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11 March 2009 @ 10:57 pm
Torchwood/Highlander Crossover  
This is a sequel to Death Comes as the Beginning . It doesn't follow directly in the timeline, and I'll probably write another that fits in between them.

Unbeta'd so all concrit welcome.

Disclaimer: Torchwood and Highlander don't belong to me, I just do this for fun, not profit.

Tools of the Trade

“I’m sorry darling, I just don’t like guns,” Amanda drawled, one eyebrow raised in contempt at the weapon Ianto was holding out to her. Ianto sighed.

“Amanda, please. It’s the standard issue service weapon to all Torchwood personnel. If you won’t carry it, you at least have to sign for it and keep it in your desk,” he explained. Amanda pouted, but she stepped forward to sign the clipboard Ianto had in his other hand.

“I’ve managed for a thousand years without one,” she commented as she signed.

“Yes, but you didn’t work for Torchwood then. And if you want to keep our…status a secret from the rest of the team, you need to avoid dying,” Ianto said. He refrained from rolling his eyes, but Amanda could hear in his voice that he wanted to. She gave him a peck on the cheek and flashed him a smile.

“Speaking of our status,” she said, amusement colouring her voice, “There’s a weapon we need to be finding for you.”

“Um…actually, Jack said he would take care of that. I thought he told you,” Ianto answered, suddenly uncomfortable. Amanda glowered at him. “Oh…well…um, he knows that it’s traditionally the role of the teacher to find a suitable sword, but he said he knew exactly the right one…” Ianto stammered.

“You’re cute when you’re flustered,” Amanda said, her glare melting into a smirk. “I’m sure whatever Jack has in mind is entirely appropriate.”

“Oh you bet, sweetheart,” Jack said from behind Ianto as he entered the Hub. He carried a long tube slung over his back, the kind fishermen carry their rods in. He placed it gently on the table in front of them and indicated to Ianto. “Go on, open it.”

Amanda was amused to see that Jack looked like a kid on Christmas morning, and she couldn’t be angry with him for getting his lover a sword. Ianto carefully pulled the end from the tube, reached gingerly inside and drew out a shining medieval looking sword.

“Hand and a half bastard; looks 14th century in design. Original?” Amanda asked, taking the sword from Ianto and weighing it up. It was a good length and weight for Ianto, and it had a balance that felt right in the hand. Amanda nodded her approval and handed it back to Ianto.

“Original,” Jack confirmed. “It’s been in the Torchwood archives, and when I knew Ianto needed a sword I took it to a friend to be made battle sharp again.”

“The archives?” Ianto asked, still looking lovingly at the blade. “Jack, you don’t mean that this…?”

“I do. I can think of nobody more suited to wield this blade,” Jack replied with a smile. Ianto flushed with embarrasment. Confused, Amanda looked between the two.

“Okay, clearly I’m missing something here,” she said. Ianto looked up at her apologetically.

“Legend says that this sword belonged to Owain Glyndwr,” he informed her.

“Seriously?” Amanda was impressed.

“A noble blade, for a noble man,” Jack confirmed. Ianto blushed again. “Plus, legend says that it’s unbeatable.”

“Legend says,” Ianto emphasised. Jack grinned.

“Can’t hurt though.”

Continues in Making the Team
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on March 11th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of Glyndwr's sword being unbeatable; even if his rebellion ultimately failed no-one really knows what happened to him. It's just the sort of thing Jack would know about, and I think it's a lovely touch that Jack wants Ianto to have the sword knowing that story - and knowing Ianto will know it too. Awww.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: withnail whoidontlikegravy on March 12th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased you like it. I look to you as my guru for Torchwood/Highlander ;-)

Cheers again for the icon link earlier, as you can see I followed it!
The other Weird Al: Immortal half nekkid Teaboyaeron_lanart on March 12th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
I think I like the idea of being a guru. Do I get naked slave tea boys? Or girls for that matter?

The mini icons are great, I've been severely tempted by the Top Gear ones recently...
But, I don't want to be a pie,: ecumenicalidontlikegravy on March 12th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
hmm, dunno, I'll have to examine the fine print...

I took some Top Gear ones, but haven't used them yet - I've only one precious space free at the moment! And I couldn't resist the Father Ted ones.
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on March 12th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain! The icon space thing is a major issue for me. I had no money when they had the permanent account sale so I couldn't afford it, plus the exchange rate had gone crap anyway.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: withnail whoidontlikegravy on March 12th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)

I'm not quite ready to commit to a permanent account, as this is only my second year on LJ, but I know what you mean.

Quality not quantity, that's the ticket.
That's Lay-day Snackpants to you, buster.: torchwood/ianto is crushingamand_r on March 12th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)

I'm more pleased that Ianto gets a half-bastard sword than the Owain thing. Hee. Bastard.

Edited at 2009-03-12 12:09 am (UTC)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: dalekidontlikegravy on March 12th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
heh. makes me snicker every time I write Richie a fight. *grin*
The other Weird Alaeron_lanart on March 12th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
My ex has a Bastard sword; I wonder if this is significant? I do find it rather amusing I have to admit.

I'm also kind of genetically biased toward the Glyndwr thing as my great grandmother was a Welsh speaker and a formidable woman which makes me inordinately proud of my Welsh heritage.

Edited at 2009-03-12 12:33 am (UTC)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: merlin luvs arthuridontlikegravy on March 12th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
As well you should be :)

I've recently bought a copy of a Tintin (Cigars of the Pharaoh obviously) in Welsh and one in English in the hopes I might be able to learn more than how to count to ten and say hello, cheers & happy saint David's day. And thanks to Gavin and Stacy, I seem to have got my accent back!

Edited at 2009-03-12 12:48 am (UTC)
The other Weird Al: minitorch - Ooh! Matron.aeron_lanart on March 12th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yay for accents!

I've re-discovered I do the accent thing with Welsh patients as well as Irish patients, so that's 2 sections of the Liverpool population who probably think I'm making fun of them.

Funny thing was recently that one of the relatives of an Irish patient asked me which part of southern Ireland I was originally from as they couldn't place my accent. My answer of course was Liverpool. *g* I think part of this is that I don't pick up on the accent as such, more the way that people speak. So far in work I've been asked if I come from
Saint Helens,

At least all the English accents are northern ones!

People soon realise their error when they're answered by a very scouse "y' wha'?!" *g*

Edited at 2009-03-12 05:20 pm (UTC)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: withnail whoidontlikegravy on March 12th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)

I tend to get Birmingham, New Zealand and South Africa! Which is particularly funny because I can't do a Seth Efrican accent.

Citizen of the world, that's me *grin*
Rhi: ericvipersweb on March 12th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
nice... I like the dynamic between the three of them. Very sweet of Jack to get Ianto that sword, especially for all that it means.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on March 12th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Jennifer/Gail: HL_Methos_sword_necklferion on March 12th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
*Nods appreciatively*

Very nice, I love it that Owain Glyndwr's sword is in the Torchwood archives. Very satisfying and appropriate.
But, I don't want to be a pie,idontlikegravy on March 12th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought, glad you agree. And if it makes people find out about Owain Glyndwr, so much the better :)*waves Welsh flag*
birggitt: Methos/Duncanbirggitt on March 12th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
This is a really nice follow-up, and even more when I opened a new tab to investigate who was Owain Glyndwr.
In my defense, South American schools system is not really strong on Welsh story.
But I should had know he was Owain IV, Prince of Wales. I live in a town founded by Welsh people!!!
Anyway, I love the idea of Jack getting that sword ready for Ianto, and the words he says as give it to him :)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: iantoidontlikegravy on March 12th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
heh, that's okay, I'm Welsh but because I was raised and educated in England, I didn't learn about him in school, I had to get a book from the library. Glad I made you smile :)
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on March 12th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Liked this. More please? Oh, what might happen to any Watchers trying to follow Ianto?

Sorry, just had a wild image of a horrified (slightly homo-phobic) Watcher telling Joe "His boyfriend kissed me! With his tongue."

Joe; "Well, at least he's friendly."

But, I don't want to be a pie,: dinobaitidontlikegravy on March 12th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
LOL, I can completely see Joe saying that! *hee*

Hopefully more to come, but only when the muse dictates. Glad you liked it. :)
methoswatcher99methoswatcher99 on March 21st, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
I loved the conversation about guns. I've always loved watching Amanda tease the various men she encounters, and Ianto blushes so adorably.

Thanks for the history lesson ;)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: amanda & beccaidontlikegravy on March 21st, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! ;-)

I think that's why I love writing Amanda (and to a certain extent Jack) because it allows me to be flirty and teasing in a way that isn't really me, but is a lot of fun!