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Myfanwy 2

The Stolen Earth Incident - Chapter Forty-Nine

The Stolen Earth Incident - Chapter Forty-Nine
Author: Milady Dragon
Series: Dragon-Verse
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): JackHarkness/Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato/Kathy Swanson, Owen Harper/Diane Holmes, Tenth Doctor/Rose Tyler, Martha Jones/Tom Milligan, Phil Coulson/Clint Barton, Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
Warnings: Language, Violence, Angst, Temporary Character Death (It's Jack), Perceived Character Death, Minor Character Death. 
Spoilers: Thru S2, E13, "Fragments" and "Exit Wounds", the audio play "Lost Souls" for Torchwood, S4, E12 and E13, "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End" for Doctor Who.  Slight spoilers for the movie, "Iron Man" 
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood, I would have treated it better. Don't own Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, either
Author's Note:  Here it is, the Dragon-Verse version of "Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End". 

Summary:  The Earth has been stolen.  There are twenty-six other planets in the sky.  The Daleks are raining death down from the sky.  It's the end of the world.



30 April 2009

London

 

They finally did find a taxi, driven by an enterprising North Londoner who double-charged them for the trip to the Jones family home.

There was the side trip to fetch Mickey’s gun…only there were two, and the cab driver didn’t even give the pair of huge, obviously high-tech, weapons a second glance.  He certainly hadn’t reacted to Jack’s, and it was even larger.

But then, Martha supposed, they’d just been through an alien invasion and there had been twenty-six planets in the sky.  A couple of large, weird-looking guns were bound to not even cause a blink.

“I’m home!” she called out as soon as she had the door open.

She hadn’t even taken two steps into the foyer before she was enveloped in a hug.

“Thank god,” Francine practically sobbed into Martha’s shoulder. 

Martha returned the embrace, looking over her Mum’s shoulder at her smiling fiancé, and the rest of her family, so very glad to finally be back.  She might have wanted to live on her own with Tom, but this really was home for her. 

Other hugs were exchanged, and Francine and Tish included Jack in them, while Her Dad, Leo, and Tom kept to simply shaking hands, although Tom got yanked into one by an overenthusiastic immortal.  Clint hovered off to the side until Francine saw him, and then he got one as well; they’d met at Jack and Ianto’s mating, and Francine, being the overbearing Mum that she tended to be, had discovered that the SHIELD agent had been an orphan and had practically adopted him as well.  If she kept this up, half of London was soon going to be an unofficial Jones.

Martha then introduced them all to Mickey, who looked just a bit shell-shocked at Francine’s rather enthusiastic greeting.  Martha figured that Mickey didn’t know it yet, but he was also about to be adopted, and it most likely would be sooner rather than later once her Mum found out that Mickey was alone in this universe.

“You all must be starving,” she said, wiping away tears from her eyes, “sit down and I’ll make something to eat.”

“Saving the world is hungry work,” Jack winked.  “Although I could really use some coffee…”

He knew Francine, and knew exactly what to say to her to make her happy.  She bustled away, and Martha mouthed a silent, “thank you,” at him in gratitude.  Francine Jones needed to mother everyone, and making a meal was on that list of things that mums did for their families after a hard day of fighting off a rampaging alien horde.

Not that a lot of mothers had any sort of knowledge about such things, but then Francine Jones was a very special person in that regard.

“Everyone have a seat out in the lounge,” she directed, heading toward the kitchen.  “I’m sure you’ll want to relax after everything.”

“I have the Hub on the sub-wave,” Tom added as they all trooped into the Jones family lounge.  “I set the laptop up on the coffee table, because I knew you’d want to speak to them as soon as you could.”

Jack looked relieved, which was just how Martha felt.  He’d explained to them how badly Ianto and Tosh had reacted to the Earth being moved, and Martha was extremely worried for her friend and her Dragon despite Jack saying that Owen thought they’d be alright.  She was aware that Jack had meant to call them once they’d made it home, but this would save him from having to do it plus, it meant the rest of the family would find out just how things were back in Cardiff as well.

“Thanks Tom,” he said gratefully.  They left him the place in front of the laptop, and Martha took the seat on the sofa on Jack’s right, while Tish snuggled up on his left.  Clint leaned over the back, after tucking his bow and quiver against the wall, but within sight, next to the trio of guns they’d brought into the house. 

Martha was surprised to see Toshiko on the screen.  The technical expert looked wan and exhausted, but she was smiling as she saw Jack. 

Jack was equally glad to see her.  “My darling Toshiko!  I’d ask how you were feeling but I don’t think I need to.  How long have you been awake?”

“Not long,” she answered.  “The Earth is still fairly unstable, and it’s going to be a while before it’s back to normal, but it’s not so bad now.  I’ll be okay.”

“What about Ianto?” Jack wanted to know.

“He’s still out.  Owen gave him a pretty strong dose of sedative but thinks he’ll be up and grouchy in no time.  Owen’s words, not mine.”

Jack relaxed even more.  So did Martha, and she leaned into his side tiredly, letting him settle an arm around her shoulder.  She caught Tom’s eye; her fiancé was sitting in one of the overstuffed chairs near the telly, just out of sight of the computer’s monitor, and he didn’t seem at all upset by her being held by another man.

But then, Jack had Ianto, so there was absolutely no danger of anything untoward.  Besides, Tom knew Martha was his completely.  They’d even started planning the wedding for the fall.

“Have you heard from anyone else?” Jack asked.

At that, Owen pushed himself into view.  “Just got off the phone with Delaware,” he responded.  “He and Deborah took Alice home, picking up Steven from school on the way.  Alice is tired, and Patrick says she’s about as grouchy as a bear with a sore head, but she was fine when they left her.  She said she’d call you as soon as she got about two days’ sleep.”

It was as if every little bit of stress that Jack had had experiencing faded out of him, Martha could tell just by the way he became pliant at her side.  “I’ll call Rhiannon – “

“Already done,” Toshiko cut in.  “In fact, she called me. I hadn’t even fully woke up yet, so I was a bit incoherent when I answered.” She was chuckling, which was a good sign.  “She’s hurting, like the rest of us.  And before you ask, I also spoke to Kathy.  Andy had to actually talk the desk sergeant on duty out of sending out for an ambulance for her, but he managed wonderfully. She also managed not to burn up her desk when she accidentally set some paperwork on fire.”

“I wish Ianto would let me do that,” Jack sighed wistfully.

“Yeah,” Owen snarked, “and then you’d end up on the outs with Dragon Boy, and there’s no way in hell I’m gonna want to deal with you on decaf.”

Jack turned away from the laptop; Martha followed his gaze to Clint, who had his hand on Jack’s shoulder.  “I’m gonna check in with Coulson,” he said.  “I’ll just step outside for a sec.  Come get me when food is ready, okay?”

“You lot are getting food?” the medic sounded outraged.  “While we’re stuck here in the Hub with whatever’s in the fridge?”

“It’s perfectly safe to go out for something,” Jack snorted.  “The big, bad Daleks are all gone.”

“I’m not about to leave my two patients alone.”

“I’m sure there’s some place that will deliver,” Toshiko told him.  “This is Cardiff. The citizens were probably out and starting up for the day the moment the Daleks left.”

Jack laughed.  “Cardiff: the capitol city of weird.”

Clint was also laughing as he stepped out of the front door, having heard what Owen had complained about.  He didn’t take his bow with him, which to Martha’s mind meant he felt safe enough now not to go about armed.

That was good.  It meant the neighbours wouldn’t be talking about the crazy man with the archery equipment out on the front lawn.

“I’ll be back as soon as I can,” Jack promised.  “I don’t know how the trains are…”

“The stations are all closed,” Tish answered.  Martha twisted around, and saw her sister on her phone, pulling up the schedules.  “They’re anticipating re-opening in the morning.  Essential services only are supposed to be out and about; government is asking that everyone not necessary for keeping things running stay in their homes.  Oh, and supposedly there’s going to be fireworks tonight in celebration.”

“This will give me time to tell you all about the Osterhagen Project,” Martha added.  “Then we can put some sort of plan in place to get it dismantled.”

The very idea of all those bombs, waiting to be set off all over the world, was giving Martha the twitches now that she’d come so very close to having them all activated.  As soon as they were taken care of, the better she felt about it.

She knew this was going to make her place at UNIT pretty much untenable.  The only thing that might save her from a total discharge was the fact that she was absolutely certain that Colonel Mace was on her side in this, just from the fact that he’d read her into the project in the first place, knowing that she’d been a companion and how she’d once saved the world when it had been on the brink of destruction.  He had to have known she’d never go to those lengths just to keep any sort of alien race from conquering it.

Still, Martha knew it was worth it to get rid of the Osterhagen Project completely.

She was going to have to report in herself soon.  UNIT would be recalling everyone still able to work in order to help with clean-up, and Martha would be on that list.  To be honest, she wasn’t looking forward to it.  She really just wanted to stay at home with her family.

“Get here as soon as you can,” Toshiko said.  “We’ll handle the fort until you get here.  Let us know and Deborah will come and pick you up at the station.”

“Will do.”  He paused, and when he spoke again his tone was almost pleading. “Will you have Ianto call me when he finally wakes up?”

“Yeah, like it’s worth my life trying to stop him,” Owen groused. 

Toshiko shook her head.  “You know we will.”

“Then go and get something to eat.  Let me know if anything happens.  I’ll also be calling Lizzie and giving her a report on everything.”

It still tickled Martha that Jack called the Queen of England “Lizzie”.

“We’ll be fine Jack. Take care.”  Owen left the range of the camera as Toshiko was speaking.  She leaned forward and pressed something on her keyboard, and the screen went dark as the sub-wave was shut down.    

Jack sighed then smiled.  “Thanks for that, Tom.”

Her fiancé held his hands up in denial.  “It wasn’t me.  The laptop turned itself on, and there was Tosh.  She was the one who called first.  I wouldn’t have known how to do it.”

“That’s my Toshiko,” he chuckled. 

The smells of bacon and coffee began wafting from the kitchen, and Martha’s stomach grumbled in response.  She hadn’t eaten since leaving the rental flat that UNIT had set up for her in New York that morning, and she was dealing with a five-hour time difference.  If the clock on her parents’ mantel was correct, that had been nearly seven hours ago.

Jack’s made the same noise in echo, and she laughed. 

It was so good to be home, among her friends and family.



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