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Torchwood: After The Storm (Fanfiction)

After The Storm

Word Count: 998
Summary: Jack knew that he'd overstepped a line. Ianto probably only had returned the kiss because he'd felt he had to.
Characters: Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones
Pairing: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG-13
Spoiler: None
Setting: after Countrycide
Author's Note: Written for jack_ianto_las  for the prompt The Right Time To Lie.
Disclaimer: I’m not making money with this fanfic. The tv-show Torchwood and the characters appearing within it belong to their producers and creators. Any similarities to living or dead persons are purely coincidental and not intended.

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The Brecon Beacons had been a disaster. After countless hours of talking to the police, Torchwood had started their mute journey back home.

After Jack had dropped Tosh, Owen and Gwen off, he parked the SUV in front of Ianto's house. While Ianto got out of the car, hissing when cracked ribs and sore bruises complained, Jack fetched their bags. When Ianto gave him a confused look, Jack explained, ”I'm staying with you.”

”That's really not necessary, sir.”

”Owen doesn't want you to be alone. It's either me or a hospital.”

Ianto grimaced and muttered, ”I can't stand hospitals.”

”There you are,” Jack said, wrapping a supportive arm around Ianto's waist. He was grateful when Ianto accepted the help, albeit very reluctantly and with a soft curse.

As soon as they'd entered the flat, Ianto shrugged Jack's arm off and headed for the bathroom. Jack sighed deeply. It was obvious that Ianto didn't want him here. Since the abyss that was Ianto's betrayal had opened between them, they'd worked hard at rebuilding their former relationship, but Jack had blown it. He'd kissed Ianto yesterday just before they'd left the Hub to pick up the others. It had been intended as a calming gesture to show Ianto that Jack believed he would do great on his first field mission. It had quickly turned into more, though, with Jack pushing Ianto against the SUV, their tongues entwining messily as if they'd waited weeks for this.

In fact, Jack had … but Ianto had been awfully quiet ever since. Jack knew that he'd overstepped a line. Ianto probably only had returned the kiss because he'd felt he had to. His answer to Gwen's question was all the proof Jack needed.

Jack knocked at the bathroom door and entered cautiously. Ianto was sitting on the closed lid of his toilet, looking at him tiredly. ”I'm fine.”

”You're not. This isn't the time for lies, Ianto.” Jack started the shower. ”I know you don't want me of all people helping you, but we're going to do this strictly professional.” He crouched in front of Ianto and looked into his eyes. ”I promise.”

Ianto nodded slowly. Jack undressed them both and ushered Ianto into the cubicle before joining him. He grabbed the shampoo before Ianto could. ”You don't have to do this yourself, and you can't. You're in pain. Am I right?” Ianto nodded slowly. Jack began to work the shampoo into Ianto's hair, carefully avoiding the bumps and scrapes hidden underneath. He helped Ianto rinse the shampoo out.

Ianto leaned into his touches and sniffed. When he raised his head to look at Jack, though, he didn't seem to be crying. ”I'm sorry I lied.”

Jack smiled. ”It's okay. You're just used to do everything yourself. I'm the same.”

”I mean about the kiss.”

Jack looked at him curiously. ”Why didn't you tell them?”

”They think that sex is the only reason you're keeping me around. I don't want them to think that it's true.” Ianto focussed on washing his arms and chest. There were bruises marring the pale skin – ugly echoes of kicks and hits.

Jack tilted Ianto's head up. ”You know that's not the case, right?”

Ianto nodded, giving a brave and utterly fake smile. ”Gwen's question … it just seemed like the right time to lie, so … I did.”

Jack could see that Ianto was just agreeing for his sake. He sighed deeply, turning away to exit the shower. ”I shouldn't have kissed you.”

Ianto's hand grabbed his and he was pulled back under the warm spray. ”It's alright.”

”It's not, because I sent all the wrong signals. I still do, I mean, I'm in your shower!” He shook his head and squeezed Ianto's hand. “You have to know that I'm not keeping you around for that.”

He kept looking at Ianto for almost a minute until he nodded, smiling slightly. “Okay.”

“You believe me?”

“Yes.”

“So you're not mad at me anymore for kissing you?”

”I never was. I'm just … not used to let someone take care of me.” He laughed helplessly. ”I feel like ...” He bit his lip and shook his head. Jack nodded in understanding. He felt like a failure, too. He hadn't been able to protect his team and if he'd come to the rescue just a few seconds later …

He stared into Ianto's eyes. ”You did good out there. I'm proud of you. And I know you can't see it right now, but it'll get better.” He meant the cannibals and the injuries, but also Lisa and the grief Ianto was still feeling.

They just stood there for a while, in the shower under the running water, still holding hands.

When Ianto's eyes started to droop, Jack turned off the water. ”Bed,” he said and Ianto nodded. When Jack wanted to leave the cubicle, he felt his hand grabbed once again.

Ianto whispered, ”Stay the night.”

Jack swallowed, feeling as if something really delicate had just been placed in his hands. ”On the couch?”

”No. Not on the couch.”

”You don't have to-”

”In case you haven't noticed – I enjoyed the kiss.”

Jack grinned. ”Yeah. It was hot, right?”

”You weren't the one with the door handle poking into your back. Hot isn't the word I'd use.”

Jack faked a pout and pulled Ianto out of the shower. He kissed his temple. ”Of course I'll stay.”

While they were drying themselves, Ianto asked, ”By the way, why didn't you tell them that I was your last kiss?”

Jack smiled. ”I didn't tell them you weren't. Besides, a gentleman kisses and never tells.”

Ianto snorted. ”You always tell.”

Jack paused and looked at him. ”Not when it matters.”


END
02/11

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hazelayes
Mar. 23rd, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Yessssss...
This line: "Not when it matters."

Lovely. :)
jolinarjackson
Mar. 24th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Yessssss...
Thank you. :)
ianto_love_jack
Mar. 23rd, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww 'not when it matters' aw that's so sweet!!! Never thought about why jack didn't say it was ianto like this, all I ever see is it's because he didn't think ianto wanted him to say, which would be stupid because people say that jack is angry that ianto didn't say it was him, so neither of them told the truth for no good reason other than they didn't want the others to know

*pants* out of breath now

very sweet and well done, more soon!!! Please?!?
jolinarjackson
Mar. 24th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
analineblue
Mar. 23rd, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Aww, this is just lovely. <3 I love how you used the prompt to focus on Ianto's lie about the kiss, and I loved his explanation for why he lied. Very IC and well-written. :)
jolinarjackson
Mar. 24th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
toshiani007
Mar. 23rd, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
That was wonderful!!! I loved it!!!
jolinarjackson
Mar. 24th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
nikki_b1
Mar. 23rd, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Ohh! This is a lovely story! Even Jack can have self-doubts at times. It´s nice to see.

But that last line is just heart-stopping!

Love Nikki!
jolinarjackson
Mar. 24th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think Jack has more self-doubts than he lets on. :)
punkchick1995
Mar. 23rd, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Lovely :) GAH love that last line!! xx
jolinarjackson
Mar. 24th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
usakiwigirl
Mar. 23rd, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
I really like this. I think I didn't pay quite enough attention that first round. I know for a fact I didn't take enough notes, which I tried to rectify this last time and will do even better, I hope, this week. This deserved more than the check mark I put next to the title.

You catch their voices really well - which I think is damn amazing considering you write it in German first and then translate to English. Nothing is lost. So bloody well done.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 24th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. :)
vsee
Mar. 23rd, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, very satisfying.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 24th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
lone_star_woman
Mar. 24th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Well, glad they got that straightened out. This is a lovely fic.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 24th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
celebrian_lotr
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Adorable <3

Perfect last line!
jolinarjackson
Mar. 24th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
badly_knitted
Mar. 24th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Sweet and sensitive without being mushy, a lovely coda to the episode.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 25th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
nancybrown
Mar. 24th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
I like what you did with the prompt in this. Very nice post-ep.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 25th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
lilferret
Mar. 25th, 2011 06:41 am (UTC)
Love it. Very sweet and tender.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 25th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
dil_deal
Mar. 26th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Loved this! Very satisfying resolution. Lovely <3
jolinarjackson
Mar. 27th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
bluelilacs
Mar. 26th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
I love it when they actually talk and are honest with each other about how they feel. Very nice.
jolinarjackson
Mar. 27th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
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