Fandom’s: Torchwood/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Rhys/Gwen, Rhys/Donna, Andy/Kathy, John/Tosh, Doctor/Isabella, James/Jenny, Tom/Martha and Mickey/Jake
Summary: How long can one person takes being the second choice before they break? And have Ianto and Rhys reached that point?
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.
Author Note: Unbeta so please forgive any mistakes
The trip had been a silent one. Not a word was exchanged. Gwen would try to start a conversation but nothing came of it.
Rhys was in too deep of thought and too deeply hurt to say anything to Gwen. He was truly beginning to wonder if he made the right decision today. Could he be married to a woman who’s not in love with him?
No words were spoken between the two of them until they reached their honeymoon suite. “Rhys what’s the matter love? I’m not use to you been so quite.” Gwen meant it as a joke to lighten the mood.
“Nothing is wrong; it’s just been a long day.” Rhys muttered placing their suitcase down.
“I’m sorry about Torchwood ruining our big day. But all that matter is we got married, so what if our families can’t remember at least we do.” Gwen smiled up at her new husband.
‘Is that all that matters or the fact that you got to be in Jack’s arms and for a moment pretend it was him you married today?’ Rhys wondered to himself.
Gwen was getting tired of this silent treatment, it was their honeymoon they should be making good use of their king sized bed. Walking over to Rhys she wrapped her arms around his neck and tried to pull him down for a kiss. “Not to night Gwen, it’s been a long day and all I want to do is go to bed.” Rhys muttered as he reached up and unhooked Gwen arms from his neck. He couldn’t make love to a woman while he was uncertain of whom she saw. Was it him or Jack that she was picturing?
“Okay Rhys what the hell is your problem? This is our wedding night; you’ve been acting odd all evening.” Gwen growled tired of Rhys attitude.
“Well I’m sorry if I can’t make love to a woman who spent a better part of our wedding day making moon eyes at another man.” Rhys growled back.
“What?” Gwen had been so sure that she hid her looks towards Jack well, making sure that Rhys didn’t see the feelings she carried for her captain.
“I’m not a fool Gwen. I bloody well know that you have feelings for Jack fucking Harkness. If you wanted to keep it secret you shouldn’t have kissed me while looking at Jack. And you damn well shouldn’t call out his name when we’re making love. I am not blind, did you think I didn’t notice the way you were looking at Jack when he halted our wedding, the hope in your eyes that Jack was finally coming to declare his love for you. Did you think I didn’t see the way you looked at Jack during our vows as you pledge you love to me?” Rhys couldn’t hold it in any more; he couldn’t take Gwen playing him like the fool any more.
Rhys looked deeply into Gwen’s eyes. “Answer me truthfully this, because I deserve to know the truth, if Jack hadn’t left would you have still said yes when I asked you to marry me? Do you love me enough to have said yes even if Jack had still been around?” He needed to know the truth.
Tears welded up in Gwen eyes because Rhys is right he does deserve to know the truth. “No, if Jack hadn’t left than I wouldn’t have said yes. I said yes because I believed no one else would have me.” She admitted and she could see Rhys heart break.
“If he asked you to be with him would you say yes?” Rhys whispered.
“I chose you Rhys, can’t that be enough?” Gwen pleaded.
“I thought it could be, I thought I could live with sharing you with another, but I can’t. I need to know that the woman I love, that I pledge to spend the rest of my life with, will honour those same vows and not dump me in a heart beat if her boss asked her to be with him. So I ask you again if Jack asked you to be with him would you?” Everything hung on Gwen’s answer.
“Yes.” The answer came out as a whispered but it echoed loudly in the silent room, only the shattering of Rhys heart drowned it out.
Silently Rhys began to gather up his belongings. “Rhys where do you think you are going? You can’t just leave.” Gwen begged.
“I’m going to see if the hotel has any other rooms available.” Rhys stated in a dead voice.
“You can’t just leave, we are married and we need to work this out.” Gwen snapped out.
Rhys turned to face Gwen no trace of emotion in his eyes. “What is there left to work out Gwen? My wife just admitted that she would leave me in a heart beat for another man. Maybe it’s a good thing that no one, not any of our families or friends will remember us getting married.” Rhys growled under his breath.
“What do you mean?” Mixture of emotions crept into Gwen voice, Rhys snorted to himself as he heard the hope mixed in with the worry.
“No one remembers us getting married if the license doesn’t get submitted than no marriage ever happens. You’ll be free to go to moon over Jack. And I hopefully can find someone who will love me like I deserve. Goodbye Gwen.” Rhys placed his hotel key on the table and gathered his bags up.
As he opened the door the light bounced off the ring that now seemed so heavy on his finger. With a solemn look in his eyes he removed the barely hours old wedding ring from his finger and placed it on the table near the door, and without a backwards glance towards Gwen, he left the room with his head held high, unshed tears shining in his eyes and his heart left shattered on the floor.
Gwen stood in the middle of the room tears streaming down her eyes, yet hope flaring in her heart. She could finally be with Jack, to be with the man she longed for without any problems.