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Ariadne's Thread 12/15

Word Count: ~ 31.000
Summary: An accident in the archives lands Torchwood agents Jack and Gwen in an alternate dimension, where they unexpectedly meet the Warehouse 13 agents Artie and Claudia, swept away by an artefact as well. To survive, the two organisations need to join forces: Ianto and Rhys travel to South Dakota while the castaways try to outrun a deadly enemy.
Characters: Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Claudia Donovan, Arthur Nielsen, Ianto Jones, Steve Jinks, Rhys Williams, Myka Bering, Pete Lattimer, Leena, Mrs. Frederick, Trailer, OCs
Pairing: Jack/Ianto, Gwen/Rhys, Pete/Kelly Hernandez (hinted), Artie/Vanessa Calder (hinted)
Rating: PG-13
Spoiler: Something Borrowed, Exit Wounds / Doctor Who: The Sound Of Drums
Setting: after Exit Wounds
Crossover: Warehouse 13
Crossover-Setting: after Lovesick
Crossover-Spoilers: The New Guy, Lovesick
Warnings: Mention of canon character deaths, language
Contains: Canon slash
Author's Note: This is quite literally a product of a dream I had. And then I thought that those two shows wouldn't make a bad match. And so, this happened.
Beta: larsinger29 and EmrysofWriting, thank you. :)
Disclaimer: I’m not making money with this fanfic. The tv-shows Torchwood and Warehouse 13 and the characters appearing within it belong to their producers and creators. Any similarities to living or dead persons are purely coincidental and not intended.


Chapter Eleven
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“I have to warn you,” Ianto said, tapping away on the laptop he’d unpacked and hooked up to the computer half an hour ago. ”This is going to take a lot of power out of your systems.”

Myka crossed her arms. ”How much power are we talking about?”

”Enough to advise you to make sure that critical systems are hooked up to back-up generators.” He looked at her as if he was hoping they even had back-up generators. Myka was pretty sure that Artie had mentioned something like that, but she wasn’t quite sure any more. The technical jobs were more Artie and Claudia’s.

Leena stepped closer and said, ”The Dark Vault’s secure and that’s pretty much the only place that has to be.”

Myka shuddered a bit. The Dark Vault was where the most dangerous artefacts were kept. It was locked away behind heavy doors but that would probably not help them, should the artefacts be able to escape their cells. There was a reason they were considered to be the most dangerous of their kind.

“Okay!” Rhys said, barging into the office from the balcony. He was wiping his hands on a rag and a light sheen of sweat covered his face. ”We’re done.”

Ianto nodded at him, slapped the laptop shut and disconnected it from the computer. ”I’m done as well. We can get started.”

Myka and Leena followed them down the stairs to the empty area underneath the balcony, just before the first rows of shelves started. There, the men had assembled the transdimensional portal. I was a bit taller than Pete and round … it looked like it came straight out of a cheap sci-fi show. Pete and Steve were busy packing away tools and what looked like a complicated assembling instruction.

Pete was grinning at her like a kid on Christmas morning. ”I just built a transdimensional portal. Take that, Kirk!”

Steve raised an eyebrow. ”All we did was arrange the parts and bolt them together. It’s not like you built it from scratch.”

Pete glared at him. ”Don’t take away my 15 minutes.”

Ianto had already connected the laptop to the device and was busy starting up the program. Rhys was hovering behind him, nervously trying to understand what exactly Ianto was doing. He didn’t seem to succeed.

Myka looked at Leena who was staring at Ianto with a focused frown. Myka stepped closer to her. ”What is it?”

”His aura,” she said. ”He’s nervous, scared … he’s not sure this will work.”

”What other choice do we have but to try?” Myka answered. Leena turned her head to look at her and her green eyes were sad. She didn’t answer.

”Right,” Ianto said, putting a headset into his ear. ”Jack and Gwen are wearing their comm links, so it should be easy to tell them what we’re doing.”

Steve frowned. ”What exactly will this transport thing do?”

”It’s made for transport from a space ship to a planet but the computer program will enable it to cut through all layers between the two dimensions and get them back. To do this, it will track the particles that the transdimensional trip Claudia and Artie did left behind. I modified your artefact activity sensors to find them and had the program log on to them.”

Myka sighed. ”Okay, just … just get started.”

Ianto hit a button and the device hummed to life. He stepped back and put his hands on his hips. His fingers gripped the denim of his jeans tightly, giving away just how tense he was. ”Right, it’s going to take a few minutes to track the particles, then the transporter will log on and … open the door.”

”How long will this take?” Myka asked.

The lights flickered and Ianto looked at her. ”How long can you give me?”

***

Jack was staring at the office far away and high up, wondering how they could overcome this last distance and get inside to get to the thread without being killed. They were taking a break from relaying the message to the teams on the other side and had met up to talk about their possibilities. There wasn’t much talking happening, though. Their motivation and morale had reached a low and Jack couldn’t think of anything that he could say to encourage the others. He felt just as hopeless.

Of course, Ianto took that as his cue to re-awaken hope. Jack’s comm link crackled and then Ianto’s voice filtered through. ”Jack, Gwen, it’s Ianto.”

Jack turned to Gwen, just to make sure he wasn’t hearing things, but she was letting out a small squeal – that she would probably deny of ever having uttered – and answered, ”Ianto, thank God.”

Claudia and Artie looked at them with relieved expressions and they all crowded together. Jack touched his comm link, a symbolic attempt to get Ianto closer, and said, ”Ianto, good to hear you.”

”Likewise, sir.” The formal title was laced with affection and relief and made Jack smile. Ianto immediately continued, ”We don’t have much time. We found a way out for you. There’s a transdimensional portal set up underneath the balcony.”

”Underneath the balcony?” Jack asked and looked towards the office. ”We have a problem with that location.”

There was a pause, almost non-existent, but Ianto only ever hesitated for a second before making a decision. That was one of the reasons Jack was relieved he had him on the team. ”Is it problematic or impossible?”

Jack bit his lip. Ianto had to have a good reason for asking. He probably couldn’t change the location without it taking a lot longer. ”Problematic,” he decided.

”Opening the portal anew would take at least two hours.”

”We'll take what we can get right now,” Jack said, looking at the others with a smile. ”We’ll have to make it quick. Be prepared, though. There might be something big and hungry in our wake.”

He could practically see Ianto swallowing and nodding, his young face earnest. ”We came prepared.”

”Never doubted it. How long do we have?”

”We estimate about ten minutes before the power required will run low.”

”Okay, see you on the other side.”

”We will.”

Jack disconnected and looked at Artie and Claudia. ”They’ve got a door open.”

Artie frowned in confusion. ”A door?”

Jack waved the question away. ”Later. Thing is, we’ve got ten minutes to reach it and it’s underneath the balcony.”

Claudia swallowed. ”That’s where the Minotaur is.”

”We’ll have to make it quick.”

Gwen nodded in determination while Claudia and Artie looked at each other. Artie took a deep breath. ”We will.”

”The Minotaur will try to catch up to us as soon as we get too close. Let’s split up and make it harder for it to decide who to take out. Artie and me will approach from one direction, Gwen and Claudia from the other. Time’s running now.” He smiled encouragingly. ”Let’s beat it.”

***

Ianto got up from his crouching position next to the laptop. ”They’ll try to make it.” The lights flickered and he spared the lamps a worried glance.

Rhys was concerned as well. He really hoped that this plan would work out. And he wanted to know if Gwen was okay, but Leena beat him to it. ”Are they alright?”

Ianto sighed. He looked exhausted. Rhys realized that he’d never seen him like that before. Tired, sure, but this exhausted? Never. ”I didn’t ask, they didn’t tell. We don’t have a lot of time. Jack would have mentioned it, though, so I guess they’re okay.” He turned towards the stairs leading up to the balcony.

Myka asked, ”Where are you going?”

”To get something. You should all take a few steps back and hide. Jack said something’s there with them and that it’s big. It could come through.”

Rhys didn’t like the sound of that at all. ”Something?”

”Something big,” Ianto answered with a nod and hurried up the stairs.

Steve exchanged worried glances with Myka, while Pete let out a loud breath. ”Well, let’s do as the expert says then,” he suggested. ”Let’s hide.”



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katwillow
May. 5th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
Great story
I am loving this story.
Thank you.
jolinarjackson
May. 6th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Great story
Thank you. :)
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