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The Star Galleon, Orbiting Earth: June 3, 2011

Mira chuckled. "I'm sure you can figure out what to do with each other when you get back on terra firma."

She turned to Rhys. "Let me give you the grand tour."

"One second, luv." He ran to Gwen and threw his arms around her. "You take care, you hear? Don't let the laundry pile up too much just because I'm not there. And make sure you remember to eat. I love you."

She chuckled sadly, tears in her eyes. "I love you too, Rhys, you old mum."

Faith wandered off towards the back of the ship with Anwen.

Jack stared wistfully at Gwen and Rhys saying their goodbyes.

The Doctor put a hand on his shoulder, shaking his head. "You can't Jack. Not now."

He sighed. "I know. Especially now. Look at them, Doctor. Isn't it extraordinary?"

The Doctor smiled sadly, thinking about his own solitude. "It really is. All the beauty and wonders of the universe, Jack, and that's the one we can never really have. That's the price tag, I guess. For everything we get to see and do and experience. We might not ever get to grow old with the people we love. They'll still wither and die. And we will be stuck watching them fade. But you know what? We can still protect them, can't we?"

Jack stared at him, eyes brimming with tears. "Not always, Doctor. Not always."

He turned away and walked to the other side of the cabin. As he did so, Gwen turned away from Rhys and looked at him. She knew who he was thinking about, and it broke her heart.

"Jack?" she called softly, walking over to him. "What I said in the graveyard. . .I know you don't remember it. But I hope someday you do. You are a good man, Jack Harkness. The bravest and kindest man I've ever known. And I know, someday, you will find true happiness. Lasting happiness. I believe that. I've got to. The world is too dark and too cruel otherwise."

He stared at her, pain in his eyes. He couldn't believe he was hearing this from her. Why now?

"Gwen, I. . ."

Faith walked back over to the group and handed Anwen to Gwen. "You should probably hold her for a while," she said curtly. "She is your baby after all."

She turned to Jack, giving him a strange look. One that shut him up.

"Now is not the time, Jack," she hissed.

He smiled sadly at Faith. "I know. I know."

The time was years ago.

He waved to Mira and Rhys. "Make sure they all get back safely. I'm going to go ahead and check for traps that might still be active."

"Don't check them with your torso this time!" the Doctor crowed.

Jack shot him a look and teleported out.

Faith shook her head as Jack vanished and walked over to Rhys. She smiled at the bigger man. "Take good care of yourself, Mr. Rhys, and Anwen too."

She looked to Mira and nodded her farewell. She then turned to the Doctor.

"It was good to see you again, Doctor."

The Doctor beamed at her. "And you, sweet, wonderful Faith. Don't let Jack talk you into anything stupid."

Sarah Jane just hung back a little. She looked around, a little uncomfortable, and saw the Doctor. She wondered again why he seemed so familiar, then shook her head and started to walk over to him.

Oh, what am I thinking?

Faith smiled and nodded as Sarah Jane walked over. The Doctor also smiled at the pizza girl as she approached.

"The same goes for you. And keep an eye on these crazy fools for me, will you?"

Sarah couldn't help but smile back, his grin seemed to be so infectious. "Of course, I'll do what I can… I.. I had a weird question, but I'm not sure if now is the right time…"

The Doctor pulled her into a hug. "You're right. It's not. But don't worry. We'll be seeing each other very soon. I know it."

Sarah blinked, a little surprised at the contact, but grinned bigger, returning the hug.

He smells good, like a library.

Mira tapped her foot. "Ok, I need to meet with my time agents. The rest of you, I'm sending you back to Cardiff. See you around."

They vanished. Mira looked around.

"All right, Susie. You can come out now."

The Australian Time Agent, who had been listening behind the door the whole time, emerged, her long chestnut hair unkempt. She looked like she just teleported from a vacation resort.

"Some stand in you are! I go away for a damn weeks holiday and return to find you're trying to destroy the universe! I mean, you could have at least asked me to help out ya know! Now take Violet for me."

Mira sighed. "Yes, yes. But do remember, you are both my subordinates. And I wasn't trying to destroy the universe, Susie. That was Faction Paradox. It so wasn't my fault."

She looked around. "Violet must still be asleep. Almost drowned, you know. Still, I suppose we can fill her in. It's time we went and paid a visit to Captain Hart."

"Sure. Whatever. Where is he and how soon can I kill him?"

Mira sighed. "We can't kill him. He volunteered to turn himself in. We just have to find him. Last I heard, he was supposed to meet us in London, 2009. In the place the Time Agency will be built."

Torchwood Warehouse, Cardiff: June 3, 2011

As Jack entered the Warehouse, he saw a familiar man perched on Faith's desk. They pulled guns on each other at the same time.

"I thought I told you never to come back here."

John Hart smiled at him, pretending to be hurt. "Aww, is that any way to treat an old flame? Come on. I heard you needed a new lackey. Didn't think you'd stoop to a nine year old."

"Get out," hissed Jack. He'd had enough adventure for one week.

"My, my. You did get testy without your Eye Candy. Well, we'll have to see about that."


John put down his gun and raised his hands. "All right, all right. I'm going. Geeze."

He teleported out as Faith, Sarah Jane, and Gwen teleported in.

Faith looked up at Jack, his gun raised still. "What is it Jack?"

He lowers his gun. "It's nothing."

Looking around and taking everything in, Sarah Jane breathed a sigh of relief.

"Well, at least it seems quiet here. . ."

She smiled at Faith. She felt like they have a common bond, but why, she wasn't sure.

Faith shrugged and walked over to her desk. Something is off. She looked on her desk. The paper doll of Ianto Jones she had been playing with had been moved from where it was with the others to the center of her desk.

She picked it up. "And how did you get here?"

Gwen stared at her in concern. "What is it, Faith? What's wrong?"

Jack looked down at the doll in her hands, his face paling. "Oh, you bastard."

Faith looked back at Jack., the Ianto doll still in her hands. "Someone was here, right Jack?"

Gwen also stared at Jack, her eyes narrowed. "It was him, wasn't it? It was John."

Jack nodded slowly.

"What did he want?"

"I'm not sure."

Faith sat down on the ground, pulling her deck out of her pocket and placed the paper Ianto on the floor.

"Maybe these can tell us what he was doing here."

She drew the first card. It is shockingly the King of Guns with an image of Ianto on it.

"Someone, a man, is attempting to bring balance and harmony. Sadly he is vain. He may wish to be self-sacrificing, but he is doing exactly the opposite."

Jack started at the image of Ianto. He was not expecting to see his dead friend and lover so much in one day.

Faith pulled another card. This time it was The World with the image of a Time Agent on it.

"It is time to start over. Oneness is everything. What you have been looking for…is right in front of you."

Faith pulled out one last card…and nearly gasped as it was The Hanged Man with the image of Ianto once again appearing.

"What is this? Self Sacrifice is crucial to end a great evil. Time to look with a new perspective. What you may have lost…."

She looked up at Jack and then to Gwen.

" …May not be lost at all…"

Jack and Gwen stared at the young clairvoyant in shock. What could this mean? Faith's cards had never been wrong before, but. . .

Sarah knelt down, looking at the cards.

"So young, yet so old," She whispered, staring at them.

She looked at Faith cautiously. "I'm going to assume he's someone who was lost…"

She looked between the three of them, then stood up awkwardly. "I'll…. I'll go make coffee, or something…"

Jack's eyes were tortured as he looked at the girl. "Faith?"

Faith stared intently at Jack. "I'm sorry."

"Draw them again."

He glared intently at Faith as she hesitated. "Shuffle the damn cards and draw them again!"

Faith was frightened by the look on Jack's face and for once did not argue. She shuffled and drew again.

The first three cards were the same, in the same order: The King of Guns, The World and The Hanged Man. To be positive on her reading she pulled one last card.

She held it up to her face and froze.

"What?" asked Jack. "What is it? Faith?"

Faith slowly lowered the card. It was an image of The Sun with Faith herself on the card.

"A time of peace and safety will come afterwards. All will be right with the world. The battle is over, innocence is restored, and…. the Hero gets the Girl."

Jack and Gwen stared at Faith. Then at each other.

"What the. . . which hero?" whispered Gwen.

"Which girl?" whispered Jack.