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05 May 2009 @ 11:52 pm
Fanfic: Jack/Jenny prompt  
Title: Perchance Acquaintance
Author: abbyromana
Character(s): Jenny, Jack
Pairing(s): Jack/Jenny
Rating: PG-13
Genre: fluffy, hurt/comfort, interperspective, sex reference, frienship, slight adult content reference
Warning(s): Spoilers for the Doctor's Daughter (DW season 4) as well as The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances (DW season 1)
Disclaimer(s): All characters and things of Doctor Who belong to the BBC, I'm simply borrowing them for creative output.
Author note(s): Fic-y challenge by be_my_constant. This is actually a story idea I had some time ago, and I've been debating making into a long story piece where Jack and Jenny meet pre-"The Empty Child." For those of you who don't remember the reference, in the episode "The Doctor Dances," Jack makes a vague statement about about stealing his Chula war ship from a beautiful girl/woman, which he left stranded somewhere after telling her, "Be back in five minutes." It's my strong belief that the girl could quite possibly have been Jenny (and neither Jack nor the Doctor might know... at least for now. That would be where I'd write another piece to follow this post.
I have not had this story beta'd, so I apologize before hand for any grammatical or spelling issues.
Summary: When stopped on an unknown commerace planet, Jenny literally bumps into a tall, dark haired bloke with deep blue eyes. He's about to change her life forever.

Perchance Acquaintances

Jenny had been on the commerce planet for less than an hour when a tall, dark haired bloke with deep blue eyes ran straight into her, literally. Instead of immediately running off, he stopped, apologized, and helped her to her feet, and oh, he pushed her up against the nearest wall and snogged her. For a second, she stared wide-eyed, just consumed by his towering form and his spicy, almost intoxicating scent. Absentmindedly, she pondered whether this was how the people of this world apologized. She struggled between being polite and letting him continue, and pushing him back and telling him off for being so straightforward.

Then she rethought it all when she spotted three well-armed lizard-humanoids emerge fromthe same crowd as the mysterious bloke. They started frisking and searching everyone in sight. The mysterious bloke with deep blue eyes then leaned towards her right ear and whispered pleadingly, “Please, I need your help. They'll kill me if you don't.”

Her brow furrowed as she pulled back slightly to meet his gaze. Instinct told her to not get involved with him and to leave this bloke with deep blue eyes to his own fate, but then she thought:

What would Dad do?

Jenny felt sure he would help. That made the decision for her. She quietly led him away from the well-armed lizard-humanoids, moving covertly in another mass of beings still bustling about the marketplace.

Later, when they were safely aboard her temporal space ship, he’d told her a tale about some conman friend leaving him in the lurch to take the blame for stealing a cargo ship. He pleaded his innocence to her, and she half-heartedly believed him. Mostly, she wanted to believe him. He had an honest face, in her opinion, and he was charming and nice to boot.

“So do you have a name?” Jenny asked, leaning back in her pilot seat.

He smiled at her with a warm, flirtatious smirk and leaned casually against the side of her ship's bunk bed. “Captain Jack Harkness,” he said with a confident but friendly tone, before shifting to lean in her direction. “But you can call me Jack.”

Jenny wasn’t sure what to make of that introduction. Charm seemed to drip from his words, and when he winked at her after giving his first name, she felt her cheeks grow warm with a blush. Yet, she refrained from letting herself be some giggling girl. Instead, she forced a straight expressionless look on her face. “Very well, Captain Harkness, you may call me, Jenny.”

“Jenny,” he said, swaggering casually towards her, letting his hands glide gradually to his sides. “Hmmm… it’s a pleasure to meet you, and thank you for your help.”

That should have been the end of it. They should have parted company, leaving him still on that world where they met, but she didn’t. She was sure this was her first mistake. Instead, she offered to take him to another world, perhaps even another time, and he could find his way from there. That’s what she thought her dad would do in her place with his temporal space ship, and since she had one now, which she acquired on a previous visit to Chula, why not do so as well. Well, technically, she just took it from the Chula scientists, but the people of Chula had stolen the temporal technology first to use on this ship. It was technology from another, now extinct species the Chula people called, “The Forgotten Species.”

Yet, when she told Jack the story of her trip to Chula during its people’s great war, she left out the ‘stealing’ part and the ‘extinct temporal species’ part. She didn’t feel like admitting she was technically a thief, something she was sure her dad wouldn’t condone. Besides, they wouldn’t help make her stories more interesting than Jack’s farfetched stories of adventures, sex, and running for his life, and her pride wouldn’t let him out do her in storytelling.

During their voyage to drop of Jack, Jenny grew to respect him and to care about his well-being. He'd proven to care about her. Jack had even aided her in using the nanogenes to heal burns she received when she was working on the underside of the ship's console. Through his words, he showed her that he respected to her as a fighter and an individual.

Those few days soon flew by with little notice. They arrived on another world in a different time, where she’d originally planned to part ways with him, but once again, she didn’t. Despite her best affords to not get involved, to not get attached to Jack's company, the ride there had proved more than enjoyable. Her respect had grown into admiration, and she couldn’t help but find him fascinating. So when he took her out to this quiet and elegant restaurant to eat “a delicacy on this planet,” he said, things... progressed.

“So you are quite well travelled then, Captain,” Jenny commented, sometime after they’d finished their meal and wandered out onto the balcony to enjoy the glittering night sky.

Jack shrugged with a partial grin on his face, leaning on the silver metal railing. The starry, navy blue sky held his gaze. “I suppose, except…,”he said with a sigh, letting his head dip for a moment.

“Jack?” Jenny asked softly, craning her neck to meet his gaze. “Except what?”

He gave her a longing side-glance. She could see the sadness in his deep blue eyes as if he wanted to tell her something but wasn’t sure how to say it. “You’re right, I am well travelled, but for so much it… it was just me, only counting on me.”

“That’s not so bad,” Jenny said with a shrug, leaning in close to hear him.

He raised an eyebrow in her direction as if to say, ‘really?’

“Isn’t it?” she asked with a furrowed brow. “I mean, I travel alone and it hasn’t been so bad.”

“Ah!” Jack stated, slowly turning around to lean back against the metal rail of the balcony. “But you’ve only been travelling the stars and time for... what? A couple of monthes at most.”

Jenny thought for a moment, considering how long had to it been since she left Messaline. “I suppose,” she answered simply. “I haven’t really thought about it in terms of the passage of time.”

“Well, I have, and I can tell you, I’ve been travelling for years now, mostly alone, and…” he said hesitantly, shutting his eyes and shaking his head.

“And?” Jenny pressed, leaning even closer towards him, trying to encourage him to explain.

“And adventure can be one very exciting and adrenaline pumping experience, but…” he said with a warm smile, “but it’s much more enjoyable with two.” With his left hand, he pointed at his chest and then at Jenny’s chest.

Jenny gave him a sceptical grin with a raised right eyebrow and a smirk. “Really, Captain?”

He leaned towards her, close enough that their noses practically touched. “Yes,” he said softly, his warm, spicy breath tickling her face.

She had to muffle a giggle reverberating in her throat. She steadied her gaze on his gaze, watching as it dipped down to her partially parted lips for a moment.

“Really…” he said again more quietly and in a deep, velvety voice. His gaze glided slowly across her facial features, until it stopped just to the left side of her face. One of his hands slowly moved towards her left cheek. His touch gently grazed across the sensitive skin there, lightly drawing back a few loose strands of her blonde hair behind her left ear and skimming along the upper rim of the ear.

Jenny involuntarily shivered, gasping a bit to control the tingling sensations coarsing through her veins.

“Really, Jenny,” Jack whispered, now meeting her eyes witha hooded gaze.

Her blue eyes widened, and for the second time since she’d met the mysterious bloke with deep blue eyes, she blushed. That night had showed her the gentler side of Jack. It was in everything he did, everything he said, and every heated glance he gave her, particularly when he asked her to dance that night. His company intoxicated her, and quickly, the friendship she hoped for grew beyond. Even before the night had ended, Jenny knew she was falling in love with him. Thus, she asked him to continue travelling with her, and he accepted whole-heartedly.

From one world to the next, Jenny and Jack travelled. They were always together. They were at least friends, always watching each other’s back and always backing up the other when the need called for it or one of them called.They could always make each other laugh, and Jenny felt that they could tell each other almost anything. Still, Jenny kept a few, more personal facts about her and her father close to her chest. She wasn’t ready to part with those few precious bits just yet. Despite that, things bloomed between Jack and her.

Jenny really couldn’t remember who made the first official move beyond friends and co-pilots of their shared Chula temporal space ship, but she remembered how she felt the night they first made love. It was magical, absolutely the best experience she had thus far in her short life. There were sensations she didn’t even know existed, until she was in bed with Jack and his worshiping hands were dancing over her sweaty, bare skin. After that, days melted into months without notice. Laughter, adventure, fun, and plenty of running for their lives filled every waking hour. In that time, he’d finally admitted to her that he was a conman, or as he liked to put it, ‘a scoundrel.’

Jenny would laugh whenever he corrected her on not calling him a conman and she'd say, “I don’t care, as long as you’re my scoundrel.”

Then he’d always feverously snog her senseless as he nearly did the first time the met. That’s when she made her next big mistake; she got involved in one of his cons. It wasn’t anything serious, no one got hurt, Jack always promised her that, and as an added bonus, they made a bit of money off some ‘bad men,’ Jack told her. They could then buy stuff to remodel the interior of the Chula ship. Soon after a few more ‘well-paying jobs,’ the interior looked brand new, barely resembling the Chula temporal space ship she first took from that war torn planet.

But then, Jenny started to notice that the adventures of helping others and saving world were fewer and fewer, and the cons to gain money were more numerous. While she didn’t mind the occasional method of getting money and learning new skills from Jack’s cons, she really preferred to be saving worlds, fighting monsters, helping people, and running for her life. She was starting to get fed up with the entire plotting and running schemes.

That’s why when Jack came up with this new scam, about sneaking back to the Chula home world to steal a rundown, broken ambulance for some con in 1940s Earth on unsuspecting Time Agents, Jenny said firmly, “No.”

“Why not?” Jack said questioningly with a furrowed brow as he partially sat up next to her in their shared bunk bed.

“Because,” Jenny said, biting her lip as she tried to find the right words, “because it’s not a reason to travel all of time and space.”

Jack’s left eyebrow immediately snapped up his forehead in question.

“Jack, cons aren’t a way of life,” she tried to explain to him, tugging the thin sheet covering her naked body. “Okay, fine occasionally they are helpful in stopping the ‘bad men,’ as you put it, and they make us money to do what we need to and get what we need, but…”

“But what?” Jack asked sceptically. He sat straight up in bed with an angry look in his eyes. “Remember there are two of us involved here.”

“I know, and that’s why I’m not saying we can’t still do cons or what we need to do for a bit of credits and money,” Jenny said just as heatedly. She wished they could forget the whole thing and just continue where they’d left off shagging, but she could see he was one foot from getting out of this bed and leaving her. Losing him would destroy her, and she knew it. “Please listen, Jack.” She placed a gentle hand on his nearest arm and gave him an earnest look.

Jack gave her a serious stare before relaxing and shifting closer to her. “Go on then,” he said simply.

“I feel that while cons flip the bill, it isn’t worth most of our time,” Jenny said, cupping Jack’s face with both of her hands and smiling warmly at him. “We are such great people, Jack! You must see that. We’re smart and strong and fast… and we are able to fight. Think of all the good we could do together for the universe. All the people we could save, if we focused more of our time towards that. Don’t you think that’s worth more of our time?”

His brow deeply furrowed in thought. A trickle of fear ran down her spine as she continued to stare pleadingly at him. Jenny caressed his scruffy looking face, hoping she could convince him.

After a bit more talking and arguing, his warm smile returned. At least for the time, he seemed happy to follow her lead. So on they continued side by side both in a fight and in bed. Jack never mentioned his cons again to her. Still, Jenny had a feeling he was probably still doing them. He was just keeping them more to himself. Her biggest reason for believing that was the fact he still had plenty credits to spend. He treated her quite often to fine restaurants and exciting sights on countless worlds and in numerous times. It was more than Jenny could ever have imagined possible.

Sometimes she didn’t know how she could be so lucky to have Jack. He paid her every of attention. Even when he started to sneak off after a night of shagging, he always returned with something special to share with her. Jenny thought her future was set with a great bloke who loved her and always amused her with such flirtatious lines as “Be back in five minutes.” So she never wondered what was next, and that was her final mistake with the tall, dark haired bloke with deep blue eyes

One day, after leaving her, he didn’t come back. One day, Jack took off in the Chula temporal space ship without her. She'd been deserted on a planet she didn’t know the name of, had only been on for one night, and where she knew no one. Jenny was left alone and heartbroken. Still, she tried to stay positive, telling herself Jack would come back for her, telling herself that he loved her too much to just leave her here. She waited and waited. She waited for days, but still he never came back for her.

Jenny had never felt such anger or agonizing pain before. Over time and even after she eventually escaped from that planet where Jack had abandoned her, the venom of his actions grew inside of her, changing into spite and fury. Jenny swore if she ever met Captain Jack Harkness again, she'd…

My Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Musical Muse: Mean by P!nk
Rach: Georgiabe_my_constant on May 6th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Great idea! To create a fic from a little comment like that that most people would have forgotten about.I loved it:) Jack and Jenny have a great dynamic in this. We need ficslike this to keep comms like gijenny alive!
abbyromana on May 6th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Okay, then with your suggestions, I'll link this to gijenny and a few other DW comms.

Thank you for your kind comments. I really glad you enjoyed it. :)

I have to admit I was a bit nervous, since I've never posted anything with Jack in it yet, and I wrote Jenny differently than I usually do. :/ But thank you for making me feel a bit better about my take on the pair teamed up.

Edited at 2009-05-06 02:38 pm (UTC)
shinodabear on May 6th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
This is brilliant! I love the idea of Jenny and Jack meeting in the first place, but to make it pre-Doctor Jack is just great. He stole her Chula ship. *G*
abbyromana on May 6th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the story and the idea of Jack stealing his Chula ship from Jenny.
nexandvinnynexandvinny on May 7th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
I just wonder what it would happen if they met up.
nexandvinnynexandvinny on May 7th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
Oh and I forgot, It is wonderful chapter. I love it.
abbyromana on May 7th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) I really want to write a continuation to this story, perhaps a bit more involved, which would include the Doctor.
abbyromana on May 7th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Who do you mean? Do you mean if Jack and Jenny met up again after this?
nexandvinnynexandvinny on May 7th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
I mean when Jack and Jenny met up again. I see her shotting him or something or there would be a big "You!!" And of corse the doctor has to be there.
abbyromana on May 8th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh, yes! Jack will single-handedly, without meaning to, piss off an entire species in one go. Oh, Jack!
clocketpatch on May 17th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
“I don’t care, as long as you’re my scoundrel.”

I love that line. Poor Jenny, getting mixed up with the likes of Jack,
abbyromana on May 17th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
I know, I know. But just like her father, she's a bit too trusting... and she let herself be confident she could tell the difference between good scoundrel and bad scoundrel.

Oh, Jack! Here's hoping if you ever meet her again, you can make amends to both daughter and father. Otherwise, you're in trouble. ;)
abbyromana on May 21st, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
btw, have you ever thought about us going back and continuing our Romana and Jenny story, which pre-dates this story in this timeline????
how_we_dance2 on August 10th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
Hi, I read this fic a while ago before I joined LJ and really liked it, it's such a clever idea! I'd love if it had actually happened. Wasn't it Stephen Moffat's idea for Jenny to be revived at the end of TDD? Maybe he actually has this idea in mind for Jenny to be the beautiful woman Jack was talking about! Anyway, brillaint fic!
abbyromana on August 10th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I am thinking of doing a sequel to this story where Jenny and Jack are reunited. When I post it, I hope you'll come back and see whether it is a good or bad thing for Jack. ;)
how_we_dance2 on August 10th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely check back to see what Jenny does to him!
how_we_dance2 on August 10th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
Btw, just saw your Jenny "WTF!", and wanted to say that I didn't mean to copy your idea when I made my icons! I'll remove my version of the icon, sorry!
abbyromana on August 10th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
No need to apologzie, and definitely, not need to delete it. The idea for the icon quote isn't exactly original. We just happen to both have the same idea for that scene with Jenny.

If you want to use my version of the Jenny icon, please feel free, just remember to credit me. Otherwise, feel free to hold on to your own. :)
how_we_dance2 on August 10th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Ok, thanks.
(Anonymous) on August 13th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
you thief! (just joking) here i was thinking i was so clever to come up with the idea Jenny was the one Jack stole the ship from... i never wrote it but still... *sigh*

good for you, getting it written!

and at least i still have some other Jenny ideas up my sleeve that no one's thought of yet... *does plotty fingers*

i hope :O
abbyromana on August 13th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Re: thief!
I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Sorry, if you first thought I was a thief. I doubt there are many ideas out there that haven't been thought of by at least two writers. So it's no big surprise that you and I happen to share this one. I've seen it before, so I stop being shocked or necessarily worried.

After all, 'great minds do think alike.' LOL

As for writing, please do write your own version of the story, if you are up for it. Since we think alike, I bet I'd enjoy reading it or anything else you write that is Jenny related sometime. :)