Title: From the Diary of Ianto Jones, Dead Man Walking 20/26
Word Count: 1035
Characters: Ianto, mentions of team
Spoilers: Really, haven’t you seen it all by this point? No? Ok, let’s start at the beginning.
Disclaimer: Sadly not minetemporal_witch
( DMW )
From the Diary of Ianto Jones:
Dead Man Walking
“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Another night of Dylan Thomas and scotch. This is getting to be a habit.
Owen Harper fought death and won.
Well, sort of.
Just as Martha was about to begin the autopsy on Owen, Jack barged in and demanded she stop and ordered that no one touch him. Then he tore out of the Hub on some secret mission. We didn’t know what that mission was…and damn me for bringing up that gloves come in pairs.
He had to find that second glove. He had to bring it to the Hub and use it. Did he not learn anything from Suzie?
I guess being immortal makes you think you can play god too.
And did I argue or voice an opinion? No. I just got out the stopwatch.
What do you say to a dead man? Ask for the codes to the alien morgue, of course. Really, Jack, do you think I believed that? Even Owen's not that thick!
It was meant to be a last chance to say goodbye, something Torchwood rarely gets. But Gwen couldn’t even look him in the eye - how do you say goodbye to your now-dead, one-time lover?
Toshiko bared her heart because she truly is the bravest of us all. I didn’t hear the words she whispered, but I knew what she said.
Long after the two minutes passed and Jack’s ‘emotional’ goodbye, Owen was rather disconcertingly walking around the Hub with no heartbeat and a bullet hole in his chest.
Tosh scanned both Jack and Owen to see if they were still connected like Gwen and Suzie had been. There was nothing; we had no idea why Owen was still…alive? Is that what he is?
Martha was rather annoyed that UNIT was not aware of the glove. But really, Martha, does Torchwood ever let UNIT really know what we know?
While she performed a number of tests on Owen, Martha witnessed him have a seizure of sorts. He said that there was something waiting for him in the darkness. I’ve never witnessed Owen truly frightened. Martha says something is taking over his body. Looking at the CCTV footage, it’s something very frightening.
“I shall walk the earth and my hunger will know no bounds,” he declared, first in a tongue none of us recognised, and later in English.
So Owen, being Owen, did the brilliant thing - he felt the Hub. Jack found him at the disco; he would have fit in better at the Goth club. Jack didn’t say what happened, but thanks to PC Andy Davidson, we know that they were both arrested for fighting. It must have been one hell of a bonding moment, because now Owen seems to be the King of the Weevils.
Death came to Cardiff, and evidently this is not the first time. Gwen did the research. I keep telling them that Google is a font of information, but I guess it’s different when the former PC says that, as opposed to the Teaboy.
So, the Church of St. Mary’s in the Parish of St. James, is now Cardiff. That church gives me the shivers; it did even as a kid. And now, according to Jack, it is home to a nest of Weevils.
Death needed twelve souls so he could freely roam the earth. Death was defeated by Faith. Faith is not something Torchwood has much of.
So, rather than try faith, Owen opted for embalming. There’s a bit of the macabre for you, have a walking corpse tell you to petrify its brain. Sounds a bit too ‘Sean of the dead’ to me. In any event, that damned glove took matters into its own hand, so to speak.
It was terrifying! What the hell made me give Jack the idea that there was another glove?
The glove came to life like a sick, twisted version of The Addams Family’s Thing. Attacking Martha and protecting Owen, Death’s metallic minion was determined to see its master’s plan through to fruition. My brilliant contribution to the chaos was to go after it with a hockey stick.
What a team we were - arriving at A&E with Martha, aged beyond her years, Jack’s dead body left in the SUV, and Owen the walking dead, who now no longer hosted Death in his ethereal form.
We realized that, of all the places to claim life, the hospital was a prime location. The rest of the team quickly handled the hospital’s evacuation while I stayed with Martha and was requested to “find the answers”.
Yes, Jack, now you appreciate my Google skills, as well as my ability to hack into the hospital computer system. I may not be Tosh, but I’m more than competent, thank you very much. However, that damned Weight Watchers site that kept popping up was rather annoying.
I did, however find out that faith was Faith, the child who died and was brought back to life. She stopped Death from walking the earth in 1479.
I was out of the loop for the most of the excitement; however, between the comm chatter and Jack, I pieced it together.
While evacuating the building, Tosh and Owen came across Jamie Burton, a child stricken with leukemia. Together, they attempted to leave, but Owen discovered how Faith won over death - she had nothing left to lose. So he fought Death hand-to-hand…and won.
With all the shouting on the comms, I couldn’t figure out what happened. Then Martha gasped awake in a disturbing imitation of Jack reviving from death, and I surmised the danger had passed.
Jack says you can never escape death. He would know, death stalks him continually but never manages to catch him. Not for long, anyway…
( DMW )