Gwen: (hysterically): You can't keep running away!

Jack: (looking sad, defensive) I can, just watch me!

Jack disappears.


Somewhere in the frozen reaches of the solar system a hyperdrive engine softly hums as Jack materializes into the darkness of a cargo ship's bridge.

John: Hi Jack.

Jack: Huh?

John: Surprise!

Jack: J-John?

John: None other.

Jack: But… But what are you doing here?

John: (holds up his right arm to display the blinking blue light on his wristband) The ship told me you woke her up.

Jack: (perplexed) You knew about my ship?

John: Of course I did. I know you always have an escape route. It's the first thing I check.

Jack: (shakes head) Why are you here?

John: You weren't thinking of leaving without me, where you?

Jack: (angrily) I don't have time for this. Get out.

John: Oh, I don't think so.

Jack: I don't want you here!

John: (grins) Are you gonna try to make me leave?

Jack: If I have to…

John: (stands up from chair) Okay, give it your best shot.

Jack: (pleadingly) Please… John… I just want to be alone.

John: (turns serious) So, are you going to tell me what happened?

Jack: No.

John: Did you blow up a solar system again?

Jack: No.

John: Did you blow up a planet again?

Jack: No.

John: Well, then, it can't be that bad, can it?

Jack: [silence]

John: Oh dear. It is that bad, huh? Jack… I really think you should talk to me about it.

Jack: Fuck you!

John: Any time.

Jack: (slumps shoulders) Oh God…

John: Jack? You are clearly burdened by something. (opens arms wide) Come here and share some of that dreadful cargo with me.

Jack: (weeping softly goes to John and the two men embrace) It began in 1965…

Two hours later.

John: So are you going to give up, just like that?

Jack: What else can I do?

John: (holds up his right arm) Well, I don't know about you, but I still have a functioning vortex manipulator.

Jack: (realization dawning) You mean?

John: (grinning wickedly) I never let the Time Lord touch it.

Jack: But…the Doctor… he would not approve.

John: (narrows eyes) Well, he's not here, is he? But I am. And I say let's go back and fix this mess. (extends his left hand, Jack takes it) We've done it before and we'll do it again. Just tell me when and where, Captain Harkness…


Authors note: the wristband's mystical, magical, blinking blue light is an acknowledged "fixture" in my DW universe and was first described and used in "Forgiveness."

I love you Jack, and always will…