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Myfanwy 2

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Thirty (Adult)

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Thirty
Author: Milady Dragon
Rating: NC-17
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: Just a note...they are back in their own timeline now.  And, to celebrate that fact, there's a little but of life-affirming smut in this chapter.  So I up the rating, so you know...



Chapter Thirty

For the first time in weeks, Ianto awoke feeling content.
 

He curled up more closely to his lover's side, a happy smile on his face. Under his ear he could hear Jack's heartbeat, strong and steady, and he sighed as Jack's fingers began carding through his hair.

"Good morning," came the murmured greeting, and Ianto smiled even wider.

"Good morning," he answered, raising his head in order to look at his lover. The early morning sunlight cast warm shadows over Jack's tanned skin, painting him with a golden glow. "How did you sleep?"

"Surprisingly well," Jack admitted, "but I think that has more to do with my bed partner than anything else."

Ianto was glad that Jack had slept; he'd been afraid that the immortal would have had nightmares, after everything that had happened to him. "So," he teased, "I put you to sleep then? Now I know how you really feel about me…"

One side of Jack's mouth curved upward in an equally teasing grin. "Cheeky."

"But you love me anyway."

The grin turned into a quiet smile. "Never doubt it."

Jack leaned forward, capturing Ianto's lips with his own. The kiss started out lightly, almost tentative, but soon turned passionate and needy. Ianto moved just enough so he was lying on top of Jack, and he could feel the older man's arousal against his hip.

He aligned his own erection with Jack's, canting his hips so that they slid against each other. Jack moaned into their kiss, and Ianto couldn't help his own groan from escaping. Gods, it had been so long since he'd been with Jack…

Jack's hands slid to cup Ianto's arse, pressing the Wizard down as Jack ground upward. The friction made Ianto gasp, and he flung his head back in pleasure.

His lover's lips took the invitation and latched themselves to Ianto's bare throat, sucking at the pulse point until Ianto knew there would be a mark there. They continued thrusting against each other, pre-come slicking their cocks just enough to heighten their pleasure.

This felt right. Ianto lost himself in the sensation of having Jack holding him, of Jack's hands and mouth on him, and the sheer intimacy of their bodies sliding against each other. Ianto's own hands stroked warm skin, tweaked sensitive nipples, and under those touches he watched as his lover came undone.

It was over quickly. Jack came first, shouting Ianto's name against the younger man's shoulder. Ianto was just a heartbeat behind, his thrusts losing rhythm as his release roared over him. He collapsed against his lover's chest, their breathing slowly calming and their hearts coming into rhythm together.

"Now I know I'm home," Jack whispered, his nose buried deep in Ianto's hair. "Anywhere you are…it's home."

There was that familiar pain/pleasure stabbing deep into Ianto's chest at Jack's words. "You should know…I've decided not to go back to Cardiff."

Jack's arms tightened around him. "What changed your mind about working out your contract?"

"Many reasons…but the major one is that the Baroness decided to…reinterpret my contract to mean she had permission to find me a wife."

The older man stiffened. "That…" Jack's voice faded, and the Wizard could tell Jack was lost for words.

Ianto smirked into Jack's chest. "Yep, that was pretty much my reaction."

"Who'd she set you up with?"

"Lady Lisa Hallet. In fact, she's here, on this ship. She came with Suzie, although it was more chasing after me than helping Suzie, I'm sure. She's rather…keen."

"Think she'd be up to a threesome?" The leer in Jack's voice was obvious.

Ianto slapped him lightly. "Don't even think about it." As much as he didn't like Lady Lisa, he couldn't help but laugh.

"Don't worry. You're mine, and I don't share." Jack had gone from joking to serious immediately.

"That's good, because I don't intend on being shared."

They lay there for a little while longer, Ianto luxuriating in the presence of his lover. After these last months, he really didn't want to be parted from Jack again anytime soon. There was still the issue of Exclusivity hanging over his head, but the Wizard didn't care at that point. He was where he belonged.

Like Jack, he was home.

Eventually, Ianto moved, sitting up and staring down at the relaxed Jack. "Come on, let's get cleaned up and then breakfast. I'm sure your team wants to spend time with you, too."

"I do, too. I missed them…and you."

Ianto leaned over and pressed a chaste kiss to Jack's lips. "Missed you, too."

"Oh, Ianto…I really don't want them to know what happened to me yet. I'll tell them when I'm ready, but now…"

"I understand." And he did. What Jack had told him was terrifying, and he could certainly go along with Jack's request not to say anything.

He stood up, offering his hand to his lover. "Up you get, lazy bones."

Jack rolled his eyes. "I'm not the one who needs to sleep through the night." He took the offered hand, letting his lover pull him to his feet.

They each put on trousers, gathered up their toiletries…and nearly tripped over Myfanwy on their way out the door. The dragon looked up them both exasperatingly, then flew-hopped into the room, chirping as she made herself comfortable on one of the chairs.

They ran into Luke Smith on the way to the facilities. Ianto introduced the boy to Jack, and from the look on Luke's face it was obvious he'd be developing yet another case of hero worship. The Wizard requested that breakfast be brought to his chamber, and that Jack's team be told to meet them there to eat. The cabin boy agreed, and rushed off…and once again Ianto had to wonder if Luke only had two speeds: bustle and full stop.

By the time the two men had cleaned up and gotten dressed, the others were waiting on them. Tosh claimed another hug; Suzie did as well, although she looked a little nervous about her inclusion into the group. Tommy shook Jack's hand, and Owen just rolled his eyes and made a comment about being disgusted at all the free-floating mushiness.

Someone had set up a table with eggs and bacon and fruit, and everyone helped themselves. Ianto let them, not wanting to eat what came from Canary's Wharf; Jack gave him a funny look when he didn't join them.

"Oh, Wizard Boy can't eat the local food," Owen said, before Ianto could explain. "He can taste the Void."

Jack put his fork down. "You can?"

Ianto nodded, and was about to say it was fine – even though his stomach was telling him otherwise – when there was a knock at the door. "Everyone eat," he said. "I'll get it."

It was Luke, holding out another plate. "Sorry, Master Ianto," he apologized, "but I almost forgot you needed something from ships' stores to eat."

Ianto took the plate. It was piled with toasted bread, cheese, and some slices of sausage. "Thank you, Luke."

"Not a problem," the boy grinned. "Just call for me when you're done and I'll clear things away."

"We will." He dismissed the youngster, then rejoined the team…his teammates, now. That thought gave him a warm feeling. He took a seat next to Jack, who'd sat on the edge of the now-made bed. He blushed slightly as he realized that, whoever had changed the linens, would have known what he and Jack had been up to that morning.

Jack had a puzzled expression on his face. "I wonder why I can't feel the Void," he wondered. "I mean, I should….shouldn't I?"

Ianto swallowed a piece of toast. Bless Luke, he'd put enough butter on it… "I'd have thought so."

"Why?" Tommy asked. "Is it to do with you being Deathless?"

The captain nodded. "What keeps me Deathless is the Deep Ways. I'm not sure if anyone explained what that is to you…"

Tommy nodded. "Master Ianto did, when Suzie showed up and tripped the Void Point."

"It's Ianto, Tommy," the Wizard replied. "No need for formality, since it looks like we're going to be traveling together now."

"You're going to join us?" Tosh was absolutely bouncing at the news.

"Shit, does this mean I have to put up with you and Harkness making eyes at each other all the time?" Owen sounded annoyed, but there was a pleased expression on his face.

"Afraid so," Jack grinned. "Are you jealous?"

"You keep asking me that…and the answer is always gonna be a resounding 'hells no'!"

Laughter echoed around the room, and it made Ianto feel good to know he was so accepted among them. The only person who didn't look pleased was Suzie; but her expression was something else entirely. "Is there something wrong, Suzie?" he asked gently.

His counterpart absently fed her dragon, Pilgrim, a piece of bacon. "It's just…am I welcome back? I don't want to assume – "

"You're not assuming anything," Jack answered. "You're a part of my team, and as such you're always welcome."

She smiled; Ianto realized it was the first genuinely happy smile she'd had since she'd arrived. "Thank you, Jack."

"You're family, Suzie," the immortal said. "It doesn't matter what's happened before. You're family. However, Owen is Second now…are you all right with that?"

"Absolutely." She grinned at Owen. "Congratulations."

"Yeah, well," Owen said, "anytime you want it back, you can have it."

"Not yet," she murmured. "I have enough on my plate right now."

"Have you given any thought about what you're going to do now?" Ianto asked her.

Suzie shook her head. "This is…so weird. I've always believed in Fate, but I've also thought I've always had some control over my life. Although, being a Wizard kind of explains some things…"

"What do you mean?" Jack asked.

She sighed. "Are any of you at all familiar with the Seer they call the Unearthly Child?"

Jack nodded; the others simply looked confused. Ianto was as well; he'd never heard of anyone called that.

"I once had my fortune told by her," Jack admitted. "It was somewhat disturbing, to be honest. She has this Card that looks exactly like me…"

Suzie nodded. "She did me, too. And your Card was in my reading, which is how I knew I was supposed to join you, Jack."

Owen scoffed. "You believed a fortune teller?"

"Despite what I've come to learn," Jack said, darkness in his eyes, "magic has always been around. This girl – she looks like she's about fourteen – was pretty much right on when she read me." He turned to Suzie. "What did she tell you?"

"That I would follow my destiny when I met the UnAging Man. I really didn't know what that meant, until I found out you were Deathless, Jack. I think she knew exactly what meeting you would mean for me. And the Card…it was me, dressed in black and purple, and holding what I thought was a stick…but now, I guess it was some sort of wand."

Ianto almost choked on his toast. Jack slapped him on the back, to clear his airway. That was how he'd seen Suzie, when he'd tried to draw her back from the Void Point.

"You all right?" Jack asked, once Ianto had stopped coughing.

He nodded. "It's just that…Suzie, you say the Card showed you dressed in black and purple?"

The other Wizard nodded. "Does that mean anything to you?"

If Ianto hadn't thought this entire situation wasn't already bizarre…"When I retrieved you from the Void, Suzie, I could see you in the darkness…but you were different. You were dressed in a black and purple gown, and your hair had all these amethysts in it. You looked, well…magical. That's why what you said took me by surprise."

Suzie's eyes widened. "So it just wasn't me? I thought I was seeing things!"

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

"Well, you looked different, too. You were wearing these red and gold robes, and your hair was braided down your back. You held a wand, and had a knife in your belt. Your eyes were the same though, as they get when you use your magic."

"You both seeing things, then?" Owen asked.

"It was probably more than that." Once again, Ianto was faced with something he didn't understand, and it bothered him. Why had he and Suzie seen each other differently? Was it some sort of trick of the mind? But then, why had the mercenary seen that Card the supposed Seer had shown her?

Apparently Jack could tell just how irritated Ianto was becoming, because he changed the subject. "We need to get this thing here in Canary's Wharf cleared up. I got from the briefing yesterday that the biggest fear now is that both Barons are going to make grabs for Suzie and Ianto."

"Over our dead bodies," Owen vowed. "They may be all magicked up and weird, but that doesn't make them any less members of this team."

"I can't tell if I've been insulted or accepted," Ianto drawled.

"You should know me by now that it's both, Wizard Boy."

"Be that as it may," Jack interrupted what might have become a snark-fight, "Owen is right. You're in this team, and we protect our own."

"And it won't even matter if they're either under contract to others," Toshiko put in. She'd finished eating and was sitting on the floor, Myfanwy splayed out across her lap, belly up, and was making happy noises as the Elf scratched. "They both want power; and to them you two are that power. They probably think that, once they have you, possession is nine tenths of the law, as it were."

"And Exclusivity is not an option," Jack averred. "The moment that happens, I'll make sure this team is on the next ship to another country."

"Sounds good to me," Toshiko agreed.

"Me, too," Owen seconded.

"I'm with you," Tommy added.

Jack smiled proudly at his people, and Ianto felt an upwelling of belonging at their words. These friends were willing to do whatever it took to defend himself and Suzie, and it made him so very glad to have met them. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for any of them.

"For now," Jack went on, "I think it would be best if Ianto and Suzie stayed on the Valiant. It's the most defensible place at the moment, and apparently Ianto can't stand to be in town anyway."

Ianto had no choice but to agree. Jack was right; being close to the Void Point made him ill and it wouldn't do anyone any good if he collapsed. He felt a bit of a coward for basically hiding on board, but there was no real alternative.

"You're not a coward," Jack said, breaking Ianto out of his mood.

He rolled his eyes. "Are you a mind reader now, Jack?"

"Don't have to be. It was written all over your face." Jack leaned toward him, resting his hand on Ianto's knee. "You're one of the bravest people I've ever met. It's not being a coward to admit when you can't do something. And, right now, being in Canary's Wharf is something you're not physically able to do."

"Jack's right," Tommy spoke up, for the first time since they'd gathered together. "You can't control how you feel around the Void Point. And, I think we all know you're not afraid of it; and even if you were, you'd be facing it like you did when Suzie was trapped in it. It physically incapacitates you, and that's completely different from being frightened."

"And being weakened by the Void Point makes you an easier target," Toshiko put her coins' worth in.

"But what about me?" Suzie asked. "I'm supposed to be able to control that thing – "

"No," Ianto interrupted. "You don't have the knowledge to do that. You'd just get trapped like you did the first time. You'd be in just as much trouble as I would."

"Then, that's decided," Jack said. "We also need to have fresh intel on just what the Barons are up to. I know the Brigadier is technically in charge now, but this is our job. And we need to see it through."

Heads nodded around the room. Everyone was in complete agreement.

"Then we get paid," Owen said, "and we get the hells out of here."

A ripple of laughter circled the gathered mercenaries. Ianto was glad to be counted among their number.

He opened his mouth to say something sarcastic to Owen, when there was a strange tickling at the back of his mind.

It felt as if the Deep Ways were trying to tell him something.

"What is it?" Jack asked, concerned.

"I…don't know," Ianto answered truthfully.

"There's…something," Suzie said. "Can you feel it? Ianto?" She had a hand to her head, rubbing her forehead as if she was trying to get rid of a headache.

A sudden shock traveling through his body had Ianto standing up, his now empty plate crashing to the floor. The room spun, and he felt Jack grab his arm to keep him from falling. He could hear him calling Ianto's name, but he couldn't get the words out.

Things around him changed.

He saw Suzie much as he'd seen her in the Void; only this time her face wasn't afraid…it was regal, and it passed through his mind that he was seeing her at the pinnacle of her power. This was how she could have been, if she hadn't been traumatized by her time spent trapped within the Void.

The others stayed pretty much the same, although Toshiko's form wavered as if a heat source was between him and the Elf. He turned to Jack…

And there were two of them.

One was his; wearing the blue shirt with the rolled up sleeves and the brown trousers that he'd put on that morning. The second Jack…his hair was longer, his eyes blue with golden flecks of magic in them. He wore silver armor, with a red and gold tabard over it. His hand rested on his sword, and he was looking at Ianto as if his soul was in his very eyes.

Then, just as quickly as the vision began, things were back to normal.

Ianto swayed. Jack pressed him back onto the bed, while Owen held a glass of water for him to drink from. He took a sip, then looked over at Suzie, who was distinctly pale. "Did you see that?"

"I didn't see anything," she admitted. "But I felt like the world had shifted. I thought I was going to throw up, to be honest."

Owen went to check on her, bending over so he could look into her eyes. "You look all right."

"I am," she said. "Ianto, what did you see?"

He was about to answer when a flurry of knocking made them all jump. Tommy went to answer the door; it was Luke Smith, and his eyes were wide. "Excuse me," he said breathlessly, "but that blue dragon is back, and so is Lady Martha. And she's brought two other men with her!"

 



Comments

Yay back in their own timeline. The life-affirming smut was hot. Great chapter!
Thanks!

Yep, everything is back to normal now.
You had to leave it there, didn't you! So good to see them together again.
Of course I had to leave it there! :)

It's good to have the boys back together. It's hard writing them apart.
Wonderful to have Jack, Ianto an the team back together but you had to leave an evil cliffhanger again didn't you? I always wondered about the Unearthly Child too. Great chapter and as usual I'm hanging on for more. Next TW High is typed up. I just need to read it all through again - hopefully tonight.
You know you love my cliffhangers! LOL!

I have always been intrigued by that little girl...

More TW High? Looking forward to it!
Glad to have Jack back - and that they're in their own timeline but I don't think we've seen the end of that...

Can't wait for the next chapter!
Thanks!

It's good to write the boys together again. I've had them apart quite a bit in this story, and it's hard to write them like that...
sooooo...is it safe to read the last few chapters now??? yes, this one makes it alright again??? sorry I am a cry baby and I need to know that everything is alright again ;)
It's safe. Yes, this makes everything all right now. Although I recommend having tissues handy...
This a great story!

2 men? The Doctor and who?

I have having been really loving this story. It is absolutely wonderful. You Ianto and Jack are beautiful.

I'm just hoping that me finding it is not going to be the kiss of death, everytime I find a WIP that's great it never gets updated again!
Don't worry, I have this planned out all the way to the end, and I do intend to finish it. But I do know what you mean...

Thank you so much!
yay! The team is back together! But oh dear, doctor you didn't. . .
Oh yes...he did...