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Epimetheus wasn't like Prometheus when it came to powers and magic. He had power, sure, but he'd never mastered it the way his twin had. He hadn't needed to, really. He'd never been trapped in the mortal realm after all, he came and went as he pleased- Using portals. ...Portals he generally had others open for him. However, since he was traveling alone lately, the only way to pop back home for a bit was to crack one open himself, using the only spell he knew to do so. A very blunt spell, honestly, that Prometheus had scolded him time and time again for using. 'Spells like this aren't like garage door openers, you know. They don't just open one portal, they'll open any in range,' the other titan had scolded, though all Epimetheus had said in return was 'What's a garage door?'.

That had been some time ago, but Epimetheus had used the spell many times since. He'd never noticed any ill effects personally, and didn't have the foresight to see how it might go a bit wrong. So this morning when he'd popped home to see Pandora, he'd gone on as he always did- Oblivious to any trouble he might be causing elsewhere.

(Portals are opening and closing all over london, letting things into the city from other places, times, ect. The sky is the limit here! Have anything you want slip through into the city- Or maybe let your pups go stumbling through one themselves? The choice is yours! This post will be open all next week, so tag in and then check back often! As always, we trust you guys not to go too crazy with this power, but please, no wrecking the city or doing anything that might cause gamewide issues without checking in with us first. Also, like any plot, feel free to have your pups sit out or be completely oblivious to the chaos. Assume that Torchwood and the like are keeping it out of the papers. ;) Have fun!)

Date: 2017-05-07 01:02 am (UTC)
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Torchwood, honestly, was just full of weird things. There were shelves and shelves of it, and while Valentine did like bringing them out of storage to Jack's desk, eager to hear the other man's stories of where they'd come from and his personal experiences- Sometimes he just liked to wander and look things up in the archive himself. Val could spend hours down there, poking through boxes, reading case files. It was heaven to him, honestly. So much knowledge, so much of the unknown... It was a wet dream come true.

That morning Val had gone deep, letting himself get a bit lost in storage as he poked through various items, until he'd found something interesting that he'd just had to try. Sure, they weren't supposed to take anything out of the building but... He knew what he was doing, right?

Down an empty alley, Val stood with a device that was marked as 'unknown' in its file- But Val had recognized a few of the glyphs on the side right away. They were all time related magics, and to the best of his knowledge, it seemed the device could help locate cracks in time- Maybe even amplify them. It was exactly the sort of thing that might help Jack with his current personal project, and any other day would have been the perfect thing to work on. However, with so many portals open at once, many to other places in time, it seemed to be going a bit mad as Val tried to follow its signal.

"Come on," he said softly, tapping the little box on the side and watching the blinking light. "All I want to see is a little crack, just proof you work," he muttered, oblivious to the portal that had opened right behind him, and the very frightening man who'd stepped through it. His face was creased with age and caked with dirt, and he appeared to be wearing heavy shackles on his wrists.

Val heard the soft clink of chains, and caught whiff of the man's stench- But it was a beat too late. The heavy chain was around his throat, and though he fought and snarled, Valentine couldn't quite break away.

Date: 2017-05-09 11:03 pm (UTC)
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After what had happened in Cardiff Jack had set up sensors so he'd know if anything in the vaults might go wandering. He wasn't concerned about things being stolen,, but he was all too aware of how tempting things could be, even to the most stalwart of employees.

By the time stamp on the alert he knew it could only be Val, which disappointed him some...but he was more concerned for the man's safety. Some things in Torchwood could be dangerous. He'd locked in on the GPS of Val's mobile and tracked it to an alley. He parked on the street and sauntered in, not worried at all of being accused of stalking the man.

It was a good thing he'd come, he could see. There was Val being strangled by a man who was surely not a citizen of London. Or, if he was, not from 2017.

"Val!" he shouted and went running toward the pair.

Date: 2017-05-09 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Val had managed to slam his head back against the attacker's nose, and the pair had eventually wound up on the ground. The chain was still digging into his neck, and Val's face had turned quite red. The wolf was growing worried- The Wolf was itching to take over. It could end this.

Val, on the other had, had no interest in fatally wounding his attacker. The man seemed to have come out of nowhere- For all Valentine knew, the man could be as confused and afraid as he was.

Jack's sudden appearance made for a good distraction, and Val slammed his elbow hard into his attacker's gut.

Date: 2017-05-09 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Jack had his hand on his pistol, but held off. Val's elbow was enough to make the man's hold on the chain slip and it went slack around Val's neck. Rather than shoot, Jack rushed in to try to wrench the two apart. For his effort the man flung a fist and smashed Jack in the nose.

"Mother. Fucker," he exclaimed.

Date: 2017-05-09 11:53 pm (UTC)
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It was enough to let Val slip loose, and he found his feet quickly before lifting one boot clad foot to keep the man pinned to the ground.

"Are you alright?" he asked Jack, his voice still a bit raw- Though that rough growl it sometimes held was still there as he turned his attention back to the man who'd attacked him.

"Who the bloody hell are you?" he snarled, more wolf than man for a moment.

Date: 2017-05-09 11:59 pm (UTC)
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"Fine," was his fast reply. It had hurt, but it had surprised him more than anything. Jack recovered quickly from injury.

The man on the ground struggled under Val's heel, growling and frothing. At this angle Jack could get a good look at him- the dirt, the scruff, the wild eyes. And his clothes. Jack focused on his clothes.

"He's not from here," he said.

Date: 2017-05-10 12:31 am (UTC)
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"No... No, he doesn't look local, does he," Val agreed, glancing over at Jack. "Honestly, he as good as appeared out of thin air."

Date: 2017-05-10 12:39 am (UTC)
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"Yeah?" he asked, just a hint of incredulity in his voice. "Just appeared. And I imagine that thing wasn't involved?"

He nodded to the device that lay on the ground where Val had dropped it.

Date: 2017-05-10 12:52 am (UTC)
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"That thing can't make things appear out of thin air, Jack," Val frowned. "It locates rifts, and, I believe- Though it's still just a theory- It can amplify them. ...I didn't have it set to amplify though. It just told me there was a strong crack in time or space or whatever. I came here to test my theory, but I didn't get a chance."

Date: 2017-05-10 01:06 am (UTC)
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Hearing that news had Jack flip open the strap on his wrist to get some readings. The screen absolutely lit up.

"Yeah, well it wasn't wrong," he said. The man on the ground began to struggle harder and Jack could smell wet hay and urine. He looked around and there, just beyond Val and the man, a faint split began to open in the air.

Date: 2017-05-10 01:13 am (UTC)
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"...What do we do? Do we just... Should we send him back through?" Val asked, looking at the reopened portal. The man seemed distressed, but for all they knew he was a dangerous criminal who had no place in their world. ...He certainly hadn't offered up a good first impression.

Date: 2017-05-10 01:22 am (UTC)
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"I think we should. He doesn't belong here," Jack said, though he hesitated. He had no idea what might happen if they simply tried to toss the bloke into the crack. If it would even take him home. For all that he wanted to set things right, he didn't want to kill the guy.

"Let me hold him down. You get that thing and see if it'll tell you anything before we do anything rash."

Date: 2017-05-10 02:00 am (UTC)
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Nodding, Val waited until Jack was close enough to take over for him before stepping away to grab the device. It was lit up and glowing, just like before, and Val tapped at the symbols as he pointed it towards the reopening rift.

"It's not fully open yet. I think... I think when it opened completely before, this light came on here," he explained. I think we have to wait for that, then we can send him through. ...Probably. I don't know, I'm not really an expert, Jack," he confessed.

Date: 2017-05-10 02:52 am (UTC)
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Jack nodded and leaned over to grab the man by the arm and wrestle him to his feet. It was a struggle and Jack worked hard to keep control. The man frothed and growled and spit.

"Yeah, ok, that's gross. You just shut up and we'll get you home, buddy," he said. The chain jangled and boots scuffed in the gravel of the alley floor. Jack's attention was split between the man and the thing in Val's hands.

Date: 2017-05-10 03:13 am (UTC)
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The light flickered on, and Val looked back over at Jack.

"Should we free him first?" Val asked awkwardly. "I mean, what if he's in danger? Should we give him a fighting chance?"

Date: 2017-05-10 03:16 am (UTC)
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Jack arched a brow at that. A fighting chance would mean he could fight them. If that happened they might miss their chance to send him through.

But then, Jack reasoned, everyone deserved a fighting chance.

He wrapped an arm around the man and got him into a choke hold.

"In my pocket is my sonic key," he said. "Hurry, before I regret this."

Date: 2017-05-10 03:50 am (UTC)
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Val moved quickly, grabbing the device and wielding it like the amateur he still was.

"On three, I'm going to unlock it- Just push him right through," Val said, starting to count down.

Date: 2017-05-10 03:57 am (UTC)
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It took an eternity it seemed, but he heard the lock click and fall open. Then Val said 'three' and Jack gave the man a monstrous shove right into the crack. There was a blinding flash and air rushed past them and into the chasm. Jack reached for Val, sure in that moment that they were going to be sucked in too.

Date: 2017-05-10 04:31 am (UTC)
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Val held on tight to Jack in return, feeling the pull and fighting it. Thankfully, a moment later it slammed shut, leaving them right where they belonged.

"Look," he said, pointing at the discarded device. "It's still glowing. ...That's not the only portal open around here."

Date: 2017-05-10 06:12 am (UTC)
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"That doesn't fill me with dread or anything," Jack quipped dryly. Again he flipped open his strap and the energy readings were just as strong.

"We should look into this. If other things or people are coming through it could be dangerous for, well, everyone."

Date: 2017-05-10 06:02 pm (UTC)
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"Where do we even start?" Val asked, looking over at Jack's wrist strap.

Date: 2017-05-10 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Jack tapped the screen to zoom out a little.

"There," he said. "Around the corner and down the street. Come on."

He sounded so certain, so sure. He took off, long strides making his coat flutter behind him. He simply expected Val to follow.

Date: 2017-05-11 02:57 am (UTC)
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It had become second nature to follow when Jack ran, and he was right on the other man's heels as they made their way to the next portal.

"Have you ever seen something like this before?" he asked.

Date: 2017-05-11 03:49 am (UTC)
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"Sort of," he said. "There's a rift in Cardiff and fractures open up sometimes. But I've never even heard of it happening in London. We've got to get to the bottom of this."

Date: 2017-05-12 10:25 pm (UTC)
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"What about multiple rifts opening all at once? Anything familiar about that?" Val pressed.

It always felt like Jack knew more than he was willing to share, and Val couldn't help but always push and push for more.

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