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The Breaking - Chapter Four

The Breaking - Chapter Four
Author: Milady Dragon
Artist: Madbottoms
Beta: Totally4ryo
Series: Dragon-Verse
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Jack/Ianto, Toshiko/Kathy, pre-Alice Carter/Patrick Delaware, Martha Jones/Tom Milligan
Warnings: Language, Violence, Child Endangerment, Temporary Character Death
Spoilers: Up through S3, "Children of Earth".
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood, I would have treated it better...and so I rewrite it so it might make more sense.
Author's note:  This is the "The Breaking", the Dragon-Verse rewrite of "Children of Earth".  I have changed the date to reflect the fact that school doesn't start in Great Britain until September, and not the original airing date.  This was written for the Long Live Ianto Big Bang Round Two.

Also, I just realized this is my 100th Torchwood story.  Little did I know when I started "Immortality of the Deathless"...

SummaryThe Fae are watching.  The children are chanting.  Can Torchwood stop the end of the world?




15 September 2009

Ianto would recognise her anywhere. She was wearing a school uniform, her blonde hair pulled back from her face by a black headband. She looked just like any other child on the Plass…

Except she wasn’t. To Ianto’s magical sight, Jasmine had changed from the girl he and Jack had helped go to the Fae. She was more Fae than human now, although on the outside she still resembled her old self.

Until she smiled, of course. And then it was obvious she was something different.

Ianto moved away from Jack’s body heat, and strode toward the Fae child. She knew what was going on, and he was going to confront her until she explained.

“It’s the Pact about the Chosen Ones that’s in danger of Breaking,” he said, not bothering to make it a question. It was obvious now, that he’d seen the children chanting like that. It was the only one that made sense to him; it was the only Pact that had anything to do with the human young ones.

She glanced up at him with unnatural eyes, and there was a sense of vague amusement about her. “Is it not obvious, Ancient One?”

“Yes it is,” he snapped. “But what causes the Breaking? What does this chanting have to do with it?”

The amusement from Jasmine was suddenly gone, and in its place was uncertainty. “I have been sent to Watch. That is all I can do. But, I say that this is not of our making, and if not stopped the Fae do not even have to destroy the world; it will be done for us.”

With those cryptic words, Jasmine vanished in a whirlwind of rose petals.

‘Well, that was incredibly not helpful,” Jack said sarcastically from just behind Ianto, and it was all he could do not to jump in surprise.

“They’re the Fae, Jack. They’re worse than the Great Dragons for vagueness.”

“What the hell?” Rhys exclaimed.

Ianto turned to look at their teammate. “It’s a long story, Rhys, but I think it needs to be dragged out again.”

Jack opened his mouth to say something, but his mobile began to ring. He flipped it open. “Harkness…yes, Alice…”

The dragon took Rhys’ elbow, leaving Jack with a semblance of privacy. “Let’s get back to the Hub, and have Toshiko analyse your film and my scans and see what she can come up with.”

They met Deborah back at the steps leading down to the Quay, before glancing back at Jack. His mate had followed them at a slight distance, and Ianto could hear part of the conversation. It sounded as if Alice had given the phone to Owen, judging from the tone of his mate’s questions. As they watched, he closed his phone. “Come on,” he urged, stepping forward and putting his hand on Ianto’s back. “Owen’s on his way back now. He managed to get scans and blood samples from Steven before and during the chanting.” He urged them all forward, and together they made their way back toward the Tourist Office. “Patrick is going to stay with Alice and Steven and keep an eye on them.”

“Isn’t it about time he ask Alice out?” Deborah teased.

Jack snorted.   “He’s afraid of her.”

Rhys laughed. “Can’t blame him there, mate. Alice can be downright scary.”

Ianto had to agree with that sentiment. Alice was more dragon-like when her temper was up than anyone he’d met. He had always wondered vaguely if it had to do with her bond with the Air Dragon.

Once they were back in the office, Jack said, “Deborah, I hate to leave you up here on your own –“

“I can take care of myself, Jack,” she answered, rolling her eyes at him.

“I know you can, sweetheart. We just need to have someone keep a lookout on the Quay. We’re going to be down in the boardroom, so I want you to tune into the system and keep an ear on the meeting, like you usually do.”

Toshiko had long ago set up speakers in the Hub proper, when it was decided to have the office manned constantly. It hadn’t been fair to leave Ianto out of the loop at the time, just as it wasn’t fair that Deborah be left out. The actual headphones looked like something that could belong to a small MP3 player and plugged directly into the computer in the Tourist Office.

Deborah nodded. “Will do.” She headed around the counter and pushed the button to let them into the Hub.

As they descended, Jack said, “Ianto, I want you to run the meeting. I’m going to try to get Frobisher off his ass and talk to me. He has to know by now something big is happening and we need to know what the Home Office is up to. I’ll join you when I’m done.”

“All right, Jack.” Ianto didn’t mind; he knew more about the Fae than anyone in the Hub, and it would be simple to explain.

The alarm on the cogwheel door sounded, and Jack strode up to his office like a spirit of wrath. Ianto knew he was getting quickly pissed off, but he didn’t pity John Frobisher one bit.

“Boardroom,” Ianto announced. “Tosh, transfer your work to the computer terminal there and join us, please?”

The technician nodded, typing in the proper commands.

Ianto’s flicked up toward Jack’s office. His mate was already on the phone, and the dragon could tell his mood wouldn’t be getting any better anytime soon, if the expression on Jack’s face was any indication. Jack was right, though; they needed to know if the Home Office had any information that Torchwood didn’t have, and Jack had to exert his authority if they were to get anything from Frobisher. The Permanent Secretary didn’t care at all for Torchwood, even though they’d saved the planet several times in the past, and it had gotten worse since the Stolen Earth incident.

Shaking his head, Ianto followed Rhys and Toshiko into the boardroom. Toshiko immediately sat in her usual place, pulling up the screen on the laptop that was there for her use, and Rhys grabbed the seat next to her.

Ianto leaned over the middle of the table toward the conference phone that sat there. He dialled Owen’s phone, the acerbic doctor answering on the third ring. “This better be important, Dragon Boy.” It was obvious he was in the car on the hands’ free, judging from the engine sounds.

“It is,” he promised. “I’m going to get Patrick into the meeting as well.”

That took only a few seconds, and their weapons officer was conferenced in. Patrick had apparently put his phone on speaker, due to the echo on the line. Ianto approved; this did concern Alice as well.

“Jack will be joining us shortly,” Ianto said, once he had everyone’s attention. “But we have some information that we needed to discuss immediately.”

“That sounds ominous,” Toshiko said, taking her glasses off and leaning back in her chair.

“It is,” Ianto affirmed. “Tosh, you and Owen were here when he dealt with the Fae a couple of years ago.”

A string of curses sounded from the conference phone. Yes, Owen was not at all happy.

“Exactly,” the dragon agreed. “Deborah, Rhys, and Patrick only know what would have been in the file, but there’s more that you don’t know about that wasn’t in the official report.”

“The file’s not complete?” Rhys asked incredulously. Ianto could understand; his teammates knew just how anal he was when it came to the completeness of the Archives.

Ianto nodded. “There were some things that we didn’t add, but that are in other files in the Archives.”

He went on to explain about the Ice Age, and how the dragons had helped broker a Pact between the humans and the Fae in order to save their race. He told them of the Chosen Ones, and how that was the price humanity had paid to preserve themselves. He touched on what had occurred the last time the Fae had come to take away their chosen child, and how he and Jack had handed her over in order to keep the world from being destroyed.

“That must have been a really hard choice,” Patrick said.

“It was,” Ianto answered. “We didn’t want to do it, but Jasmine really wanted to go with them. Trust me…she was happier going with the Fae than staying in a loveless home.”

“Is that who they choose?” Alice asked. She didn’t sound very happy.

“Yes. The ones that are in abusive homes, whose parents ignore them, who would have either fallen through the cracks or been badly hurt or even killed; plus they have to want to go with them. Sometimes a child will decide to stay, and the Fae have to respect that decision.”

There was silence from the phone, and Ianto knew that Alice would want to talk to them about it the next time they were together. He could understand her being upset; it had upset her father when he’d had to make that particular course of action.

He then went on about Estelle calling Jack yesterday, and how she had claimed to have seen Jasmine Pierce in her back garden. “Jasmine had mentioned something about the Breaking, and how she was a witness to it. And then, today she showed up on the Plass when the children began chanting.”

“Bloody hell,” Owen cursed once more.

“Wait,” Toshiko said, “I thought that once a Chosen One went into the Lost Lands, they wouldn’t come back.”

“They can’t, not for a long while,” Ianto confirmed. “They need to be acclimatised to the Lost Lands and complete their transformation into full Fae. So her showing up as a child now is very unusual.”

“That’s crazy,” Rhys exclaimed. “Just when I think I’ve seen it all here…”

“That will never happen,” Ianto laughed. “Torchwood will always surprise you.”

“That’s why it’s never boring,” Patrick answered. “Really makes me glad I quit the FBI for this gig.”

“All right,” Toshiko said, bringing them back on track, “if Jasmine is appearing now, and the children are at the centre of what’s going on…”

“Yes,” Ianto confirmed. “Jasmine is here to watch the Breaking of the Pact between humans and Fae.”

“But that would be good for them, wouldn’t it?” Rhys asked. “I mean, if what you explained to us about the Pact was on, then they’d want to break it so they could take any child they wanted.”

“That’s what you’d think. But from what Jasmine intimated, this is going to be a bad thing, and the Fae don’t want it to happen.”

Anything that was going to be said was lost as Jack came storming into the boardroom. His expression was thunderous, and Ianto wondered if he’d managed to murder Frobisher through the phone connection.

“That…bastard!” his mate swore. “He’s avoiding me, I know it, and letting some poor temp take the brunt of me being pissed at him!”

“Was the temp’s name Lois?” Ianto asked.

“Yeah, I feel sorry for her,” Jack said. “Bridget Spears wouldn’t even take the call. Supposedly Frobisher is out of the office, but we’re in the middle of a crisis and he just goes jaunting off somewhere?”

“Jack, calm down. Frobisher might be at Thames House or Downing Street. I’m sure he’s not purposely ducking you.”

Jack gave him a look full of disbelief.

“Alright,” Ianto conceded. “We know he doesn’t like Torchwood, so I’m willing to accept that he might be dodging you.” Ianto disliked Frobisher about as much as Jack did.

“Well,” Toshiko spoke up, “then you might want to hear that it was definitely the MI5 and the Home Office attempting to hack us earlier today.”

“No surprise there,” Jack said.

“True. I’ve caught them at it before, and I’ve even fed them false information. It keeps me from being bored.”

“MI5 used to drive Hartman nuts,” Jack chuckled. “They tried to get agents into One on several occasions, and there was nothing guaranteed to get her into a raging snit more than to be told she had a mole her in precious Tower. It was quite entertaining.”

“It can’t be a coincidence, though,” Ianto pointed out, “that the hacking started up again today, of all days.”

“No, I agree,” the technician answered. “I’m still working to get a worm into their system to see if they were looking for something in particular, but they aren’t exactly slouches in the security department and it’s going to take some time.”

“Do what you can,” Jack encouraged. “Something hinky is going on and I want to know what it is…besides the children, of course.”

There was a snort from the conference phone. “I see Patrick’s corrupted you, Dad.”

Jack looked confused. “What do you mean, sweetheart?”

“You just used the word ‘hinky’ and I’ve only ever heard Patrick use that before.”

Ianto couldn’t help but snicker, and he was joined by the others. The laughter cleared the tense atmosphere, which in the dragon’s opinion was just what was needed.

“I’m in the car park,” Owen spoke up. “I’m gonna get to work, but it would be awesome if someone would have some coffee ready. It’s also lunch time, isn’t it?”

“Don’t be so subtle, Owen,” Ianto grinned. “Tell us what you want right out so we know what you’re talking about.”

The engine noises ceased, signalling Owen parking. “Get me some damned coffee and a sandwich so I can keep doing all the bloody work around here.” The sound of the connection ending put that particular side of the meeting to an end.

“Sometimes I wonder who’s exactly in charge around here,” Jack groused.

Ianto patted him on the arm. “We all know it’s Toshiko.”

“Please,” she shook her head as she stood.

“All right, everyone,” the captain said, also standing. “For right now, we’re going to be working on what’s causing the kids to chant together. Owen will be working on the tests; Toshiko, you keep up with what you’re doing. Ianto, since Toshiko is handling the hack into MI5, I want you to help out with running the readings we got up on the Plass.”

Ianto nodded in agreement.

“Rhys, I want you to surf the internet and pull everything you can about the chanting. Doesn’t matter where you find it, I want a compilation of whatever you find, anything could be useful. And Deborah,” he looked up at the ceiling, “can you please call out for lunch? Apparently Owen is starving to death.”

Although she couldn’t answer, Ianto knew that Deborah had heard and would be doing what Jack asked. “I’ll do some coffee,” the dragon said, “I have the feeling it’s going to be a long day.”


Chapter Five




Comments

That was delightful! I loved the humor mixed with drama mixed with friendly banter and warm moments. Well done!
Thanks! Torchwood has so much humor in it, and I always thought CoE was just so serious. Glad you like what I've added so far. :)
Ianto has no idea how long...

I agree Tosh is most definitely the one running the show - only because of how much everyone loves her.

Maybe Ianto's love and nature has influenced Alice for the better? I like to think so anyway.

Looking forward to the new chapter :)
Tosh is like the sister everyone wishes they had...when she's not being a very benevolent dictator! *laughs*

A lot of things have influenced Alice, but yes Ianto's love for her is one of those things. She's seen sides of her dad and Torchwood she never thought she'd see, and she understand a lot of what her dad has gone through. She might never totally trust Torchwood, but she does trust her family. Although they're pretty much one in the same.

amazing two chapters!
wow you really know how to mix and pile up feelings here!
I really hope everything goes in the right track!
Thanks!

More feelings to come...trust me. *laughs manically*

We'll see. But you should trust me. *winks*
Loved the update (as I've loved all the other 99 stories!) and am waiting with bated breath for the next one.
This feels so very Torchwood, and yet I still have NO CLUE what's going to happen - how do you do that?!
Yeah, can't believe it's been 100! *sigh*

I'm glad you think this feels like Torchwood. I thought CoE really didn't and I was hoping I would take it on the right tack.

I do like to leave my readers in suspense. :)
Loved the update!
Thank you! Glad you liked it. :)
Great update! This team is running like a well-oiled machine. Hopefully MI5 won't get the best of them...

Congrats on 100 TW stories! Quite an accomplishment! *hugs*
Things seem to be going all right...but you know me, and that will of course change. *winks*

Thanks! Still can't believe it's been that many...the majority of them about a certain dragon! *hugs*
1st: Congratulations on the 100 stories! They've been very enjoyable reads. :)

2nd: the same problem as the show seems to exist with this - isn't there anyone else they could talk to?!?
Also, would Sarah Jane's "Mr Smith" help with the hacking?

...or you've already thought of these
...hmmm
...of course you have. I apologize. I should know better by now.

Anyways...

Love the update! This team's running quite smoothly. (story is too ^_^)

Edited at 2014-01-10 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm still boggled by it!

Oh, don't worry...Jack's got people he can call, but do they know anymore than he does? We'll have to wait and see.

Right now he's just reacting to what MI5 is doing, but when he stops doing that, things will change. This is only Day One, there are four more to go. *laughs manically*

Yes, they are...so far. :)
it's nice to see that Jack has a great team of professionals!

I love the light tone despite the danger happens!
Thanks! To me, they will always be professional. :)