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http://veronicasleeps.livejournal.com/ ([identity profile] veronicasleeps.livejournal.com) wrote in [community profile] epic_recs2011-10-08 01:57 am

Life As We Knew It by Kendermouse (NC-17)

Title: Life As We Knew It
Fandom:  Torchwood
Pairing:  1940's Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, 1940's Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones/Cpt. Jack Harkness, a lot of secondary pairings
Categories:  AU, Romance, Drama, Time-Travel, Established Relationship, Hurt/Comfort
Length:  61.451 words
Warnings:  mentions of torture

Author on LJ:  [livejournal.com profile] kendermouse
Author Website:  N/A

Review:  Life As We Knew It deals with what happened to Torchwood Three during the time that Jack was absent between season one and two of Torchwood. It's about the team trying to fill the hole that he left behind, and in that exact situation, the original Jack Harkness falls through the rift and into their time and somehow they make it work together.

I really enjoy the way that the interaction between 1940s Jack (later re-named as John) and Ianto is described, especially the difficulty of dealing with having loved the same person and being left behind by them.

And the way [livejournal.com profile] kendermouse brings not only Jack Harkness, but all of the secondary characters to life is just beautiful -- especially as all kinds of different relationships are tastefully handled by the author.

But probably my favorite part of the fic starts when the Jack we know, Captain Jack Harkness, immortal conman, comes back from the possibly worst year of his life and expects everything to be the same, when it really isn't and he struggles to deal with the status quo in both his personal and professional life.

This is one of the stories from the older TARDIS Big Bangs that I periodically re-read. It's a different kind of story because there's not a lot of long post-"Jack Harkness" fic out there even though the situation is one of the most interesting ones in canon.

I very much rec this fic to everyone who enjoys the perfect blend of canon and fleshed out original characters.

Life As We Knew It in two large, linked parts on the TARDIS Big Bang Site