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Jan. 6th, 2008 08:47 am
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Title / Prompt: 10/07 - "Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival" --Hannah Arendt
Character: Jack Harkness
Warnings: none
Pairings: none
Your character's fandom: Doctor Who/Torchwood
Word count: 214 per PocketWord
Rating: G
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters or the situation. If I did, he'd have come in much earlier...
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] licenseartistic


He wasn't ashamed to admit that there were times when he was afraid. Terrified, even. But it was fear that fired the adrenal glands and sharpened the reflexes, fear that kept him from getting too complacent. It was quite true that he didn't stay dead, but killing wounds usually hurt, and wounds that didn't kill him wouldn't kick his whole not-dying thing into action.

One of his commanders in one of the very first wars he'd served in told him that there was nothing wrong with being afraid -- that things only went bad when you were sure everything was going to go right. It sounded like a superstition, but he'd seen too many overconfident, cocky people die on the battlefield to not put at least some stock in it.

And certainly, he was cocky -- he was downright arrogant and he knew it. But no one else knew how much or how little of that was for show, and how afraid he might be at any given time. Because now that he was the commander, it was his job to lead his people; to show the confidence that would encourage them to fight through their fear and face the kinds of things that no one should ever have to face even in their worst nightmares.
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