- Torchwood (4)
25 Jul 2020
“See, Jack could already be infected.” Ianto says and Jack removes his hand from his mouth to nod.
“He’s right. We had such a rough night last night. I think I might have infected Ianto. Kept him up all night last night coughing. He barely got any sleep.” Jack says in that dramatic sort of tone that Owen can never decipher if it’s truthful. But his eyes seem earnest so Owen simply sighs and tries not to think about how it makes no sense for Ianto protect him the bloody common cold if Jack’s going to sit there and be perfectly happy to breathe all over him.
“Maybe if you two spent less time snogging in the office.” Owen simply grumbles and Jack lets out a laugh of sorts.
It's the Torchwood yearly physical. Every operative gets a full looking over by their resident medic, Owen Harper. Except Ianto. Ianto doesn't want his physical. Let's find out why... and why Jack might banned from the bedroom for at least a week.
“I had a fiancé.” He starts, and Ianto’s eyes lift to Owen’s face. “Her name was Katie, and she died."
Surprise flickers across Ianto’s expression before understanding and almost apologetics as he casts his gaze down to the hands clasped within his lap.
“I didn’t realise.”
"You're not the only one with secrets." Owen says, his own gaze finally working its way up, only to realise that Ianto’s looked away himself. They're not good at this eye contact thing, are they? "Nobody asked, I didn't tell. It's easier that way, right?"
Jack and Ianto are destined to be together, but what if Jack hadn't forgiven Ianto straight away for his betrayal after Lisa? What if it took some extra time? Owen Harper understands more than anyone how it feels to lose the woman you love to alien intervention. When Ianto's hurting the most, what if he was there to be the temporary glue to Ianto's broken pieces before things get back on track?
"Ianto pushes himself to his feet and away from the couch. He crosses the room with a hand out stretched that comes to rest on Jack’s cheek, fingers sliding down to the curve of his jaw. The immortal flinches for a split second before the touch works as miracle cure for the tension in his shoulders. He’s been holding himself so stiffly as he stood there – uncomfortable and unsure – but Ianto touches his skin and it melts from him like the first drip of wax from a candle freshly lit.
“Nightmares?” Ianto asks knowingly. He is no stranger to the nights that Jack has surged forward to wake, eyes wild and breath heavy. While nightmares are far and few between when Ianto is tucked beside him, they are not banished for good. Nothing ever could. But they’re certainly easier to deal with when his beloved is in arm’s reach. A knight in shining armour, poised to fight his demons every day and night."
When nightmares come for Jack Harkness, and his usually sleeping partner is not beside him, he crosses the city to find the comfort he so often craves after a truly terrible dream. Ianto Jones will always be there for him when he needs him the most.
"You’re supposed to keep your head down on the first day of school. Feel out the environment; get a good gauge for how the pecking order works around here. But if we’re being honest, keeping his head down has never been one of Jack’s skills in life. He’s loud and proud and unafraid to let the world know that he exists. And really? It’s not steered him wrong yet. Jack has never found it difficult to make friends in this world – or at the very least, turn heads in his direction.
It’s the ass, he says. It’s a good ass. People want to stare at it.
However, this might just take the biscuit for the biggest scene he’s caused on a first day. Out of all the schools he has attended over the years, he’s never punched someone in the face within three hours of being there."
When Jack's family gets deployed in Wales, he quickly finds himself entangled within the life of one Ianto Jones. It's surprising what a simple act of kindness can lead to and what path you find yourself taking. All Jack and Ianto learn rather early on, is that whatever happens, they'll be taking it together. Janto Domestic!AU part of a 3 fic series, starting here: Highschool. Tags to be added.
- Part 1 of I Don't Have To Live Without You Anymore