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This Crying Earth - Prologue

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.
Author's Note: This is the sequel to The Enemy Within, but you don't need to know it to read this. There'll be just some hints you won't understand that well. The song sung by an OC in the prologue is 7 Things by Miley Cyrus. Jack mentions catching the team gossiping about him via IM – I'm referring to an IM conversation formerly on the BBC website. There's also the mention of a scene from an outtake from the episode Cyberwoman. The title's from Michael Jackson's Earth Song.
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.

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The awesome art produced for this story was created by rexluscus . It includes
the cover art
the banner
and the Jack/Ianto pic from the cover art in color.

Here's the entry on rex's journal. Please leave a comment.

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Prologue


The rain wasn't showing any sign of letting up in the near future. The street lamps were reflected on the wet tarmac and cast an orange glow on the neat family homes on one side of the street. However, the light didn't reach the shadows between the trees of Roundstone Wood just across the street. It was as if the warm glow couldn't enter the realm of the trees. As if the shadows were swallowing all the light and noises. Some construction equipment was lining the edge of the forest like guardians, abandoned for now, but soon to be used.

When a tall girl with dark hair passed the crossing at the end of the street, the soft noise of sneakers hitting the tarmac echoed between the houses and the forest. She switched off her iPod and shoved it into her jacket. Coedwig Street wasn't dangerous, but at this time of night, Kelly Rush preferred to be able to hear everything going on around her. Besides, she was a bit scared by the stories the people told about Roundstone Wood, even though she would never admit that to her father.

She pulled the zip of her jacket up and pushed her freezing hands deep into her pockets. The light rain was wetting her long hair, making it cling to her face.

“Seven things I like about you,“ Kelly sang in a whisper, because she couldn't stand the quiet. “Seven things I like about you. Yeah, you.“

There was the sound of snapping wood and she turned to the forest, noticing that it was suddenly looking more dangerous than before.

“You're vain, your games, you're insecure, you love ...“ She stopped when she thought that she'd seen something move between the trees. Then she shook her head and squared her shoulders. “You love me, you like her ...“

Again that sound. Kelly was tempted to call her father and ask him to meet her half-way. She would even endure his I told you so-speech. She knew that, being seventeen, she was old enough to walk home, but he doubted it. No, she wouldn't call him. She wasn't far from home by now.

“You make me laugh ...“ She walked by a digger and the sound of the rain hitting the machine drowned out her soft singing. A whisper joined hers and she stopped. She turned back to where she'd come from. There was no-one behind her, but she felt scared and she just knew, somehow, that she wasn't alone any more.

“Oh, God,“ she whispered and, with trembling fingers, pulled her mobile out of her tight jeans. “Oh, God!“ She turned back to face the right direction and walked faster. Kelly heard a scream and dropped her mobile. She stumbled backwards and fell. And froze. In front of her, just a few metres away and surrounded by mist coming from the woods, was a strange woman. She was whimpering and crying and muttering something Kelly didn't understand. Kelly grabbed her mobile and slowly got up. “Hello?“ she asked. “Are y'alright?“

The woman fell to her knees and buried her head in her hands. She screamed something that was foreign to Kelly's ears. Kelly stepped towards her and then stopped once more. She wasn't one of her neighbours. Kelly knew everyone living in Coedwig Street.

“I don't understand you,“ she said. “D'ya understand me?“ She slowly approached the woman. “I've got a mobile. I could call an ambulance, ya know.“

The woman sobbed. Kelly stopped a few steps away from her, worried but careful. “Hello?“

The woman raised her head … and Kelly screamed.


Chapter One
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