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Fic: The Evening Star's Child Chapter 7/10

Title: The Evening Star's Child
Fandoms: Torchwood/Doctor Who
Pairings/Characters: Jack/Ianto, Caden/Tosh, Rhys/Owen, John/Kathy, Donna, the Doctor/the Master, Martha, Estelle, OC's
Summary: For Jack there is nothing that means more to him than his mate, Ianto, so when they learn Ianto is pregnant his life, their life, feels complete. But when someone seeks to harm Ianto, they learn exactly far Jack is willing to go to keep Ianto and their unborn child safe.
Rating: R
Beta: RoyalLadyEmma
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood; I do own Caden, Ianto's people and home world.
Art by: vismur see of her amazing work here
Written for the Mpreg Big Bang Round 1 and a furture Alien!Ianto story

Chapter 7

"Enough with the pouting, Jack, you were the one who demanded to come." Ianto sighed as he stared at his stubborn mate; he was trying so hard not to be distracted by the naked flesh being slowly and provocatively bared to his gaze. He watched as Jack finished undressing and crossed the room, wiggling his naked arse enticingly.

A seductive pout graced Jack's face as he stared at Ianto from their bed were he laid down and stretched out, posing erotically for Ianto's benefit. "But just think, Yan, we could have our own private party here." Jack purred seductively as he stroked his chest and groin with his hands; he made no attempt to hide his smile as he watched Ianto's eyes following his every move.

Ianto was tempted, oh, so tempted to give into his mate's seductive attempts, he was only so strong and Jack was truly beautiful. Resolutely, the young king crossed his arms over his chest and hiked an eyebrow, "Do you really want to risk earning the wrath of Thyra, Estelle, Kathy and more importantly Toshiko? I don't know about you, but I really like your manly bits where they are, but if you'd rather they were in a box on Tosh's mantel, then..."

Jack shivered, knowing that his husband was right; if he and Ianto did miss this baby shower he would be sleeping with one eye open for a very long, long time. "Fine, we'll go but we won't be staying long, I'm in no mood to share you for very long," Jack growled as he climbed to his feet and stalked towards Ianto, his lustful gaze raking over every inch of Ianto's body, and then grinning wickedly at the shudder that racked Ianto's body. Oh yes, Jack would go to the baby shower but he would make sure that Ianto was so hot for him that he would be willing to cut the party short and run back to their room.

Ianto didn't need to access his and Jack's telepathic bond to know what his husband was thinking and plotting. 'Well, Captain Harkness-Jones two can play this game.' Ianto narrowed his eyes as a predatory smile touched his lips; it was time to turn on his own charm. Once Jack was close enough to touch Ianto rested his hands on Jack's bare chest, and then he slowly and tenderly stroked his husband's hardened nipples as he looked up at him coyly from beneath his eyelashes. "If you'll be on your best behaviour I'll be sure to reward you once we get back to our room. I think we'll be able to find use for the leftover cake and ice cream," Ianto purred.

Jack's breath hitched at the feeling of Ianto's fingers dancing across his skin. "Little teaser," Jack growled his voice rich with pure lust. "Fine, we'll do it your way but it better be one hell of a reward." Jack wrapped his arm around Ianto's waist and pulled him flush against his body.

Their lips were close enough to meet for a kiss so Jack willingly obliged, moving in to claim the mouth that belonged to him but then a snarl escaped his lips as he met nothing but thin air. Ianto grinned mischievously as he danced out of his mate's hold. "None of that until after the baby shower, I know you too well, Jack Harkness-Jones; one kiss in the mood you're in will have us back in bed before I can even blink. So you're not touching me until after the baby shower."

"Ianto, you can't be serious?! You expect me to keep my hands and lips off you for the whole party? I don't think so!" Jack growled as he stalked closer to Ianto only to growl once again as Ianto moved away. "Ianto, I'm not playing! Get your gorgeous arse over here right now!" Jack wasn't sure if his Welshman realised just how much he needed to touch him in some way or another.

Ianto smiled tenderly at Jack, easily reading the need in Jack's eyes. "If you get dress then I'll give you a kiss. Please, Jack, it's only one afternoon and it's for our children." Ianto really wanted this party to go well and if Jack wasn't happy then Ianto knew he wouldn't have a good time.

The moment he saw the sadness enter Ianto's blue eyes was the moment Jack felt like heel; 'this party means so much to Ianto and I'm ruining it.' "I'm sorry, Ianto; it's just the primal side of me coming to the surface. I don't like sharing you; you're the one good thing I've ever had in my life and now with our children I once again have a family of my very own and I'm afraid of losing it again."

Ianto didn't even hesitate as he moved back to Jack and wrapped his arms around his husband in a tight hug. "You never have to worry about losing me, Cariad, never," Ianto vowed passionately as he pressed his lips against Jack's in a love-filled kiss. "I will always belong to you, I promise," he whispered before kissing Jack again.

Jack closed his eyes and returned the kiss knowing Ianto spoke the truth, knowing that he would never leave him. They broke the kiss slowly and Jack placed a series of butterfly kisses all over Ianto's face. "For you I will brave the baby shower, but only for a little while. And you know what else?"

"No, what?" Ianto cocked his head to the side, curious about what Jack had in mind.

"I'll even put my clothes back on," Jack announced proudly, "just for you."

After a quick fit of the giggles, Ianto gave Jack a breathtaking smile. "That's all I ask."


"How do I let you talk me into these things?" Caden mumbled under his breath as he followed Tosh's orders of where to place the pile of beautifully wrapped presents that was weighing down his arms.

Looking over her shoulder Tosh smiled sweetly at her mate. "Because you love me."

"Good point." Caden knew he could never say no to his mate; no matter what she asked of him, Toshiko Sato had him firmly wrapped around her little finger and she knew it.

A smug smile graced Tosh's face as she pointed towards a table. "Place the presents there."

"About time! I thought my arms were going to fall off. Where did these presents all come from anyway?" Caden asked as he gentle placed the gifts down, knowing he would face Tosh's wrath if he dropped a single one.

"These are from the people of Aiedail to share in the celebration of their future prince and princess," Tosh explained as she placed a small package on the table. Her hear was truly touched that Ianto's people were so excited about their King's return and about his impending family that they had embraced some of the Earth customs that Ianto was accustomed to, like sending gifts for their future prince and princess.

Glad to be free of his burden Caden turned to face Tosh with a pout on his handsome face. "Why didn't Owen and John have to go through this torture? I thought you loved me?" the dark-haired knight said with a sulk.

"Because Owen and John volunteered to help Thyra; they're in the kitchen right now, helping to bring the food out," Tosh calmly informed him with a mischievous sparkle in her eyes. She refused to allow herself to be swayed by Caden's pouty lower lip, even though it was just begging to be kissed.

It took all Caden's willpower not to burst out in laughter; he knew just who had volunteered Owen and John for that duty. "What did they do to piss off Rhys and Kathy enough to get assigned to work for the tyrant?"

Tosh's eyebrow hiked as amusement showed on her face. "It would seem that Rhys has started getting mood swings and he wasn't too happy that Owen and John ate his supply of chocolate. Kathy was more than happy to suggest that if they wanted to keep living that they get their butts down here and help and then she made sure that Thyra put them to work for her."

Caden shook his head in amusement. "How could they have been so stupid? Nobody touches Rhys' chocolate! I thought they'd learned their lesson the first time after Jack nearly ripped their heads off for eating Ianto's ice cream and making Ianto cry." The dark-haired knight shivered ashen-faced as he remembered the pure untamed fury on Jack's face as the first tears welled-up in Ianto's eyes. It had taken him along with nearly all of the guards on duty to pull Jack off of John and Owen.

"You would think they'd would have learned their lesson. I'm so glad that at least my mate has some sense." Tosh pecked Caden on the cheek. "I know you won't be eating any of my treats soon; I have a feeling our baby will have just as much of a sweet tooth as the others." Tosh wondered how long it would take for what she just said to sink in.

Caden just stared at Tosh for a moment unsure if he'd heard her correctly. "Did you just say our baby?" His hands reached out to rest gently on Tosh's stomach.

Smiling with tears of joy shining in her eyes Tosh covered Caden's hand with her own. "Yes, I did. You're going to be a father. But this is Ianto, Jack and their babies day; we'll share our good news tomorrow."

A whoop of joy escaped Caden as he picked Tosh up and twirled her around before kissing her deeply. It was going to be tough keeping it quiet when all he wanted to do was shout it from the top of the castle but he didn't want his good news to overshadow the baby shower for the future prince and princess. 'But tomorrow is a new day.'

Hidden beneath his cloak, Aeron rolled his eyes in disgust at the castle's weak security; it would be far too easy for an enemy to gain access to the king and his unborn children. While it worked as far as his plans were concerned, he only hoped that they figured out their weakness before another who truly intended to do harm learned of this as well. 'Now is not the time to worry about such things; I need to find my King so that I will finally be free of my master's ghost.'


Zosimos' lips twitched into a smirk as he watched his mate and his sister order everyone about; everything had to be perfect and no one wanted to gain Thyra's wrath by making a mistake, even a little one. Still, he couldn't shake off uneasy and growing feeling that something was coming, something bad. 'But if Noam saw any danger to our king or the children he carries he would have informed me, I'm sure of it.' But still the warrior in his was screaming at him to keep his guard up.

"They're coming!" Lyra announced as she came bouncing into the room; she'd been posted in the hallway as look-out. "Ianto actually managed to get Jack to come!" Lyra had never doubted that her king and friend would be able to convince Jack to come to the party.

Thyra clapped her hands together. "Everyone to your places! It's time to give our King and his consort a baby shower no one will ever forget."

Not willing to piss off the fiery redhead they all rushed to set down their last remaining items before falling into place.

Jack still didn't understand how he'd let Ianto talk him into these kind of things. But as he glanced at the smile on his mate's face he knew he wouldn't deny Ianto anything that made him this happy. 'It's only for a few hours and Tosh promised me that they wouldn't go overboard, it'll be just a small gathering of those closest to Ianto and me.' That suited both men just fine; Ianto never liked to be the center of attention while Jack loved it but this was too important to be made into some big hoopla.

Hand in hand they walked into the banquet hall and Ianto's breath hitched as he took in the room. He and Jack had decided to forego the traditional pink and blue colours and instead had chosen purple for their daughter and green for their son and the women had followed their wishes. The room was decorated with purple, silver, green and gold. Half the tables were decorated with purple cloths trimmed with silver, while the other half had green tablecloths trimmed with gold. They all held a center piece made up with silvery-blue rose-like flowers that were once Ianto's mother Queen Ehrentraud's favourite flower. Jack was sure he heard Ianto sniffle and he wrapped a comforting arm around his husband and pressed a gentle kiss into his hair.

"This is wonderful. I can't thank you all enough." Ianto favoured everyone there with a bright smile.

'Maybe this won't be so bad.' Jack could feel Ianto's excitement pulsing through their bond and it was making his smile grow bigger as he saw the pure joy displayed on Ianto's face.

"Man, I'm bored," one of the guards muttered wondering how he'd managed to get stuck with duty out on the grounds when there was a party going on in the castle.

His partner snorted. "Remember it was Lady Thyra and her protégé Lady Toshiko who were in charge. I'd rather have this assignment than risk pissing one of them off. They're worse than the captain!"

Both men shivered as they recalled their own times earning the wrath of either woman and secretly they both thought their mates were some of the bravest men to ever live.

"Perhaps you should be paying more attention to what is happening around you instead of whining about your assigned duty." A smooth and deep voice came from the shadows startling them both.

A figure over six feet tall stepped out into the light, and while his face may have been hidden beneath the black cloak's hood but there was no mistaking the voice. Both the guards' hands fell to the hilts of their swords even though they knew it was a useless move. "Aeron!"

Beneath his hood Aeron's blue eyes glowed eerily. "It is your duty to protect your King and his heirs and that is something that should never be taken lightly. But now is not the time for lectures, I have business within the castle and with our King. Now either move and let me pass or I will be forced to go through you."

Even though they knew they were no match for the legendary knight that had served as a royal bodyguard for years, they also knew that they could not just step aside and let him near their pregnant king. "You will have to go through us first!" the first guard growled.

A pleased smirk curved Aeron's lips. "Very well. I will be sure to tell King Ianto of your bravery." He promised as he drew his sword and fell into a fighting stance. "Perhaps he will speak of it at your funerals."


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