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 and mentions of John/Ianto
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. Happy thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians and as a treat here is the next chapter.
James watched in amazement as his dad drowned his sixth glass of whiskey, he has rarely seen his dad drink, but it hadn’t taken Jack long to move on from water to the stronger stuff.
“He hates me,” Jack suddenly muttered and James ears peeked in attention, Jack didn’t seem to notice as he continued to talk, “and he should. God how I’ve treated him, like he is nothing more to me than a warm body, but he is so much more than that. I came back for him, I swore that this time I would treat him right, leave no doubt in his mind that it is him I want, the one I chose, the one I ….” Jack trailed off at that point.
“He’s the one you love,” James filled in the blank for him.
Jack nodded, “Yeah he is and I let him down. I broke his heart time and time again. Flirted with everyone that caught my eye, completely ignoring him and I can’t even imagine how he must have felt watching me pine for Gwen. Not that I was, pining for Gwen, no I wanted what she had, the normal life she has, something I can never have or give my Ianto. I abandon him without any warning, and when I came back I told him to his face that I came back for him, then the moment I was alone with her I said the same thing, what was I think?” he asked taking a quick drink.
James said nothing he knows his dad needs to get this off his chest.
“I’ll tell you what I was thinking, I wasn’t. Gwen would be safe to love, because it wouldn’t destroy me if I lost her, the way it would if I lost him. I say she is the heart of our organization, and if that is true than he is our soul. He makes me a better person; I am a better person by knowing him. He is everything I could ever want and yet I do nothing but hurt him and I don’t know how to make it up to him. And today I went too far and shattered his heart into pieces because I am a fool. I let myself get caught up in my memories and in that one brief dance let him believe that it was her I wanted. And now I may lose him for good and that is the one thing I might not heal from.” Jack admitted softly.
James felt his heart break for his dad; he hasn’t seen him this lost ever.
Jack looked James in the eyes and saw they were the same blue as Ianto’s. “I just don’t know how to make him see that he is the only one for me. Cause in truth he would be better off without me, he deserves to never have to question if he truly is enough and that he is a second choice, he should know that he is the only choice.” He added in a whisper.
“Sounds like you believe you’re not good enough for this Ianto of yours. I know the feeling well.” James murmured as he took a swing of his drink.
Jack looked the young man with interest.
James smiled bitterly. “There’s this girl, she is the most amazing, brave and loving woman you would ever meet. She’s always there for me, even when I’m dragging her into trouble. She never gives up on me. And yet in the beginning in treated her like she was nothing, oh sure I flirted with her, but I flirted with everyone. The moment someone took my fancy I would forget all about her. My dad told me that I remind him of himself. That even though he had my tad, he would flirt with anything that moved, mainly a woman at work not noticing how it was slowly killing my tad on the inside. Until the day of her wedding, when my tad had enough and gave my dad a choice her or him, because he couldn’t live with been second best,” James paused to take another sip.
Jack sat up straight this was just like him and Ianto. “So what did you’re dad do?” He asked.
James smiled, “He arranged a romantic late night/early morning meal on the top of a roof and finally opened up to my tad, letting him know that as scared as he was to love again losing him was even worse, he let him know who holds his heart and made it so my tad never once again doubted who he love.” James finished his drink and tossed down some bills, thinking before adding on finally bit, “good thing he did too, my dad’s ex showed up and made a play for my tad, it helped to stop my dad like an idiot and he treated my tad the way he deserved to be treated. My dad told me that is the best thing that could ever have happen to him, because it reminded him that he took my tad for granted once and someone nearly stole him from him. Still doesn’t stop my dad from nearly killing his ex though for flirting with my tad, he is slightly murderess when jealous and possessive. Most likely has something to do with him kissing my tad in front of him.”
Jack bristled at the idea of John making a play for his Ianto and if he even thought about kissing his Ianto. ‘I would kill him, if John ever thought of kissing and I will shoot him before I’d let him near my Ianto.’ Jack vowed.
James grinned as he saw the look in Jack’s eyes; his dad was very possessive over his tad and has caused bodily harm to his Uncle John for kissing his tad, of course that was before he got together with Aunt Tosh, she is one scary woman.
“Hope everything works out for you and your Ianto.” James saluted Jack before climbing to his feet.
“Wait, what happen between you and this girl?” Jack asked, needing to know if this young man got his girl.
A loving smile spread across James face, remind Jack of himself when he thinks of Ianto. “I finally got my act together when someone else made a play for her. I let myself finally love and won her heart. We’re to be married in two months,” he pointed to someone arriving at the bar entrance. “That’s my sister, Isabella, come to make sure I don’t end up drunk off my arse.” James mummer as Jack followed his gaze and his jaw dropped in shock at the brunette, who not only bore both his and Ianto’s features, but was a female version of the young man talking to him.
“Don’t screw this up Jack, you have no idea what is at stake.” James warned before making his way over to the worried looking and pissed off Isabella.
Reaching Bell side he gave a yelp as he was dragged by his ear out of the bar. “Let go of my ear sis, I would like it to remain attached to my body.”
“If you don’t shut up, your ear will not be the only thing I rip off of you.” Isabella snarled back.
James gulped suddenly fearing for his life. And decide it would be best for his health to remain silent until they reached whatever place Bell was dragging them too.
‘Oh god, she is going to kill me.’ The thought flashed threw James head.
Panicking James tried desperately to think of a plan to save his life as Bell continued to drag him out of the building straight to the spot that the TARDIS landed, only to be greeted by empty space.
He could say only one thing “Shit.”