Summary: It began in a bar on a cold fusion cruiser with a stranger named Alonso. From there Jack's life takes a turn he never expected.
Characters: Jack Harkness, Alonso Frame, Gwen Cooper, Rhys Williams, Rhiannon Davies, Ianto Jones, Tenth Doctor, Twelfth Doctor,
Spoilers: CoE compliant fix-it and The End of Time (DW)
Disclaimer: The characters do not belong to me. I just borrowed them for a short spell. I wish I owned them so there wouldn't be the need to write fix-its like this.
Word Count: ~26k
Notes: this originally started off as a prompt from jo02 from the torchwood-fest member created fest way back earlier this year. I'll be posting a chapter a day until the story is done.
Jack's mind raced as he tried to make sense of what had happened until he noticed the paper on the pillow next to him. A note was a good sign.
He picked up the creamy blue paper and smiled, there was no mistaking the neat cursive:
I forgot how soundly you sleep when you are really tired. I tried to wake you, but you wouldn't budge. You tried to bite me. I had a few errands to run like getting my holographic chip fixed among a few others. I should be back shortly. I'll bring food too.
Last night was not a dream even though it felt like one.
Jack laughed to himself, feeling silly that he thought that Ianto was gone for good this time, but the fear was not really that silly considering the circumstances. He idly wondered what other errands Ianto had to run. Jack had to laugh that the room was tidied up except for the bed. It was a small thing, but it gave Jack a measure of comfort that things were finally on the right path.
Jack decided he should at least shower before Ianto got back. He could feel the stickiness of sweat and sex but having Ianto in his arms all night was worth its weight in gold. Once Jack got out of bed he realised how sore he was and could not remember the last time he felt so alive.
Jack took a long hot shower to clean himself and ease the sore muscles that he had not used in forever. Once he was done with the shower, Jack was pleased to find Ianto had returned and was setting up the food he had brought back. He watched and marvelled at the sight before him for several moments before joining the fun. "What did you bring back besides your very edible self?" Jack knew the smile would not leave his face for a considerable amount of time. He began to snack on Ianto's neck, ignoring the other man's feeble protests to stop.
"Oi, down boy. I know that look. We need to eat first and then we can play. I brought back some of the local delicacies. It's rather tasty if you ignore the colours." Ianto flashed a flirty smile, ignoring his own rules and pushing Jack away. After two years he never thought he would be able to have one of these moments again with Jack.
"I know I've spent some time here. You know what will make this food taste even better?" Jack asked with wolfish grin. His appetite was for more than just food.
"I can only imagine what you are thinking. Let me hear it and I'll let you know if it is acceptable." The smile on Ianto's face already said the answer would be yes to whatever Jack suggested.
"I was thinking..." Jack picked up something that looked like banana but it was purple and was warm to the touch. He broke a small piece off and held it up to Ianto's lips.
"I agree," Ianto said in a sultry voice as he took the piece of fruit into his mouth along with one of Jack's fingers which he sucked on and then swirled his tongue around the scrumptious digit.
From that moment things were like they always should have been. As the days passed into months, Jack no longer questioned if Ianto was real or a figment of his imagination. They got to enjoy life without having worry about saving a planet and had the opportunity to be a real couple, travelling the galaxy. Neither man could be happier. Ianto opened up about his childhood and his time with the Doctor and Jack told Ianto things he had never another living soul. Gone were the problems that plagued them in the days leading up to Ianto's death.
Ianto helped Jack begin to heal from the trauma of sacrificing his grandson. It helped that Ianto did not see him as a monster. He knew how much it hurt Jack to always have to shoulder the responsibly of the hard decisions that he was often forced to make and Ianto swore that Jack would never again have to face those hard choices alone.
It was almost a year into their traveling, on a planet almost two million light years from Earth, while attending a ritual bonding ceremony that was a duplicate of an Earth marriage ceremony that Ianto had the spectacular idea of having a ceremony of their own. Jack was very amenable to the idea, saying it was a perfect way to celebrate their second chance and suggested having the ceremony exactly one year to the day since they were reunited.
The ceremony was intimate and the only other attendee was the officiating vicar who was a lavender humanoid toad. The vows were simple and heartfelt, causing both men shed a few tears as they realised that ‘till death do us part’ had no place in this marriage. They really did have an eternity to be together, and they couldn’t be happier.
Their rings were made of a metal only found on this planet and were a reddish blue-black colour that changed shades depending on the mood of the other wearer. From the moment the rings were put on their fingers they shone a bright blue, singling pure unadulterated happiness.
To be continued... Chapter 5
A/N: I thought you all deserved a fluffy interlude before the action picks up again. And to all my dear lurkers out there, please leave a comment so I know what you think so far.