July 11th, 2020

Winter Sunlight

Creatures from the fic lagoon

Using a combination of Google and rec comms, I've been exploring Torchwood fic from ye olde internet, back in the 2007-2008-ish era of the original fandom. It's such a nostalgia trip. People rating fic R for language and including warnings about it. Multi-part fic posted across 5 or 10 LJ posts. Finding an absolutely brilliant little gem of a fic and then realizing that nothing in their journal is tagged, so you just have to look through every entry hoping you'll hit on something else relevant to your interests ...

The pre-AO3 days, y'all.

Other things I've found: so much Gwen-bashing. So much porn. Some familiar, half-forgotten LJ names from other fandoms. A surprising amount of love for Owen, who I remember being widely hated or at least unpopular when I fell head over heels for him and took my very brief 2008-era dip into the fandom. But the impression I'm getting now is that while a lot of people did dislike him or were at best neutral on him, a small corner of the fandom really loved him.

One thing that's been a little bit disconcerting about getting back into it after all these years is that the fandom pretty much loves the entire OG team equally now. It's nice. The early fandom feels much more brittle and divided, more ship-warry and just generally harsh.

Anyway, I'll do a recs post for what I've found soonish. I'm surprised how much of the fic is still online. I expected more dead links. This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1338850.html with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight


Wingfic Exchange is open for reading! And my gift is GLORIOUS.

Remake (Torchwood, 6300 wds, Ianto/Owen + canon pairings + team)
The bitter taste in Owen's mouth was an illusion, bile-like nothingness. Everything was even more ruined than it had been before. He’d already been scorched earth, and now he was salted, too. “He gave me wings.”
He said it mockingly, because how else could he say it?

Body horror, poly, xeno kink, and all of canon's darkness along with the boundless warmth and love that these people, at their best, have for each other. This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1339028.html with comment count unavailable comments.
Winter Sunlight

Fandom 5K reveals

I wasn't signed up for [community profile] fandom5k, but I was browsing currently running exchanges looking for fandoms I could treat, and I really loved this person's request - they were interested in Jack/Ianto and Ianto/Lisa (his Cyberwoman fridged girlfriend), were fine with poly, and liked AUs, especially Pacific Rim AUs. The canonical backstory with Lisa and the Cybermen worked surprisingly well in a canon where the characters are giant robot pilots ... and so I wrote my first PacRim AU.

Atlantic Rim (12679 words) by Sholio
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Lisa Hallett/Ianto Jones, Lisa Hallett/Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones
Characters: Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Lisa Hallett, Martha Jones, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Gwen Cooper, Suzie Costello
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Pacific Rim Fusion, Alternate Universe, Friendship, Families of Choice
Summary: Pacific Rim fusion. After the Greenland Shatterdome falls, Ianto Jones shows up at the Cardiff Shatterdome, bringing a secret.

The focus is on Ianto and Jack and Lisa, but it's me, of course, so there's plenty of found family/team going on in the background. And a tiny bit of Owen h/c because I can't help myself. This entry is also posted at https://sholio.dreamwidth.org/1339289.html with comment count unavailable comments.