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A Christmas Tale ...







CHAPTER EIGHT… Part C...



David turned to Smith...

 

“The Prosecution is correct in one thing... it would have been better that Miss Sato were here to speak for herself...” then turning to the Jury... “which therefore makes our case a lot easier because I am pleased to say that Miss Sato is here with us... having escaped from her captors early this morning... but I will let her tell you her story... possibly another day... at the Trial of her kidnappers... one of whom is in custody and the other...”

 

David looked to the back of the Court and gestured to the awaiting Policemen to come forward... Toshiko accompanying them... as the senior Policeman, Chief Inspector Wainwright, stood in front of Adam Smith, Smith sunk into his chair, completely shocked...

 

The Chief Inspector addressed the Judge...

 

“Please excuse me My Lord, but we have evidence that must lead to an arrest in regards to the kidnapping of Miss Sato and the attempted murders of Captain Harkness, Mr. Jones and Mrs. Williams.  If it pleases the Court, I am required to make an arrest...”

 

“I can assure you Chief Inspector, it pleases the Court very much... please continue...”

 

“Adam Smith, I am arresting you on the charges of the attempted murders of Captain Harkness, Mr. Jones and Mrs. Gwen Cooper-Williams, of the kidnapping of Miss Toshiko Sato and of falsifying information in order to mislead the Court... you have the right to remain silent...”

 

As the charges were read out, Smith was shouting his innocence, saying it was all lies, that the Court was letting a pervert and his rent-boy go free, at which point Toshiko stepped up to him and slapped him hard across the face.  Smith stood motionless, wide eyed for several moments before he lunged at her, squeezing his hands around her throat...

 

“You Bitch... I should have killed you when I had the chance... I knew that Hart was useless... just die Bitch die...”

 

Ianto leapt over the witness box and sprinted to where Toshiko was being held down by Smith.  Despite the other policemen trying to pull him off, his hands were squeezing tighter and tighter around her neck and Ianto could see the life draining out of her... so with one massive punch to the jaw, he floored Smith, knocking him out instantly... and although he obviously broke some bones in his hand, the pain was nothing in comparison to the elation of punching Smith’s lights out!

 

Jack stood in the dock, tears pouring down his face; he was so proud of Ianto for standing up to Smith and saving Toshiko and yet saddened at the same time that his injuries were so severe that he was unable to make a stand.

 

Ianto stood up holding his hand and looking over at his broken Jack, he made his way towards him; entering the dock, he took Jack in his arms and kissed his face and neck, holding him tightly and rubbing soothing circles in his back to calm Jack down, who was now sobbing into Ianto’s neck.  The relief that the case was now over came flooding over them both; the incredible stress that they had both gone through completely overwhelming them as they stood in each other’s arms.

 

As Smith was carried away, the Judge spoke to the Court...

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, members of the public, please take your seats.  Captain Harkness and Mr. Jones, would you both please make your way down here and sit with Mr. Lloyd.”

 

The Judge waited until Ianto had helped Jack down to the front of the Court; David and Tish adding their help in getting Jack seated and comfortable.  Ianto took Jack’s bandaged hands in his and gently soothed them; leaning over, he tenderly kissed Jack on the lips...

 

“See Cariad... I knew we would win... I knew the love we have for each other would see us through... I love you Jack so very much...” he whispered...

 

“I love you Ianto... more than anything...” Jack tried to whisper through his tears...

 

The Judge addressed the Court...

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, it is not often that I must advise you on the outcome you must take with a case, but events of the day have rather overtaken any other course of judgement you may have considered...

 

Captain Harkness and Ianto Jones were the victims of a series of crimes that were brought about by the greed of Mrs. Harkness and the jealousy of both Mrs. Williams and Mr. Hart; all of whom were prepared to expand their desire to destroy Mr. Jones and subsequently Captain Harkness, by bringing other parties into their web of deceit, namely Anthony Costello, who was the Butler at the hotel where the Captain and Mr. Jones had stayed at Mrs. Williams’ expense and Billis Manger who was responsible for falsifying the photographic evidence which lead to Captain Harkness being charged by the Police for sexual misconduct with a minor.  You should also be aware that an officer in the Police Force has been arrested for corruption.

 

Now at the heart of this deceit was someone who was driven by his need not only to win but also to conclude a personal vendetta that had started many years ago... and that was the Prosecution Counsel, Adam Smith.  Not only did he set out to ensure his witnesses told blatant lies in Court, but he organised for evidence to be changed.  However, worst of all, in order for him to achieve his... goals... he was prepared to take another person’s life... he was prepared to commit murder. Mrs. Cooper-Williams identified Smith as her attacker in the hospital so I have no doubt that were it not for Miss Sato’s bravery in making her escape this morning, Mr. Smith would not have allowed her to live; but that is for another Court to decide.

 

Therefore Ladies and Gentlemen, I would direct you to enter a verdict of Not Guilty against Captain Harkness as the Prosecution completely fabricated the whole case against him. 

 

I truly believe that Captain Harkness should be allowed to leave this Court a free man, totally vindicated of any wrong doing.  Indeed he should be praised for intervening in a young man’s life and saving him from the clutches of what was basically a very wicked woman. 

 

The fact that Mrs. Williams has repented for her actions is somewhat admirable, but does not fully compensate for the terrible life she was prepared to allow a child to endure.  It was Captain Harkness’s love and respect for Ianto Jones that has made him the most capable and splendid young man he has become today... with what appears to be a very commendable right hook!...”

 

There was laughter around the Court... Ianto blushed as he sat listening to the Judge’s comments; Jack softly kissed the side of Ianto’s face...

 

“That’s my boy... taught him everything he knows...” he chuckled in Ianto’s ear...

 

“And then some...” Ianto whispered back... winking at Jack... it was his turn to blush...

 

“So Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury,” the Judge began again... “I would ask you to retire to consider your verdict... Bailiff please show the Jury out...”

 

The Jury Foreman stood...

 

“My Lord... if you please, it will not be necessary for us to leave to consider a verdict... we have already decided... unanimously...”

 

“Are you sure?”

 

“Yes My Lord...”

 

“And what is your unanimous verdict?”

 

“Not Guilty... Captain Harkness is definitely not guilty of anything...”

 

The Judge smiled as he watched Ianto hug Jack, pressing kisses in his hair... Tish threw her arms around David, practically knocking his wig off his head... but neither cared, they were so happy that they had been able to prove Jack’s innocence.

 

“Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen... please go away from this Court today with the knowledge that justice has been done... your service is much appreciated...

 

And Mr. Lloyd... well done to you and your team.

 

Captain Harkness... it gives me great pleasure to say you are free to go from this Court without a blemish to your good name.  I wish you and Mr. Jones a very happy and long life together.”

 

Jack bowed his head, acknowledging the Judge’s words.  The relief he felt was enormous; it was hard to believe that the anguish they had all been through over the last months was finally over.

 

As Ianto started to help Jack up out of his chair into his trademark long flowing coat to keep him warm, Ianto noticed a flash of pain across Jack’s face.  Suddenly Jack was clutching his chest, finding it hard to breathe... Ianto could not save Jack from falling to the floor...

 

... and into the darkness...

 

...

 

TBC

 


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