"Blog about a moment from our past, something that sticks with you, something you'd share with your team." - Prof. Harrow
Hmm. Something from our past that sticks with me, about you and me, that I would be willing to share with them. I'll tell you guys, the Professor and I go back. I was there when he first was brought to Torchwood. Although he himself may not know this, they brought him in in much the same way I was brought in many, many years earlier. But up until our meeting, I'd only worked as an agent for them in the field, never as a part of the team.
As it turns out, I got to be present the very first time Ewan was introduced to Torchwood House and the main body of the Torchwood Archives. It was like watching a kid on a Christmas where he unexpectedly got everything he ever wanted. Considering the last guy to take care of the archives was rather ... undead and had since been done away with by some nasty dematerializing aliens, I thought Ewan was a great choice for the assignment. But the whole place was in quite a state of disarray. Still, it was like a kid in a candy store. He walked around, discovering each thing like it was brand new with a sense of awe. And the house itself ... We spent a whole two hours as he went from room to room practically communing with it.
Secretly, I think one of the reasons he doesn't visit me more is that he's actually in love with the House. ;)
The reason I bring the whole instance up isn't just the fond memory of Ewan's first real enjoyment of working for Torchwood. It's because the moment he was done and shook himself out of it, he looked at me and said, in that emotionally drained voice he gets when it becomes all too much, "Jack, get me drunk. Now."
That? Was one of the best drinking nights I've ever had in my entire life. I think we were banned from six different pubs, two for drinking them practically dry and four for either starting massive brawls or getting dragged into massive brawls. Not to mention what came later ... Definitely one of the best nights of that decade for me. A great way to round off Ewan's first evening as the new head archivist of Torchwood Two - at that time, the only archivist of T2. How times have changed, eh, my friend?