Title: Shades of Friendship
Fandoms: Torchwood/The Avengers
Pairings/Characters: Clint/Ianto, Ianto/Tosh friendship, Ianto/Natasha friendship, Clint/Natasha friendship, Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, Jack/Ianto, Owen, Gwen, Natasha, fledging Jack/Ianto/Clint, Tony/Pepper
Summary: Bonds of friendship and love can still be forged no matter how far apart those connecting hearts maybe and then there are some bonds that no matter how much time has passed are never broken.
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood or the Avengers
Curled up against Clint, the feel of Natasha's hand in his and his father's protective gaze on him Ianto couldn't remember the last time he felt so safe or wanted. This was his family as unconventional as it may be, but a part of him wished he could have these kinds of feelings with the Torchwood team.
'No, now is not the time to dwell on such things. My time with Torchwood is over, I think it has been since I lost Lisa and the day Torchwood One burned.' Shifting as much as his bruised ribs would let him, Ianto rested his head on Clint's shoulder and let the powerful pain medication drift him off to sleep with Clint's whispered promise in his ear:
"We'll take care of you Ianto."
Gently Clint curled his arms around Ianto's waist and smiled when he felt Ianto lean into his hold. His gaze darkened as he took in all the bruises and cuts that littered Ianto's face and body and longed to get his hands on the ones who hurt Ianto.
"Those who harmed my son, have been dealt with and I can assure you that they are paying for their crimes." Phil spoke up easily recognizing the murderous aura coming off both Clint and Natasha, and while he had no problem in the two of them deal with those monsters who dared to harm his son, he doubted the others would understand. 'Well, Fury might have looked the other way this one time but I have a feeling that Captain Jack Harkness has something planned for those monsters.' Phil hadn't missed the way Jack had looked at his son and knew the other man had plans to deal with the cannibals on his own.
After dropping Gwen off with her boyfriend, Jack couldn't help but wonder how long it took Gwen to find her way to Owen's bed. The sexual tension between the two had only grown and it was only a matter of time before they started an affair. And surprisingly that didn't bother Jack at all. Sure, he was attracted to Gwen, but then again he was attracted to a lot of people, but that didn't mean he was going to act on any of those attractions. No, the only one he wanted was Ianto and right now he was out of reach. 'For now.' Jack knew he and Ianto would find a way back to one another, even if he had to share Ianto with another it would be worth it to have Ianto in his life.
"So where's the Tea-Boy?" Owen finally asked the question on his mind and from the look in both Jack and Tosh's eyes, something big had happened.
Jack's grip on the steering wheel tightened as he forced the words from his throat where they were lodged. "Ianto's gone."
Owen blinked for a moment, Jack's words not quite registering with him at first. "What the hell do you mean he's gone? His injures weren't that severe!" Owen may have not acted like it but he really did like Ianto.
It took Jack a moment to realise what Owen was thinking. "No! No, Ianto's not dead. It turns out he's a member of SHIELD and he's returned back to them. They showed up and took him home with them." Jack shuddered at the very idea of Ianto dying at the hands of those monsters. He would have never forgiven himself if he had been too late to save Ianto and the others.
"Oh," Owen murmured as he sank back into the passenger seat. "I hate to say it but maybe it's for the best." At the sight of Jack's tightening jaw Owen quickly explained, "Oh come off it we've all treated the Tea-Boy like he was dirt and it only got worse after the Cyberwoman. He was suffering from PTSD and working at Torchwood was only making it worse. He needed a new start amongst people who truly care for him and let's face it that's not us, not right now."
Never before had Tosh heard Owen speak so kindly about Ianto and her not-so secret crush on the man grew just a little more. 'Face it Tosh, he's never going to see you as anything but a friend.' Tosh knew she needed to get over Owen, it was clear that Owen's interest was in Gwen and she returned that interest big time. It was a ticking time bomb and Tosh was going to get her heart broken.
Jack, on the other hand wasn't at all surprised of Owen's words. After the events of the Cyberwoman it was Owen besides Tosh who spoke on giving Ianto another chance. Owen had made it clear that he would have done the same thing if it had been Katie and that they couldn't punish a man who had been fighting to save someone he loved; he only did what they all would have done if they ever found themselves in the same position as Ianto had been.
"Do you think he'll ever return?" Tosh asked suddenly from the backseat.
Jack and Owen exchanged a knowing look, Tosh had generally liked Ianto and they had begun a shaky friendship and Ianto's loss was going to be hard on Tosh.
Meeting Tosh's eyes in the mirror Jack knew he couldn't lie to her. "I don't know Tosh, but I hope someday he will."
Nick Fury wasn't at all surprised to find his three missing agents in the medical bay, Clint and Natasha curled up on each side of the sleeping Ianto, alert and ready to deal with any threats against Ianto and Coulson in the chair next to the bed his watchful gaze on his three charges and on the door, so Fury wasn't all that surprised when after a brief word to Clint and Natasha, Phil joined him at the entrance.
"How is he?" Was the first thing Fury asked when Coulson reached his side.
"Cracked ribs, a concussion, several cuts and bruises. They had tenderized him." Phil spoke in a deeply controlled manner, letting Fury know just how angry his best agent truly was.
A cold smirk graced Fury's lips. "Don't worry, they have been dealt with. Nobody hurts one of my agents and gets away with it."
A grateful look flashed in Coulson's eyes before quickly disappearing. "Thank you sir, I'll be sure to let Agents Barton and Romanoff know, they'll be pleased."
Which Fury easily translated to: now they won't need to hunt down the bastards and deliver their own brand of justice.
That done Fury got to the other reason he was there. "When Ianto is better I want him working with you on the Avengers. Something tells me that it will be the two of you keeping them in line." Fury knew that this was the best for everyone, he didn't need Barton disobeying orders and following Ianto around on missions, plus Fury wanted to see Stark finally meet his match in Ianto Jones.
Relief filled Coulson to know that his son will be somewhere that he could keep an eye on him. "I'll inform Ianto when he's awake. I'm sure he'll have no problem with that."
Fury nodded. "Good." Clapping Coulson on the shoulder Fury dismissed him and watched as Coulson returned to his odd little family. 'God, help anyone who dares to try and harm Ianto Jones, because they will show you no mercy.' And something told Fury that he should add Jack Harkness to that list.