. Prime Minister." Gwen's mouth dropped and her eyes grew wide as saucers. She pointed to Ianto and stared at Jack. Jack grinned and nodded, putting his finger to his lips.

"Yes sir, we appreciate your Government's need to maintain close working relationships with the Other Side. Please keep in mind that Torchwood is bending its own rules by sending a copy of the weekly report directly to your office in the first place. If we were to go with a strict interpretation of the law sir, I'm afraid you would stop hearing from us altogether."

"Yes sir, I think we all agree that would be unfortunate. Perhaps an accomodation could be reached? I believe you'll find we've already placed a quite reasonable one on the table."

"Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. We appreciate the opportunity to work with your office on this matter."

"Good day, sir."

Ianto switched off the cell-phone and sank into the nearest chair, staring at the phone the whole time. Jack laughed. Gwen cheered and hugged Ianto.

"Good job, Ianto. I'll have to get you on the phone more often."

"Thank you, sir, but I would rather stick to making coffee."

"Really?" Jack cocked an eyebrow and grinned. Ianto fled the office.

Ianto had an excellent poker face. Only someone who knew him very long and very well would have realized that he smirked for the rest of the day.



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Dec. 10th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! *claps hands* Lovely. :)
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 10th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
Smirking Ianto. Aaaahhh. That guy is far more competent than anyone at Torchwood gives him credit for.
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think so too. I hope they show more of that.
Dec. 10th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha! Oh this is absolutely perfect! This is exactly what Jack needs to do to get the government doing what he wants :D

Thank you for a good laugh.
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 10th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
*snickers* Oh, very nice.
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 10th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
"Just pretend it's Owen."

Dec. 10th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
I know!
Dec. 10th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
Aww, that was cute :)
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 10th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
"You're Torchwood. That's all he needs to know." Ianto continued to gape at Jack. "Just pretend it's Owen."

That's EXACTLY what Jack would say, too.
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That was fun to write.
Dec. 11th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
This is awesome and loads of fun. I loved Ianto's hidden smirk, and Jack's rather blase instructions. Not to mention Gwen's saucer eyes - they really are like that!
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 11th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Oh! That was brilliant! I love how Ianto rises to the challenge - and smirks for the rest of the day. Lovely.
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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Dec. 11th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Jack's not evil, he's just frustrated by cultural differences.

Love your icon!
Dec. 11th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Iantosmirk! I love Ianto being justifiably smug!
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! He shines so well when he gets the chance.
Dec. 11th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
Very nice.
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 11th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
You got their voices down PERFECTLY.
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 11th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
more? Please? I'd love to see this go a bit farther, and I don't mean in a smutty way... just in a general story kinda way... but should smut develop, who am I to stop a good thing?
Dec. 11th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Check out the rest of my lj site, it's almost all Jack!fic and Jack/Ianto!fic. I thought about folding this scene into one of my longer fics, but I decided a G-rated stand-alone would be a nice change amongst all the smut. ;)
Dec. 11th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
Dec. 11th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
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