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Guilt - 34/70ish

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: Can they put Ianto's information to use and find the alien?

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.

Fic starts here
Previous chapters at my master list

Chapter Thirty-Four

By 1.30am, they were tired, caffeine-deprived and frustrated, but they had at least worked out why the energy pattern had disappeared. Well, they had a working theory anyway.

Assuming that the Bleqaxi was genetically fairly similar to the creature mentioned in the archives, which given Jack’s knowledge didn’t seem to be too insane, it only emitted the energy pattern under certain circumstances. Once emitted it would linger around the area for a while before dissipating.

Based on what they could gather from tests done by the Torchwood team in the 50’s, one of the situations which resulted in exudation of the energy was extreme fear (although they didn’t particularly want to know how Torchwood of the 50’s had come to this conclusion).

Toshiko didn’t think this sounded like a particularly wise choice, evolution-wise, but Jack assured her that the majority of the predators in that system didn’t have the capability to pick up on it, while other members of its own species did, and would therefore come to help.

Obviously, both times they’d picked it up so far, the Bleqaxi had been scrounging for food and had then become scared at the approach of what it would see as entirely unknown beings, and run.

As soon as it calmed down a little, the energy would no longer be emitted, and the trail would go cold.

As, for some reason, there was no Rift energy attached to the creature (perhaps it had been here longer than they thought), this energy signal was their only way of tracking it, so for now all they could do was wait.

By 3am they had exhausted a multitude of other ideas they had managed to think up on methods to track the Bleqaxi if the energy signal didn’t reappear. Jack was about to send them all home to try again in the morning when Tosh’s computer started to bleep.

The Bleqaxi’s distress signal had appeared again, and this time it was only a few minutes from the Hub.

Hastily gathering up a few items, Jack, Suzie, Owen and Tosh ran for the SUV, hoping to catch it before the signal disappeared again.

It was nearly half an hour before Ianto heard anything over the comms.
“Ianto, we got it, and we’re on our way back.” Jack’s voice sounded very strained, and Ianto couldn’t help but worry.

Deciding they’d been through enough, and would probably need it to get through all the post-capture details when they returned, he started a pot of coffee. His own thermos of the stuff was empty by now anyway.

Leaving it brewing, he headed down to the garage to wait on their return, just in case they needed a hand with what he assumed would be an unconscious Bleqaxi.

When the SUV pulled in a minute later, it did indeed contain an unconscious Bleqaxi, but it also contained an injured Toshiko.

Chapter Thirty-Five
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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