Characters: Aliens, mentions Ianto.
Written For: Challenge 482: Bottom at tw100.
Summary: The Hub extends deeper into the earth than even Ianto knows.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: This one’s a double drabble.
The Hub was bigger than anyone, even Ianto, knew. If you went down far enough, the man-made levels, carved out of the rock, their floors made more even with painstakingly poured concrete, gave way to natural tunnels and caves that had so far only been partially adapted to human use by the levelling of floors and the installation of doors.
But below even those were the areas that humans had not yet set foot in even now. Vast caverns where stalactites dripped from the ceilings, and crystals grew in abundance like strange alien flowers.
Fresh water springs trickled over rock surfaces illuminated by phosphorescent algae, to form small, clear pools, and right at the bottom, as deep as it was possible to go without excavation, a briny underground sea stretched off into the darkness.
It was here that the creatures Ianto termed ‘Archive Monsters’ made their home, their small colony safe and warm in the depths, untroubled by the fickle weather of the earth’s surface, going upwards only to hunt vermin and to continue their study of the sentients who believed this underground complex to be theirs.
Someday perhaps they’d introduce themselves, but until then, they’d simply watch and learn.