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Torchwood: Galaxy Quest (12)

Galaxy Quest (12)

Word Count: ~37.000
Summary: Eight years ago, the actors of the popular sci-fi show Galaxy Quest were heroes – these days, they can't escape the shadow of the roles they played, even though the show has been cancelled. When an alien race mistakes them for real heroes fighting evil and seeks their help, they quickly find themselves in a fight that goes way over their heads. To survive, they have to overcome their differences and conflicts of the past, but pride is something that's very hard to swallow ...
Characters: Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, John Hart, Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Mathasar, Sarris, Laliari, Teb, Eugene Jones, Carys, Annie, Lahnk, OCs
Pairing: Ianto/John Hart, Jack/Ianto, Tosh/Owen, Gwen/Rhys
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Torture, mention of partner betrayal, language
Beta: danian and czarinakitty, who did a great job under time pressure. Thank you both!
Disclaimer: I’m not making money with this fanfic. The tv show Torchwood as well as the movie Galaxy Quest 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.
This is a work of fiction. No similarities to the private or public lives of the Torchwood actors are intended, even though there are references to the fictional characters they played in other productions.

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Chapter Eleven



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12.



“What the hell?” Jack asked, staring at the thin metal catwalk. He looked around. The room they were standing in was more of a shaft that seemed to stretch through the ship vertically. The flimsy catwalk without any kind of rail was the only way across. Beneath them, a huge fan was rotating quickly, blowing hot air up and past them. Even if they fell and by some miracle missed the fan's blades, they would certainly die from the impact. Jack looked at Ianto whose blue eyes were wide with alarm. He couldn't fault him for that. He didn't feel exactly confident about this either. ”Eugene,” he said into the vox, “do we really have to go across this thing?”

”Yes,” Eugene answered.

Jack looked at Ianto who was standing with his back pressed against the wall. ”Don’t look down.”

Ianto looked pale and slightly panicked, a sheen of sweat had gathered on his forehead, which, Jack was sure, wasn't entirely down to the heat. He felt his own heart accelerating and nervous nausea climbed up his throat. He took Ianto's hand in his and gently coaxed him forward, taking the first step onto the catwalk.

Eugene's excited voice crowed, ”What I’d give to see what you’re seeing!”

“What the hell?” Ianto muttered.

Jack didn't really see the appeal either. ”What are you talking about?”

”You're deep in the underbelly of the Omega 13! Oh, it must be spectacular!”

They edged forward slowly. Ianto's voice sounded slightly shaky, his fingers clenched around Jack's tight enough to hurt. ”It ... it doesn’t look like much to me. There’s just these few walls and this spinning fan.”

Jack turned his gaze away from the rotating blades and instead risked a glance upwards. He stopped abruptly, caught by what he was seeing.

”What? What is it?” Ianto asked nervously.

“Look,” Jack murmured. He couldn't tear his gaze away from what he was seeing. Above them, suspended in the air, was … something. It had to be the Omega 13, but all Jack could see was a sparkling, brightly shining ball of light emitting little bolts of lightning, electricity humming in the air around it.

”Wow,” Ianto said. ”Where did they find this?”

”Eugene,” Jack said, ”what does the Omega 13 device do?”

”Uh ... many have believed that it is a matter collapser, a bomb capable of destroying pretty much everything in about thirteen seconds. But myself and others are convinced that-”

”Eugene, no lectures, please!”

”It's a matter rearranger, affecting a thirteen second time jump to the past.”

Ianto frowned. ”Why thirteen seconds? That’s really not enough time to do anything of any importance.”

”It’d be time enough to redeem a single mistake,” Jack answered, staring at him earnestly. ”Deciding against saying something to the press I shouldn't have or deciding against going into that cloak room with Gwen.”

Ianto smiled softly. ”Deciding to walk up to you and taking your hand on the red carpet.”

Jack squeezed Ianto's fingers. ”As I said … enough time.”

They startled when there was a shout and Jack looked towards the door they'd entered through to see Sarris's men through the little window, trying to break through. He was suddenly very glad he'd locked the door … he also knew, though, that they would stop at nothing to get through to them.

”Go,” he said, pulling on Ianto's hand and quickly crossing the rest of the catwalk. ”Go, go, go!”

That was when an explosion ripped the door off its hinges and down the shaft, caught by the fan with a loud, clattering sound. Jack and Ianto reached the other side and ducked away from the charges the guns of Sarris's men emitted. Jack pushed the door open and pulled Ianto through, quickly locking it.

”Eugene,” he said, looking up and down the corridor they were now standing in. ”We need to hurry up.”

***

Gwen bit her lip, looking at the monitor and the dying Thermians again. ”We have to get to that door. Their oxygen’s almost gone.”

John nodded, a determined expression on his face. ”Listen, I’ll create a distraction. I’ve got this.” He held the stun gun up and Gwen saw his hand shaking. John caught it as well and smiled reassuringly. ”I’m okay. I’m going to be able to hold them back long enough for you to wedge the door open and help the Thermians escape.”

Gwen shook her head. ”That’s suicide.”

”Of course it is,” John replied. ”I'm wearing a red shirt, Gwen.” The joke fell flat and John sighed. “If I’m going to die, I’d rather go out as a hero than a coward.”

”John ...”

”No,” he said firmly. ”You can't stop me. I will do this. I can do this.”

Gwen sighed. ”John, shut up! I have a better idea.”

***

Owen watched Tosh expertly use the touchscreen in the little maintenance chamber they'd found. ”I just need to find the valve responsible for the oxygen in the main barracks and reset the mechanism to stop whatever Sarris has been doing to it,” she said.

”You don't need to explain,” he replied. ”Just do it.” He kept an eye on the door, just in case. The room was small, just enough space for one person, really, and he stood close to her, catching himself being slightly distracted by the scent of her shampoo. Something with citrus or …

”Damn!” Tosh cursed, startling him out of his thoughts.

”What is it?”

”They changed the password,” she answered. ”I can't get into the system.”

”What does that mean?”

”That means that I can't reset the oxygen levels.” She turned around to him. ”If Gwen and John don't manage to open that door, all of the Thermians in that room will die.”

Owen shook his head and was about to answer that they had to crack the password somehow, but Gwen's voice coming through Tosh's vox interrupted him. ”Tosh, Owen?”

Tosh quickly grabbed the device from her belt. ”Yes, we're here. No luck with the valve, I'm afraid.”

”All right, maybe you can help us, then. Do you think you could make it to the digital conveyer?”

Tosh looked at Owen quizzically but he could only shrug, so Tosh answered, ”What do you need?”

”One hell of a distraction.”

***

”Are you all right?” Eugene asked, a panicked edge to his voice.

”We're fine,” Jack answered, watching, through the small window in the door, Sarris's men cross the catwalk. They moved hesitantly, obviously just as nervous as he and Ianto had been. ”Where to now?”

”You want to take a left and then just straight on through the chompers.”

Ianto's eyes widened and Jack would have laughed if he hadn't been so shocked himself. Ianto leaned closer to the vox. ”The chompers?”

”Down the corridor,” Eugene answered.

Jack really didn't want to go there but he put a hand on the small of Ianto's back and led him where Eugene had directed them. A thumping noise that had been audible for quite some time now became louder the closer they got and when they walked around the corner, they saw what emitted it.

Two large pieces of metal placed strategically to block the corridor clapped together rhythmically.

Ianto cursed in what sounded like Welsh.

Jack swallowed. ”Is there no way around this?”

”No, unfortunately not,” Eugene answered.

Ianto grabbed his arm. ”Well, screw that! I'm not going through that!”

Jack spoke into the vox, exasperated. ”How are we supposed to get through this?”

Eugene's voice was barely audible over the noise of the chompers but his question wasn't directed at them anyway. ”Annie, do you have the sequence yet?”

”Okay,” a girl's voice came through. ”The sequence is two-two-four-”

Ianto interrupted her. ”What is this thing anyway? I mean, it serves no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway!”

A crashing sound down the corridor alerted them and Jack peeked around the corner, back to where they came from. Sarris's men were breaking through the door.

They had to move.

Ianto was still panicking. ”We shouldn’t have to do this. It makes no logical sense! Why is it here?!”

”Because it’s on the show! Remember?” Jack answered. It had been a rather bad episode, to be honest, nothing but the attempt to push Captain Taggart and Tawny Madison into a romantic relationship. In the episode after, Taggart had found himself gazing into Laredo's eyes. Apparently, the authors hadn't been able to decide who he should flirt with.

Ianto shook his head. ”Well, forget it! I'm not doing it! That episode was badly written.”

Eugene said, ”Okay, Captain, you heard the sequence.”

”Fuck the sequence!” Ianto cursed and turned to go.

Jack grabbed his arm and pulled him in, staring into his eyes. ”It's this or Sarris.”

Ianto shook his head. ”Jack-”

”These things will kill us instantly. Sarris won't.”

Ianto ducked his head … and nodded.

Jack laced their fingers together and pulled him close, pressing a firm kiss against his lips. While Ianto was still looking at him in surprise, he said, ”Eugene?”

”Okay … go now. Go!”

Jack did, his pulse racing and his breathing coming in painful gasps, pulling Ianto along with him. They survived.

Just to be faced with another set of chompers.

Ianto muttered, “You have got to be kidding me.”

”Go!” Eugene said and they did. ”Stop!”

They stopped before the last set of chompers, Ianto's fingers tightening around Jack's. When Eugene said “Go”, they listened … and had reached the end, faced with another door. Jack breathed a sigh of relief.

Ianto looked up at him. ”Whoever wrote this episode should die.”

Jack started to laugh but found himself smothered a moment later by Ianto's lips crashing against his. His arms came up around Ianto automatically, pressing him closer and threading his fingers into his short hair. A moment later, it was over, and Jack could do nothing but stare at Ianto, dazed.

”Let's finish this,” Ianto said.

Jack smiled. ”Let's.”



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