Title: Torchwood House
Chapter: 28/28
Status: COMPLETE
Fandom: Torchwood/Doctor Who
Rating: FRM
Pairing: Jack/Ianto, Gwen/Rhys
Summary: Welcome to the Torchwood Institute, a school for those blessed with extraordinary talents...
Spoilers: If you've seen all of New Who and Torchwood, you're good.

Thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed this fic. I needed a break from my Assassin Ianto series, and this story was created. It means a lot to know that you all like it as much as I do.

Chapter 28

Alicia chuckled to herself and rolled her sleeve up. "I wondered how long it would take to come to that," she murmured, unfastening her watch and placing it on the desk next to her.

"The Time Lords assigned guardians for their children," Alicia explained. "Their job was to protect the children of Gallifrey and teach them to use their powers. Guardians have powers of their own, although not as powerful as Gallifreans."

Alicia turned her hand over, displaying a blue flame on the inside of her wrist. "This appeared on August 19th 1983," she informed them, running her index finger down the mark. "I was three when my parents noticed it. No one put it there and it's been getting darker and darker my entire life."

"The guardians of Gallifrean children are assigned before they're even born," Alicia continued.

Ianto held up his hand, frowning a little. "Are you saying you're guardian to one of us?" he asked, softly.

Alicia shook her head. "Not one of you," she argued. "Both. Haven't you noticed that the flame is blue?" she questioned, leaning forward and offering her wrist to the teenagers. "When was the last time you saw a frozen flame?"

Jack's eyes widened and ran his own index finger down the mark as though he was looking for some kind of evidence it was real and not fake. "What does this mean?" he asked quietly.

She pulled her wrist from Jack's grip and leant back on her hands. "It means that we have some serious work to do," she replied. "Ianto, I was speaking to your sister earlier and her precognitive powers have shown that you're in danger."

"That's what she said!" Ianto exclaimed. "She said she was worried, because she'd seen me getting hurt."

Alicia shook her head. "That's not going to happen," she assured him.

"How can you be sure?" Jack demanded before Ianto could speak. "Most pre-cogs are never wrong."

"People react differently if they know their… destiny, for want of another word," Alicia replied. "Ianto knows Rhiannon has seen him injured, so he can prepare himself and take every precaution to change the outcome of that vision. But we've got a lot of work to do."

The End

TBC – In 'The Children of Gallifrey'