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Illusion Anxiety series - End

Title: End
Summary: The members of the Torchwood team are forced to face some of their deepest fears when an alien takes up residence in the Cardiff sewers.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato
Rating: PG-15 (description of a body)
Spoilers: None
Author's Note: The last installment of this series (as you can probably guess by the title).

The Torchwood team stood at the meet point, shoulder-to-shoulder, gazing at the body on the ground solemnly.

“It’s… dead,” said Gwen. Her eyes were rimmed red.

Owen leaned down, inspecting the alien more closely. “And it’s been that way for a while, by the looks of it. Starting to decompose.”

“But then, how did it… well…” Tosh faltered.

“Must be something to do with it’s biology,” Jack said finally. “When it dies, maybe the gland where it produces the hallucinogen ruptures.”

“And since the body’s been down here for a bit, it permeated all of the tunnels,” Ianto concluded.

The alien looked grotesque, its internal structures peeking out through tattered, slimy skin. It did have eyes, which gleamed a milky white in the daylight coming from above. Long, bony appendages sprung from the main mass. They looked twisted and broken. Flies buzzed around the corpse, picking it slowly to pieces.

“What should we do with it?” Gwen asked.

“Burn it,” Jack said. “Tell the city to open up a few manholes to air out the tunnels.”

The rest of the team nodded, and Ianto pulled a matchbook from his pocket.

“Allow me,” he said, pulling out a match and striking it. The flame flickered in his hand, and he dropped it onto the body.

Silence fell between them all, the echoes of the visions they’d seen still ringing in their ears. They watched as the flesh shriveled and blackened, and thick smoke drifted upwards toward the outside world.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 5th, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
I sort of feel sorry for the poor alien, dying alone on a strange planet with no one knowing or caring about it. All Torchwood could do was cremate the remains. A sad end to a life.

Now they can all go home and snuggle with their loved ones. Maybe Tosh and Owen can snuggle together.
Sep. 6th, 2015 01:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it is a rather melancholy end... sometimes the villain of the story doesn't intend to be the villain at all.

Hehe I'm all for snuggling =D
Sep. 5th, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
All I can say is that Jack got off very lightly sending all of his team into the dark by themselves. It really could have ended in absolute disaster.

I found this very true to the actual show and highlighted (intentionally?) everything that was wrong with the way Jack ran Torchwood. Good work.

Edited at 2015-09-06 09:50 am (UTC)
Sep. 6th, 2015 01:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! Yeah, I definitely intended that effect for Jack's part, at least. I wanted to parallel Ianto's death scene in COE because when Jack says "It's all my fault" I always just want to go "Yeah, it kinda is"
Because he forgot a lot of times that the others weren't invincible. I think being unable to die made him overlook the fact that mortals have a very different set of circumstances to deal with, both physically and emotionally, than he does. It led to a lot of mistakes in dealing with his team.
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