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Myfanwy 2

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Thirty-Six

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

Jack couldn't help but think that the supposed ambush outside of town and what he was pretty sure was happening out on the Valiant was hardly a coincidence.

He was well aware of the capabilities of a ship of the line like the Valiant. Most of the crew was trained in some sort of fighting, but that would only be for back-up. They would rely on the soldiers stationed on board for the actual defense of the ship when it was at anchor. Yes, the ship had weaponry; Jack had seen the massive deck ballistae and knew they would be capable of taking down most ships that would come a'broadside of the Valiant. But if they were approached by small boats carrying individual boarding parties…then, without the trained warriors that these ships would have normally have then it would be up to normal working sailors to protect the vessel.

But the Brigadier had ordered all battle-ready troops from the ship in order to protect Canary's Wharf.

The mercenary cursed. They'd been had. Twice.

"Captain!"

Lord Ianto's voice stopped him in his tracks. Jack had gone into an all-out sprint when he'd realized that the Valiant was most likely under attack, and when he came to a halt the Cardinal Wizard practically rammed into him from behind. Jack managed to spin and keep the other man from falling, apologizing profusely.

The man was pale, lines around his eyes as he obviously fought for control over his ability to sense the Void Point. Jack wondered how bad it was; he'd heard that his Ianto had become ill, but this version of his lover was much more powerful and secure in his magic. It must have been bad if it was affecting him that badly.

"It's fine," Lord Ianto answered, carefully extricating himself from Jack's grasp. Belatedly he realized that the Wizard might be uncomfortable with the contact, and was opening his mouth to apologize once more when Lord Ianto cut him off. "Something's going on out on the ship."

"What do you mean?" Jack looked out to sea; they were just entering the town, and he really couldn't make out anything.

"Gods, of course you can't see it…sorry…"

Jack felt almost inexplicably sad at the tone of the other man's voice. He wondered if that other Jack would have known what the Wizard had been talking about, then decided that yes, he would have. It made him curious to know just what he might be able to do with the Deep Ways within him, and if he could gain any sort of control over the power that made him Deathless. He'd never really tried before, and it might be worth it to explore that topic at another time.

Then a hand was resting over his eyes, and it took all Jack had not to rear back from the sudden blocking of his vision. A strange tingling made his eyes itch, and he wanted nothing more than to rub at them, but he stopped himself.

"Look now."

The hand was removed, and Jack did as Lord Ianto bid.

And he gasped in shock.

"What is it, Jack?" Toshiko asked. The others had gathered around them, waiting to see what was going on.

Jack didn't know quite how to describe it. He wondered if this was how his Ianto saw things with his magical vision.

The first thing he noticed was the Void Point, sitting like a hole of nothingness near the center of town. He shivered; he couldn't help it, as he saw the Point pulse slightly, almost as if it was breathing.

Tendrils of black energy were winding from it and throughout Canary's Wharf, almost like a river would wend its way within its banks. It followed the main street, curling down various alleys and down walkways, undulating like an opaque fog even though it was going against the breeze coming off the sea beyond. It gave him a headache just to watch it, and Jack turned away, to look toward the bay and the ships that lay within.

The Valiant was there, and Lord Ianto had been right…something was happening on board.

Even though they were still aways off, he could see the same black tendrils gliding around the tall masts of the Valiant…accompanied by streams of golden energy, the two curling and entwining about the other like ephemeral snakes in some sort of mating dance.

"It's not possible," Lord Ianto said into the silence. "No one should be able to make the Cardinal and Void energies combine like that." There was such a horrible pain in his voice that Jack had to look at him.

Lord Ianto Jones should have been glowing with the same Deep Ways that was being called upon out on the Valiant. He should have been full of the ancient magic, and it should have been painful to look at him. And, while Jack had never actually seen his Ianto in all his glory, Ianto had told him how Jack himself looked in the magical sight, and Jack was certain that Ianto would look the same way…and, by extension, the Ianto from the other timeline should have, as well.

But he didn't.

The glow that Jack had expected was dim, like a dying star's light, concentrated at hands and head and heart. Jack recalled what his Ianto had said: that this man had destroyed his connection to the Deep Ways, when he'd lost his lover.

Jack's heart ached for him, even though he couldn't imagine how it must have felt to lose someone you'd meant to spend eternity with.

"What's going on?" he asked, turning his gaze back out to sea.

"I believe Master Ianto is using both Cardinal and Void energy to defend the ship," was the confused answer. "I…don't know how he's doing it. Well, obviously he's channeling the Void through Mistress Suzie, but there should be no way he should be able to do this!"

Despite his real fear for his lover, Jack chuckled. "That's my Ianto…never tell him he can't do something, he'll do it just to spite you!"

The gold and black energy began to writhe even more strongly, and despite the distance Jack caught the sound of screaming. One combined tendril flicked like a whip, and if Jack was right one of the ship's attackers had just got thrown off the Valiant.

"I believe we don't have anything to worry about regarding the Valiant," Jack said, even though the larger part of him still wanted to get out there, to see if Ianto was all right. "I think Ianto has things well in hand."

He blinked, and suddenly his vision was back to normal. It was a bit startling, and Jack swayed slightly at the disconnect.

He didn't have time to register that inner confusion before he was being called back to task; it was the Brigadier, shouting his name.

The old warrior was striding toward their group, his face thunderous. "Is what Yates tells me true?" he demanded. "That the ambush wasn't an ambush at all?"

It was at that moment that Jack realized the other captain was gone from their group, and was in fact walking in step with his commander. "I'm afraid so, Sir," Jack answered. "Did he also tell you about the attack on the flagship?"

Sir Alistair nodded. "I have some troops heading out there now."

"I'm glad to hear that, but I think Ianto has things pretty under control out there."

The only reaction that got was a slight widening of the Brigadier's eyes. "Then we'll trust the young Wizard to protect the ship and her crew. I don't like this, Jack. A faked ambush, and then at attack on the Valiant…"

"I don't think it's coincidence, as I'm sure you agree."

"Damned right," Sir Alistair answered. "But we also have reports that both Barons are on the move, with Canary's Wharf firmly surrounded on all sides."

That announcement was met with a round of furious cursing from Owen, and Jack felt his battle surgeon had the right idea. "Do we know who attacked the Valiant?" he asked.

"From what word we've managed to have shouted ashore, it was Baron John's men."

Jack frowned. "But it was Baron John who supposedly ambushed Baron Kale's men on the road…" His mind was trying to put the puzzle pieces together. "We know the ambush was a set-up to draw some men out of Canary's Wharf…" Suddenly Baron John seemed quite a bit sneakier than Jack had given him credit for. And, if Jack was being completely dispassionate about it, then Baron John had the manpower to waste when it came to setting up a fake ambush and to making a risky attack on the Valiant. Certainly, the victims had worn the black and gold of Skaro…yet so had their attackers…

From what he'd learned about either side though, would have had Baron Kale Davros being the one to have convinced his own people to sacrifice themselves for their Baron's 'cause'. The Baron of Skaro was about as crazy as they came, with a charisma that was only seen in cult leaders. Baron John Lumic was a warrior, and would more likely use his men in a straight attack…

And then it hit him.

"They're in this together," he snarled, cursing.

Now that caused the Brigadier's eyes to widen even more. "Bloody hells," he muttered as he himself put it together.

"What do you mean?" Owen demanded, even as it seemed Tommy came up with the same answer. "Whatever you've been inhaling, Harkness…you should stop. The Barons can't stand each other! Why would they come to terms like that?"

Both Toshiko and Lord Ianto looked confused as well; Jack knew the Elf wasn't as strong a tactician, and that the Wizard didn't have all the facts.

"Because they don't have to fight each other anymore," Yates answered. "Two Wizards…two Barons."

"And look at the attacks," Jack went on. "The ambush and the Valiant attacks were timed perfectly. Look at what we know: someone set up what looked like an ambush to get some of Canary's Wharf's defenders out of the way, by making it look like Baron John had ambushed Baron Kale…but the soldiers who attacked us as we were leaving also wore Baron Kale's livery. And, if we can trust what little we've heard from the Valiant, it was Baron John's men who tried to board her. Now, if we believe that the set-up was to get us out of the way – "

"Because any warrior worth his salt would have known I'd immediately order all defenders to Canary's Wharf after getting word of that sort of close-by fighting," the Brigadier put in.

"Exactly," Jack agreed. "I would have done the same thing."

"Of course!" Lord Ianto exclaimed. "The two events have to have been planned in concert, to give the ones tasked to attack the ship free rein to do so. This was a feint to go after Master Ianto and Mistress Suzie."

"Only they didn't count on Ianto and Suzie fighting back so strongly," Jack said, knowing just how relieved he sounded but not caring. It could have so easily gone balls' up, and Ianto and Suzie could have been prisoners…

"But that doesn't mean they're working together," Owen argued. "Anyone could put on a black and gold tabard and claim to work for Baron Kale, and vice versa."

"Owen does have a point," Toshiko said. "The soldiers on the road could have been in disguise."

"But why?" Jack asked. "What would be the point? They were there to ambush whatever troops we'd sent from town; why bother to disguise your men when you didn't count on there being any survivors? Besides, wouldn't they have been in Baron John's livery if they'd wanted to continue the farce? No, those were Baron Kale's men. Baron Kale arranged that little scene in order to get us to leave the Valiant pretty much defenseless, so that Baron John's men could get onboard and capture the true prizes: two Wizards, one for each Baron. It would also explain why they didn't attack us on the road right away; they saw Lord Ianto with us, assumed he was one of the Wizards they were looking for, and had to most likely wait for orders. They wouldn't have wanted to risk hurting one of the Wizards they came for."

"Shit, this is confusing," Owen groused. "Makes me glad I just patch 'em up afterward."

"But how did they know that Ianto and Suzie would have stayed on board the Valiant?" Toshiko asked.

Jack chewed his lip. He really didn't want to say what that question brought up…

And he didn't have to; the Brigadier did it for him. "It means, Lady Toshiko, that there's someone on board the Valiant sharing information with the Barons."

 




Comments

Oooooo more intrigue going on. I yayed when I saw this was up. So barons working together - very sneaky and Lord Ianto showing Jack how to see. And Jack's obvious pride in his Ianto. Trouble is I keep wnating to know what's going to happen next.
Glad you liked it!

I hope to have the part posted earlier next time, but this week has just been totally crap...
Hm... things are getting more and more interesting. Want to know whose been sharing information. (I'm trying to convince a silly part of my brain that it isn't Lisa. Because I really doubt it is)

Can't wait to read the next part!
You should go with that doubt... :)

Thanks!
A traitor!

Great chapter, you always leave me on the edge - can't wait for the next part.
Well someone is certainly speaking out of turn... :)

Thanks! Glad you liked it!
Can't wait for more :)
Thanks!

More up next week!
I still have a very big dislike for Lisa and can't help but think she may be the mole - just to spite Ianto.
I don't know why everyone is guessing Lisa...she wants to marry Ianto, not get him into trouble... :)

Maybe because her character is so sneaky and smarmy. Perhaps it is an unnown character then.
I can truthfully say it's someone we have met previously. And that's all I'm going to give away. :)
Curiouser and curiouser
there was an informer in the Valiant? aie !!

and this sentence "never tell him he can not do something, he will do just to spite you! "
so funny !!
Something is going on, that's all I'll say..

Thanks!
Oh so much fun with strategy! ^_^ But oh dear those two Barrons actually working together.
They don't have much reason to fight anymore.. :)