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Fic: Shattered Shards

Title: Shattered Shards
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairings/Characters: Jack/Ianto, budding Owen/Martha, Tosh, Gwen
Summary: A split decision changes fate’s course and test the gift Jack had given Ianto.
Rating: PG-15
Disclaimer: I do not own Torchwood
Warning: Temporary character death 
Author Notes: Written for the h_c bingo prompt: death and this is the next entry in the Beneath the Glass series. Unbeta’d so please forgive any mistakes.

Jack was worried, Ianto could tell by the stiffness of his body, his tension-filled shoulders and the fear lurking in his blue eyes.

No longer able to deny the strong urge in his body to comfort his lover, Ianto crossed the distance between them and wrapped his arms around Jack and rested his chin on Jack’s shoulder. “Martha will be okay. From what you’ve told me about her, she’s a strong woman.” He whispered softly as he placed a gentle kiss on the back of Jack’s neck.

Like he usually does Jack relaxed into Ianto’s hold and let his lover sooth away his tension and worries. “I know Martha’s tough, but I can’t help but worry about her, she and her family were there for me after the Master’s and I couldn’t face them if I let anything happen to Martha,” he admitted quietly as he turned to face Ianto.

Smiling softly Ianto pressed a tender kiss against Jack’s lips. “We are going to do everything in our power to make sure Martha comes back safe, Owen most of all.” Ianto teased his lover.

It hadn’t escaped Ianto’s attention the way Owen had been showing off to Martha and the flirting she had done back, the tan line on Martha’s ring finger worried Ianto slightly, he hoped Owen wouldn’t end up being nothing more then a rebound but he hadn’t seen Owen’s eyes light up like that since Diane.

A low growl escaped Jack’s lips as a protective look entered his blue eyes. “Reminded me to have a talk with both of them about what I will do to them if they hurt one another.” Jack growled in a low rumble. He didn’t want to see either of them hurt, despite his attitude Owen had only opened his hear twice, to Katie and then to Diane and Martha had just ended her engagement to Tom, she had admit to Jack she had rushed into their relationship in hopes to forget that year and to move on from the Doctor.

A shiver coursed through Ianto’s body, he loved it when Jack got all growly and protective, a reaction that did not escape his lover sharp gaze. A predatory smile curled at Jack’s lips as he hungrily dragged his eyes over Ianto’s body. “What do you say you help me relax, until it’s time for Martha to leave her room?” Jack purred out as he drifted one hand down to cup that arse that drove him insane.

Smiling Ianto curled his hands into Jack’s braces and pressed his body flush against Jack’s and kissed his lover slowly and tenderly. “I think I can help you with that, sir.”

Nuzzling Ianto’s neck Jack breathed in his lover’s scent deeply. “I shouldn’t worry about Martha she’s been through worse and besides with a dashing hero on the case what could go wrong?” Jack asked smiling at Ianto.

*****

‘So this is what could go wrong.’

Numb, Jack could only stare at the lifeless body of Ianto and he was sure his soul died with him. He vaguely heard Gwen checking on Aaron Copley all that matter was Ianto.

Reaching Ianto’s side, Jack fell to his knees and pulled Ianto into his arms and clutched Ianto’s body and pressed his lips against Ianto’s, pouring his life-force into Ianto. “Come back to me Ianto, the TARDIS promised we would have forever.” Jack pleaded against Ianto’s lifeless lips.

A sob escaped Tosh’s throat as she turned and buried her head in Owen’s shoulder. Copying the action Martha clung to Owen and felt him cling back.

“That stupid bloody fool, why did he jump in front of me?” Closing his eyes Owen could still see it all happen on minute he had Aaron Copley’s gun pointed at him the next moment Ianto was falling back into him and Jack’s anguish cry as he shot Copley.

Tears weld up in Gwen’s eyes as she watched Jack clutch Ianto. She may have been jealous that Ianto had Jack but she didn’t want him dead. Moving away from Copley’s body, Jack hadn’t held back and hit a fatal headshot, she slowly approached Jack. “Jack, I’m sorry sweetheart but Ianto’s gone. We need to get moving.” She placed a gentle hand on Jack’s shoulder and couldn’t hide the hurt when he shrugged her arm off. 

“We’re not going anywhere until Ianto wakes up.” Jack snapped out, as he stroked Ianto’s face.

Looking over her shoulder Gwen saw that none of the others were in any position to make Jack see sense. ‘Looks like it’s up to me,’ sighing Gwen bent down next to Jack. “Ianto’s gone; he’s not going to wake up. This isn’t healthy.” She wondered if they were going to have to knock him out.

“Ianto’s not dead! I shared my vortex with him! Ianto is coming back and when he does I’m locking us away in his flat for the next forty-eight hours.” Just as Jack finished making his declaration a gasp filled the air.

Jack tightened his grip on Ianto as the Welshman came gasping back to life and Jack wished that Ianto’s return wouldn’t be as painful as his own. The tears that he fought to keep from falling finally fell as it sunk in Ianto really was Immortal, like him. “Welcome back, Ianto Jones. But don’t you ever do that to me again.” Jack growled out his warning before swooping in for a kiss.

“Oi! Give the man so room to breath.” Owen’s voice ruined the moment but Tosh and Martha could see the relief in his eyes, a relief they all felt, they hadn’t lost one of their own today.

Pulling away from Jack, Ianto took a quick look at the others and saw the tears, fears and sadness. “Well this wasn’t how we planned on telling you all, sorry about that.” Ianto hadn’t wanted the others to find out like this; in fact he and Jack had planned to tell them after this mission.

“Yeah? Well for that stunt you’re going to have a nice long physical when we get back to the Hub and then you are going to treat us to your best coffee as a reward for putting us through all that.” Ianto knew that was Owen’s way of saying he was glad he was still alive.

Jack grinned down at Ianto. “And after that you and I will send the next forty-eight hours at your flat where I plan on giving you my own full body exam.” Jack’s grin only grew brighter as Ianto blushed and Owen moaned about ‘Horny Captains unable to keep out of the Tea-Boy’s pants.’

Silent Gwen watched as Tosh and then Martha threw their arms around Ianto in tight hugs and as Owen gave Ianto his own hug, she couldn’t move. Try as she might Gwen could not deny one undeniable fact: Jack had made Ianto immortal; they were going to have forever, she had truly lost her chance at Jack. ‘At least I still have Rhys,’ but somehow that didn’t seem enough anymore.

The End

Comments

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too_beauty
Jul. 27th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
it seems that you write every chapter better than the previous one! so full of angst and love!
thanks for sharing this! (btw, I am the same too_beauty from FF.net )
backrose_17
Jul. 27th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Aww thank you! I'm not use to writing so much angst but I'm glad you're liking it.
blucougar
Jul. 27th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
Oh, brilliant! Jack's grief was heart-breaking, especially given that little bit of uncertainty over whether Ianto would really come back. Now they have each other forever, as it should be!

I can't help but wonder about Gwen, though. She might have acknowledged at this point that she's lost her chance with Jack, but how long before she starts thinking; "if Jack can make Ianto immortal, then he can do the same for me"....?
backrose_17
Aug. 1st, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad Jack's grief came off that way, I figured Jack would be uncertain that Ianto would return to him or not.

You would be right about Gwen and we will see her try and convince Jack to make her immortal in one of the upcoming ones.
pecos
Jul. 27th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
I really liked how you handled this. Very touching. thank you.
backrose_17
Aug. 1st, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you for reading and leaving comment.
bluelilacs
Jul. 27th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
I think it was always going to be a shock to the team that Ianto is immortal, but this was definitely the worst way to find out. How very Gwen to be more worried about getting Jack away from Ianto than that Ianto was dead, and to be upset that she'd lost her chance with Jack instead of happy that Ianto was alive.

It hadn't occurred to me until blucougar said it, but it really would be just like Gwen to think of that if Jack had done it for Ianto, he could do it for her, too.
dark_subaru
Jul. 27th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
‘At least I still have Rhys,’ Yeah, >____< keep dreaming, girl! After the love he saw between Jack and Ianto, I don't think Rhys is going to be satisfied anymore with your scraps. That man deserves way better than you!
You know, for a moment I thought Gwen was truly a human being and honestly sorry for Ianto's death but, hell, she is Gwen! I'm waiting for the moment when she'll unleash her "righteous fury" on Jack because he made Ianto like him... and not Gwen. Can't we just send her in Myfawny's right time through the Rift??? No... we can't >____< ... some poor T-Rex could have tummyache after eating that... that... piece of rotten meat!
One of the reason I hate her character so much is this: Gwen can "feel" empathy for perfect strangers but not for her team-mates. It makes me so angry!
backrose_17
Aug. 1st, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Two more to go and Rhys makes a big decision about his relationship with Gwen.
Gwen will have something to say to Jack about making Ianto immortal and not her. I couldn't do that to some poor T-Rex, but I think you will enjoy her fate at the end.
I could never understand how Gwen was supposed to believe as caring when she never showed any of that empathy to her team-mates.
dark_subaru
Aug. 1st, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
I never understood what douche gave her the title of "Heart of Torchwood" >____< Jack thinks so much with his "ding-dong" (aka penis XD) to be truly useful sometime... well, most of the time.
By the way, what do you think about Gray?
backrose_17
Aug. 7th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
I never saw Gwen as the Heart of Torchwood, I'm still unsure just what she does in Torchwood anyways. Jack really wasn't thinking all that much when he hired Gwen, and the only times I had problems with Jack was when he caved into Gwen all the time.
My main problem with Gray was he killed Tosh, I will never forgive him for that :( after Ianto she is my next favourite character. I think they rushed his appearance and should have built him up, he was twisted and he could have made a good villian for Torchwood to battle, much better than the 456.
sammydragoncat
Jul. 27th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Loved this chapter, it may have been a painful confirmation, but at least Jack won't have any doubts about Ianto's immortality.
backrose_17
Aug. 1st, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you did. This was never the way Jack wanted Ianto to find out if he was immortal but now they know.
toshiani007
Jul. 27th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
Wonderful, loved it!!!
Hugs!!!
backrose_17
Aug. 1st, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad to hear you did!
Hugs back!!!
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