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Myfanwy 2

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Thirty-Eight

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

Jack strode through Canary's Wharf, anger and frustration rolling over him in waves. A part of him wanted to go out to the Valiant, despite Lord Ianto's assurances that his own Ianto seemed to have everything under control out there; and yet the larger part of him knew that his lover could take care of himself, and that he wasn't actually alone. Ianto wouldn't thank him for abandoning the town in favor running to his rescue, not when he would be perfectly fine.
 

The moment he'd considered someone talking out of turn about things discussed in private council, the immortal had known who'd been responsible. There was only one logical person who could have gotten to both Barons, and reported such potentially tactical information to both Telos and Skaro.

"Jack!"

He turned at the Brigadier's call. The soldier had pulled up, and was speaking with Sergeant Benton, who looked about as angry as Jack was feeling. The rest of their group as stopped as well, and were standing in a semi-circle around Sir Alistair and his man as they talked.

Jack hadn't realized he'd moved so far ahead of them all. It was amazing what a little bit of fury could do to a person's speed.

"- understand, Sir," Benton was saying as Jack approached.

"I want him found quickly, Benton," Sir Alistair said. "It's too late to close the barn door, but by Gods I won't have the horse coming back to bite us in the arse."

Benton looked like he was trying not to laugh, and Jack couldn't blame him, even in these circumstances. "We'll search the town, Sir." With a salute, the soldier was gone.

"Damn the man!" the Brigadier swore. "How Their Majesties ever trusted him I don't know."

Jack was glad that he and the other man were on the same page when it came to who they suspected – no, knew – just who'd spilled the beans to the Barons.

His team had obviously caught up with Jack's line of reasoning, because none of them looked happy. The only person who seemed to be confused was Lord Ianto, and Jack could understand why. The Wizard really didn't know what had been going on in Canary's Wharf, and so was fairly out of the loop.

"Who is this Master Frobisher?" he asked, as if reading Jack's mind on the subject.

"He's the Negotiator that Their Majesties sent when things started going downhill around here," Jack explained, barely managing not to grind his teeth. It wasn't Lord Ianto's fault that things had gone so badly. "He's an idiot, incompetent, and now apparently feels that spilling confidential information to probably combatants is a really good idea!"

Owen chuckled darkly. "Gods Jack…tell us how you really feel."

"Subtlety never has been my strong suit," Jack snarked back, relaxing a bit under his battle surgeon's teasing.

"Well, the first step to getting better is to admit you have a problem…"

Jack snorted. Owen was managing to diffuse his anger, just by being his usual sarcastic self. "We need to find Master Frobisher. We need to know exactly what he's told the Barons…not that I have any hope that he's actually kept anything in confidence."

"Why would he tell the Barons anything?" Toshiko asked.

"Because he's an irresponsible ass," Jack answered. "And yes, I did just tell you how I feel."

"There's an easy way to locate him," Lord Ianto said.

Suddenly every eye was on the Wizard, who seemed slightly embarrassed by the attention.

"You have a spell we can use to find Frobisher?" the Brigadier demanded.

"Well, not me technically…"

*****

"Sir Alistair," the Commodore welcomed them back on board. "We seem to have a bit of a problem – "

"So you know about Master Frobisher then?" Jack asked.

"Actually, Mistress Suzie put it together, but it makes sense – "

"Where are Suzie and Ianto?" Jack knew they were fine, but he still wanted to know.

"Right here, Jack."

He glanced to the side as both Ianto and Suzie joined them. Jack put his arms around them both, into a rough hug. He released Suzie but kept his grip on Ianto; he knew intellectually that his lover was fine, but he needed the contact for just a little bit longer.

"So Suzie," he said, "you realized it was Frobisher?"

She nodded. "We had a prisoner, and he very pleasantly answered my questions which made it obvious who our 'spy' was. I have to say, if these are the quality of troops Baron John has, all we have to do is threaten them with tickle torture to get them to talk. He was disgustingly easy to break. I didn't even have to bring out the magic on him...and you have no idea how much I really wanted to do that."

That brought a smile to Ianto's lips, while Lord Ianto actually chuckled. Jack rolled his eyes. "My Suzie…always was a bloodthirsty one." He was impressed; before they'd left the ship, he would have put money on Suzie never accepting the fact that she was a Wizard. Now, she seemed fairly comfortable with it.

"You know that's why you hired me," she smirked.

"Well…that and your – "

"Don't say it!" she ordered, her sharp look tamed by the laughter in her eyes.

Jack couldn't believe it. This was his Suzie…the woman he'd hired, who'd been his Second, and his friend. She'd been missing of late, and he was so very glad she was back.

He'd ask her about the change, but later.

"Back to business, kids," Jack reined in the light-hearted mood. "We need to find Master Frobisher, and Ianto…Lord Ianto says you should be able to, with that Scrying spell of yours."

His Ianto nodded. "I just need to get a few things, and I'll need a map of the area, but yes. It shouldn't be a problem."

"Tell us what you need, Master Ianto," Sir Alistair said. "We'll make sure you get it."

*****
 

There was quite a crowd gathered in the Captain's dining room.

Jack could tell Ianto was a bit uncomfortable by it, and Jack rested a hand on his shoulder, hoping the contact would settle him. It seemed to, and his lover nodded to acknowledge the support.

Ianto was seated at the long table, several objects laid out in front of him. The first was a large map representing the Canary's Wharf area, although it seemed to show more of the current and such than the actual shore, but Ianto had assured Lieutenant Frame that it would suit his needs.

The other two objects had sent them into an almost treasure hunt throughout the ship. On a white handkerchief lay several dark threads; Luke had raided Master Frobisher's wardrobe onboard, and had cut the threads from a tunic that the boy had remembered seeing the man wearing. Luke had seemed to get a bit of pleasure from the tiny act of vandalism; Jack assumed that Frobisher had been his usual sunny self with the cabin boy.

The second item was also on a handkerchief, this was monogrammed with the Commodore's initials. On it laid a brass chain with a teardrop-shaped pendulum at the end; it had come from one of the ships' chronometers, which the Commodore had apologized to Captain Oduya for breaking. The captain had waved the apology aside, as curious to see Ianto at work as everyone else was.

"All right," Ianto said to his audience. "I'm going to ask you all to take a step back, and not to say anything while I enchant the pendulum. It's not that hard, but I've only done it a couple of times, and the first failure I had, the item I was enchanting exploded."

That got everyone's attention, and they all moved out of shrapnel range.

Well, everyone except Lord Ianto, who just moved closer.

Jack watched his lover get to work. He picked up the pendulum, holding the end of the chain between the thumb and index finger of his left hand. Ianto began to hum softly, and while the captain stood behind the Wizard at work he knew that Ianto's eyes had changed to their ellipses.

The pendulum began to glow softly, and as it did so Ianto carefully picked up one of the threads and wound it around the large o-ring that connected the pendulum to the chain, then added a second thread as well. The tone of the song changed, and before their eyes the threads tied themselves to the pendulum, and Jack guessed this meant the magic was successful.

Ianto stopped singing. "That's done," he announced. "Now, we'll just need to find our wayward Negotiator…"

He stood, leaning over the map. The pendulum swung free from Ianto's fingers, twirling gently over the features of Canary's Wharf.

And then, the magical item dropped onto the map.

*****

It took Captain Yates and Sergeant Benton nearly two hours to fetch Master John Frobisher and bring him back to the Valiant.

The Negotiator had been in Lord Kale Davros' camp, and he was in a fine state of outrage at having been dragged off, as he put it, in the middle of a delicate negotiation.

Jack had to snort at that. Really…please.

"Sorry to have summoned you away, Master Frobisher," Sir Alistair apologized, although it wasn't a very good effort. "But we have a situation here that needs to be addressed."

The man fussily pulled down the cuffs of his tunic. He wasn't in pristine shape; apparently Yates and Benton hadn't been all that gentle. Not that Jack much cared; the man had caused enough trouble.

"Oh," he practically preened. "How can I help, Sir Alistair?"

"Well, you can explain why you decided to reveal to both Barons the subjects of privates conversations had onboard this ship?" The Brigadier's voice went cold.

Frobisher's eyes went wide. "I…I don't know what you mean."

"He means," Jack cut in, "that you gave the Barons information that led to an attack on the Valiant and the aborted kidnapping of Master Ianto Jones and Suzie Costello."

The man glanced at the gathering around him; both Ianto and Suzie were in attendance, although Lord Ianto had bowed out, deciding not to lend any more confusion to the proceedings. Captain Oduya was also in attendance, as well as the Commodore.

And both dragons, neither of which looked happy.

Yates and Benton stood on either side of the door, to prevent Frobisher from trying to run for it. Of course, even if the man got past the two soldiers, he wouldn't get very far. Jack knew for a fact his team would be after him in a heartbeat.

Frobisher straightened, but there was a glitter of fear in his eyes. "I've only given information to the Barons that would be pertinent to any negotiations." Of course he was going to deny it.

"Then the negotiations aren't working," Sir Alistair replied. "After all, what you've managed to do is convince the Barons to work together…against us. Definitely not the best thing to do."

"At least something has been accomplished," Frobisher answered. "It will only be a matter of time before all three parties have a mutually positive agreement."

"Not unless the Barons attack first," Jack said. "Oh wait…they have. Seven people are dead because of your giving the Barons information you shouldn't have." One of the critically injured crewmen had passed away just an hour ago.

"And if that weren't bad enough," Captain Oduya put in, "the attack was on Their Majesties' flagship. A royal vessel. That is technically an act of treason."

Frobisher paled. "You can't hold me responsible for that!"

"I think we can, Master Frobisher," Commodore Sullivan snapped. The man, who was usually so quiet and kindly, sounded so angry it made Jack want to take a step back from him. "You volunteered confidential information to potential enemies of the Crown. The moment they set foot on this vessel with the intent on kidnapping guests of Their Majesties, that makes it treason. You, Master Frobisher, are classified a spy."

Jack hadn't thought the Negotiator could become paler, but he did. The man looked like he wanted to faint. "I…I just told them what I thought was important to the talks!"

"You shared mine and Suzie's weaknesses with them," Ianto spoke up. He seemed perfectly calm, but from the way Myfanwy was acting, Jack really doubted it. The dragon hissed at Frobisher, causing the man to back away. "That gave them the idea that they could come onto this ship and simply grab us."

"As if we'd go without a fight," Suzie scoffed.

"You need to tell us what the Barons are thinking," Sir Alistair said. "We need to know what we're dealing with."

"I…I don't know," he stammered. "I had no idea they'd try something like this!"

"And I don't give you any credit at all in stopping this," the Brigadier said. "That leaves this up to me, and I only see one way out."

Jack suddenly didn't want to hear what Sir Alistair had to say. He knew things were bad; with the Barons working together, that meant that the town really didn't stand a chance, even with the special troops reinforcing the townsfolk's numbers. At the end of the day, Canary's Wharf would be gone, and the lives lost…Frobisher had just made it worse, and the captain knew the old soldier well enough that he was about to make a decision that no one was going to like.

Ianto must have caught the same vibe; his lover had sat up straight in his chair, his attention on Sir Alistair. Jack wished he was close enough to touch the other, to reassure him like he had earlier.

"You need to go back to the Barons," the Brigadier ordered, "and tell them exactly what I'm going to tell you. As of today, Canary's Wharf is a Protectorate of the Crown. If they choose to attack, they will be declared outlawed and all their lands are forfeit."

Frobisher's eyes widened so far Jack thought they must pop out of their sockets. "You don't have the authority!"

"I think you'll find I do, as representative of Their Majesties," the Brigadier went on relentlessly. "Also tell the Barons that they will not have either Wizard. I am invoking Exclusivity, effective immediately. Either Baron tries to take Master Ianto Jones or Mistress Suzie Costello again, and they will be declared outlaw and their lands forfeit. Do you understand me, Master Frobisher?"

Ianto went as pale as Frobisher, and Suzie was visibly trembling. To hells with appearances; Jack went to them, wrapping an arm around them both, pulling the two close in to his sides. He wanted to rail at the Brigadier for doing this, after Jack had argued against it, but he wasn't about to do it in front of Frobisher.

"You are dismissed, Master Frobisher," Sir Alistair finished. "If the Barons want to dispute my ruling, they can come to Court and do so. When you finish relaying the message to Lumic and Davros, you will present yourself back here for judgment. If you are not aboard the Valiant when we weigh anchor in the morning, a warrant will be issued for your arrest."

Benton put his hand on Frobisher's shoulder, and with Yates they led the stunned man from the room. Once they were gone, the Brigadier visibly slumped, and he let out a deep breath.

Then he turned, looking at Jack and the two Wizards. "I am sorry," he sighed. "I didn't want to do that, but it was necessary if we were going to prevent a massacre."

"You could have warned us, Sir," Jack snapped.

"Yes, you're right. I should have. But I was hoping…well, it doesn't matter. Jack, I understand you don't want your people under Exclusivity, but it was the only way to save them. If I hadn't done it…I honestly don't think it would have stopped here. The moment anyone would have discovered Master Ianto and Mistress Suzie, I very much doubt their lives would have been easy. There would always be people out there who'd want a Wizard in their pocket…and to be honest, Baroness Gwen doesn't need to have Master Ianto under her thumb, and we've seen just what lengths she's willing to go through to keep him in Cardiff for the Castle."

Jack knew he had a point. But that still didn't make it right. And it didn't mean he had to sit still for it, either.

 



Comments

So it was Frobisher - Great chapter!
Yep! And he didn't even think he was doing anything wrong...HAH!

Thanks!
So it was Frobisher - I didn't guess. I was still worried about Suzie - glad she's on side. Looking forward to finding out what happens. Are you going to write more?
Thanks! Glad I was able to surprise you.

Got two more chapters in this story, then I have other stuff planned...along with Reel Torchwood which has apparently decided to give me fits. I'll write more in this verse but probably nothing quite so long next time. :)
Frobisher! why I am not surprised?
For cons, the news for Ianto and Suzie are not good!
Frobisher is an idiot. :)

We will find out about the Exclusivity thing next chapter. That will lead into the final chapter.
So! It was Frobisher! But we knew that, didn't we? Hopefully Jack& Co. will go riding off into the sunset together. Maybe send Lord Ianto off to court to open a school? Send Lisa with him.
XOXOXO
Well, WE knew...but there were a lot of people who thought it was poor Lisa.. :)

We find out a lot in the next chapter, so stay tuned!
thought so, that man. Poor Ianto and Suzie. THe Brig is trying to do right, but he's in a bad position.
You're right, he is....trying to prevent a lot of deaths but doing something distasteful.

Thanks!