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Fic: Avalon's Child Chapter 8/11

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 8


It hadn't taken a lot for Morgana to convince Rhys and Gwaine to give her a moment alone with Gwen; she had used the excuse of wanting to get to know her daughter-in-law and the woman caring her grandchild. She had a few things she needed to say to the woman. "You can stop faking now; I've known you've been awake for a while now.”


Gulping Gwen sat up and found herself face-to-face with the legendary Morgana and the other woman did not look happy.


Morgana studied the woman before her and she was reminded of the harlots who would throw themselves on her brother and Gwaine. "You carry my son's child and yet you still lust and fling yourself at another. Have you no shame?" Morgana wasn't one to beat around the bush and got straight to her point. There was darkness in this woman, someone along her family history had been touched by something unnatural and it rubbed Morgana the wrong way.


"I don't see how it is any business of yours," Gwen snapped back, wondering where Morgana got off sticking her nose in other peoples’ affairs.


Morgana's eyes flashed amber as she stared down Gwen. "Ianto is my nephew and I will not stand by and watch as you try to take his happiness away from him. You are to stop panting after Jack or I'll make sure that you won't even remember your own name by the time I get finished with you."


Gwen knew that was not an idle threat, the legends and stories of Morgana’s powers in the King Arthur’s myths more than likely only gave a tiny taste of the power that lay within Morgana. She was not someone you wanted as a personal enemy but at the same time Gwen wasn’t sure if she could turn off her feelings for Jack, he was far too deep under her skin, Rhys was her world but Jack was the very air she breathed.


Morgana saw the defiant look in Gwen’s eyes as the Welshwoman steeled herself and dare to challenge Morgana’s words. “What ever happens between Jack and myself is none of your business. I love Rhys but I can not deny that there is something between Jack and myself. There has been since the moment we met. And I will not lie and say that if offered I would turn Jack down. In the end as much as I love Rhys I love Jack more.” Gwen felt so much better getting that all of her chest.


Morgana shook her head. “Then you are a foolish little girl, chasing after a dream that will never happen. Like Arthur and Merlin before them Jack and Ianto are two halves of the same coin, they are destined for one another. When you are nothing but a distant memory Jack will still be at Ianto’s side.” Morgana took a dangerous step forward. “I have seen into your heart and heard your thoughts and it sickens me at how you could possibly be happy in the deaths of Owen and Tosh because you seem to think because you survive that it makes you special. My son and future grandchild would be much better off without you.”


Gwen raised her head and stuck out her chin. “Yes, I did feel special that I survived and they didn’t. I’m the heart of Torchwood; I’m the one who made Jack feel human again, not Ianto. I was and still am the most important member of Torchwood and I will survive to a ripe old age and when Jack comes to his senses it will be me he shows the wonders of the universe to and not Ianto.”


Morgana just shook her head. She finally knew who it was that Gwen reminded her of, her sister Morgause, but unlike in ancient times Morgana did not have any positive feelings for Gwen.


“We need to talk, Gwen,” a dark voice spoke up behind them. Both women turned to see an angry Jack standing in the doorway.


Gwen whirled around to face Morgana. “You set me up,” she hissed at Morgana.


The dark-haired woman just shook her head. “No, I didn’t. But I think it’s time you heard some hard truths.”


Jack wondered how wrong he could have been about Gwen, how he had missed the darkness within Gwen. And to hear her admit she had been happy when Tosh and Owen died because it made her feel special sickened Jack to his very core. ‘Worse of all I made Ianto feel like he was second best and I was willing to let him die in doubt. No more. Once I set Gwen straight them I’m seeking out Ianto and remind him again that he was never second best.’


Morgana knew she was done here but had one last parting remark for Gwen. "Whatever hold you had on my son, Jack, and the other men in your life is no more." She hissed into Gwen's ear before exiting the room to find her husband and sons.


Gwen swallowed hard as Jack's blazing blue eyes landed on her. "Jack, I didn't mean it the way it sounded. She tricked me!"


Jack just shook his head slowly. "Gwen, I heard you! You admitted that you were glad Owen and Tosh had been killed! I can't have someone like that on my team. After this is all over I think it will be best for everyone that you take a step back from Torchwood until you can start acting like a team player."


Panicking Gwen reached out and latched onto Jack's arm. "No, Jack, you can't take Torchwood away from me. It's my life! You need me! Can't you see that this is all some sort of trick! Owen, Tosh and Suzie are dead! So is Ianto, this is a 456 trick! Surely you can see that?" Gwen pleaded with Jack. She knew he felt guilty for letting the others be killed but he needed to see that this was all a trick.


"Gwen, this is no trick. Somehow Ianto was saved and the others were returned to us. This is a miracle." Jack's eyes narrowed as he stared at Gwen, his voice coming out as ice, "One that I thought the heart of Torchwood would have understood."


Gwen released Jack's arm like she had been burnt as she felt tears of hurt and rage fill up in her eyes. How could Jack say that to her? Sure she had flaws but as Jack had said so many times before she made him human again.


Jack sighed as he saw the stubborn look enter Gwen's eyes. "But I can't deny my part in making you think you were more important and above the rules. My constant favouritism and letting you get away with everything including treating your teammates like they were beneath you because they didn't have relationships outside of Torchwood but more importantly," Jack swallowed hard as he realised how he had let his actions towards Gwen hurt Ianto, "I helped you to make the man I love feel like he's second best. That ends now Gwen, it's time I started treating you like the others, so as your leader I am ordering you to get off your high horse and realise that you don't know everything and you're not always right!" Jack snarled getting into Gwen's face.


Gwen could only stare at Jack. This wasn't supposed to happen. Jack was supposed to be hers! 'How could he have broken the spell? She swore it was to be unbreakable!'


"What spell?" An angry voice hissed out.


Both Jack and a fearful Gwen eyes flew to see the Torchwood team along with Morgana, Merlin, Arthur and Gwaine standing in the hallway, Merlin's eyes flashing amber as he repeated his question, "What spell?"


"I have no idea what you are talking about. I never said anything about a spell," Gwen lied through her teeth.


Morgana raised an eyebrow. "Merlin and I are the two most powerful wizards to ever live; do you really think we wouldn’t be able to sense the spell cloaking you?  The moment we sensed the darkness clinging to your soul we cast a spell on you that allowed us to hear your every thought." Morgana stepped into the room as she cast a spell on Gwen to keep her frozen. "You really didn't think I wouldn’t recognizance my sister's daughter did you?"


Gwen stared hopelessly into the dark eyes of Morgana and she knew the jig was up. "How did you know?" she demanded to know.


"You have the same dark and greedy soul Morgause has. She sent you to cause chaos and drive a wedge between Ifan and Jack, but you both didn't count on one thing," Morgana trailed off.


A snarl twisted onto Gwen’s face. "What didn't we count on?"


"Avalon protects its own," Morgana informed her. "You may know them as Owen, Toshiko and Suzie but Avalon and we know them as their past selves Gaius, Guinevere, and Nimueh."


Suzie gave Gwen a little wave as her own eyes flashed as she let out her own magic. "I wonder if Mommy Dearest informed you of that little fact."


"Morgause cares about no one but herself and destroying Arthur, you were just a pawn Gwen," Merlin told her kindly.


Gwen shook her head in denial. "No, she loves me! She promised me I would have everything I could have ever wanted."


"And you did but did she say how long it would last?" Morgana asked knowing her sister well enough that she would have promised everything Gwen's heart desired but only for a limited time. As Gwen's lower lip trembled Morgana knew she was right. The woman had been nothing but a pawn in Morgause’s plans. ‘I’m not at all surprised that my sister would use her own daughter as a pawn but still it didn’t give her the right to treat her so-called friends like they were beneath her and cheat on my son!’ Any sympathy Morgana may have begun to feel for Gwen died a fiery death as she recalled the stories Owen told them of her heartless treatment of the others.


“Morgause planned this all, she’s the one whose been playing with the timelines,” Merlin snarled as he began pacing back and forth. “She must have known that we would have hidden our sons from her and planned to strike the moment we couldn’t protect them anymore.”


Gwen silently studied everyone before her. She knew the only thing stopping Morgana from unleashing her wrath on her was the unborn child she carried. This didn’t give her much time to figure out away to make herself out to be a victim in Morgause’s plot. ‘But with Jack thinking clearly for the first time that’s going to be a lot harder than I thought, but at least I have Rhys.’ She may not love Rhys like she loved Jack but he was hers and he would never let anything happen to her or their child.


Suzie silently studied Gwen she could see the wheels turning in Gwen’s mind and she knew the woman was trying to figure out away to spin it so that she came out looking like a victim. ‘She truly is Morgause’s daughter. Well Gwen you are not going to get out of this one.’ “So tell me did Morgause’s spell make you cheat on Rhys?” Suzie asked oh so casually.


Owen fought back the urge to snort at Suzie’s question. He had been waiting for her to bring out her claws. ‘I’m just thankful that I came clean about my involvement with Gwen.’ Upon being reunited with Katie Owen laid bare all the things he had done since he lost her, including his affair with Gwen, one of his biggest mistakes.


“It was a mistake. One that is firmly in the past.” Gwen jutted out her chin and dared anyone to contradict her.


“How about Rectioning him after you confessed to him your affair?” Tosh asked softly. She liked Rhys and, with her memories of her life as Guinevere back, she remembered clearly that Rhys was her godson and she wasn’t going to let anyone hurt him.


Everyone stared in shock at Tosh but none more so than Gwen who had gone rather pale. “You know about that?” she asked in a fearful whisper.


Tosh glanced at Suzie apologetically. She knew she was going to bring up was tough, talking about the actions the glove had forced her to take. Suzie favoured Tosh with an understanding smile. “It’s okay Tosh; I’ve made my peace with what the glove drove me to do.”


Reaching out Tosh squeezed Suzie’s hand. “You’re not that person anymore. The glove was steeped in dark magic and called out to your darker side. None of us blame you.”


“Excuses me? She tried to kill me twice!” Gwen screeched.


Something in Tosh snapped. “Yes she did, because she was poisoned by the glove your mother sent her to play with our lives. Gwen, you may have been a pawn in Morgause's games as well but your choices, your actions, and your words were all your own. You chose to cheat on Rhys and then drug him so he would stay with you. You chose to treat all of us like we were beneath you!" Tosh snarled getting right in Gwen's face, bitter memories rushing to the surface as she recalled the heartless words and unthinking actions Gwen had taken over the few years they worked together.


Gwen looked like she had been slapped. 'Had I really been that bad?' she asked herself silently. As she looked back on her memories she couldn't help but cringe slightly at the words she spewed at the others in the heat of the moment or when it looked like she wouldn't get her way. She knew she owed the others an apology for her words and actions but the stubborn part of her couldn't admit she may have been out of line, that she might have been wrong.


Ianto saw the stubborn gaze in Gwen's eyes and while he had been hurt steadily by Gwen and Jack's over the top flirting now was not the time to open old wounds. They had much more important things to worry about. "It is doing us no good bringing up mistakes of the past. Right now we have more important things to worry about, and that is stopping Avalon from bringing war to the human world."


Jack swooped down and claimed Ianto's lips in a tender kiss. Out of everyone Ianto had been the most hurt by his actions towards Gwen, and his young Welshman could have taken this opportunity to let Gwen know just how much she had hurt him but Ianto had once again put the fate of the world ahead of his own feelings. "I love you," he whispered against Ianto's lips.


The smile that lit up Ianto's face robbed Jack of all breath as did the words that fell from his lover lips, "I love you too."


A sharp pain of jealously struck Gwen as she heard the words she longed to hear from Jack directed at Ianto. It took all her willpower not to scream in rage at the pure love flowing between the two men, her dreams of having Jack dying a brutal and fiery death.


Arthur was proud of his son. He showed true leadership by putting aside his personal feelings and focusing on what is most important. "Ifan is right. We can deal with Mrs Williams later once this has been all sorted but for now she is to be under constant guard at all times and never to be left alone." There was no way that Arthur would allow the daughter of Morgause to have access to Avalon or his son.


Opening her mouth to protest Gwen was quickly silenced by a cutting glare from Arthur. "That is not up for debate. You will have a guard at all times." The King of legend moved closer to her and stared her down. "I don't care who you think you are but here on Avalon you will follow my orders or I will have you locked in this room until the current crisis is dealt with."


Jack was thoroughly impressed with the authority tone in Arthur's voice. 'I wonder if I can get him to teach me to do that.' Jack knew he would need all the help he could get to keep his team in line.


The sound of running footsteps echoing off the hallway drew attention away from the scowling Gwen as all eyes flew to the panting and wide-eyed Donna and Doctor heading their way. "The Fae have taken all the human children!" Donna cried.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 9th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Ianto is always pragmatic. He puts the future before her pain.
The fae took the kids????
Mar. 19th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
That's one of the things I love about Ianto he always put the needs of others before him.
Yep, the Fae took the children for a reason. Plus they couldn't stay quiet forever.
Feb. 16th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
About time Gwen heard some hard truths about about herself.
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