When Owen’s eyes adjusted to the contrast, he realized it was Ianto who’d woken him by pushing his shoulder. It wasn’t like him to touch Owen, to touch any of them, really. The lad could throw the Torchwood SUV into a hairpin turn, knock a Weevil down with a well-placed blow, and run a hundred meters like Christian Malcolm. But he wasn’t the sort to put a comforting arm around someone or punch them playfully on the arm, and he’d die rather than hug you. Ianto never gave a second look to Gwen or Toshiko. And Jack was always hitting on him, so he was probably gay, hiding in the closet with the lights off and hoping no one could hear him breathing.
Another Life by Peter Anghelides (Torchwood Novels #1)
I love this quote for several reasons:
1. Ianto is SO CAPABLE … he’s amazing and yet so quiet about it
2. Ianto is very withdrawn – which makes his relationship with Jack so much more interesting, because it’s quite a reversal
3. Owen fully recognizes how great Ianto is at everything
4. Owen’s assessment of Ianto’s sexuality, which is kind of hilarious. He recognizes that Ianto might be up for something with Jack, possibly before Ianto does.