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Title: In the pain there is healing
Fandom’s: Torchwood/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto,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?
Rating: PG-13
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, also as you can see the chapter lengths have grown.

Chapter 24


Childish laughter filled the endless field mixing into the sound of water crashing down into the crystal pools from the multiply waterfalls, the air pure and free from all pollutions, the fire from the temples were the only thing to taint the air. This was the home of the four elements.


This is the home of the Fairies or the Mara as they like to be called.


This is the home of the Spirit of the Earth and her court.


Blue eyes watched in amazement as the fire danced in his hand. A tinkle like laughter reached his ears with a big grin he looked up at the woman.


“Mom, look.” Proudly he held out his hands showing his dancing ballerina made of fire.


Warm eyes a mixture of blue, green, silver and crimson gazed at him fondly. “Very good Ianto, you doing very well in your lessons, just remember that you are of the Earth, the elements are a part of us just as we are a part of them.”


Ianto nodded his head. “I will remember mom.” He promised.




The moment after the Hub rocked from the explosion Jack without a care or thought rushed towards the archives. It took Owen, Diane and Tosh jumping on him to hold him back, but that seemed to do little good as Jack with worry and fear over his soon-to-be-husband and future daughter, still managed to find the strength to move even with the other three clinging to him.


“Damn it Jack, just think for a moment. We have no idea what damages have been done to the structure, you go rushing into there and you could bring everything down onto Ianto and Bell.” Owen snarled at Jack trying to get his leader to think before acting.


Jack met Owen’s eyes and the look of pure heart break in Jack’s blue eyes made Owen grateful that he couldn’t cry any more.


“I can’t lose them.” Jack whispered in a lost tone.


Owen knew that Jack was going to be of no use right now, not that he could blame him but someone had to take charge of this mess. “Now you listen to me Harkness, that damn Tea-boy love you and nothing not even this is going to tear him away from you. That boy has got more lives then a cat. Death will not beat Ianto Jones, not when he has you waiting for him.”


Despite everything Jack smiled. “You’re right, Ianto is not ready to let go of me just like I’m not ready to lose him. We have a wedding to plan after all. Hey you think that Ianto would be willing to wear a wedding dress?”


Owen groaned. “Now that is an image I will never get out of my head.”




She stared at her son who was on bended knee before her. “You wish to leave?” No matter how hard she tried he could hear the hurt in her voice.


“Yes mother, I have been having dreams of the man someone I have never met before, I need to find him. The elders believe he is my mate.” He didn’t want to leave but the call of his mate was far too strong to deny.


A faint smile crossed her lips. “Very well my son you have my permission to leave. Just remember you are to remain in human form until you and your chosen are about to bond.” She reminded her son of their rules.


He nodded and a smile spread across his face as he raised to his feet, “Thank you mother.”


She climbed to her feet and embraced her son. “I pray you find your mate my dear Ianto.”




“Hey doc, a little help here!” John called out as he and Jake helped James into the Hub.


Worry filled them believing that James might be slipping into shock at the breaking of his bond with his sister.


“James!” Jack quickly made his way over to his son. “What happened to him?” He demanded to know from the others.


John met his ex gaze. “The twins share a telepathic bond, whatever happened to Bell sent him into shock.” He explained as he moved aside to let Jack take his place.


Jack honestly didn’t know how much more he could take, ‘Damn it!’ His eyes flickered about the Hub and landed on the TARDIS. ‘Why didn’t I think of this sooner?’ He turned his gaze back to John, “Here take James, Owen you’re with me.” Jack ordered as he waited for John to retake his spot and then he headed towards the TARDIS.


Mickey followed behind Jack, who turned to look at him. “And where do you think you are going Mickey Mouse?” Jack asked.


Mickey met Jack’s stare head on. “With you, you are going to need all the help you can get.” Mickey pointed out.


Seeing his point Jack nodded as he pulled out his TARDIS key and enter the blue box. “I need you help old girl, I can’t lose Ianto and Bell.” Jack whispered to the TARDIS, he felt the ship hum with her own sadness.


“I will help you my captain, I am sorry that this had to happen but trust me there is reason. Believe me when I say Jack, you and Ianto are forever.” The TARIDS said hoping to sooth Jack.


“What do you mean forever?” Jack asked.


But the TARDIS stayed quiet.


Those left in the Hub could only watch as the TARDIS faded from sight, all their hopes and prayers going with them.


Nobody noticed the ice that was slowly starting to creep in.




Martha was grateful when they reached the tourist office as the pounding rain greatly reduced the visibility which made it harder to drive in.


The Doctor, Donna, Rhys and Martha both battle the strong wind as they headed for the office.


‘WHERE DID THIS STORM COME FROM?!” Martha had to shout to be heard over the whipping winds, the heavy rain and the loud thunder as the sky was lit up by the lighting.


A feeling of dread took over the Doctor. “This is very bad.” The Doctor knew of only one race that could control the weather and of only one that create such a storm as this.


“WE NEED TO GET INSIDE NOW!” The Doctor shouted back as the hail began to fall.



It was Diane who noticed the ice first. “Guys you might want to get over here.” she called to the others.


John, Jake and Tosh turned and their jaws dropped at the sight of the ice engulfing the Hub.


“This isn’t possible.” Tosh ran to her computer and began scanning for anything. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing. “It’s not just the Hub, everywhere is been hit by massive storms. There are even reports of volcano’s beginning to erupt and massive earthquakes.” Tosh had no clue what was happening.


“What the hell is going on?” John growled out.


An unexpected voice answered him. “Something very bad and it can only get worse.” James spoke up as he sat up on the couch Jake and John put him on.


Tosh turned to James with worry in her eyes. “James, do you know what is going on?” She asked softly.


James nodded. “It’s my grandma and she is not happy.”


Jake, James, Diane and Tosh all wondered the same thing, who the hell is grandma?



Staring into Jack’s blue eyes on the floor of the warehouse, Ianto knew without a doubt that this was the man from his dreams. Oh how he wanted to give in a kiss that tempting mouth, to lose himself in pleasure with this man, to mark him as his and only his.


But he couldn’t as much as Ianto wanted to he couldn’t betray Lisa like that, even though he didn’t love her like a mate, he did care for her greatly and ode it to her to help fix her.


“I should go.” Those were the hardest words Ianto ever had to say and it was even harder as he walked away from his mate.


Joy filled him as Jack called after him with a job offer. His mate wanted him.


But over time that joy began to fade as he watched Jack fawn all over Gwen Cooper, his mate didn’t want him and that was the greatest pain he has ever felt.



It was the feel of the fire licking at his skin that forced Ianto to open his eyes, the memories still replaying in his mind. As he blinked back the haze he tried to get his baring and raised an eyebrow in shock at the sight of the flames forming a shield around him and Bell.


“Thank you.” Ianto whispered to the fire and felt the warmth of the flame danced across his palm.


Ianto turned his attention to Bell and for moment felt his heart stop at the sight of her limp body laying only inches away from him, blood from the gash above her eye coated the left side of her face.


Despite the pain that racked his body Ianto forced himself to move towards his daughter and he breathed a sigh of relief as he felt her pulse.


“Son of Gaia, we will protect you and your child.” The fire whispered in Ianto’s mind.


Ianto rested against the remains of a shelf. “Again, I thank you, you saved us.”


“We wish that was true, but Ianto Jones, you did die.” The fire told him sadly.


Ianto raised an eyebrow. “But I don’t feel dead.” Ianto pointed out.


“Death has no true claim on you, you are born of the Earth and your flame will burn as long as his does. The child of the Earth and the man of life shall become one and will be one until their lives come to an end..”


Ianto didn’t need for them to tell him who was he was. It was his greatest wish to be by Jack’s side as long as he could.


Their conversation was cut off by the sound of grinding, before the TARDIS appeared.


“You’re mate has come, we will leave you into his hands.” The fire around Ianto and Bell faded away.


The moment the TARDIS full materialized Jack flung open the door and his eyes spotted Ianto and Bell. “Ianto, I’m on my way.” Jack called out as he began to climb through the mess that was between him and Ianto.


Mickey and Owen were right behind him.



The Doctor, Donna, Martha and Rhys were soaked to the bone as they manage to get into the Hub.


Their teeth began to chatter as the cold air hit their already cool bodies.


Donna looked around at the ice that was everywhere. “Decided to decorate, huh, I would have gone with something different then ice cave you went with.”


Despite everything the others couldn’t help but smile at that, Donna did know how to lighten the mode.


The Doctor turned serious. “What has happened here?” He directed his question to Tosh and she explained everything that had happen.



It felt like forever to Jack but he finally made it to Ianto. His blue eyes raked in every inch of his lover and despite a few cuts and nasty bruises Ianto looked to be okay, his gaze went Bell and Jack froze at the sight of blood.


“Jack, she is okay.” Ianto soothed his love.


Jack nodded. “Come on let’s get you into the TARDIS.” He murmured wanting Ianto and Bell safe inside the Hub.


Owen did his own scan on Ianto and Bell. “There okay to move, let’s get them inside the TARDIS.”


Jack easily lifted Ianto into his arms and glared at Ianto. “I’m carrying you, so don’t even bother to fight me. Please.” Jack pleaded with Ianto.


Ianto just relaxed into Jack’s arms and let his fiancé carry him.


Mickey under the watchful eye of Jack, Ianto and Owen careful picked Bell up.


Careful Jack and Mickey made their way back to the TARIDS, careful not to jar their precious bundles.



It was the sudden heat that filled the Hub that had them on guard.


A column of fire appeared in the middle of the Hub and yet the ice didn’t melt. But it was the smell of flowers that had Tosh on edge.


The fire disappeared and in its place stood a beautiful woman, light brown hair that was pulled back yet bangs and lose stands framed her face, highlights of green, blue, gold and silver woven through out her hair, eyes that were made up with swirls of blue, green, silver and crimson flashed with pure rage and fear. But what stood out most was the elf like ears and the fairy wings made out of light.


“Where is my son?” She demanded in a voice rich with age and power.


The Doctor moved towards the woman. “Gaia, please calm down.”


Gaia’s cool gaze landed on the Doctor. “Time Lord, while I respect you for all you have done for my world, I will not calm down until I see my son Ianto and learn who tried to kill my son.” she snarled. “Or I shall cover the Earth with my wrath.”




( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 24th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
i do believe that mother nature doesn't share rusty's love for all things gwen.
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
You would be right Gaia is no fan of Gwen's.
Jun. 25th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Ok, someone has to say it: "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature." There -- it's out.

I've been holding my breath so long over this it's nice to be able to breathe again. Gwen is in for a world of hurt. What's next?

Jun. 29th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
*Snickers.* I was waiting for someone to say that.

I'm glad your able to breath again. Gwen is indeed for a world of hurt, the next chapter is coming along and next chapter has a few people out for Gwen's blood.
Jun. 25th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
love the update
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you did.
Jun. 27th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Fantastic chapter! I'm so glad Ianto and Bell are ok, and now our favourite boys have forever :)
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I love Ianto to much to ever seriously hurt him, and yes our boys do have forever now.
Jun. 27th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
That was a surprise!And I'd say Gwen is about to be in a world of hurt.
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I could leave people surprised. Oh Gwen is indeed in for a world of hurt.
Jun. 27th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
Love this =)

Can't wait to see what happens to Gwen now
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that :)

I already have Gwen's fate planned.
Aug. 10th, 2014 12:10 pm (UTC)
Enjoying a rare day I have just finished rereading all the first chapters and had to ask will there be more, will we find out what happens?
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