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A Christmas Tale ...

CHAPTER SEVEN… Part 2...B




David quickly scanned the document taking in each apology and reference Gwen made... but then the full impact of the meaning of the document hit him like an express train...

 

He felt physically sick.  Rob noticed the change in David’s stance... he squeezed his hand and patted his shoulder, trying to calm him down...

 

David looked at Rob...

 

“Oh my God... you realise what this means... we are all in danger... and there is only one person who is responsible for this... him and his lapdog... what are we going to do?”

 

“We just need to focus on a plan David; as long as we don’t panic, we can win this... we can beat him at his own game... don’t you think Judge?”

 

“Oh yes Rob I most certainly do... but David is right... we are all in danger because if my suspicions are correct... the betrayals run deep... it is not just Smith and Hart, but their puppets in the Police, within the Courts and even in the Prisons I suspect... if Jack ended up going to jail you could be sure he would never come out... it would be made to look just like any other prison fight that ended a life... nothing more... some poor sucker would carry the can for Jack’s death and would be either rewarded or disposed of... and so the cycle of evil would go on.

 

David... apart from you and Rob... who else do we need to protect?”

 

“You mean, who are those who are close to me who could  be used as leverage against me... if I thought they were in danger?”

 

“Yes... and those associated with the Trial... maybe more witnesses?”

 

“Oh shit... shit, shit, shit... how could I be so stupid?” David  was hysterical...

 

Rob grabbed him as he paced around the room, holding him, rubbing a soothing over his back...

 

“What is it love?  What have you remembered?”

 

“Toshiko... she is in the most danger... apart from being our next witness... if they find out she hacked... sorry Judge, you probably don’t want to hear that bit...”

 

The Judge raised his hand... indicating that this information was immaterial...

 

“We have to get to her... warn her...”

 

The Judge picked up his phone and made a quick call, giving Toshiko’s name and address, telling whoever was on the other end to get over to her house and collect her and then take her to the safe house...

 

“Right... who else?” asked the Judge...

 

David’s head was spinning... he didn’t remember them covering this in law school...

 

“Right... let’s start with the obvious... Tish, Martha and Tom and all their family... Jack and Ianto at the hospital... surely they should be guarded...?”

 

“Already done... both of them will have armed protection 24/7... and... I hope you don’t mind me taking the liberty but I have assigned protection for your own families, parents, siblings... all discreet... they won’t know they are there... I mean there is no point alarming them is there...?”

 

“Thank you... that is certainly one worry off my shoulders for the moment...

I may be jumping ahead here... but the reference to Billis Manger... what if he gets wind of Gwen’s declaration about his studio... he could burn all the evidence...”

 

“Mr. Manger is being... visited... as we speak... the studio will be... secured...”  The Judge smiled.

 

“OK... good to know... so others involved in the case... Dr Harper... and of course there is one person we must not forget... because if they knew she was about to reveal the truth... it is obvious she would be joining Gwen... wherever she is...”

 

“And who is that?”

 

“Suzie Harkness...”

 

...

 

Ianto was lying on the hospital bed, holding Jack in his arms.  Despite what Owen had said, he had pushed the two beds together and during one of his ‘walks’ along the corridor, had found the supply cupboard with lots of pillows.  He had taken half a dozen or so and had made the bed so that all the pillows allowed him to sit up comfortably, but stretched out so he could cradle Jack between his legs and hold him against him.  It was difficult because of all the equipment, tubes and the like but he was determined to let Jack feel that he was there for him... feel the warmth of their bodies together, feel Ianto breathing against him.  Ianto hoped that the slightest thing would spur Jack on to getting better, getting stronger...

 

Ianto had been dozing for a while when he heard the nurse come into the room.  She certainly didn’t look like any of the nurses who had attended them before, but with agency nurses working shifts, she just might be new...

 

However, there was something not quite right... her stance... the way she was constantly surveying the room.  Ianto instinctively grabbed the lead with the alarm switch and hid it under Jack’s body.

 

He decided to test her reaction...

 

“Hello... haven’t seen you here before... are you our new nurse for the evening shift?”

 

The woman didn’t say anything... just nodded... looking at Jack’s charts...

 

Ianto decided to push it further...

 

“So... what do the charts say... is he getting better do you think?  What are his stats like?”

 

The woman looked at him as if deciding which way to play the conversation...

 

“You will have to speak to the doctors about that... I am here just to check he is on the correct dosage of pain relief... it just needs... an adjustment...” she said...

 

“An adjustment?  What kind of adjustment?”

 

“A small increase in the amount he intakes... to help him with the pain he will be experiencing because of the cuts...”

 

“Cuts?  Do you mean ... burns?”

 

“Yes... I meant with the bandages cutting into the burns... he will be in pain...” she seemed to add as an afterthought...

 

Ianto was sensing something was terribly wrong here, so he pressed the alarm switch.  Immediately two guards rushed into the room, brandishing guns...

 

The woman shouted at them...

 

“What do you think you are doing... I need to treat this patient...” she said as she inched closer to Jack.

 

Ianto noticed that she had a glass ampoule in one of her hands and kicked out, knocking it to the floor.  It broke on impact.  She screamed in anger trying to fight one of the guards, who wrestled her to the floor.  Unfortunately she landed on the broken glass and the liquid that was seeping out.  As the glass cut into her skin so the liquid contaminated the wound.  Within seconds... she was dead.

 

Ianto shouted at the guard to get away from the broken glass and flung a pillow over it to cover it up.

 

Suddenly the room was filled with Police, more nurses and Owen... who fortunately was on duty.

 

With the furore that was going on, nobody but Ianto saw Jack waking up...  As he placed gentle kisses on the part of his head that was not bandaged, tears were falling quite freely.

 

Ianto knew right at that moment... they would get through this...

 

...

 

 

As they sat around the table, making notes, the Judge’s phone rang…

 

David’s stomach flipped as he intently watched the expression on the Judge’s face, trying to decipher whether it was good news or bad…

 

As he hung up the phone, the Judge told them about the attempt on Jack and Ianto and that the attacker was dead, having fallen on her own petards… as it were!

 

“Are they alright? Jack and Ianto?” David asked…

 

“Yes… fine… actually more than fine because Jack has woken up… he has a long way to go with his injuries but apparently Owen thinks he will pull through… there is no doubt that Jack is a survivor…”

 

“And so is Ianto… if he hadn’t dragged Jack to that bathroom… well… it doesn’t bear thinking about…”

 

Rob put his arm around David sensing how upset he was  about the whole incident…

 

The phone rang again… this time the look on the Judge’s face left them in no doubt … this was definitely… not good news!

 

“Right… get on it… how long has she been gone?  Oh this is not good!  Any clues?  Really?  Thank God it hasn’t rained then… you should be able to get good DNA then…”

 

“What’s happened?” David asked immediately…

 

“I’m sorry David… it’s Toshiko… she’s been taken…”

 

“Oh God… not Toshiko… do they think she is alive?”

 

“At this moment, they are not sure… but… and this is the best news… some how whoever took her was injured because there was blood along the pathway…”

 

“But that could be from Toshiko, couldn’t it?”

 

“No… definitely not… it has already been identified…”

 

“Already?  How?  That was quick… and more importantly… whose blood is it…”

 

“Adam Smith’s…!”

 

“Gotcha!”

 

 

TBC

 

 

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