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FIC: The Adventures of Parker and Cohen
Author: NightRider
Rating: G - This chapter
Fandom: Doctor Who/Torchwood
Beta: The forever amazing starxd_sparrow and souleswanderer
Characters: The Tenth Doctor and the Torchwood Team
Summary: The Doctor's antics continue and with Owen as a guide, how will Jack ever cope?
A/N: This is the sequel to Scorched Food. The crack continues!
Dedication: For my gentle reader, petit_fox.




Anyone who’s ever experienced the joys of blissful intoxication understands the meaning of the phrase ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time.’ Due to the success of their impromptu musical debut, Owen decided attempting a Whitney Houston classic was definitely a good idea. Best idea he’d ever had, in fact, because after a night of heavy drinking and playing a rock star, he wanted to dance with somebody.

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” filled the crowded room and Owen’s dramatic leap from the stage into Tosh’s waiting arms ended up being more of a belly flop on top of Ben, the fanboy, who was ecstatic to break Owen’s fall.

The Doctor carried the song through the chorus leaving Gwen feverishly fanning herself with her handbag. Soon the Doctor deviated from the song when he said, “Look at all you brilliant people!” An easy going smile lifted the corners of his mouth as he studied the crowd and several pairs of knees nearly gave out in the throng. “As Whitney so eloquently put it, take the person next to you and start dancing.” He lifted two fingers to his forehead in a sloppy salute and strolled off the stage into the crowd of waiting women as the music played in the background.

After several attempts, Owen joyously realized he’d finally managed to wrap his arms around Tosh and not some unsuspecting stranger.

“Finally managed to find me,” Tosh teased, resting her forearms on Owen’s shoulders.

“Worth the wait,” Owen returned with a wink.

“Think we should rescue the Doctor?” she asked after realizing the Time Lord was surrounded by people asking for a dance.

“Let Jack figure it out,” Owen replied with a shrug as he pulled Tosh close.

“That’s not very nice.”

“Trust me, the Doctor will be fine. He’s resourceful,” Owen explained. “Anyway, I’d rather focus on you right now.”

Tosh lifted her eyebrow, but couldn’t stop the blush from creeping onto her cheeks. “Really? That’s a first.”

“Tonight’s been rather enlightening for me.”

“Thinking of a career change?” she asked. “I never realized you were such a good singer.”

“There are a lot of things you don’t know about me,” Owen replied. Tosh groaned, rested her forehead on his shoulder, and decided to let the music take control for awhile.

Lost in the moment, Owen savored the feeling of Tosh in his arms. Normally he kept her at a distance, kept everyone at a distance, but after downing half of Cardiff’s finest ales, he wondered why he hadn’t done this sooner. He also decided Jack’s alien friend needed to come around more often. He was definitely good for morale.

“Does it seem hot in here to you?” Owen asked suddenly.

“It’s a crowded pub,” she murmured. She lifted her head, her eyes widening immediately when she noticed the huffing man behind them doing a rather good impression of an enraged Weevil. “And Jack’s breathing down your neck. Literally.”

Owen spun around, strategically placing Tosh between him and his team leader. “Jack, so nice to –“

Jack’s bulging arms never left his chest. “Not another word, Cohen. Where the hell is the Doctor?”

Owen kept swaying to the music, keeping his mouth closed.

“Um, Owen, you might want to answer him,” Tosh encouraged.

“He said not another word,” Owen repeated obediently. “I’m just following orders. You know I’m a team player, after all. Always playing by the rules.”

Tosh lifted her arms to intercept Jack.

“What? No reason to throw a strop,” Owen said, keeping both his hands on Tosh’s hips. “Your precious Doctor said something about going home with Shannon.”

“Owen!” Tosh admonished.

The delighted squeals of several women across the pub alerted the trio to the Doctor’s most likely whereabouts.

“You’re a dead man,” Jack announced, pointing a finger at Owen before going off in search of his intoxicated Time Lord.

“Why do you wind him up like that?” Tosh asked after Jack stomped off.

“Thirty-two,” Owen said quietly.

“Huh?”

“You can count his heartbeat using that bulging vein in his forehead.”

Tosh shook her head. “Word of advice? Don’t tell him that. I won’t be able to protect you forever.”

“I suppose we should make the most of our final night together then,” Owen suggested, grinning mischievously.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Jack searched through the crowd and was beginning to think yelling fire might be the best way to clear out the pub. He managed to locate Gwen who was dancing with Andy.

“Jack, you made it!” Andy said.

Jack glared at the other man. “You wouldn’t happen to know anything about that urgent call from the South Wales police, would you?”

Gwen coughed, keeping her eyes attentively glued to Andy’s face. The message was loud and clear: don’t say a word.

“No, hadn’t heard anything about it. Something going on I should know about?” Andy asked, his voice professional as if he was ready to respond to whatever danger might be threatening Cardiff.

Jack was beginning to realize just how outnumbered he was. Apparently his whole team had temporarily taken leave of their senses. He doubted he could even blame some strange alien incident - wait – scratch that. The Doctor was here. His team, they hadn’t stood a chance.

“Have you seen him?” Jack asked pointedly, knowing there would be no confusion over who he was referring to.

“He was with Benny –“, Gwen began.

“Ben,” Andy corrected.

“Whatever. He was over there a few minutes ago,” Gwen said, pointing to the side of the stage.

“I realize now that no one listens to me, but do you think you could manage to go outside and pull the SUV around?” Jack asked.

“Sure, Jack,” Gwen said with a grin. It was time to save face. “Whatever you say.”

Jack continued his search for his missing Time Lord, hoping he’d find Ianto along the way so he wouldn’t have to spend anymore time rounding up his errant team. Truth be told, once he located the Doctor, if the team wasn’t in the car, they could bloody well stay the night at the pub.

He was about to resort to his earlier plan of screaming fire at the top of his lungs when Ianto magically appeared in front of him – wrapped rather cozily in Ben’s arms.

“Erm, hello,” Ianto said hesitantly after Ben lifted him out of the dipped dance move.

“Having fun?” Jack asked.

“Actually, yes,” Ianto replied. “I didn’t think you’d recognize it.”

“No one likes a smart ass,” Jack retorted.

“Sure we do. We like Owen, don’t we?”

“Not right now, we don’t,” Jack said, his eyes continuing to scan the crowd. He was beginning to get seriously worried. The Doctor had to be blissfully intoxicated at this point. Who knew what kind of people were lurking around this pub? Furthermore, the idea of some drunken trollop snuggled up with his Doctor didn’t exactly lighten his mood.

“Last time I saw him he was giving tech advice to an engineering student,” Ianto offered helpfully.

Jack nodded and started his search once more. Apparently this pub subscribed to the ‘bigger on the inside’ theory. Finally, a man leaning casually against the wall in the corner of the room caught his gaze. Even with the shadows cast by the partition, Jack would recognize that inhumanly still body and those inquisitive brown eyes anywhere.

The Doctor was standing on the first step that led to the platform; his hands were buried in his trouser pockets, his shirt was rolled up past his elbows, and his eyes never left the dancing mob.

“You’ve been busy,” Jack said accusingly.

“Hmm?” the Doctor murmured.

“Still ignoring me, I see,” Jack glowered. “Why you are hiding over here in the corner, anyway? Shouldn’t you be with your adoring fans?”

“Have you looked at them, Jack?” the Doctor asked.

“I’ve been crawling through them all night! Trust me, I’ve seen more than enough drunken partygoers.”

The Doctor’s gaze continued to study the moving bodies as if cataloging precious jewels. “They’re brilliant. I thought you of all people would appreciate a little lascivious behavior every now and then.”

“They’re drunk!” Jack nearly yelled. “Apparently you’re well on your way too!”

The Doctor reached out and tugged on Jack’s shoulder until he was standing on the step beside him. “Look at them,” the Doctor repeated. “Really look and tell me what you see.”

Jack briefly wondered if someone had slipped something in the Time Lord’s drink. He was making even less sense than usual which didn’t bode well for Jack’s comprehension. “Doctor, it’s just a rowdy night at the pub. Nothing special about that.”

“Just for a second, let it all go,” the Doctor said quietly. “There are no aliens to fight, no worlds to save, no team to command. Just let yourself live.” He nodded to the mass of entwined bodies. “Like them.”

Jack sighed and allowed his gaze to travel across the crowd. He saw Ianto laughing helplessly as Ben tried with little success to teach him the electric slide. He saw Gwen playfully slap Andy on the arm after he tried to wipe some of the beer he spilled off her blouse. He watched Tosh and Owen dance so close together it was as if they were the only two people in the world. His gaze traveled from couple to couple, watching them dance, laugh, and live. Time seemed to stop and there was nothing but this moment, this split second of blissful ignorance, this instant of joyous serenity. It was, for lack of a better word, beautiful.

“You can tell a lot about a species by the way they dance because it’s no mere translation or generalization from life. It’s life itself,” the Doctor explained. “Bodies never lie, Jack.”

Somehow the night had gone from drunken karaoke and air guitar playing to a lesson about living for the moment and appreciating the simplest pleasures in life. Jack could only marvel at the way the Doctor saw the Universe, saw the human race. It was both flattering and humbling at the same time.

“So why aren’t you participating in this little human celebration?” Jack asked. “You’re obviously intrigued by it.”

The Doctor shrugged, his foot idly toeing the edge of the step. “You’ve seen me dance.”

“Yes, I have,” Jack replied before grabbing the Doctor and pulling him out on the dance floor.

Even though the Doctor wasn’t the best dancer, the classic quote remained true: “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” It soon became evident that the Doctor had a lot to say.


Part 5

Comments

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aschicca
Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Heee! Just when I was about to shut everything off and go to sleep... this pops out on my f-list! Yay!!! *thinks about making an happy dance but is too tired*

Giggled my way through this as usual and then the end intrigued me a lot and not only I wasn't smiling anymore... I was so wishing you had the next part up too!

Loved Ianto's “Actually, yes,” Ianto replied. “I didn’t think you’d recognize it.” and the Owen/Tosh bit :) Awwww.

Thanks for this! Night hon :)
nightrider101
Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie!

I'm so glad you enjoyed this update. Hopefully it will give you sweet dreams. :)

Thanks for the lovely review!
petit_fox
Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Awww! Today I had to think of you and now... you're updating this brilliant story! :D I'm again very lucky :)

First: I loved the first part, Tosh and Owen! Very cute and just wonderful written. So fluffy and... aw, my heart aches when I think of them both now! Wonderful job there, really! Haha, and Owen's really a smart ass, isn't he? Makes him just more adorable.

And now to our favorite main actors ;)
Your Doctor is unbelievable. Yeah, I say "your" Doctor because.... don't tell anyone but sometimes... I think I like your Doctor even more than the "real" one ^^° This dance issue is a great idea and it's just so... Doctor-like!

On the one hand your fic is written so joyful and amusing but on the other hand... it makes me thoughtful and just happy. I loved this dancing part and somehow I felt like Jack being in this crowd and feeling this happyness around me. Urghs, now I'm sounding really dumb ^^ Hope you'll get what I mean. Kudos to you!

"Jack would recognize that inhumanly still body and those inquisitive brown eyes anywhere."
Beautiful line. True and beautiful. I like how Jack's changing in this chapter. Still very pissed and then... relaxing because of the Doc. I imagine them both now dancing. This chapter was very satisfying. But still one part to go, right? Thank God because I can't get enough of your stories! I'd wait even longer for them :D

I hope you're fine? Quite busy because of university? Can't stop telling you how fantastic the work of yours is and that I'm feeling so proud to read my name in your dedication!
nightrider101
Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I saw your update on LJ today. I'm sad that you're not around as much, but I understand completely since real life has been eating my soul lately. ;) We're preparing for mid-term exams right now. It's definitely keeping me busy!

I'm a sucker for Tosh and Owen. I think they're a lovely couple. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed that part!

I imagine them both now dancing.

That's great news considering they're both dancing right now. The next chapter has a rather long dancing scene where the Doctor uses one of his Time Lord abilities. *ahem* I won't say much, but I hope you like it.

Can't stop telling you how fantastic the work of yours is and that I'm feeling so proud to read my name in your dedication!

You deserve it! If you like this chapter half as much as I love your reviews, we're a match made in heaven! :D Thanks again!
petit_fox
Oct. 3rd, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, you really don't have to worry. I doubt that I'm going to stop writing comments in your journal! You're way to important to me :) It's just that I don't have that much time anymore to comment all journals of all my flist (they are updating theirjournals quite often!)
But thanks for those kind words. It's good to know that you understand :D

Tosh and Owen are lovely! So I really fell in love with that part!

Rather long dance scene?!? *squeeeeeeeeee* That's awesome! And kinda romantic. I love you! But you say Time Lord abilities?! Dirty mind of mine... *whistles* Sorry ^^° But that sounds way to good and I'm happy to read the next part! Unfortunately it's also the last part!!!

Yeah! Match made in heaven! *giggles* Well said! We just can't help being awesome ;)
souleswanderer
Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
Having never experienced the joys of blissful intoxication, I just may be missing out on something important. Of course if I were to have found myself in the midst of this crowd, I may have been persuaded to imbibe :)

Actually it's been quite enjoyable watching the antics through Jack's eyes. He's pretty much been the killjoy here, those little green eyes (the jealous ones) seeing only one thing...HIS Doctor on display and cavorting around on stage as a very available man.

Love that you keep using the possessive whenever Jack thinks of him...LOL, and Owen diving off the stage into Tosh's er Ben's stomach, rofl. This is such a delight the flirtations between Owen and Tosh and suddenly the boss is standing behind him and not in a pleasant mood. Poor Tosh having to play go between while Jack seethes and Owen quips.

Then cut to Andy and Gwen, both playing the innocent bystanders so well. I'm happy that you found a way to include Andy in your story, as I enjoyed his charater and wish RTD would flesh him out a bit more. I can so see him and Gwen having such an casual and friendly relationship.

Heh, and of course Ianto is getting into the action as well :) /snicker

By far the best part is when Jack finally finds the Doctor and learns another life lesson. One just has to love the Doctor's perspective on this party and how he encourages Jack to embrace it. Aww, you killed me here, beautifully done without being overdone, as usual.

And the last line -- PERFECT!! It soon became evident that the Doctor had a lot to say.

I was musing over the idea that not only did it reference his 'dancing' but the Doctor really does have a lot to say. As Jack found out, sometimes it's a good thing to slow down and take the time to listen :)

Thanks for posting and hope you're able to enjoy a little 'let it go' moment for yourself today!!
nightrider101
Oct. 3rd, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
I have to admit, blissful intoxication can be a very good thing. ;) I prefer to be 'nicely drunk' rather than hammered. :D

LOL Jack can be a killjoy! He's very protective of his Doctor.

By far the best part is when Jack finally finds the Doctor and learns another life lesson. One just has to love the Doctor's perspective on this party and how he encourages Jack to embrace it. Aww, you killed me here, beautifully done without being overdone, as usual.

That means the world to me. :) I breathed a massive sigh of relief when I read this. I never want to beat my readers over the head with a moral of the story. I see the Doctor as having a lot of wisdom to impart. He sees the world and the human race differently than we do. I'm so glad that came across in this chapter!

You're one of those people that really gets my writing. I'm honored to have you as my beta now as well!

*huggles*

angely78
Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
finally! an update! and a brilliant one as well. Goofy, according-to-Jack-blissfully drunk Doctor doing that lovely turn-around at the end to Philosophical Doctor. I love introspective, non-angsty philosophical Doctor. :-)

Time Lord dance move? doooooo tell. Hmmm....
nightrider101
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I'm a sucker for a philosophical Doctor. After all those amazing years of life, I imagine he has a lot of wisdom to impart!

Time Lord dance move? doooooo tell. Hmmm...

I promise the next chapter will definitely have some dance moves from your favorite Time Lord.

Thanks again for the lovely review!
vail_kagami
Oct. 2nd, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
I love this story so much, so much, so much!

Owen’s dramatic leap from the stage into Tosh’s waiting arms ended up being more of a belly flop on top of Ben, the fanboy, who was ecstatic to break Owen’s fall.
I bet he was! XD

Singing Rockstar-Doctor = teh sex!

“Finally managed to find me,” Tosh teased, resting her forearms on Owen’s shoulders.
Well, it took him long enough!

Owen keeping everyone at a distance = great insight into the character!

“It’s a crowded pub,” she murmured. She lifted her head, her eyes widening immediately when she noticed the huffing man behind them doing a rather good impression of an enraged Weevil. “And Jack’s breathing down your neck. Literally.”
This must be my favourite moment in the entire fic so far.

“You’re a dead man,” Jack announced, pointing a finger at Owen
Lol!

Go, Owen! Spend your final night with Tosh, for a change!

“No, hadn’t heard anything about it. Something going on I should know about?” Andy asked, his voice professional as if he was ready to respond to whatever danger might be threatening Cardiff.
Andy's professionalism is caused by fear!

Like I said before, the Doctor is a strange alien incident all by himself!

“He was with Benny –“, Gwen began.
“Ben,” Andy corrected.

Running gag for the win!

Truth be told, once he located the Doctor, if the team wasn’t in the car, they could bloody well stay the night at the pub.
And they bloody well would!

The exchange with Jack and Ianto is great!
Ianto's worng - Jack likes fun, but only on his own terms.

“Look at them,” the Doctor repeated. “Really look and tell me what you see.”
Jack briefly wondered if someone had slipped something in the Time Lord’s drink. He was making even less sense than usual which didn’t bode well for Jack’s comprehension.

Jack, don't be stupid! Even I know what he's talking about!
Maybe Ianto was right after all...

nothing but this moment, this split second of blissful ignorance
I love that line, it's beautiful!

Jack could only marvel at the way the Doctor saw the Universe, saw the human race. It was both flattering and humbling at the same time.
And this line, too!

Already knowing how the Doctor is speaking with his soul I can hardly wait for the next chapter!
This story keeps getting better - after a fantastic start.


Edited at 2008-10-02 11:41 pm (UTC)
nightrider101
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Long comment FTW! A running commentary is always extra special. :) It's like seeing your thoughts as you're reading the chapter!

Already knowing how the Doctor is speaking with his soul I can hardly wait for the next chapter!
This story keeps getting better - after a fantastic start.


Hopefully I'll make some progress on the next chapter tomorrow night. ;)

Thanks again for the wonderful review and for just being an amazing person. I can't tell you how much it means to me!
vail_kagami
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Not so long a comment, if we ignore the stuff actually written by you. :P

I haven't decided what to write yet. There's a new wintercompanion challenge, but I might make a video for that, if I find a good song.
nightrider101
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Let me know if I can do anything to help. :) My music collection is rather large. lol

Off to eat dinner!

I've successfully avoided University work tonight. Epic fail? Why yes!
vail_kagami
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Avinding work always has my blessing!

I'd need a song for Jack and the Doctor and the challenge 'sense'.
nightrider101
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm listening to the VP debate now. ;)

Do you want a fast or slow song or does it matter?
vail_kagami
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
It doesn't matter, though I prefer faster songs for vidoes.

What's the VP debate?
nightrider101
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
I'll have some song suggestions for you by tomorrow. ;)

The vice president debate: Palin and Biden.
vail_kagami
Oct. 3rd, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
You're great!

What does the debate say?
nightrider101
Oct. 3rd, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
We'll have to talk about it during our telephone call. I'm got some strong feelings about it and this election if you know what I mean. :P

ETA: You have an email with song suggestions!

Edited at 2008-10-03 02:17 am (UTC)
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nightrider101
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for the kind review!
shinodabear
Oct. 3rd, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Quotage!

“Does it seem hot in here to you?” Owen asked suddenly.

“It’s a crowded pub,” she murmured. She lifted her head, her eyes widening immediately when she noticed the huffing man behind them doing a rather good impression of an enraged Weevil. “And Jack’s breathing down your neck. Literally.”


Ha! Jack does kinda look like a Weevil when he's angry. *G* And Gwen dancing with Andy is adorable. It sure makes Andy happy.

“Having fun?” Jack asked.

“Actually, yes,” Ianto replied. “I didn’t think you’d recognize it.”


Ah, Ianto. I love his snark.

This whole thing needs quoting: Jack sighed and allowed his gaze to travel across the crowd. He saw Ianto laughing helplessly as Ben tried with little success to teach him the electric slide. He saw Gwen playfully slap Andy on the arm after he tried to wipe some of the beer he spilled off her blouse. He watched Tosh and Owen dance so close together it was as if they were the only two people in the world. His gaze traveled from couple to couple, watching them dance, laugh, and live. Time seemed to stop and there was nothing but this moment, this split second of blissful ignorance, this instant of joyous serenity. It was, for lack of a better word, beautiful.

Beautiful is right. So vivid. I love it.

I love it! So glad to find an update before going off to bed.
nightrider101
Oct. 5th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
First off, I love your icon! It's gorgeous!

Thanks for taking the time to list all the quotes. :)

I'm so glad you liked the scene with Jack taking the time to watch everyone dance. There's a certain amount of beauty behind people just having a good time.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! *hugs*
shinodabear
Oct. 5th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

Weekend's all right. Could use a bit more sleep. *G* Hope yours is well, too. *hugs*
trillianastra
Oct. 3rd, 2008 07:32 am (UTC)
Awww, that's so sweet...

less crazy stuff than before but awesome anyway.
nightrider101
Oct. 3rd, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I know this chapter was a bit calmer than the last. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it anyway! :)

On a side note, your icon is lovely!
sarkywoman
Oct. 5th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
The Doctor didn't actually go home with Shannon?

:(
nightrider101
Oct. 5th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

He did go home with Jack. That's nice too, right?

Hopefully you still enjoyed the chapter! ;)
seileach67
Oct. 10th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Just found this series (and the one before) and I love every bit of it! The Doctor is so sexy all the time, but especially so when he cuts loose and gets all crazy-happy. :D And I loved the part at the end that others have already quoted, so I'll just say yes, the Doctor not only can see such things himself, but he has the gift of helping other people see it for themselves.
And I can't wait to find out in the next chapter which Time Lord ability you're referring to! XD
nightrider101
Oct. 11th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

It's nice to see the Doctor cutting loose and taking some time for himself. He saves the Universe enough, he deserves a break. :)

I'm working on the next chapter tonight. Hopefully I'll have it posted soon.

Thanks again for the lovely review! You made my evening!
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