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Fic: Broken and Shattered Chapter 1

Title: Broken and Shattered
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairings/Character: Jack/Ianto, Caden/Tosh, mentions of Rhys/Gwen, pre-Rhys/? Kathy, Owen
Summary: It was supposed to be a simple camping trip. Jack wanted to bring the team closer together and to test Ianto’s shield strength. Too bad none of them saw this coming.
Rating: R
Disclaimer: I do not own Torchwood. But I do know that Jack and Ianto belong to each other. I do own all original characters.
Author Notes: The next story in my Alien!Ianto series, it’s my take on Countrycide
Beta: The amazing royalladyemma

Chapter 1

 

It had been a long and stressful few weeks ever since Gwen was told the truth about Ianto and she had barely let him out of her sight. No matter how simple the task, be it making coffee or filing inventory forms, Gwen was watching him like a hawk. When it came to his important work, like archiving alien artefacts, Gwen’s eagle-eyed attention was even worse; it was like she was hoping he would mess up.

Ianto did his best to ignore her, but there were times it was more than a little unnerving. He considered mentioning Gwen’s behaviour to Jack, but then he decided that there was enough tension between her and the team; he didn’t want to add to the problem. He just hoped that in time she’d discover he wasn’t a threat and she’d leave him alone.

Of course with Ianto’s secret out, Rhys, Kathy and Caden found plenty of reasons to drop by often and visit, which gave Ianto the chance to escape from Gwen’s cold gaze. He liked being able to spend private time with Jack and not have it be partially about hiding from Gwen.

Estelle was recovering nicely from her experience with the fairies and Jack was pleased that she was still staying with Kathy. Despite their very different backgrounds, the two women had become close friends. Of course, much to Jack’s chagrin, Kathy’s more forthright personality did transfer just a bit to the older woman, and he got quite the shock when Estelle took him aside one afternoon and with a no-nonsense look on her face told him to have a seat in the garden.

Back-lit by the late afternoon sun, Estelle looked almost ethereal, surrounded by a golden halo. Jack no longer saw her as the elderly woman who still believed that there were good fairies in the world, but as the beautiful young girl who had lovingly given her innocence to him so many, many years ago. He received a rude return to reality when she calmly informed him that she knew exactly who he was and that he had a lot of explaining to do.

Rhys had gladly taken on the task of bringing them food and other vital supplies when work meant the team was too swamped to eat properly. Ianto tried to tell him that it wasn’t his responsibility but Rhys’ reasoning was simple; his prince was looking too under-fed and that was simply unacceptable. Of course when constantly eating take-out had grown old, no one really complained when he brought them homemade food still hot from the oven.

Jack started to joke that the Earth didn’t need to worry about an alien invasion; between Ianto’s never-ending supply of superb coffee and Rhys’ delicious and nutritious home-style cooking the two of them could take over the world. Ianto waited until they were alone together to continue his own personal invasion.

With Rhys and the others dropping by so often and usually unexpectedly, Gwen had to tone down her interest and flirting with both Jack and Owen. She was forced to play her role of loyal girlfriend in order to keep Rhys from suspecting her true feelings. But whenever Rhys wasn’t around Gwen upped her flirting with both men. Much to her dismay, Gwen discovered that no matter how hard she tried, how much she twitched her butt or how low she wore her shirts, neither men paid her any attention.

Making matters even worse, it seemed that Owen and Rhys were forming an unlikely friendship. The romance, or whatever it was that had been on the verge of blooming between Owen and Gwen, came to an abrupt halt, something that Gwen did not like, not in the least little bit. Once again, Rhys that bumbling oaf of a Welshman, had come between Gwen and her happiness.

Everyone was surprised, not least of all Owen and Rhys, at that unexpected friendship the two men forged. Tosh had even whispered to Ianto that Owen was actually - dare they think it? -  happy when hanging around Rhys. Owen was less snarky and he even went so far as to call Ianto by his true name every now and then. It was a little weird, but it meant a lot to Ianto.

Ianto’s mysterious knight, Caden, was quickly becoming a permanent fixture in the Hub. The beautiful man was courting Tosh in old-fashioned high style and every day he showered her with gorgeous bouquets of fragrant flowers and boxes of expensive hand-dipped chocolates. It was east for any and all to see that the shy tech genius was clearly falling for Caden. Given how often Caden was in the Hub Jack was actually considering hiring him as a new member of the team. At least this way, Jack knew that Tosh would always have someone to keep her safe when she was out in the field.

But right now, nothing that was going on in the Hub mattered to Jack, not with Ianto looking far too tempting in his cute suit. It took all of Jack’s willpower not to jump his mate the moment Ianto entered Jack’s office. He was carrying the captain’s first cup of that exquisite liquid gold known as Ianto’s coffee and Jack had learned the hard way just how painful a lap of molten lava could be, so now he waited until Ianto’s hands were empty.

‘But once the coffee is on my desk, Ianto is fair game!’ Jack was excited; he’d been patiently waiting for far too long to finish what they started in his office a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, it seemed like Gwen was everywhere and no matter how hard he tried to make private time for him and Ianto, she made sure that the two of them never got a chance to be alone in the Hub.

Being careful not to spill, Ianto steps faltered as he saw the wicked gleam that appeared in Jack’s eyes, and he immediately went on guard. Every single time that Jack got that look in his eyes Ianto always ended up spending the rest of the day hiding away in his Archives, unable to look anyone in their eyes without blushing bright red. Yet, although the rest of the team knew exactly why he was hiding away, Ianto would never turn down the chance to spend some time alone with his mate even if he would be beet red for hours afterwards. Ianto was unable to deny Jack anything just like Jack was unable to deny him anything.

“Will you please let me put your coffee on your desk before you snog me breathless?” Ianto asked with soft smile. “Remember what happened before?”

Jack grinned wolfishly at Ianto as he raked his eyes up and down the suit-clad form of his mate. “Hurry up; I doubt I will be able to contain myself much longer.” Jack’s voice was raspy and thick with lust.

Shivers ran up and down Ianto’s back as he felt the waves of Jack’s love and lust sweep over him. It made Ianto feel warm and happy to know that he was so deeply loved. Being held so dearly in the heart of a man like Jack Harkness was precious to Ianto; and unlike anything he ever expected to experience in his lifetime. He only hoped that Jack knew just how much he was loved in return.

Jack watched with hawk-like eyes as Ianto gently placed the cup of coffee on his desk in a safe place, one that was sure to keep it from getting accidentally knocked over and being spilled onto the paperwork. Neither one wanted to damage any of the piles of Jack littered his desk. Their embraces were always quite passionate and they didn’t want to do anything that would ruin the mood.

Jack was thankful for Ianto’s attention to detail; the last time they’d gotten carried away Jack had learned a valuable lesson. Just when things were picking up steam, and Jack was about to suggest they head down to his bunk, he had accidentally knocked over his coffee onto some important papers. All Jack could think about as he watched his young lover clean up the mess was that Ianto looked sexy as hell when he was angry.

The only drawback Jack found to spilling coffee onto his paperwork was he was denied the pleasures of his Ianto for hours afterwards. There was absolutely no way that Jack could live without his daily dose of Ianto.

The instant Ianto placed the cup down, the young Welsh alien found himself firmly sat on Jack’s lap. He barely had time to blink before his eyes fluttered closed and Jack’s mouth claimed his in a kiss full of pure love and need.

Jack groaned as he felt Ianto return his kiss; he was pleased that Ianto was steadily losing his shyness when it came to physical intimacy between them. He was trying to take things slowly and he could sense that Ianto was getting closer and closer to taking their relationship to the next level. Jack couldn’t wait for the moment when he finally got to claim Ianto as his heart, body and soul.

Once the need for air got to be too much, Jack began leaving a trail of kisses on Ianto’s neck; he loved leaving his marks on Ianto where everyone could see them.

Ianto found it next to impossible to think with Jack’s mouth leaving yet another mark on his neck. “Jack… work.” Ianto tried so hard to finish his thought but his mate’s wicked mouth was turning his mind to mush.

Finally finishing his newest mark on Ianto’s skin, Jack griped Ianto’s hips and grinned at his panting mate; he looked so damned delicious and tempting sitting on his lap. “The only work we have to do is finish what we started here in my office weeks ago,” Jack murmured in a throaty, lust-filled voice.

Ianto shivered at the pure seduction pouring off Jack. He felt himself blushing as his body quickly began to react to Jack’s attentions, and he could not deny that he had been fantasying about having Jack’s mouth on him. A gasp that quickly changed into a moan tore from Ianto’s lips as Jack cupped his growing erection. “Oh, Jack… yes…”

Jack grinned wolfishly as he began to palm Ianto’s cloth-covered groin. “If I remember correctly, and you know I do, you want to feel my mouth on you,” Jack reminded his soon-to-be lover; he loved the dark blush that covered Ianto’s cheeks at his little reminder.

******

The longer Ianto stayed up in Jack’s office, the stronger and more virulent the hate that began burning in Gwen’s eyes. Oh, yeah, she knew exactly what they were up to; she’d certainly walked in on them enough times. So far, luck had been on her side and she’s managed to stop them before Jack made the worst mistake of his life.

‘Why is Jack being so stubborn? He doesn’t need to shag the Tea-Boy when he can make love to me!’ Gwen honestly could not understand why Jack was fighting so hard to avoid what could be the perfect world between the two of them. No matter what she did or said, Jack persisted in wasting all his time on seducing Ianto.

The pencil she was holding snapped under the pressure of Gwen’s clenched hand as rage filled her. Despite all her research and all attempts she still hadn’t found out how Ianto was controlling Jack and the others. Now, with Rhys always around, it was damn near impossible for her to find out what Ianto was hiding.

Tearing her eyes off of Jack’s office, she turned her attention to finding out what the rest of the team was doing. Catching sight of Tosh first, Gwen sneered as the pretty Japanese woman smiled shyly at something Caden said. Gwen’s anger flared; ‘what does he see in her? Caden is so beautiful he could have any man or woman he wants and he goes after mousy Tosh? What is he thinking? I just don’t see it; Caden belongs with someone who’s more his equal, someone like me.’ Gwen shivered as she imagined having both Jack and Caden in her bed. ‘Soon,’ she promised herself; ‘soon I will have both Caden and Jack in my bed where they belong’.

Another thing that Gwen simply could not understand was why Jack insisted on allowing aliens to run around free in the Hub, doing whatever they pleased and going wherever they wanted. Why couldn’t Jack see how dangerous they were? They should all be locked in the cells next to the Weevils and only brought out when they could be useful to Torchwood.

A sudden wave of guilt hit Gwen as her gaze fall on Rhys; he was deeply involved in an animated conversation with Owen. She didn’t love Rhys the same way she loved Jack; she didn’t even want him in the same way she wanted Caden and Owen, but that didn’t mean she wanted to see Rhys locked in the cells.

Unable to look at Rhys any longer Gwen found her gaze irresistibly drawn back to Jack’s office and hot, burning anger quickly replaced guilt. She slapped her hand down on her desk. ‘Enough of this! It’s time to put Ianto back in his place. He needs to get back to work and not waste any more of Jack’s time.’

In truth, Gwen that the real reason she wanted to go up there was pure jealousy, not that she would ever admit it. No, Gwen Cooper was better than that; she was above petty emotions such envy and resentment. Determined to save Jack yet again from doing something he was going to regret, or worse, be completely embarrassed by, Gwen got to her feet.

“Oh, sit down Cooper!” Owen shouted as he noticed Gwen once again heading for Jack’s office and to her chagrin, Gwen found everyone’s eyes zeroed in on her.

Gwen blushed furiously as she became the focus of not only the team but also their visitors, and she could feel Rhys’ heated gaze burning into her. Ever since her blow up about Ianto being an alien, her relationship with Rhys had began to crumble. “I just need a minute with Jack to talk to about something.” The lie fell so easily from her lips but judging by the looks on everyone’s faces, they didn’t buy a word she said.

Without warning, something snapped inside of Tosh; she was so tired of Gwen’s nasty snide remarks about Ianto and the oh-so-sweet pitying looks Gwen cast her way. Normally the last person in the room to make herself noticed, Tosh had had enough. “Don’t lie to us Gwen!” she snapped. “We all know that your jealousy is eating you up inside. You are so jealous that Jack wants Ianto and not you. Well guess what, it’s time you grew up, Gwen; you need to stop acting like a spoiled brat who hasn’t gotten her way.” The words exploded from Tosh’s lips.

Everyone stared at Tosh in shock, well everyone but Caden, whose eyes shone with pride. ‘Such fire in my beautiful girl! I wonder if she realises just how beautiful she is?’

Gwen stared slack-jawed at Tosh for a moment before her earlier rage boiled over and became uncontrollable. “You have no right to talk to me like that!” Her angry shriek echoed in the rafters. “I’m sorry if you and Ianto are friends but Jack and I share something very special, something that simply can not be denied and it’s about time you all knew it!” She crossed over to the staircase.

“Oh really?”

Gwen froze in her tracks as Rhys’ ice-cold voice washed over her.

Wide-eyed with horror, Gwen turned around to face Rhys; her mind was already scrabbling to prepare her tear-filled defence, but when she saw him, she was taken back by the compete lack of emotion in his eyes. “Rhys… I… you… I didn’t mean it… not it like that.” She stammered trying to think of some way, any way she could fix her mistake. She couldn’t lose Rhys, not yet, not until Jack was hers and Ianto was gone for good.

Rhys merely shook his head. “Save it, Gwen, I’m in no mood to hear any more of your lies. Talk to me when you have something truthful to say, something that I might want to hear.” With his head held high Rhys walked away from the woman he loved. It hurt to hear the love in Gwen’s voice as she spoke of her connection to Jack. Her words were like a knife to his heart.

Owen shot a dark glare at Gwen before he shocked everyone and went after Rhys. A knowing look appeared in Caden’s eyes and a small smile twitched at his lips. ‘Looks like I may owe Kathy that dinner after all.’ Caden hadn’t believed Kathy when she said she saw something growing between Rhys and Owen; she wasn’t sure whether it was friendship or something more but there was certainly something there.

*****

‘Heaven, I’m in heaven.’ Jack’s heart was singing and he was in absolute bliss as he watched Ianto writhe around on his lap. Jack took advantage of their closeness to take in every inch of his mate’s appearance Ianto’s hair was deliciously tussled and his lips swollen from their kisses; there were marks covering Ianto’s neck - Jack’s way of making his claim clear to others.

Ianto’s tie had been thrown into a corner somewhere and his shirt was half undone, which gave Jack a wonderful view of Ianto’s chest. He busied himself by running his fingers across his skin and when he found Ianto’s nipples, he gently scraped his fingernails across them and smiled with satisfaction when Ianto moaned softly.

“What do you say we call it a day and let the kids run the show for the rest of the afternoon?” Jack purred in a purely seductive tone as his fingers played with the soft, silky hair that decorated Ianto’s chest.

Ianto knew he should say no and get back to work but his mental shields still weren’t back to full strength. The problem was, they were already beginning to weaken again, something he hadn’t told Jack or anyone yet. A peaceful day with only Jack around sounded so good to him; it was exactly what he needed to completely distress but it was the hopeful look on Jack’s face did him in. A soft smile graced Ianto’s face as he rested his forehead against Jack’s. “That sounds like a wonderful idea, Cariad, as long as they call us in for anything they can’t handle.”

A bright happy grin lit Jack’s face and he hoped it was enough to mask his worry. He hadn’t missed the way Ianto seemed to wince in pain and hold his head when he thought no one was looking. Jack feared that Ianto’s mental shields were weakening and that scared him. He couldn’t lose Ianto, he just couldn’t; it would destroy him.

“Jack?” Ianto’s soft and lightly concerned voice drew Jack away from his worrying thoughts.

Jack pressed his lips against Ianto’s in a loving kiss. “I was just thinking about all the things I plan on doing once we get home.” Jack leered and a laugh escaped him as Ianto blushed a dark red.

“Just don’t forget our meeting with Kathy tomorrow morning; she has some strange disappearances she thinks might be Torchwood related,” Ianto reminded Jack.

A blank look over came Jack’s face as he tried to remember what Ianto was talking about. When he saw the amusement shining from his young man’s eyes, Jack pushed his bottom lip out in an exaggerated pout. “Hey! You try thinking with me sitting on your lap looking like a picture of pure innocence waiting to be seduced!” Jack gave Ianto his best put-upon look when he caught sight of his young mate’s eye roll.

A smile twitched at Ianto’s lips. “I don’t think that we have to worry about that, sir, you’re long past your innocent stage.”

Jack’s pout grew and Ianto could no longer hold back his laughter and that brought forth Jack’s own laugh. “Laugh it up, Yan. I may not recall the entire conversation, but I do remember you said these disappearances have something to do with the countryside, Brecon Beacons, right? I can already picture the absolute fit Owen is going to throw if we have to stay out there to investigate.” A sudden thought came to Jack and Ianto suddenly began to fidget as his future mate began undressing him with his eyes.

“Jack, why are you looking at me like that?” Ianto asked uncertainly as he fought to control his blush.

Jack’s grin was pure wolf. “Just picturing you in those wonderfully jeans of yours.”

“My jeans?”

“Well, you can’t go naked, although I’d certainly prefer to see you that way all the time, and there’s no way you’ll be wearing a suit into the field.” Jack occupied his fingers with tweaking Ianto’s nipples again.

Ianto’s breath hitched and not because his groin was throbbing in time to Jack’s touch. “You’re letting me come into the field with you?” he asked softly.

“Of course! You’re part of the team now and this should be a fairly easy mission to start you out on. I’ll be with you every step of the way.” Jack pressed a gentle kiss against Ianto’s lips. “Besides, how dangerous could the countryside be?”

TBC…




Comments

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sandysan2013
May. 17th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, how dangerous could it be? Famous last words, anyone?
backrose_17
May. 17th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
If only Jack knew, you never utter those words.
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backrose_17
May. 21st, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're glad. Poor Ianto is in for a tough time and I feel bad for him but at least he will have Jack around to look after him.
blucougar
May. 17th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
*sighs with happiness*
You write THE BEST Gwen-bash stories. You accentuate all that is intolerable about her character without overdoing it to the point of crack!fic.

Poor Rhys... but I'm intrigued by this possibility of a Rhys/Owen pairing! And with Jack/Ianto, Tosh/Caden and Rhys/Owen, that would pretty much leave Gwen miserable and alone - which is where she belongs, with her holier than thou attitude.

Great chapter - I always get excited when I see new posts from you. :)
backrose_17
May. 21st, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
*Blushes.* Aww thank you.

I will ship and write Rhys with anyone that's not Gwen. Rhys and Owen is going to be intersting to write and it's going to be so much fun to tackle them as a couple. Given how she treated everyone, been alone is how she should have ended up.

Aww thank you again.
pharlap1
May. 17th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
love the story so far
backrose_17
May. 21st, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it.
toshiani007
May. 17th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Wonderful start, loved it!!!
Looking for more!!!
backrose_17
May. 21st, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad you're loving it.
More soon, hopefully.
sammydragoncat
May. 18th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Loved the start, looking forward to more!
backrose_17
May. 21st, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Thank you, I hope to have the next chapter done soon.
reddevilpoes
May. 18th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Off to a nice start! And uhm countryside? As innocent and un-dangerous as a new born lamb..
backrose_17
May. 21st, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Glad you like the start. The team has no idea what's in store for them.
ukdramafan
May. 19th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
This was a great lead in to Countrycide and what they're about to face. I was a little confused though, as from the summary I thought this would be them in the countryside - rather than Jack planning the trip?
backrose_17
May. 21st, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Glad you like the start. That was the plan at first until I realised that I needed to lay the ground work for a few things, they will be in the Countryside either by the end of the next chapter or by chapter 3.
lilferret
May. 21st, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yay, alien!Ianto! And yes, how dangerous indeed?
backrose_17
May. 23rd, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see you are so happy to see a new chapter. Jack will discover how dangerous the Countryside can be in a little bit.
bluelilacs
May. 24th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
Jack is about to regret his decision to bring Ianto. There really is no way to make this part of the story less horrific. It is what it is, and I cringe to think of the effect it will have on Ianto.

Also, "she" will just never learn. Her stupidity floweth like a river. In the end, I think she's going to find out she's not THAT strong a swimmer and there are many dangerous undercurrents that she never even suspected. Her arrogance is going to be her undoing.
backrose_17
May. 28th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
You are right Jack is quickly going to regret his decision to bring Ianto along. I'm afraid that I'm going to make it very rough on poor Ianto.

You are right again Gwen's arrogance is going to bring about her undoing. This story is going to show Gwen's more heartless side at the end of it.
aviv_b
Jul. 10th, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
Just saw your latest update. How did I miss this? Great start.
backrose_17
Jul. 11th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
That's okay that happens to me all the time, in fact I'm still trying to find a story I started but never finished reading. I'm glad you're liking it.
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