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Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Ten

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Ten
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.


 
Chapter Ten

The blackness was overwhelming.
 

It stifled in ways blackness shouldn't.

She'd never been afraid of the dark…until now.

There were things in the blackness, rustling just on the edge of her mind, when they weren't drowned up by the drums.

The drums…like the blackness had a heart, and it was beating just for her, subsuming her own heartbeat into its own until she couldn't tell where it ended and her own began.

She had no idea how long she'd been in the darkness, only that it was all-consuming. Only that there was something in the blackness, and it was moving.

Stray thoughts would cross her tortured mind, and they would be of bright places and smiling people; people she should remember but cannot. There is no room for that in the darkness, not room for self-determination….only fear.

Fear of what was moving.

Fear that it would come for her…find her.

She hid, in the blackness. It was all she could do.

Then, a sudden brightness blinded her.

She opened her mouth to scream, but didn't dare. She didn't want to draw attention to herself.

But she felt something…something other than the smothering blackness.

Hands.
 

*****
 

"How are you today, Lady Suzie?"

Suzie Costello glanced up at the nurse, who stood at the door to her private room, looking like she really cared.

The mercenary managed to dredge up a smile. "Fine, thank you." She didn't contradict the woman – and she just couldn't be bothered to remember the nurse's name – that, in fact, she wasn't a lady at all. "Did my note get taken to the Castle?"

The nurse nodded. "One of our apprentices delivered it personally. I'm sure you'll hear something back soon."

Suzie suffered through having the nurse check on her, as her own thoughts wandered. That happened a lot since she'd been expelled from the blackness; she just couldn't concentrate well, and it had been all she could do to write the note and have it sent to Master Ianto Jones up at Torchwood Castle.

She did recall that the Wizard was the main reason she'd spent so much time in the black, but she also knew that she'd brought it on herself. She'd tried to kill him, after all; and once she'd calmed down after her awakening he'd been the first person she'd asked for.

She had to tell him, about the blackness and the moving and the drums. Because she knew, something was coming. And it would escape the dark just as she had.

The nurse departed, leaving Suzie alone once more. Alone in the light this time. She would never be safe in the dark again.

Suzie had wanted to go after Ianto herself, but when she'd attempted to get out of bed, she'd found her body simply wouldn't obey her. The doctors there had explained that she'd been bedridden for six months, and that her muscles had been weakened. She'd cursed at that. Suzie loathed being weak, and having to rely on others.

Being in Providence Park had genuinely surprised her. The place was supposedly reserved for Baronial toadies who'd been hurt somehow in the line of duty; a mercenary such as herself shouldn't rate a broom closet there, let alone the well-appointed quarters she'd found herself in. No one seemed to know why she was there either, only that Baron Rhys Williams had ordered it. She'd have to ask Master Ianto – if he came – when she saw him how she'd ended up with a private room in a Baronial-run facility.

And Master Ianto didn't come.

Instead, a Knight of Cardiff showed up.

Suzie was a bit surprised, to say the least.

"Where's Master Ianto?" she demanded, not caring for being polite.

The woman looked at her impassively, and Suzie took the opportunity to take a really good look at her visitor. She was attractive, with dark skin and dark eyes and hair cropped short for comfort under a helmet. There was no expression on her face at all, and the mercenary could tell just from that, that this Knight most likely thought she was better than Suzie, and was just really good at hiding it. But then, in her experience all Knights were like that, thinking they were so far above a working mercenary that they could simply disregard a person.

Nothing in that initial appraisal really endeared her to Suzie at all.

"Ianto is gone," was the answer Suzie received.

"What?" she nearly shouted. "Where did he go? When?"

"I don't know," the Knight replied. "I only know it was by Royal decree. And he left yesterday."

Damn! She'd just missed him! This wasn't good. While Suzie couldn't be sure, she was convinced that they didn't have a lot of time left. "I need to find him, it's important!"

The woman cocked her head, as if considering Suzie's words. "What's so important that you think you can summon a Wizard to you?"

"Oh, I don't know…the fate of the world maybe?" Suzie wanted to shout at her, to break her from the complacency that seemed to surround her like a cloak.

That earned her an eye roll. "That sounds a bit melodramatic."

"But it's no less the truth."

"And how does someone who's been in a coma for six months know this?"

Suzie opened her mouth to explain, but suddenly realized she couldn't. There weren't the words to describe what she'd been through, to convince anyone that what she'd experienced in the blackness meant something horrible was going to happen. She'd be dismissed as crazy. "I just know," she finally answered stubbornly. "I can only really explain it to Master Ianto."

The Knight seemed to be looking through her, and Suzie didn't appreciate the appraisal. Finally, she nodded. "I'll see if I can find out about where Ianto has gone."

The relief flowed through Suzie like a fine wine. "Thank you. It's important I get to him as soon as I can."

The Knight turned to leave, but Suzie stopped her. "I don't know your name…"

The woman bowed her head. "Lady Lisa Hallet."

"Suzie Costello."

That raised a smirk on her cold features. "Yes, I know who you are." With that, she was gone, the green cloak she'd been wearing swirling around her legs as she spun and left the doorway.

It was only after the Knight had left that Suzie wondered why she'd been  calling him 'Ianto' instead of by his rank.
 

*****
 

Two days.

It was two days before Lady Lisa Hallet visited once more.

Suzie was pathetically glad to see her, even she didn't think much of anyone in the Knighthood.

She'd been working hard to get her muscle tone back in the days since the visit from the Knight. She could now walk to the privy closet with just a pair of canes for support, and was really quite pleased with herself over it. She still got out of breath easily, and her limbs trembled after only a little exertion, but she needed to be ready to go wherever Master Ianto had.

Suzie hadn't been completely bored in those days. She'd contacted the Mercenary's Guild, in an effort to find Jack and the others, only to discover that the Baroness had canceled the team's contract with the Barony. That had surprised her; Jack had been one of Baroness Gwen's favorites, and had it on good authority that they'd been more than employer/employee. She'd believed it was Jack's involvement with Master Ianto that had caused the rift, until the Guild's representative told her that Jack had invoked the hazard clause in the contract, in order to get Suzie the care she'd needed.

For the first time in ages, Suzie had cried at that piece of news.

Of course, she'd known that Jack cared for all of them, but doing that seemed like above and beyond to her. Cardiff was a lucrative client; and Jack wouldn't have wanted to leave Master Ianto like that. And yet, he had…to help her.

That made her more determined to find Ianto Jones and tell him what she knew.

"What did you find out?" were the first words out of Suzie's mouth the moment Lady Lisa had entered her room.

The Knight looked a bit put out by the demand, but didn't say anything to that effect. "I did discover that the soldier who came to fetch Ianto wore the red and black of the elite corps, and he didn't come alone…an Elven woman was with him."

Suzie sat up at that. "Tosh was with him?" That would make her job that much easier, if Jack and the team were where Master Ianto was being taken.

"I don't know her name, but I did assume she was the Elf who traveled with your old team."

Suzie nodded. "Please, go on."

"I couldn't find out anything more about the mission, simply because no one knows. I even approached the Baroness, and she wasn't even aware of where they went. In fact, she was quite angry at not knowing anything about the assignment."

"Damn." The mercenary went from being pleased to despair that quickly.

"Don't give up yet." The tone was scolding, and Suzie didn't appreciate it. She kept silent though, as Lady Lisa went on. "I was able to find out where they may have gone. This is only rumor, but I believe it to be valid."

Suzie nodded to her to continue.

"I heard that the elite corps had been sent to a small eastern town called Canary's Wharf, over some sort of disagreement between the Baronies of Telos and Skaro. I haven't been able to discover what the disagreement is about, but it seems like they're about ready to go to war over whatever it is."

The mercenary chewed her lip. "It must be something magical, if Master Ianto was called in to the conflict."

Lady Lisa nodded. "That's what I'd assumed, as well."

Suzie leaned back in her chair, considering what the Knight had found out. If it was something magical, then she could easily see Jack recommending they call in assistance with whatever it was. And she wasn't even surprised that Tosh had come instead of the captain; since he was on the outs with the Baroness, he'd hardly be welcome at the castle. It would have been easier to send someone Baroness Gwen wasn't that familiar with.

She looked up at the Knight, who was standing practically at attention just over the threshold. Suzie had taken an instant dislike of her, just because of her previous experience with other Knights, but she'd need help getting to this Canary's Wharf. She noticed again that Lady Lisa addressed Master Ianto familiarly; Suzie had once been given permission to, but with her attempt on his life she felt she didn't deserve the honor. Yes, she'd been manipulated by an evil magical Artifact, but truly if there hadn't been something there for it to use then chances were it wouldn't have worked. It had played on her insecurities and her secrets.

She needed to make up for that. And Suzie figured this was one of the ways she could achieve it.

She made up her mind. "We need to leave as soon as possible, if we want to try to catch them up."

Lady Lisa nodded. "I thought you might feel that way. I've made preparations."

Of course she had. "I'll need weapons and armor…"

"Already taken care of, although to be honest I don't see how you could possibly hold your own in a fight."

"I'll figure something out." She rose unsteadily from her chair, using her canes to prop herself upright. "I'll get dressed and then I'll be ready to leave."

"I'll meet you out in front." With that, the Knight exited, leaving Suzie to struggle to get herself ready.

It was just the impetus she needed to finally get her head clear.


Chapter Eleven...

 

Comments

Oh dear
Great update
I was going to ask if that was a good "oh dear" or a bad "oh dear"...

Thank you dear!
There's no way these two teaming up can be a good thing...
Well, I've given up whistling innocently because I don't think people believe me anymore... :)

*snickers* I gave up trying to look innocent for a similar reason ;)
I just caughed up with the last few chapters cause I moved and had no internet for the last two weeks (a really really awful time I can tell you ;)) I really loved them, love how you mix the canon events into your fantasy world, really great.
Glad you're back up now!

And thanks! It's surprising just how things fit, with just a little tweaking...

ups its -caught- and not caughed right? or am I making it worse right now ;) (just saw the mistake, can`t leave it uncorrected ...)embarrassing...
Don't worry about it...we all make 'em!
Finally got caught up. Love this whole series. It just keeps getting more and more interesting.

Great update!
Thanks, hun!

I'm glad it's not getting more complicated...LOL!
Uh Oh! Lisa and Suzie together, this does not bode well.

Although Suzie seems to have turned away from the dark side(no pun intended), I'd trust a weevil before trusting her.
Your instincts might (or might not) be right...

I'm really glad Suzie's getting a chance to redeem herself. This line made me laugh
"Yes, she'd been manipulated by an evil magical Artifact"
so so true :)
I am a little concerned as to what woke Suzie up though :-S
I really love the way you write plots with so many threads interwoven. It really is amazing.
Thank you! I'm glad you're liking this.

As for Suzie waking up...we'll see. I like being sneaky...
I had noticed. Sneaky is good though. Keeps us guessing :)
Those two . . .working togeher . . .why do I have a feeling this isn't going to go well.

but props to Suzie.
Suzie is trying yes...

But as for going well...we'll see.
Oh boy ... that can't be good!
Maybe...maybe not.. :)
Hmm catching up after being away so is Suzie reformed? And what about the drums and dark? And just what is Lisa up to. I see no good coming from this - on I go.
Welcome back! Hope you enjoyed yourself!

Well, we have yet to see if Suzie is reformed, but she's trying. And Lisa just wants to be with her betrothed... ;)