Hi guys. Sorry, but this one is quite sad, and the song is locked into my mood- sadness, because I found out yesterday that my Italian teacher is leaving :'( I'm really, really sorry about this chapter, and I know you're all going to hate me...

BETA'd by the wonderful kaseykc

Stand My Ground

It had been weeks since the 'fumigation' that had taken Lisa's life, and now Torchwood were given the charge of taking care of the latest addition to the school - Toshiko Sato. They were scared - not even Lisa's clone had gotten out alive. The Principal had lied to her parents, the Hallets, saying that she had been standing next to a ventilation shaft and hadn't woken up from becoming intoxicated by the gas. Only Owen, Jack, Ianto and Gwen knew what had really happened, more so Jack and Owen because they were actually 'agents' investigating events at FVA. Ianto was more depressed than most - sure he had a crush on Jack, but really he'd wanted Lisa because she was the only one he felt hadn't played him. He had even taken to writing some more, which had led Owen to take a backseat in the creativity, and he'd took the time to learn the acoustic guitar. Jack had taken up the piano, simply because he loved Ianto's 'How To Save A Life' song, and wanted to surprise him for his birthday by performing it. Gwen, meanwhile, just sat in a depressive state - Lisa was the only other girl she had known who had wanted to be friends with her, and now she was gone... and that Japanese girl seemed to be trying a little too hard. The Principal had appointed her to replace Lisa as the 'Special Effects' person, and while she was better than Lisa professionally, she just didn't match up to her predecessor.

The band liked Tosh, but they weren't that keen on her - they thought she was a spy for the Principal because she was too good with computers for a fifteen-year-old. She sat at her laptop a lot of the time, not looking at any of them. Ianto assessed the situation, and went right to Jack, the man who had more or less played him like the instruments in the music room - when Ianto had wanted Lisa, it had been like Jack was guiding him away from her, and had prevented him from sharing his feelings with her. The day Lisa had died was the day he became truly aware of what was happening, and he didn't like it one bit.

"The Harvest concert is next week," he said solemnly. "I think it should be our last."

"What?" Jack stuttered, grabbing the arms of his armchair. "Why?

Ianto shrugged, "We're going nowhere - we're stuck with someone we can't get along with, the material I've been writing is depressing, Owen's spending a little too much time with the acoustic guitar, Gwen won't do anything, and it looks like I'm next in line for 'fumigation'. I can't take it, Jack - you played me, and I don't want to be part of something that'll never go anywhere."

He expected Jack to shout, scream and throw a fit, but he didn't do any of that. He just nodded and said "I understand.", then called Gwen and Owen- they were going to rehearse for their final concert, which neither of the latter two seemed to mind that much - they were having similar thoughts.

* * * * * * * *

When they were in the music room, Owen handed out sheet music and lyrics. "Something I've been working on," he said, not looking at any of them. "Just a bit of a 'fuck you' to the Principal for what he's been doing." The band looked at the music, and for one second they felt united, truly happy. Then the reality sunk in.

"Maybe we should all sing with this one," said Jack. "Make it something special." They agreed. The piano music sounded Anglo-Egyptian, while Gwen though lead guitar sounded like a classical acoustic number, and Ianto thought his bass tab sounded too complex for him to be playing, and Owen knew that his drum beat was too simple, but he believed that it kept the song level, and wouldn't override the vocals;


I can see
when you stay low nothing happens
Does it feel right?

Late at night
things I thought I'd put behind me
haunt my mind

I just know there's no escape now
once it's set its eyes on you
but I won't run, have to stare it in the eye

Stand my ground, I won't give in
No more denying, I gotta face it
Won't close my eyes and hide the truth inside
If I don't make it, someone else will
Stand My Ground

It's all around
getting stronger, coming closer
into my world

I can feel
that it's time for me to face it
can I take it?

Though this might just be the ending
of the life I held so dear
but I won't run, there's no turning back from here

Stand my ground, I won't give in
No more denying, I gotta face it
Won't close my eyes and hide the truth inside
If I don't make it, someone else will
Stand My Ground

Ianto and Gwen:
All I know for sure is I'm trying
I will always stand my ground

Stand my ground, I won't give in (I won't give in)
I won't give up (I won't give up)
no more denying, I got to face it
won't close my eyes and hide the truth inside
if I don't make it, someone else will (x2)

Stand My Ground.

End note from Beta: BTW just ignore Gav's little rant at the beginning, she knows you'll love it!