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Myfanwy 2

The Pact - Chapter Five

The Pact - Chapter Five
Author: Milady Dragon
Series: Dragon-Verse
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Jack/Ianto (implied); Past Jack/Estelle; Gwen/Rhys
Warnings: Horror, angst, language, violence
Spoilers: Up through Torchwood S1, E5, "Small Worlds"
Disclaimer:  I don't own Torchwood, I would have treated it better.
Author's note: This is based on the episode "Small Worlds", although adapted to the Dragon-Verse.  Once again, the dating is taken from several fan-made chronologies and from the TARDIS Index File. 

Summary:  The Fae are ready to take a new Chosen One.  Jack wants to stop them; Estelle wants to understand them.  Only Ianto stands between them and disaster.



 

27 October 2007

 

Ddraig Llyn might have been home, but when Ianto walked into the Hub with Jack, it was like he was rejoining his family.

He was barely past the cog door when he suddenly found himself with an armful of Toshiko Sato.  Ianto couldn’t help but grin as he hugged her back.  They’d talked a couple of times during his leave, but seeing his friend again warmed Ianto’s heart.  He’d missed her, almost as much as he’d missed Jack.

Tosh pulled away slightly, just enough to look up at him.  “You’re never leaving again, got that?” she teased, her own grin a mirror of his.

“Yes, ma’am,” he answered, his grin turning into a genuine smile. 

“Looks like Mum and Dad are back together,” Owen snarked, coming up from the autopsy bay to join them. 

Ianto raised an eyebrow.  “And just who are you calling Mum, Owen?”

The medic smirked.  “Harkness, of course…the way he swans around the place…”

“Oi!” Jack exclaimed.  “I do not ‘swan’ anywhere!”

“Well,” the dragon said, completely deadpan, “you do, just a bit.”

Jacks pout set them all to laughing.

“Meeting in the boardroom in five minutes,” the captain said, moving past the group at the door and into the Hub proper.  “Get the welcomes out of the way, people.  We have work to do.”

Ianto pulled out of Tosh’s embrace.  “I suppose you all would want coffee?”

Owen looked almost pitifully relieved.  “Do you even have to ask, Dragon Boy?”

“Excuse me….Dragon Boy?”  Ianto couldn’t hide his astonishment.  He was, of course, used to Owen calling him Tea Boy, but this was new.

“Well, you are!”

“You’ve been waiting a long time to call me that, haven’t you?”  This was the first time everyone in the Hub knew that Ianto wasn’t human, so Owen couldn’t have gotten away with it before.

Owen grinned. “You have no idea.”

Ianto rolled his eyes.  “And to think I wanted to come back to this madhouse.”

“More mad you, then!”

The dragon chuckled.  “You haven’t broken the coffee machine while I was gone, have you?”

“No one’s touched it,” Toshiko said.  “Well, Gwen tried until we told her you were the only one who could get that monster to work.”

Speaking of Gwen…

His last teammate was hovering just on the periphery of their reunion, her eyes wary as she watched the three of them.  Ianto stepped away from Toshiko and Owen, and up to the woman.  “Gwen,” he greeted her politely. 

“Ianto,” she said in return, looking slightly uncomfortable.

Jack had explained to him that Gwen had been the only one of the team to question why he was being allowed to come back, and why she’d told that PC that Ianto wasn’t coming back.  She’d honestly believed that he was gone at the time, despite Jack’s assurances that Ianto would still be welcome.  Ianto had a feeling it was going to be a battle to have the woman accept him.

All he could do was make the effort, although he still had issues with her being hired in the first place.

“I think you and I got off on the wrong foot,” he said to her.  “Let’s just start over, shall we?”  He offered her his hand.

Gwen looked from his face, to his hand, and then back, as if trying to judge his veracity.  Finally, she nodded, accepting his hand and shaking it firmly.  “Sounds like a good idea,” she answered, although she didn’t look very convinced.

“Coffee!” Owen urged.  “If we’re going into a meeting, we need the caffeine to keep awake!”

Ianto turned, spearing the medic with his gaze.  “Your manners haven’t improved with distance.  It must be your mother’s influence.”

Toshiko choked on a giggle, and even Gwen grinned.   Owen looked highly offended.

********** 

“Okay, you lot,” Jack said, entering the boardroom and taking his regular seat, interrupting Ianto as he was telling the others about his time at home.  Jack instantly picked up the coffee mug that Ianto had sat down at his place, and the almost pornographic noises the captain made told the dragon that he hadn’t lost his touch.   

“Jesus, Harkness,” Owen snorted.   “Do you have to make a drama about everything?”

“You can’t tell me you weren’t happy to get genuine Ianto coffee,” Jack replied.

“Sure, but I didn’t make a production out of it!”

Ianto sat there, basking in the give and take among his teammates.  He’d truly missed them, even though it had crossed his mind while he’d been away not to come back.  He couldn’t understand now why he’d even considered it.  He belonged here, even if his and Jack’s relationship wasn’t anywhere near fixed yet.   These people were the closest to family he’d had in a long time.

“Let’s get down to business,” Jack said, setting his mug down.  “Before I left, I was having you do some research for me into fairies.  We’re not going to need that anymore, the situation has resolved itself.”

Ianto let out a breath that he hadn’t been aware he’d been holding.  Jack had assured him on the drive back that he’d shut down the investigation, but after the captain’s own confession about the children back in 1965, he hadn’t been certain Jack could have just let it lie. 

The reactions of the team were all different.  Owen simply shrugged, as if it didn’t matter to him one way or the other.  Toshiko nodded, accepting Jack’s word, tapping commands into the laptop she’d brought with her.

Gwen though, she didn’t look happy. 

“I thought you said there was a child involved, Jack,” she said.

“I did.  But we don’t have to worry anymore.”

“How can you be so sure?”

Jack looked a bit put out by the questioning.  “I just can.  It’s time to move on.”

“You’re going to have to give a better answer than that, Jack, especially with a child mixed up in this.”

“No, I don’t, Gwen.  I’m in charge and what I say, goes.”  Jack’s face had turned stony, and Ianto knew he had to step in or else there was going to be a major argument.

“Information has come to Jack’s attention that makes it obvious that we’re not needed on this case, Gwen,” the dragon answered, keeping his voice pitched low, in an attempt to calm the raised emotions between them two.  “As to what that information is, it’s confidential and not Jack’s place to say.”

The captain looked at him gratefully, and Ianto returned the look with a nod.  Gwen caught it, and frowned.  “But you know what it is,” she accused.

Ianto raised an eyebrow.  “Of course I do,” he answered.  “I was there when Jack received the information.”  He wasn’t about to tell her that he, himself, was the source of Jack’s knowledge, because it was none of her business.

“As I said,” Jack jumped back in, “the situation has resolved itself, and we’re no longer needed.  Now, I have something else I’d like us to look at; there have been a rash of missing persons out in the Brecon Beacons…”

 **********

28 October 2007

 

“Good morning, Detective.”

Kathy Swanson grinned.  “Mr. Jones.  Can I say I’m glad you’re back?”

Ianto smiled.  “It’s good to be back.  I take it you have something for us?”

The question wiped the smile from her face.  “I thought I’d seen everything until now.  The night custody sergeant had him locked up for the night, on his own.  He says the prisoner kept shouting that something was after him.”

She motioned Ianto, Jack and Gwen down the corridor toward the cells.  He’d received the call almost the second he’d walked into the Hub that morning, and Jack had been quick to react, bustling them into the SUV and driving like a madman toward Cardiff CID. 

“What kind of things?” Jack asked, sounding subdued for once.

“Shadows, according the sergeant,” Swanson answered.  “Said the prisoner also kept going on about being choked.”

 Toshiko chose that moment to join them.  She had a scanner out, and was taking readings of the area as they approached the cell where the prisoner had been.   “There were four other prisoners?” she asked Swanson.

The detective confirmed it.  “I had them transferred.”

“CCTV?” Jack inquired.

“I’m dealing with that,” Tosh replied.

There was a rather burly young man standing at the cell door; he opened it, and Jack and Tosh entered.  Ianto stayed outside, the better to speak to Detective Swanson.   “Can we speak to the custody sergeant if needed?” he asked.

Swanson nodded.  “I thought you might, so I asked him to hang around.”  She suddenly looked past Ianto, and the dragon turned.

Gwen was standing there, her arms crossed, looking slightly irritated.  He simply quirked an eyebrow in her direction.  “Is there a problem?” he asked calmly, although he suspected he knew what the issue was. 

“I thought I was supposed to liaise with the police,” she asked, not even trying to hide the belligerent tone in her voice.

He’d guessed right.  “Detective Swanson and I are friends, Gwen,” he explained. 

“Yeah, Jones and me go back,” Swanson added.  “Even before I was a DI.”

Gwen looked at the both of them.  “Does that mean she knows - “

“Gwen,” Ianto interrupted her, angrily.  “Why don’t you go and help Jack and Tosh?”

She looked a bit put out at being dismissed, but Ianto didn’t care.  He was nearly livid.  How dare she?  She had no right to even ask what she’d been about to ask.  Besides, it wasn’t her business who knew he was a dragon or not!  Certainly she hadn’t blurted anything out about Jack’s immortality!

Gwen took the hint, and moved into the cell with Jack and Tosh, where they were examining the body.  Ianto resisted the urge to rub his temples.   “What can you tell me about the man?” he asked, turning his attention back to Swanson.

Swanson looked confused, but didn’t let it get in her way.  “Mark Goodson.  Worked in town.  Business consultant.  Convicted pedophile.”

That got Ianto’s attention.  He glanced back toward the cell, and saw Jack exit.  He caught the immortal’s eyes, and Jack nodded. 

The Fae had done this.

“We’ll take it from here, Detective,” Ianto said.

“Kinda figured,” she replied, smirking.  “Man dies in a locked cell after yelling that things are after him?  Sounds right up Torchwood’s alley.”

“Which is why you called us.”

“Which is why I called you.”

 They shared a quick smile.

********** 

“I thought you said everything was fine, Jack!”

 The accusation bounced around the inside of the SUV as they drove back to the Hub.  Ianto rolled his eyes in response.  The woman was like a dog with a bone, not willing to give up to anyone.

“It is, Gwen,” Jack answered from the drivers’ seat.  Ianto caught his gaze in the rear view mirror, and the irritation was obvious. 

“But that poor man was killed in the same way you said the fairies kill.”

“That ‘poor man’, as you call him,” Ianto said, “was a pedophile.”

“So you’re saying he didn’t deserve to live?” she challenged.

“I’m saying,” Ianto answered calmly, “that your sympathies are in the wrong place.”  He wasn’t about to let her rile him up. 

“Ianto’s right,” Tosh said, cutting Gwen off just as she was about to say something else.  She shared a look with the dragon, who sat next to her in the back seat. 

“If he was a pedophile, then he should have received a fair trial,” Gwen went on.  “Instead, he was murdered.”

“I’m not sure the fairies see it as murder.”  It felt very strange to be calling the Fae that, but Ianto didn’t want to telegraph that he knew more than they were telling her.  “I think we can infer that Goodson did something to make them want to declare vengeance.”  There was only one thing that could do that, which meant they hadn’t yet claimed their Chosen One as yet.

“Or else they decided to randomly kill an innocent man.”

Ianto didn’t want to argue with her.  He knew why the man had been killed, even if he hadn’t seen the actual act.  It was making him rethink a couple of things about the Pact between Fae and humans, in that whatever Goodson had done hadn’t actually broken the Pact.  While Ianto would be the first to admit that he didn’t know the exact wording, he was now willing to bet that the Fae couldn’t declare the Pact broken if it was done by accident.  It would also explain why they hadn’t done more than take revenge against Jack’s men back in 1909.  It must take an act of deliberation, in denying the Fae their Chosen One, that would serve to break it. 

“Whatever the reason,” Jack broke in, “it doesn’t matter.  This isn’t our problem anymore.” 

Once more, Jack met Ianto’s eyes in the rearview mirror.  The captain looked tired, but fierce; he’d decided to accept Ianto’s explanation of the Pact, and was standing by his original course of action.

They were going to drop it, and not interfere.  Ianto was almost ashamedly relieved.

Because he didn’t want to have to explain his own peoples’ Pact with the Fae, and what it would mean to him personally if anyone of his Named dragon-friends willingly refused the Fae their Chosen.

 



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I know trouble is ahead, that's the nature of the beast - but I suspect now that Gwen is going to be the issue, not Jack as I first thought. That woman can be such a pain in the arse, even when she thinks she's doing the right thing...
There is trouble. And yes, Gwen always does things she feels is right...even when they aren't.
Ummm problems ahead and Gwen is not helping!!!!!
great update!
Well. she likes to think she's right...

Thanks!
Uh Oh! The faeries have already killed once to protect their Chosen One. TW would be foolish to stand in their way.
Absolutely. Good thing Jack listened, isn't it?
Speaking of super volcanoes, let's drop Gwen in one! FYI, did you know that Yosemite Park is one big super volcano crater? And according to experts it's getting very restless........
XOXOXO
Ooohhh...pardon my interruption but, have you seen the movie that the Discovery Channel did about Yellowstone called Supervolcano? Very well done...the tagline is "This movie is based on actual experience, it just hasn't happened yet."
....I have a bad feeling....it's name is Gwen....
You name your bad feelings? ;)

Although, in this case it could very well be right...
Gwen's just going to keep pushing and pushing, isn't she? Can the Fae have her instead of Estelle???
She does, doesn't she? We'll see who the Fae go after next, because you know they do.
Awesome, but evil
Evil is my middle name! *grins*

Thanks!
Great chapter and Gwen listen to Ianto - in fact all of them need to listen.
Thanks!

Well, Jack is at least. We'll see about anyone else.
Too bad Ianto named Gwen as a dragon friend...I would take good care of Rhys if ever anything happened to her...
;-)
Rhys does deserve better, doesn't he? Even Ianto will be regretting Naming her soon...
Uh-oh that last line sounded ominous.

Awesome chapter
Did it? *laughs manically*

Thanks!
Why can't Gwen ever drop things. She is the one that's going to cause trouble, as always. I just hope that it doesn't get Ianto in trouble because he named her (why did he have to do that?).
She just can't. I think it's against her genetics or something. It can be a good thing sometimes...others, not so much.

I can say that Ianto is asking himself that very question. :)
Seconding what Footprint said. That last line sounds very worrying. What did the dragons pledge to the Fae?
Was it ominous? *whistles innocently*

We'll see...
Absolutely awesome...just awesome... :D xxx
Thank you! Glad you liked it! :)
ok. here's the plan: Owen sedates Gwen. Jack & Ianto bring her to the middle of nowhere (or the deepest abyss) to drop her there -like chironsgirl's supervolcano idea :) Tosh makes sure Jack & Ianto make the round-trip without becoming a military target...

very glad that Jack listened to Ianto :)

Gwen has _got to_ stop making assumptions. almost blurting out someone else's secret because she assumes that -like her, apparently[ha!] - everybody always tell their friends everything, no secrets...She's a walking menace that one...
Oh, dear... *snort*

She does, doesn't she? But that's just the way she is...
glad to see this time the entire team is not treating jack as an outcast for something beyond his control. gwen is going to be trouble for both jack and ianto. swanson & friendship gets two thumbs up from me.
No, it's not going to be Jack's 'fault' this time. Plus the team will be a lot more understanding...well, except for one person, of course.

Glad you like Kathy in this. I just wish she'd gotten more time onscreen.
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