Fandom’s: Torchwood/Merlin/Doctor Who
Pairings/Characters: Arthur/Merlin, Jack/Ianto, Doctor/Morgana, Martha, John/Tosh, Rhys/Gwen, Owen/Gwen, Morgana/Lisa, Andy, Kathy, hints of John/Ianto, some Andy/Ianto/Morgana, some Mary/Tosh, past Suzie/Tosh, past Ianto/Ferya and past Morgana/Gwen/Lancelot
Summary: For so long he has waited for his other half to be reborn, Ianto just never counted on Arthur to be reborn as a cocky, immortal captain.
Spoilers: All of Torchwood S1
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these shows
Beta: milady_dragon I
I'm so sorry for the wait for this chapter I hope to keep regular updates!
Watching Morgana coo and talk baby-talk to Moses ruined the tough scary sorceress imagine that Rhys had of her. Spotting out of the corner of his eye the same gobsmacked look on Andy's face he knew that how he saw Morgana was forever changed as well.
Ianto and Estelle exchanged amused smiles at the baffled looks Andy and Rhys were sporting every time they glanced at Morgana cooing at Moses. 'They have no idea how lucky they are to see this side of Morgana,' Ianto thought fondly. It was rare for anyone but himself, Guinevere, Lancelot and Estelle to see this light-hearted side of the dark-haired sorceress.
Utterly content Moses soaked up every bit of attention Morgana was giving him. There was sadness to his beloved human and it was his duty as a cat to make her happy again.
"I've been thinking. Perhaps, instead of waiting until tomorrow to tell Jack about your magic you should tell him the next time you see him. This is not something that should be sprung on Jack," Morgana told Ianto as she continued to rub Moses' ears.
A thoughtful look appeared in Estelle's eyes. "Morgana does have a point. Jack does not like surprises and this is a pretty big one. I think Morgana is right, this is something you shouldn't spring on Jack."
Ianto knew Morgana and Estelle were both right. He remembered when he finally told Arthur about his magic; his love had been so deeply hurt that he had kept something so important hidden for so long. 'Of course once Arthur got over his hurt and anger he did say that it explained how I managed to stay alive for so long given how much trouble I managed to get in.' Ianto could still recall the smug look on Arthur's face as if he had figured out some grand secret of the universe.
From the look on Morgana's face she was remembering Arthur's smug look as well and the fact that once Arthur got over his hurt he had dragged him into their room and they hadn’t come out for a week. A light blush appeared on Ianto’s cheeks as he recalled how his blond lover had wanted to see how long he could last when his magic came into play.
Clearly Rhys remembered that as well as he asked with a lecherous grin, “You and Jack aren’t going to disappear on us for a week are you?”
To Ianto’s horror he felt his cheeks go bright red and he mumbled under his breath, “None of your business if we do.”
Moses let out a distasteful sound. He didn’t see what was so great about the loud human. In his opinion his Welsh human could do so much better.
Ianto shivered as the faint time vortex washed over him and he knew Jack was nearby. “I think we’re about to have a visitor.” He finished warning them just as the doorbell rang.
Morgana was up on her feet and heading for the door before Ianto even had a chance to blink. Realising what Morgana was planning Ianto shot to his feet only to stumble a little and silently cursed the fact that he hadn’t completely gotten over his clumsiness.
“Morgana, don’t you dare open that door,” Ianto hissed under his breath, but it was too late as Morgana flew open the door with a mischievous look on her face and came face-to-face with a confused-looking Jack Harkness.
It was only after leaving the Hub did Jack realise he didn’t have a plan in tracking down Ianto; that was until he remembered all Torchwood agent's mobile phones could be traced. Of course that was only for emergencies. ‘Still, I think this counts as an emergency. I have no clue where my gorgeous Welshman is.’ Knowing that if Ianto were to find out about him using Torchwood technology for personal reasons, ‘Ianto will more than likely put me on decaf or worse, instant decaf.’ Jack shivered in horror at the thought of being denied Ianto’s coffee, but it was a risk he was willing to take.
But nothing could have prepared him for where the tracker led him. Jack blinked as a familiar house came into view. ‘What is Ianto doing at Estelle’s?’ The moment that thought passed through Jack’s head he wanted to hit himself over the head and call himself an idiot. ‘I saw the photos at Ianto’s flat. He and Estelle are friends and it’s been so long since I’ve visited Estelle this could be a good thing.’ With a bounce in his step Jack locked up the SUV and skipped up the steps, a big smile on his face as he realised he was going to get to spend some time with two of his favourite people.
The smile faded and confusion graced Jack’s face as the door was opened by a beautiful dark-haired young woman who Jack instantly recognized from the photos at Ianto’s flat, and a scowling Moses.
Morgana was at war with herself as she stared at Jack. This was the man who so coldly ordered the death of her beloved Lisa, but he was also Arthur her brother, the man who gave her a second chance after she turned against him, who forgave her and welcomed her back with open arms. ‘I want to hate him but I can’t. He did what Ianto and I didn’t have the strength to, put Lisa out of her misery. If only I had been strong enough then that monster wouldn’t have tainted Lisa’s hands with the blood of innocents.’ Morgana knew what her heart was telling her to do. “I’m Morgana and you must be Jack. You’re all Ianto’s been talking about lately.”
Jack preened and a huge smile burst onto his face. “Ianto talks about me?” The Welshman in question appeared behind Morgana, a scowl on his handsome face but all Jack noticed was the red hue on the tips of Ianto’s ears. ‘He looks so cute when he’s blushing. I need to make him do that more often,’ Jack vowed.
“Morgana, why don’t you go a fetch Jack something to drink?” Ianto hissed at his nosey best friend. He didn’t need her feeding Jack’s ego by telling him that he was all Ianto talked about. ‘Even if that is true, there’s no need for Jack to know that.’
Morgana just favoured Jack with a wink before whirling on her heel and skipping back into Estelle’s, Ianto reached up and rubbed his forehead. ‘I think between Morgana and Jack they might actually give me grey hairs. Why did I ever hope that they would get along?’ Sighing, Ianto narrowed his eyes at Jack. “You used Torchwood tech to find me, didn’t you?” The guilty shuffle Jack made was all the answer he needed. “What am I going to do with you, Sir?”
“You could let me take you out for a late lunch.” The words fell from Jack’s lips before he could silence them.
Unashamed the other four inside Estelle’s house were listening in and Estelle almost wished she could ask Morgana to make some popcorn. Everyone waited with baited breath to see what Ianto’s answer would be.
Ianto studied Jack and the shy smile on Jack’s face melted Ianto’s heart. “I would love to, but why don’t you come in for a little bit and visit with Estelle.” Ianto moved aside to let Jack enter only to blink as the immortal snagged his hand and linked their fingers together. Ianto smiled at Jack when he saw the unsure look in Jack’s eyes and gave his hand a gentle squeeze.
“Ahh that's so sweet I think you’re going to give me cavities.” Rhys’ voice drifted over to them and once again Ianto found his cheeks heating up.
Peering around Ianto, Jack blinked at the sight of Gwen’s former partner Andy and her boyfriend Rhys sitting on the couch with a cup of Estelle’s finest china in their hands. “Did I miss something? How do you all know each other?” Jack demanded, his eyes narrowing.
Looks were exchange all around. It would seem that they would have to let Jack in on a piece of their secret. Shifting nervously Ianto once again squeezed Jack’s hand, drawing his attention back to him. The questions and wariness shone in Jack’s blue eyes and Ianto swallowed hard, “Jack, there’s something I need to tell you but I need you to keep an open mind.”
Jack blinked, wondering what Ianto could possible have to tell him that would shock him. “Of course Ianto, you can tell me anything and I won’t judge you, I thought you knew that.” Hurt laced Jack’s voice.
Hurt that ripped into Ianto. “I do know that Jack, but this is something big. I think you better sit down for this.” Keeping a grip on Jack’s hand Ianto led Jack over to the vacant second couch and took a deep breath. “I have magic.”
Jack blinked and blinked a second time. “Magic, like Merlin did?” Jack had no idea why everyone seemed to soundly cough to smooth over their laughter.
Ianto shook his head, a soft smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. “Yes, like Merlin. Morgana is just like me and Rhys, Andy and Estelle also have some magic flowing through them. That is why we know that the Fae have come for another Chosen One.”
Jack’s breath caught in his throat as he remembered his last run in with the Fae and what they did to his men. “We need to find that child, they're in danger!” Jack tried to jump to his feet but Ianto’s grip kept him seated.
“No, Jack, you can’t.” It was Estelle who spoke up, her eyes filled with knowledge beyond mortals. “Once the Fae have found a Chosen One there is nothing that will stop them from getting what they seek. Mortals have no chance against their power and us blessed with magic know better to go against them when one of their own is involved.”
Ianto knew he had to tell Jack about the warning the Fae gave to Estelle and Morgana, “Plus the Fae gave us a warning. Something is coming, and something that will have taken all children from this plane, not once but twice and the first time is growing closer. The Fae are acting to keep their Chosen One and all other children safe. That child will be out of reach, all we can do is make sure nothing gets in their way. Please understand Jack, to get between the Fae is certain death,” Ianto pleaded with Jack to understand.
Jack hated the idea of being forced to give children away. The ones he'd given away to the 456 still haunted him to this very day but he could not deny the power of the Fae, he had seen it firsthand. “Alright, I’ll keep Torchwood out of this but you better hope Gwen doesn’t learn about this, she won’t be as understanding.”
A sigh of relief escaped Ianto’s lips. “Thank you Jack, for understand and not looking at me like I’m a freak.”
A low growl escaped Jack’s lips as he cupped Ianto’s face with his hands. “Ianto Jones you are not a freak and I never want to hear you speak about yourself like that again.” Jack didn’t like Ianto talking about himself like that.
Ianto’s heart fluttered in his chest. Those were the same words Arthur said to him so long ago. “I won’t,” Ianto whispered softly under his breath.
Realising this was a private moment Estelle climbed to her feet and gave both Andy and Rhys a gentle nudge when neither man moved. When the three of them joined Morgana in the kitchen it proved how lost Jack and Ianto were in one another when they didn’t even notice them leave.
Morgana smiled as she gentle shut the kitchen door, her heart hurting just a little bit. ‘Where are you Lancelot? When will you return to me?’
Once the TARDIS was finished landing the Doctor threw open the doors and seemed to sniff the air. “Yep, Earth 21st Century. Now all we have to do is find Jack and Merlin,” the Doctor announced with a grin.
“And don’t forget Morgana,” John voiced helpfully as he came to stand next to the Doctor, and couldn’t help but smirk as the Doctor flinched at that little reminder, “She’s going to be pissed off with you. I’m glad I don’t have to face her anger.”
Martha stifled at giggle as she watched the Doctor pale. ‘Oh yes I can’t wait to meet this Morgana, anyone who can scare the Doctor like this I’m sure I’m going to love.’
“Well you certainly took your sweet time in getting here, but you missed Torchwood Three by quite a bit.” A very old and welcoming voice to the Doctor’s ears came from behind them.
The Doctor whirled around, a great big grin on his face as he came face-to-face with two very old and dear friends. “Alistair and my Sarah Jane, it’s good to see you both again. But what are you doing here?”
Fondly, Sarah Jane rolled her eyes. “I know I’ve changed a lot since the last time you’ve seen me Lancelot, but I thought when your former self awakened you would recognize me.” At the Doctor's continued blank look Sarah Jane couldn’t help but sigh, “It’s me; Aithusa.”
The Doctor could only blink as he realised his dear Sarah Jane was Aithusa, Morgana’s dragon. He and John could only stare at the two reborn dragons. Finally it was John who found his voice. “How is this possible?”
Alistair crossed his arms over his chest. “Now is not the time to get into the how. All you need to know is Arthur’s knights are being reborn and awakening. Something is coming. Morgause is planning something and Arthur has yet to awaken.”
That wasn’t good. The Doctor swallowed hard. “Have Arthur and Merlin at least found their way to one another?” That was the most important thing; Arthur would start to remember when he and Merlin found each other once again.
Sarah Jane smiled fondly. “Yes, they have but until Arthur fully awakens he will be valuable to Morgause and Mordred’s plots. It’s our job to keep them safe.”
Hidden in the shadows another time traveller watched the scene unfold before them. “I must inform my lady. The Time Lord has come too soon; the plan is not yet set.” Morgause had yet to finish corrupting and twisting the other's weaknesses to the Doctor and Morgana yet and this arrival could ruin all. ‘We will need to step up our plans for my master’s release. Time is no longer on our side.’