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.
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
Three months later
Time seemed to flow by quickly, but not for the mates of those pregnant; in their opinion each hour seemed to crawl by. After Tosh and Caden shared the news that they too were expecting their first child, a week later Althea confirmed that Kathy was expecting as well. John quickly became a changed man, having learned the hard way not to piss off his mate as Kathy took great joy in hitting him with bolts of lightning every time he pissed her off. Aeron stayed true to his word, guarding Ianto and his unborn twins almost as ferociously as Jack did.
As Ianto's due date grew closer Jack couldn't be moved from Ianto's side and truth be told, as much as Ianto loved his husband, the nonstop attention was beginning to get the best of even Ianto's legendary patience. In fact, the only time he let Ianto out of his sight was when his mate needed to use the washroom and even then Jack would pace anxiously back and forth in front of the door like a caged animal until Ianto emerged from the washroom.
It got so bad that at one point, when Ianto came out to find Jack standing less than an inch away from the door, Ianto had snarked, "What, did you think I was going to fall in?" before stomping across the room and heaving himself back into bed. It had taken a serious foot rub and a long back massage for Jack to wheedled his way back into Ianto's good graces.
It was a glorious late-summer afternoon on Aiedail; the doors and windows were open to let in the soft breeze, and Jack and Ianto were resting comfortably on their bed. Jack had actually dozed off while Ianto was reading the latest murder mystery and just about to find out who-dun-it when he felt a sharp twinge of pain rip through his lower belly.
The pain was so intense and so unexpected that it caused the father-to-be to cry out, and moment the sound of distress escaped Ianto's lips Jack was wide awake and looking around in alarm. "Ianto, what's wrong?" Panic was clearly written on Jack's face. "Are you all right?"
Reaching out Ianto squeezed Jack's hand in a death gripe. "It's time!"
"Huh?" Jack looked at his watch; it was barely two in the afternoon and as far as he knew, they didn't have any plans for the day. He stared blankly at Ianto, his eyes full of questions, and the Welshman rolled his eyes.
"The babies are coming!" Ianto looked pointed at his enormous belly. "Remember them?"
"OH!" Jack eyes went comically wide and if Ianto hadn't been in the throes of a second stabbing pain, he would have laughed; instead, he squeezed Jack's hand until the immortal winced with pain of his own. "Okay, I better get you to Althea!" Jack didn't waste a second in calling for help; he leapt to his feet, scooped Ianto up in his arms and rushed out of the room. As his booted feet thundered through the halls, he thanked his lucky stars that he hadn't bother getting undressed before lying down.
As she went about the task of blessing the equipment and space of the medical suite, Althea hummed and ancient song of welcoming to herself. Despite the bang as the delivery room doors crashed open, she didn't even look up as Jack came bursting in with a cringing Ianto held securely in his arms; Owen came trailing in behind him.
"The babies are coming!" Jack barked out the words in a breathless voice.
"Place him on the bed, please, Jack," Althea calmly informed him, and the frantic man immediately did as she asked. Once his mate was settled and as comfortable as he could get, Jack claimed the seat next to the bed and linked Ianto's hand in his. Studying them with a tiny smile curving the corner of her mouth, Althea wasn't sure who was going to need the sedative more, Ianto or Jack. The immortal was not dealing too well with Ianto's labour pains.
"Can't you give him anything?" Jack pleaded with Althea and Owen; he could feel every ounce of Ianto's pain coursing through their bond. "He's in so much pain!"
"Don't worry, Jack, we'll give Ianto something before we start," Owen promised Jack. He knew that once they got Ianto's pain under control Jack would be much calmer which in turn would help to calm Ianto. As he prepared Ianto's medication, he found his mind wandering; 'is this how I'm gonna behave when Rhys goes into labour?'
Out in the hall, Tosh and Kathy paced side-by-side, back and forth up and down the corridor. Both women were wishing that they could be in the room as well, comforting their friend and protecting their King, but they knew that was such an intimate moment that it could only be shared between Jack and Ianto.
News of Ianto's labour spread like wildfire throughout the castle, and within minutes, the hall was filled with anxious family and friends, all buzzing with joy over the impending arrival of their new prince and princess. Thyra and Lyra both made unsuccessful attempts to breach the delivery room, and they had to be gently but firmly restrained by their mates from trying again.
The Doctor and the Master were the last to arrive; the latter lounged casually against the wall, while the Doctor was perched precariously on the edge of the bench and before long, the tension got to be too much for him. The Time Lord's foot began to twitch and then a few minutes later the other one started jerking about with a rhythm of its own. Finally, unable to bear the suspense any longer, he shot to his feet abruptly and blurted out, "How long does it take for two babies to be born?"
Everyone turned and just stared at him each one processing his rather emotional outburst in their own way before John took pity on the man and chuckled. "Mate, no one can answer that."
The Master grinned and the Doctor blushed furiously as he realised what he'd just said. Looping an arm around his husband's waist the Master pulled the other Time Lord's body flush against his as he whispered in the Doctor's ear, "Don't worry, I find your flubs adorable and later on I'll show you exactly how much."
Time passed slowly, leaving the assembled group lost in their own thoughts until the doors opened at long last and everyone perked up as a grinning Althea came out, her face flush with success and happiness. "You may come in and see our new arrivals." Althea had barely finished speaking before she found herself nearly run down as they all went rushing in.
Seated side-by-side and each holding a tiny wrapped bundle in their arms, Jack and Ianto smiled winningly at their friends. "Everyone, I would like you to meet our son, Anian," Jack gestured to the green bundle in his arms.
Ianto smiled down at the baby wrapped in the purple blanket. "And this is our daughter, Blodwyn." Jack and Ianto's pride and joy were evident in the way they presented their newborns to the world.
As everyone cooed over the babies Althea moved to stand next to Noam. "So, have you informed Jack yet that Owen and Rhys' son shall be one of Anian's future mates?"
A rarely seen mischievous smile graced the seer's face. "No, I thought I would let that be a surprise for another time. I'm looking forward to seeing Jack take on the role of an overprotective father. Plus, the TARDIS is looking forward to seeing the look of shock on the Doctor and Master's faces when they realise that she has found a way to give the Doctor a chance to be a father."
Althea adored the mischievous TARDIS and she couldn't wait to see what she came up with next.
Speaking of Rhys and Owen, Rhys was standing looking at the new family with a soft smile when Torchwood's former medic came up behind him and wrapped his arms around the pregnant knight. As he scratched his fingers across the taught skin of his husband's belly, Owen leaned in close; "That's gonna be us pretty soon, mate," he whispered into Rhys' ear.
Rhys leaned back into Owen's strong arms and rested his head on his mate's shoulder. "They're so happy, aren't they?"
"You know, after I lost Katie, I honestly believed I'd never be happy again," Owen quietly murmured his confession. "And then you came along and threw me six ways from Sunday, and now look at us, we're gonna be dads in a little while."
"Yeah," was all he could get out at the moment; there was a lump in his throat the size of an orange and he was afraid that if he tried t say what was on his mind, he'd start to cry.
Standing close to Ianto and Jack and trying to remain unobtrusive, Aeron examined the tiny person lying in Ianto's arms. Even though she was only an hour old, Blodwyn Harkness-Jones was bright-eyed and alert; he would have sworn that she was studying her new Tad closely and smiling about what he was seeing.
Aeron marvelled at the fact that in two decades, Blodwyn would be a full-grown woman who would love him and share her life with him. "I'll wait for you, my heart, for however long it takes," he whispered and the tiny crack that had appeared in the walls around his heart when he'd heard of his her birth grew even wider as he watched his future mate and smile at her Tad. Even though all the books would say that she was much, much too young for such behaviour, Aeron knew that as an Aiedailian Blodwyn was like nothing the book's writers had ever seen.
Oblivious to the adoring crown that surrounded them and filled the maternity lounge area, Jack was holding his two new children snugly in his arms, marvelling that they'd finally arrived; he couldn't get over how utterly perfect they were. As he looked down at them and then over at the love of his life, and he felt his heart swell in his chest. He leaned closer to Ianto so that no one else could overhear what he had to say; "Thank you for giving me the most wonderful gift in the world, Yan," Jack whispered as he pressed a loving kiss onto Ianto's lips.
Ianto smiled up at Jack. "Thank you for loving me and for letting me share my life with you." No matter what life had in store for them, Ianto knew that he would be able to handle it all as long as he had Jack by his side.