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21 July 2008 @ 11:10 pm

Title: Monsters
Chapter: 1 – Korkoori
By: ellymelly
Rated: M for – suggestions?
Pairing: Sarah Jane Smith/Alan/Captain Jack
Spoilers: Nothing specific, but it assumes the universe after Journey’s End.
Summary: Sarah and Alan are trying to catch an alien bird in a public park, but Captain Jack just won’t go away.


“I don’t think he meant it that way...” Alan slipped the rope and oddly matched collection of sticks into the duffle bag as Sarah Jane Smith exited the kitchen with an amused look.

“With Captain Jack, there is only one way and it’s the same way for aliens, humans and semi-sentient machinery.” She placed a steaming thermos on her breakfast table and folded a set of blueprints into her jacket pocket.

“That’s –” his face contorted into a look somewhere between concern and disgust. “Let’s just go catch this monster before the kids get back.”

“They’re going to be upset. Korkoori are beautiful when they’re preparing to hunt. Their feathers turn bright red, their wings expand and their eyes dilate into icy voids. Really, we’re so lucky.”

“I can think of other emotions.”

She rolled her eyes in a manner that suggested he should get used to danger if he was determined to trail her around for any great length of time. He returned her look with a, I know, but I’m still getting used to the idea of aliens gaze.

*   *   *

The rough leaves of the shrub they were hiding behind scraped over Alan’s chin. They could see the nest of the Korkoori poorly hidden between two rose bushes at the edge of a forgotten bird bath. Thankfully, the park was not particularly busy during school hours with most residents either at school or muttering away in offices.

“Jee-zuz...” Alan half jumped in fright as a heavy hand came down on his shoulder. There was a distinctive whoosh as an oversized coat trailed along the ground behind them and a tall, rather cheekily handsome figure knelt beside.

Sarah Jane, who hadn’t even flinched, placed a hand over Alan’s mouth and said scornfully, “I told you to be quiet.”

“Who’s the toy?” asked Captain Jack Harkness, referring to Alan.

She released her neighbour but did not look at their new arrival. In truth, she had been expecting him. “Jack, play nice.”

“I thought I was?”

“Don’t pretend innocence,” she scorned, watching the nest area intently. “If you’re going to hang around and be annoying, you can hold this.”

Jack took the two pieces of rope he was handed. “Which is?”

She smiled, her eyes flickering with excitement. “A trap.”

This made the intruder very pleased. “My favourite. Not enough in the way of ropes though...”

“Jack!” she roused, threatening to take the rope off him if he refused to behave.

He shrugged. “What?”

“Stop it.” She turned and raised a finger in warning.

Jack rolled his eyes and made himself more comfortable on the grass. The silence could last long though. Before the second hand on his watch made a complete revolution, Jack found himself shifting his eyes between Sarah Jane Smith and the young man she had holding what looked like a potential camp fire. “And he is?” he asked, resisting the urge to shift closer. She had not answered the question the first time, which made him all the more curious.

“Alan,” she said, “meet Captain Jack Harkness. The immortal time con-man.”

“Agent,” he corrected, a little more fiercely than the joke warranted.

“Thief,” she retorted.


“That’s enough!” Alan dropped the pile of sticks in his hands. “What is wrong with you two? We’re in the middle of a busy park in broad daylight waiting for some alien vulture of hell to show up and you two are bickering. Be quiet!”

Jack cocked his head to the side in a menacing manner. “I like the way his forehead frowns when he’s mad...”

“CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS.” She glared at him. He glared right back.

“This is me when I’m being god.” He paused, backtracked, and attempted to amend his comment. “Good...”

Alan picked up his miserably useless sticks, “I need therapy.”

“You need to be quiet,” Sarah Jane repositioned herself so as not to be seen by the alien creature if it suddenly decided to appear.

“Why?” Jack raised his voice purposely. “It’s not like Korkoori have ears.”

“This is why I work alone.”

“Oh, you love it. Come on, where’s the rest of this rope so that we can make a proper trap?”

“Around your neck.”

“Is that a promise?” His grin wasn’t entirely kidding.

“Are you two for real?” Alan turned to the strange man he had never met, “What are you even doing here?”

“Helping,” he smiled. “Torchwood heard that there was a Korkoori on the loose and I came to observe its capture. I’ll be wanting it, by the way, when we’ve caught it.”

“When I’ve caught it,” she corrected. “And no you can’t. The Doctor’s going to give it a lift home when he passes through tomorrow so you better be on your best behaviour.”

“In the meantime?”

“I’ll be examining him. I mean, it.” She sighed, her head dropping slightly. Jack really did bring out the worst in her and she was yet to forgive him for the trip he made back into her past just so that he could – well never mind what he did, it was the cheeky threat in his eyes that said he might do it again, and the flicker in hers that dared him to.

“So, no need to ask then,” he grinned.

“Ask what?” Alan looked between the two her were now exchanging shifty glances in between loathing stares.

Jacked winked and Sarah Jane averted her eyes, “Yours or mine?”


The Evil Oppressor Persiflage: Children of Time 10/M/D/J/SJSpersiflage_1 on July 21st, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
Trust Jack!!
ellymelly: looking for troubleellymelly on July 22nd, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Hehe, yes well - he *SO* would.
The Evil Oppressor Persiflage: Jack Martha Walking Away Journey's Endpersiflage_1 on July 22nd, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
Eggs-actly!! :p
Liza: unexpected naked jacklizamanynames on July 21st, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)

Your character voices are spot on PERFECT.
ellymelly: everything they told you is a lieellymelly on July 22nd, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Thank you very much.

btw, your icon KILLED me.
Liza: Doctor Wholizamanynames on July 22nd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Isn't it beautiful? fallen_iceangel has a whole series of them.
ellymelly: death by cuteellymelly on July 22nd, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link! :D
pairatime: Suits kisspairatime on July 21st, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
very good, we need more Alan
ellymelly: brainfreezeellymelly on July 22nd, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
I second that! LOL MORE ALAN
pairatimepairatime on July 22nd, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
hopefully since he know he's have a bigger role in the new season
ellymelly: it is only your soulellymelly on July 22nd, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
he's going to be in the new season? *GLEE*
Bill: DW: 4some with doctorsbilly_red_ocean on July 22nd, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Dude, how could I miss that!!! That was great...so does the 1 in front of the Korkoori mean there are any sequels planned? *looks innocently*
ellymelly: admiralreadellymelly on July 22nd, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
*possibly...* :D
LauraB1: Jack glintlaurab1 on July 24th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Ha! Oh, Jack ;)
ellymelly: death by cuteellymelly on July 25th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
lol, your icon. :D !