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Fic: In the pain there is healing Chapter 17/25

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 and mentions of John/Ianto
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 17

Eyes glued to the fight the Torchwood team minus Owen, the Doctor, John and Rhys all munched on the popcorn as Donna and Gwen continued to fight.

Nasty names, low blows, cheep shots, punches, bites, scratches, kicks and hair pulling were delivered by both females.

But it was clear Donna had the upper hand, the feisty redhead wasn’t afraid to fight very dirty.

Somehow both women manage to wrap both hands around each others necks and begin to squeeze did someone decide to put an end to this cat fight.

“Okay that is enough.” Rhys declared grabbing a hold of Gwen he pulled her off Donna.

Gwen fluttered her eyes at Rhys; she was willing to take him back, knowing that Jack would give into his jealousy if he saw her back with Rhys.

Only to blink owlish as Rhys released her and offered a hand to Donna who was still on the floor.

“Rhys what are you doing helping her up? She attacked me.” Gwen demanded to know, if Rhys wanted her back he better stop been so friendly with the redhead bitch.

Donna glared at Gwen. “Oi you started it, I was just going to finish it.” She snapped back, taking pride in the black eye Gwen was gaining and the split lips she was sporting.

“Rhys I’m willing to give us a second chance.” Gwen announced smiling at her ex husband, trying so hard not to look over at Jack to see his heartbroken reaction.

“No, Gwen. There is no us, not any more. I made myself perfectly clear that I would not be with someone who is in love with another.” Rhys told Gwen. Turning he looked at Donna his eyes soften greatly than when he looked at Gwen, “are you alright?” He asked stroking her bruised cheek.

“I’m fine.” Donna was touched by Rhys concern.

Gwen was seething. “You’re choosing her over me?” She demanded not believe that Rhys would choose someone like Donna over the love of his life.

Rhys looked at Gwen, seeing truly that she was no longer the woman he had fallen in love with. “You long ago chose Torchwood and Jack over me. You stopped been my Gwennie the moment you meet Jack Harkness, I was just a fool to keep thinking I could ever measure up to a dashing hero like him.”

Moving forward Jack came to stand in front of Rhys. “I am so sorry for my role in everything. I never meant to come between you and Gwen. My foolish actions hurt you and Ianto so badly. I nearly lost the man I love because I didn’t take the time to think how I was hurting you and Ianto by making Gwen think she has a chance with me. I hope one day you can find it in you to forgive me.” Jack told Rhys speaking from his heart.

Rhys looked at Jack and saw the truth in Jack eyes, he was truly sorry for his role in his and Gwen break up. And as much as he wanted to Rhys couldn’t find it in him to hate Jack, from what he sees flirting is like breathing from Jack, it just something he has to do. But Rhys also sees the way Jack looks at Ianto, like his is his sun and moon in Jack eyes.

“Stop with the pout, I don’t blame you. Gwen and I just weren’t meant to be. It’s not all your fault for our marriage breaking up.” Rhys told the man.

Gwen couldn’t believe how far Jack was taking this charade of been in love with Ianto. This needs to stop, now.

“Jack I think this has gone on long enough. Stop acting like it is Ianto you love, we can finally be together.” Gwen exploded.

Everyone stared at Gwen like she was insane.

A low growl escaped Jack chest. “Gwen, there is no us. There will never be an, us. I don’t know how much more clearly I can get I love Ianto, not you. I want a future with Ianto, not you. If you can’t accept that, then there might not be a future for you here.” Jack snarled losing his patience’s with Gwen.

John was the only one to notice Tosh making a move towards Gwen, he quickly caught her around the waist, “Jack is the one who needs to get through to her, and she will listen to no one else.” He whispered in Tosh ear.

Tosh fought back a shutter at the feel of John body pressed against hers and his hot breath tickling her skin.

John couldn’t help but smirk at Tosh shiver; he really needed to get this surprising hellcat into his bed.

The interaction between Tosh and John did not go unnoticed by Ianto, who frowned he still did not like the idea of his best friend becoming involved with John Hart.

Jack stared at Gwen and came to a decision. “Until you can accept the truth that it is Ianto I love and you start acting like a team player, I am suspending you.” Jack informed Gwen coolly.

Gwen could only stare in shock at Jack, he couldn’t be serious. “Jack, you need me, you can’t work one man down.” She pleaded reaching out for him, only to blink back the tears as Jack moved out of the way of her touch.

“No Gwen, what I need is someone who will not let their personal feelings get in the way of work. I need to be able to trust everyone out on the field, and given how you have reacted to Ianto, I don’t trust you with his safety.” Jack told her straight.

So focused on the drama in front of them no one saw the TARDIS door open and James step out, raising an eyebrow a lot like his dad he couldn’t help but comment. “Did I miss a cat fight or something?”

“Where is Bell?” Ianto asked noticing the lack of his daughter.

Shrugging James pointed over his shoulder at the TARDIS, “Bell wasn’t feeling that good and T wouldn’t let her leave.” There was no way that James was going to admit that Bell is empathic and all these conflicting emotions were too much for her.

But from the look in Ianto eyes he has an idea of what is going on, and considering he is a empathic it was no doubt he sensed Bell skills.

The Doctor raised an eyebrow at the nickname and the strong affection he got from the TARDIS for this young man and his sister. ‘What are you up to?’ He thought, his lips still tingling from the kiss the young woman gave him.

Gwen was eyeing the new boy with interest, if she couldn’t have Jack, maybe she could get him into her bed, and it doesn’t hurt that he looks a lot like a younger version of Jack.

Noticing the lustful look he was getting from Gwen, James edged himself behind Owen.

Jack was not happy at the way Gwen was staring at his son. “Gwen I wasn’t kidding when I said you are suspended. Until you can get your act together I want you nowhere near Torchwood.” It wasn’t Jack speaking but Captain Jack, leader of Torchwood.

“Fine, I’ll go for now. But I’ll be waiting for you to come crawling to me when you realize the mistake you made choosing the tea-boy over me.” Gwen told Jack stomping past him on her way out.

It took all of Jack willpower not to lash out at Gwen for the distain in her voice as she spoke of Ianto hated nickname.

“Damn what did you ever see in her?” John couldn’t help but ask Rhys and Jack.

Both men couldn’t seem to come up with answer.

“You’re along way from home, care to tell me how you got here?” The Doctor asked focusing on James.

Panicking James pointed at the TARDIS, “It’s all her fault.”

**********

Curled up in the softest of beds, Bell slept peaceful forgetting that it is not safe to leave James alone.

TBC….

Tags: fic: in the pain there is healing, pairing: jack/ianto, pairing: john/tosh, pairing: rhys/donna, twinverse
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