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Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Eighteen

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Eighteen
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.

Chapter Eighteen

Ianto sighed, leaning back in the chair that the Commodore had slid up behind him, letting his aching head rest against the back as he contemplated what had happened.
 

They'd gotten word of a strange woman throwing black lightning around Canary's Wharf, but at no time had it even crossed his mind that the woman would have been Suzie Costello. As far as he'd been concerned, she'd still been in Cardiff, a victim of whatever magic Ianto had used to protect himself back in Gateway. He didn't hold that attack against her; she'd been a victim of those damned Artifacts, and hadn't been in her right mind. In matter of fact, he'd felt guilty for what he'd done, even if it had been in self-defense.

So, seeing her standing in the middle of town, surrounded by Void energy, had been quite the surprise.

Ianto hadn't known what to do; the Void Point had been seriously affected him. But he'd known he'd have to do something, and so it was that he'd moved up to Suzie, narrowly avoiding the magic she'd been manipulating, and had put both hands on her head.

He still wasn't sure how it had worked. He'd seen Suzie in her own mind, looking as terrified as a person could and not be a gibbering wreck. But she'd been different: exotic, dressed in a purple and black gown, amethysts woven into her knee-length hair, and set in silver at her throat, wrist, and ears. He doubted he would have recognized her on the street if he'd passed her looking like that.

Suzie had also taken a chair. The pair of them – plus dragons – had been ushered into the Captain's meeting room to give them privacy. But that hadn't stopped a fairly large audience from gathering around them, and to be honest Ianto wanted to order them all out of the room, to leave himself and Suzie to talk quietly. There were so many questions he had, and he didn't want anything to go beyond that room. The more who heard, the better chance there would be for rumors to get out. It was bad enough that all of Canary's Wharf had witnessed Suzie's 'seizure'. Ianto knew that it would be sooner rather than later that the Barons would find out, and all he could foresee was trouble brewing on that front.

If they'd needed a reason to go to war over the place, Suzie Costello had just given it to them.

The pain behind his eyes was throbbing in time with his heartbeat, and he barely contained a moan as he straightened up. His eyes rested on Suzie; the woman looked as knackered as he felt. The black and purple dragon lay curled at her feet, his head up and alert for any danger that might affect his mistress. Silver eyes met Ianto's, and he felt as if his worthiness was being weighed…and accepted.

"Lemme check you out, Wizard Boy," Owen's sharp voice pierced Ianto's aching head. The battle surgeon moved into his sight, stepping over a reclining Myfanwy; she'd taken up pretty much the same position as Suzie's, only she was a lot more relaxed, judging from the emotions he was picking up from her.

"I'm all right," he denied, not in the mood for Owen's poking and prodding.

"Yeah? Is that why you're white as a sheet, your pupils are nice and dilated, and you're squinting in pain?"

"My head hurts," he admitted.

"No kidding." Owen rolled his eyes. "Let me have a look, and then I can get you some nice medication that'll take the edge off."

Ianto considered his options, and decided to let Owen have his way. The headache was beginning to border on migraine status, and he really needed to be able to function if he was going to even try to figure out what had just happened.

So he suffered Owen's examination, and then accepted the tablet the surgeon gave him. He dry swallowed as he watched the man look over Suzie as well, then pronounce her fit. Ianto didn't miss the slight caress he gave her shoulder as he left her side.

The woman looked around the room; she had to be uncomfortable surrounded by strangers. Well, not all strangers, although Ianto had to wonder just why Lady Lisa was there as well. Her very presence made him angry in ways he couldn't even begin to describe. And yet, the Knight had gotten Suzie to Canary's Wharf, and some instinct was telling Ianto that the mercenary was important.

For a split second Ianto thought about doing introductions, but mentally said to hells with it, and promptly ordered everyone but Owen and the Brigadier out of the room.

That caused a lot of grumbling, but Sir Alistair put his foot down and eventually everyone filed out. The Commodore was the last one out, ushering a supremely disappointed Luke Smith out in front of him. Lady Lisa didn't look inclined to leave either, and it took a word from Suzie herself to convince the Knight that it was fine. Ianto wasn't entirely sure the woman wasn't staying because of him, and not the mercenary she'd accompanied from Cardiff. He was actually wanting to know exactly how Suzie had met her, and why she'd come with her.

Ianto had actually wanted to speak to her alone, but knew Suzie would be comfortable with Owen present; a part of him wished that Tosh and Tommy hadn't stayed in the town, where they were helping get the place ready for a possible siege. They, too, realized just how damaging Suzie's appearance had been, especially after Ianto had managed to convince Master Frobisher that Void Points were bad and shouldn't be mucked about with. Gods, at least he hasn't been there; that could have made it even worse!

He introduced the Brigadier to Suzie. "So you're the one Jack gave up his contract with Torchwood Castle for," the soldier commented, taking another of the chairs.

Somehow it didn't surprise Ianto that the man knew about that, but Suzie started. "I…yes, Sir. I guess I am, although I'm not entirely sure why…"

"You're one of us," Owen answered, pulling up another chair and sitting beside her. The black dragon at her feet sniffed him, gave him the once over, then accepted him. "Of course Jack's gonna take care of you."

Tears sparkled in her eyes. "Even after what I did – "

"Forgiven," Ianto said. "There's no need to even mention it again."

The Brigadier looked curious about their oblique conversation, but didn't pry. "Just what brings you to Canary's Wharf, Mistress Suzie?"

She sat up straighter in her chair. "I came to warn you," she replied. "There's something coming, and it's not good."

"What do you mean?" Ianto asked, confused.

The woman took a deep breath. "While I was in my coma, I could hear it moving in the darkness…a creature, or maybe more than one, I couldn't tell. I could also hear drums, like a heartbeat..." She shook her head. "I thought this would be easier to describe, but it's not…" A hand raked through curly hair. "The darkness was everywhere. It smothered me, stole everything from me. I sensed it again when we came into town…from that thing out there."

The Wizard thought about what she'd said. "Wait…are you telling me that your mind was somehow trapped in the Void?"

"If that darkness in town is the Void, then I think so, yes."

Ianto chewed on his lip in thought. He couldn't honestly remember how he'd managed to subdue Suzie when she'd tried to kill him at Gateway. All he'd been able to do was defend himself, and whatever power had come to his aid was something he just didn't know. But…if what she was saying was true, then his magic had somehow trapped her mind within the Void.

The guilt hit him, making his head throb a bit harder under the masking influence of the medication Owen had given him. "I think it's my turn to apologize," he murmured.

"As you said…forgiven. Although I'm not at all sure I deserve an apology."

She did, but Ianto knew that belaboring the point wouldn't get them anywhere. "I don't know much at all about the Void," he admitted. "I know what I've read: that it's Death, or Deathforce if you want to call if opposite to a Cardinal Point, which is Lifeforce. "

"I'm sorry, but I don't know what you mean," Suzie interjected.

Ianto explained about the Cardinal Points, and that the Barons had thought that that was what was at Canary's Wharf. He also went into detail on what the Void Point did to him, since his power was opposite it.

The look of horror on Suzie's face grew as Ianto told her just what the Void was. "You mean…my mind, it was trapped inside this Deathforce?" she whispered, her paleness showing against her dark hair.

Ianto nodded, feeling even guiltier. "I didn't know – "

"It's fine." The weapons' woman seemed to gather her composure in both hands and wrestle back into place. "Look at it this way: if I hadn't been trapped, I couldn't have warned you. I might not know what it was I was sensing and hearing, but it was bad."

"Now wait," Owen interrupted. "How can something survive in an environment like that? Or are you saying that everyone who's ever died is now stuck in the Void?"

"No," Ianto denied. "I'm not saying that at all. I don't know what happens when we die, but I'm certain it's not that." He suddenly wanted nothing more than to lie down, pull a pillow over his head, and scream. This was so far above him, he felt like he couldn't cope. "But, we know for a fact that Suzie's dragon suddenly appeared near the Void Point. Who's to say he didn't come from there?"

"He didn't," Suzie said, decisively. "Pilgrim isn't from the darkness. I'd know if he was."

That simple naming made Ianto feel a little better; Suzie was accepting that she now had a companion, and that made a previously unknown weight lift from his shoulders.

Although, he had serious doubts that she was a Wizard…or at least a Wizard like him. Were there other types of Wizards? The Avatar at Gateway had intimated as much, saying that he was different from the Wizards who worshiped the Deep Ways. Could a Wizard control the Void, like he could the Magic?

As soon as the thought crossed his mind, Ianto decided that it made sense. He'd read absolutely nothing on the subject in the Torchwood Archives, but that didn't necessarily mean anything. While he'd studied many of the books and scrolls within, it would have been a job of centuries to read every one of them. There was no telling just how much of that knowledge was lost simply because no one had come across it as yet, somewhere on those dusty shelves.

It also explained why she was so susceptible to those dark Artifacts. If they'd been enchanted using magic and Void energy…yes, her being open to the Void would have made it that much easier for those cursed things to get into her head and control her.

"Look," he said slowly, not sure how his supposition was going to be received, "I think you're a Wizard, Suzie. Just one…opposite me. I think you can control the Void power, like I can the Deep Ways."

If he'd thought Suzie had been shocked before, it was nothing to the horror that suffused her features. "No!" she cried. "I don't want it! The darkness…no, please tell me I don't have to go near it again!"

"You might not have a choice." Sir Alistair said. Ianto had almost forgotten he was there. "At this moment, I'm willing to guarantee that word is getting back to Barons Lumic and Davros that there's something going on in the town, and that there's someone who can tap into it. We'll keep you safe, Mistress Suzie, but they're going to try to convince you to come to one or the other's side. And now that there are two of you here…"

"One Wizard for each Baron," Ianto finished, disgusted.

"Right. It won't even matter that you're still under contract to Baroness Gwen; I can tell you right now that they'd be willing to go to war to keep you, once either of them had you."

"And what about Exclusivity?" Ianto hated to bring it back up, but personally he would rather be working in virtual slavery for Their Majesties than to be a pawn in some sort of power play. Optimally, he'd have preferred to ride with Jack and his people, but that looked as if that was becoming less and less a viable alternative. "I doubt either Baron would go against the King and Queen."

That caused another freaked out look from Suzie. "You'd accept that?" she gasped, and Ianto could see all the implications of it in her dark eyes.

"It's already been threatened with me," he admitted. "I don't like it, but it would be slightly better than being held against our wills by a pair of nutcase Barons."

"Fuck!" Owen nearly shouted. "They'd seriously pull that shit on you?"

"It's all about power, Dr. Harper," the Brigadier answered. "Although, while I can't pretend to know Their Majesties' minds, I can assume that threat would change now that there are two of you."

Ianto looked at Suzie. The mercenary looked shell-shocked, and he couldn't blame her. "But I don't want to be a Wizard!" she whimpered. "Please, I just wanted to warn you that something was going to happen, not get involved in a major power struggle!"

It was in that moment that Ianto saw just how truly broken her experience had made Suzie. It didn't matter that she could control the blackness; it terrified her, and she wouldn't even try to learn more about it. Chances were, she'd run if she got the chance, to escape from this mess she'd been dumped into.

He couldn't really blame her.

He wondered if the dragon would stay with her even if she chose not to take up her heritage. Ianto thought he would; once accepted by a Wizard, that bond would continue on even if Suzie completely turned her back on the magic. And she'd need the protection, if her identity got out and she became the target of other power seekers.

And then there was Jack. Ianto knew that Jack would always look after his people, and Suzie was one of those. If Jack hadn't vanished, Ianto could see him standing up for her, making certain nothing bad happened to her. This wasn't the competent Suzie that Ianto had known; this was a Suzie who'd seen something she shouldn't have, and was damaged by it.

He did hope that, someday, she might allow him to teach her a little, just to keep her safe. Ianto doubted it though, since everything magical Suzie Costello had been exposed to had treated her badly.

Ianto wondered what sort of Wizard she would have made.

He found himself mourning her lost potential, and taking the blame for it.

"I believe we're going to need a bit of damage control," Sir Alistair said, rising from his chair. "I'm going to consult with Commodore Sullivan and see what we might be able to do to stop a disaster from happening." He held up a hand at Suzie's gasp. "I don't mean you, Mistress Suzie. I do believe the Barons would have used any excuse to fight. If it hadn't been you, it would have been over Master Ianto, despite his assurance that any sort of battle over this Void Point would be a monumentally bad idea and the fact that he's under binding contract to another Barony. I don't trust either of them as far as I can throw one of these battleships, and Master Frobisher isn't any better."

"Maybe I should go – "

"No, that's not a good idea. You could easily be ambushed on the road. It would be safest if you stayed, and then when this is over we can determine our next course of action." He nodded to each of them in turn, then left the room, closing the door behind him.

"Gods, this is a mess," Owen muttered, shaking his head. "All this shit with the Barons, and Harkness missing…"

"They said that, in town," Suzie replied. "What happened to Jack?"

Owen gave her the information they had, including Ianto's attempt at Scrying for their captain. "We don't know how he got there," he finished, "but we'd just decided to go after him when you showed up."

"I screwed thing up – "

"No, Suzie," Ianto said. "Don't think that. I don't care what the Brigadier says; I think we'll be a lot safer out of this situation than in the middle of it. The problem is, I'm now a bit too well known to get away without someone noticing. The rest of you though – "

"We're not leaving you, Wizard Boy," Owen averred. "Especially now that your betrothed has shown up." He smirked. "We can't leave you in her clutches."

"Of course Tosh told you about that," he groaned, wondering how Owen knew Lisa Hallet. He looked at Suzie. "Just how did Lady Lisa get involved in this?"

"When I woke up, I sent for you immediately," she answered. "Only you'd already left. Lady Lisa was the one to come and see what was going on. She figured out where you'd gone, and helped to get me here." She paused. "So it's true? You're engaged to her?"

"The Baroness certainly thinks so," Ianto snorted. "She arranged the marriage for me, in an attempt to tie me to Cardiff. She reinterpreted a section of my employment contract in order to do it."

"So you don't have any intention of marrying her?"

"Naw," Owen answered for him, "he's still hooked up with Harkness. Looks like they're gonna be that way for a ridiculously long time, too."

Ianto rolled his eyes. He wasn't about to explain himself to Owen Harper.

"What do you mean by that?" she asked.

"It's – " He was about to go into an explanation of his longevity, when the door opened, revealing an out of breath Luke Smith. Ianto wondered vaguely if the boy went anywhere slowly.

"Master Ianto!" he panted.

"Take a breath, Luke," he encouraged.

The boy did as Ianto bid, finally blurting out, "You're wanted up on deck right away!"

Ianto's heart sank. There was only one reason they'd be summoned on deck in a rush, and he only hoped that the bloodshed could be kept to a minimum.

"The Barons start beating each other to a pulp yet?" Owen asked sharply, getting to his feet.

"Oh, no Sir!" Luke exclaimed, his eyes widening. "Captain Harkness is back!"


Chapter Nineteen

 

Comments

Great chapter. I really like how you write Suzie, and it's so in character for Ianto to mourn her lost potential and blame himself. Maybe he can help her.

Oh, but the end. I'm dreading Ianto's reaction to what Jack's gone through, and desperately looking forward to it too.

Is it all right to friend you?
Ianto's reaction won't be pretty, you can count on that!

Yes, I could just see Ianto blaming himself for ruining Suzie, despite her forgiving him for it. We'll see just what happens to her...at some point. :)

Sure, you can friend me!
I'm quite looking forward to angry!Ianto because he is beautiful when he's like that, but. Poor boys, to have to go through bad stuff before they can get to the good.

I can be dispassionate about Suzie, so I'm curious about what's going to happen to her without having to worry about whether you're going to do something evil to her. *grin*

Thank you. :-)
I have plans for Mistress Suzie...and to say anything else would be spoilers. :)

Yes, angry!Ianto is a force of nature to behold!
I am also looking forward to seeing Ianto react to what Jack has been through. I think protective!Ianto will be so big that he'll outsize Tardis!

This just keeps getting better and better!

Their reunion will hopefully live up to your expectations.

It should be up in a couple of days. :)

Thanks!
Yay Jack's back. Ooh Ianto is not going to be happy when he learns what Jack has been through.

I really liking your Suzie in this, and it would so be like Ianto to blame himself for what happen to Suzie.
Nope, Ianto won't be happy at all. I'm working on that chapter now, actually, and hope to have it up Tuesday.

Poor Suzie...she's had it rough...
Fantastic! I feel really bad for Susie and Jack's back. Yay!
Yep, Suzie has really been through it. We'll see how that works out in the future...

And Jack is back. Whether he'll be fine is another question entirely.

Thanks!
Best place to have a cliffhanger ever? I think so
Gxxx
Glad you liked it! The reunion is next chapter...

Oh this is getting very intriguing... so Suzie counterbalances Ianto the way the Doctor counterbalances the Master. And Owen at his snarky best.
I love Owen, the snarkier the better.

Yes, there's a balance...but if you're right or wrong, I can't say. :)
Great chapter. You leave us here? OMG.I'm imaging Ianto's reaction now.
It's gonna to be fantastic and sexy:)!

Ianto's reaction is going to be very interesting indeed, and I am, in fact, working on it as I answer this...

Thanks!
he is back !!!!! beautiful!
but in what condition ???

if not, then Suzie is the good side??? and how will she accept the relationship Ianto & Jack
Lisa is here! !! sh...
Yes, he's back, and we see what condition in the next chapter...which should be up later. It was a slow day at work.. :)

The answers to all your questions will come...eventually.
. . .You. Left. Us. THERE! *glare*

Fantastic chapter, and loving poor suzie. oh Pilgram, perfect name cannot wait to read the next part.
Of course I did, you know me and my cliffhangers! :)

Thanks! Next chapter should be up as soon as I'm happy with it. It was a slow work day!
Jack's back, Jack's back, yay!!!
I know, it was getting stressful writing them apart...