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Myfanwy 2

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Fifteen

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Fifteen
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, horror, angst
Spoilers:  Some could be for Torchwood S1 "Cyberwoman"; "Countrycide", "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:  I'm back.  My sister is on her way home, and I'm back to writing.  Hope this chapter makes up for not posting since the beginning of the week...



 
Chapter Fifteen

It only took Ianto about an hour to get through to everyone at the table that a Void Point was something that no one wanted to mess with.
 

He honestly didn't know all that much about them. He could only explain how they affected him, and what the old scrolls claimed a Void Point actually was. It meant he also had to completely explain Cardinal Points, because there were some serious misunderstandings on just what one was. As patiently as he could, he told them all about the Deep Ways, and what made it – and the Void – different from true magic. In the end, he got the impression that everyone realized what they were dealing with.

"I believe I have enough to report to Their Majesties about the newest developments," Sir Alistair stood, signaling an end to the breakfast slash meeting. "Thank you, Master Ianto, for your invaluable input."

Ianto inclined his head. "I'm glad I could help."

"You did, more than you know. Now it will be up to the King and Queen to decide what to do." With that, he strode from the room, Captain Yates following.

Master Frobisher was the next to leave, still looking a bit shell-shocked at Myfanwy's presence, but promising to arrange a meeting with the Skaro soldier who'd seen the creature. Captain Oduya also left, thanking Ianto for his assistance.

Ianto stopped Lieutenant Frame though before the young man could leave. "I wonder if I might ask a favor."

The lieutenant nodded seriously. "Anything within my power, Sir."

"I was wondering if I might use some of your charts. As Chief Navigator, I know you'd be in charge of keeping them up-to-date…"

That brought a smile to the young sailor's face. "Indeed, Sir. I'm quite proud of the Valiant's maps and charts. What did you want to see?"

Out of the corner of his eye, Ianto saw Toshiko stop Owen and Tommy from leaving. Good, he did want them here as well, when he tried to Scry for Jack once more. Now that the official business was over for the time being, Jack became the Wizard's primary concern.

"I'm not sure what all I'll need," Ianto confessed. "I'm going to use magic to search for Captain Harkness…I don't know if you're aware of him – "

"Not that I've actually met him," Frame answered. "But I do understand that he went missing a bit over two weeks ago. The Brigadier mentioned him, Sir, and I know his team." He glanced toward the others.

"Well, I have something that might help me locate him, but I need updated maps in order to get a decent reading. No harm will come to them, I promise."

Frame chewed the inside of his cheek. "Well, I have charts of everything east to the Eastern Empire, and west to the Wild Western Lands…that should give you a start."

Ianto smiled. "Yes it will. Can you lay them out for me, while I get what I need from my pack?"

"Certainly Sir. Anything to see a bit of magic!" He looked like he was about to be given a really nice gift.

"I can get your pack, Master Ianto," Luke Smith piped up. He was still absorbed with Myfanwy, and the dragon wasn't objecting in the least; she was letting him rub her belly, and the most contented purring sounded around the room.

"That's fine, Luke. I'll get it. If you tried to leave Myfanwy now, she'd probably pounce on you to keep you here," he chuckled.

It didn't take Ianto long to get back to the Commodore's quarters, chastising himself for not suggesting he move somewhere else. Oh well, he'd bring it up later.

He fetched the felt bag that held his pendulum, then went back up to where they'd eaten. Lieutenant Frame had worked quickly; several charts were laid across the dark wood of the table. Captain Yates had also returned; he was standing with Jack's team, looking about as excited as young Luke looked from his vantage point on the floor with Myfanwy.

Ianto felt the flutter of nervousness in his stomach. He'd never had a real audience for a casting, and for a split second he worried that he wouldn't be able to perform. But he pushed it aside, knowing that this was an elementary spell, and that he wouldn't have any problem.

The Wizard opened the bag, pulling the crystal and chain from within. The blue thread from Jack's cloak fluttered slightly as he moved over one of the maps.

"You're gonna use that to find Jack?" Owen asked, sounding vaguely disbelieving.

Ianto rolled his eyes. "Yes, Owen. I am."

"Only you would have a gadget that could track down lover boy."

Toshiko must have told him about the enchantment he'd put on the pendulum, and Ianto wished that she hadn't. Of course Owen knew about his relationship with Jack, but to actually create something he could use to track his lover…all right, that sounded a bit like magical stalking. Ianto managed to hide his cringe as that thought crossed his mind.

Everyone in the room gathered around the table, and it made Ianto feel a bit like some sort of performing animal, and that they were waiting for him to do a funny trick. He felt himself give an involuntary twitch.

Then a gentle hand touched his arm. He glanced over at Toshiko, who seemed to be completely sympathetic with what he was going through judging from the look in her dark eyes. "Let's find Jack, so we can bring him home."

Yes, that was the important thing: finding Jack. Ianto couldn't shake the notion that his lover was in danger, and that meant locating him had to take precedence over his attack of nerves. He nodded, drawing in a deep breath.

Ianto could feel the calling of his magic as he concentrated on the spell he was casting. He held the pendulum up over the first map, which was a representation of the United Kingdom. He knew he'd tried this before, but there was a chance that Jack had somehow been shielded from his last try back in Cardiff, and he wanted to make sure.

The tingling of the Deep Ways at the back of his mind merged with the magic singing in his blood as he cast his spell. He brought Jack to mind, cementing the intention of the magic in order to locate his missing lover. The crystal glowed softly…

But didn't move.

Ianto sighed. He'd really been hoping that, this time, it would be different. That the spell would pick up on Jack's presence, and that he would be somewhere in the vicinity of Canary's Wharf.

"I take it that something was supposed to happen?" Lieutenant Frame asked softly.

"You'd be right." Ianto dropped the crystal, straightening up. "Let's try another one."

The Navigator rolled up the first chart, then pulled another one over to take its place. This was a fairly detailed one of the waters off the Eastern Empire, showing islands and currents.

The pendulum didn't react to that one, either.

It wasn't until the fourth chart that Alonso Frame brought forward that anything happened.

It was a representation of the eastern coast of the Western Lands, showing the major ports and islands that dotted the coastline. Ianto brought up the magic once more…and this time, the pendulum moved.

It began to sway, pulling Ianto's hand as if it had been grabbed by an unseen hand. It was a strong tugging, and the Wizard allowed it, his heart lifting a bit at this first sign that Jack was somewhere that Ianto could reach.

The tip of the crystal landed on a small island, north of the port of New Andrade.

"What the hells?" Owen snapped. "How the fuck did Jack get all the way there?" He leaned back; everyone had unconsciously moved forward when the pendulum had begun to react. "I think there's something off about that spell you cast, Wizard Boy."

Ianto didn't even roll his eyes at Owen's use of the derogatory nickname. He drew the crystal away, then pulled the chart a bit closer so he could make out the name of the island written on it. Argentyn Devastal.

Why did that name seem familiar to him?

"I have to say," Lieutenant Frame said diffidently, "that Dr. Harper is correct. There's no way that Captain Harkness could have gotten there in the time he's been gone. It's at least a three week journey from London; you'd need to add another week from here."

Ianto's heart sank once more. They were right; Jack couldn't have gotten so far in the time that he'd been missing. But the magic had pointed him there…and the crystal had yet to be wrong. So why was it telling him that Jack had somehow been transported across the ocean to an island that seemed to have touched something in his mind, something he couldn't identify?

"Excuse me," Luke Smith piped up hesitantly. Ianto had almost forgotten that the boy was in the room. "You're all assuming that Captain Harkness traveled there by ship. What if it was by…other means?"

The adults in the room all looked at each other. Ianto cursed himself for not taking that into consideration. Of course, there was nothing counting out magical means…and he thought of the dragon that had appeared in the town, and once again the idea that there was another Wizard out there crossed his mind.

"Do you think the Void Point could've been responsible?" Tommy asked slowly.

Ianto shook his head. "No, I'm afraid not. It's a source of power; it can't do anything on its own."

"What about another Wizard?" Captain Yates suggested. "It would explain the presence of another dragon in the area, too."

"I…was just thinking that," Ianto admitted. "I really need to speak to the Skaro soldier who saw that creature. If it was a dragon, then…look, I admit, I'm over my head in this. I can only tell you what I know, and as far as I'm aware I'm the only Wizard there is in the area. I'm not discounting the entire world…but here, in the Kingdom…"

"The Wizards have been gone a long time," Toshiko said. "But if you're here…then we have to at least consider that others have been born as well."

She was right, of course. Ianto thought he should be elated by the idea, but for some reason he felt an almost sense of dread. He shivered; his Gran had once called it the feeling of someone walking over your grave, and Ianto could finally pinpoint just what that sensation was. It was horribly uncomfortable.

He let the crystal swing free once more; still controlled by the magic he'd called up, it landed once more on the small island of Argentyn Devastal. Ianto could feel the magic within him confirm that yes, Jack was there; and how he got there was a mystery. But he was going to figure it out –

As he made to draw the magic back, the soft glow that the crystal was emanating cut out.

The pendulum itself didn't move; it stayed firmly positioned on Jack's location. However, Ianto felt something was off about it, as if…

It suddenly came to him: Jack was dead.

Ianto's heart lurched. He wrenched the crystal back almost violently, taking two uncertain steps away from the table as if wanting to distance himself from what had just happened. He couldn't escape the sure and certain thought that Jack had died on that island, and despite the fact that Ianto knew he would come back, the young man mourned his passing as if he'd never see him again.

Myfanwy felt his distress, and he felt her tug onto the hem of his tunic. He reached down with his free hand and stroked her head, trying to calm her even as his own emotions were all over the place.

"Ianto?" Toshiko's worried voice cut through his despair.

He couldn't look at her. He wanted to tell her what had happened, but he couldn't…not in front of this audience. She and Owen were the only ones besides him that knew about Jack's Deathlessness, and he wasn't about to spread it around to all and sundry.

"I'm all right," he answered, sparing her a glance. She was staring at him in concern, and Ianto was glad to have a friend like her. "I think we can say that Jack's on that island, although how he got there, I don't know."

He noticed that Owen was looking at him as well, only his expression was one of shrewdness. It struck Ianto that the battle surgeon knew; somehow, the man had guessed just what the crystal's light going out had meant.

Ianto nodded slightly to confirm Owen's supposition. The other man sighed softly. "Look," he said, "Wizard Boy's still suffering the effects of being so close to that Void Point thing. He'll be fine with a bit of rest."

Captain Yates looked affronted. "You let him get away with disrespecting you like that, Master Ianto?"

Despite his relief at Owen's wanting to deflect them all from what was really wrong, Ianto had to smirk. "I expect that sort of thing from Owen, Captain. If he didn't insult me, I'd think there was something wrong."

"Oi!' Owen exclaimed. "I'm not that bad!"

"Yes, you are," Toshiko teased him lightly.

Ianto rolled his eyes. "Thank you, Lieutenant, for allowing me to borrow your charts."

Frame nodded. "No problem, Master Ianto. At least you managed to locate Captain Harkness."

"That I did." He slid the pendulum back into its bag, then shook hands with the Navigator. "And you got to see a bit of magic in the bargain."

"Indeed, Sir." The seaman smiled. "Something I never expected to see in my life."

He began to roll the rest of the charts back up. Taking that as a dismissal, Ianto met the teams' eyes, hoping they got the message that he really wanted to speak to them alone. None of them reacted, yet at the same time all three of them managed to usher Ianto out of the room, with excuses to Luke Smith and Captain Yates that Ianto needed rest, and that they wanted to catch up on all the news. The two seemed to get that they weren't invited, although Luke looked very disappointed. Ianto made a note to himself to make it up to the boy in some way.

Owen led the way. Ianto was content to follow, since the others knew the Valiant and he didn't. They only went a couple of feet down the narrow corridor, when the battle surgeon stopped at a closed door. He pushed it open, revealing a small cabin with four bunks inside, two sets of bunk beds, one on either wall. A small porthole let in the morning light, revealing the lived-in state of the room. Ianto recognized Toshiko's bow leaning against the rail of the left-hand bunk, and Owen's medical bag on the opposite side.

The four of them – plus Myfanwy – crowded into the small cabin, Owen shutting the door behind them. "It's a bit cramped," he said, taking a seat on one of the bunks, "but it'll do for a conference."

"Thanks, Owen," Ianto said.

"Not a problem, mate. We need to talk about what we're gonna do about Jack."

"Get him back," Tommy stated, sitting on the opposite bunk. Toshiko sat next to him, and the dragon curled up at her feet.

Owen rolled his eyes. "That goes without saying. But we need to talk about how to go about it." He turned to Ianto. "I take it I was right about the crystal then?"

Ianto nodded, leaning against the rail of Owen's bunk. "Yes, you were." He glanced over at Tommy, raising an eyebrow in question.

Jack had appointed Owen as Second after Suzie's 'injury', and it would be up to him whether or not to let Tommy in on Jack's secret. Ianto knew that his lover hadn't intended on saying anything until Tommy's first year was up, but if Jack was somewhere, and he'd died…he just didn't feel that they could wait.

"What about the crystal?" Tommy asked, even as Toshiko's eyes widened as she must have realized what had happened, as well.

Owen opened his mouth, but Ianto beat him. "Wait a moment." He closed his eyes, calling his magic back to him. It took no time at all to cast the Privacy spell. "There…no one can overhear us."

"Thanks." Owen leaned back against the wall, looking at Tommy. "Look, there's something you should know about our fearless leader…he meant to tell you later on, once it was obvious he could trust you, but with what's going on I think that plan's just got thrown out the window."

The young man looked at each of them in turn. "Well, if this is something Jack didn't trust me with – " He sounded and looked angry.

"Don't feel insulted," Ianto hastened to say. "It's just that Jack's a very private person, and he doesn't like it how people have reacted to him in the past, once this gets out."

"Ianto's right," Toshiko added. "We're Jack's family, and we agreed with him when he said he'd wait to tell you. We don't want to see him hurt."

Tommy looked upset, but he nodded. "Okay. But you know you can trust me, right?"

"We can trust you," the Elf woman answered. "But it's more along the lines of trusting how you're going to react."

"But why him?" Tommy pointed to Ianto. "How come he knows this secret? He's not part of the team."

"Ianto is as much a part of this team as you are," Owen snapped. "He might not actually travel with us yet, but he's earned every bit of trust we've shown him."

Ianto was touched by Owen's words. He knew that the two of them didn't always get along, but he did respect the surgeon as both a professional and as Jack's chosen Second. It was good to know that Owen respected him back.

"Besides," Toshiko said, her eyes flickering to the Wizard, "Ianto is Jack's lover. You don't just hide things like this from someone who loves you."

Ianto hid his flinch at that. He'd wanted to be accepted on his own merits, and not just because he and Jack shared a bed on occasion. As for love…until Toshiko said the actual word, Ianto hadn't been sure that that was what he truly felt. But she was right…he did love Jack; hells, he was in love with the immortal, and was prepared to extend his own lifespan in order to stay with him.

Tommy was looking at Ianto differently, and the Wizard couldn't tell if it was with respect… or something else entirely. "Be that as it may," Ianto said, in order to change the subject, "we should really be talking about Jack and how to get to him."

"And I should be telling you just what we're talking about when it comes to that pretty magical crystal," Owen went on. He turned his full attention back into their youngest team member. "You've heard stories about the Deathless, right?"

The young soldier shrugged. "I'm not much into romances, but I have heard of it. Something to do with a curse, right?"

"Pretty much, yes. Well, those stories are mostly true. Jack is the Deathless."

Tommy's mouth fell open in total shock. His eyes widened, and he looked at all three of the elder team members as if to try to see if he was being played with. "You're talking nonsense," he scoffed. "Is this some sort of joke? I'm the new guy, so you think it's funny to string me along with this crazy-arsed story?"

"It's true," Ianto said. "We've each seen Jack die, and come back to life. I can also see the magic in him that makes him Deathless. And that crystal…it went out, because Jack died. If I was to try to Scry for him again, it would show him alive once more."

"That means he's in serious trouble, Tommy," Toshiko urged. "Jack doesn't just die on a whim. It's painful to him, and he hates it. If he died…then you can bet someone killed him."

"And if he comes back to life in front of a stranger," Ianto went on, "you can also bet whoever sees it isn't going to react very well."

"Which means we need to get to him, and fast," Owen finished. "Harkness is in over his head, I'm willing to wager. Which means his team needs to ride to the rescue. After all, he might be a screwed up immortal…but he's our screwed up immortal."

"You're completely serious," Tommy said, the dawning light of comprehension on his handsome features.

"We are," the battle surgeon assured him. "Problem is, we don't have any way to get there as quickly as we need to. Lieutenant Frame was right: it's gonna take at the least a month to get to that island from here. By then…"

"By then," Ianto finished, his heart clenching, "there's no telling what might have happened to Jack. Gods…"

He was feeling completely shattered by the idea that Jack was alone, and that he'd died in a strange place. What would happen if someone saw it? Would they try to kill Jack again, or something else? Was there anything worse?

"Wizard Boy," Owen's strident voice broke through his emotional turmoil, "you got any magical books with you?"

Ianto nodded. "I have the gramaryia I got from the tower. Maybe there's something in there that can help."

"Get on that. In the meantime, I think the Brigadier has this situation as about in hand as it's gonna get. I don't feel at all guilty about leaving them to it. We should get packed up and head out, maybe toward one of the bigger coastal towns, and see if we can't at least get a ship to the Western Lands. From there we should be able to get to this island – "

Owen was interrupted by a fierce banging on the door. The battle surgeon cursed, and answered it.

Luke Smith was standing there, his eyes wide. "Master Ianto?" he asked breathlessly.

Ianto stepped into sight behind Owen. "What is it, Luke?"

"The Commodore asked me to fetch you. Says something's happening in Canary's Wharf."

"Has fighting broken out?" he asked. It was the first thought that had come to him.

"No, Sir. He says that some stranger woman showed up in town…and went nuts. But that's not all…the witness says she's throwing off bolts of black lightning…"


Chapter Sixteen

 

Comments

*Looks around frantically* where's the rest? EEEEEEPP
Next chapter up in a couple of days, in fact I've started working on it...

Oh my god. That was definitely worth the wait. I'm so glad Ianto has found out where Jack is and that they're planning to go get him back.
Really looking forward to the next part and finding out about the black lightning, although I'm guessing you're going to make us wait for that and go back to the Doctor again cos you're evil like that ;)
Me? Evil? I don't know what you mean. *whistles innocently, then gives it up as a lost cause*

Actually, I'm starting to work on the next chapter, and while it doesn't stay with Ianto it definitely doesn't go back to the Doctor and Martha...I'll let you try and guess the rest. :)

Should be up in a couple of days.
Yay Ianto finds Jack - the power of love or is that magic?
But poor Jack is being tested again - boohoo.
Ianto needs a spell to get him to Jack quickly and who is the mysterious woman? Can't wait to find out.
Yes, he's found Jack...now he just needs to get there. I do hate getting Jack into these situations, I really do...

Next chapter will answer the mystery woman question, I promise.
Why do I have a feeling I know exactly which two we're going to see next ch? Loving it as always. Poor Ianto if you only knew. . .
Oh yea...although if Ianto knew what was really going on, I would seriously pity certain people...

So...you think you know? You could be right...
ooh nice chapter, they know where Jack is now to get there. Possibly by Myfanwy "Wonder Dragon Powers Activate", that would be ever so much fun.

Eagerly awaiting more, taps foot tap tap tap, no really this is me being patient seriously, I promise not to shake the internet for more.
Thanks! Oh, your "Wonder Dragon Powers Activate" comment just made me snicker quite loudly.

Next chapter should be up in a couple of days, I've actually started it. So I do appreciate your patience, and it will be rewarded. :)
This is a fantastic series. You are awesome! How can I find your art, btw? It's just as fantabulous as your writing! Shiny!
I wish I could do art. But greendrider85 did some lovely drawings for the first story that can be linked from the last chapter of Deathless.

Thanks so much! *blushes*
Oops. Now how did I..... Oh. ONe of my fave stories is the Dragonriders of Pern. You're miladydragon, she's (/) greenrider..... Guess I just ....
Well, your stories are still great and her art is still awesome.
No problem! There does seem to be a lot of us dragons around.. :)

Thanks!
black lightning,eep!
Yep! Black lightning... :)

Let me guess, it's definitely the two I'm thinking about.

I really LOVE your story~:)I LOVE your Jack and Ianto~
Thanks a lot! Glad you're liking it.

And I won't confirm or deny your suspicions, you'll just have to be patient... :)
I love seeing Tommy here! And it's lovely and sad that Ianto knows what's going on with Jack. Sad because he knows Jack has died alone in a strange place and he can't help Jack, but lovely because they have such a strong bond.

Wonderful writing, as always. :-)

ETA: Edited for spelling fail. I really must be off to bed, but I had to read this first. :-D

Edited at 2010-08-30 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Ianto does want to help Jack, and we'll see how he's able to do that later. Jack's certainly going to need it, I'm afraid.

Oh, my spelling goes when I'm tired too! Good night!
I'm really glad that Ianto and Jack each have Tosh and Martha come to see the fact that they are in love each other.

I'm glad that Ianto and the others know where Jack is. I'm looking foward to seeing if Ianto is the one who rides in to rescue Jack. Though they do have to deal with the woman throwing black lightning, that can't be good.
Yes, both boys have their friends to help them see the light. You know now they have to say this to each other... :)

We'll see who rescues Jack soon. And yes, Ianto has to deal with the mysterious woman...and he will in the next chapter. I can't say whether it's good or bad or not, though...
Oh Ianto, if only you knew what Jack was enduring ... eeek!
I know, but Ianto will know soon enough..and then look out!