"Right, Tosh, what do you want me to do?" Edith asked.
"I need to do a control test, so could you make sure that everyone leaves the interrogation room?" Tosh asked. It had never occurred to her that if Ianto was in the hub, then other spirits would be as well. Although Edith had spoken to them, they had made it clear that although they would not hinder Tosh's experiments, they wanted nothing to do with them. While they were delighted with a new person to talk to, they made it clear to Edith that they were very happy being dead, and had no interest in starting conversations with the living, thank you very much.
"You heard the lady, everyone out! That includes you, Paul." Edith waited until all the spirits had left the room before indicating that Tosh should continue.
Using the theory behind Mary's pendant, Tosh had developed a scanning program that could detect brain waves. Now all she had to do was a control test to get the readings from an empty room and then she could start getting readings from Ianto. She had already managed to test the program on her fellow team mates. She had been hesitant about asking them for permission to essentially read their minds after the Mary debacle but they had all agreed without a second thought. Tosh supposed the fact that she had given them a warning to clear any unwanted thoughts out of their mind helped; although Jack seemed to delight in trying to make the young Japanese woman blush, his thoughts perfectly pornographic.
Tosh ran the scan on the empty room and then asked Ianto if he would wait in the room and actively think about something for them to discover. When Edith indicated that Ianto was in there, Tosh began the scan. They listened anxiously as the computer went through the various frequencies. For a while all they could hear was a static hiss, but then an echoing voice could be heard coming from the speakers. Tosh giggled and excitedly locked Ianto's signature wavelength into the computer. She then altered the motion detectors to follow Ianto's brainwaves and they watched on the CCTV as a red light began to weave its way around the interview room.
Jack lifted Tosh from her chair, enveloping her in a bear hug. "You did it! I knew you would!"
Tosh blushed scarlet and ducked her head, hiding her flaming cheeks behind her dark curtain of hair. Moments later though, the hair was pushed back and her head lifted until she was gazing into Owen's eyes. Before she could register what was happening, he had planted a wet, soggy kiss on her open lips.
Jack and Gwen grinned at the twin looks of "what the hell just happened" that had appeared on Tosh and Owen's faces. Owen began to stammer an excuse about being happy to see the Tea boy again, before turning away rapidly, scurrying back to the autopsy bay.
"You can come out now, Yan!" Jack called and the door opened revealing a glowing red spot on the floor. "How do you feel?" Jack asked, directing his question to the area about six feet above the red spot.
For a moment there was silence, and then Ianto's faded voice spoke "Sorry, were you talking to me?"
Jack looked thunderstruck and he glared at the others as they began to snicker. He turned back to the red light and glared at it. "Be grateful you don't have a body, Ianto, because if you did, you'd be over my knee for that!"
The speakers gave a high pitched whine. "God, you're evil!" Ianto's voice came over the speaker and the red light began to shimmer violently.
Tosh glared at the light. "Ianto Jones! You had better not be doing what I think you're doing! Being invisible is no excuse for that kind of behaviour!"
"Not to mention the fact that I can see what you've been doing." Edith chipped in.
"Oh god, I forgot all about you, Edith! Why didn't you stop me?" Ianto asked.
"And miss out on the free floor show? Not bloody likely." Edith replied with a snort.
Deliberately tuning out the banter Tosh began to type furiously, altering the light that was indicating Ianto's presence. Slowly it began to form a human shape, the red lighting changing into a silvery humanoid. She registered that the hub had suddenly become quiet and looked over at Jack who was staring at Ianto in horror.
"What's wrong? Jack, what's the matter?" Ianto demanded a hint of panic in his voice. "Is it me? Do you want me to go?"
Ianto's concern shook Jack out of his horrified silence. "No! Just...Tosh can you change it back?"
"But why...?" Tosh asked in confusion.
"Ianto, look at the monitor." Jack demanded.
The silver shape wavered as Ianto looked at himself on the screen. "Shit! Tosh change it back. Just change it, please Tosh." Ianto pleaded, a hint of panic in his voice.
"What does he remind you of, Tosh?" Jack demanded, waiting for the penny to drop.
Tosh looked confused for a moment and then a look of horror crossed her face. "Ianto, I am so sorry. I didn't think. Give me a minute and I'll change it back." Sensing Gwen's confusion she explained. "The ghost shifts, the ghosts looked just like that...except they weren't ghosts, they were cybermen."
"But the cybermen are gone..." Gwen stated, confused.
The silver shimmered as Ianto's anger grew. "Would you want to look like the monsters that killed all your friends and left you with nightmares for years after? Think about it, Gwen!"
Gwen cursed internally, wishing that just once, she could think before she spoke. "I'm sorry, pet, I wasn't thinking."
"Right, now that we've got that sorted and Teaboy is going to stay a red, glowy light, can we get back to normal. Coffee, Teaboy. You've been slacking for the past few months, time to fix that." Owen demanded as he slouched at his desk.
"I've been dead, am dead, Owen! I think a few weeks break is allowed." Ianto protested.
Jack looked sternly at the red light. "Owen's right, Ianto. You have neglected your duties for far too long and it's time to sort it out." He ignored Tosh, Gwen and Ianto's loud protests. "Edith, thank you for your help. Owen, I believe you have an autopsy to perform? Gwen, Tosh ...I don't know... find something to do. Ianto, my office now!"
A/N: So that's it, the end. Thank you to everyone who has commented and encouraged me. I hope the ending meets your approval. I've got a couple of short one-offs in the pipeline but I have the attention span of a gnat so it may be a while before they are posted.