One Month Later...

"One....two....three"

There was a loud ripping sound as the six friends ripped open their envelops and pulled out the plain slip of paper with the important grades printed on. They stood there staring at them for a short silent moment before screaming their delight and hugging one another.

"Straight As" Owen said boastfully.

"Would never believe it, you're a twat" Gwen said cheekily causing him to attempt to swat her with his paper which she ducked immediately. "I got two Bs and an A, what about you Tosh?"

"Straight As" she said not as shyly as she used to. Owen let out a yelp of joy and grab Tosh's arm pulling her to him so he could press a quick kiss on her lips causing the poor girl to blush brightly.

"Bugger off you lot" Owen said rudely at the amused stares his friends sent to him.

"Well I got an A, B and C. I'm a walking alphabet, me" Jack said proudly.

"You're a walking something all right but I always thought it was pheromones or testosterone" Ianto said raising an eyebrow up looking completely un-amused. Much to Andy's everlasting happiness Ianto had finally gotten over his crush on Jack and had moved onto his blonde best friend. "I got two As and a B"

"Lucky you, I feel like an airhead next to you swots" Andy grumbled. "Two Cs and a D"

"Aw we love your stupid blonde moments anyway" Gwen teased Andy. The six of them walked out of the school hall nodding back at fellow classmates and teachers who gave them their congratulations and sympathies. Outside Owen's grandmother, Jack's mother and Alice, Gwen's parents and Andy's mother were waiting outside.

"Well?" Mrs Harkness demanded.

"We all aced apart from Andy, he C'ed and D'ed" Jack said waving his paper in front of his mother's eyes before snatching Alice out of her arms. "How's my little princess? Did anything happen since Daddy went? You didn't get a paper cut did you? Or trip? Don't worry baby, I won't ever let anything happen to you"

"You're smothering her. She'll end up hating you and run off with some junkie the way you're going" Gwen informed him with an eye roll before taking Alice off of him and hugging her. "Daddy's a nutter, isn't he?"

"Yes" Alice agreed causing everyone to laugh and Jack to pout.

The Headmaster walked past with a scowl and a governor with an amused smile that caused Owen to glare. "Mr Harper, I do hope the pipe bombs in all of the bathrooms had nothing to do with you. It is against the law and I would have no problems to press charges if it wasn't for this kind gentleman's insistence to pay out for new bathrooms"

Owen looked innocent and Tosh shuffled nervously. "I have no idea what you're on about sir; I don't even know how to make a pipe bomb"

"Bloody troublemaker, glad to get rid off you, bloody terrorist he'll be" the Headmaster grumbled darkly under his breathe as he stormed off in a huff.

"I love you too, sir" Owen yelled after him causing everyone to snicker.

"I don't believe you Tosh!" Gwen hissed. "Out of all of us I thought you'd never pull such a prank"

"Gwen, she's my girlfriend what do you expect?"

"You chose well son" Dr Green said with a smirk. "I am very proud of you, especially with your grades and University choice. Edinburgh from my experience is an expensive place to live, which is why I came to offer you and Toshiko Sato some part time jobs in one of my branches, it won't be much but the pay is good and you could use it to take your girl out"

"Normally I would tell you to sod off, Father, but since I do need a job I accept. Just don't expect me to be calling you Dad or anything" Owen said glaring.

"I don't. I wouldn't be surprised that after your university graduation I will never see you again" Dr Green said sighing sadly. "The headmaster was such a useful spy and I was very much amused to hear about your pranks. Now I must hand in my resignation of being Head of the Board. Well goodbye dear boy, I have several meetings to go to. I am very proud of your grades"

"Wanker" Owen grumbled.

Everyone else looked a little stunned. Andy was making fish faces again, Ianto looked pale and Jack looked furious. "Why didn't you tell me that your father is one of the most famous businessmen of our time, a man involved in many schools usually prestigious ones and has many branches all over the world?!"

"Something tells me the only reason he was involved in this school was because of Owen" Andy muttered.

"I rather not talk about it all right?" Owen growled. "He hadn't bothered to be in my life for the past seventeen years and he ain't going to be involved in the next eighty odd years either"

"All right" Jack shrugged. "Let's party then"

"Party! Party! Party! Party! Party!" Alice chanted clapping her hands.

Mrs Harkness groaned. "Well done Jack, now I have to deal with a hyper baby while you get drunk"

"Mother, I'm hurt! I fully intend to stay sober as I include my precious little princess in my celebration" Jack said half dramatically and half defensive.

"You kids are all mad, you know that?" Mr Cooper said chuckling. "Now all smile for the camera, this is probably the last time we'll have you six all together"

They all grinned, Jack and Gwen huddled together with Alice in between them, Andy and Ianto close together, with Andy's arm round Ianto's waist. Owen putting a protective arm round a shy Tosh (who smiled shyly) while his hand formed bunny ears above Ianto's head.

The camera flashed and everyone laughed.

No one was aware of someone watching them all with such burning hatred and resentment that it would have burned holes in their heads.

Take a look at my body
Look at my hands
There's so much here
That I don't understand

Your face saving promises
Whispered like prayers
I don't need them
I don't need them

I've been treated so wrong
I've been treated so long
As if I'm becoming untouchable

Contempt loves the silence
It thrives in the dark
With fine winding tendrils
That strangle the heart

They say that promises
Sweeten the blow
But I don't need them
No, I don't need them

I've been treated so wrong
I've been treated so long
As if I'm becoming untouchable

I'm a slow dying flower
Frost killing hour
The sweet turning sour
And untouchable

O, I need
The darkness
The sweetness
The sadness
The weakness
I need this

I need
A lullaby
A kiss goodnight
Angel sweet
Love of my life
O, I need this

Do you remember the way
That you touched me before
All the trembling sweetness
I loved and adored?

Your face saving promises
Whispered like prayers
I don't need them
No, I don't need them

O, I need
The darkness
The sweetness
The sadness
The weakness
I need this

I need
A lullaby
A kiss goodnight
The angel sweet
Love of my life
I need this

Is it dark enough?
Can you see me?
Do you want me?
Can you reach me?
Or I'm leaving

You better shut your mouth
Hold your breath
Kiss me now you'll catch my death
O, I mean it

My Skin – Natalie Merchant

Author's Note: I would like to thank all those who reviewed, favourites and story-alerted this. Before some ask, I might do a sequel to this (I do have some plot-bunnies) and I may even do a Doctor Who companion piece to this. I'm not sure yet.