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The Legacy of Canary Wharf - Chapter Two

The Legacy of Canary Wharf - Chapter Two
Author: Milady Dragon
Series: Dragon-Verse
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Jack/Ianto (implied)
Warning(s): Angst, language, violence, implied torture
Spoilers: Up through Torchwood S1, E4, "Cyberwoman" and DW S2, E12-13, "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday"
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood or Doctor Who, I would have treated either of them better.
Author's note: This takes place in the Dragon-Verse and replaces "Cyberwoman" in that continuity.  Since Ianto never worked at Torchwood Tower, events will be quite a bit different.  Chronology was taken from several fan-made timelines and the TARDIS Index File website.


Summary:  Ianto Jones is determined to fight the destiny the Tarot girl set out for him.  Is he willing to betray Jack to do it?



25 September 2007

Jack Harkness looked out from the window in his office, watching his team as they worked.

The last couple of days had been boring; there hadn’t been any Rift alerts, not even a stray Weevil.  That left them nothing to do but catch-up work, mostly forms and reports that usually piled up during the busy times.  Ianto had put his foot down in the morning meeting, listing just what hadn’t been done, and what had to take precedence.  Jack hadn’t even known that Owen and Gwen still owed reports from the Ghost Machine incident, and had backed his Second in ordering the paperwork done immediately. Yes, the affair had been particularly tough on both his operatives, but that didn’t excuse shoddy reporting.

Of course, then Ianto had brought Jack several files he’d needed signatures on, and suddenly the captain could sympathize with his people.

Toshiko was at her position, working on what Jack knew was her Rift Predictor program.  Of them all, she was the only one caught up with her work, and so she was ‘allowed’ to work on one of her special projects.   Jack watched as Ianto approached her with a mug of coffee, smiling at something she told him.  He nodded, then moved on, taking coffees to both Gwen and Owen as they worked at their own desks.  Jack frowned as Gwen didn’t even acknowledge Ianto’s presence.

And then Ianto was at his door, knocking softly.  Jack turned, and told him to come in.

“Coffee,” the dragon said, setting Jack’s usual mug down on one of the many reports littering the curved desk.

“You are a lifesaver,” Jack praised.  “All of this paperwork is putting me to sleep.”

“Well, if you’d do it in a timely manner…” Ianto hinted. 

“Yeah, yeah…I know.  But then I’d be ruining the fun that you have in riding me about it.”  Jack sent a leer in Ianto’s direction, making sure the dragon knew he was talking about a completely different type of ‘riding’.

Ianto’s face immediately closed off, falling into the professional mask that he’d been adopting more and more lately.  “I believe that’s harassment, sir,” he said, almost tonelessly.

Jack was surprised that his flirting had garnered such a response, and said the only thing that would come to mind.  “It’s only harassment if you don’t like it.”

Ianto’s shoulders stiffened.  “As I said…harassment.”  The dragon spun on his heel and headed toward the door.

Jack couldn’t let Ianto leave like that.  “Ianto.”

He stopped, but didn’t turn.  “Is there something else I can get for you?”

The captain couldn’t lie to himself.  Something had been off with Ianto for weeks…no, for months.  The dragon had been slowly withdrawing, as well as developing an almost pathological hatred for anyone human.  Only certain people were allowed in…and increasingly that hadn’t been Jack anymore.  Tosh had been right, that night in his office: he was in danger of losing Ianto, and Jack didn’t want to do that.  The dragon meant far too much to him, even if he was afraid to admit it.  And even if it was his fault for pushing him away in the first place.

“How are you, Ianto?” The moment the words were out of his mouth, Jack cursed himself silently for asking such a lame question.

The dragon still didn’t turn, but Jack could tell he was surprised by the question in the sudden shifting of his feet.  “I’m fine, Jack.   Why wouldn’t I be?”

That was the very question Jack really wanted to ask, but didn’t know how to phrase it to get a proper answer from his Second.  “Come back in and have a seat.”

For a split second Jack was afraid Ianto wouldn’t do it, but the dragon turned and took the chair opposite the desk, sitting stiffly with his feet flat on the floor and his hands curled in his lap.  He reminded Jack of someone about to be reprimanded. 

“We don’t really talk anymore,” Jack began.

But Ianto cut him off.  “We really don’t have anything to talk about.”

He was shocked at that response.  “We used to talk all the time.”

Ianto shrugged one shoulder.  “We used to do a lot of things, but we don’t anymore.”

Jack took a good look at his Second…who he also considered his friend.  Ianto looked tired; there were dark circles under his eyes, and his skin was paler than usual.  His eyes were showing their age, and there was something akin to pain in them. 

You did that, was the accusing thought.

“Is there…is there anything I can do to help?”

The dragon started at that.  “Why would you think I need help?”

“You don’t look well,” Jack answered.  “Look, I know we’ve had our problems, but I’m still your friend.”

Not for the first time Jack wondered just what he’d done when he’d let Ianto follow him from Ddraig Llyn.  He knew why he’d let Ianto come; because, for one of the very few times in his very long life, someone had believed in him.  Someone had trusted him, even knowing Jack’s secret.  And Jack had seen that Ianto would truly understand what it meant to be immortal…or as close to immortal as either one of them could be. 

But the dragon had changed.  The caring creature who trusted his heart was vanishing, being replaced by someone who seemed to just be going through the motions.  And Ianto had made it perfectly clear that the only reason he was still there was his loyalty to Jack himself. 

It made Jack wonder just how long that would last.  Finally it hit home just what he was doing by pushing Ianto away, instead of simply embracing him as a trusted friend and ally.  He knew though, that just being Ianto’s friend would have been asking for trouble, and he didn’t want the dragon any closer, out of fear that he’d be able to wear down Jack’s resolve to leave with the Doctor when it was time.

There was a look of disbelief in Ianto’s ancient eyes, swiftly covered up by a frosty coldness.  “Is there anything else you needed?  I do have work to do.”

Jack stifled a sigh.  It seemed it might be too late, after all.  “No, that’s all.”

Ianto stood.  “Then I’ll get back to it.”

The dragon had nearly made it to the door when Jack called him back once more.  “I’m still planning a team bonding at the pub tonight.”

Ianto turned, but didn’t look Jack in the eye.  “I won’t be able to come, I’m afraid.  Colonel Mace from UNIT has requested a phone conference for tonight.”

“Call him back and cancel.”

“No, Jack.  I won’t.  We need to be on good terms with UNIT, and you know it.  I won’t put this off any longer than it has to be, and a pub crawl isn’t a good enough reason.  But, I’ll join you all when I’m done, all right?”  He didn’t look thrilled about that capitulation.

“Will you be training Gwen in liaising with UNIT and the Home Office?”

Jack didn’t miss the flinch at the inquiry.  “No I won’t.  She’s not ready.”  His voice was harsh with the denial. “She’s barely ready to work with the local coppers, I’m not about to set her loose with any other agency and have her undo all my hard work in getting them to actually like us.”

It was Jack’s turn to flinch.  It hadn’t escaped his attention that, at the last crime scene they’d had to take over, the locals hadn’t been happy dealing with Gwen.   He’d been completely surprised at the level of respect the police showed to Ianto, despite the dragon’s self-proclaimed anger at the human race.  And added to that Tosh’s comments about the police asking after Ianto at the Ed Morgan scene, and Jack was starting to think that making Gwen liaison might have been a mistake.

“Jack,” Ianto said, “while I appreciate you finally clearing the air with Gwen over just what my duties are here at Torchwood, I’m not about to bend over backward for her.  She needs to earn her place, it cannot simply be handed to her.  And, right now, her earning that place doesn’t appear to be very likely.” He held up his hand at the first sign that Jack was going to say something.  “Now, I know you had your reason for hiring her, but don’t expect me to like it.  I still maintain she doesn’t belong in Torchwood, and until she proves me wrong I’ll continue to hold the same opinion.  Now, I have work to do.   If you need anything I’ll have my comm. on.”

With that, Ianto turned and practically marched from the room, leaving an upset Jack in his wake.

Jack wanted nothing more than to hit something.  Ianto didn’t even seem to be giving Gwen a chance.  He’d hoped that the dragon would see Gwen as another human worth fighting for, but instead he appeared to be determined to dislike her. 

But then, there were times when he thought he couldn’t blame Ianto for it.  Gwen had gotten completely the wrong impression about Ianto’s position within Torchwood – although, he had to admit to fault in that – and they’d started off on the wrong foot.  He’d pulled Gwen into his office after his conversation with Toshiko, and had told her that Ianto was Second, and that she needed to stop treating him like she was his superior.  Jack still remembered the disbelieving look on her face, but she’d agreed to show more respect.  If there was one thing Jack had learned over his acquaintance with Ianto Jones, was that if you respected him, then he would respect you in return.

Well, that didn’t appear to be happening, and Jack knew exactly where the rest of the team stood on the issue of Gwen Cooper.  It did seem that Owen was thawing out a bit, but Tosh…well, if it bothered Ianto, it bothered Toshiko.  There had been a time when Jack had thought there was more between them than just a good friendship, but that turned out not to be the case.  He would have encouraged it if there had been, but he wouldn’t have liked it.

It was a contradiction: he pushed Ianto away in order not to get too close, and yet when the dragon showed any sort of closeness with someone else it bothered Jack.  If he didn’t know better, he’d say he was jealous.  Jack didn’t do jealousy; it just wasn’t in his make-up.  He was from the 51st century, after all.

But you’ve lived most of your life in the 19th and 20th centuries, that traitorous voice whispered to him again.

He stifled it, and tried to go back to work. 

**********

The paperwork eventually got put aside for a rousing game of basketball, with even Myfanwy joining in at one point.  Jack simply enjoyed the time with his team, their shouting and laughing echoing through the vast main room of the Hub.  They were playing for rounds at the pub, and Jack just let himself completely relax into the give and take of the game.

It was times like this they were truly a team.  It didn’t matter how new Gwen was, or what their differences were…they were a team.  Jack tried to ignore the fact that Ianto wasn’t playing; he’d calmly demurred when asked, saying the sides would be uneven if he did join in.  Then he’d headed down toward the Archives, and a stab of guilt had hit Jack, and he let himself get lost in the game in order to keep from thinking about his Second, alone down in the lower levels. 

“First round’s on you, Harkness,” Owen laughed, as they finished the game.  “Girls, get your handbags.  Let’s collect Tea-Boy and get the hell outta here.”

“Ianto’s not coming with us,” Jack said.  “He’s got a conference call with UNIT, but he says he’ll be along as soon as he’s done.”

“Well, that’s just bollocks,” Owen said, disgusted.  “He should tell them where to shove it.”

“I tried to tell him that, but he wouldn’t listen.”

Toshiko looked concerned.  “I can stay with him – “

“C’mon, Tosh,” Gwen looped her arm through the Japanese woman’s.  “Jack said he’ll be along.”

She still looked uncertain, but let herself be led through the cog door and into the corridor beyond.  Owen traded a quick look with Jack that said something the captain couldn’t quite read, then followed the ladies out.

Jack collected the basketball, setting it out of the way on the sofa.  Then, with a last glance toward the entrance to the Archives, he left the Hub.


Chapter Three

 






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I'd like to say "Uh oh!"

You really have me gripped iwth this. I must have checked this page ten times today.

Brilliant!
Uh oh about covers it. *grins*

Thank you! I'm hoping the next chapter will be up tomorrow at some point.
Now the coast is clear-- for some mayhem.....
XOXOXO
Mayhem? That's a good word for it! *grins*
ummm so the opportunity for sneaking Lisa inside is open but it makes me sad seeing how Jack and Ianto are drifting apart .....
It is sad. I have tissues. *hands tissues*
Jack's an idiot. Even when he eventually gets his head/heart back where it needs to be, he doesn't deserve Ianto's forgivness.
Arrgghhh!
**smacks Jack upside the head**
Jack is a bit of an idiot. He'll get quite a lesson in this story, though. *grins*
Oh dear - This is not going to end well. You have captured the atmosphere wonderfully.

Can't wait to see what happens next!!!!!
Well, I can't promise a happy ending, but we'll see. :)

Thanks, hon! Next one should be up today or tomorrow, I think.
Jack AND Gwen are irking me. It will be interesting to see how it plays out with Lisa in this 'verse.
I think they both need smacking, don't you?

As for Lisa...we'll see. *grins*
Stupid Jack, I get the feeling the next chapter is going to be epic.
Stupid Jack is stupid. The line to smack him forms on the right. :)

Next chapter...hm, you could say that.
*Snuggles Ianto*
He really needs them right about now. Thanks!
now the real heartbreak will begin for all. jack/ianto with their secrets and unspoken thoughts that keeping hurting each other.
There are so many secrets, you're right about that. And it's going to get worse before it gets better...
Oh dear Jack you are stupid at times and poor Ianto I want to hug him. You know I love a dragon - must be being Welsh! Can't wait to see how the truth comes out. Brilliant as always.
K
xx
Jack is being a bit stupid, I agree. And Ianto needs all the hugs he can get right now.

Next chapter should be up today or tomorrow.
I would say that Jack begins to make a little bit!
But he is too obsessed with his Doctor!
Poor Ianto! He has already seen enough like that
Jack is a big idiot!
I agree, Jack is obsessed with the Doctor. But he'll learn.. :)

And he is a really big idiot!
If this was a TV show I'd be screaming at the TV for characters to NOT DO THAT!!!! (I'm anxious in this story and kinda sad it seems that in some ways a lot of the pain bound to happen could have been avoided by talking to each other :( )
Communication is always a good thing, it's too bad these two don't have it. And you're right, it's going to get worse before it gets better.
I wish Jack would just tell the truth, surely that has more chance of working that pushing Ianto away?

I'm intrigued as to whether Lisa will be a threat, or you are taking it in a different direction.
If Jack said anything, that would make it too easy! *grins*

As for Lisa being a threat...you'll see.
Brilliant. I can't wait to see where you go with this. You have me on tenterhooks. Cyberwoman was always one of my favorites because it showed that Ianto was more than he appeared but I also didnt like the fact he betrayed Jack. But in my opinion it was really more of a mutual betrayal than Jack seems to admit. You though are showing both sides of it and making it something more, Ianto's love for Lisa and his betrayal of JAck is so much more than it ever was in the series. It's fear of being alone, desperation, guilt and need all rolled in to one and felt by two very different individuals, though they share one similarity, immortality. Which you would think Jack would see more. I have a fear that he won't actually see the mistakes he's making until the year that never was. And he'll regret it.

Lol, well anyway I'll stop rambling on at you. ^_^ Can't wait for the next part.
Thanks!

You're right about Cyberwoman. Ianto was so much more than what he appeared, and I do wish they'd have shown more of the fallout from what happened. And I also agree about the mutual betrayal: yes, Ianto did betray Jack, but Jack wasn't innocent either.

I did really want to show both sides, because there's just so much emotion in the story that needs to be addressed. I'm really glad you're enjoying this.

As for Jack seeing things...well, he does need to change a little before the end of the season, and we'll see that happening as the stories progress.
Dum de dum dum! The Suspense is driving me nuts. Great update but I think the next chapter will be even more surprising. Can't wait!
The next chapter...hm. I wonder what you could possibly mean? *whistles innocently*

Should be up later today, in fact. :)
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