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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, Owen/Diane, 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.

Chapter 26


Gwen’s tear-filled eyes never left the barrel of the gun. “Please Jack, don’t do this. I know you and you are not a murderer I made a mistake, I went to far with trying to make you see that we were meant to be and I will forever live with the guilt of Ianto’s death, but please Jack give me another chance, you’ll see that I am your soul mate not Ianto.” She pleaded with him.


“Ianto’s not dead.” Jack snarled at her. “And don’t think you know me, because you don’t, the only person to ever know and will ever know the true me is Ianto.”


Gwen felt her heart break with the knowledge that Jack would kill for Ianto.


“Cariad, don’t.” A familiar Welsh male voice came from the entrance of the alley. Jack and Gwen gaze both flew there.


“Ianto, you shouldn’t be here sweetheart.” Jack didn’t want Ianto to see this side of him, again.


Ianto paid no attention to the stun Gwen as he moved towards Jack. “She is not worth staining you hands with blood or damning your soul. For me Jack, don’t do this.” Ianto pleaded with Jack, placing his hand on Jack’s arm which was holding the gun.


Jack eyes soften and filled with warmth and love as he turned his attention to Ianto. “She nearly took you from me; she nearly took our daughter from us, she has to face punishment for that.” Jack whispered brokenly.


Ianto pressed the gentlest of kisses against Jack’s lips, reaching up a hand to wipe away the tear that fell from Jack eyes. “She will, but it must be your past self and my past self to do so or we risk changing the time line.” Ianto reminded him.


Seeing his husband’s point Jack lowered his gun and reached out took Ianto’s hand in his.


“Come let us go collect our troublesome children.” Ianto smiled brilliantly at Jack.  ‘Before the Brigadier shows up,’ Ianto thought to himself as he kept his hand linked with Jack, Ianto lead his husband away from the woman who tried to take everything from him.


Gwen barely noticed them leaving all she could fell was the utterly shatter of her own heart at the wedding band on Ianto’s hand and the matching one of Jack’s hand.


Gwen’s heart breaking sobs were the only sound in the empty alley as she finally realized that Jack would never be hers, she truly lost him to Ianto.




Knowing that Alistair and his UNIT team were only a block away Ianto led Jack the other way.


“Ianto, how did you get here?” Jack asked softly, knowing that Jenny had ‘borrowed’ John’s teleport.


Ianto smiled at Jack. “The TARDIS came back for me after leaving the twins behind and after you left, she brought back one week and I have been waiting for you. Once I figured out what you were going to do I had to stop you. No matter what Gwen Cooper had done, she was not and still is not worth you living with the guilt of her blood staining your hands.” Ianto explained to his husband.


Jack gave Ianto the tender smile that was for him and him alone. “You’re always looking out for me, what would I do without you?” The immortal couldn’t imagine his life without Ianto in it, all he knows his life would be mean less and empty without the Welshman in his life.


Ianto chuckled staring fondly at him. “That something you will never have to find out your stuck with me forever.”


Jack kissed Ianto with pure love. “Good and it is you Mister Harkness-Jones, who is stuck with me forever. Now if I remember correctly I am about to have one hell of a first meeting with the in-law,” Jack mock shivered in remembrance of his first meeting with Gaia.


Ianto gave him his patented eye roll in response.



The TARDIS hummed gentle as she studied the undead doctor, she scan through the timelines and was pleased with what she found.


‘Good, my little gift will cause no damage.’ Pleased with herself, she let out a song that was for Owen’s ears only.



The Doctor couldn’t help but give a sigh of relief at the sound of his TARDIS arriving; hopefully Mister Jones could calm his mother down.


The door to TARDIS swung open and out walked Mickey, Jack and being supported by Jack was Ianto.


Upon seeing her son Gaia’s eyes soften as she moved to embrace her son. “Ianto, my son you are alright.” The spirit of the Earth whispered.


Ianto smiled at Jack, as he moved away from his mate and into his mother’s arms. Tears of joy fell from Gaia’s eyes onto Ianto’s shoulder.


“I am safe mother, please call off your fury on the world, the innocents do not need to suffer for the mistake of one person.” Ianto asked her.


“Very well my son, for you, I shall call off my storms.” Gaia saw Ianto’s point it was not fair of her to punish others for the actions of one person.


Ianto smiled at his mother. “Thank you mother.”


Jack moved closer to Ianto and Gaia took note of the look of pure love the two men shared. “Is this him? Is this your mate?” She asked.


Reaching out Ianto caught Jack’s hand in his and pulled his love beside him and with pride he introduced him, “Mother, this is Captain Jack Harkness, my mate and husband to be. Jack this is my mother, Gaia, the spirit of Earth.”


Jack smiled at the regal woman before them. “It is an honour to meet you Gaia. And I would like to ask your permission to marry your son.” Jack request to Ianto’s mother shocked and filled Ianto with love.


Gaia looked at the man before her, her fairy children had a few dealings with the undying one, but she could see the bond of love between her son and Jack, still she had to be sure. “Captain Jack Harkness, a bond between mates is not something to take lightly, he will be yours for all eternity, do you swear that you will always remain true to Ianto, to never stray from your love or bond, for we mate for life and any betrayal or breaking of this will lead to our death.” Gaia told Jack the facts.


Jack met Gaia’s gaze head on. “Ianto Jones is my soul mate, I have loved no one like I love Ianto and that will not change until the end of the universe, long after the last star has burned out I will still love Ianto.” Jack declared to everyone.


Gaia so the truth in Jack’s words and eyes, he truly did love her son. “I see the truth in your words and give you my blessing to marry my son.”


Jack grinned and then pulled Ianto into a deep and loving kiss.


Watching his parents with fondness James slipped into the TARDIS, needing to check on Bell.



Owen watch as Bell slept peacefully in the TARDIS medical bay. He had just finished checking her vitals when the most beautiful music reached his ears.


Compelled Owen followed the music and found himself in the TARIDS main console.


“Owen Harper, despite your gruff exterior you have a good heart, the fate granted to you is an unfair one but I can fix that, give you a true chance of happiness with Diane. Do you wish to live again?” The TARDIS whispered softly.


“More then anything, but I don’t want a life like Jack, out living everyone I love.” Owen wanted to live again but didn’t want a fate like Jack’s; he honestly didn’t know how Jack kept going always losing your loved ones.


“Jack’s long life was unfortunate but it was what brought him to Ianto, my lonely Captain has found his soul mate. Owen Harper an immortal life is not what I am offering you, a mortal life with Diane is.” The TARDIS told him.


Owen swallowed hard. “I want nothing more than to be able to marry Diane, have a family with her and grow old with her.”


“Then I bring life.” The TARDIS declared as she opened her heart and a golden light filled the room.




Owen so mesmerized by the TARDIS song didn’t notice James slip past him and into the medical bay.


James slid into the seat beside Bell bed and took her hand. “I’m so glad you’re alright Bell. I swear Gwen Cooper will pay for this. I promise you.” Hate filled his blue eyes as he knew the true damage of Gwen’s betrayal was still to come.



Gwen barely noticed the heavy rains letting up as she still sat in the alley that Jack and Ianto left her in.


She couldn’t believe it after all her hard work she still lost Jack to Ianto. What kind of power did Ianto have over Jack?


The sound of heavy footsteps forced her to look up and an older imposing gentleman stood in the entrance way behind him, four men dressed in familiar uniforms.


“Miss Cooper, I suggest you get off the ground and come with me.” The man declared in a purely authority tone, it was clear this was a man with power.


Gwen glared at the man. “And who the hell are you to order me around? I am Gwen Cooper second-in-command of Torchwood.” 


The man gave her a cold smile that chilled her to the bone. “I am Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart of UNIT and I am here by placing you under arrest for the dealings in black market alien tech.” The Brigadier waved his hand and Ross and another solider approached and together they hauled Gwen to her feet and placed cuffs on her wrists.


“You can’t do this to me! I don’t care who you are Jack will have your head for your treatment of me.” Gwen snarled at them.


Alistair moved in closer and stared down Gwen. “I very much doubt that, seen as you just tried to kill his fiancé, I have no doubt that UNIT prison just might end up been the only place you keep your life. Now you will be silence until we reach the Hub.” Alistair ordered her and Gwen wisely realized this man was not to be messed with.




“I demand you take me to Bell now!” A dark hair man growled at his ship.


“I am sorry my angel, but as long as the past you is there you can’t be there.” The TARDIS tried to sooth her Time Lord.


A growl escaped his lips, he was not happy, his Bell was injured and thanks to his past self being there he could not go to her.


‘I’m coming Bell.’ He needed to get there before James did something he would regret for the rest of his life.




( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 21st, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
ooo lots of timey- wimy tings and Gaia:) and jippi Owen lives:) and loves the growling doctor so funny.
now Im curious at what James is up to... hum...
cant wait for the next chapter:=
Jul. 23rd, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
Between the time lines and Gaia everyone's hands are rather full. I had to have Owen live that was planned of a very long time. I love growly Doctor he is very fun to write.
You'll find out what James is up to in the next chapter.
Hopefully it will be ready soon.
Jul. 21st, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
love the update
Jul. 23rd, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that you did.
Jul. 21st, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
had a lump in my throat when owne and the tardis spoke to each other.
nervous jack meeting the in-laws.
lethbridge-stewart my hero.
curious about what future ianto meant about their past selves punishing gwen?
poor doctor.
Jul. 23rd, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
Owen being alive again was something I have planned for a while.
I think anyone would be nervous in meeting Gaia, plus nervous Jack is so cute.
You'll find out in the coming chapters what Ianto was talking about.
Poor Doctor indeed.
Jul. 23rd, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
It amazes me that after all that, Gwen is still so delusional that she thinks she's second in command and Jack will save her from her punishment. The woman is absolutely mad.

I hope someone gets there in time to stop James from making a big mistake.
Jul. 30th, 2011 08:20 am (UTC)
Well Gwen does seem to live in a delusional world. She is about to get a rude awaking when she comes face to face with Jack.

Someone will stop James from making a big mistake.
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