Author: Milady Dragon
Pairing(s): JackHarkness/Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato/Kathy Swanson, Owen Harper/Diane Holmes, Tenth Doctor/Rose Tyler, Martha Jones/Tom Milligan, Phil Coulson/Clint Barton, Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
Warnings: Language, Violence, Angst, Temporary Character Death (It's Jack), Perceived Character Death, Minor Character Death.
Spoilers: Thru S2, E13, "Fragments" and "Exit Wounds", the audio play "Lost Souls" for Torchwood, S4, E12 and E13, "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End" for Doctor Who. Slight spoilers for the movie, "Iron Man"
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood, I would have treated it better. Don't own Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, either
Author's Note: Here it is, the Dragon-Verse version of "Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End".
Summary: The Earth has been stolen. There are twenty-six other planets in the sky. The Daleks are raining death down from the sky. It's the end of the world.
30 April 2009
Jack put the phone back on its cradle, sighing in frustration. UNIT was as in the dark as they were, Colonel Mace suggesting an alliance until things could be figured out. Jack had been loath to accept, since in the end he really didn’t trust UNIT all that much, but then he did respect Mace enough to go along with it, however it was at times like this that Jack wished the Brigadier was still in charge.
He was still more than a little pissed at the colonel for transferring Martha to New York, and Jack didn’t agree with the reason why.
He’d also spoken with Her Majesty, assuring Lizzie that they’d keep her informed of anything they discovered about the situation. At this point, until they could figure out just how the entire planet had been moved to another area of the universe there wasn’t a damned thing they could do.
Jack found himself wishing that the Doctor would show up. Yes, while he and the Time Lord had parted on not-so-nice terms after that Year, there were still things that the Time Lord could have been useful for. For one thing, there was the TARDIS, who had better equipment than Earth currently had access to, even counting what UNIT had in their Black Archive and what Torchwood had on hand. He couldn’t argue with the results the Doctor often got.
Just recently Jack knew the Doctor had been involved in two events in London – the Adipose and the ATMOS debacle. Martha had been involved with the aborted Sontaran invasion, and she’d called as soon as everything was all clear. Of course, the fire in the sky had been a big indicator that the Doctor had been around, since Jack couldn’t think of anyone else who would have been that flashy at resolving a situation.
He’d been glad that Ianto had been wary of installing the ATMOS device to the SUV. Rhys had had it put on his personal vehicle, and he’d been trapped inside when the thing had activated. It had taken breaking out the windscreen to get him out.
So, yeah, the Doctor definitely had his uses. This would have been the perfect time for him to show up.
He was also terrified for Alice, and for Steven.
He’d tried to call her again, and this time one of her workmates had answered, saying that she’d collapsed at her desk. The man had claimed that they’d called for an ambulance, but with everything that was going on the emergency services were jammed with requests, so they’d made her comfortable on the sofa in her supervisor’s office. Jack had told him to keep Alice warm, and to call if there was any change, and the man had promised he would.
Then Jack had called Steven’s school, and had spoken with the headmaster who’d said that all students were being kept in their classes and would be looked after until everything was back to normal. Jack had requested that she send a message to Steven from his grandfather, and she’d agreed. If this went past the time school was to be let out, Jack would have to arrange for someone to go and get him…and he barely resisted the urge to do that himself, right that moment. No, Steven staying at school was the safest option for him at the moment.
Grabbing his now-cold coffee, Jack left his office and headed out into the main Hub. Ianto was at Toshiko’s workstation, their technician curled up under a blanket on the sofa, pale and still. The Earth moving had knocked her for six, and she was still barely conscious. She was the best at what Ianto was doing, but Jack knew he could also rely on the dragon to do what needed to be done. He might not have been as savvy in the systems as Toshiko, but he was good.
Rhys was at his desk, and he was trolling through the broadcast stations. As Jack watched, Rhys laughed, and Ianto turned to the Welshman with a smirk, and they shared a moment of lightness before getting back to work.
Clint was still on his phone, pacing back and forth near the sofa, his gaze sharp. Jack knew he was watching everyone, keeping his eyes on the team in that way he did. The captain had never met anyone with the situational awareness that the agent had, and he’d been immediately impressed by Clint the first time he’d met the man, back during the celebrations for his and Ianto’s mating. He would have been a tremendous asset to the team, and was already a good friend.
In the time he’d been on the phone, Owen and Patrick had arrived. Jack was surprised that Patrick hadn’t brought his parents with him; Jack had given him permission, given the circumstances, and the fact that Margaret and Everett Delaware had a high-enough security clearance to be shown the Hub, if they’d been willing to sign the Official Secrets Act. They must have decided not to come, and honestly Jack was glad of it, they’d have been a distraction, but the offer had been there.
While Owen was in better physical condition than Patrick at that point, the medic actually looked paler and more tired than their weapons expert. But it was the nature of their injuries, as Patrick had been shot in the chest and Owen in the stomach, and Patrick would require far more therapy to become re-certified for duty.
Owen was currently examining Toshiko, using the Bekaran scanner, shaking his head and muttering something Jack couldn’t make out. Patrick was at his own desk, Deborah hovering around him. The young woman had been responsible for saving Patrick’s life, and they’d actually become closer since the incident with the Nostrovite. Patrick thought of Deborah as a sister, and in fact he’d introduced her to his mother as such. Maggie Coulson-Delaware adored Deborah and had practically adopted her.
Deborah loved Mrs Delaware equally as much, and had slipped up and called her ‘Mum’ more than once. The expression on Mrs Delaware’s face had been sublime.
“Jack,” Clint called out.
Jack detoured from heading over to Ianto to meet Clint near the sofa. “What do you have?”
“I talked to Coulson,” the archer reported, “and from what SHIELD scientists have been able to figure out the Earth has definitely been moved, but they don’t know where to. Director Fury has all off-duty personnel on stand-by for when the rest of the fucking shit hits the fan. Fury’s words, not Coulson’s, but they both agreed that this has to be just the beginning.” He shrugged. “Also, now that Fury ‘officially’ knows where I am, he’s named me your liaison with SHIELD. Not that he wasn’t already aware of what I was doing…”
“Plausible deniability,” Patrick put in, coming to stand next to Clint, the white of the sling that kept his arm strapped to his body stark against the dark blue shirt he was wearing.
“Yep,” Clint agreed. “Fury also wants to be read into the situation once we know more. He’s going to be contacting the local UNIT base in New York, as well as coordinating with the Valiant from the Helicarrier.”
“Jack!” Ianto called out.
That brought his attention to his mate, who was still working at Toshiko’s computer. Jack joined his mate, looking over his shoulder at the larger of the monitors, which showed the scan of the planetary system they’d found themselves in. “What have you got?”
“Whoever or whatever took the Earth established an atmospheric shell around the planet,” the dragon reported. “It’s holding in the air and keeping in the heat.”
“At least they wanted us all alive then,” Rhys commented from his own station. “Not sure it that’s a good thing or bad at this point.”
Jack couldn’t disagree. No one just grabbed an entire planet out of its orbit for any other purposes that weren’t nefarious.
The planets on the screen moved, in some sort of dance around a point within the system that didn’t seem to be a sun. As one of the worlds passed in front of the scan, it revealed a flashing red light. “I think that might be our culprit,” he murmured.
Ianto’s fingers flew across the keyboard. “It’s some sort of artificial construct.”
“A space station, then.” Jack frowned. “I’m willing to bet my next five deaths that we’re going to need to go there to find out just what’s going on.”
By then, the rest of the team – except for Toshiko, who hadn’t moved from the sofa – had gathered around the workstation, watching as Ianto brought up more scans of the area in space around them. Jack confirmed that there were, indeed, twenty-six other planets besides the Earth, all of them of various sizes…and, if the readings were correct, a few of them were also inhabited, like the Earth…or at least they once were. From the scans Jack could see that there were ruins there, as if battles had raged across their surfaces.
It worried Jack that this could happen there on Earth, as well.