31 July 2009 @ 12:43 pm
Torchwood Fic: Fallout, Part Sixteen  

Title: Fallout, Part Sixteen

Author: Emma

Characters: A whole bunch of folk.

Rating: Starts PG, but hey, it’s got Jack in it!

Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Author's Note: This fic is CoE compliant

Part One is here; Part Two is here; Part Three is here; Part Four is here; Part Five is here; Part Six is here; Part Seven is here; Part Eight is here; Part Nine is here; Part Ten is here; Part Eleven is here; Part Twelve is here; Part Thirteen is here; Part Fourteen is here; Part Fifteen is here


            “Doctor Jones! Does your husband know you go around kissing strange men?”

 

            Martha wiped her lipstick from Jack’s lips. “I had my weekly session with Yan this morning. He told me about the dates.”

 

            “I don’t even know if they’re that. We find a quiet place to sit and talk. Sometimes we just stay in and watch a movie or take the boat out to Richmond or Greenwich. We hold hands. We kiss…”

 

            “You look just like he did when he was telling me about it. Happy.”

 

            “I am.” Jack tried to find the right words. “It should feel odd, but it doesn’t. Or at least, not too often. We’re getting know each other. Becoming friends. I don’t even know if we’ll become lovers. Or if we will just be friends with benefits for as long as it lasts. Or just friends, and someday I’ll be best man at his wedding.”

 

            “Is that all right with you?”

 

            He gave her a level look. “I don’t know. I don’t think my feelings are any clearer than his, Martha. Sometimes he’ll say something, or he’ll laugh a certain way, and it’s like Ianto’s in the room with me. And I’m terrified that I’ll lose him again. And sometimes it’s just Yan, a lovely man who resembles someone I loved.”

 

            “Someone you still love.”

 

            “Someone I’ll always love. But loving Ianto through Yan would be insulting to them both.” He smiled. “He’s not sure of anything, either. But we’re enjoying the process of finding out.”

 

            She kissed his cheek. “You’re a lovely guy, Jack Harkness.”

 

            “No. Just a realist. Or trying to be. So. Anything else?”

 

            “Yes. It looks like Tish has found something about the sensitivity to TARDIS coral. It was extremely rare. Interestingly, those who had it turned out to be the best TARDIS pilots. At one period in their history the Gallifreyans established training programs for coral-sensitive children that began as early as two.”

 

            “So why am I hearing a but?”

 

            “Because there was another side effect to the sensitivity. Coral-sensitive children often also suffered from a terrible physical reaction to the Vortex itself.”

 

            “The Doctor said the Master went insane when he looked into the Vortex. If his sensitivity was not detected…”

 

            “Yeah.”

 

            “So is there anything we can do to protect…”

 

            The door slammed open and Kathy burst in. “Jack, Martha. We just got a call from our contact in St. Bart’s. A woman was admitted today who seems to be suffering from some sort of unidentified brain fever. She was babbling about the Doctor, and Daleks, and someone called Ood. He says her name is…”

 

            “Donna Noble.” Jack said, jumping up and reaching for his coat. “Martha…”

 

            “Kathy, call downstairs and tell them to get a complete medical isolation unit set up. We’re going to need it.”

 

 
 
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Twincityhacker: Cheesemaking[identity profile] msp-hacker.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Though I am happy that Donna has at least gotten to the hospital, and her brain hasn't already exploded. And I'm worried that Ifan's Vortex sensitivity might make him allergic to Jack.
[identity profile] merucha.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
There are some worrysome times ahead indeed...
[identity profile] luvinthe88and20.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oh Jack atleast he is being realistic all about it and poor Donna remembering everything.
[identity profile] merucha.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Well, Jack would be, wouldn't he? And Donna... I have plans for Donna!
[identity profile] luvinthe88and20.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
OOh Plans maybe as a possible teacher to Ifan about the Timelords
[identity profile] merucha.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Ah... not quite... :D
[identity profile] sal101010.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yay, you're bringing Donna back!!
[identity profile] merucha.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Don't I always? She shows up in the darndest places!
[identity profile] teachwriteslash.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh Donna ... I love Donna ...
[identity profile] merucha.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Me too!
ext_116536: Sentiments - Reality Failure[identity profile] beth-mccombs.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
THe proverbial is hitting the fan. *reinforces bunker for the fallout*
[identity profile] merucha.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, that would be a good idea.... :D
ext_116536[identity profile] beth-mccombs.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
*secures bunker, lays in supplies of the good coffee* I think I'm ready. :)
rhianona: first doctor and susan[personal profile] rhianona on July 31st, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
But Donna! Oh noes!

Actually, I'm wondering if my supposition of what is going to happen next is correct. So let it be known I have an idea, so I can totally brag about it if I'm right. *g*

I love the conversation between Martha and Jack. I'm glad she's there for both of he and Ifan.
[identity profile] merucha.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Martha's one of the good guys... And definitely you will have bragging rights!
[identity profile] hab318princess.livejournal.com on July 31st, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
keep Donna safe, please

wonderful update
[identity profile] merucha.livejournal.com on August 1st, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
We'll see :D
ext_41651: Day four[identity profile] fide-et-spe.livejournal.com on August 2nd, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
I'm finding this very comforting somehow, despite poor Donna. I think that Jack sounded so romantic, it was very sweet. Also bittersweet.
[identity profile] merucha.livejournal.com on August 2nd, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad! I was aiming for bittersweet. Jack is still recovering...