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Myfanwy 2

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Sixteen

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Sixteen
Author: Milady Dragon
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Jack/Ianto; Gwen/Rhys; one-sided Lisa/Ianto; past Master John (Doctor)/Rose; other canon pairings.
Warning: Fantasy Violence, horror, angst
Spoilers:  Some could be for Torchwood S1 "Cyberwoman"; "Countrycide", "They Keep Killing Suzie"; Doctor Who S1 "Bad Wolf" and "Parting of the Ways", S2 "Army of Darkness" and "Doomsday"; and S3 "Utopia";"Sound of Drums", "Last of the Time Lords" and possibly other episodes, although they have been warped into a fantasy setting.
Disclaimer: I don't own either Torchwood or Doctor Who, although I wish I did....
Author's note:  This is the sequel to The Immortality of the Deathless, the chapter list to be found here.   It's Torchwood and Doctor Who twisted into a fantasy setting, where everything that could be considered alien is actually magical.

Summary:  When mercenary Captain Jack Harkness vanishes while on a mission, Wizard Ianto Jones has to choose between his lover, his duty...and quite possibly his destiny.



 
Chapter Sixteen

Suzie wished the trip was over, but it didn't have anything to do with the company.
 

Despite her first impression, she was finding Lady Lisa Hallet a pleasant traveling companion. The Knight could speak on any number of subjects, and they shared a love for pointy objects that transcended class and position. Yes, she did seem to wax a bit poetic about a certain Master Archivist that she claimed to be betrothed to – Suzie wasn't quite prepared to believe her, knowing that Master Ianto was most likely still in a relationship with Jack Harkness – and sometimes it was hard not to tell her to shut up about the so-called wedding plans her family had for the pair. But, on the whole, they got along very well indeed.

But Lady Lisa's nattering distracted her from thinking about the darkness. It was especially bad at night, with only the campfire for light. That was when the nightmares would come: dreams of smothering black, and she would awaken unable to breathe for the cloying feeling in her throat. The Knight would always ask if she was all right, even knowing that Suzie truly wasn't, but it was the thought that counted. The weapons' woman was glad for the other in those times, and Suzie knew she wouldn't have been able to make the trip by herself.

Three days out from Canary's Wharf, Suzie began to notice something.

It started out as a faint sensation at the back of her neck, as if an invisible something was gently blowing air across the small hairs there. It took three times of Suzie checking that there wasn't anything there for Lady Lisa to notice, and after that she just tried to ignore it.

It got worse.

Suzie began to feel as if someone was watching her. It got to the point where she was beginning to feel as if there was a basis for her paranoia, but whenever she searched she saw nothing. And, while she never descended back into the darkness, she could tell that the movement she'd sensed before was still there, just out of reach.

It was calling to her, although she could hear physically hear nothing.

Lady Lisa did try to help, and Suzie was pitifully grateful for the attempts. It was strange; the Knight had seemed so standoffish at first, but as they'd traveled the woman had thawed out, drawn into conversation by a mutual love of all things sharp and shiny. That had given them common ground, and they'd spun that out to encompass other subjects.

But, when she'd realized that Suzie was having a hard time coping with what had happened to her, Lady Lisa had done all she could to make things easier. She'd even helped Suzie regain the strength she'd lost while in the coma, engaging her in sword fighting and other forms of exercise. Suzie had grown to like the quiet Knight, and she certainly hoped that feeling was returned.

The strange sensations kept getting stronger. The only thing that kept Suzie from turning around and going back to Cardiff was her sense of duty; she needed to tell Master Ianto what was going on, so he could at least be warned. It was like something was pushing her to find him, and she was perfectly willing to let whatever intuition that was prodding her keep at it.

The first sign that they were coming up to Canary's Wharf were the fortifications.

Suzie could see Jack's hand in them; the way the trenches were placed, as well as the earthworks and the sharpened stakes placed in strategic locations to prevent riders from getting past. Suzie and Lady Lisa made their way down the road, the evidence of possible war on either side of them. Barricades were also set across the road, and they had to wend their horses through them as they got closer. It made her wonder what was going on, and what was the cause of the conflict. She only knew the bare bones of it: that the Baronies of Telos and Skaro were willing to go to war over the small town. And, since Tosh had been present when Master Ianto had been summoned, then the team had to be there as well. Add to that Jack's obvious handiwork in the defenses, and Suzie was certain she would be meeting her old teammates soon.

She really couldn't wait to see them again, even though she wasn't exactly sure how she would be greeted after what had happened at Gateway. Suzie just had to hope they would listen to her, and would believe her despite her not really knowing any more than what she'd felt while trapped in the darkness.

As they came into sight of Canary's Wharf, Suzie realized exactly what the two Baronies were fighting over.

It was a pool of the blackness. It sat near the center of town, waves rippling through it as if it were a true liquid and not something unnatural.

No, it wasn't unnatural. The moment Suzie had thought that, she had to take it back. She didn't know what that was, but it was a part of this world in the same way that water or air was.

And it called to her. It struck her that this was the presence she'd been feeling for days; the one at the back of her head, urging her on.

Suzie baulked. Would she be forever tainted by the darkness, that she'd see it everywhere she went? That she'd feel it against her skin, hear it in the back of her mind? Was this her punishment for falling under the spell of a malevolent knife and nearly killing a person who most likely had a great destiny in front of him?

"What's wrong?" Lady Lisa asked softly, pulling her horse up next to Suzie's.

"Can't you see it?" She gestured towards the pool of blackness.

"See what?"

No, of course she couldn't. She wasn't the one cursed. Suzie was.

She wanted to ride away and forget her self-imposed mission. Because, obviously, this was the reason that Master Ianto had been summoned to Canary's Wharf. He obviously knew about the darkness, and was quite possibly working on a way to send it back to where it belonged.

And yet…he couldn't know about whatever it was that lived within it. Or could he? Suzie didn't know. As much as she wanted to leave it alone, she knew she couldn't. She'd told Lady Lisa, back at Providence Park, that it could mean the end of the world. For some reason, she didn't think she'd been exaggerating.

"We have to go down there." As she spoke, a shiver ran through her. She really didn't want to, but had no choice.

Suzie Costello was afraid.

A small, inner voice was laughing at her. Suzie Costello, daughter of assassins…who knew how to kill a person in so many ways she had lost track…and who didn't let things get to her…was afraid of that pool of blackness that she suspected no one could see but her.

Or…perhaps Master Ianto Jones could.

With that in mind, Suzie prodded her horse forward. She could sense Lady Lisa beside her, and was horribly glad of the company. They rode on, past a fairly substantial barricade that – while open at the moment – looked as if it could be closed quickly against anyone wanting to try to attack the main street. Suzie was a bit distracted, but did notice that the town was pretty heavily defended, by man-made defenses and by soldiers wearing the black and red of the special corps. She assumed that the townsfolk were also ready for any sort of siege; if her former team was here, Suzie knew that Jack would have done his best to prepare the entire town in case of attack. She felt a swell of pride, and hoped she might be welcomed back among her 'family' some day.

The closer she got to the blackness, the stronger the tingling in the back of Suzie's head became. She put her hand back there to rub vigorously, even though she knew it wasn't a physical discomfort. Lady Lisa was looking at her worriedly, and Suzie did her best to avoid acknowledging it.

Now that they were in Canary's Wharf, Suzie knew they'd have to find Master Ianto before she could tell him anything.

She reined in next to the closest townsperson: a portly man wearing a leather apron, and Suzie chanced identifying him as the local grocer. "Excuse me?" she asked, leaning out of her saddle in order to address him.

The man's eyes narrowed, looking over her closely. Suzie let him do it without calling him on being rude, realizing he must have been trying to figure out if they were friend or foe. She hoped that Lady Lisa's Cardiff livery would go far in aiding in the man's determination.

Finally, the villager nodded. "What can I do for you ladies?"

Suzie sighed in relief. "We're looking for the Wizard, Master Ianto Jones…or Captain Jack Harkness and any of his team. Can you help us?"

The man looked suspicious once more. "Well, you won't have any luck with the Captain; he's vanished. But his team is staying on the Valiant." He pointed out to sea; Suzie followed the finger, seeing a large ship at anchor, surrounded by four other, slightly smaller, vessels.

But her heart clenched. Jack had vanished? She wanted to demand details, to find out what had happened, but was willing to bet that this man really wouldn't have any information. The team would, though, and Suzie needed to get to them as soon as she could.

"And the Wizard?" Lady Lisa inquired.

"On the Valiant as well, as a guest of the Brigadier. We're hoping he can stop war from breaking out. If he can give the Barons good news about there not being any magic around here, then they'd leave us be."

Suzie glanced at Lady Lisa. The Knight's dark eyes were looking at Suzie's own. Of course they'd both assumed that Master Ianto had been summoned to Canary's Wharf because of something magical going on, but Suzie was glad to have it confirmed. She knew that the Wizard had to have seen what she had, but it made her wonder just what either Baron would want with the darkness. She shivered once more, afraid of anyone getting their hands on that power.

They thanked the man, then turned their horses toward the docks beyond the town. It meant they had to ride directly past the pool of blackness, and Suzie felt the unmistakable pull of that power on her; at the same time, she was repulsed by it, not wanting to have anything to do with the darkness. The tingling at the back of her mind grew more intense, and an itching began in her eyes. She wiped them roughly, blinking to clear them…

And the world changed.

Suzie could see the ripples of the pool fanning out over the entire town, touching the oblivious folk as they went about their business. They would part the ripples, causing wave-like wakes to pass around them, the blackness wafting through the air in defiance of the breeze coming in from the ocean.

Suzie gasped; she couldn't help it. Yes, she'd seen the pool before, but this…this was wrong. These people didn't even know what was surrounding them, or the danger they were in. She wanted to scream it from the tallest building in town, but no sound came from her suddenly constricted throat.

She found herself drawn toward the blackness. It was as if she no longer had free will. It beckoned to her, and a part of her felt as if she was coming home, that she'd somehow misunderstood her previous sojourn within the dark. But she hadn't…something terrible was within that shrouding blackness, and she had to warn Master Ianto…

Lady Lisa called to her, but Suzie ignored it. She dismounted her horse, stumbling toward the pool in a shambling gait that must have looked as if she was drunk. She could feel the power of the blackness, it tugging onto her very soul…

No, she had to fight it!

Suzie did try to struggle; she truly did. But it didn't help that she actually wanted to go into the pool, despite her previous experience with the smothering blackness and the movement and the drums…

The moment she came in contact with the pool, Suzie felt it take her over. Electricity tingled through every nerve, and she screamed with the painpleasure of it. The blackness surrounded her, enfolding her as if she were back in her mother's arms, making her feel almost safe.

On the edges of her consciousness, Suzie could still hear the drums, but they weren't as overpowering as before. She wanted to shy away from it, but it held her attention, even as it disturbed her.

It was a dichotomy that Suzie fought against.

She wanted OUT!

Suzie screamed again, but whether it was out loud or in her head she didn't know. She didn't want to be there, but she was stranded within the darkness. She let loose every bit of panic she could feel bubbling up within her, and the lightning skittered along her skin in response. She felt constricted, and she couldn't get away from the sensation.

Suzie had no idea how long she was trapped, only that she was finding it harder and harder to struggle. She didn't want to give up, but the blackness was all-encompassing, and it wanted her…

Just as she was about to finally surrender, a light pierced the darkness.

A figure was walking toward her. It was wearing gold and red robes that trailed the ground as it moved closer. A red gem was set in a diadem on its forehead, bound in a golden circlet that held back dark wavy hair that hung down the being's back. Matching gems hung from neck and ears, and glittered from long-fingered hands that peeked out from the robe's billowing sleeves. It also held a long golden wand in one hand, and an ornate dagger was sheathed on a golden belt at its trim waist. Dark eyes limned with gold regarded her closely.

And Suzie recognized the strange vision.

"Master Ianto?"

She didn't think she'd spoken aloud, but the golden being seemed to hear her. "Hello, Suzie," the familiar Cardiff accent greeted her. "I was a bit surprised to see you here."

It was all she could do not to run to him and envelop him in a hug. The only thing stopping her was his otherworldly appearance; she was in awe of him, and wasn't certain how to react. "Have you come to help me?"

"I have." He smiled, holding out a hand to her. "We need to go. I can't stay here in the Void much longer; it's sapping my power. Just take my hand and I'll guide you back."

The Void? Was that where she was? Suzie was pitifully glad that the Wizard seemed to know what was going on, and she took his hand without hesitation. His skin was cool to the touch, but she reveled in the contact.

"It's going to be all right," he murmured.

He tugged her closer to him, pulling her into the light that surrounded him. Suzie laughed; she couldn't help it.

And suddenly, Canary's Wharf appeared before her once more.

Master Ianto still held her hand; his eyes were those eclipses she'd seen back in that tower, and at Gateway. But he was pallid, sweat staining his forehead, and pain was written all over his features. He was back to his normal self, and she had to wonder just why she'd seen him in those robes he'd worn in the darkness.

As she watched, his eyes faded back to their normal blue, then rolled up into his head. He collapsed backward, and it took Suzie a second to recognize that it was Owen who'd caught him.

"We need to move away," the battle surgeon snapped. That seemed to galvanize the others who were standing around; a young man – almost a boy – stepped forward to help Owen carry Master Ianto away. A hand touched Suzie's shoulder; it was Toshiko, smiling at her happily. "It's good to see you," the Elf said.

Suzie returned the smile. "You, too."

"Let's get away from here," Toshiko replied.

The weapons' woman was more than willing to comply.

They'd made it to the dock area of town when a strange shriek pierced the air, bringing everyone to a halt.

An answering cry echoed the first; Suzie glanced up, and saw Master Ianto's dragon darting through the sky, approaching a second creature that seemed to be coming closer to the town.

They circled each other, as if both were taking the other's measure. Suzie heard conversation around her, but ignored it in favor of watching what was going on above.

She truly thought that Myfanwy would have attacked the unknown creature…and yet she didn't. She let it pass, and it landed with a flap of mighty wings just within feet of Suzie.

It was another dragon.

It was mostly black; a black body that was a bit more sinewy than the red dragon that came to ground behind it, with jet black wings and tail. Its underbelly was a deep purple, and glittered in the sun as the beast reared. Silver eyes regarded Suzie closely, and it made an odd whiffling noise as it settled onto all four of its legs.

"He's here for you."

Suzie tore her gaze away from the black dragon, to find Master Ianto's blue and gold eyes staring at her. Exhaustion rode in them, yet at the same time there was another expression that Suzie thought might have been a combination of acceptance and awe. He was leaning heavily on Owen and the young soldier, and he nodded in encouragement at the fear he must have seen in her face.

"It's going to be okay, Suzie," his quiet voice confirmed the gesture. "I'll explain later, but right now I think your dragon wants your attention."


Chapter Seventeen

 

Comments

Ooh, Suzie has a dragon! This just gets better and better.

I love the gorgeous vision of Ianto in the Void. And his blue and gold eyes. <3
Yep, she does. Just what this means will be talked about later.. :)

I had a lot of fun with otherworldly Ianto. Thanks, glad you like him.

Suzie is a wizard as well?! Interesting. Can't wait to see where this goes.
Well, she may be one...or she may not. We'll find out later...

Thanks, hon!
Oh my god. That was awesome. Suzie has a dragon! (for some reason I'm picturing the dragon from Shrek but black and purple instead of red.)
I feel so sorry for Suzie with everything going on that she doesn't understand and that has just happened to her without her wanting it to. I'm glad the others are being friendly and understanding to her.
Your descriptions here are absolutely fantastic and once again creepy as hell. I want to know what happens next right now, but I will try my best to be patient until the next update :)
Well, I was more going for Malificent from Sleeping Beauty, but that works too!

You're right, a lot has happened to Suzie and she really doesn't have any idea what's going on. Ianto will make sure to sit her down and talk, but just exactly what she is...

Next chapter should be up over the weekend.

So, is Suzie a good or a bad wizard? More soon, please
She could be either...I'm not telling. :)

Next update will be up over the weekend...unless I get antsy and decide not to work on the next chapter of Harkness' Eleven...
Ooohh, can't wait for the next chapter :)
Thanks!

Next chapter should be up over the weekend, unless I can't stand it and work on it earlier!
Suzie is a wizard?nonono,I don't think so.
But I really desperate for the next chapter!

Ianto,go to save Jack's ass!~
Well, she might be...or she might not...we'll find out later...

We'll find out about Jack sooner, though.
Wow Suzie gets a dragon an Ianto comes to the resue but what is Lisa going to get up to? Did I see a chapter tomorrow. Feeling guilty because I just haven't had time to do any TW High.
Yes, there will be a chapter tomorrow because my kryptonite has been discovered...PUPPY EYES!

Curses.

But yes, Suzie gets a dragon...but is she a Wizard? Maybe...maybe not...

Yeah, you know I need some TW High... :)
Suzie as a Void Wizard ha! Didn't see that one comming. Makes sooo much sence though. Love it
Haha! Is she? Or isn't she? I'm evil like that...
I'm so hooked on this story, I can barely stand the wait between chapters. I'll refrain from using puppy eyes. Unless something really awful happens and then I will pull out all the stops. I mean, I have a pug! No one can do puppy eyes as well as a dog who still looks like a puppy at eight years old.

Please, an update soon. Please.
I should never have knuckled under to the puppy eyes. Now everyone will be trying to give them to me to get me to post faster! :)

Working on an update now, and it should be posted tomorrow barring RL blowing up on me or something...
I'm all caught up, can't wait for more! I do wish Lisa would go away, she's annoying. Great chapter.
Haha! Yes, Lisa is a bit annoying. But she's got some redeeming features...um, I just can't think of one at the moment.

Thanks!
Oooh, Suzie has a dragon too? Interesting ...
Yes, she does. What happens of course is coming up... :)