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This Crying Earth - 15/17

Series: Mosaic
Word Count: 40.092
Summary: Coedwig Street has been a peaceful neighbourhood for a long time but now, a mysterious being is roaming the street and gardens, scaring the families living there and getting Torchwood's attention. The team doesn't know that it's messing with a force older than Earth … and its dangerous allies. And while Gwen is having problems with Rhys and Ianto is struggling with his attraction to Jack, the Fairies don't seem to be finished with the captain, yet.
Characters: Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Gwen Cooper, Toshiko Sato, Owen Harper, Rhys Williams, the Fairies, Andy Davidson, Myfanwy, OCs
Pairing: Jack/Ianto, Gwen/Rhys
Rating: PG-13
Spoiler: Everything Changes, Ghost Machine, Small Worlds, Fragments, Characters from Children of Earth (Ianto's family) / Novels: Slow Decay / Doctor Who: Mentions of The End of the World and hints at The Sound of Drums plus The Last of the Time Lords
Setting: after Small Worlds
Warnings: OC M-Preg in the past. Language.
Feedback: Can’t breathe without it.
Beta: alt_universe_me , danian  and Vistin. Thank you.
Disclaimer: I’m not making money with this fanfic. The tv-show Torchwood 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 Fourteen
Masterlist

Remember to drop a comment at rex's LJ for the awesome art made for this story.

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15.


When he saw the team coming out of the forest, Ianto opened the car door and got out. Jack headed towards him with both his hands in the pockets of his coat, while the others hurried to one of the houses.

“The Fairies didn't help you?” Ianto assumed.

Jack shook his head. He watched Ianto shoving a gun into the waistband of his trousers and smiled. "Your first field mission. You alright?"

"Fine, sir." He followed Jack to join the others. Tosh was using alien technology to unlock the door. Owen and Gwen were with her, their weapons drawn.

"The house is not inhabited," Jack explained while he headed with Gwen and Ianto towards the door. "It's closest to the forest." The house was located at the end of Coedwig Street, standing in the bend of the impasse, between the houses on one side and the forest on the other side. It was big and had a second storey, there was no furniture in it, but the walls had been freshly painted. On a small table next to the door were some brochures from an estate agent.

Jack closed the door and switched on his torch. "No lights," he ordered. "We don't want any attention." He turned to Ianto. "Did you bring the mobile cell?"

"Yes, sir." Ianto showed him the pebble-sized device. "It's fully charged. Thanks to Tosh's modifications, it should work for about an hour."

Gwen tucked some strands of her hair behind her ear. "Do you think the Banshee will let you catch her with it?"

Jack shrugged. "It's the best we have to contain a prisoner."

Owen returned from the garden and closed the porch door to keep out the cool air. "There's a gate connected to the woods. A probable escape route."

Jack shook his head. "I doubt that she uses doors."

"What are we going to do now?" Tosh asked.

Jack sighed deeply. "We wait."

***

An hour had gone by and they were still sitting against the wall in the living room. At the beginning, they'd all had an eye on the garden through the windows and the porch door. By now, Gwen was checking her text messages, Owen was playing Solitaire on his mobile and Tosh was trying to tell him what to do next, which he ignored happily. Jack was the only one watching the garden. Ianto was watching him. Jack was at his most attractive when he was focussing. It didn't matter what was catching his attention – it could be a technology he was studying or a witness he was trying to get everything out of. Or it could be during sex. It was as if Jack's whole world would center onto to that one bed and the person he was with. It didn't matter that Ianto had always been the one penetrating Jack – he'd never wanted them to reverse roles, never wanted that much intimacy and loss of control. Jack was radiating power and confidence and Ianto hadn't been able to resist him in the long run. Ever so slowly, the need to to do this, the need to gain Jack's trust and to keep him from walking the Hub at night had turned into something Ianto had looked forward to, even though it made him cry from shame as soon as Jack had gone to sleep. Now, Ianto started to wonder what it would be like to let Jack take complete control, to let him take him.

Jack turned his head to look at him and raised his eyebrows questioningly. Ianto shook his head and avoided Jack's eyes to hide that he was blushing. Jack's fingers closed around his and squeezed gently.

"Jack," Owen said. Jack turned his attention back to the garden and let go of Ianto's hand. She was standing in the middle of the lawn, illuminated by their torches, staring at the team – an unusual, eerie being in a garden in Cardiff. Jack got up and went towards the porch door. The team followed him with a few feet of distance, guns at the ready.

Jack slid the door open and entered the garden. "Hello," he said. The Banshee looked at him with sad dark eyes.

"Jack?" Gwen asked. "Should I translate?"

"That's not necessary," Jack said. "She knows what we're saying, don't you?"

She whispered, "Fy mlentyn, fy mlentyn bach."

"Stop it," Jack said angrily and stepped a bit closer to her. He pointed his Webley at her. "I played by your rules but my patience kind of runs out when innocent people die." Her eyes barely narrowed, but Jack saw it. He smiled. "Yeah, you know exactly what I'm saying."

"Murderer," she said.

"You're the murderer here."

"I can see it in your mind. More than four thousand lives lost because of you."

"You can read my mind just a easily as the Fairies even though I was trained not to let anyone in. You're one of them, aren't you?”

She didn't answer. Jack asked, ”What is this about? Why kill a worker who wasn't doing anything but ...” He stopped and his eyes widened in sudden understanding. “It's the forest. We were so focussed on the residents and the Fairies that we missed the obvious. The forest is being cleared.” Her eyes showed a flicker of pain. Jack nodded. “The forest's the child you're crying over.”

“Wouldn't you grieve your children, Jack Harkness?” she asked sadly. She tilted her head. “You already did. Michael … and others.”

Jack stepped towards her threateningly. “Get out of my head.” He hated the fact that the Fairies chose his memories to hurt him.

“I'm not one of them,” the Banshee said. “I'm not related to them … not by blood.”

Jack frowned. “But you have no difficulties in invading my mind. That means you're more than just a plain old alien. You're one of the really old races, right?" He tilted his head. "What are we dealing with here? Dironder, Trejk … I never met a Ha-ol before. Are you one?"

"Murderer."

"You keep repeating yourself."

She didn't answer.

"Whatever," Jack said. "It doesn't matter in the long run. You have to leave. You're scaring these people."

"They are murderers. Humans." She spat the word out. "A plague the universe should be cured from."

Owen scoffed. "I don't exactly love you either."

Jack pulled her attention back to him. "I'm giving you a chance to leave. If you don't, Torchwood will force you."

The Banshee laughed. "Torchwood. Worse than all the others. Thieves, murderers, arrogant specimens of your race. You think everything belongs to you. Your archives." She stared at Ianto and he couldn't shake the feeling that she was going through his mind. He didn't feel anything, but even Jack was unable to stop her and he was stronger than Ianto when it came to things like these.

The Banshee was still staring at Ianto, curiously and questioningly. "Filled with things that do not belong to you. Things you got by shedding blood. Things you are too young for." She looked back at Jack. "The human race will always be too young."

"I'll take that as a no," Jack said, unimpressed. He tightened the hold around his gun and she vanished. "Damn!" Jack cursed.

Tosh asked, "Where did she go?"

Jack was heading for the garden gate. "Just a guess, but I think she'll go where she feels safe."

The forest. They left the garden and all of them switched on their torches to look around.

"We'll split up," Jack said. "Owen, Gwen, Tosh, check out the stone circle. Ianto, you stay with me." He activated his comm link. "Stay in contact."

***

"Stay close to me," Jack said and Ianto nodded nervously. He was holding his gun in one hand while his other was gripping the torch. Jack seemed tense, but calm, experienced. The darkness and the noises of the forest didn't seem to bother him or make him nervous. Ianto kept turning his head every time he heard something rustle. Jack seemed to know instinctively which noises and shadows he should pay attention to. Jack switched his torch off and slid it into his coat pocket. Without the least sign of hesitance, he shoved his hand in Ianto's trouser pocket.

"Sir!"

"I'm not flirting," Jack said. He smiled and showed him the mobile cell he'd gotten out of Ianto's pocket. "Switch off the torch."

The moon was out and, combined with the near city lights, gave the woods an eerie glow, filled with shadows, but they were able to see enough to navigate through the trees.

***

"Okay," Owen whispered and Gwen cursed the fact that he couldn't keep his mouth shut. "I don't want to know what I just stepped into."

"You're such a princess," Gwen hissed. They passed by the last few trees and reached the stone circle. Their torches searched the trees, but everything was quiet.

Owen tapped his comm link. "Jack, no sign of the Banshee or the Fairies."

"Keep looking," Jack answered.

***

Jack grabbed Ianto's arm and stopped him. "Sh!" he said, pulling Ianto closer and pushing him up against a tree. He nodded to a nearby hill where, against the dark night sky ... something was moving. It seemed as if the air was moving in small waves. Almost invisible. Jack's lips neared Ianto's ear and he whispered, "You stay here." Ianto didn't want to, but he nodded. He leaned against the tree and pointed his weapon at the weird turbulence. Jack crept towards the hill. He pointed his Webley at the Banshee and said loudly, "Not the best cloak I've ever seen."

The Banshee appeared out of the turbulence, turned to Jack and before Ianto could understand what had happened, a bolt of lightning hit Jack square in the chest. He screamed and his gun gave off a shot. The Banshee just stared at him and even more bolts shot in Jack's direction. He collapsed, screaming in pain. His clothes started to smoulder, and Ianto realized in terror that he was going to get burned to death. He would end up like the corpse in the Hub.

Ianto left his place. His shouts mixed with Jack's shrill screams and Ianto shot. The Banshee stopped attacking Jack and turned her attention to him. Ianto jumped out of the way when a bolt of lightning headed towards him, but before the Banshee could attack a second time, Jack was on her. "Ianto!" he shouted and something flipped through the air and landed in the leaves on the ground. Ianto tried to ignore the Banshee's new attack on Jack, his screams and the smell of burning flesh. He fell to his knees and looked for the mobile cell.

***

Tosh whirled around when a shot rang out, echoing through the woods. "Oh, God!" she said.

Owen tapped his comm link. "Jack? Ianto?"

Another shot rang out and Owen ran in the direction it had come from. Gwen and Tosh were hot on his heels. Owen stopped abruptly, causing Gwen to run into him. "Bloody, hell, Owen, what ..." Then she saw them. The Fairies were floating in the air just a few feet away.

"Oh, fuck!" Owen said. They raised their weapons.

Tosh's voice shook when she whispered, "That won't harm them." Gwen didn't care. She shot, but the bullet didn't even seem to graze the Fairy. Gwen tried to shoot a second time, but suddenly, she was unable to breathe. Her chest tightened and she gasped. The forest around her began to spin and she felt the hard, moist ground under her knees. She coughed, her gun fell from her numb fingers and she raised her hands to her neck as if she could pry lose the invisible hands choking her. She sobbed when she didn't manage it. Beside her, Owen fell to his knees and she heard Tosh moan and the last thing she thought before collapsing into darkness was that Jack was right.

Chapter Sixteen
Masterlist

Comments

( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
punkchick1995
Mar. 11th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
OH NO!! both for what's happening and because i just realised that there are only two parts left! although i can't wait to see what happens - i don't want this to end!!
jolinarjackson
Mar. 12th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) What an awesome icon. Where's that from?
punkchick1995
Mar. 12th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Why thank you :) i just typed in green day icons on google and found it :P xx
usakiwigirl
Mar. 11th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I mean, just... wow. That was so well paced, and grabbed me by the seat of my pants and I absolutely can't wait for you to put up another chapter.

Wow.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 12th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
larsinger29
Mar. 11th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oh my god! What a cliffhanger! I'm on the edge of my chair, riveted to your description of what is going on! Fantastic job with the intensity in this chapter. It was a subtle build up that really paid off well in the end.

Can't wait to see what the next two installments hold!
jolinarjackson
Mar. 12th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
jsks
Mar. 11th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
ugh, a cliffiea nevil cliffie. more please, hat is happenening?
jolinarjackson
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) There will be mor soon.
runzu
Mar. 11th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
I almost missed my bus stop reading this lol! This chapter had my heart racing! Kudos!
jolinarjackson
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
milady_dragon
Mar. 11th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
So...now Gwen decided that Jack is right? *sigh*

This is just intense. I loved the build-up, and now you smack us with everything all at once. Just awesome.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
lazy_8s
Mar. 11th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)

Awesome chapter! Loved the action and cliffhanger ending.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
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jolinarjackson
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Re: ooh
Thanks. :)
lone_star_woman
Mar. 12th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
Chills and thrills. This chapter has both.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
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