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Turn Left, Random Shoes (2/2)
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Title: Turn Left, Random Shoes (2/2)
Author: totally4ryo for the Turn Left, Torchwood Project
Rating: PG-13
Notes: A retelling of Torchwood Series 1, Episode 9 where different decisions are made. Part of the turnleft_tw Challenge. Due to length, this episode is split into two parts with internal links.
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PART ONE

"Why don't you go and speak to her?" Ianto asked once they were outside. "I don't think she was too thrilled with how we emptied Eugene's room."

"Can't we both go. Or better, if only one of us should go, why can't it be you?"

"Because she called you, Gwen. That would mean she wants to speak to you." He gave her a look that he was not going to back down. "Of course, we can always call Jack and see who he says should go. Shall we?"

Gwen glared at Ianto and started to storm off.

"Don't forget to call me and check in when you're finished," Ianto called out to her retreating figure. The only indication that he was heard was by Gwen lifting her hand. At least he hoped it meant that. For her sake.



Gwen had finished watching a video of a young Eugene Jones in the Maths Competition, along with the disparaging comments made by the boy's father. She had tears in her eyes, and cursed Ianto for insisting she come here. Bronwen Jones had been crying into a tissue during the entire footage. It made Gwen only feel worse. The elder woman stood up to turn off the television.

Gwen stared over at the still distraught mother. "I don't understand. Someone gave him the eye as a consolation prize?"

"Yeah. It was that Mr. Garrett, the science teacher. A plastic eye! As a consolation prize. Still, Eugene treasured it.

Eugene's little brother, Terry, entered the room. "That was the night Dad walked out," he stated blandly.

"Went away," Bronwen corrected.

"You can stop now, Mum," Terry snapped.

Looking confused, Bronwen asked, "What do you mean?"

"He's dead," Terry said heatedly. "He may have been able to square the root of the square root, but he couldn't cross the road!"

"Terry! Please!" Bronwen insisted.

"He sold the eye online," Gwen said to Bronwen. "So something must have happened." She hoped to make the woman feel better. Then she could get out of there. She needed to get away from Bronwen Jones and quick.

Terry Jones was not going to make it easy. "Dad left when he found out Eugene was a failure. That's what Eugene said."

"That's not true," Bronwen said. "He went cause of his job. He has a very important job."

"Does Mr. Jones know about Eugene?" Gwen asked.

"Well, you see, he works for a big corporation in America," Bronwen replied.

"Stop giving us that shit!" Terry screeched. "He's not Superman, Mum! He works at a garage on Filey Road. Eugene found him about two weeks ago. He found him on the internet. He's a cashier. Works nights."

Mrs. Jones started to cry again. Gwen gave her apologies and quickly left the house, heading back to the Hub. She hoped she would stop crying before she got there.



"Are you sure?" Ianto asked Gwen as they sat on the couch. "His father is here?"

Gwen nodded. She had explained to Ianto everything that had gone on in the Jones household during her visit.

Standing next to the couch was Eugene, who seemed deflated. "Oh God, now I remember why I sold the eye," he uttered.

"What are you going to do?" Gwen asked.

"I think you need to look into this. Go to the garage tonight and determine if it's true, of course," Ianto said, standing up.

"Why me?" Gwen asked.

"Because you were the cop, weren't you? Use some of that training. Meanwhile I'll try to convince Jack into allowing us to take a road trip."

"What?"

"More on it later, assuming I get his go ahead."

Gwen fumed as she got up and went across the Hub and headed down to the cells.

Eugene decided to follow Gwen. There was something that was bothering the Torchwood newbie, and he was curious as to what it was.

Down inside the cells, Gwen walked down the dark, narrow corridor along the cells until she came to stop before Suzie's.

"Well, hello there, Gwen Cooper. What is the honor of this visit?" Suzie asked in a mocking tone.

Gwen shrugged. "Nothing. I just came down here."

"You forgot about me, yeah?" Suzie asked. Her gaze went to Eugene, who stood next to Gwen. "I see you brought a friend. At least I can call him a friend."

"What are you going on about?" Gwen asked, looking to her left and through Eugene.

"Eugene Jones. He's standing right there next to you. Well, at least his ghost is. From what I understand, Jack allowed his body to be released to proper authorities."

Gwen's eyes went wide with fear, and then she turned and ran out. She kept on running until she went through the cog door and on her way up to the tourist office.



Gwen ignored both Ianto and Owen's questions on where she was going when she fled the Hub. She ran to the car park, Suzie's voice still ringing in her ears. She got into her car and rested her head on the steering wheel and started to cry. Today had to have been her worse day ever. Almost.

It was only after she had a good cry, she started to convince herself that Suzie was only attempting to make her nervous, and had obviously succeeded. Gwen felt foolish, but she was not ready to face anyone yet. She decided to get out of the car and go to a café, where she could wash her face, and continue to calm down. She hoped she had time to stop looking like she had been crying before someone was bound to call her, demanding she return to the Hub.



"So you saw him?" Ianto asked the next morning as he made the coffee.

"Yes," Gwen replied. "Shaun Jones. Working exactly where Eugene's little brother said he does."

"Did you approach him?" Ianto asked.

Gwen watched as Ianto made the coffee, filling mugs with everyone's favorite variation for the morning. "I started to," she admitted, "but then…." She glanced down at her feet.

Ianto paused in his tasked and turned around to face her. "What?" he asked.

"It's stupid."

"Try me. I think you'll discover we're quite open to the unusual here at Torchwood."

"Well…" Gwen took a deep breath. "I swore I heard Eugene tell me not to." She looked everywhere but at Ianto.

"Felt like you were being followed again?" Ianto asked.

Gwen glanced up to look at Ianto. "Yeah."

"I understand. That is, I understand what you mean, but I don't understand why."

Gwen started to open her mouth and tell Ianto about what Suzie had said the afternoon before, but then decided not to. It might cause too many questions, questions she didn't want asked, and most definitely not answered. She knew questions were necessary, and came to realize that by being assigned to help Ianto, she was given a chance to control the questions asked. They needed to find out what had caused Eugene Jones to go running out into the road the way he had the day he was killed. She needed to find out why. And if there was actually an alien artifact involved, retrieving it and placing it under the protection of Torchwood would be a plus.

"You have something to add?" Ianto asked as he turned back to finish the drinks.

"No. I had a thought, but I couldn't quite grasp it."

Ianto turned back to her, holding out her mug. "Maybe this will help then," he said with a small smile.

"Thank you," Gwen said, as she accepted the coffee. "Do you need help with any of the others?"

"No thank you. As you can see, I'm getting along much better these days. I believe it's only a matter of days before I'll be back to my usual standards."

"Of course, you will, love." Gwen smiled and took another sip before leaving him to go over to her workstation.



Later that evening, after everyone had gone home for the night, Jack and Ianto were in Jack's office.

"Are you staying for the night?" Jack asked.

"I'm considering it," Ianto said, making himself comfortable in the chair he sat in. "But first I want to discuss Eugene Jones."

"What about him? Do you have anything to justify my allowing you to pursue this?"

"Of course."

Jack leaned forward and folded his arms before him on the desk. "So what do you have?"

"A Dogon sixth eye that sold on eBay for £15,000."

Jack looked amazed. "Okay, so now we're talking Torchwood here. So you want to attempt to retrieve it?"

"I'm of the belief that there was more to his death than just being hit by a drunk driver. Something caused him to be out there so far from home, and I believe it has to do with that eBay sale."

"Do you think someone decided they wanted the eye, but did not want to spend the money?" Jack asked.

"It's possible," Ianto admitted.

"I'll have to agree. So what's the plan?"

"I'm going to a conference on the Black Holes and the Uncertainty Principal. We found the pamphlet in Eugene's room, and I also found one on his friend's desk."

Jack sat back in his chair. "I'll trust you if you believe you could get some answers to the Dogon eye, and I wish I was able to go along with you." With a cocky leer, he added, "We could have made a weekend out of it."

"I might have to convince you somewhere to make a weekend out of…something," Ianto said, returning Jack's look. "But for now, I'll be okay to go on my own."

Jack shook his head. "Sorry, Ianto. I know you feel you're capable of it, but I don't want to take any chances. You're still in recovery. So, the only way I'm going to okay this trip of yours only if you agree to taking Gwen along."

Ianto rolled his eyes.

"What? You rather I pack Owen along with you?"

Ianto glared at Jack.

"I wish it could be me, but I have things tying me to here."

"Why not let me take Tosh?" Ianto asked.

"I need Tosh here with me to work on some programs. Meanwhile Gwen was a PC. So it's best to use her trained skills on the field in investigation."

Ianto sighed and seemed to slump in his chair.

"I hope this doesn't make you change your mind about staying tonight?" Jack asked.

Ianto looked at Jack, but remained quiet.

"What about if you stay, I promise to make up for sending you out with Gwen tomorrow."

"You better," Ianto finally said. "And I know just how you can do that."

"Oh really? And what's that?"

"I'll let you know along the course of the night. And you won't be saying no." Ianto winked at Jack as he stood up.

Jack's jaw dropped for a moment, before he started to grin.

"First I'm going to make us some coffee and sort out something for dinner. Any suggestions?"

"Whatever you want," Jack replied.

"Just keep saying that all night, and maybe I'll forgive you for sending Gwen with me." Ianto chuckled as he left the office, aware of Jack's stare.



On the drive up, Gwen continued to complain and whine about the last minute call the night before informing her that they were leaving first thing in the morning for an overnight trip. She added that Rhys was not very thrilled with her traveling and spending a night in a hotel with one of her co-workers. Ianto had to wonder at exactly which co-worker Gwen had told her boyfriend she was traveling with. Ianto wanted to shut her up by saying that he should have been traveling with Jack rather than her, and they would actually save on the trip by taking one room, instead of two. He had also resolved not to tell Gwen that they both had the right to commiserate for being apart from, well for Gwen, he would say his significant other. With Jack, he was not certain what to call it. It most certainly felt more than just shagging, but he was not yet able to determine where they were exactly, except that when they were not shagging, they enjoyed each other's company, found common things to talk about, and despite the Cyberwoman incident, Jack trusted Ianto. Ianto knew that he was privy to things that no one else on the team knew. Ianto guessed that the only ones who some sort of a relationship that were able to spend the night together were Toshiko and Owen.

During the moments when Gwen was not complaining, they managed to get alone most of the times. Gwen still had her moments that got on Ianto's nerves. One thing they both agreed on was they felt that sense of being followed again.



At the Science and Natural History Museum at Aberystwyth University, Ianto and Gwen split up while waiting for the conference and hoping to find the one person who managed to avoid Ianto's calls so far. They had their comm units with them and left them on.

Ianto heard Gwen call out Gary's name, and then, "It's Gary, and he's running away. In your direction."

"I have him," Ianto assured Gwen, even if he was not quite up to running yet. He figured Gwen already realized that as he heard the sound of her boot heels click on the floor as she ran after their reluctant witness. Or most likely their suspect, if he was doing his best to avoid them.

Ianto turned a corner to find Gary coming right at him. When the other noticed Ianto, he came to stop. Gwen appeared from another corner, and ran up to join them.

Without saying a word, Ianto folded his arms, accusing eyes fixed on him. Gwen stood behind Gary, her hands on her hips and tapping her foot, taking Ianto's lead in silence.

"I'm not proud of what I've done," Gary finally admitted.

"Which is?" Ianto asked.



Eugene stood next to Ianto as they listened to Gary's reply to Ianto's question.

"You hiked the bid?" Gwen asked, amazed.

"I created three or four online aliases, and used them to inflate the price," Gary explained.

"Why do that?" Ianto asked.

"At first, just to cheer him up. He was miserable. But then the bidding took off and we got, I mean, I was involved at first. I was just helping Eugene make money and then one morning.

"I remember now," Eugene said.



Eugene was running down the office stairs, looking for his friend. "Gary," he called out. He found his friend smoking a cigarette.

"Gary, I think it's him."

"Who?" Gary asked.

"The alien. My alien. I think he's come back to claim what's rightfully his. Gary, I stopped believing in him. I mean, I thought I was just a total sucker but, who else would be bidding this kind of money for a prosthetic eye? He couldn't contact me any other way, so…."

"So he chose eBay?" Gary asked, not convinced.

"Cyberspace. I mean, even an online auction has a certain elegant symmetry. I think I'm finally going to meet him."




"Well, I was doubtful at first, you know, and then suddenly out of nowhere – BAM!" Gary continued his explanation to Gwen and Ianto. "Fifteen thousand. I mean, the bid jumped to a cool cowin' 15,000."

Ianto looked in thought for a moment. "Wait a minute. I thought it was 15,005.50?"

"Yeah, it was," Gary said, corrected. "I mean, I wouldn't spend that kind of money unless it was my own personal private body part or something. Would you?" He looked at Ianto and then to Gwen.

"No," Gwen agreed.

Ianto felt this sudden urge to take Eugene's phone from his suit jacket pocket and open it. He went to the pictures of the random shoes again. One set was identified, being they belonged to Gary. Ianto wondered who the other shoes belonged to, and hoped Gary could led them to the answer.

"You saw Eugene the day he died," Ianto stated, not making it a question. He looked up from the mobile to Gary's face.

Gary talked about how he had met Eugene for coffee before Eugene headed off to meet the winner of the auction. Eugene firmly believed that he was going to finally meet the alien.

"So this meeting place was somewhere off the A48 then?" Ianto asked.

"Or not," Gary replied.

"Or not?" Ianto asked.

"Eugene was very secretive. It could have been in Splott."

"Splott?" Gwen asked, her eyes wide.

Ianto shook his head. "No. I don't think so. Most definitely somewhere along the A48." He held out the phone, showing Gary the photos. "Now I know one of those are your shoes. Care to tell us who the other shoes belong to?"

Gary shrugged. "Can't tell you, mate. Sorry. I miss Eugene."

Gwen and Ianto shared a look. Ianto was willing to let the others think that he believed Gary. Gwen certainly looked like she did.



Ianto had taken out rooms for them in a motel that overlooked the bay. When Ianto asked if Gwen wanted to join him for drinks after dinner, she declined, saying she wanted to call Rhys and talk to him for a while.

Ianto smirked, knowing he planned to call Jack much later that evening to fill him in on the day's adventures so far. He knew Jack well enough to know once they were finished with business details how that phone call would go. If he was honest, he would have to admit that he also knew himself well enough to be certain how that call would go. He would have to remember to be quiet, or at the very least hope the walls weren't very thin.



Gwen sat on the bed of her darkened motel room. Her knees were bent up and she hugged around them, resting her head on her kneecaps. She was crying, while slowly rocking herself as she stared out of the window at the bay beyond.

"Oh Eugene," she cried. "I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry."



Gwen was awakened by her mobile ringing. She glanced at the display and answered, still half asleep. "You're only next door. Too lazy to knock?" she asked.

"That would require me to dress before I'm ready. However, I will be getting dressed soon. I suggest you do the same. We have somewhere else to go."

"I thought we were going to have a late morning."

"That was before I found another clue last night. It was tucked in Eugene's key chain. So hurry up. They serve food, so grab a pastry with coffee now and then we'll be off."

"Okay." Gwen closed the call and fell back into the bed, muttering under her breath.



Ianto drove up to the roadside diner. "The Happy Cook?" Gwen asked, looking out the windscreen. "Now how did you figure this out?"

Ianto dug into his pocket and pulled out a torn piece of napkin with a smiley face on it and handed it to Gwen. "I found it hidden on his keychain." Ianto pulled the car into a spot and proceeded to pull out the keychain and dangled it before Gwen's face.

She glanced at it and burst out in laughter. "An alien key ring?"

"The only thing he had going his way is that he was right in believing aliens do exist." Ianto sat back in the seat after he turned to car off, replacing the key ring and taking the napkin piece from Gwen. "Maybe we should have stopped to listen to him. Who knows? He was smart, he believe in life on other worlds."

"He would have fit in at Torchwood," Gwen said absently, gazing straight ahead.

"Yeah. Instead of ending up flattened on the motorway." Ianto sighed. "Well, shall we?"

"Sure."

The two left the car and walked toward the diner.



Once they entered, Ianto and Gwen started to look around, particularly at the feet of people in the diner. Gwen noticed the shoes on the waitress and got Ianto's attention. Ianto glanced at her feet and then at the pictures on the phone and nodded.

The waitress was quick to answer their questions. She told them about how someone who fit Eugene's description met up with two men. One of the men matched Gary's description. Ianto took out his own phone and showed the waitress, Jen, the picture he managed to take of Gary while at the museum.

"Yes, that's one of them," Jen stated.

"So what happened?" Gwen asked.

"They were arguing over something. Something about an online bid. The one bloke, Eugene, I guess, was expecting some big payment for something, but from what I could tell he wasn't going to get it.



Eugene remembered then. He went into the diner expecting to meet the alien, only to find Gary and Josh, the video store clerk, waiting for him. He found out that the fifteen thousand bid was by someone else, but originally it was Gary and Josh who did the initial bidding. It was supposed to give Eugene some hope. Then the bidding jumped up. Only for Josh to make one additional bid to bring it up to £15,005.50, hoping to jump the bidding up more. There it stayed and Josh ended up winning the bid.

Which would have been okay if he had the money to give Eugene, but he didn't. Instead, he offered £34 and a banana shake. Eugene managed to take pictures of the feet under their table when the waitress arrived and placing a shake before Eugene.

He discovered through Josh that the person who bid the fifteen thousand was a Mr. C. Blackstaff, who collected alien artifact and Nazi memorabilia. Then the eye was knocked out of Eugene's hand and it went rolling away with Eugene and Josh scrambling after it.

His attention went back to the present again and the waitress had finished telling Gwen and Ianto as much as she could remember about that day.

"Did you step in?" Ianto asked.

"Well, I tried," Jen said.

Eugene looked at Ianto. "I didn't really know what the eye was any more, but I was damned if I was going to let it go for £34 and a banana milkshake."

Jen continued to tell them how Eugene got the eye and then swallowed it. Josh was quick to attempt to make it come up, but Eugene managed to get away and left the diner in a rush.

"And that was it. He was out of the door and gone," Jen told them. She looked over at the door to noticed Josh and Gary enter the diner. "Oh my God! That is so weird!" she exclaimed.

Ianto had grabbed Gwen by her arm and together they slipped to the back of the diner and watched the two approach Jen.

"Hi, doll," Josh greeted.

"Are you talking to me?" Jen asked, annoyed.

The two men approached Jen, and Josh started to warn her about if anyone would come by and ask questions.

Gary looked across the diner to find Gwen and Ianto waving at him. "Josh," he warned. Josh kept on blathering on, not listening to him. "Shut up, Josh!" he exclaimed.

"What?" Josh looked up to find Ianto and Gwen heading in their direction.

"Okay. Cool," Josh stated, before he turned and started to run out the door.

He never made it because Gary put his foot out to trip him, and he tumbled to the floor.

Josh looked up. "What did you do that for, twat?"

"I miss him!" was Gary's reply, as if it explained everything.

To Gwen and Ianto, it did.



Gwen and Ianto ended up sitting at a table with Gary and Josh.

"So he ran out of the door and you two ran after him?" Gwen asked.

"Yeah," Gary said. "We chased him across the car park, but Eugene was quite fast. Josh had new shoes, and he was making a fuss…."

"Hey, hey," Josh protested. "You are overweight."

"He hared across the road and we lost him. Honest to God," Gary said.

"Okay," Ianto said.

Gwen stood up and went over to the diner's window and looked out. Ianto watched as she took out her mobile and called someone. He heard her ask for the number for Filey's Garage, and realized she intended to call Eugene's father, most likely informing the missing parent of his son's death. Ianto decided to let her at it.

"What are you going to do with us?" Gary asked.

Ianto shook his head, as he watched Gwen leave the diner, and stand outside while she spoke on the phone. "Nothing. It's not my job to serve out justice. And today is your lucky day, because I don't feel like speaking to the local constables. So just leave now."

He finished the coffee, waiting until he no longer saw the two men outside. He took out his own mobile and called Jack. "Jack? The eye exists and I know how to get it. However, since you released the body, I'm going to need to play the Torchwood card to get it."

"What do you mean?" Jack asked.

"It was in the Hub in the time we had Eugene's body. We're coming back in first. I prefer to do this alone."

"Right. And maybe while you're here, I can have some decent morning coffee?" he asked.

"It might be closer to noon," Ianto said in a teasing tone.

"Doesn't matter when. I just need your coffee."

"Of course, sir." Ianto chuckled and disconnected the call.

He got up and went outside to stand next to Gwen, who was staring out across the car park to the road where Eugene was killed. "Come on, Gwen. We're heading back to the Hub."

"What are we going to do next?" she asked, seeming distracted.

"I'll handle it from here, but I thank you for your assistance." He put his hand on her shoulder and gave it a slight squeeze. "Come on. When we get back, I'll make us some real coffee. Jack's already bellowing about his lack of this morning."

Gwen gave a little laugh and followed Ianto to his car.



Eugene wandered through the Hub. It was empty, except for Gwen. Ianto was out making arrangements with the mortician to retrieve the swallowed alien eye after the services, while Jack, Toshiko and Owen were off because of a small Rift spike. Apparently it was something small that they felt they could handle quickly.

Gwen seemed to be distracted as she aimlessly made her way through the Hub, until at last she headed for the cog door and went up to the tourist office. Eugene followed her. There was something he felt he needed to be there for. Something that was still not yet answered. He had a sense he was about to find out.

He knew he was right when Gwen walked through the car park until she stopped before her car. As she got in, Eugene stared at the car. He made a slow circle, as Gwen sat in the car, not intending to go anywhere. She rested her arms on the steering wheel and dropped her head onto her arms, starting to cry again.

"Oh no. No," Eugene exclaimed as he inspected the car. "It was you!" he exclaimed. He moved through the car until he was sitting next to her. "I remember it now. I caught a glimpse of the driver. It wasn't a man. It was a woman. You did it! You're the one who killed me!" he accused.

"I'm sorry," Gwen sobbed. "I'm so so sorry. I didn't see you until it was too late. And I was afraid to say anything. I'm afraid of what they would do to me, if they found out. I'm sorry."

Eugene fled the car, heading back for the Hub.



Ianto found himself waiting outside the main building at the cemetery after Eugene's services. It had taken him a delicate phone call, with a little push using the Torchwood name to get an agreement to what he was asking.

He paced back and forth until the door opened and the mortician came out, holding a paper bag.

Ianto went over to him and took the bag. "Thank you. I wish there was another way, but I really needed this."

"Yeah, no problem," the mortician said and went back inside.

Ianto opened the bag to look inside. He started to smile as he saw the eye. "Oh, Jack is going to love this. It really is a Dogon Sixth Eye." He closed the bag again and started to walk out of the cemetery. He had somewhere else to be. Jack had promised to meet Ianto there.



Eugene Jones stood across the street from his house, watching all the mourners gather and comfort his mother. Not far from him, stood Ianto, also watching.

"So if it's the eye that's been keeping me here, now it's no longer inside me, why the hell am I still hanging around?" he asked Ianto as if he expected a reply.

Ianto looked to his side, where Eugene stood. "Eugene? You can stop following me now. The eye is no longer in you."

Ianto's gaze went beyond Eugene and he watched as the Torchwood SUV drove past him and parked slightly up the road.

Jack got out of the SUV, followed by Owen and Tosh. "Looking for a ride?" Jack asked with a wink. "So do you have it?"

Ianto grinned as he held up the bag toward Jack.

Jack opened the bag and removed the eye. He whistled as he studied it. "Impressive."

Owen attempted to appear unimpressed. "Well, we haven't done the tests yet, so…." He turned and started to walk back to the SUV.

Toshiko shook her head at Owen's retreating back, before smiling at Ianto. "Come one. We've got to go." She gave one more small smile before going after Owen.

Jack put the eye back in the bag. "We have a few more minutes," he said to Ianto.

"Good. I promised Gwen something." He watched the scene at Eugene's house. "By the way, what is she doing?"

"She insisted she didn't want to be here, so I let her go on it, but not before I insisted he handle our guests in the cells."

"I'm sure she's loving that," Ianto said with a snort. "But I do have had to give her credit. She was a help through this."

"Even if sometimes reluctant."

"Especially because of. Something was off. It was as if there was something else on her mind that is bothering her."

"Whatever it is, she best get over it quickly, before it gets in the way of the job."

Ianto nodded. A cab pulled up in front of the house and got Ianto's attention. "There he is," Ianto said as a man got out of the car and walked over to the house.

Jack joined Ianto in watching as Shaun Jones comforted Bronwen and pulled his remaining son in a hug. Jack squeezed Ianto's arm. "Come on. All's well." He started to walk toward the SUV.

Ianto remained for a few moments longer. As he turned and stepped out into the road to walk toward the SUV, a blue car came roaring down the road. It sped past Jack, who turned and watched it. Only when it seemed too late, did he realize Ianto was suddenly standing in the road, in its way.

"Ianto!" Jack called out.

Before the Captain had a chance to break into a run, Eugene also saw it happening. "IANTO!" Eugene cried out, throwing himself at Ianto.

Expecting to go through Ianto, Eugene was surprised when he connected and found both himself and Ianto go falling downward, out of the way of the car's way. But not as surprised as Ianto was, as he stared with wide eyes at the person who saved his life.

Jack was standing above them as the car continued on its way down the road to disappear. He glanced down to assure himself that Ianto was okay, then he looked over to the house to find everyone staring at them.

Well, they were staring at Eugene.

"It's you," Ianto gasped. "Eugene?"

"Are you okay?" Eugene asked.

"Yes, yes. I'm fine. I knew I was being followed. It was you, wasn't it?"

"Yeah. It was."

Ianto looked up to find Jack still looking at the Jones' gathering, who were all still looking at Eugene in amazement. Eugene also noticed where Jack was looking and followed the Captain's gaze.

As he slowly stood up, Eugene stared at his father, who was looking right at him. He looked down at Ianto, who was also looking back at the family. "Can he really see me?" he asked.

The three men watched as Shaun Jones softly said, "Eugene."

Eugene smiled brightly. "He can see me!" He glanced down at Ianto. "Thank you."

"I should be thanking you," Ianto said. "After all, you did just save my life."

"I guess I should be thanking you, too," Jack said. He just realized that Tosh and Owen were now standing with them. They seemed to be able to see Eugene too, while Owen studied Ianto with a practiced eye.

"That's unbelievable," Eugene exclaimed. "That's un-bloody-believable!"

Ianto took one of Eugene's hands and squeezed it, smiling at him. Suddenly his smile left his face. "Oh God. Were you with me in the motel room?"

"I left as soon as I realized where direction that call was going."

"Oh bloody hell," Ianto muttered, starting to blush. Jack raised an eyebrow and then chuckled, remembering the great phone sex they had that night.

"I think… I think that's it," Eugene said, looking slightly embarrassed. "Goodbye, Ianto." He looked at Jack. "You too, Jack." He grinned and winked at Jack as if he knew a secret.

"Goodbye Eugene," Ianto said. "I won't forget you."

A bright light engulfed Eugene. Jack sat down on the curb next to Ianto, slipping an arm around Ianto, hoping that none of the previous injuries were jarred. Together, the group watched as Eugene appeared to fly up to the sky. At the Jones' residence, Eugene's family watched as his ghost was finally released from the Earth until he faded from their sight.

Jack leaned against Ianto, while Toshiko and Owen stood protectively around them. "Are you really okay?" Jack asked.

"Yes. I'm fine. Really."

"That doesn't get you out of letting me give you a look over," Owen warned him.

"Oh great," Ianto muttered.

"Right. Well, if you think you can get up, I think we should head on back to the Hub now," Jack said. He stood up and held a hand out to help Ianto to his feet. As a group, the four headed over to the SUV.



Gwen finally made her way back into the Hub, deciding she would be best to have the tasks Jack assigned to her done before the team returned. She was down in the cells and walking down the corridor, carrying food for the Weevils.

She passed Suzie's cell, barely giving the woman a glance. Suzie stood up and pressed her body against the partition, staring at Gwen as she continued her way toward the end.

"I know what you did, Gwen Cooper. Eugene told me." Suzie grinned widely when Gwen dropped the buckets she was carrying with a crash.

She started to laugh as Gwen fled the cells, heading upward. "Oh yes, I know your secret, Gwen Cooper."

Suzie continued to laugh long after Gwen had left the Hub.

Coming Up Next: Out of Time


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Creepy!Suzie is the best!

I really love your take on the episode, and I had forgot about Suzie in the cells! :)

Ooooh, Suzie, how you had so much potential! <3 Love, love, love!

this is a very intriguing take on random shoes. suzie knows gwen's secret, what will she do with that information?

Oh wow! I love that Suzie is locked up in the cells and knows what Gwen did. Can't wait to see what happens next!

This was really interesting and I loved the twists you introduced. Good stuff! Can you perhaps have a beta for your stories as I got a little bewildered in some parts.

What a fascinating turn you gave this episode. interesting twist to have Gwen be the one to kill Eugene. Also, great for remembering that Suzie is still around.

Oh Damn!!!! Gwen killed Eugene and Suzie knows!!! Holy crap what a twist! DAMN!!!

and this is why I love this community. hot damn! I like how this twist also gave ianto more screen time too :)

Woah. Fantastic twist.

When I started reading, I wasn't really impressed. The story seemed to be almost as boring as the original episode. But the second part absolutely changed my opinion.
It's one thing to take something good and make something even better, but it's totally different to take something mediocre and make something great.
So, congratulations for this impressive turn.

You know, Random Shoes was the absolute WORST episode of Torchwood ever made. But this rendition is so much better!! I really liked this one! And I love the fact that Gwen bloody Cooper will have Suzie to torment her about her cowardly behaviour!! Good job!!!!!

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