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Title: The Rules of Social Conduct
Rating: On the strong side of PG-13.
Summary: Torchwood has many rules, sometimes contradictory, dictating the love lives of its employees. Jack's made it a personal mission to break them all.
Warnings: Some brief dubcon.
Note: Set during S2, pre-Reset, in the Rulesverse, so these are scenes that could or did occur during The Rules of Torchwood Three.
Characters: Team; canon ships; various/OMC.

Now available at AO3.

The Rules of Social Conduct )
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Title: International Rules (Sequel to The Rules of Torchwood Three and TARDIS House Rules)
Rating: PG
Summary: Sometimes it's best to be a servant.
Warnings: None.
Ships/Characters: Post S2-canon, plus Nicholas (OMC).

Now available at AO3.

We do not tug on the corners of reality... )
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Title: The TARDIS House Rules, Part 2/2
Rating: PG
Summary: Life with the Doctor is both simple and complex, but fortunately Nicholas and Donna have the Whenkipedia to guide them.
Spoilers: Through the finale of season four.

The TARDIS House Rules, pt. 2 )
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Title: The TARDIS House Rules (Sequel to The Rules Of Torchwood Three)
Rating: PG
Summary: Life with the Doctor is both simple and complex, but fortunately Nicholas and Donna have the Whenkipedia to guide them.
Warnings: None.
Spoilers: Through the finale of Season Four.

Now available at AO3.

First posted 6/9/2008

The TARDIS House Rules, pt. 1/2 )
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Title: The Rules Of Torchwood Three: Nicholas Redux 4 of 4
Rating: PG-13 for shenanigans and greenhouses.
Characters: Jack, Team, OMC. Canon pairings.
Summary: After Jack disappears, Torchwood hires a new tea boy -- someone to fetch and carry and take some of the burden off Ianto's shoulders. Nicholas knows his place is in the shadows, but he watches and listens as the dramas of Torchwood play out around him. And he learns all the rules.
Notes: Spoilers through 2.13. This chapter is entirely AU and will be sidelined in favour of canon when canon returns next season. Credit for the Whenkipedia goes to [livejournal.com profile] fyrdrakken, who suggested the idea in the comments to the original Rules Of Torchwood Three.

First Posted 4.6.08

Scalpels are not steak knives. Scalpels are not letter openers. )
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Title: The Rules Of Torchwood Three: Nicholas Redux 3 of 4
Rating: PG-13 for shenanigans and greenhouses.
Characters: Jack, Team, OMC. Canon pairings.
Summary: After Jack disappears, Torchwood hires a new tea boy -- someone to fetch and carry and take some of the burden off Ianto's shoulders. Nicholas knows his place is in the shadows, but he watches and listens as the dramas of Torchwood play out around him. And he learns all the rules.
Notes: AU for the second season, but only slightly. Spoilers through 2.12.

At the first sign of disembodied music of any kind... )

Rewrite and update for season 2 finale. )
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Title: The Rules Of Torchwood Three: Nicholas Redux 2 of 4
Rating: PG-13 for shenanigans and greenhouses.
Characters: Jack, Team, OMC. Canon pairings.
Summary: After Jack disappears, Torchwood hires a new tea boy -- someone to fetch and carry and take some of the burden off Ianto's shoulders. Nicholas knows his place is in the shadows, but he watches and listens as the dramas of Torchwood play out around him. And he learns all the rules.
Notes: AU for the second season, but only slightly. Spoilers through 2.12.

Unauthorised Police Public Call Boxes are required to give advance notice before arrival. )
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Title: The Rules Of Torchwood Three: Nicholas Redux 1 of 4
Rating: PG-13 for shenanigans and greenhouses.
Characters: Jack, Team, OMC. Canon pairings.
Summary: After Jack disappears, Torchwood hires a new tea boy -- someone to fetch and carry and take some of the burden off Ianto's shoulders. Nicholas knows his place is in the shadows, but he watches and listens as the dramas of Torchwood play out around him. And he learns all the rules.
Warnings: None.
Notes: AU for the second season, but only slightly. Spoilers through 2.12. Hopefully, if I've done this right, it will be a sketch of characters as seen through new eyes, rather than a horrifying Gary Stu. Let's cross our fingers, shall we?

Now available at AO3
We Do Not Mess With The Rift. )
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Title: The Rules of Torchwood Three
Characters: Team
Spoilers: Through 2.13.
Rating: PG, Gen.
Warnings: None.
Author's Notes: Credit to [livejournal.com profile] nardo218 for the Matrix screen saver line. Also, [livejournal.com profile] ak_alterego has created a graphical version of this with awesome handwriting and layout. If you'd like to comment, you can do so here.

The Rules spawned a series of stories now known as the Rulesverse, centred around an OC named Nicholas who comes to work for Torchwood after Jack's disappearing act at the end of Season One. You can find them at the rulesverse tag. Their proper order is:

1. Nicholas Redux
2. The TARDIS House Rules
3. International Rules
4. The Rules of Social Conduct

They are now all available at AO3.

First posted 2.20.08

Summary:

Imagine, if you will, a raw recruit to Torchwood, stood purposefully in front of a large whiteboard in a corner of the Hub.

"Memorize them," Ianto tells him, claps him on the shoulder, and wanders off.


THE RULES OF TORCHWOOD THREE )

Updated for 2.13, Exit Wounds. )

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On Storytelling:

Fanfiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by folk.
-- Henry Jenkins

Life is very short. We die on the march. But there is nothing outside the march so nothing can be lost to it. The missing plays of Sophocles will turn up piece by piece, or be written again in another language.
-- Tom Stoppard

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
-- G. Bernard Shaw

A good story should provoke discussion, debate, argument...and the occasional bar fight.
-- J. Michael Strazynski

Here's how to become a great artist. First, get miserable. Misery drives you to become a great artist, but the art does nothing for your misery, which drives you to drugs, which makes you a lousy artist.
-- House M.D.

Humans? They're long gone. Vanished. Extinct. They only exist in stories.
-- Ferngully

Anton Chekov, who was a doctor, said, "Medicine is my wife; writing is my mistress."

Se non e vero, e ben trovato. (Even if it’s not true, it’s a good story.)
-- Italian Proverb

The recipe for becoming a good novelist is easy to give, but to carry it out presupposes qualities one is accustomed to overlook. One has only to make a hundred or so sketches for novels, none longer than two pages but of such distinctness that every word in them is necessary. One should write down anecdotes every day until one has learnt how to give them the most pregnant and effective form; one should be tireless in collecting and describing human types and characters; one should above all relate things to others and listen to others relate, keeping one's eyes and ears open for the effect produced on those present, one should travel like a landscape painter or costume designer. One should, finally, reflect on the motives of human actions, disdain no signpost for instruction about them and be a collector of these things by day and night. One should continue in this many-sided exercise for some ten years; what is then created in the workshop will be fit to go out into the world.
-- Nietzsche

The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much. Thieving is God's message to him. Let him try and be a good thief.
-- Samuel Butler

What is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.
-- Samuel Johnson

Same story, different versions, and all are true.
-- POTC: Dead Man's Chest

I am a humble artist
moulding my earthly clod,
adding my labour to nature's,
simply assisting God.
-- Piet Hein

Every archaeologist knows in his heart why he digs. He digs, in pity and humility, that the dead may live again, that what is past may not be forever lost, that something may be salvaged from the wrack of the ages.
-- From "The Testimony of the Spade"

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
-- Francis Bacon

It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing.
-- Seneca epistles 88 45

When asked how she acquired her knowledge of science, Octavia Butler replied, "I read."

Imagination is more important than information.
-- Albert Einstein

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