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Myfanwy 2

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Thirty-Three

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Thirty-Three
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 Thirty-Three

They ate breakfast gathered at the Captain's table, and somehow Ianto got the feeling this was the last time they'd be able to do this peacefully.

He glanced across the table at his counterpart; Lord Ianto seemed to be coping in his new surroundings, but Ianto couldn't help the little shiver of concern when looking at the Cardinal Wizard. The man looked fine, but Ianto knew him, as well as he knew himself. If Lord Ianto was anything like him, then he'd be holding everything in, not letting his grief and pain show in front of strangers. The breakdown he'd had last night would be the only time anyone would see him weak, and that he'd continue on until he couldn't do it anymore.

The other Wizard must have sensed Ianto staring; he met Ianto's gaze, his blue eyes calm. And yet, there was something within that look, and Ianto doubted that anyone else would have seen it. Or, rather it was an absence…an absence of the golden ring that Ianto saw in his own eyes when he looked in the mirror. Ianto could sense the lack of the Deep Ways within his counterpart, and it was jarring. To Ianto, that meant that the man had given up.

Ianto would have done the same thing, if anything had happened to his Jack.

He felt his lover's thigh against his, as Jack told some outrageous story to the Brigadier, who sat on the other side of the mercenary. Sir Alistair was shaking his head in sheer disbelief. Ianto was glad that Jack had had the same idea that he'd had, about keeping some distance when around the displaced Wizard. Ianto himself wasn't naturally demonstrative, but after being away from Jack as long as he had – and after what Jack had been through while in Saxon's hands – the younger man had to fight a protective streak he hadn't known was quite as strong as it was proving to be. It was taking quite a bit of control not to reach out to his lover, even with all these witnesses.

"Morning, Master Ianto," Luke Smith piped up from his elbow.

Ianto looked up, smiling. "Good morning, Luke."

The young man was holding two plates. He placed one down in front of the Wizard. "Here's your breakfast. Hope it's all right."

Breakfast consisted of fruit, cheese, and another large pile of toasted bread, liberally slathered with butter. "It's fine, thanks."

"Not a problem. Oh, I brought one for Lord Ianto as well…" he blushed a little. "I thought, if you couldn't eat the food, then he wouldn't be able to, either."

Ianto was impressed by the boy's thoughtfulness. "Well thought, Luke."

He blushed a little more, then bustled to the other side of the table, offering the plate to the Cardinal Wizard. Lord Ianto looked startled, but he smiled his thanks. There was something off about the smile though, and Ianto wondered what it was.

"What's your name?" Lord Ianto asked, just loud enough to carry across the table.

"Luke Smith, Sir. I was assigned to look after Master Ianto while he's on board the Valiant. I thought, since you're him too, I'd bring you breakfast from ships' stores. He can't eat the local food, because of the Void Point."

That earned Ianto an odd look, and then the other turned his attention back to the boy. "Are you an apprentice on board?"

"No, Sir. I'm a cabin boy, and I have two years before I need to choose what I want to do."

"Young Luke's mother is a dear friend of mine," the Commodore interrupted. "She asked if I wouldn't take the boy on, since he'd shown interest in being on ships. And we're glad to have him."

"My mum's Baroness Larchfell," Luke said. "She and Commodore Sullivan have been friends for longer than I've been alive."

"Baroness Sarah Jane and I met a while back, when she was first introduced at Court," the Commodore went on. "We became quite close."

"Oh really?" Jack purred, waggling his eyebrows suggestively.

Commodore Sullivan actually blushed. "Not like that, Captain…although it wasn't for lack of trying. I did attempt to court her, but her family had their heart set on her marrying someone else. That didn't happen though; Sarah Jane's a stubborn old thing, and wouldn't have anything to do with it. There was supposedly some great love in her life, but she never did marry."

"I'm adopted," Luke said. "But she's my mum."

"And Luke is her official heir," Sir Alistair answered. "And who better to look after him than her oldest friend?"

"Mum also thought I needed to experience life before I started any sort of official training."

"And what do you think you want to do with your life?" Lord Ianto asked.

Luke went even redder. "I…well, I really want to be a Wizard."

The boy looked surprised when no one laughed at him.

"I don't see why you couldn't be," the lord encouraged, "as long as you have the aptitude for magic."

"How would you Test for something like that?" Ianto inquired. "I know I found out about my Catalyst abilities by accident, and then I was Tested – "

"Catalyst?" Lord Ianto asked.

Ianto nodded, realizing this was most likely one difference between the two Wizards. "I can touch magical Artifacts and can get them to work. It's the reason I was promoted to Master Archivist so quickly."

He still remembered that day: the Baroness giving him the brooch that signified his Mastery. It was currently being held for him by his sister, since he hadn't wanted to risk losing it in his travels.

"Ianto can also pick spells apart," Jack added. "I watched him do it to a Disintegration spell. He told me it was like picking seams apart in his father's tailor shop."

Lord Ianto was looking a bit overwhelmed. "Your magic…it's not like mine," he said. "I've never heard about this Catalyst ability. And you really untangled a Void spell?"

Ianto felt all their attention on him, and it was his turn to blush a bit. "It…just seemed to be the thing to do. I touched the stone the spell was on, and I could see it. And, once I could, I could pick the threads of it apart."

"Will you show me?"

He nodded. "Certainly."

"As for Testing for magic, I can show you that in turn. If magic is coming back into the world, you'll need it."

Lord Ianto had a point. If there was some form of Testing in place, they could possibly find Wizards before they discover their powers, and then they could be trained. Ianto was going to need the other Wizard, and not just for his own training.

Breakfast continued on, and after a while Lord Ianto excused himself and left. Ianto felt like he should follow, but a look from Jack kept him in his seat. His lover didn't say anything, but Ianto could read that expression, and he agreed: the other man needed privacy, and that if he'd wanted company he would have asked for it.

Twenty minutes later, the meal broke up, and Ianto found himself going up on deck for air. Jack would be meeting with the Brigadier, Commodore Sullivan, and Sir Alistair's officers, hoping to prepare for what the Barons might throw at them. Ianto had begged out of it, although Suzie had asked to stay; she may not have been Jack's Second any longer, but she did know her way around a potential battlefield.

Ianto stepped onto the deck of the Valiant, taking a deep breath. It was an overcast day; dark clouds sat on the horizon, and he hoped that any bad weather would pass them by. They'd been lucky so far, and while Ianto had discovered that he wasn't prone to seasickness, what would happen if the ship was caught in a storm?

He heard a sudden hiss; recognizing the sound as coming from Myfanwy, Ianto's eyes cast about for his dragon, wondering what had caused her to react like that. He could feel the fury rolling from her.

When he caught sight of her, he couldn't help but be angry as well.

Lady Lisa had apparently approached Lord Ianto; the Knight was standing beside the Cardinal Wizard, her hand on the hilt of her sword. Myfanwy was standing beside Ianto's counterpart, her green eyes whirling in anger. The Wizard in black had his hand on her head, and Ianto suspected that was the only thing keeping the dragon from launching herself at the Knight.

He stalked toward what was beginning to look more and more like a stand-off. "What the hells is going on here?" he demanded , coming to stand beside his familiar.

"That thing is dangerous," Lady Lisa snapped. "It shouldn't be allowed on board."

"Myfanwy is only dangerous to the people who deserve it," Ianto retorted. "What do you want, Lady Lisa?"

"I was simply introducing myself," she answered sullenly.

"I'm sure that was all. Now, Lord Ianto and I have business to discuss. Would you mind?"

"There are things we need to discuss as well, Ianto - "

"No, there really isn't…Lady Lisa. Now, if you would excuse us…?"

The woman looked as if she wanted to say something else, but instead turned on her boot heel and left the two men and the dragon alone. Ianto let out a breath he hadn't been aware that he'd been holding. "I'm sorry about that," he said. "I should have warned you about her."

"She claimed she was betrothed to you."

"I suppose you could say that technically, she is…" he went on to explain about the arranged marriage, and how Lady Lisa was determined to see it through.

"You're not going to let the Baroness get away with that?" There was a thin veil of outrage in the words.

"Not at all. In fact, after we're done here, I'm leaving with Jack and his team. I'm not going back to Cardiff."

Lord Ianto shook his head. "I just don't understand all of this contract stuff, and Exclusivity. I'm sorry, but in my timeline Wizards are…were always above most governments. We had our own Council that policed our ranks."

"Unfortunately, that's not the way it is here. We're all still subjects of our individual Baronies, and to the Crown."

"Perhaps when there are more of you that will change."

"Maybe. It'll be a long time coming, though."

"And yet, you'll be around to see it."

"Yes, I will." Ianto sighed. "I wonder how many people out there were meant to be Wizards, and aren't now…"

"The Baroness Sarah Jane is one of them," the other admitted. "In my timeline, she was the head of my Order. I…recognized Luke. He's her apprentice now…he was. Hells, I'm sorry…" he rubbed his hand across his forehead. "Sorry, it's hard to know how to refer to people – "

"That's fine, I knew what you meant." He felt unbelievably sad for this man, who sacrificed so much to put the timeline back on track. Ianto liked to think he would have done the same, no matter the cost.

He put his hand on Lord Ianto's shoulder, hoping to convey some comfort. A very faint smile was his reward.

"Let's get started on some training, shall we?" the Cardinal Wizard suggested.

Ianto nodded. While he was very much aware of the circumstances that had brought the other man there, he was grateful of his presence.

*****

They took up residence in the Captain's cabin, and after sending Luke to find a few things, both men settled at the small desk in the room, where Lord Ianto set out a blank journal and several pens. He proceeded to show Ianto basis of spell-writing.

Several hours – and five pages in the book filled – later, Ianto thought he'd gotten the hang of it. It wasn't difficult; it was lucky that Ianto already knew most of the Laws of Magic, especially those having to do with Conservation and Intent. That made the process simpler, and by the time they both were ready for lunch, Ianto had written copies of his own Scrying spell, plus a Perception spell he'd learned. Lord Ianto had added a Translation spell, a different form of Perception, and a Shielding spell to the collection, and Ianto learned them carefully under the gaze of his new instructor.

Ianto also showed the other his magical glasses, and the Scrying stone he'd made. Lord Ianto nodded, although he actually teased Ianto about "stalking Jack" and how creepy that was. Ianto laughed, explaining that with Jack being gone so much, he'd wanted to keep track of the mercenary just out of curiosity.

He'd also demonstrated his ability to unpick spells, on a pen that Lord Ianto enchanted, without telling him what the spell was. Ianto was able to identify it, and then he carefully pulled it apart. The other man had been impressed, saying that unpicking a spell was high-level magic, and that a Cardinal Wizard doing it to a Void spell should have been impossible.

They were just putting things away when there was a knock on the door. Fully expecting Luke, Ianto was surprised when it was Jack…and he was in armor. Not his own; that had been left behind on Utopia. This was various pieces borrowed from others, and it was mismatched and ugly. Ianto vowed that Jack would be replacing it as soon as he could.

"There's been an attack," the immortal said without preamble. "A reconnaissance party from Baron Kale was ambushed just outside of town by Baron John's troops. Sir Alistair is heading to shore, and we're going with them."

Ianto realized that "we" didn't include him. He wanted to fight it; to be able to stand next to his lover and his friends when they needed him.

But the Void Point wouldn't allow that.

"Suzie is staying behind too," Jack went on, as if reading his lover's mind. "Frobisher is trying to keep the peace, but we all know what idiot the man is. He has about as much chance as a snowball in one of the hells of actually accomplishing something."

"Will this lead to war?" Lord Ianto asked, coming to stand beside his other time twin.

"I think so…yes," Jack answered. "It's been building up for a while now, and I hate to say it, but the presence of three Wizards now is just making the situation worse. I'm sorry, Ianto," he murmured. "I never would have suggested to Sir Alistair that he send for you, if I knew I was putting you in danger like this."

Ianto rolled his eyes. "Please, Jack. Things were getting so bad in Cardiff, chances were I would have come anyway. Besides, you needed me here, to tell you what you were dealing with. So don't feel guilty about it."

"I'm coming with you," Lord Ianto interrupted. "I can block the Void Point, and you could very well need a Wizard on the front lines."

Jack was shaking his head. "I can't let you do that – "

"You're not letting me do anything," the other Wizard answered. "As a Wizard, it's my duty to help in any way I can. Captain…you know it makes sense."

Jack's eyes darted between both Ianto's before nodding. "You're right. It does. Do you need anything, like a weapon?"

"No, I have everything I need right here." The Cardinal Wizard's hand went to the holster where his wand was.

"Then let's go. The boats are leaving now."

Both men followed Jack up to the deck, where the team and Suzie were waiting. They were all armed, and Ianto couldn't help but wish again that he was going with them. They were his team now, too; and it bothered him that he couldn't stand to be in town. He knew Suzie had to be feeling the same way.

But he would trust Lord Ianto to protect them.

There was a round of hugging, and Ianto couldn't help but notice that his counterpart was standing off to the side, watching it all. He could swear there was a look of envy on the other man's face, and Ianto couldn't really fault him for it.

And then it was Jack and Ianto, and he didn't want his lover to leave without kissing him…but thought about Lord Ianto, and everything he'd lost…

Jack took the decision out of his hands. He pulled Ianto to him, burying his face in the Wizard's neck, holding him tightly against his armored chest. "Be back soon," he whispered in Ianto's ear.

Then he pulled back, and joined the rest of the team. Martha already looked very much a part, standing beside Toshiko as they prepared to climb down the ropes and into the waiting boat.

Lord Ianto moved to join them, but he stopped as soon as he was standing next to Ianto. "I know you're holding back because of me," he murmured. "It doesn't bother me."

Ianto suspected that the man was lying, but he was given permission, and he decided to take it. He darted forward, grabbed Jack by the arm, and turned him so he could kiss him.

Jack responded, letting Ianto's tongue plunder his mouth, then returning the favor. They finally broke apart at a sarcastic comment from Owen, and Ianto backed away, to watch his lover depart.

He and Suzie leaned over the rail to watch the boat depart, knowing the team wouldn't be back until the Battle of Canary's Wharf was over.

 




Comments

Oh my, that last sentence filled me with so much dread!
It should.... :)
Yikes the Battle of Canary Wharf. Poor Lord Ianto as well and interesting to see the differences between the two worlds. Great chapter and I love how you fill in the details.
Thanks! Yep, the battle is going to happen..in some way...
Great chapter - excited for the next one
Thanks!

Next one should be up next week, although I can't promise exactly when...
And where is the Doctor in all of this? Sulking? I hope he comes to his senses and helps.

The differences between the Ianto's are so well-defined by you that one word is all that is needed t tell them apart.

And, Lisa... let it go, for heaven's sake. It's not happening.
Of course he's sulking. You know how he is...

Thanks! The two Iantos are a little strange to write, but I'm glad it's fairly simple to tell the difference.

As for Lisa...well...what can I say?
Poor Lisa. Always got what she wanted until now. And she believes the law is on her side.
And now for a big messy battle !
XOXOXO
She does think that, but we all know Ianto won't sit still for it.

Yep, the battle is coming up. :)

Thanks!
that would be weird the whole AU thing and meeting people you knew, but now don't. I feel so sorry for Lord Ianto. Good on his part giving our Ianto the go ahead though.
Yes, Lord Ianto doesn't have it easy...but things do get a bit better for him!