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Title: In the pain there is healing
Fandom’s: Torchwood/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto,Rhys/Donna, Andy/Kathy, John/Tosh, Doctor/Isabella, James/Jenny, Owen/Diane, 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. I also do not own 'I won't let go' by Rascal Flatts
Author Note: Unbeta so please forgive any mistakes. There is an epilogue to follow.

Chapter 30

 

One Month Later,

 

Jack Harkness was nervous, which was very unusual for him but beyond the nervousness was pure happiness that he has only felt once before and that was when Ianto told him that he loves him.

 

“I’m getting married today.” Jack could hardly believe that is has been one month already as he stared at himself in the mirror, he was dressed in the marriage ceremonial robes of the Royal family of the Spirit of the Earth. Jack fingered the crystal blue material, Ianto always said that blue was his colour and was in honour of his home, Ianto explained that the colours resented each element and that Ianto said he was like the sea, cool and calm yet powerful and forceful.

 

It had been one month since everything had happen and so much had changed within Torchwood Mickey, Jake, John, Diane and Rhys were now all a part of Torchwood Three; they had gotten new police lesions with Kathy and Andy, who Jack had been shocked to learn that were an item and he pouted for a week when he learned that Ianto knew.

 

Donna and Rhys despite the distance between them were going strong, Donna had demanded that the Doctor zap her mobile like he had Martha’s and allowed her to talk to Rhys and they did as often as they could.

 

“Wow, Tad will be breathless when he sees you.” The unexpected female voice caused Jack to spin around.

 

“You’re pregnant?” Jack stated in shock as he took in the baby bump visible on Bell, who one month ago was not pregnant. “Where is the Doctor? I’m going to kill him for impregnating my daughter.” Jack was seething.

 

Bell rolled her eyes a fond smile on her lips. “Dad, you can’t kill the Doctor, the father of your grandchild.”

 

“I need to sit down.” Jack stumbled back onto the couch, he wasn’t even a father yet and now he was going to be a grandfather. “At least tell me that you are married?”

 

With a roll eye that was purely Ianto Bell answered, “Yes, dad, the Doctor and I are married, not that makes it any better to you.”

 

“Damn right, you are my little girl; you’re too young to be a mother.” Jack grumbled under his breath. “What if I am no good at this? What if I hurt Ianto? What if I turn out to be a horrible father?” Jack’s fears began to spill out.

 

Bell moved to sit down beside her future dad and took his hand in hers. “Dad, you are a great father and amazing husband and I have no doubt you will be a wonderful grandfather.” She reassured her dad. “Trust in your love with tad, it will give you the strength you need in the tougher times and I am sad to say that there will be plenty of tough times ahead.”

 

Jack covered her hand and gave her a true smile. “With your Tad by my side I would have the strength to take on the universe if I needed too.” They his tune changed and his eyes narrowed as he asked, “Where is your brother?” Worry filled him at the kind of trouble James could get into on his own.

 

Bell rolled her eyes. “Don’t worry, he’s with Tad.”

 

*****

Ianto Jones was nervous and not just about his upcoming bonding to Jack, no he couldn’t be happier about that, no it was about what was happen after the bonding to seal their union Ianto would more then likely become pregnant.

 

“So I take it you haven’t told Dad you’re more then likely going to get pregnant after tonight?” The unexpected voice made Ianto jump and he turned around to come face to face with a grinning James.

 

“I have informed Jack the details of the bonding ceremony and he was thrilled.” And Jack had been as he wanted to get in as much practice as they could.

 

James raised his hands in surrender. “You might want to warn Uncle Owen, dad becomes much more innovated.” James gave a quirk of his eyebrows and Ianto blushed deeply.

 

“I’ll take that under advice. Now not that I am not happy to see you but just what are you doing here?” Ianto asked

 

James grinned at his Tad. “Someone had to provide you and dad with a wedding song.” 

 

Ianto rolled his eyes at his son cheek. “Is Isabella here?” Ianto asked knowing that there was no way she would let her brother lose in the timeline unsupervised.

 

James pouted, “Why is it that no one trust me to not cause trouble?” Ianto merely stared at him. “Right point taken, she’s with dad.”

 

Ianto paled. “You mean with Jack who the Doctor is going to collect?” Jack still glared at the Doctor occasionally for the kiss Bell gave him.

 

James paled just as bad as his tad. “Lovely to see you again, but I got go before not only does the Doc learn about his future but to stop dad from trying to kill the Doctor.” Ianto could only watch as James rushed out of the room and he nearly knocked Tosh over in his haste.

 

Tosh could only smile and shake her head with fondness at James retreating back before turning her gaze to Ianto. “Are you ready to get bonded?” She asked already knowing the answer.

 

Ianto gave a happy smile. “I am.”

 

*****

One of these days the Doctor was going to learn to knock before he enters a room.

 

“Jack, it’s time…” The bounce he had as he came in faded and as the Doctor nearly tripped over his two feet. “Pregnant? You’re pregnant? You weren’t pregnant one month ago?” The Doctor couldn’t tear his eyes off of Bell’s stomach.

 

Bell looked down at her stomach and with fake surprised declared, “Would you look at that, I am.” Bell delivered with a pure dry tone while rolling her eyes before turning to a chuckling Jack, “Well don’t just stand here go get bonded.” Bell ordered.

 

A silly smile spread across Jack’s face. “I’m getting married.”

 

*****

In the history of the world only a few mortals have ever been granted the chance to see the Kingdom of Gaia and her court.

 

Crystal clear blue waters spread out as far as their eyes could see, fully bloomed Cherry Blossoms trees lined the pathway and filled the air with their scent as their branched danced in the gentle breeze, fields of flowers created the background of the courtyard.

 

Jack stood nervously at the alter, his witness, the Doctor, who was dressed in the pale blue robes of the air element was standing behind him. Gaia stood before him at the alter as they awaited Ianto, dressed in shimmering white robes.

 

The softest of flute music filled the air and as if by magic the Willow trees parted and Ianto appeared.

 

At that moment Jack was sure he forgot how to breath as he drank in the sight of Ianto, in his true form, he looked amazing dressed in ruby red robes, Ianto was fire there was no doubt about it, he was the warmth that Jack had searched for so long.

 

Tosh followed behind Ianto, dressed in the forest green robes of Earth.

 

After what seemed like forever in both Jack and Ianto’s minds Ianto finally reached Jack. “Just breathe Alec.” Ianto whispered using Jack’s true name, a name only he knew.

 

Jack took a deep breath and followed his lover’s advice.

 

Gaia smiled at them. “We are gathered here to witness the bonding of two souls together of Prince Ianto and Jack Harkness. We have all bared witness to the trails their love has gone through and what would have surely driven other couples apart has only made them stronger.

 

To bond together is to bond soul to soul, heart to heart, it is a union that could only be made between soul mates for only two halves of the same soul came be joined together as one.

 

Does anyone have doubts that these two men are not soul mates?” Gaia questioned the crowd and no one spoke up.

 

“To bare witness to their vows of love they have asked their two closes friends to stand with them,” Gaia turned her attention to the Doctor. “Doctor, you have know Jack the longest do you have any doubts to Jack’s bonding to Ianto?” She questioned.

 

The Doctor smiled fondly at Jack and Ianto and their linked hands. “I have no doubts at all.”

 

Gaia smiled at the bouncing Time Lord before turning her attention to Tosh. “Toshiko Sato you are Ianto’s best friend and daughter figure to Jack, you know them as friends, colleges and lovers do you have any doubts to their bonding?”

 

With tears in her eyes and the brightest smile on her face Tosh answered happily, “I have no doubts, never had.”

 

Gaia returned her gaze to her son and his mate. “Your witnesses have spoken and they support your union, now it is time to pledge your lives to one another.”

 

Jack took a deep breath as he gathered his courage. “I remember a poem that fits perfectly here, ‘If I had but one hour of love. If that be all that is given to me. An hour of love upon this earth, I would give my love to thee.’ You Ianto have seen me at my worst and my best; you have loved me for who I am and who I once was. It was your love and support that healed this broken man, you help me to grow into the man worth of your love. Without you I would be lost in this world, alive but not living. I love you Ianto Jones and I will until the last star dies.”

 

By the time Jack had finished speaking Ianto had tears running down his cheeks, while Martha, Tosh, Diane and Donna were opening sobbing.

 

Ianto took a shake breath as he struggled to regain his voice. “I thought I knew love before but in truth I didn’t not until you came into my life and my heart. I was lost and adrift in a sea of pain. You reached out to me and offered me a hand of friendship and support one that over time became pure love. I never thought that love could feel like this. You are the air that I breathe, the earth that keeps me grounded, you are the fire that keeps me warm in the coldest of nights and you are the water that keeps me calm. I love you Jack Harkness and will until the Universe ends.”

 

Tears shimmered in Gaia’s eyes as she lifted up the pillow from its stand. “These rings are the first rings ever forged here in with the ancient fire. They are my gift to you.” Jack and Ianto’s breath caught at the pure white gold Celtic rings, the very one that Jack had picked for Ianto.

 

 “We have heard their words of love and now Jack if you would repeat after me; I plead my heart and soul to you. Giving them to you to love and protect, knowing that in your arms they will be safe. I enter into this bond knowing that you are my soul mate and vow to spend the rest of my life with you.”

 

Jack squeezed Ianto’s hand as he looked into those blue eyes he loved so much as he picked up the first ring. “I plead my heart and soul to you. Giving them to you to love and protect, knowing that in your arms they will be safe. I enter into this bond knowing that you are my soul mate and vow to spend the rest of my life with you.” Jack could no longer hold back the tears that fell as he slipped the ring on Ianto’s finger.

 

“Ianto, my son, please repeat after me; I plead my heart and soul to you. Giving them to you to love and protect, knowing that in your arms they will be safe. I enter into this bond knowing that you are my soul mate and vow to spend the rest of my life with you.”

 

Ianto returned Jack’s grip never once breaking his gaze with Jack. “I plead my heart and soul to you. Giving them to you to love and protect, knowing that in your arms they will be safe. I enter into this bond knowing that you are my soul mate and vow to spend the rest of my life with you.” Ianto smiled as he placed Jack’s ring on his finger.

 

“With all the power within me as Spirit of the Earth, it is my honour to announced you bonded upon your kiss.”

 

Needing no further hints Jack pulled Ianto into his arms and kissed him with ever inch of love he held for the young man. Not to be out done Ianto wrapped his arms around Jack and returned the kiss pouring in all the love he had for the immortal.

 

Everyone’s breath caught as Jack and Ianto began to glow the vortex in Jack and the old magic in Ianto awakening and joining the two men together forever.

 

*****

The reception was in full swing as everyone offered up their congratulations to the newly bonded couple.

 

After of course the Torchwood team got over their shock at not only seeing the twins again but over Bell’s pregnancy.

 

John had clapped the Doctor on the back and offered him a stiff drink in congratulations and in the hopes he survives Jack overprotective fatherness.

 

“Excuses me but would the newly bonded couple please make their way onto the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple, before they try to sneak off for some alone time.” James requested as he somehow managed to get a hold of a microphone.

 

Bell stalked towards her brother and grabbed the microphone out of his hands. “This song won’t come out for a few years but there is no other song out there that is more suited for our parents.”

 

Hands linked together Jack and Ianto made their way onto the dance floor and unlike Gwen’s wedding Jack’s attention was not in the past but here with Ianto, his future.

 

It’s like a storm that cuts a path

It breaks your will it feels like that

You think you’re lost but you’re not lost

On your own, you’re not alone

 

I will stand by you, I will help you through

When you’ve done all you can do and you can’t cope

I will dry your eyes, I will fight your fight

I will hold you tight and I won’t let go

 

It hurts my heart to see you cry

I know its dark this part of life

Oh it finds us all and we’re too small to stop the rain

Oh but when it rains

 

I will stand by you, I will help you through

When you’ve done all you can do and you can’t cope

I will dry your eyes, I will fight your fight

I will hold you tight and I won’t let go

 

Don’t be afraid to fall

I’m right here to catch you

I won’t let you down

I won’t get you down

You’re gonna make it

I know you can make it

 

Cause I will stand by you

I will help you through

When you’ve done all you can do

And you can’t cope

I will dry your eyes, I will fight your fight

I will hold you tight and I won’t let go

 

I’m gonna hold you and I won’t let go

I won’t let go

No I won’t

 

“I love you Ianto Harkness-Jones.” Jack whispered into Ianto’s hair as the music faded, the twins had chosen well Ianto had done all this and more.

 

“I love you too Jack Harkness-Jones with all that I am.” Ianto whispered back before their lips were redrawn into another love filled kiss.

 

TBC…


Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
irishjantogirl
Sep. 9th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
very sweet ending, though i doubt that pregnancy is developed into a bump after just one month , nitpicking I know
backrose_17
Sep. 10th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Ahh it's been one month for Jack and Ianto time line, for the twins it's been a bit longer.

Glad you liked the ending.
pharlap1
Sep. 10th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
love the update
backrose_17
Sep. 10th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you did.
katya_korvik
Sep. 10th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
ooo soo sweet and soo sad...
I'm betting Jack wanted to tump the doctor for "defiling" his little girl LOL
backrose_17
Sep. 10th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Aww thank you.
I do have an idea for a oneshot dealing with Jack's reaction.
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