Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 372
Author's Summary: Eugene Jones wanted to meet an alien, more than anything in the world.
Characters/Pairings: Nine, Eugene
Recced because: People either love or hate the Torchwood episode "Random Shoes" – and while I think it's got some problems, I still fall into the "love" camp on this one. Poor, nerdy Eugene never quite fit in, and this ficlet treats him very sympathetically, showing his sweetness, his intelligence, and his thirst for knowledge about the universe. azriona sketches out Eugene's character with remarkable completeness and crisp, deceptively simple language; by the end you'll wonder if Eugene's story might have turned out quite differently had he only realized who he'd met when he was eight years old.