Accidents Can Have Consequences
Torchwood At TwilightAuthor:
I don’t own them; if I did I wouldn’t be writing fanfiction. Summary:
When Bella doesn’t make it to Edward in time, she ends up finding out that weirder things exist than vampires and werewolves.Pairings:
Jack/Ianto, Bella/Owen Spoilers:
Twilight – Starts in New Moon when Bella is racing to stop Edward from stepping into the sun in Italy and will be AU from there. Torchwood – Slightly AU ending to Season 1, Jack never left.Warnings: SLASH!!!A/N:
I am so, so, so sorry this took so long! I swear I'm not dead! Nor have I abandoned my fics. Hope you all enjoy the new chapter. :)
Chapter 14: Accidents Can Have Consequences
“Exactly how long does the Honeymoon phase last?” Owen asked, pulling a face as he glanced across the Hub to where Jack and Ianto could be seen making out through the open door of Jack’s office. “They could at least close the door.”
Bella just laughed. “Oh, please. This is normal for them and you know it. Their Honeymoon phase lasted that first month after the wedding when we didn’t see either of them for more than five minutes at a time,” she said. “And we haven’t walked in on them having sex for almost five weeks now.”
“Okay, so you’re right; this is normal for them,” Owen conceded. “But at least before, Tea Boy made Jack act at least somewhat professional at work. Ever since they got married, he’s been way more lenient about what he lets Jack do at work. It’s been almost four months now; you’d think he’d have started setting some limits again by now.”
“You’re just mad that Bella isn’t as lenient with you as Ianto has been with Jack lately,” Tosh said with a smirk, her and Bella laughing as Owen started pouting.
“You’re both mean,” Owen muttered with a glare before turning away from them to answer the phone as it started ringing.
Bella and Tosh just laughed some more, amused with the man’s antics. Both girls sobered and their laughter died off as they noticed Owen straighten in his seat, his body language turning serious.
After a short, quiet conversation, Owen hung up and stood from his seat, grabbing his jacket from the back of his chair. “Oi! You two stop snogging like teenagers,” he shouted in Jack and Ianto’s direction as he started for the door. “We have to get to the hospital; Gwen’s been hurt.”
Tosh and Bella were immediately out of their seats and following Owen and Jack and Ianto emerged from Jack’s office a moment later.
“What happened?” Jack asked as they joined the other three and left the Hub.
“Car accident a few blocks from their apartment as Gwen and Rhys were on their way home from their anniversary dinner,” Owen replied. “Drunk driver was speeding and ran a light. Impact was on Rhy’s side and he died instantly. Gwen’s been taken to the hospital and is in surgery. It doesn’t look good. From what Andy said, it’s a miracle she’s still alive right now.”
“Andy?” Ianto asked as they all climbed into the SUV.
Owen nodded. “He was the one who called, was one of the officers on scene. He has no idea how Gwen managed to survive the impact. As far as he can tell, she should be dead right now, not at the hospital in surgery.”
“Nobody’s given her blood, have they?” Bella asked, thinking about how Ianto, Tosh and Owen had all ended up unable to die.
Jack shook his head. “No. And we’re always extra careful with injuries because of it,” he said. “That’s not what happened here. And we don’t know that she couldn’t
die, just that she didn’t. Could just be that she was lucky.”
Bella gave him a skeptical look, but didn’t say anything as they arrived at the hospital and made their way inside. Spotting Andy down the hall, Bella headed toward him, calling out as they got closer. “Andy!” The officer looked up and quickly made his way toward them, meeting them halfway. “Have you heard anything? Is Gwen okay?”
Andy hesitated before answering. “Come on. It’s probably better if you see for yourself,” he said, turning to lead them down the hall.
“See what?” Jack demanded. “Is Gwen okay or not?”
Andy led them through a door and into a viewing room that overlooked an operating room. “See for yourself,” he said, nodding at the window.
They all turned to look and froze when they saw doctors quickly soaking up the blood pouring from Gwen’s motionless body.
“What- Why aren’t they doing anything?!” Tosh asking, voice wavering between terrified and vulnerable. “She…She’s not… Is she?”
“Look closely,” Andy said. “Watch her wounds.”
Doing as he said, they all trained their eyes on the open wounds on Gwen’s body.
Bella was the first to notice it, her eyes sharper than any of the others, and she blinked for a moment before her eyes went wide in shock. “They’re healing on their own,” she stated in disbelief.
Andy nodded. “They started trying to stitch up some of the smaller wounds while the surgeons worked on the internal injuries, but they were healing on their own faster than the doctors could stitch. Same with the internal injuries; they’re healing faster than the doctors can fix them. So they just started cleaning up the blood. Which, hers seems to be replenishing itself fast enough that she doesn’t need a transfusion.”
They all watched in shock as Gwen’s body slowly healed itself in front of them.
“What the hell…?” Jack muttered as he watched what was happening in the operating room.
“That’s what I was wondering,” Andy said as he turned to look at Jack. “What the hell happened to Gwen? Why is she healing like this? Not that I’m not happy she’ll live, but that’s not natural.”
“No, it’s not,” Jack agreed. “But I have no idea how this happened.”
“Really?” Andy questioned, clearly not believing Jack. “Because this seems like it would be right up your spooky-do alley.”
“I honestly don’t know why she’s still alive,” Jack said, turning away from Gwen only long enough to lock gazes with Andy and show him that he was serious. “But I intend to find out.”
“As soon as she’s healed enough, we should move her to the hub,” Owen said. “We’ll need to do some tests, and if I can do some of them while she’s still healing, maybe it will help us find out why
Jack nodded and glanced at Ianto. “Make sure there aren’t any samples of her blood for them to study,” he said and when his husband nodded he turned to Tosh, “and make sure there isn’t any footage anywhere of her healing.”
Tosh nodded as well and bit her lip. “I should probably go back and do that now before anyone else can try and look for it,” she said slowly before looking back at Gwen, clearly not wanting to leave her friend.
“I’ll go with you,” Owen said, “I need to prep the medical bay for when Gwen gets there.”
“We’ll keep you updated,” Bella said, not taking her gaze from Gwen’s slowly healing body, her sharp eyes watching as the other woman’s body slowly stitched itself back together.
"You find anything?" Bella asked as she joined Owen in the med bay later that night, handing him a cup of coffee as she sat down next to him.
Owen shook his head. "Not yet. Everything seems normal so far, even the blood work," he replied. "I'm running a full genetic work-up right now, should be done soon. Hopefully the answer is in there because I'm out of ideas."
"Do you think this has anything to do with that device that went off near her last year?" Bella asked. "I mean, we never figured out what it did."
"Maybe. Tosh, Jack and Teaboy are running more tests on it," Owen said. "Though, I'm not sure what they might find now that they didn't find last year. But it's our only lead, so it's worth a try."
Bella nodded and opened her mouth to say something else, but before she could say anything Owen's computer beeped.
"Genetic work-up is done," Owen said as he turned back to the computer to look over the results. "Well, that's different," he muttered, glancing back and forth between two screens.
"What? What is it?" Bella asked, looking at the same screens as Owen, but having no idea what any of it meant.
"This is Gwen's genetic work-up from when she started with Torchwood," Owen said, pointing to one screen before pointing to the other, "and this is the one from today. Her genes have mutated. I'm just not really sure what the mutations mean."
"Well, my guess would be something to do with her healing processes," Bella said dryly and Owen snorted.
"Really? I never would have guessed that," he replied, just as dryly.
Bella just smirked and shrugged as Owen printed off both of the genetic work-ups.
"Come on, let's go show these to the others," Owen said, collecting the print-outs and tugging on Bella's hand. "Maybe this will help the others figure out what exactly that device does, or at the very least, what it did to Gwen."
"Okay, so best guess, the device extends life by mutating the genes of the person it's used on," Ianto said as they sat around the conference room table, the device from the year before in the center of the table.
"It's possible that it prevents someone from dying altogether, but I really don't think that's the case," Owen said. "It seems to have sped up Gwen's healing process. I'll have to do some tests over the next few months, but I think it's more likely that it simply slowed her aging process rather than stopping it completely. But like I said, those tests will take time."
"And whatever it did, it didn't boost her healing enough that it just erases any damage done," Bella added, "she stopped healing a few hours ago and the wounds left scars. They're fainter than they would be if she had healed normally, but they're there."
Owen nodded. "They look more like she's had them for ten years. It's part of why I don't think the device actually made her immortal."
"Makes sense," Jack agreed as Owen pulled a pager from his pocket.
"Gwen's waking up," Owen said, holding the pager up in explanation as he stood.
Jack nodded. "I'll go with you and tell her about Rhys after you've checked her vitals. Tosh, you should come, too. Gwen's going to need a friend with her. Owen, any tests that don't need to be done tonight, wait until tomorrow to do them."
"Tell her we're glad she's okay and that we'll visit with her tomorrow," Bella said, motioning to herself and Ianto. "We don't want to overwhelm her tonight."
Jack nodded and left the room with Tosh and Owen.
A few minutes later, Gwen's cry of anguish echoed through the hub.