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Myfanwy 2

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Four

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Four
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
Spoilers:  Some could be for Torchwood S1 "Cyberwoman"; "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.

A/N2:  The story Ianto is reading in this should be familiar, and I don't own it either.  This chapter is also a shout-out to wereleopard58 ,  who not only wrote a Torchwood crossover with said story, but who also very nicely recc'd Immortality on her journal...Thanks, sweetie!



 

Chapter Four

"Do you know what that sound is? Those are the Shrieking Eels! If you don't believe me, just wait. They always grow louder when they're about to feed on human flesh! If you swim back now, I promise no harm will come to you. I doubt you'll get such an offer from the Eels."

Ianto looked out over his audience; there were ten of the castle children sitting in a rough circle on the grass, ages ranging between nine and fourteen years old. A couple of them were using a content Myfanwy as a pillow, the dragon lying on her back with her belly in the air, almost like a dog would.

Every one of them looked completely caught up in the story he was reading them.

"She doesn't get eaten," he teased, breaking the anticipatory silence.

Each and every one of them jumped. "What?" the oldest – Elspeth – squeaked.

"The Eels don't get her," he repeated, barely controlling his smile. "I'm telling you, because you all looked a bit nervous."

That brought a bunch of denials that had him snorting so hard in order to keep from laughing that he thought he might have bruised a rib. "I can stop if you all want…" he said, mock-seriously.

That got him another round of denial, and demands that he keep going. Even Myfanwy opened one green and glared at him.

"All right." He turned back to the book that was sitting in his lap. "Do you know what that sound is? Those are the Shrieking Eels – "

"Master Ianto, you already read that part," Elspeth spoke up.

"Oh…so I have…" Hiding his smirk, the Wizard went back to entertaining the children.

Yet another thing he'd have scoffed at if someone had claimed he'd be doing: sitting on the grass in the castle gardens – and not worrying about getting grass stains on his trousers – while reading one of his favorite books when he was growing up to a group of children he really didn't know. He'd read to his niece and nephew before, but to a group of strangers…well, it had happened quite by accident, however Ianto now wouldn't miss this time for all the world. It relaxed him.

Jack had even joined them once, back before they'd been able to move outside and had been taking up a small part of the kitchens, the heat from the ovens keeping them all warm against the winter's chill. Afterward, his lover had gotten him alone and "rewarded" him, claiming that Ianto's interactions with those children had been really erotic. At first, the Wizard wasn't so sure how to take that, but quickly realized that Jack hadn't meant anything perverse by it, and had, in fact, thought him acting all parental incredibly sexy.

He recalled vividly the times his Gran would read to him, and the boy Ianto had almost always requested this book: The Wizard's Bride, by Master S. Morgenstern. It wasn't until much later in life that he figured out that she'd often skipped a lot of the boring stuff – Morgenstern had this need to go on about things that a young child just wasn't interested in – and he'd done the same thing now, as he kept reading to a new generation to discover this masterpiece. He just hoped they wouldn't be disappointed later on, when they went to read it themselves and discovered pages and pages of things such as Florin fashions and court behavior.

The basic adventure plot was a lot more interesting, even if he'd been a bit grossed out at first by all the kissing parts. Now, being an adult, he really appreciated all that.

He'd just gotten to the bits at the Cliffs of Insanity when he realized they had a watcher. Unfortunately, he didn't have to look to know who it was.

Lady Lisa Hallet.

She wouldn't leave him alone. Ever since the Baroness had rather excitedly told him that he was going to be marrying the woman, Lady Lisa seemed to have to be around him constantly. She'd even invaded the Archives in search of him; he'd managed to hide himself down in the Secure section until his apprentice Brandon had told him she'd left.

Myfanwy didn't like her either…and the dragon pretty much liked everyone. Hells, she liked Owen Harper, and that was saying something!

Ianto ignored her and kept reading. He would be damned before he let her ruin this peaceful time, or disturb the children. Myfanwy noticed his irritation, though; she huffed, turning her green eyes toward where he knew Lisa was lurking just behind him, her own emotions going from contented to watchful.

The peace didn't last long, however.

"You shouldn't let that beast loose around children," Lady Lisa's soft voice cut across his reading like a sharp sword through paper.

The verbal spell he'd been weaving was broken. Ianto turned slowly, letting his anger show in his face. "Excuse me, Lady Lisa?" he asked politely, even as his own voice was pitched somewhere around the frozen range.

He'd once thought of Lisa Hallet as beautiful, back during that short time they'd actually been seeing each other. But now…she was different; cold and distant, as if the armor she wore had stolen her humanity. She'd changed the moment she'd gotten her knights' spurs.

"That animal is dangerous," she repeated. "You should keep it locked up." The woman actually rested her hand the sword sheathed at her waist.

That caused a stir among the children. Every one of them got up, their angry comments toward Lisa mixing together and sounding like music to Ianto's ears. They put themselves between a now fully roused Myfanwy and the Knight, protecting her from what they saw as a threat.

"You take that back!" Elspeth, as the eldest of the kids present, raised her voice to be heard over her fellows. "Myfanwy is sweet! She'd never hurt us."

Ianto simply smiled up at Lady Lisa. "You appear to be in the minority in your beliefs, My Lady."

Lady Lisa's face contorted into frustration; she released the hilt of her sword, taking a step back from the irate young ones. "When one of you is injured, you'll see reason."

One of the boys – Theodore was his name – marched straight up to Lisa and stared her down…it would have seemed impossible for an eleven-year-old to do, but he managed. "We don't want you here. You're bothering Master Ianto and Myfanwy, and we want to hear the rest of the story. So go away!"

Ianto barely resisted the urge to fall back on the grass and laugh himself sick. He didn't even bother to correct the young boy on his manners. "Why don't you all go back and take your seats," he suggested. "Lady Lisa was going to be leaving anyway."

The children did as he asked, settling back onto the grass quietly. Myfanwy did so as well, trusting her Wizard to handle things. She barely had time to get comfortable before she was being leaned on by at least three of the smaller ones; the elders scooted closer, still acting protective toward the dragon. Myfanwy sighed, waves of happiness rolling off of her, yet tinged by watchfulness and suspicion.

Lady Lisa didn't move. Ianto was about to turn around and ignore her, but decided to push her on her way. "Was there anything else, My Lady?"

"Ianto – " she began.

That was the last straw. His eyes narrowed coldly. "I show you respect by using your entire title. The least you can do is to show me the same courtesy."

"We're betrothed – "

This time, Ianto let his eyes change to the eclipses that told of his magic. She visibly flinched. "You may think so," he said softly, not deigning to yell at her; she didn't deserve that much of his attention. "But I assure you…even if I'm somehow forced into marriage with you, there will be no intimacy in it. And, at the end of my contract, I still intend on leaving. So please don't think you can dictate anything to me, Lady Lisa."

He let his eyes go back to normal as he turned away from her and back to his audience. He smiled at the seated children. "Now…where was I?" He glanced down at the book that had remained open in his lap.

"The Man In Black was climbing up the Cliffs after the kidnappers," Elspeth supplied.

"So I was…so, let's see…" Ianto went back to his reading, dismissing the woman from his mind completely.

 

*****

"That bloody cow!"

Ianto resisted the urge to tell his sister to tone it down, that he was in the same room with her. He couldn't blame her for being upset, and even he knew the object of her ire thoroughly deserved it.

Rhiannon Davies was Ianto's elder by five years, and could be fiercely protective of her younger brother. Ianto had often tried to convince her that he could take care of himself, but had given it up as a lost cause the moment he'd turned twenty. It just wasn't worth it.

He took a sip of his tea, grimacing slightly because she'd put too much sugar in it, and just let her rant.

Rhiannon did, using language that would have turned the air blue if that was possible. After a few minutes, she seemed to lose steam, and plopped herself back into the chair she'd so precipitously catapulted herself out of at Ianto's news. "She can't do that, can she?"

"The Baroness is…reinterpreting a certain clause in my contract," he answered, "that I'm pretty certain didn't originally have anything to do with foisting off a bride on me. I've written up a request for my Guild to interpret it correctly, and I'm hoping they'll get me out of it…"

"Those bastards might uphold it, yeah?"

"Afraid so." He didn't want to think that way, but Ianto was well aware of how politics worked, even if he had no desire to wallow around in its machinations. "The Baroness is determined to trap me here."

"You're not gonna sit still for it, are you?"

"Of course not. I've already told Lady Lisa that, even if I somehow have to marry her, I'm still traveling after my contract is up."

"Good for you. Don't blame you for wanting to go with Jack though; the man's about as gorgeous as a stage star. Although I'm still a bit surprised at you going bender…"

He'd told Rhiannon about Jack during the mercenary's last visit; one of his sister's friends had seen the two men out at a rather fancy restaurant and had promptly gossiped about it to Rhiannon. Ianto hadn't really had much choice but to admit to it, and he'd introduced the two of them on Jack's last day in Cardiff. Ianto had never quite seen her drool like that before…

"Besides," he went on, "I won't marry anyone who doesn't like Myfanwy." He told her about Lady Lisa's interruption of his time with the castle children. "And the feeling is mutual."

"Well, just goes to show that Myfanwy has great taste," Rhiannon averred, turning to look out of the kitchen window.

Ianto followed her gaze; Myfanwy was out in the back garden, playing with Mica and David. His niece and nephew adored the dragon to pieces, and she felt the same way toward them.

"But Yan," she said, calling him by the nickname he absolutely hated, and had tried for years to get her to stop using, "just how can the Baroness Cow force you into marrying Lisa? Even if the guild doesn't rule in your favor, it's still your choice. I don't see how she can actually make you do anything!"

Ianto stared into his cooling tea, not really wanting to tell her. But he knew Rhiannon; she wouldn't let it lie. "The Baroness…she gave me an ultimatum: to marry Lisa…or be banished from the Barony for life."

That rocked the older woman back in her chair, her mouth open. "Bloody hell!" she gasped. "How can she do that?"

"She's the Baroness…she can pretty much do what she wants along those lines."

Rhiannon sat there, stunned. Finally she said, "But for life…I mean, you told me that's gonna be a really long time, what with your magic and all."

"That's right. I'm going to be around for far longer than the Baroness, I could conceivably wait her out, then come back after she passes." He looked her straight in the eye. "But that would also mean I couldn't come back to visit you and the kids…and Johnny; I guess I'd miss him, too."

She rolled her eyes in a very Jones-like way. "Daft sod. We'd come to see you, of course. Look, you're gonna leave anyway in less than four years…what difference does it make if you leave earlier?"

In that moment, Ianto loved his sister more than he ever had before. She was giving him her blessing to go if he needed to, even if it meant he could never return.

"All right," he said, his mind already beginning to make arrangements. "If it comes to me being banished – "

"Which I doubt she'll do, she wants her Wizard and won't risk losing you."

That had crossed his mind as well, but there was no telling what a thwarted and pissed off Baroness would do. "If it comes to me being banished, there are certain things I don't want to leave for her to find…"

"Bring them here. You can hide them in that secret place Gran had in the cellar."

"I didn't want to ask."

"You didn't have to. You're my brother. I'm going to help you as much as I can. Are you gonna write Jack and tell him?"

"I don't dare. I guarantee they'll be waiting for me to contact him, and monitoring my post isn't beyond them. Besides, he's in the middle of a mess out on the coast, and I don't want to bother him with this until I know more."

"You can always write something and I can post it."

Ianto shook his head, smiling despite everything. "When did you become so devious?"

Rhiannon snorted. "Since I turned fifteen and Tad decided I was still too young to be stepping out with boys. How do you think I met Johnny?"

The Wizard laughed. He couldn't help it.


Chapter Five...

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I still love this fic. :D

I really dislike Lisa here - especially for disliking Myfanwy. I'm still hoping for Ianto to get out of it.

Hope there's more soon.
Thanks! I'm glad you're still enjoying it.

Well, wouldn't you dislike another woman hanging out with the person you think is your man? LOL!

Should have next chapter up this weekend.
Major props on the Princess Bride reference. I loved both the book and the movie. You did a good job working the scene into your story.

"The Baroness…she gave me an ultimatum: to marry Lisa…or be banished from the Barony for life."

Any chance of a freak lightning strike or unfortunate accident taking out Gwen? It's so depressing that she has so much control over Ianto's life and treats him like an object instead of a person and occasionally pretending that she cares by giving him "rewards".

Yay for Myfanwy hating Lisa! Good dragon.
Thanks! I hadn't originally planned on using The Princess Bride, but I rewatched it the other night and it just hit me. I had thought to use a classic Who story (much like I did for Fantastical Tales) but hey...Shrieking Eels trumps anything else!

Well, Gwen has all this power, and it's kinda gone to her head a bit. We'll see what Ianto does to thwart her.

Yes, Myfanwy is a really good dragon. :)
Well, a part of me wouldn't mind a Lisa/Myfanwy smackdown a la Cyberwoman...not that I'm saying there will be one, of course...

Oh, yes...Rhys will have something to say about what's going on. Trust me, he won't stay quiet on the subject.
Hate Lisa. Especially for disliking Myfanwy and trying to get familiar with Ianto. She has no right. As for Ianto, RUN AWAY!!!!! You'll be better off!
Lisa certainly doesn't know how to be subtle...

We'll see what Ianto does...soon...
PRINCESS BRIDE reference for the win!!!!

I adore Rhi here ... Baroness Cow indeed.
Oh, I adore the Princess Bride! I was going to use another classic Who reference...but the idea of Ianto reading Terrance Dicks didn't just ring for me. :)

And you have to admit...there are times when Gwen just looks like a cow. It's the eyes...they just scare me. I lost track of how many times I thought her eyeballs were going to fall out if she just widened her eyes a little bit more...
Yet another awesome chapter, loved Myfanwy and the children -and Rhiannon
Thank you! Myfanwy gets along with everyone...unless you do something to make her Ianto mad...

Rhiannon is great, I just wish we'd met her earlier in the show.
Loved how the kids stood up for Myfanwy and told Lisa to leave and how Ianto told her off as well. Good for them!
Rhi is wonderful - loved her calling Gwen Baroness Cow. Brilliant!
That's Rhiannon...she says what she means. And I'll admit, there are times when Gwen reminded me of an actual cow. It's the eyes...
Yay - one of may favourite films - marrying Lisa inconceivable. Loved Ianto reading the story and love Myfanwy. Gwen is being very nasty. Mind you Ianto dressed as the dread pirate - hmm. More soon please.
Mine, too. I was going to use a classic Who story here (to keep with the overall theme) but I rewatched The Princess Bride and you can't beat the Shrieking Eels!

I love this fic! In fact I love all of your fics!

I love the references to the Princess Bride both the film and the book. Having Ianto read it exactly like the granpa in the film made me laugh. Can definitely imagine him doing that.
Also the reference to Lisa changing after she got her knight's spurs " as if the armor she wore had stolen her humanity" made me think of her encased in metal as a cyber woman. Very nice comparison - slightly chilling.
Looking forward to the next installment :)
Yes, I did want to make is obvious that Lisa had changed, so I'm glad that came across. It's important later...

And Princess Bride...I love that film, and I have the book on my Kindle. Both are absolute classics.

Thanks!
I really love Rhiannaon in this, wonderful chapter.
I do like Rhiannon, I don't think we got to see enough of her, to be honest.

Thanks!
yay great chapter, I love Rhiannon, oh and I really dislike Lisa, hopefully Ianto leaves soon :D
Thanks!

Lisa is pretty unlikable at the moment, isn't she? :)

Ianto has a few things to do before he can go anywhere...

Oh love the lisa turning into a knight interpretation. Really hating the woman though. Her and Myfanwy prove that knights and dragons just don't get along(I am waving a dragon banner after all she's sooo cute. Your descriptions of her make me go pet my puppy every time) And the Princeess Bride yay! go Rhi! love it!
Yep, Lisa's not too likable at the moment, but really...can we blame her for wanting to stalk Ianto? :)

Thanks!
Yay for the strong willed Ianto and Myfanwy!! Great chapter. I especially loved it cuz I watched Princess Bride two days ago and thought about picking up the book again :) Love this and can't wait to see Ianto piss off Gwen!
Well, someone's certainly going to piss off Gwen... :)

Oh yes...Princess Bride FTW. Love that movie to bits.

Thanks!
wonderful chapter - Myfanwy's got taste!
Oh yes...Myfanwy has excellent taste, she chose Ianto after all! :)

Thanks!
This Lisa .... still unsympathetic! it is really stupid to believe that Myafnawy is dangerous! just to see the children and she is bound to Ianto.

Fortunately, Rhiannon is a great sister!
Lisa isn't nice, is she? But she has an interesting role to play, as we'll see later!

I love Rhiannon. I always thought it was a pity we didn't meet her earlier in the series...
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