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Fic: In the pain there is healing Chapter 3

Title: In the pain there is healing
Fandom’s: Torchwood/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Rhys/Gwen, Rhys/Donna, Andy/Kathy, John/Tosh, Doctor/Isabella, James/Jenny, Tom/Martha and Mickey/Jake
Summary: How long can one person takes being the second choice before they break? And have Ianto and Rhys reached that point?
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Gwen bashing
Spoilers: Torchwood S2 ‘Meat’ and ‘Something Borrowed’
Disclaimer: I do not own Torchwood, I am willing to take ownership of Ianto and Jack since RTD can not take care of them. I do own James and Isabella and all other original characters.
Author Note: Unbeta so please forgive any mistakes

Chapter 3

The trip had been a silent one. Not a word was exchanged. Gwen would try to start a conversation but nothing came of it.

Rhys was in too deep of thought and too deeply hurt to say anything to Gwen. He was truly beginning to wonder if he made the right decision today. Could he be married to a woman who’s not in love with him?

No words were spoken between the two of them until they reached their honeymoon suite. “Rhys what’s the matter love? I’m not use to you been so quite.” Gwen meant it as a joke to lighten the mood.

“Nothing is wrong; it’s just been a long day.” Rhys muttered placing their suitcase down.

“I’m sorry about Torchwood ruining our big day. But all that matter is we got married, so what if our families can’t remember at least we do.” Gwen smiled up at her new husband.

Is that all that matters or the fact that you got to be in Jack’s arms and for a moment pretend it was him you married today?’ Rhys wondered to himself.

Gwen was getting tired of this silent treatment, it was their honeymoon they should be making good use of their king sized bed. Walking over to Rhys she wrapped her arms around his neck and tried to pull him down for a kiss. “Not to night Gwen, it’s been a long day and all I want to do is go to bed.” Rhys muttered as he reached up and unhooked Gwen arms from his neck. He couldn’t make love to a woman while he was uncertain of whom she saw. Was it him or Jack that she was picturing?

“Okay Rhys what the hell is your problem? This is our wedding night; you’ve been acting odd all evening.” Gwen growled tired of Rhys attitude.

“Well I’m sorry if I can’t make love to a woman who spent a better part of our wedding day making moon eyes at another man.” Rhys growled back.

“What?” Gwen had been so sure that she hid her looks towards Jack well, making sure that Rhys didn’t see the feelings she carried for her captain.

“I’m not a fool Gwen. I bloody well know that you have feelings for Jack fucking Harkness. If you wanted to keep it secret you shouldn’t have kissed me while looking at Jack. And you damn well shouldn’t call out his name when we’re making love. I am not blind, did you think I didn’t notice the way you were looking at Jack when he halted our wedding, the hope in your eyes that Jack was finally coming to declare his love for you. Did you think I didn’t see the way you looked at Jack during our vows as you pledge you love to me?” Rhys couldn’t hold it in any more; he couldn’t take Gwen playing him like the fool any more.

Rhys looked deeply into Gwen’s eyes. “Answer me truthfully this, because I deserve to know the truth, if Jack hadn’t left would you have still said yes when I asked you to marry me? Do you love me enough to have said yes even if Jack had still been around?” He needed to know the truth.

Tears welded up in Gwen eyes because Rhys is right he does deserve to know the truth. “No, if Jack hadn’t left than I wouldn’t have said yes. I said yes because I believed no one else would have me.” She admitted and she could see Rhys heart break.

“If he asked you to be with him would you say yes?” Rhys whispered.

“I chose you Rhys, can’t that be enough?” Gwen pleaded.

“I thought it could be, I thought I could live with sharing you with another, but I can’t. I need to know that the woman I love, that I pledge to spend the rest of my life with, will honour those same vows and not dump me in a heart beat if her boss asked her to be with him. So I ask you again if Jack asked you to be with him would you?” Everything hung on Gwen’s answer.

“Yes.” The answer came out as a whispered but it echoed loudly in the silent room, only the shattering of Rhys heart drowned it out.  

Silently Rhys began to gather up his belongings. “Rhys where do you think you are going? You can’t just leave.” Gwen begged.

“I’m going to see if the hotel has any other rooms available.” Rhys stated in a dead voice.

“You can’t just leave, we are married and we need to work this out.” Gwen snapped out.

Rhys turned to face Gwen no trace of emotion in his eyes. “What is there left to work out Gwen? My wife just admitted that she would leave me in a heart beat for another man. Maybe it’s a good thing that no one, not any of our families or friends will remember us getting married.” Rhys growled under his breath.

“What do you mean?” Mixture of emotions crept into Gwen voice, Rhys snorted to himself as he heard the hope mixed in with the worry.

“No one remembers us getting married if the license doesn’t get submitted than no marriage ever happens. You’ll be free to go to moon over Jack. And I hopefully can find someone who will love me like I deserve. Goodbye Gwen.” Rhys placed his hotel key on the table and gathered his bags up.

As he opened the door the light bounced off the ring that now seemed so heavy on his finger. With a solemn look in his eyes he removed the barely hours old wedding ring from his finger and placed it on the table near the door, and without a backwards glance towards Gwen, he left the room with his head held high, unshed tears shining in his eyes and his heart left shattered on the floor.

Gwen stood in the middle of the room tears streaming down her eyes, yet hope flaring in her heart. She could finally be with Jack, to be with the man she longed for without any problems.

TBC….


Comments

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mrsmarit
Sep. 29th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Epic fail for Gwen on this one, what an idiot. I look forward to the next chapter where Jack gives her the smack down she deserves. Very much looking forward to a Donna/Rhys hookup.


Loving this story as I do with most of your work. Keep it up
backrose_17
Sep. 29th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I truly felt for Rhys in this chapter, Gwen is an idiot when it comes to seeing how great she has got it with Rhys. Jack will give her a smack down as will Donna and a few others. Rhys and Donna will meet in a few chapters.

*Blushs.* Thank you so much.
footprint_23
Sep. 29th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Oh that was great, Rhys does deserves better. Can't wait for the next chapter.
backrose_17
Sep. 29th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy it. Rhys truly does deserve better, which seems to be why he is paired with other females in almost all my stories.
chironsgirl
Sep. 29th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Well, we all knew she had it coming, didn't we?
XOXOXO
backrose_17
Sep. 29th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yep she had that coming, if only Rhys would leave her in the show.
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backrose_17
Sep. 30th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
Rhys does deserve better than Gwen.
There are no worries I will never, ever write Jack/Gwen. Gwen may not be willing to fight for her man, but Jack is and he will do whatever it takes to make it clear to Ianto.
slns7552
Sep. 29th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
What a selfish, nasty cow! Rhys is so much better off without her. I'm glad he told her off and left her. And she can think about is being with Jack! I can't wait until she tries something with Jack and hear him tell her off. I don't think Jack will be too impressed that the "heart of Torchwood" would do and say things like that to her new husband.

I never thought of it before but I think Rhys and Donna would be great together. Can't wait until they meet.

Hopefully Jack will be able to convince Ianto that he doesn't feel like that for Gwen and they can stay together.
backrose_17
Sep. 30th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
I love writing Rhys telling Gwen off. She will try and make a play for Jack, but she will learn some hard truths, and trust me the Tardis is going to make sure that Gwen keeps her claws off of Jack.

I never thought of Rhys/Donna as a couple before but this plot bunny demand them as a couple and I am really enjoying writting them. Plus the Donna/Gwen cat fight that happens later is really enjoyable.

Jack will come up with a plan thanks to Tardis help, but he will have work ahead of him to win Ianto's trust back.
rev02a
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
I totally dropped the ball! Email me what you've got and I'll edit... so sorry!!! rev02a@gmail.com

Also, if you'd like the first three chapters fixed, send them along as well :D
rev02a
Sep. 30th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
OOH! And, I LOVE that both Ianto and Rhys have stood up for themselves. They both deserve better.
backrose_17
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'll most likely send something to be beta this weekend.

Yep, it was about time my boys stood up for themselves and they do deserve to be treated better by both Jack and Gwen.
tonjavmoore
Sep. 30th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Huzzah for Rhys! He stood up for himself and faced his demon. I hope Gwen gets the smackdown she deserves for being such an idiot twice over.

Great story!
backrose_17
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
I both felt bad for Rhys but was proud of him for standing up for himself. There will be a Gwen smackdown when she and Donna come face to face, my Donna has a lot she wants to say to Gwen.

Thank you.
roguemarch
Sep. 30th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
So Rhys deoes have a backbone... great update can't wait 4 more :)
backrose_17
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
In my stories Rhys does have a backbone, thank you, next chapter should be up soon.
roguemarch
Oct. 4th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Can't wait for more.
aviv_b
Sep. 30th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
I actually give Gwen a teeny tiny bit of credit here. For being honest for once. Too bad she couldn't get their before she got married.
backrose_17
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Even I have to give Gwen a tiny bit of credit, she was finally honest with Rhys, but in the end she still did break his heart.
wanda1969
Sep. 30th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
Good on you Rhys... run while you can!
backrose_17
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yep Rhys is running alright and he is going to run into a certain redhead arms soon.
sunsetfan24
Sep. 30th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
omg ... how can you stop here? Where's the next part?
Rhys and Donna as pairing ? Can't wait to read this!
And thumps up for Gwen bashing ... hehehe !
backrose_17
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
The next part should be up soon.
I never thought of Rhys/Donna until this story now they are becoming one of my favorite pairings.
I can't seem to not Gwen bash, I have maybe two stories that don't have Gwen bashing, but that could change.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 30th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
something borrowed remains for me one of the most hated episodes because it showed gwen at her worst, willing to cheat on rhys, lie to her parents& rhys's parents about the so called baby, the death of a guest, the wedding party being retconned. the only good moments are the jack/ianto/owen scenes.
looking forward to donna/rhys because they both deserve better.
jsks
Sep. 30th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
oops, forgot to log on.
cannot wait for the donna meets torchwood and hope she befriends ianto/tosh besides dating rhys and helps ianto with jack.
something borrowed rant was me.
backrose_17
Sep. 30th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
I agree 'Something Borrowed' was one of my least liked ep, anything that had Gwen as the focus was one of my least favorites. What I really disliked was the Jack/Gwen scenes it was her wedding day and yet the two were fawning all over one another in front of Rhys, Ianto and all the wedding guest, that is what helped me to write this story I felt bad for both Ianto and Rhys to be treated like that.

There will be Ianto/Donna/Tosh friendship, I love all three and think they would make great friends. My Donna muse has demanded the chance to smack Jack upside the head for been an idiot.
evalentine99
Oct. 1st, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
Way to to Rhys - well at least Gwen was honest.
backrose_17
Oct. 1st, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
I was so proud of Rhys in this chapter too. I do have to give it to Gwen at least she was honest with him.
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