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Jack and Jill

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Recap of Harkness-Jones family

Our lovely men are now 47 and 51 … but who's counting?

The children are now ... 9 (Ifan the Imp) 18 (Ton), 21 (Babs), 25 (Walt), and 26 (Stephen). Hawk is right at this point in the story is now two and a half and looks like a little elf.

Walter's show is still a hit and with Walter also a movie star, making movies on his off peak time with the show that is a spin off from the original show he outgrew. Walter is married to Curtis. Ben is (10), Crispin 8 ½ little Grace … now a sweet little 3. Curtis would like another but knows not to push it.

Fen is retired from the Air force and is now working for Jack's Torchwood Agency as an 'Air Chauffer' to the stars and clients they represent. His wife Sam has given him LB (almost three and a half) and sweet little strawberry blonde Jackson (Jax) is now two.

Jack owns Torchwood Agency that he and Tosh run effectively with John as their PA … I know …go figure. Not just a PI agency, it is now an Agency used by many celebrities for security and transport with the Hoodlum Clan proving to be formidable bodyguards. Fen works as a chopper pilot for the Agency along with Sam's brother.

Ianto is retired, writing books and adoring the children/grandchildren. He is (almost) not bored at all.

Owen and Tosh adopted a wee girl from India called Mae 9 ... And a little boy from Zimbabwe called Denbae who has Dwarfism. 4

John Hart lives in the village with Chrystal and their son Harley (Monkey) is 9 ½ . They have Jasmine 5, the surviving twin as well.

Gene is with Idris, happily continuing their lives. Little Neve is the daughter of Idris' cousin who died. She is their little queen. (10)

Ton still has Muncher the mad little dog Marvin gave him. Also, his girlfriend Angel (Angela) from his acting group. She is DS and they are very much connected.

They also own cabins in the Lake District and are friends with the local mayor Marvin, who Ton named Marvin Martian. This is who gave Ton the little dog. Marvin and his wife Jenny are firm friends.

Time flies when you're having fun.

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The van rumbled past, Ianto looking up from his garden that adorned the frontage of his property and shaded his eyes to watch it wander up the lane. Trades plates. Hmmm. Ah. Gas Company. He grunted turning back in time to see Hawk shove a flower into his mouth and chew thoughtfully. Spring bulbs were blooming and Ianto had been picking some for the table. His carefully planted daffodils and snow drops putting on such a show along the roadside.

"Awwwww, you little devil" Ianto scolded, trying to wrestle it back as the toddler giggled and squirmed, finally spitting it out and laughing as he was tickled.

"Hey boss" Animal called as he neared them "Skidmark just rang. Apparently some of the library fittings are coming out too, looks like some books and such being dumped in boxes outside. He's gone to ask if they are just for the space for work or if they were binning them, he wants to know what you want to do if they are gonna dump some."

"Well … that's not a nice feeling. Books being mistreated" Ianto frowned as he plucked more daisy from the little laughing mouth "Could be just for space and they are moving them back in tonight. If not … we will take them and store them in the green garage. I will go through them and gift them on to some other libraries or something. Might be a nice little…"

BOOOOOOMMMMMM

Ianto acted without a second thought, throwing himself on his baby as the shockwave blew though, then he looked up at Animal who was on all fours next to them "what the fuck? Did a plane just crash or something?"

Animal was looking up at the village with open horror "Boss. Fire."

Ianto rose to turn and look, also horrified as he knew exactly what had happened "Animal, take the baby in to Sam, check the house is OK, the kids. Shit, windows. Check my windows are not broken."

"Where are you going?"

"The site" Ianto said as he ran for his SUV "I'll bet you ten to a dollar that was my library going up along with the mayoral chambers. Fucking Gas! I told Jared not to go with that heating option."

"Ahhhhh shit" Animal was moving too, running for the house beside Ianto with a wriggling little boy in his arms as Curt exploded out the doors calling out with open fear.

"Are you all OK?" Ianto called to him.

"Yeah, our house took most of the shockwave. I've lost some windows but … it looks like your house just got the tail end, Tons' room. His window is cracked but intact. We can tape it until it can be replaced." Curt said shakily "Taddy, what the hell was that?"

"I think it was the mayoral chambers and library exploding with the gas refit" Ianto said sadly, "I have to go love. People will be scared hurt and there will be chaos."

"Yeah but Jarred will be there" Curt remedied gently. "He's a mayor now."

"Curty love" Ianto sighed "Who do you think was probably in there when it went?"

Curt grimaced. "Shit."

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Ianto parked at the start of the debris, no point popping tyres.

Ianto's first concern was for Ton and his shop, relieved to find the frontage blown in but Ton had been out in the back kitchen working on a wedding cake. Both he and Mel had been working on things, her baby safely in his little play pen in the corner back of the kitchen.

Ton was angry, demanding someone clean this mess up as his arms flapped, "how do I finish a cake in this mess!"

Ianto didn't miss a stride as he called out "Take it home. Finish it at ours, Take Mel and JR with you so her husband can fix their house!"

Chaos. Absolute carnage was everywhere. Windows gone, even cars had lost glass and some were even dented and shunted as he neared the remains of the building. Oh god, it was bad. Worse than he had thought and for an insane minute he was back at the bus bombing before he could stop the memory. He took a deep breath and let it out as Jack became visible staggering over the mess. He had been at the Chalets and had run down, as had Carl and Connor had followed.

Carl was hysterical as he pulled at the debris screaming for Jarred and Ianto felt sick as he tried to help. Soon they were unearthing people, dazed, confused and injured as more Hoodlums poured into the site from their respective homes in the village.

Ianto straightened up and looked around as he realised no one was in charge, as he had thought they were all panicking. He took a deep breath and whistled loud and clear.

"I want a triage tent erected there on the other side of the street, we need to let emergency vehicles through so I need large debris cleared from the road. Gerry, get the bloody fire engine closer, we need to douse the debris as well as the flames there could be more smouldering underneath! Millie can you help Brian check the hall out for damage then if possible open it for a crisis centre. Doris, please help with the triage can you? I want five or six Hoodlums with her!"

"I'll clear a space for the helicopters" Animal said as he turned to find Skidmark running towards them, his hairline creased with blood "Skid, are you OK man?"

"Was in the living room with the kids when she went up. They're OK, thank god the sofa is in front of the wall and they were all on the floor playing, just a bit of something hit me through the window." He said, Ianto reaching out to check.

"OK, good. Get the kids down to the Hoodlum home. ALL KIDS TO GO TO THE HOODLUM SAFE HOUSE!" Ianto roared, pointing down the lane towards his home.

What a fucking mess.

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Jack was watching Ianto as he worked, then saw that he didn't need his help so he moved to the houses, checking them off. Mountain and Brains moved in to help Reaper still helping clear some space as the first rescue chopper flew in, beating the ambulances with ease. Animal had started to move children by now.

Ianto stepped back, relieved to know no one else was inside and those outside were shaken, hurt but not dead. No fatalities.

Carl had found Jarred and sat on the ground with his head in his lap trying to comfort him, the injuries mostly burns to his arms as he had thrown them up as the gas ignited. He had not been in the same room as the unfortunate gas man who was clearly badly burned. Ianto could see it was bad, at least 60% and he motioned for them to go to him first, relieved the school had not been badly hit, the kids scared but OK. Some minor cuts and mostly just fear.

Babs and Jack arrived back, Jack in the transporter and Babs in her large truck, driving slowly as some hoodlum walked ahead with brooms making sure the road was cleared of any debris that could hinder the wheels of the rescue vehicles that were starting to hurtle towards them. The tents on the back of Babs' truck bed were soon getting yanked off to set up an emergency centre as the hall was gonna be toast too.

As the emergency crews worked Babs and Jack loaded up the kids from the school, taking them home with them to comfort them. Ton already there in feeding mode. They worked through the afternoon, Ianto finally stopping as one of the old biddies tapped his arm.

"Sweetie, you're bleeding" she said softly.

Ianto looked down and saw that the bandage over his extraction site was weeping. He must have pulled some stitches and he swore softly, knowing he couldn't keep going in the debris and such with an open wound.

"It's OK, it's not fresh. I had a little procedure four days ago, it's the stitches torn I think" he assured her "I just have to go get it dressed before I get something in it."

As he walked off she frowned and watched him go, then turned to the one next to her "Did you hear that? He had a procedure… does that mean a surgery? Did he have something wrong with his arm? Another growth?"

Archie frowned as he stared after Ianto, then looked around and headed for someone who had just arrived with some Hoodlums with bottles of water "Ton? Go a minute son?"

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Ton told him it was the same site as the first 'lump' and a second little one had appeared. Ton was unconcerned, telling Archie that Uncle Owen was sure this time they had everything and Taddy was sure too. If not, Tadda said the arm might have to come right off. For some reason this seemed to upset the old man more and Ton shook his head as he watched the man race off. Then he turned back to the problem at hand. Hungry children. His Hawk to be precise.

Ianto didn't hear the wave of alarm moving around the village, his one and only focus being on the wounded and once they were clear he stayed back to star calling the insurance company. Yes. Of course Ianto knew which company the building was insired with, the same one all the properties were insured with. A Hoodlum owned one. The flooding had changed everything and now Ianto had more power than people thought. By late afternoon those houses inhabitable were cleaned up and glaziers were hastly installing fresh windows before the chill came into the air.

The five houses too badly damamged for a quick fix were given chalets for the foreseeable as Ianto demanded the building crew be there bright and early to begin the next day. He then sighed, rubbing his face as he saw the huge task ahead, the building had been totally destroyed.

Paper had rained like confetti and he was eternally greatful there was no loss of life, something that was almost imposible to get his head around. Thanks to Toshiko, most of the records were backed up and although the printing would cost thousands, all could be recovered including building plans etc.

His main hurt was the library. After the floods he had worked so hard to build it up and make it something the village was proud of. This was not Jarred's fault, this was just something byond their control that happened but still … all those lovely books, DVDs and learning resources the school kept there. Why had he build the school so close?

"Carl just called" Jack said as he walked over to his husband, cell phones banned until the gas threat was fully over. Until the lines beneath the village were all checked, Ianto demanded everyone treat the site as still active. "Jarred is lucid and Owen is assuring him that there is no lasting damamge other than some light burns and a few brken bones. It looks like he was in the mayoral office and was thrown back into the wall, then that large TV screen smashed into him. It then fell on top of him as they went down and that is what acted like a tent over him as the place went nuclear. Saved his life."

Ianto nodded, his mouth a thin line and Jack knew he was beyond upset, unable to speak.

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"I am here in the Village of Shangri-La where early today a gas explosion rocked the tranquil existence of…" The reporter's voice died away as he turned to wave an arm at the site in the background only to see a lone figure stalking towards them. His arm fell and he gaped as Walter Harkness-Jones came to stand next to him.

"Hello there Gino" Walter said calmly to the reporter "They got you on this have they?"

"Yes" the reporter was struck dumb by the A Grade movie star standing there talking to him like he knew him, the live feed completely forgotten as he stared at the handsome man.

"Well … it's a bit of a mess I'm afraid. They were getting the old heating system upgraded and a gas fireplace put into the main chambers. That room is central, both the Mayoral office and the library bread in the sandwich that blew apart." Walter explained, turning to give the camera his serious stare "We have injured. We have frightened children and we have displaced. Now … I know I live in a wonderful country where everyone watching wants to help but does not know how. I want to reassure all of you watching at home that we were insured. Those that lost physical property will be recompensed, thank you for the flood of concern already pouring in. In the background you can see my parents walking the scene with my bother Fen and Sissy. Tad is beside himself as he was Mayor for so long and put a lot into the upgrade of things. The local school was damaged so it looks like my house will be a little overrun for a while."

Walter's smile was mega watt now "The children are all wonderfully fine although shaken. Resilient things, kids. Bit … their school. So. Anyone wanting to help, we will be seeking new books and school supplies. The library was Tad's pride and joy, a real hit to his heart so … if you feel you must do something … please … send a book or a school supply item. Not money. We are going to be OK. We have a loving community, and a wonderful county here. I know you will all think about this for some time, please do not dwell, and do not let this frighten you. It was an accident. If you are unsettled, ring your local gas supplier and ask for a line check. It's a small fee for someone to come check the lines in and around your property. Thank you everyone for your love at this time. We shall endure. Welsh ya know."

Walter out.

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Ianto finally called uncle and let Jack drove them home.

Ton was waiting and lowered the phone he was talking on to address them as they entered the house "Well?"

"Well, Jarred will be OK" Ianto said as he let Jack slide his jacket off "No one died, everyone will recover and we have the shop boarded up until tomorrow when we can assess the damage and get it fixed. In the mean time you and Mel can work from here."

"Did you hear that?" Ton spoke into the phone "I am so rattled Angel Love. It was so loud. I am glad Muncher was not in the pen with bubba snoozing."

Ianto left him to his conversation with his girlfriend who would no doubt need comforting for a while and went through to find the living room full of children, mattresses and blankets strewn everywhere, some asleep, some playing and one sitting there mutely sucking his thumb.

"Lexi, you OK love?" Ianto settled and drew the little boy into his lap "It was loud, wasn't it?"

Lexi nodded, leaning against him. Ren came over and placed a hand on Ianto's' knee as he settled next to him "Where's my Dada and Papa?"

"Helping out at the hospital" Ianto crooned "Fen is going to fly them back before bedtime, OK?"

"Papa got hurt, what do I do?" Ren asked with concern.

"Well … you are almost sixteen. I think it would be a good idea if you and Izzy make sure the clothes and things you all need are at the chalets ready for Jack to pick you up to come home to our place until the house can be fixed" Ianto said as he considered "Where is your sister?"

Izzy was fourteen and looking every part the young lady. Her Cousin Babs made sure she was a demure and proper lady too … when she was around to make sure those plunging chest lines were not so … in the eye.

Ianto watched the youth go get his sister to pack some things, her face lighting up as she learnt they would stay at the Harkness-Jones complex. Their minds at ease, they both totally forgot their Papa was hurt, running to get home clothes sorted. Typical teenagers.

"They've come so far" Jack said as he looked in the direction Ianto was smiling "I understand form Carl there is talk of another?"

"With both of them teens now, Jarred is clucky. Carl always wanted another one or two" Ianto agree, turning to face his husband "I think I am a bad influence with regard to children."

Jack laughed and pulled him into a kiss.

He is his favourite drug.

Ianto finally called uncle and let Jack drove them home.

Ton was waiting and lowered the phone he was talking on to address them as they entered the house "Well?"

"Well, Jarred will be OK" Ianto said as he let Jack slide his jacket off "No one died, everyone will recover and we have the shop boarded up until tomorrow when we can assess the damage and get it fixed. In the mean time you and Mel can work from here."

"Did you hear that?" Ton spoke into the phone "I am so rattled Angel Love. It was so loud. I am glad Muncher was not in the pen with bubba snoozing."

Ianto left him to his conversation with his girlfriend who would no doubt need comforting for a while and went through to find the living room full of children, mattresses and blankets strewn everywhere, some asleep, some playing and one sitting there mutely sucking his thumb.

"Lexi, you OK love?" Ianto settled and drew the little boy into his lap "It was loud, wasn't it?"

Lexi nodded, leaning against him. Ren came over and placed a hand on Ianto's' knee as he settled next to him "Where's my Dada and Papa?"

"Helping out at the hospital" Ianto crooned "Fen is going to fly them back before bedtime, OK?"

"Papa got hurt, what do I do?" Ren asked with concern.

"Well … you are almost sixteen. I think it would be a good idea if you and Izzy make sure the clothes and things you all need are at the chalets ready for Jack to pick you up to come home to our place until the house can be fixed" Ianto said as he considered "Where is your sister?"

Izzy was fourteen and looking every part the young lady. Her Cousin Babs made sure she was a demure and proper lady too … when she was around to make sure those plunging chest lines were not so … in the eye.

Ianto watched the youth go get his sister to pack some things, her face lighting up as she learnt they would stay at the Harkness-Jones complex. Their minds at ease, they both totally forgot their Papa was hurt, running to get home clothes sorted. Typical teenagers.

"They've come so far" Jack said as he looked in the direction Ianto was smiling "I understand form Carl there is talk of another?"

"With both of them teens now, Jarred is clucky. Carl always wanted another one or two" Ianto agree, turning to face his husband "I think I am a bad influence with regard to children."

Jack laughed and pulled him into a kiss.

He is his favourite drug.