Title: Souls of the Forgotten
Fandoms: Supernatural/Torchwood/The Avengers/Doctor Who
Pairings/Characters: Tony/Sam, Jack/Ianto, Castiel/Dean, Clint/Coulson, Natasha/Pepper, Thor/Jane, Bruce/Steve, Kevin Tran, Nick Fury, Linda Tran, Kevin Tran, Benny/Darcy, the Doctor, Rory/Amy and Balthazar/Tosh
Summary: Sam watched Dean and Castiel disappear right before his eyes; with the loss of Bobby he wasn't sure how he would survive or even how to begin to find a way to rescue them. Help comes in the most unlikely fashion when SHIELD suddenly offers to try and help Sam find the mysterious Doctor. Knowing they have their own agenda, Sam is desperate and accepts their offer any way.
Meanwhile, Dean and Castiel find themselves struggling to survive in a living nightmare. For them, aid comes from a most unlikely pair of people: a fellow trapped soul, Ianto Jones and the vampire, Benny. Together the four of them must find a way to survive in their hellish prison but also find a way home.
One year later they are rescued but during that time much has changed for the brothers; is for better or worse? And how will they handle the biggest changes in their lives?
Disclaimer: I do not own Supernatural, Torchwood or the Avengers
Art by: Viviantanner
Nick Fury studied the man he called his right eye. “So you think they would be a good fit for SHIELD?”
Coulson quickly nodded his head. “It’s the best solution for everyone. Sam will not willingly be separated from his brother or his angel so soon after finding him again, and if Winchester leaves then there’s no doubt that Stark and Linda would follow him. Plus, having an angel and a vampire on the team would be a great help on a lot of our missions, as would having second hunter. And since we’re dealing with aliens now as well our usual enemies, we could really use the experience of Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones. After all the time they spent in Cardiff dealing with all the aliens and artefacts that came through that Rift, their knowledge is unmatched and would be a great help.” A knowing look entered Coulson’s eyes; “Also, considering the fact that you tried to lure Mr Jones away several times before only to be blocked by Captain Harkness, it seems like a total win for you, sir.”
Fury had to admit that Coulson had a damned good point; he’d wanted Jones as an agent of SHIELD for the longest time. The young Welshman was a junior Coulson and anyone who could keep Jack in line was a true gem, one he knew he absolutely had to have if Harkness was going to be working for him. “As long as Jones keeps Harkness under control and far away from me, I’m willing to give them a chance.”
Coulson was pleased and it showed in both his bright smile and in the quick kiss he pressed to the top of Fury’s head. He could always use someone like Ianto to help keep the Avengers in line; if the rumours were true about his coffee, he’d be running SHIELD within a week having used his miracle brew to make the Avengers his loyal servants.
The Doctor knew that Jack and Ianto wouldn’t be travelling with him even before Jack looked up at him with sad but determined eyes. In the past Jack had always chosen the Doctor over Ianto and that had damaged their relationship, a fact that the Time Lord wasn’t overly proud of. This time the Doctor was pleased to see that Jack was making the right choice; he was rather fond of Janto, as he’d jokingly dubbed them, and he hoped they would have a long and happy future together filled with many, many children. ‘Makes me wonder if I should mention the little gift the Rift has given Ianto? Nah, it’ll be more fun to see the expression on Jack’s face when he figures it out!’ The Doctor barely stopped himself from bouncing with joy; he couldn’t wait for the first batch of Janto children to come.
“Doc, I won’t be travelling with you. Ianto and I are staying on Earth for the time being,” Jack calmly informed the Time Lord and he was actually amazed at how easy it was to say 'no' for a change.
The Doctor just grinned knowingly, making Jack wonder just what the Time Lord was up to. “I understand, Jack, someday when the time is right the TARDIS and I look forward to having you and your young Welshman as our companions. Take good care of him and yourself, Jack.”
Giving into his impulse Jack hugged the Doctor tightly, “Thank you for giving him back to me, Doc,” the immortal whispered softly in the Doctor’s ear, “You have no idea how much he means to me.”
Peeking over the immortal’s shoulder, the Doctor saw Ianto’s tender smile as he returned Jack’s hug. “I understand more than you know, Jack, and I’ll be waiting for the invitation to the wedding.”
Pulling back from the Doctor and reaching out to take Ianto’s hand in his, Jack smiled at Ianto. “Count on it, Doc, after all, I’ll need my best man at my side!” The delighted blush that appeared on Ianto’s cheeks made Jack’s smile grow and he knew it was only a matter of time before he would indeed ask his beloved Welshman to marry him.
Standing side-by-side on the deck of the Helicarrier, not speaking but just enjoying finally being reunited, Sam and Dean stared up at the night sky, marvelling at the bright swath of light known as the Milky Way. It had been a long time since Dean had been able to see stars and he shivered at the memory of a time when he feared he might never see them again.
“So, now what do we do?” Sam asked softly, breaking the companionable silence.
Dean knew that over the past year Sam had made himself a home and found a new family within SHIELD and with the Avengers and he wasn’t about to rob him of that. But at the same time he didn’t want to be apart from his baby brother just yet, in fact, not for a long time to come. “I’m not sure but I do know that I’m not going to make you give up SHIELD; you’re happy here and that’s all I’ve ever wanted for you.”
“I may have the solution to your problems.”
The brothers whirled around to see Coulson standing there with Jack, Ianto, Castiel and Benny standing behind him, and once he knew he had their attention Coulson addressed everyone, “I would like to offer you all positions with SHIELD.”
Hope flaring brightly in his eyes Sam turned his gaze onto his brother. “Dean, I know it’s always been just us or us with dad and Bobby, and now we have Castiel, but we don’t have to keep doing this alone.”
For a moment, Dean became lost in thought, wondering different their life would have been if they’d had help. First of all, he and Sam would have probably have died less, and maybe neither one of them would have ended up in hell but it was those actions had led him to meeting Castiel. As usual, there was some good in all the horrible times and some bad in the best of times.
Dean knew it would take a while for him to trust the Avengers and the SHIELD agents as much as his brother did, but for Sam he was willing to give it a try. Looking first at Sam and then at Coulson, he announced, “Sounds like fun, sign me up.”
“I am in as well,” Castiel quickly agreed. He was not about to let his human and Sam out of his sight, not for a very long time.
Benny shrugged his shoulders. “I already promised Darcy that I’d allow her to educate me on everything I need to know to survive in this day and age, plus it gives me something to do, so yeah, I’m in.”
It took a lot of effort on Dean’s part not to grin knowingly at the vampire and he wondered if he had any clue that Darcy was staking a claim on him. Dean had to admit that from what he’d seen of the feisty woman, she would be a good match for Benny.
From the silent, loving looks which actually spoke volumes being exchanged between Jack and Ianto – and no one had missed their tightly joined hands – it was clear the two men were hard at work on their relationship, which reminded Benny that he still needed to have a private little talk with Jack about what would happen if he hurt Ianto again. They all watched the silent conversation happening between the two men for several minutes before Ianto turned and favoured Coulson with a soft smile. “We’re in as well.”
The corners of Coulson’s eyes crinkled up in what those who didn’t know him assumed was his version of a smile. “Wonderful, I look forward to tasting your coffee, Mr Jones; it’s supposed to be the stuff of legends.”
Hearing that magic word, Jack moaned loudly; it had been too long since he’d last drunk Ianto’s coffee and now that the idea was planted in his mind, he couldn’t wait any longer. Turning sad, pleading eyes onto his lover, Jack brought his hands up to his chest in a praying gesture.
With a fondly indulgent smile, Ianto rolled his eyes. “Come along, Cariad, let’s see what they have here for beans and a coffee machine and if it meets my approval I’ll make you all a cup.”
Perking right up Jack clapped his hands with child-like joy before grabbing hold of Ianto’s arm and dragging the amused man back into the Helicarrier. The rest of the group was hard-pressed to follow, considering the formidable pace that Jack set. Dean brought up the rear and as he hurried along, he shook his head in amusement, wondering if how this was going to be his life from now on, being one of the pack. It didn’t matter, though, he couldn’t deny how much he was enjoying the feeling of belonging.
It was a new beginning for all of them, one that he planned to make the most of because given his past experience, the peace never lasted long.
Dean had no idea how right he was. Hidden away from prying eyes two seemingly innocent tablets lay in front of a man, one who could easily read and interpret them. A maniacal grin wreathed his handsome face as his fingers began tapping out a beat only he could hear on the smooth table beneath them.
“I’ll let you enjoy your peace for now because soon it will be my turn to play with you once again.”