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Fic: Avalon's Child Chapter 9/11

Title: Avalon’s Child
Fandoms: Torchwood/Merlin/Doctor Who
Pairings/Characters: Jack/Ianto, Arthur/Merlin, Gwaine/Morgana, Doctor/Donna, Mickey/Martha, Tommy/Tosh, Owen/Katie, Rhys/Gwen, John/Suzie, TARDIS, Lancelot/Guinevere, pre-Rhys/Alice, Steven, Rhiannon, Myfanwy, Aithusa and Kilgharrah, Francine, Tish, David, Mica, Estelle
Summary: The moment they tried to kill him they brought forth a wrath unlike anything seen before. The 456 were easily defeated the moment Avalon became involved but now humanity must face the consequences of actions taken and not taken. The wrath of the dragons will be known as Jack must make amends for a single thoughtless moment that ruined what he had with Ianto or he will risk losing his other half.
Rating: R
Disclaimer: I do not own Torchwood, Merlin or Doctor Who
Beta: milady_dragon
Written for the Dragon Big Bang Round 1

Chapter 9


A look was shared between all. The first move had been made. Arthur grasped Gwen by the arm; he didn’t have time to assign her a guard while he dealt with this new problem. “Merlin, Morgana, see if you can’t get in contact with the leader of the Fae, Donna, go with them as the reborn Freya they may respond to you better.”


The Doctor’s eyebrow rose and disappeared into his hairline. His Donna was Freya, the Lady of the Lake? ‘No wondered she could remember everything without her mind being destroyed.’ The look Donna sent him had the Doctor gulping; she still hadn’t forgiven him for erasing her memories. ‘I have a long road ahead of me.’


“Did they take Stephen, Mica or David?” Jack asked fear clear in his voice and written on his face.


Donna shook her head, a kind smile on her face. “No, they are safe. The Fae only took the children still in the human realm; they would not take any child already here and safe.”


A sigh of relief went through both Jack and Ianto, knowing their loved ones were safe from the Fae’s grasp.


Arthur tenderly stroked Merlin’s cheek. “Stay safe.” He knew how dangerous the Fae could be.


Leaning into the caress Merlin reached out and covered Arthur’s hand with his own. “I will.”


Reaching her husband’s side Morgana pressed a kiss against Gwaine’s cheek along with a message, “Get John to watch over Gwen. He’s the only one I trust to keep a clear head and do what needs to be done if she gets out of line.”


Gwaine gave a barely noticeable nod as he returned Morgana’s gesture. “I will.” He knew their younger son was the right choice. He had no real love for Gwen or any connections to her like Ianto and the others had.


Suzie waited until the three were gone before turning to address Arthur. “We need to speak to Kilgharrah, Myfanwy, and Aithusa. If anyone can handle the Fae it would be them.” The dragons were still the most respected of all magical creatures and many looked to Kilgharrah for advice.


Arthur nodded his head. “That sounds like a plan. Let’s head back to the meeting hall, Merlin will know to bring them the Fae there.” ‘Plus the sooner I can get Gwen under guard the better I will feel.’


As they began walking it was Ianto who decided to voice something that had been bothering him for a while. “So I know Owen is Gauis, Tosh is Guinevere, Suzie is Nimueh, Donna is Freya. Who else has been reborn?” he asked his father.


Tosh smiled at Ianto, deciding to answer instead. “Tommy is Lancelot. We were destined to be together and after we returned him Avalon brought him home, Katie is Alice; she and Owen will finally have their happy ending. Mickey was the last of the knights to be reborn. He was at one time Elyan.”


Jack’s eyes narrowed as he tightened his grip on Ianto’s waist. “Then how does John fit into all of this?”


Owen exchanged a grin with Suzie. It was nice to see the possessive side of Jack coming out around Ianto instead of Gwen. “John is Gwaine and Morgana’s son, so you can cool your jets. It means he and Tea-Boy are related.” Owen snorted at the look of relief that spread across Jack’s face at that little bit of news. ‘So you don’t do jealousy Mister 51st Century?’ It was about time Jack realised the catch he had in Ianto and Owen had a feeling John would be more than happy to remind Jack from time to time.


Silence reigned as they slowly made their way towards the meeting hall until Ianto broke the silence. “Let me talk to the Fae and the others.”


All eyes flew to Ianto as Jack went white with fear. He gripped Ianto tightly, memories of Estelle’s death at the hands of the Fae flashing before his eyes. “No, you can’t! I can’t lose you to them like I lost Estelle. I can’t lose you, not again.” Jack’s voice was full of sorrow and pain.


Looking over Jack’s shoulder Ianto meet his father’s eyes. “Could you give us a few moments?” he asked softly, knowing that he needed to comfort Jack but didn’t want to do it with an audience.


“We’ll meet you both in the meeting hall.” Arthur almost hoped that Jack would be able to talk Ianto out of his idea but at the same time knew his son maybe the only one to be able to talk any sense into Avalon.


Ianto waited until the others were out of sight before wrapping his arms tightly around Jack. “Listen to me, Jack, I understand your fear of the Fae but they wouldn’t hurt me. I need to speak to them. This is all happening because the 456 tried to kill me, I’m the reason that Avalon wants to go to war for. I can’t let that happen, I’m not worth all the pain that will follow.”


“You are worth it,” Jack murmured into Ianto’s hair. “From what I know about the history and myths that surround your family and those of Avalon, this war has been long brewing. Your death was just the final straw. Avalon protects its own and you are their prince. It’s no wonder they would seek to destroy those who hurt you. I know I was willing to trade the world if it meant getting you back.” Watching as the light had faded from Ianto’s eyes at that moment Jack decided the world could burn for all he cared.


Tears welled up in Ianto’s eyes at the love shining so brightly and freely in Jack’s eyes. “I just don’t want to be the reason that so many people suffer for. This is bigger than me but I’m the reason they are talking about war and I need to do something before it gets that far. Will you help me?” Ianto looked up at Jack with pleading eyes.


A tender smile graced Jack’s face as he brushed a gentle kiss across Ianto’s forehead. “Nothing would keep me from your side,” he vowed as he tightened his grip on Ianto and pressed another kiss into Ianto’s hair. “Come on, we better get going.” Not ready to let go of Ianto just yet Jack kept an arm wrapped around his Welshman’s waist and a content sigh that escaped Jack’s parted lips.


When Arthur and the others arrived in the meeting hall they were surprised to see the Fae already there with an elegant looking older lady standing in the middle of the Fae like she belonged with them. Kilgharrah and Aithusa seemed to be in a stand-off with the Fae while Myfanwy stood protectively in front of the children, Morgana, Merlin and Donna with them concern written in their eyes.


The Fae hissed as they stared into the ancient eyes of Kilgharrah. “They are ours we shall not return them.”


The Great Dragon slowly shook his head. “They are not yours. Not all of them are your Chosen Ones. You have no rights to them.”


“We have watched the humans for a long time. Some of them treat their young like dirt. They would be happier and safe with us, they would be loved. Why should we return them?” the Fae demanded to know.


Sadness filled Aithusa’s eyes as she saw the Fae’s point. “It is true that some humans treat their young wrong and hurt them greatly but not all humans are like that, they love their children. Look at Rhiannon and Alice… they would die to keep their children safe.”


“The Fae mean no harm to anyone. The children have not been harmed; in fact they love their time amongst us,” the woman spoke up in a soft and kind voice.


Tosh and Owen stared at the woman she seemed so familiar to them but it was Gwen who recognized her, “Estelle?”


A gentle smile graced Estelle’s face. “Hello, Gwen, wasn’t it?” she asked the woman she had seen only a couple of times with Jack before her beloved Fae brought her to Avalon as protection against the oncoming darkness.


Gwen just stared opened mouth at her. “But… but you’re dead! They killed you!” Gwen shrieked.


A Fae shot forward. “We would never kill one of our friends. No, we took her to keep her safe. We didn’t trust you, dark one. After all you are your mother’s child.”


Gwen shifted nervously. She was not welcomed or trusted. ‘Where are you mother? Why aren’t you here protecting me?’ Gwen refused to believe that her mother had abandoned her to this fate.


"What do they mean by that?"


Closing her eyes, Gwen turned around to see Rhys standing behind her with his arms crossed and a hurt look in his eyes. "Gwen, why did the Fae call you, ‘dark one’?"


"Rhys, I can explain," Gwen started.


"She's Morgause's daughter. She played a big role in disrupting the timelines," Gwaine quickly cut in, refusing to let her play his son the fool any longer.


Rhys could only stare at Gwen with hurt in his eyes. "All this time you've been lying to me? Using me?"


"No! Rhys, I did love you." The moment the words escaped Gwen's mouth she knew they were the wrong thing to say.


"Right, I've been a blind fool. The moment you met Jack, you changed. He’s what you were waiting for, your dashing hero to whisk you away. Jack is what Morgause promised you wasn't he?" Rhys silently cursed himself for being so blind. He knew Gwen loved him and cared for him but not in the way a woman should love her husband.


John rested a hand on his brother's shoulder. "Come on man, she's not worth it." Oh how he wished he could offer his brother some more comforting words but this wasn't his Rhys, not the brother he had grown up with, a future that Morgause had robbed them of.


As John moved Rhys away Gwen saw her safe future crumbling before her eyes. "If you don't love him now is the time to let my son go," Gwaine whispered harshly in Gwen's ear as he gripped her arm to stop her from going after Rhys.


Tears filled Gwen's eyes. She knew Gwaine was right and she had serious doubts anyone would let her get away with treating Rhys like he was second best in her life. He had been the back-up choice when Jack had left her and didn't make a move to claim her when he got back.


The doors to the meeting hall opened again and all eyes flew to see Jack pale and stumble as his eyes landed on a very much alive Estelle.


"Hello Jack, you're looking well," Estelle greeted her former lover with a smile.


Jack could only stare at her, unsure if he was actually seeing what he was seeing. "Estelle? But how is this possible?"


Estelle smiled sweetly at Jack. "It's a long story but safe to say I am a true friend of the Fae and they could see what was coming and wanted to protect me the only way they knew how, and that was faking my death and bringing me to Avalon to live amongst them," Estelle informed Jack.


"I'm glad you're safe and happy. You were a bright star in my life and I'm glad it hasn't gone out yet." Jack had been destroyed when Estelle's life had been cut short by creatures she loved so deeply.


"I'm glad that this reunion is going so well but do you think we can get back to the point that the Fae have taken the children?" the Doctor piped up, knowing with what had just happened with the 456 this would not be sitting well with the rest of the world.


The Fae hissed at anyone who came near them. "We shall return the loved ones, but the unloved, the unwanted and the abused are ours and we will strike down anyone who dares to take or harm what is now ours," the lead Fae warned.


The Doctor nodded his head; he had seen how this world treated some of their children. "It sounds fair. All children need to be loved and I see no reason why you shouldn't give a home to those who have none or are being hurt in their current one. What do you think Jack?" the Time Lord turned to his old friend.


"That sounds like a reasonable plan. Those children need a home full of love and where they can be safe." The centuries Jack had lived on Earth he had seen the horrors mankind delivered onto their young and as much as he hated the Fae he knew they would never harm a single hair on a child's head.


"The children will be loved you have my word," Estelle promised. She had seen firsthand how much the Fae loved their Chosen Ones and the same would be for the children they have just been given.


"That is all we ask." Arthur hoped they were doing the right thing in giving the children to the Fae.


"Wait, before you go I must speak to you all," Ianto spoke up unexpectedly; he couldn't help but blush as all eyes turned to him. "Is there any way that I can speak to everyone at once?" he asked Morgana and his father.


Merlin and Morgana shared a look as they had a silent conversation and seem to come to a decision as Merlin turned to face his son. "Magic binds us all. You are one of the few who can use the magic that lies within you. Say what you wish to say and the wind will carry your words and if the others wish to hear your words they will."


'I must be insane for even thinking of doing this.' Ianto wasn't sure how well his plan would work or if he could even use his own magic to reach out to the others. “Anger, pain and hurt have festered for centuries. The crimes Uther committed against all of you is still a wound that has not healed but under my father’s rule you were accepted and welcomed until the hearts of man once again began to waver and they lost their belief in magic. While times have changed it is still not enough.” Ianto took a deep breath and was grateful when Jack squeezed his hand in support.


 “A few days ago my lover and I stood up against the 456 and the government that wanted to give into their demands and give them the children they wanted. They let their fear of the 456 guide their actions just as you all let your rage of my near death cloud your own judgement. War is not the answer, nor do I want you to do it on my behalf. Please if you truly do care for me you would not be using my name as a reason to start a bloodbath. I ask you to think of all the innocents that will be lost should you go to war. They do not deserve your hate or your wrath. Please, if not for me, spare them."


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 9th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
He did not know!
Poor Rhys.
Ianto did a great advocacy.
Mar. 19th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
I felt bad for poor Rhys but he will have a happy ending.
Ianto is far to kind heart to want anyone to go to war in his name.
Feb. 16th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
Each chapter brings more thrills and chills then the ones before and I love it.
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