Warnings: Violence, language
Cast: Team, all canon parings, Pre-Millennium team (some made up names), Ianto/OC, Torchwood One (some made up names), Rhiannon & Co.
A/N: I love AU, but I swear, after this, I’m writing a regular Torchwood adventure: aliens, sex, and guns!
A/N2: Also, the title comes from the poem “Binsey Poplars” by Gerard Manley Hopkins, which, if you are/were not an English major you’ve never heard of, and if you are/were, then you read it for homework and, like me, grumbled about another nature poem.
A/N3: The connection between allusions and foreshadowing… LOVE IT.
Summary: Torchwood One’s mantra of “if it’s alien, it’s ours” may suit the dreams of rebuilding an empire, but does little for ethical concerns. In 1998, Captain Jack Harkness becomes aware of the imprisonment and experimentation on the Ambassador of the Forest of Cheem.
“I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.” –Willa Cather