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Myfanwy 2

In Dreams - Chapter Two

In Dreams - Chapter Two
Author: Milady Dragon
Series: Dragon-Verse
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Jack/Ianto; Gwen/Owen
Warnings: Language
Spoilers: None really, although this does follow up from my rewrite of "The Keep Killing Suzie", so certainly for that.
Disclaimer:  I don't own Torchwood, I would have treated it better.
Author's note:  A little break from the episodes, this story follows up on The Torchwood Murders and explores a few things revealed in that story.   The next story in this universe is going to be a bit more light-hearted, and should be up in a couple of days.

Summary:  Toshiko is asked to help Jack and Ianto figure out Jack's mating dream and what caused it.




26 November 2007


It took about an hour and a half to get what Toshiko wanted, and then get set up.  She’d been in Ianto’s hoard room many times; it had fascinated her that there could even be a hoarding instinct for dragons, and Ianto had said that much of what was actually there had come from a time when he’d been worshipped as a god.  He’d looked uncomfortable as he’d admitted it, and Toshiko guessed that it hadn’t been the best time of his life. 

The four wooden posts were amazing.  The detail that had been carved into each of them had her mesmerized, until Jack had gently prodded her back to work.  She wondered how long it had taken for Ianto and his father to carve them, and just what some of the symbols meant.  Some were abstract; others looked like some sort of alphabet; while others were obviously Latin words.   Entwining its way through the symbols and words was a dragon, its tail the end of the post that would go into the ground, and his head at the very top.  The workmanship was superb, and she made a note to ask Ianto if he still did any sort of woodwork like that anymore.

Toshiko knew about Ianto’s sister, Sabrina; he’d told her, one night over movies and pizza.  She would have dearly loved to have been a dragon-friend at the mating.  Hope flashed through her that, perhaps one day she might actually see one…

She thought back on the bracelet that Ianto had given her, three birthdays ago.  It had been very old, and very expensive, and she’d tried to refuse it at first.  But Ianto had said that it had belonged to his sister, and had been a mating gift from a dear friend of their family.  He’d told her that she was his sister now, and that Sabrina would have loved her. 

It still brought happy tears to her eyes when she thought of that simple, heartfelt statement.

She supervised the placement of various sensors around the room, making certain that each post had their own little group of instruments monitoring it.  Toshiko tested each with her PDA, making certain the mainframe was getting a clear signal from each.  Everything seemed to be in working order.

The three retreated toward the center of the room, just next to the pile of pillows and quilts that Ianto – in his dragon form – slept on when he stayed at the Hub.  Toshiko fiddled with the PDA, then said, “If you wanted to, we could try to call the Dragons, like you did before.”

Ianto nodded, taking several steps back.  The golden glow that heralded his shape-change shimmered over him, and in second the magnificent green dragon that was also her friend was curled up on the cushions, his cat-like eyes smiling down at her and Jack. 

Jack didn’t hesitate; he made his way to the dragon’s side, resting his arm over the well-muscled neck.  Toshiko was struck at just how right it was, to see them like this, and it brought to mind a couple of notions that had been perking just below conscious thought.

“Ianto,” she asked, “have you ever given any thought to the idea that your vision-mate’s color is the same as Jack’s greatcoat?”

Ianto’s mouth moved, but nothing came out.  His head moved to regard Jack, who looked as confused as the dragon must have felt.  “No,” he admitted.  “I…just saw a blue-gray dragon.  It never once occurred to me that he was the same color.”

“And your mate has always been a male, right?”  At the dragon’s nod, Toshiko frowned slightly.  “I don’t mean this to sound rude, but didn’t anyone think it was strange that you had a vision of a male dragon as a mate?”

“No,” he said.  “Dragons are quite open-minded.  Even if we weren’t, I was raised during the height of the Roman Empire.  Having a male lover was almost expected.”

“And when I overheard your thoughts, there was the Earth Dragon’s song in your mind…and that was the same song that was being sung when you saw your mate, and it was also the one in Jack’s dream?  And it was the same post that was glowing?”

She could practically see the gears running behind Ianto’s eyes.  “I…feel a bit like an idiot for not seeing the connections.”

“Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to see what’s just in front of you.”   She didn’t want to sound smug, but she certainly felt it.

“Wait,” Jack interrupted, waving his free hand about, “are you saying that the dragon in Ianto’s vision and in my dream was allegorical?”

“Well,” Toshiko shrugged, “I doubt that, as a dragon, Ianto would have accepted that he’s somehow destined to mate with a human…even an immortal one.  It can’t look any closer like you if it tried:  blue eyes, scales the color of your greatcoat, dragons are practically immortal…”

“That…”  Jack shook his head, but Toshiko couldn’t tell if he was denying it or was just in shock.  “Well…”

“I agree,” the dragon said. 

“It’s…incredible,” Jack went on.  “This predicates that an ancient dragon knew about me, 4,600 years before I was born, and knew I was going to meet Ianto at some point, and that I would want to be his mate.”

Toshiko saw a flash of pain in Ianto’s eyes, and realized that he’d just taken Jack’s last words to mean that he didn’t, in fact, want to mate with him.  “We believed her,” he murmured, moving slightly away from Jack’s embrace.

She was just going to say something, when Jack moved with Ianto and tightened his grasp.  “Yes, we did,” he said fiercely.  “But that doesn’t mean we can’t break the readings it we want.  I promise you:  I’m not going to let happen what she told you, okay?   I’ll do anything in my power to prevent it.  The last thing I would ever want to do is break your heart once, let alone two more times.”

Toshiko really wanted to know what Jack was talking about, but apparently Ianto did, because the dragon visibly relaxed under Jack’s reassurances.   “All right,” Ianto said, mouth open in the version of a dragon smile, showing more teeth than Jack usually did when he smiled.  “Let’s see if any of these sensors can pick up what we felt that night, shall we?”

“Just do what you did before,” Toshiko said, readying her PDA.  “If anything does happen, we’ll know it.”

The dragon nodded.  “I’ll start the Call, then.”  He took a deep breath.  “I call upon the Dragon of Fire, who keeps the soul of the Earth burning brightly within his mighty claws, bless this mating with the warmth of comfort and love.”

Toshiko kept her eyes on her instruments, and she frowned.  She wasn’t getting anything, and yet it seemed a bit warmer in the room.

“I call upon the Dragon of Air,” Ianto continued, who keeps the breath of the Earth flowing from her great wings, bless this mating with the breeze of laughter and understanding.”

Something ruffled her hair, but they were too far underground for there to be a wind…and yet, the equipment was failing to pick anything up at all.  She glanced up to check the ceremonial posts, but they simply stood in their corners, not reacting.

Jack stood beside Ianto, his own eyes glancing between the posts, and it was obvious that Toshiko wasn’t the only one feeling the atmospheric changes; his hair was blowing as well, but very lightly.

“I call upon the Dragon of Water,” Ianto began.

“Who keeps the life of the Earth flowing through his veins,” Jack put in, echoing Ianto’s words exactly.  He looked quite surprised, but kept on.  “Bless this mating with the lifeblood of peace and fertility.”

The technician was seriously beginning to get weirded out, which was saying something with all the strange shit she’d seen in her time with Torchwood.  The faint tang of the sea wafted about her, and while she could try to fool herself that it must have been from the bay, she knew it wasn’t; it was far too fresh to be that.

Her PDA still remained stubbornly quiet. 

Then, it wasn’t the Rift.  She wondered exactly what it was.

“And finally,” both dragon and immortal intoned, "I call upon the Dragon of Earth, the mightiest of us all, who brought the first of our race out of the darkness of ignorance and despair, and who keeps the bones of the Earth from shattering, bless this mating with the strength to endure all that may test it.”

She could feel it; a deep thrumming within her blood as they finished speaking,  The once-bright lights within the hoard room dimmed, and while none of the posts were responding it was obvious that something was going on.

Toshiko saw it happen.

Jack changed.

While he still stood beside Ianto, in his human form, a larger shape overlaid itself over him, nearly hiding him in shadow.  Toshiko could see the blue-gray dragon manifesting around her captain and friend, and the large head turned to look at her, the blue eyes laughing as he acknowledged her presence.

“Not yet,” a voice whispered throughout the chamber.  “Now is not the time.”

It was another dragon; even though she couldn’t see it physically, Toshiko knew there was a third dragon in the room with them.  It was what was dimming the lights; it was the power that she was feeling, beating with her heart. 

And the song began.

It was the same one she’d heard in Ianto’s mind; the Song of the Earth Dragon. 

“Soon,” the voice added, sounding as deep as the core of the planet and just as ancient.  “I Name you dragon-friend, Toshiko Sato.  You are a True friend, and your memory shall be cherished among those who follow.  I Bless you, child, as I Bless these two.  Do not fear what comes after; hold true to yourself and your friendship, and you shall be rewarded. My sons have much to go through before they can be truly Mated, and you must stand beside them through the trials that come.  Will you do this?”

Toshiko stared at her friends; they seemed frozen in the center of the hoard room, the silhouette of the blue-gray dragon still hovering around Jack.  She could barely make out the presence of the Earth Dragon, and while she didn’t know exactly what was going to happen, she knew there was no way she could deny him when it came to Jack and Ianto. 

“I will,” she answered, holding her head up proudly.  “Thank you for trusting me.”

“You are a good person, Toshiko, with a true and giving heart.  My sons have chosen you as their friend and confidante very wisely indeed.  Will you take my mark, as a sign of your promise?”

“I will,” she said again. 

The Dragon didn’t say anything; instead, Toshiko felt the presence swirl around her, like some sort of mini cyclone.  There was a sudden, sharp pain just over her left shoulder blade, and it was gone just as quickly as it had occurred.

“My time here is done,” the great creature said.  “Your machines will not have detected anything, but you have the evidence of your memories and of my mark.  When the time comes for the proper mating, you will know.  Thank you once more, Toshiko, for being a sister to my sons.”

With those final words, the lights came back up, and the blue-gray dragon vanished.  Both Jack and Ianto started, then turned as one to look at her.  “Please tell us you got something,” Jack said, almost pleading.

Toshiko shook her head, and both of her friends looked vastly disappointed.  “But,” she said, “I think you missed something that happened only to me, and I can’t wait to tell you about it.”

 


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OH. MY. GOD.

I need more like now. :D
Thank you!

More will be revealed, never fear.
Oh, I want to hear Tosh tell them too. So exciting.:)
Thanks! We'll see how they react...at some point. :)
Oh, wow. I mean, wow. No other words.
Thank you! I love making people speechless. :)
Wow... love this verse so much :-)
Thank you!
*gobsmacked*

Words fail me. Really. A big part of me just wants to shriek, which wouldn't be such a great idea given that I'm sitting at a Reception desk, with people waiting in Reception. But really...

I want more! I love this series! And this gives real hope that beyond the heartbreaks that Ianto will have to endure, he and Jack will go on to mate and be together forever.

*sigh*
Now this is a romance I can get my teeth into!
Thank you so much! Please don't shriek in public, it tends to make the natives nervous... *grins*

More coming up soon. And yes, there is hope, but they have to go through quite a bit before things settle for them. I'm such a hopeless romantic, I admit.

So glad you're enjoying it.
Awwwww now Tosh is a dragon-friend! her understanding and friendship was highly recognized and cherised! hope she truly can help them until the right time for their mating comes!

Beautiful last chapter of this part!
Tosh really does deserve to be recognized as a true friend. And we'll see how she helps them as things develop.

Thank you!
haunting and beautiful. tosh named as dragon friend because jack/ianto will never have a truer friend. strange though tosh was the only one to see the earth dragon and the changes in jack? more important will tosh show them her mark? would tosh be the real woman with the dragon tattoo? snort, sorry i could not resist.
Thank you so much. And you're right, they won't have a truer friend than Tosh. We'll see, as time passes, why she was singled out to see what she did.

Oh lord, I didn't even think about that! LOL!
This was beautiful. Ianto naming Toshiko as his sister brought happy tears to my eyes too. I don't comment nearly as often as I should, but I do read faithfully, so thank you. Lovely, just lovely.
Thank you! I'm glad you liked that. And thanks so much for reading, and I hope you keep on enjoying it. :)
Wow... It gets curiouser and curiouser)))

It's beautiful! And I like that Jack is determined to protect Ianto from the heartache. Maybe he can't prevent what's going to happen, but it thought that matters.
And I definitely like their newfound comfortable feeling around each other.
Yes, it does, doesn't it? *grins*

Jack is determined, and we'll see what happens, but you're right about him not being able to stop what's going to happen but it's important that it does. :)

Thank you!
Beautiful MD - not sure why there are tears in my eyes but it must be the old romantic in me. Now sadly I have to go to work.
*hugs*
K
xx
Thank you! And yes, I know all about that romantic thing...you should have seen me when I was writing it!

Have a good day...

*hugs back*
OMG!!! I love this new story it's fantastic.
Thank you! I'm really glad you liked it. :)
OMG! That was AWESOME!

I love this verse so much
Thanks! I'm so glad you like it. :)
*Squeal*

Oooooh I love that!

Tosh has always been a favourite of mine and I like that she will be involved in whatever it is that is going on.

How many parts will this chapter be? (and when is the next one *wink*?)

Oh well done! Both with this chapter and with your word count for WrianoJune.
So glad you liked that!

I love Tosh too, and she just seems like such a good friend, there was no way she couldn't not be involved.

This is the end of this story, but I have two more short ones coming up before we get to Random Shoes. And don't worry, I'm not leaving it completely like this. :)

Thank you for both!
Hey hun, I'm back finally. And I had all these absolutely wonderful updates all waiting for me. I'm happily in dragon verse heaven right now. These last two stories have been perfect, I loved how you re-wrote the Suzie episode. It never made sense to me how they just brought her back like that. Glad I wasnt the only one.

I loved the end of that one but I loved this one even more. I love the relationship the boys have with Tosh, it's so deep and meaningful and I really hope you're not going to kill her off in End of Days.

Despite hating the episode I am really looking forward to Random Shoes. I can't wait.

I'm really sorry to hear about your mother and hope she's doing a lot better now.
Urgh I meant Exit Wounds. Sheesh, I've definitely had too long a Torchwood hiatus if I can't even remember the names of the episodes anymore.
So they've finally worked out what we've noticed all along! The Greatcoat coloured dragon! I can't wait to see what they think of Tosh's revelations.
It just took someone not so involved to notice. :)

That should be coming up tomorrow, I think.
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