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Guilt - 31/70ish

Title: Guilt
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Ianto/Lisa
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Torchwood is not mine. No matter how much I sometimes wish it was.
Spoilers: Better say everything through s2, just to be sure. Begins pre-S1.
Summary: What can Rhys tell them about their mysterious creature?
Thanks to: My beta cazmalfoy for all her wonderful work, and my cheerleaders angelzbabe1989 and piper08 for putting up with me when I whine about being stuck.

Author's Note: Sorry this is a day late, I was busy falling in love with Burn Gorman at the Hub yesterday... (full report on my journal later)

Fic starts here
Previous chapters at my master list

Chapter Thirty-One

“So,” Jack started, taking a seat next to Rhys. Ianto followed suit, a little unsure as to his role here, since he doubted Jack really needed help to do a simple interview. “Why don’t you tell me what happened earlier this morning?”

“Well, Evan was helping me load up the van, as he always does, like, and we were just going back in to get another load.”

“And that’s when you saw it?”

“Yeah. I think it was trying to eat something off a shelf, but it ran off when me and Evan came round so I dunno.”

“What did you actually see? What did it look like?” Jack pressed.

Rhys fumbled for words to describe it. “It was, well, sort of black. And maybe it had horns.” He thought for a few more moments. “Oh, and four legs. It definitely had four legs.”

Pulling a small notepad (usually used for shopping lists and the like) from the inside pocket of his jacket, Ianto started to jot down a few notes, as he noticed that Jack wasn’t.

“How about a tail? Any other limbs?”

“It might have had a short tail, but I’m sorry, I really can’t remember.” A look of consternation passed over Rhys’s face. “Other limbs?”

“Tentacles, arms growing from odd places, anything like that,” Ianto clarified for him.

Rhys looked a little taken aback. “There really are aliens that have those? They’re not just from movies?”

“Yes,” Jack answered shortly, his expression clearly conveying his expectation of a proper answer.

Catching the look, Rhys hastily shook his head. “No, no, no, nothing like that. Just the four legs. And the body, like. Of course.” He laughed nervously.

Jack nodded as Ianto scribbled down a few more notes. “And what about size – big? Small?”

Rhys seemed to struggle with this, obviously unsure as to what exactly classed as ‘big’ when it came to aliens.

“Bigger or smaller than, say, a sheep?” Ianto offered helpfully, trying to put the question into much clearer and more definable terms.

“Bigger,” Rhys answered immediately. “More like the size of, I don’t know, a biggish cow, maybe.”

Ianto took note of this as Jack returned to the earlier line of questioning.

“And you say it ran off when you approached?”

“Yeah, it just ran. And I reckon it must have gotten out somehow, ‘cause me and Evan had a look around afterwards, see, and we couldn’t spot it anywhere.”

Jack nodded and smiled, indicating to Ianto that he could close his notepad when he finished writing.

“Thanks, Rhys. This should really help.”

Rhys visibly relaxed at the news that the questions were over. “No problem. The police didn’t really seem to even believe us, so I hope you lot can deal with this thing.”

A few moments later Owen and Tosh reappeared, young Evan in tow.

It only took a few short minutes of quiet conference between the four members of Torchwood to verify that both stories matched, the only additional information being that Evan had been absolutely certain about the existence of a tail.

“Right, Ianto, I think these guys could probably do with a nice hot mug of you wonderful coffee, don’t you think?” Though neither his expression nor his tone changed, the underlying meaning behind Jack’s words was clear.

Retcon time.

Ianto was in the warehouse’s makeshift kitchenette pouring Rhys and Evan mugs of hot drugged coffee when Suzie came running around the corner, waving the scanner in the air.

“I got a specific energy signal down where these guys saw the creature, and I just did a city-wide scan and it picked up exactly the same pattern a couple of miles away in Newton.”

Snapping straight into action mode, Jack, Owen and Tosh joined her as she ran for the SUV.

Chapter Thirty-Two
All comments and concrit welcomed! (Comments = Love <3)
Tags: fandom: torchwood, fanfic, fic: guilt, length: 40000+, rating: pg/pg-13, tw: ianto/lisa, tw: jack/ianto, verse: guilt
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