Author: Danse Macabre
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5878
Author's Summary: Previously titled 'Playtime'. An accident in the hub leaves Ianto and Rhys trying to work together to fix the situation and keep the rest of the team under control. Set series 2, after 'Meat'.
Characters/Pairings: Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Rhys Williams, Toshiko Sato, canon pairings
Warnings: Language, Fluff
Recced because: Yes, it's another regression!fic, this time in the Torchwood Hub with bonus Ianto-Rhys interaction. (If you liked the audiobook Ghost Train, you'll almost certainly enjoy this, even though it's set much earlier and they don't know each other that well yet.) There is much cuteness with a side of character insight from the extrapolation of what the team might have been like as youngsters.
Ianto glanced back at the artefact and then his head whipped round again as he caught movement in the corner of his eye. A dark head ducked back behind the door of Jack’s office. Ianto moved a few steps forward and the dark head appeared again, and a pair of huge, doe-eyes stared at him.
Ianto blinked, so did the eyes, and Ianto’s hand moved away from his gun. He looked down at Gwen, and the fact was, he was looking down a considerable distance. Gwen blinked again and as he stepped forward she ducked back.
“Gwen, it’s all right, it’s only me.”
Gwen’s head appeared again, and then another dark head of hair peeped up from behind Gwen’s shoulder. Toshiko was even lower than Gwen. There was clearly a little prodding on Toshiko’s part as Gwen jumped before scowling at her and shuffled forward a little. Toshiko followed, both of them staring up at Ianto with wide eyes, and neither of them the height they should have been. Both of them swamped by the tops that had fitted them ten minutes ago. Ianto hefted out a heavy sigh.