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Myfanwy 2

The Pact - Chapter Eight

The Pact - Chapter Eight
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. 

A/N2:  Thanks to everyone for your well-wishes.  Mom is doing fine, they found two very small vessels mostly blocked but they are going to treat with medication first.  The doctor seems to think she'll have another five years before she has any more problems if the meds work out.

Also, thanks to [personal profile] totally4ryo  for looking this chapter over.  I wasn't at all sure about it, I kind of got out of the groove of this story over the past week with everything happening.  Thanks, hon!

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.




 

29 October 2007

 

“Jack?  Can I talk to you for a minute?”

He glanced up from the newest round of paperwork Ianto had given him that morning, frowning at Gwen as she stood in his doorway, looking almost penitent.    “Come on in,” he said, motioning her to the chair opposite his desk.   “Don’t take too long, I’d like to get this all done today.” 

Gwen took the offered seat.  “I just wanted to speak to you alone, to try and convince you to change your mind about the fairies.”

Jack frowned even deeper.  “I’m not going to change my mind, Gwen.  I don’t understand why you think I would.”

“Because we’re talking about an innocent child,” she answered.  “You can’t bargain a child away like that!”

“Apparently our ancestors thought they could.”

“And you actually believe that?”

“Of course I do.  Sounds to me like something humanity would do to save itself.”  He wasn’t going to go into the fact that he’d seen them do that very thing, and not all that long ago, either.

Gwen looked at him in shock.  “You can’t honestly be that cynical!”

“And you can’t honestly be that innocent.”  He leaned his elbows onto the files he’d been perusing, steepling his fingers.  “You really need to learn there are things you have to accept, even though they go against your nature.  It’s not a good feeling, but you have to or else this job will drive you nuts.”   He’d learned that all too well, in the more than century he’d lived.

“I don’t ever want to get to the point where sacrificing a child is acceptable!”

“Then you don’t belong here.”  He would never tell her about 1965; not that he’d planned to.  As much as Jack hadn’t wanted to give those children to the aliens, it would have meant an epidemic of global proportions if he hadn’t.

Jack really didn’t want to Retcon her; he still thought she could add something to the team.  But if she was going to be stubborn about this…

“But this is why you need me: to show you when you’re not being human!  You can’t afford to let me go.”

“No one is above the team, Gwen,” Jack said.  “We can’t afford to have a destabilizing presence in the Hub, not when it could mean the difference between saving the world and condemning it.”

“You really believe that the fairies would have destroyed the world if they hadn’t gotten their Chosen One?”  she asked disdainfully.

 “Gwen, there are a lot of things out there that you have no idea about,” Jack snapped, getting angry at her pushing the subject.   “Not all of it fits into your definition of morality.   I thought we had this conversation last night.”

 She flushed slightly.  “I wanted to convince you that there has to be another way to go about this, without giving a child to the fairies.”

“There isn’t.  In fact, you’re too late…they already have her.  So your arguments are wasted.”  He and Ianto had managed to track down the Chosen One that morning; a girl named Jasmine Pierce had been the one, and they’d witnessed her leaving with the fairies, although her step-father had been a victim of the creatures’ fury.  The two of them had gotten the girl into the woods, where she’d gone happily into the Lost Lands. 

Jack had hated it, but he wasn’t about to admit that to Gwen.  He was beginning to learn that, if you show the slightest weakness around her, she would try to exploit it.  Not in an evil way; but she’d certainly try to convince you to come round to her way of thinking if she could.  He could tell the whole thing unsettled Ianto as well, and Jack wasn’t convinced that the dragon still hadn’t told him everything about the consequences of someone breaking the Pact between the dragon and the fairies. 

Gwen’s face twisted angrily.  “You mean you really just let a young child go with those…those monsters?”

“I do recall saying there wasn’t a choice,” Jack reminded her.

“How can you be so callous?  What about her family?”  She was working herself up into a frenzy.

Jack wasn’t about to get into this with her.  “That is none of your business,” he growled.  He hadn’t really wanted to Retcon Mrs. Pierce, but after everything that had happened he’d had to.  “Now, this subject is closed.  If you bring it up again, I will Retcon you.  Is that clear?”

He could tell that she really wanted to say more, but with an audible click Gwen snapped her mouth closed.  She rose from the chair stiffly, then practically stomped toward the door, and Jack was forcibly reminded of a child in a strop. 

He called her back as she reached the door; Gwen stopped, but didn’t turn.

“I also wanted to let you know that Ianto and I have talked, and we’ve decided that we’re going back to the tried-and-true method of training for you; he and I will share the load, evaluating your performance along the way.”

She did turn then, glaring at Jack.  If he could actually die for real, the immortal felt like he’d have gone up in flames at her expression.  “I’d rather train with you,” she ground out.

“Too bad,” Jack countered, getting an almost perverse joy out of saying that.  “Ianto and I both handled Tosh and Owen’s training, and we’re going to do the same thing with you.  It will be up to the two of us whether you’re promoted to full field agent.”

 Gwen nodded once, although she didn’t look at all happy about it.  She left the office and headed out into the Hub proper, and Jack sighed.  He was beginning to realize that it was never going to be easy dealing with Gwen Cooper. 

**********

 “I have all the information you wanted.”

This time, when Jack looked up from his paperwork, he was actually glad to see the person who’d interrupted him.  “Have you come to save me from the invasion of the evil files?”

Ianto rolled his eyes.  “Only to give you more,” the dragon answered, coming into the office proper.  He was indeed holding another file, this one fairly thick.

Jack pouted.  “And you were supposed to be my hero.”

“I’ll leave the hero act to you, Jack,” he said.  “You have the coat for it, after all.”

The captain grinned.  He’d missed this teasing between them, and it was yet another sign that he and Ianto would be able to get past everything that had happened.  “I do look good in that coat,” he leered.

The dragon smirked.  “Far be it for me to pander to your ego.”  He indicated the file he was holding.  “This is everything we have on those disappearances in the Brecon Beacons.   It makes for disturbing reading.”

“I can imagine,” Jack said, dropping back into work mode.  “Can you give me the highlights?”

Ianto nodded.  “Seventeen disappearances over the last five months, all within a 20-mile radius.  No bodies were ever found, and there’s nothing to link any of the victims.”

“Not good at all.”  Jack reached for the file, which Ianto gladly gave him.   “Do you think if we got out that far, if you’d be able to sense if the Rift had grown?”  He respected his Second’s ability to feel the Rift energies, even if he didn’t understand it.   Jack had a certain sense of Time himself, being a time traveler, but he only could sense the Rift when it was overly active.  Ianto was aware of it constantly.  It was better than having that predictor program Tosh had been working on.

“Should do,” was the reply. 

“Then we’ll head out first thing in the morning.  I want the whole team on this, since we don’t know what we’re dealing with.  It’ll be your opportunity to watch Gwen and make some recommendations on her training.” 

Ianto nodded.   “Shall I make the arrangements?”

Jack grinned.  “Do we have camping gear?”

The dragon cocked his head to the side, considering.  “Yes, we do.  Are you thinking what I think you’re thinking?”

“I should think so.”  This was going to be fun.

“Shall I then pack the earplugs?  Owen’s going to do nothing but bitch about it.”  Despite the dragon’s usual deadpan delivery, his blue eyes were actually sparkling with mischief.

Jack laughed.  “That might not be a bad idea.”  Then he sobered, looking up at his Second from where the dragon was leaning against the desk.   “Do you mind Estelle staying at your place until we can get her window replaced?”

“Not at all.  I have the work arranged for Tuesday.  Oh, and the cleaners will be at Gwen’s flat tomorrow, and since she’ll be going with us you might want her to warn Rhys.” 

Jack inwardly cringed.  After their talk earlier, he’d hoped to get away with not interacting with Gwen any more for the day.  He hated feeling that way, but he was beginning to see things in her that could possibly hurt the team dynamic.  He only hoped the more proper training would smooth out any rough spots.

Something must have shown in his face, because Ianto frowned.  “What has she done now?”

“Oh, she was just back in here a while ago, trying once again to convince me to go up against the fairies for that little girl.”

The dragon looked pissed.  “Does that woman never learn?  What doesn’t she understand about leaving the situation be?  Does she want to be the reason the world ends?”

“She doesn’t believe it would.”

“She’d certainly believe it when the Earth is covered with fire and ice and all living things are dead and dust!”

Suddenly it came to Jack.  “Do you think you could show her?”

Ianto looked confused.  “What do you mean?”

“What you did at Estelle’s…I could actually see Time, when you confronted that fairy.  Couldn’t you do something like that, to show her what would happen?”  He recalled it so vividly, seeing every epoch of time flickering through Estelle’s garden

Ianto actually blushed.  “Well, that was actually a bit of a parlor trick, to be honest.  There are certain Words of Power, and they have effects on reality…I was just blustering, really.   Besides, I can’t do that unless there’s an active power source nearby, like Roundstone Wood or Estelle’s house, which sits on a ley line – “

“Or a Rift in Time and Space?”

That earned Jack a contemplative look.  “I’ve never actually tried anything like that in the Hub.  The Rift might even make the seeing stronger.”  His eyes met Jack’s.  “If you think it would work, I could try.  I mean, can she be freaked out any more by me?  Wait, don’t answer that.”

“It might gain you a bit of respect.”

“Or it might make her more afraid of me.”

“True.”  Jack sighed.  There had to be a way to get through to her…

“Or,” Ianto said, “we can let her speak to Jasmine.”

The captain frowned.  “But she went with the fairies.”

“I can call the Fae, but we have to be in Roundstone Wood to do it.  Perhaps if she heard it from Jasmine’s own lips, that she wanted to go…”  the dragon shrugged. 

“They won’t be able to do anything, would they?”  Jack was suddenly afraid, he didn’t want anything to happen to anyone on his team.

“No. I’ve Named you all.  They cannot harm you.”

“If you think it would work…”  He couldn’t help it; he’d lived in fear of the fairies for so long, the very idea of speaking to them – even though he’d done it at Estelle’s – was making his skin crawl. 

A warm hand touched his.  He looked up into ancient blue eyes, eyes that were smiling at him even though Ianto’s face was serious.  “It’s all right to be frightened, Jack.  We’re dealing with something beyond human experience.  If you weren’t, I’d be very worried.”

Jack took a deep breath.  “All right.  I trust you.”

The smile that got him was breathtaking.

 



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Glad your Mum is ok.

Gwen was so infuriating, just let it go. Can't wait to see what happens when they talk to the fairies
Thanks!

She is, but that's the way she is. It's going to be very interesting, I can say that!
happy to know your mum is doing ok!

Aha! Jack is taking the reins again and Ianto is getting his position stronger here! but Gwen!!!! how thick a woman can be?????
Thank you!

Jack is really back in charge. I'm not so sure she's thick...more like blind to certain consequences because they don't fit into her preconceived notions of how things should be. But really, that's the way she is. :)
Glad your Mum is doing better :D

Can't wait to see Ianto blow a little smoke up Gwen's tailpipe! Should be an interesting, if nailbiting, visit to the woods.
Thanks a lot!

Ianto is going to enjoy putting the scare into Gwen, I will say that much... :)
Wow this is going to be interesting. Glad you mum is on the mend.
Thanks, hon!

Oh, I do hope it is interesting! :)
Aww thanks for posting this with everything, but good news about your Mum.

I loved this chapter, I'll be intrigued as to how the Brecon Beacons story plays out.
Thank you!

I'm glad you liked it, and I do have a few changes in store for Countrycide. :)

Lovely to have you back - missed you. Glad your Mum is on the mend. Can't wait to see how Gwen reacts and then on to the cannibals.
K
xx
It's great to be back. She's going to be okay, thanks.

How Gwen reacts..hee hee. As for cannibals...this is one of the episodes I was really looking forward to, and I hope it lives up to expectations. :)
best wishes for you and yours.

gwen for all her 'all so beating heart' can at times be downright cruel and vindictive when she doesn't get her way. the fae and gwen meeting scares me because gwen is so sure she is the only true 'human' at torchwood and fae may use her to break the pact.
Thank you!

You're right, she can be, and she doesn't even see it. You should be very concerned, and we'll see what she does in the next chapter. :)
I second the above comment. If anyone could break the pact with the faeries it would be Gwen. I hope they just give her a good scare.

Glad to her your mom is doing better!
That's why the Fae chose her, knowing she could do it under the right circumstances. We'll see her reaction in the next chapter.

Thanks! She's much better. :)
Parents can worry us ragged, can't they?

Somehow, the idea of Gwen getting near the faeries makes me shiver. No telling what mayhem she can get up to with them. I think Ianto should just eat her.
XOXOXO
Oh yes, they certainly can! I'm just hoping for a bit of calm before the next round.

You should be concerned. Mayhem? Hm...could be...

You want Ianto to get an upset stomach? LOL!
Firstly, glad your mum is ok...

Another wonderful chapter - Gwen: please let me at her - I've some serious stress I could work off..! However, i'm sure the fae will do a brilliant job of putting her back in her place!
I adore dragon!Ianto and your descriptions of his eyes and the settling of his relationship with Jack back on the right path again is a huge relief...
Love it xxx
Thank you.

Haha! I understand about that, and Gwen's just fitting the stress ball mold, isn't she? The Fae will definitely be setting a few things straight to her.

They're working on it. Now, all they need to do is really sit down and talk. :)

Great to hear your mum is okay

I love this series so far and can't wait for the next chapter. Of all the Torchwood Stories I have read this is within the top 5 of my absolute favourites.

Re: Great to hear your mum is okay

Thank you!

*blushes* Thanks for the kind words, I'm really glad you're enjoying it. Next chapter should be up later today. :)
Glad to hear the news about your mom.

Why do I get the feeling that Gwen isn't going to accept it, even from Jasmine?

Looking forward to the next bit - and the Beacons!
Thank you!

Well, it's Gwen..I think that says enough.

Next up later today. Countrycide up next week. :)
why, oh why do I feel like this is going to add badly?!? oh, wait, I know why -'cause it involves Gwen...
another brilliant update :)
Trust me...and you can see now, I just posted the next chapter. :)

Thanks!
“But this is why you need me: to show you when you’re not being human! You can’t afford to let me go.”
Hm… Actually, it’s very arrogant, no? I don’t see benefits in having somebody like this in the team. I could counter her argument asking why she thinks that her standard of humanity is the best.

“He hated feeling that way, but he was beginning to see things in her that could possibly hurt the team dynamic”.
To be honest, I’ve yet to see anything that DOESN’T hurt the team dynamics, Jack or Ianto – meaning anything positive about Gwen’ presence in the team.
Now I’m very worried. What if Gwen tries to do something? Like take Jasmine from fairies? I hope the fairies will show her that she is not as strong as she likes to think and “we have to do something!” is not always does the trick.
But I’m very, VERY glad that Jack and Ianto finally start to trust each other properly. Time and again it’s Ianto who helps Jack to be human, and their fledging connection is amazing.

Best wishes to your Mum.
I always thought Gwen was a bit arrogant where her position within Torchwood was concerned. She did act at times as if she was the only important one.

Yes, Jack and Ianto's relationship can only improve...for the time being. :)

Thanks.
Sorry it took so long to review. Out of reach of internet for over a week and damn near had real withdrawal symptoms. Sigh. Anywho this was absolutely brilliant but I have a really bad feeling now. Ianto's gonna be wishing he hadnt said that ain't he. Poor boy, now I'm off to read the next chapter. Woo, that's the only good thing about being forced to wait. A nice complete story ^_^

I'm glad the outlook with your Mum was so much better than you were expecting. I went through that with my Gran end of last year, I was so relieved that we'll have a lot more time with her than we thought. I hope everything goes well and that she has a speedy recovery. ^_^
I couldn't handle being away from the internet for a day, let alone over a week! *hugs*

Thanks! Mom is doing just fine, and working me hard. :)
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