Parings/characters:Jack/Ianto, Gwen, Rhys, Andy, OC's
Disclaimer:I don't own Torchwood or any of the characters ... unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while.
Summary:Ianto has an accident and Jack's world is thrown out of kilter.
Warnings:Do you watch Torchwood?
Spoilers:Anything is fair game
Rating:G - NC17 for series
“You hid a Cyberman within Torchwood, and you didn't tell us? What else are you keeping from us?” Jack yelled.
“Like you care. I clear up your shit. No questions asked and that's the way you like it. When did you last ask me anything about my life? Her name's Lisa. She's my girlfriend.” Ianto replied angrily.
“Why didn't you tell us? We could have helped you.” Gwen put in.
“Torchwood exists to destroy alien threats. Why would I tell you about her?” Ianto argued.
“A little loyalty, perhaps?” Owen snarked.
“My loyalty's to her. She worked for Torchwood. She was caught up in battle. I owe it to Lisa, we owe it to her, to find a cure.” Ianto replied, desperate.
“Ianto, you have to believe me, there is no cure. There never will be. Those who are converted stay that way. Your girlfriend will not be the exception.” Jack shouted.
“You can't know that for sure.” Ianto retorted.
“Look, you need to know what's happening here. Because this is where these things start. Small decisions that become mass slaughter. These creatures regain a foothold by exploiting human weakness. Then they take a base, rebuild their forces, and before you know it, the Cyber race is spreading out across the universe, erasing worlds, assimilating populations, all because of the tiny beginnings here. We need to stop her together.” Jack retorted, trying to make the younger man see sense.
“You're not listening to me. The conversion was never completed.” Ianto yelled at his boss.
“She already tried to kill Gwen. You think she's gonna stop there? There is no turning back for her now.” Jack told him.
“I'm not giving up on her. I love her. Can you understand that, Jack? Haven't you ever loved anyone?” Ianto asked angrily.
“You need to figure out whose side you're on here, because if you don't know, you're not going to make it out of this alive.” Jack told him.
“There's no way this weapons store's gonna open.”Owen grumbled.
“It's going to take six hours for the power to come back online.” Tosh told them.
“Let me talk to her. I can still save her, save all of us. She's not a monster.” Ianto pleaded.
Ianto's eyes shot open, as he stared into the dark room trying to get his bearings, feeling the sweat pouring seemingly out of every pore in his body and he sat bolt upright at the sound of the door being opened.
“Ianto? What the hell?” Rhiannon asked in a hushed but panicked tone. “You were screaming, you woke the kids?”
“Rhi? Ianto said, his sisters face coming into focus in the soft light coming from the hallway. “I … a nightmare.” Ianto replied, his voice shaking. “My throat hurts.”
“I'm not surprised,” she said softly, sitting down on the edge of the bed. “you were screaming at the top of your voice. Talk to me, what was the nightmare about?”
“Jack was there, and Gwen along with two other people … I can't remember their names, maybe they weren't mentioned in the dream,” Ianto told her. “and there was this thing, it looked like a woman but … there was all this metal around her, encasing her and … I think I knew her Rhi, I said that I loved her, that she wasn't a monster!”
“Where were you, in the dream?” Rhiannon asked.
“Don't know,” Ianto said, shaking his head. “Why would I be saying I loved someone like that? She didn't seem human?”
“Perhaps this is something only Jack can explain?” Rhiannon suggested.
“Yep,” Ianto said then added … her name, I remember her name, it was Lisa.”
“Lisa? Rhiannon asked. “Sounds like a human name to me, but I can't help Ianto, you really need to talk to Jack when you see him later. You really should try and get some more sleep.”
“Not yet,” Ianto frowned. “I need a distraction, do you mind if I go and watch the TV, I'll keep the volume down.”
“Okay, take the duvet and lay on the sofa,” Rhiannon suggested. “if you fall asleep there it won't matter, I'll make you some hot chocolate before I go back to bed.”
Ianto nodded and climbed out the bed, letting his sister leave the room before stripping off the damp pyjamas and doning clean ones and his dressing down before grabbing the duvet and heading down to the living room.
Once Ianto was settled on the sofa in front of the TV with his drink Rhiannon picked up her mobile and headed for the bathroom, locking the door behind her she found the number on her phone and pressed the call button.
“Jack hey,” the Captain answered seeing the callers name. “I'm guessing something has happened if you are calling me at 2.48 in the morning?”
“Ianto had a nightmare, a bad one,” she informed me. “I'm not sure how much of it was real and how much was his imagination.”
“Tell me,” Jack pressed.
“He mentioned the name, Lisa,” Rhiannon said. “he had a girlfriend called Lisa when he lived in London but he told us she had died when he came home to Cardiff … well, in this dream, if it was the same woman he said she didn't look human, that she was encased in metal. Does that make any sense to you Jack?”
“Some,” Jack told her, not wanting to give her any details. “but yeah, it sounds like his mind is playing tricks and mixing up memories.”
“What could have happened to have memories like that!” Rhiannon gasped.
“Believe me, you really don't want to know the details,” Jack told her. “is he okay? Do you need me to come over?”
“He's watching TV on the sofa, he seems quite calm considering,” Rhiannon said, “he's watching TV to take his mind off it but I am guessing there is some denial going on too.”
“Yeah,” Jack agreed. “I really hoped that good memories would help him get his memory back but you never know, this might give his brain some kinda kick start.”
“I hope so, I hate to see his like this,” Rhiannon replied. “I told him to talk about it with you when you see him later.”
“Thanks for the heads up,” Jack told her. “Get back to bed now, I'll see you later.”
“Night,” Rhiannon said before cutting the call.
Rhiannon crept back down the stairs and look in on her brother, he was watching some comedy on the TV but even in the dim light of it's screen she could tell that his mind was elsewhere. She headed back to bed, hoping for some more sleep before the kids woke again.
Ianto tried to focus on the screen before him but all he could hear was the name Lisa going around and around in his head, doing nothing but frustrating the hell out of him because the memory just refused point blank to reveal itself.