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Horizon, Part 3 - Stop All The Clocks (2)

Artist: the_silver_sun and you can comment here
Word Count: ~ 64.000
Summary: There are murders being committed in Torchwood's name – again. Only this time, UNIT seems to be mixed up in it as well. All leads point towards Project Horizon, a collaboration between UNIT and Torchwood One that was dropped decades ago. The strain on the team increases when Jack and Ianto's relationship faces a crisis, only made worse by Ianto discovering that he's pregnant. With UNIT refusing to give any details about Project Horizon and Martha and Owen caught between the frontiers when Ianto decides to keep the baby, can Torchwood find the killer with the unexpected assistance of John Hart?
Characters: Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Gwen Cooper, John Hart, Martha Jones, Rhys Williams, Doctor (10), Andy Davidson, OCs
Pairing: Jack/Ianto, Ianto/John Hart, Gwen/Rhys, Jack/Doctor (hinted), Jack/John Hart (unrequited), Martha Jones/Doctor (unrequited)
Rating: R
Spoiler: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Meat, Reset, Dead Man Walking, A Day In The Death, Adam / Doctor Who: Rise Of The Cybermen, The Age Of Steel, Army Of Ghosts, Doomsday, Utopia, The Sound Of Drums, The Last Of The Time Lords, Partners In Crime
Setting: starts after A Day In The Death
Warnings: Contain spoilers: miscarriage, violence, torture, pregnant person in danger, talk about abortion, talk about canon character death, language
Contains: Sex, m-preg
Beta: danian beta'ed the English version and Inja Morgan the German one. Both of you have been so, so fantastic and fast and patient with me. Thank you! Also, Eleanor Harkness-Jones checked the summary on a very, very short notice.
Disclaimer: I’m not making money with this fanfic. The tv-shows Doctor Who and Torchwood and the characters appearing within them belong to their producers and creators. Any similarities to living or dead persons are purely coincidental and not intended.

Horizon Masterlist
Chapter 1


the_silver_sun made the cool art for this fic. Comment here.


2.



“Listen,” Jack said, ”we found Sophia's vortex manipulator just a few weeks ago. It must have been activated by accident. That must have alerted you. But she's not here.” He stared at Rick pleadingly. “Gods, I wish she were.”

Rick's eyes narrowed and straightened. ”Where is she then?” he asked, walking over to Ianto. Jack was all too aware of Kenya behind him, without a doubt pointing her stun gun at him. Rick stopped next to Ianto and nodded at Lance, he let go and stepped back a bit, just enough to give Ianto a bit of space. Rick looked at Jack with raised eyebrows. ”I'm very interested in hearing that, Jack.”

”She's dead,” Jack answered. ”Has been for years.”

Rick's face turned to stone. Very softly, he said, ”That … is a lie.”

”It's not. I'm sorry.” Jack shook his head. “I only found out around the same time we recovered the manipulator.” He glanced at Ianto, who was holding one hand against his belly, his face pale. For one terrible moment, Jack feared that he would have a cramp but then Ianto's features relaxed again and Jack breathed a sigh of relief. The cramps were becoming less. With Ianto approaching the sixth month, they would hopefully soon stop. Ianto looked at Jack and gave a tiny nod. He was alright.

Rick's hands balled to fists. “Liar!” He grabbed Ianto's hair before he kicked him to send him to his knees. Ianto bit his lip and clearly tried not to make a sound of pain. Rick's gun pressed hard enough against Ianto's temple to force him to tilt his head. ”You're a liar.”

Jack forced himself to remain calm. Ianto could handle himself. Pregnant or not, he was used to dangerous situations. Jack focussed on Rick. ”She's dead.” Rick's grip tightened and Ianto choked on a whimper. Jack swallowed. ”Leave him alone. He's got nothing to do with this.”

”Is he your lover?” Rick asked.

Jack bit back an answer. He wasn't about to give Rick any more ammunition against him.

”Of course he is,” Rick spat. ”Cute, young, impressionable-”

Ianto cleared his throat and asked Jack, “Am I impressionable?”

Jack forced a smile. “I don't think so, no. Rather stubborn and headstrong, more like.”

“You love it.”

Jack's smile turned real. “I do.”

Rick kicked Ianto's thigh. “Shut up!”

Jack bit his lip.

Ianto pulled a face. “Ow.” He was putting on a strong mask for Jack and he knew that Jack knew. His eyes gave him away. Jack would have laughed if the situation hadn't been so dire. Ianto was being professional, supporting Jack the only way he knew how.

Rick was breathing heavily. ”How about this, Jack? You took my lover, so I'll take yours.”

Jack saw Lance step towards Rick and then abort the move just as quickly. He wasn't happy about where this was going. That was good. They could use that later on … maybe. Jack stared at Rick firmly. “That doesn't work since I didn't take Sophia from you.”

”Really? I spent years looking for her! Years! Every time her vortex manipulator was activated, I followed the signal and every time I found nothing. Now it leads me here and what do I find? You! And a base full of alien technology. There's no need to lie to me, Jack. We scanned the building. You hoard this technology and if need be, you kill to get it, ain't I right?”

”I didn't kill Sophia. I'm not responsible for her vanishing. I looked for her with you, Rick. She meant a lot to me.”

Rick bit his lip. ”If she meant so much to you, then surely you understand that I want her vortex manipulator back.”

Jack swallowed and looked at Ianto. His eyes had widened. Jack turned back to Rick. ”I can't. It's not here anymore.”

They had sent it to UNIT for them to study – reluctantly. Jack had only given in because UNIT had handed over all files on the Horizon project they had – complete and without blacked out passages. The manipulator was due back in six weeks. And even if they had it here … Jack wasn't sure if he would just hand it over. He knew for certain that Ianto wouldn't expect him to.

Rick pulled his weapon from its holster. Jack wanted to jump up, to position himself between Ianto and Rick, to tackle Rick to the floor ... he didn't know exactly what he intended to do ... but Kenya's strong arm wrapped around his throat and she pushed her knee into his back, keeping him off-balance and hanging on to his air supply by a thread. Rick didn't shoot Ianto. He brought the gun's butt down on Ianto's head, though. Ianto collapsed to the floor and curled his arms around his head, groaning quietly. Rick pulled his foot back, aiming for Ianto's belly, but Jack screamed, ”No!” Rick paused and looked at him. Jack begged, ”Please. Please, Rick. You know me. You've seen me lie … so look at me.” He waited until Rick's eyes were focussed on his face in concentration. ”It's not here.”

”Where is it?”

”With an organisation we work together with sometimes.”

”Where?”

”It's got bases all over the world. I don't know where they sent the manipulator.”

”Well, ask them.”

”They're not very fond of me,” Jack said. Rick stepped away from Ianto and towards Jack. He stared at him for a long moment, then he turned away and Jack breathed a sigh of relief when he said, ”Lock them up.”

***

Roald Dahl Plass at night was devoid of life – the complete opposite from daytime and late evening. It was two in the morning and there were no restaurants open anymore, no bars, no clubs and the Millennium Centre had finished business hours ago. Gwen met Tosh and Owen at the water tower. The both of them looked grim. She was mainly puzzled. The text message that had arrived about half an hour ago had startled her awake and she'd left even though she didn't quite know what to make of it. Jack had sent it – that was all she needed to know to come to the Hub. And now, Tosh and Owen were waiting outside instead of inside and that was never a good sign. She looked at them questioningly. ”Code 0?” she asked.

Tosh answered, ”Intruders.”

Owen added, ”Or: 'Please come back and save my arse.'”

Gwen couldn't laugh. ”Intruders?”

Now she saw that both Owen and Tosh had their guns tucked into their waistbands. She got her own out of her handbag and put the bag down on the invisible lift. Nobody would see it there thanks to the perception filter, so she wasn't worried about leaving it.

”Yes,” Owen answered. “And Jack and Ianto are down there. Knowing them, they'll be in the middle of the action.”

”What are we going to do?” Gwen asked.

Tosh answered, ”There's a hatch, designed for cases like this. It's a flight tunnel or an access tunnel, whatever you need.”

”Alright,” Gwen said. She narrowed her eyes when Tosh and Owen looked worried. ”I guess, there's a catch.”

Owen grimaced. ”Not exactly a catch. More a problem.”

”Alright,” Gwen replied carefully.

Owen nodded upwards to the top of the water tower. ”It starts at the top. How do we get up there?”

***

Jack hated to be prisoner in his own base. They'd taken his vortex manipulator. Without it, he felt vulnerable. Frustrated, he pressed his hands against the plexiglass separating the cell from the corridor and then walked towards Ianto, who was huddled in a corner of the cell. It was cold down here – since they didn't have any prisoners on this level at the moment, the heating was turned off – and Ianto was, just as Jack, only clad in tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt. He was visibly shaking. Jack felt the cold seep into his bones as well. So he sat down next to Ianto and pulled him close.

Ianto was reluctant. ”I'm alright.”

”I know,” Jack said and pressed his lips to Ianto's ear. ”But it's cold … and they can hear us if we talk loudly.”

Ianto looked at him questioningly and then his eyes found the camera in the corner of the cell. He whispered, ”The CCTV doesn't have audio.”

”Yes,” Jack replied, ”but they left a bug behind. They're listening to us right now.” Ianto stared at him. Jack smiled bitterly and kissed his temple. ”I know their methods.” He kissed Ianto again and tasted blood. Worried, he took a look at the headwound, but it seemed to be only superficial. He muttered, “I managed to send a message to the others. They'll already be looking for a way in.”

Ianto nodded. ”Good.”

”We have to be ready to go with them.” He looked at Ianto earnestly. ”Do you think you can manage?” His hand strayed to Ianto's belly, cupping it from the underside … did he just feel something?

“I will,” Ianto said. His hand joined Jack's and he squeezed gently.

Jack smiled. ”Good. We'll get out of here.”

”I know we will.”

Chapter 3
Horizon Masterlist

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jedi_harkness
Aug. 1st, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope they do get out of there! *bites fingernails*
jolinarjackson
Aug. 2nd, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
:)
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