Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Ianto/Lisa
Disclaimer: Torchwood is not mine. No matter how much I sometimes wish it was.
Spoilers: Better say everything through s2, just to be sure, although it takes place pre-S1.
Summary: Why didn't you tell us? We could have helped you. - Well, what if he did?
This chapter: What has Tosh found?
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.
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Previous chapters at my master list
Ianto quickly took his leave of Lisa and hurried back out to the Hub floor to find Tosh. She hadn’t mentioned what it was she wanted him to come and look at – whether it was good or bad, even – so he wasn’t sure if he should be worried or anticipatory.
Tosh looked up and grinned at him as he climbed the small steps up to the area where she was examining something on a table. “Ianto!”
“What is it you wanted me to look at? Good news?” he asked as he approached her worktable, his hopes lifted by the smile on her face. The rest of the team were only moments behind him, obviously having been summoned by Tosh just after she’d called down to Lisa’s room for him.
“Yes, I think we could tentatively call this good news,” Tosh said as they gathered around the table.
Ianto looked at the artefact on the table, which looked a little like a bowl, and vaguely remembered pulling it out of the archives several days previously. “It’s something that might actually help?”
Tosh nodded. “Possibly. It would need some work, but the test results are positive.”
Ianto frowned slightly. “How much work are you talking about?” he asked worriedly. “Cos, it’s just…” He looked around at his team-mates who were now all looking at him with concerned expressions. “When I was talking to Lisa this morning, she said… she said she was really scared, because she thinks the cybernetic thoughts are getting stronger again.”
He swallowed hard. “She said it felt like they were trying to escape, trying to take over. If she’s right… whatever we do to stop this, we need to do it soon or…” He couldn’t finish the sentence.
Tosh stepped over and put a gentle hand on his arm. “Do you want me to run the scan again? Just so we know for sure.”
Ianto bit his lip as he considered the offer. On one hand, the scan could show that Lisa had been mistaken, and the cybernetic intrusion into her thoughts was no worse than it had been ten days ago – or that if it was increased, it wasn’t a significant increase, which would indicate that they still had time to do something.
On the other hand, it could prove that Lisa was right. Hearing her voice her suspicious had been hard enough. Were either of them ready to have them confirmed? Were any of them, really?
But then again, if the situation really was that bad, they wouldn’t gain anything from hiding from it. If something needed to be done now, then now was when they had to know.
He smiled weakly at Tosh and nodded. “I think that would be a good idea, yes.”
“Okay.” She spun around, heading back to her desk as she talked. “I’ve actually been doing a few minor modifications on it in the last week, while I was waiting on test results.”
She picked up the scanner, which did look slightly different to the last time Ianto had seen her use it. “The core function hasn’t been modified much at all, I just tweaked it so it would give a more accurate result. The main things I’ve added are to, well, I supposed you could call it the user interface.”
She twisted it in her hands so they could see the additional monitor she had installed on the device. “If I’m done this correctly, then this should now read the data output by the main function and convert it into an easy to read percentage.”
Ianto set his shoulders. “Right, let’s get this over with, then.”
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