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March 2018



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Myfanwy 2

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Thirty-Seven

Ways of Light and Darkness - Chapter Thirty-Seven
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 Thirty-Seven

Suzie could feel the Void magic curling within her, begging to be let free.

Stubbornly she shoved it back down, using her sword to force one of her attackers back. A simple flick of her free wrist sent a throwing knife into the man's neck, and with a liquid gurgle he toppled to the deck.

She could also feel the Cardinal magic that was Ianto Jones at her back, and it was a strange sensation. She'd never really experienced that sort of feeling before, and a part of her wanted to shy away from him even as the part of her that knew battle tactics convinced her to stay where she was, that having someone reliable at her back would keep anyone from coming at her in that direction. And she knew that Ianto was reliable, although he'd never be proficient in sword-fighting. Suzie reckoned competent would keep them all alive.

But the Cardinal magic itched at her, made her uncomfortable. Suzie realized that this must be how Ianto felt around her, only more intense, and she made an even stronger attempt to stay where she was and fight the best she could.

The tactician in her was convinced that this attack – coupled with the ambush onshore – was more than just a random act.

Commodore Sullivan was shouting; for such a quiet man, his voice when calling out orders was loud and carried over the sounds of fighting. He was calling for a retreat toward the wheelhouse, and Suzie could see the good sense of it. More and more of their attackers were coming over the rail, and it was apparent that, while they'd most likely be able to fight them off eventually, that there were going to be quite a few casualties. From what she could see, there really weren't any battle-trained men left on the Valiant, and that made sense; the Brigadier would want everyone with him in the defense of Canary's Wharf.

It just reinforced her own belief that something else was going on here. She just didn't have enough information to come up with anything.

Suzie began to move as ordered, and she was glad that at least Ianto was with her. She spared a glance at Lady Lisa; the Knight was also following, and so together they head in the direction of the ship's wheelhouse, trying to move against the tide of fighting.

And then, the beat of the Cardinal magic at her back was gone.

The mercenary turned. Lady Lisa must have been injured, because Ianto was putting his arm around her, in an effort to support her. Suzie cursed; they were in trouble, and it looked as if they weren't going to make it. She put her back against Ianto's once more, determined to guard the injured Knight and her fellow Wizard no matter what.

Out of the corner of her eye Suzie saw a flash of red, and knew that Myfanwy was on the attack. Her own Pilgrim was as well, landing on the deck at Suzie's feet and shrieking out a cry that was echoed by Ianto's familiar. The men who'd been coming toward them stopped, looking uncertain about just what the pair of dragons were.

A loud clanging sound had Suzie nearly jumping out of her skin; she knew that sound, the sound of a sword striking the deck. One of them was now unarmed, and when Ianto's hand grasped her free one she knew immediately who it was.

She could feel the Cardinal magic burning through Ianto's palm as his fingers grasped hers tightly. Suzie tried to pull away from the sudden heat, but he didn't let go.

"Trust me!" he shouted.

Suzie did.

The Void magic within her seemed to answer a call outside herself, and it didn't take much on her part to know that call was from Ianto. How he was doing it, she couldn't say; from what she'd been told their magic shouldn't work like that, that they shouldn't be able to use their opposite power.

But then, she remembered the tower, and let him take control.

The Void was singing within her. Its music was horrible and yet beautiful, and it was a part of her just as her own heart was. It didn't matter that it frightened her. Being scared of it was like being scared of herself, and perhaps that was what was keeping her from even thinking about reaching her potential. All that time she'd spent trapped within the Void itself had affected her, but maybe that was for the best, to give her a respect for the magic that now rose to another's call.

No…not just Ianto. The call was within her own heart, body, and mind. All she had to do was embrace it, and the fear would leave.

So, that was just what she did.

In that moment, Suzie Costello truly became a Wizard.

The magic rose within her, to meet the Cardinal power that Ianto was releasing. She turned to look at him; his eyes had changed to those familiar black and gold eclipses, and she wondered vaguely if hers had changed as well.

Suzie could see it now: the blackness of the Void, and the fiery sun-gold of the Deep Ways, as their magicks were set free. The power twisted together, and Suzie knew this was Ianto's doing. She let him do it, let him guide the paired magic.

They went on the attack.

In first few moments, the attackers were pushed back toward the ships' railings. Suzie could see the confusion and fear in them, and laughed at it. Ianto's laughter joined hers as the two Wizards pressed their advantage, black and gold tendrils beginning to casually flick enemies off the side of the Valiant.

Suzie had to give them props for trying, but none of the fighters could stand up to what she and Ianto were doing. One of the strands picked up an attacker, twirled him upside down, and then casually dropped him screaming into the water. Others simply snapped forward like whips, knocking hapless men and women overboard. The ship's defenders simply stood and watched, their weapons lowered.

They were no longer targets.

But the pair of Wizards were.

Oh, they tried. But the power Ianto – and by extension, Suzie – was wielding kept the danger at bay. No one could get close enough, and apparently no one had thought to bring any sort of long-range weaponry with them.

It was over very quickly.

When Ianto released her hand, Suzie felt suddenly bereft. The Void magic settled back within her mind, waiting for its next call. She swayed, dizziness overcoming her, and it was only by a supreme force of will that she held onto her sword.

A hand grabbed her elbow. She glanced at who had steadied her; it was one of the crewmen, and the awe in his eyes made her want to cringe. "Are you all right, Mistress?"

Suzie managed to nod. "Ianto?" She knew if she was feeling this weak, then Ianto had to have been feeling much worse since he'd been the one doing most of the casting,

"Master Ianto collapsed to the deck," was the answer. "The Commodore is looking after him."

Suzie let the man support her as she turned. Ianto was lying crumpled on the deck, his eyes half-open and staring. Commodore Sullivan was checking his pulse and breathing in a way that told her that he'd done it many times before. "How is he?"

"He is fine," came Ianto's grumbled response. "And he is lying right here."

The mercenary rolled her eyes, but when the dizziness swamped her vision she knew that had been a mistake. If Ianto was making sarcastic comments, he'd be fine.

"Let me be the judge of that, Master Ianto," the Commodore said briskly. "While I can't pretend to know what you and Mistress Suzie have just done, you did save my crew. So lay back and I'll check you out."

"What about Lady Lisa?" he asked, trying to rise.

Suzie glanced toward the Knight; another member of the crew was tying a bandage around her thigh. "I'll be fine," she scoffed. "I've received worse in training."

The Commodore put a hand on Ianto's shoulder to keep him still. "I said lay back. The sooner you let me take care of you, the sooner we can get back to work." His eyes looked up, and they met Suzie's. "What about you, Mistress Suzie? How are you feeling?"

Suzie did a mental checklist. "I have a headache. Feels like I've gone on a five-day bender."

"Should I be disturbed that you know what that feels like?"

She laughed. "Misspent youth, Commodore."

"Ah, I see." He went back to checking over Ianto. "Well, we all have those, don't we?" He leaned back on his heels. "You seem to be all in one piece, Master Ianto."

"I think I did say that," the Wizard replied, carefully sitting up. "Did we get them all?"

"You did, yes," Commodore Sullivan answered, "well, except for one that one my crewmen took out and had thrown under a bale of rope near the fo'c'sle. I'm hoping to get some information out of the blighter before throwing him in the hold to let him wallow."

"How many did you lose?" Ianto's voice went quiet.

"Not sure yet. We're doing a count, but it looks like the attack wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been…thanks to you and Mistress Suzie."

"I'm from assassin stock," Suzie said, not sure who anyone would respond to that. Assassins were generally looked down upon, even though they did serve their purposes. "I'd like to help with the interrogation."

But there was no condemnation in the Commodore's eyes. "If you feel well enough, we'd quite like the help. To be honest, I'm not certain there's anyone one board up to it, if you know what I mean."

Suzie nodded; she knew exactly what the man meant. "Whatever I can do."


They all looked up; Captain Oduya had joined them, the master of the Valiant had a scratch along one cheek, and there was a fairly large bloodstain on his uniform, which Suzie guessed was someone else's blood. "Yes, Captain?"

"We have a casualty report," the captain answered in clipped tones. "Six dead; fifteen wounded. Of the wounded four are critical."

Commodore Sullivan sighed. "It could have been so much worse…although I do wish this hadn't happened at all."

Captain Oduya nodded. "I'm just glad we had our Wizards onboard. Without them, it could have been a massacre."

Our Wizards. Suzie wasn't so sure she liked the sound of that.

"Let's get our prisoner down below," the Commodore said, rising to his feet. The knees of his uniform trousers were stained in blood, but he didn't seem to notice. "Mistress Suzie has graciously offered to help with the questioning."

Oduya's intense gaze met hers, and Suzie knew she was being weighed. Then the man nodded. "I'm not hopeful he'll know much, but we can try."

"I'll do my best."

"You've already saved my ship and my crew," the captain said seriously. "Anything else is a bonus."


The man had been stripped of tabard and armor, and looked almost small tied to the chair in one of the tiny cabins belowdecks. Suzie regarded him as she circled the chair; Captain Oduya leaned against the wall, and Suzie could feel his eyes on her as she made one more circuit around the bound captive.

She cataloged things as she examined him: about thirty years old; veteran soldier; had an almost fanatical gleam in his gray eyes. Suzie guessed that he'd been one of the professional soldiers under Baron John Lumic's command, rather than an officer.

Without warning she stopped in front of the man. Suzie crossed her arms over her chest, and cocked her head to one side. "Looks like you and your men didn't know what they were getting in to when they attacked us," she said conversationally.

The man remained silent.

Not that she'd expected anything different.

"What I don't understand," she went on, as if she didn't much care whether he spoke or not, "is why attack the Valiant at all? I mean, this is the royal flagship. Attacking it would only bring the wrath of Their Majesties down on Baron John. From what I understand His Majesty is a pretty laid-back sort of person, but even he won't be able to ignore this. Hells, it's why he and Her Majesty sent their special troops here in the first place, in the hope that Barons John and Kale would back off to avoid the Royal Ire. "

The man twitched.

So, he does understand the consequences.

Suzie went on. "Now, royal naval seamen have died. Six innocent men. I really think that's going to make Their Majesties very unhappy."

The man looked Suzie in the eye. "Baron John will protect us."

She smirked. "I'd like to know how."

There wasn't an answer.

But she'd gotten him to say something. One of the first things she'd learned about interrogation was that, you get them to speak once; chances were they'd talk again.

"Now, I'm pretty sure you weren't supposed to fail," she continued. "I'm sure you must have had a goal once you gained control of the Valiant. I'm also sure you're not going to tell me what it was."

"We can guess, though," Oduya spoke up, almost on cue. Suzie was grateful he was following her lead.

"I don't think it's a guess. I think we know exactly why you snuck on board." Suzie leaned over him, her arms still crossed and a smile on her face. "You came on board to snatch Master Ianto and myself."

That caused another twitch.

Her smile turned into a grin of triumph. "Glad to know I was right."

His eyes went wide. "I said nothing!"

"You didn't have to." She moved away. "Now see, that opens up a whole other line of inquiry. Like…how did Baron John know that Ianto and I would even be onboard? How did he know that the Brigadier's troops and Captain Harkness' team would be off the ship, leaving the way supposedly open to attack? Of course, I'm not expecting you to know the answers to those questions, because it's obvious you're just a foot soldier with no real intel to give me. But I would like to know what your superiors said to convince you to come after two Wizards, and why you didn't think we'd defend ourselves."

The man simply stared at a point over Suzie's left shoulder and didn't answer.

"I bet they weren't told anything," Oduya said. "I bet his officers didn't promise them a thing."

"That isn't true!" their prisoner snapped.

"It isn't?" Suzie inquired. "Then why don't you set us straight?"

No answer.

"Oh, come on," she cajoled. "You know, you can either tell me, or we throw you in the deepest hold this ship has and let Their Majesties' Interrogators have you." There was no such thing, but Suzie was willing to bet that this man didn't know that. "I can assure you, they won't just ask you questions."

Their prisoner swallowed hard. His eyes flickered up to hers; the fear in them was just what Suzie wanted to see. "We…" he cleared his throat. "We were told that you weren't a threat, that you were too weak to do anything. And that Master Ianto had been incapacitated by whatever's in Canary's Wharf."

Now, that wasn't what Suzie had been expecting at all, because it was fairly close to the truth. Only someone who'd sat in meetings on the Valiant would know those particular facts. She heard Oduya shift behind her, and knew the captain was thinking the same thing that she was.

Someone had told Baron John Lumic about her and Ianto.

And, with a flash of insight, Suzie realized who it must have been.



... damn cliffhanger

Aw...you know you love it! ;)
Oh I think I know who it was too.
But I'll keep my mouth shut and just wait to see if I'm right.
You could be...:)

We find out next chapter.
Oh please tell me the next chapter comes out soon
I've stopped promising specific days, because when I do it seems like something happens, so all I'll say is "soon".

Oooh Suzie knows. I can't wait to find out. Great chapter.
Next chapter we find out.

Aha! It was Col. Mustard in the library with a banana peel! Or maybe Miss Scarlet in the conservatory with a soggy, well chewed tennis ball..... As it is now just before 3 am I could , of course, have hallucinated the entire episode...
No...it's Mr. Green in the hallway with a destroyed chandelier.

*shakes off movie flashback*

We'll find out next chapter who our rascally talker out of turn is.
*hopes very hard that it is Lisa as I is a mean cuss*

Excellent chapter, as always. Thrilled that Suzie has overcome her fear.
We'll find out next chapter, I promise. And you are mean! :)

Oh, don't leave it there!

(Yes, after two weeks of going utterly without my beloved internet, I am back online in my own house at my own computer.)

I have my ideas about the traitor... um... blabbermouth...
Welcome back!

Of course I had to leave it there! Because I'm evil! :)

We find out next chapter who's been talking out of turn.
Wonderful stuff - feeling a bit tired and having to really concentrate so I've no idea who it could be except the obvious. Looking forward to more.
I think a lot of others are going to think it's obvious...

fichu cliffhanger
who is the traitor ?
The tattle tailer will be revealed in next chapter!
And now they reach the same conclusion. Go Suzie being awsome (Ianto was awsome too, but I fully expect that from him)
Well someone needed to match Ianto's awesomeness at the moment! Thanks!