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Title: Counting Stars
Author:[livejournal.com profile] soera 

Genre: Contains Angst, Fluff, Romance and just about everything else.
Rating: NC-17
Summary: A retelling of Torchwood, covering the gaps between episodes and charting the relationship of Jack and Ianto over time. They story steadily becomes more and more AU as it continues. 
Status: Complete
Length: 
151,875 words, Seventeen Chapter
Warnings: Author's warning and notes (very long, but the author thought they were necessary, so I'll put them here):

Warnings: Fix-it fic; shmoop; EPICNESS. See Notes.
Notes: Okay! There are a few things I'll need to get through here, so pay attention. No whining later if something you don’t like shows up. Long notes, but PLEASE READ. Or at least skim.

1) It’s a behind-the-scenes, sort of - filling in the gaps between the episodes, and trying to get into Ianto's head. It's not always a pretty place to be. I'm presuming that the people reading this story will (mostly) have canon knowledge under their belt, so I generally skipped over the actual episodes, except when a) I needed to deal with certain events in the eps to set up for later events or b) when I changed a few things from the eps.

2) It's a fix-it fic. It’s largely canon-compliant up until mid-season 2. Tiny deviations start appearing then, but it's the last episode ("Exit Wounds") where you'll see the biggest changes. I'm guessing you know what one of the things I'm "fixing" is.

3) It unashamedly ships Jack/Ianto (like, THEY WERE SOULMATES DESTINED FOR EACH OTHER kind of shipping). That does mean cliches, yes. They are my OTP, and it shows. I like to think I've managed to handle them and the other characters in a relatively accurate fashion.

4) It’s primarily Ianto's POV we've got here, so bear in mind that what he thinks about certain situations/characters is not necessarily what I think, or even the truth. Remember that he is a biased narrator; he doesn't have all the information, and he doesn't (whatever anyone might say) know everything.

5) I've borrowed certain elements of CoE, but I've also bashed said elements around and moulded them into something I deemed worthy to work with. For instance, Rhiannon and her family exist, but so do Ianto's mother, brother and stepfather (all non-canon). Which leads me to -

6) There are OCs here. Never fear, they are Not Important. But they're there, so I'm just giving you a heads-up. They're a means to an end, nothing more, and they more or less vanish from the story the moment they're no longer useful. *is cruel and ruthless*

7) At a certain point in this story (Part 16, to be precise), you will want to kill me. Please refrain. THIS STORY HAS A HAPPY ENDING. Even if it seems like it really sucks at some points (even before Part 16; I beat Ianto and Jack with the angst!stick in some places), it WILL get better. In fact, it will be sickeningly sappy/fluffy at some parts. Should that count as a warning too?

8) I've split the story up into 17 parts, not because it was written as a chaptered story (it was a one-shot. In fact, it was supposed to be ten pages at most) but because it's a tad... uh, long.

As in, 151,875 words. That's 386 pages, if you were wondering.

... Yeah. So much for ten pages, I know. The chapters are as long as I could get them before LJ's per-post size limit spazzed at me.

9) As you've probably guessed, this fic is COMPLETE. I'll hopefully be posting one part per week or so. I think they're long and meaty enough that a week's wait is justified?

10) There will be detailed smut later (wait till we hit Season 2). It's not purposeless smut, but feel free to skip it if you're that way inclined. If you're not that way inclined, feel free to tell me what you thought of it. Actually, tell me what you thought of the whole fic. Please?

Comment or Excerpt from fic: A wonderful, wonderful fic that began as a ten page one-shot, and grew out of control, according to the author. It charts Jack and Ianto's relationship, and their reactions to events on the show, as well as adding a few interesting side adventures for them to have. It contains a few cliches, as the author warns, but they are built into the story, and form valid plot points rather than just being cliches. It is very well researched, contains the occasional reference, and has solid characterization throughout. AND it gets Myfanwy's gender right ... you'll see what I mean. There is so much I love about this fic.

Excerpt:

“Oh, Ianto!” Jack sang out from somewhere beneath him.

“You bellowed, sir?” he called back out. Myfanwy squawked and loped over to the edge of his nest area. Ianto watched his movements carefully, thinking that there were probably a lot of scientists in the world who’d kill to get the opportunity to study the pterodactyl. Two minutes with Myfanwy would prove quite a number of theories about the species.

“I did not bellow!” Jack replied. “I very melodiously called for you!”

“I am in raptures of enthusiasm at hearing your dulcet tones,” Ianto replied, getting to his feet and making his way down.

“Oh, I can tell,” Jack said. “Owen has, uh, volunteered to keep an eye on the Rift while you and I run out for a quick dinner.”

“Volunteered,” Ianto repeated, then decided he didn’t want to know. His feet hit solid ground and he promptly found himself in Jack’s arms.

“Volunteered,” Jack said solemnly. “It was the strangest thing. I’d just gotten off the phone with UNIT and he pops up out of nowhere and says he wants to go home early to catch the game, and I tell him I really wish I could go out for dinner at least, let alone go home early, and he must’ve felt sorry for me because he offered to stay here and watch the Rift while I went out.”

Date: 2010-05-25 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delmarsdoll.livejournal.com
I'm all for it. When do we start?

Date: 2010-05-31 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xbeax.livejournal.com
Thank you for reccing this, it sounds magnificent and I look forward to reading it! :D

Date: 2010-10-03 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katie-belikov.livejournal.com
Sounds great. When do we get to read?

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