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The Breaking - Chapter Thirteen

The Breaking - Chapter Thirteen
Author: Milady Dragon
Artist: Madbottoms
Beta: Totally4ryo
Series: Dragon-Verse
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Jack/Ianto, Toshiko/Kathy, pre-Alice Carter/Patrick Delaware, Martha Jones/Tom Milligan
Warnings: Language, Violence, Child Endangerment, Temporary Character Death
Spoilers: Up through S3, "Children of Earth".
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood, I would have treated it better...and so I rewrite it so it might make more sense.
Author's note:  This is the "The Breaking", the Dragon-Verse rewrite of "Children of Earth".  I have changed the date to reflect the fact that school doesn't start in Great Britain until September, and not the original airing date.  This was written for the Long Live Ianto Big Bang Round Two.


SummaryThe Fae are watching.  The children are chanting.  Can Torchwood stop the end of the world?




17 September 2009

It was mid-afternoon when the children froze once more.

Toshiko had spent most of the afternoon on her computer, getting things ready to run surveillance on Thames House for the arrival for the 456, and finding out all sorts of interesting things, so she didn’t actually see what was going on outside the secondary Hub.

However, she had a ringside seat for the party going on within Thames House.

A bright light suddenly filled the tank, highlighting the bluish gas that swirled within the hermetically sealed room. Within seconds the tank was no longer empty; a shadow figure had appeared, and while Toshiko couldn’t get a good look at it, she could very easily tell it wasn’t human. It seemed to have three heads, and was enormous, but beyond that the alien was obscured by the gas within the habitat.

She’d gotten lucky. Whoever had prepared for the 456’s arrival had set up a separate camera, in order to transmit to Downing Street…at least, that’s to where Toshiko had traced the signal. The camera was full colour and sound, several steps above the security cameras within the building. It had taken almost no effort to piggyback her own signal onto the transmission and had very happily done so.

There was a man in the room when the aliens arrived, and Toshiko was willing to bet he was in on everything. He simply stood in the middle of the cavernous room, staring as the glow faded from the tank, a creepy smile on his face.

Only moments later another man joined him; Toshiko recognised John Frobisher from files she’d managed to get into. So, this was the man that both Jack and Ianto didn’t like dealing with at the Home Office? He certainly didn’t seem much to her; an older man, slightly rabbity-looking, wearing glasses and a suit that Ianto would most likely disapprove of.

She toggled up the Hub connection, knowing that both Jack and Ianto would be waiting there for some sort of word. Within instants Ianto was there. “What’s up, Tosh?”

“Our alien has just arrived.”

“Not surprised. It’s all over the news that the children have stopped and have started pointing toward London.”

“They’ve also said ‘We are here’,” Jack added, sliding into frame.

“Looks like Frobisher is there already,” she went on. A few keystrokes had the same view showing up at the Hub.

“What the hell is that?” Ianto asked softly. In one screen she could see him leaning forward, and she knew that he was trying to see through the gas and to get a look at what was inside.

There was a sudden spitting, hissing noise and something thrashed within the fog. Frobisher, who had taken a cautious step forward, stopped and looked very uncertain about the whole thing.

Toshiko couldn’t blame him.

“Speak.”

The voice was synthesised, but there was a creepy undertone in it that made Toshiko shiver. She suddenly wished she wasn’t alone, even though she was miles from Thames House, and she toggled her comm on and called for the team, telling herself that they needed to see this as well.

On the screen, Frobisher stepped forward once more. He looked nervous, which Toshiko thought was very intelligent of him. “I am John Frobisher, Permanent Secretary to the Home Office of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. On behalf of the Human race –“

The alien within the tank suddenly slammed against the reinforced glass, and Toshiko actually jumped, she was so startled. From what she could tell the skin of the 456 was slimy and a brownish colour.

Then it spewed some sort of liquid, and Toshiko involuntarily gagged a little.

“What the fuck is that?” Owen’s voice exclaimed, disgust in his tone.

“That,” Toshiko answered, “is the 456.”

“That is truly gross,” Patrick replied as he sat down next to her.

“You’re not kidding, mate,” Rhys added, joining them.

“Is there something wrong?” Frobisher asked, a slight quaver in his tone.

Toshiko thought the whole situation was completely wrong, but didn’t say anything aloud.

There was no response, just the greenish liquid, dripping down the glass.

“Should I continue?” Frobisher went on.

A deep growling echoed from the sound system set up in the room.

“Then,” Frobisher went on, and Toshiko could actually hear him swallow, “for communication purposes, we have no name for your species. What are you called?”

“You call us the 456.”

“That’s correct.”

“Then that is our name.” If a synthesised voice could sound smug, this one did.

“That’s not bloody helpful,” Owen muttered.

“I don’t think they much care,” Alice spoke up. There was a horrified sort of awe in the words, and Toshiko could imagine what her expression looked like just from that.

“Then,” Frobisher continued, sounding a bit more certain of himself, “I must ask, on behalf of my government, what is it you want?”

There was no response, except for more hissing and what seemed to be a slapping noise, as if skin was hitting something hard.

“Can you hear me?” Frobisher asked. “I’m sorry, but before I go to my supervisors, I need to know what you want.”

There was more growling, but no response at all.

“It’s another tactic,” Patrick said, “in order to throw Frobisher off balance.   String it out long enough and make him nervous.”

“I must ask,” Frobisher said again, this time sounding a bit frustrated, “what is your official reason for visiting…”

“Speak,” was the only thing the 456 said.

While she couldn’t see it, Toshiko knew that Frobisher must have been rolling his eyes at that moment. “I am speaking,” he said, the frustration more evident.

“Yeah, it’s playing dumb,” Patrick added.

If anyone should know it would have been Patrick. Toshiko knew he’d been acquainted with a couple of profilers when he’d been with the FBI, and he’d also done a little studying on the subject. It brought up memories of Gwen, when she’d tried to profile that girl, Carys, who’d been possessed by that sex gas. It hadn’t worked well, and Toshiko had been the one to have discovered that Carys had had an ex-boyfriend who the poor girl had gone after and that she’d worked at that sperm bank.

At least Patrick knew what he was doing.

“We would speak,” the 456 went on.

“With who?” Frobisher asked.

“The world,” it said, accompanied by a loud noise that almost made Toshiko laugh.

“That was a bit rude,” Deborah joked.

“Aliens must not have the same manners we do,” Patrick answered.

They were making light of the situation, but Toshiko knew them…knew that this was simply one of the ways their team dealt with stress. Still, it was all she could do not to snort at Deborah’s comment.

“Why?” Frobisher demanded, for the first time since the 456 had appeared sounding sharp.

“We would speak,” the 456 said once more.

“Well, perhaps we do things here differently.”

That was when Toshiko realised that the alien wasn’t about to get that sort of exposure; that this was the reason for the British government had tried to cover things up. Of course Frobisher knew about what had happened back in 1965, and there was no way he was about to let that knowledge become widespread. It was the reason for the Blank Page order: to get rid of the only people who knew what had really happened that night in Scotland.

“Yeah,” Owen said, “that’s not gonna happen.”

“That’s what I was just thinking,” she murmured.

“But,” Frobisher went one, “we would consider this a diplomatic liaison. Does that make sense? We are both, in a sense, ambassadors. And according to ambassadorial protocol, negotiations are not made public. You wouldn’t be speaking to the people, but to their elected representatives. That...that’s how it works. That’s all I can offer. Is that acceptable?”

“Can you say ‘cover up’?” Patrick snarked.

“Yes,” the 456 answered. “Bring them.”

“Good. Thank you.” Frobisher shuffled a bit closer, almost up to the glass. “I have one condition. Do you understand that? A condition?”

There was no answer, and Frobisher seemed to take that as assent.

“The 456 have made contact with this country before,” he went on. It would be better if…well, given the nature of that meeting…it would ensure the smooth running of diplomatic relations with the 456 if that previous meeting was kept off the record. By off the record, I mean private. Between us. Can you do that?”

“Yes.”

“Oh yeah…cover up.”

“Yeah, okay…we knew you were right,” Owen growled. “You don’t have to keep mentioning it, Delaware.”

“Thank you,” Frobisher acknowledged.

“Soon.”

“What?” Frobisher was confused.

“Return soon.”

“I will. Thank you.”

With those parting words, both Frobisher and the man who had been silent all throughout the meeting left the room.

“It’s all kicking off now,” Toshiko murmured. She brought up the window with Jack and Ianto on it while minimising the screen with the 456 on it.

“Yes it is,” Jack agreed.

“Have you ever seen these aliens before?” Deborah asked,

Jack shook his head. “No. They’re completely new to me. I was hoping if I got a good look at them…”

“Not easy to see anything in that mess,” Owen pointed out.

“Ianto and I will be going to London,” Jack said, “but I’m hoping for more information. Toshiko, keep up the good work and let us know when you have more.”

“I will, Jack,” she promised. “I’m currently linked into Frobisher’s personal system and I’m hoping he starts organising. If he’s going to get representatives from all over the world to meet with the 456 then that’s going to take some planning.”

She felt a hand on her shoulder; it was Owen, and she turned back to see him nodding. Toshiko turned back to the screen. “Personally Jack…I don’t see how he’s going to do it.”

“I agree,” Jack said. “I also don’t see the governments of the world giving in to whatever demands the 456 are going to make. We might have given in once, but now…not in this day and age. It’s not that long since 9/11 for the US so that makes it double for them.” He chuckled. “Besides, I doubt the United States government will be happy that, once again, Great Britain has a first-contact scenario that they didn’t tell anyone about. That’s gonna go over really well.”

“Considering the last one got President Winters assassinated,” Patrick sighed.

“And the rest of the world almost destroyed,” Alice added.

“Makes me glad I wasn’t around for that,” Rhys said.

“You and me both, brother,” Patrick replied.

“Can we keep the feed up here for Thames House?” Ianto asked.

“That’s not a problem,” Toshiko replied. “But if you accidentally close out the window, I’ll need to connect you again.”

“Great,” the dragon said. “I want to keep half an eye on what’s going on there. Also, Jack and I are going to go back and interrogate our prisoners –“

“Prisoners?” Owen demanded. “You’re not going around and picking up strays, are you?”

Ianto rolled his eyes. “We went ahead and took out the surveillance truck, which hopefully has cleared up the mobile lines, but I don’t think we want to risk that right now.”

“I thought you were going to leave it alone,” Patrick said almost accusingly.

“We were,” Jack answered, “but Kathy called us and let us know that she had a visit from an MI5 agent who tried to pin Gray’s terrorist attacks on us. Kathy had her arrested, of course, once she brought out the photograph of her spouse.”

“That tipped the decision over to shutting down the surveillance,” Ianto continued. “We had Kathy tow the van up to the impound to keep for us.”

“That was, of course, after Ianto sat on it and it became undriveable,” Jack said teasingly.

Ianto turned toward his mate. “Are you saying I’m overweight?” he asked primly.

“Wouldn’t answer that if I was you, Harkness,” Owen warned. “You just can’t tell the missus that she’s fat.”

The dragon glared through the screen. “You do know I have a nice selection of cheap instant decaf, right?”

The entire team laughed at the traded insults. Toshiko couldn’t help but join them. It was so good to have them all in such a light mood, especially with what was going on around them. She knew it wouldn’t last long, but for now it was as if nothing was wrong, that the team wasn’t divided and that Jack and Ianto weren’t intending on stepping into the lion’s den tomorrow. For now, she could pretend everything was fine.


Chapter Fourteen






Comments

As Tosh said, it's all kicking off now. Good to see they're trying to keep up their morale.
It is, and if they can't laugh about stuff...

Thanks! :)
Oh gosh, this is Intense. Great update.
Thank you! :)
Great update!
Thanks! Glad you liked it. :)
Jack really should know better than to imply that Ianto is fat! How the children worry about Mam and Tad Torchwood! I still haven't made up my mind if Jack is Mum or Dad...
It's never a good idea to imply the dragon is fat. There are so many things he can do for revenge... *laughs*

I think Jack and Ianto trade off. One day Ianto is the Dad (when it comes to getting permission for weddings and courting and such) and then one day Jack is the Dad (giving the boyfriends and girlfriends the shovel talk). They're like a really good tag-team!
Jonesing for my next fix of this...shivers down my spine at the scene in Thames House..
Thank you! Of course by now you know there's more... :)
Way to un-lighten the mood with that last bit! LOL

Seriously though; this has me on my toes, chapter after chapter. I like that Tosh is getting to take a little more room, and if I haven't said so before I'm really enjoying what you've done with what was just minor characters - Estelle, Alice, Deborah, Rhiannon, Rhys (sort of) - and, again, Patrick.

Another great update!
Thought I'd give everyone a little break from the tension. *grins*

I'm so glad you like what I'm doing with the minor characters, because I tried to get a good balance of them as well. They're just as important to me as the main ones. :)



So, if I understand correctly, Lois will have no role in the story?
I liked him. She is fearless!

I do not think Frobisher realizes he has tried to neutralize the only people who are able to solve the problem ...
Nope, Lois won't be in this. But we may see her some time later. I'm thinking about plans for her.

Frobisher is an idiot. :)
"I'm thinking about plans for her. "
I am intrigued!!
giant!