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, Pre-Steve/Tosh, Thor, Darcy Lewis, Jane
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
The hand that held the phone tightened as Jack let Ianto's soft Welsh vows wash over him. "It's good to hear your voice again Ianto. I hope it's alright I'm calling?" Worry gripped Jack as he waited for Ianto answer. 'Please tell me you still want me in your life,' Jack pleaded silently he didn't think he could handle Ianto rejecting him.
"Of course not, Jack. I wouldn't have given you a way to contact me if I didn't want you to use it." As he talked Ianto made himself comfortable on the couch wrapping the afghan around him to keep him from getting cold. Something told him that this was going to be a long talk. "It's good to hear your voice again, Sir," Ianto admitted softly.
A wave of hope crashed over Jack at Ianto's words and the tension eased out of his body as he relaxed back into his chair. "And I have missed hearing those beautiful Welsh vows of yours, and it's Jack, you don't work for me anymore." As much as Jack enjoyed hearing Ianto call him, Sir, Jack really wanted to hear his name fall from Ianto's lips.
Ianto had to bite back the familiar that is harassment' that wanted to come so easily. "Alright, Jack it is. How are you, Jack?" Ianto wasn't so sure he wanted to hear that they were doing just fine and weren't missing him at all.
"I miss you Ianto, more than I thought possible and I'm so sorry for all the pain I caused you." Jack heard the small hitch in Ianto's breath and felt a sad smile twitching his lips. Maybe he still had a chance at winning a piece of Ianto's heart.
The moment the, "I miss you too," left his lips Ianto felt like a cheater. He had a wonderful and loving man in Clint, a man he had been forced to give up for duty, and he was pining over another. "How are the others?" Ianto needed to create distance between them. He couldn't and wouldn't betray Clint.
Jack sensed Ianto's need for distance and decided to give it to him, for now. "That's in part why I am calling... something has happen to Tosh."
"What happened to Tosh? Is she alright?" Ianto demanded, fear gripping him that something had happened to Tosh.
Jack sighed deeply but couldn't help but smile at the worry in Ianto's voice about Tosh. 'I think I have made the right choice and I really hope Ianto will help.' "I won't go into all the details but Tosh was made to be a pawn in an alien's scam to gain access to the Torchwood Hub; made Tosh fall in love with her and I was forced to send her to the sun."
Ianto's breath caught in his throat his heart breaking for Tosh having to deal with the pain of being used by someone she cared for and for Jack who was once again forced to play the bad guy in order to save one of his own. "How can I help?"
'That's my Ianto, always willing to help those in need. I just wish I knew all this when I could have done something to make him mine.' Jack would always regret his blindness when it came to Ianto Jones and he would never forgive himself if he lost his shot at Ianto for good. "I'm planning on giving Tosh a week off, and I know she could use a friend. Is there any way she could come out and visit you?" Jack held his breath as he waited for Ianto's answer.
"Of course she can Jack. I would love to see Tosh again. I'll need to clear a few things with my boss but I don't see why it should be a problem for Tosh to visit." 'The problem might be getting Fury to agree to give Tosh back in a week,' Ianto thought with a grin. During his debriefing with Fury about his time with Torchwood the Director had shown an interest in Tosh.
Relief filled Jack at Ianto's promise. He knew he would be of no help to Tosh and given what went down Jack wasn't sure if he could trust Gwen and Owen to listen to his advice and leave Tosh alone and let this all blow over. "Thank you, Ianto. Tosh really needs a break from Torchwood, at least for a little while."
'Plus, if I can get Tosh connected with SHIELD now if the Doctor does show up at least I know she would be safe from UNIT.' Jack knew he will go with the Doctor when he came but he was not going to leave Tosh at the mercy of UNIT, not if he could get her into SHIELD. UNIT wouldn't dare go against them.
"It's no problem, Jack. I'm look forward to seeing her again." Ianto knew he should go. The longer he talked to Jack the more he longed to see Jack again. "I should go Jack. I'll talk to Director Fury in the morning and get in touch with you and Tosh once I've worked out all the details."
Jack didn't want to let Ianto go just yet but one of the things he loved most about Ianto was his loyalty to those he loved and right now that loyalty and love belonged to Clint Barton. "Of course Ianto, I'll talk to you later. And thank you for doing this for Tosh."
"It's my pleasure. Good-bye Jack." It took all of Ianto's willpower to press the end call button and he quickly wiped away the traitorous tear that rolled down his cheek.
"Good-bye Ianto," Jack whispered as he hung up the phone, "for now. But once I get my answers from the Doctor I will be back for you, Jones Ianto Jones," Jack vowed before he climbed to his feet and headed to the coat rack. He did have one other person to inform of the plan. 'I just hope Tosh wants to see me.'
"So what did Harkness want?"
Ianto jumped slightly as he turned to see Clint leaning against the wall with his arms crossed over his bare chest. Ianto was slightly thankful his boyfriend had seen to put on a pair of boxer-shorts. "Tosh had a run in with an alien that played on her emotions and used her to gain access to Torchwood. He figures she could use a friend right about now. I'm going to talk to Director Fury in the morning to clear it with him. I couldn't say no, Tosh is my other Natasha."
Pushing off from the wall Clint crossed the distance between him and Ianto, and dropped down on the couch next to his boyfriend and tugged on Ianto's arm until Ianto curled against his chest. "You should know that Fury's thinking about stealing Tosh away from Torchwood. Seems he thinks she as smart if not smarter than Tony Stark, without the attitude." Out of everyone Ianto left behind at Torchwood Clint knew that he missed Tosh, as well as Harkness, the most.
While Ianto would love for Tosh to join SHIELD, "As long as Jack leads Torchwood, Tosh will stay with him. She's far too loyal not to."
Clint just grunted as he tightened his grip on Ianto. He didn't understand why Ianto was still so loyal to Jack after everything that went on between the two of them, but wisely kept his opinions to himself. He knew that Jack had a small claim on Ianto's heart, but Ianto had chosen him and that was all that truly mattered to Clint. "Come on let's go back to bed."
Pulling away from the warmth of his boyfriend Ianto cupped his face between his hands and kissed Clint softly and gently. "Thank you for understanding." Ianto knew that Clint was aware of his feelings for Jack, but Ianto was also sure that with time they would fade. 'I hope but at the same time can one truly every get over Jack Harkness?'
As the door to Tosh's flat opened at the sight of her tears Jack couldn't stop himself from pulling her into a tight hug. There was a moment of tension before Tosh relaxed into his hold and began crying into his greatcoat.
With a century of dealing with crying women Jack shifted Tosh into his arms and carried her back into her flat, kicking the door closed behind him. Not caring that he was tracking dirt onto Tosh's nice clean carpet, all that mattered was the crying woman in his arms.
Jack wasn't sure how much time passed as he sat there rocking and cooing softly to the crying Tosh. Finally Tosh's sniffles seemed to slow and her quiet voice broke the silence. "I'm sorry I cried all over your greatcoat."
Jack cupped her chin with his left hand forcing her to look him in the eyes and wiped away her tears with his right hand. "That doesn't matter. All that matters is you needed to use it as a hankie." Jack pressed a quick kiss to her forehead.
Gripping the lapels of Jack's coat Tosh wanted nothing more than to curl up in his lap like a little girl. She still felt the safest with Jack. "I can't stay here. I can't go near my bedroom not with the memories of the last few days with her still so fresh."
Releasing Tosh's chin Jack wrapped his arms around Tosh's waist, holding her close to his body. "I may have come up with a plan. I called and talked to Ianto."
Tosh pulled back enough to look Jack in the eyes and he was pleased to see the sparkle return to them. "You did? How is he?"
Jack recalled the lightness in Ianto's voice. "I think returning to SHIELD was a good call for him. He needed to heal and I'm afraid that if he had stayed at Torchwood in the end it would only have broken him further."
Tosh could see the happiness and sadness that mixed in Jack's eyes. She saw how much Jack truly missed Ianto. There had been much more to their flirting, a hint of something that could have been epic. 'Hopefully they will find their way to one another yet. Still, that Clint Barton was pretty yummy and the three of them would be so hot together.'
Clearing his throat Jack forced himself to stay on track on why he was there. "How would you like to go to New York City for the week? Ianto said he would clear it with his boss..." The excited squeal he got from Tosh was answer enough.
'Oh Ianto, my dear sweet Ianto. I could really use your friendship right now.' Tosh felt tears well up in her eyes once again. "Thank you Jack, you're always there for me." She smiled gratefully at Jack.
Tosh's words brought a lump to his throat and Jack knew he couldn't keep her in the dark any longer. "Tosh, there's something you need to know."
The pure trust in her eyes sent another dagger into Jack's heart. "Of course Jack, you can tell me anything."
And so Jack began to talk and tell her about his time with the Doctor. Tosh listened quietly not saying anything until he was done, and then it was a reaction Jack had not expected but really should have given this was Tosh.
"Oh, Jack, I'm so sorry." Tosh wrapped her arms around him in a tight hug. "I'm sorry that you've suffered so much. I understand completely when your Doctor comes you'll be going with him and I don't blame you. We'll make do without you. You've given so much for us and Torchwood. It's time you found some peace."
"Thank you for understanding Tosh. But knowing the Doctor's timing I may be forced to leave without leaving a note. I need you to promise me something," Jack stated with pure seriousness in his voice.
"Of course Jack, what?" Tosh asked unsure what put that tone in Jack's voice.
"With me gone and should UNIT learn about it there is no doubt that they will see my leaving as reason to end our agreement and throw you back into their cell. I want you to promise me that you will call Ianto the moment UNIT comes snooping around. SHIELD is interested in you and I know Ianto will do everything in his power to keep you safe." And Jack knew Ianto would.
Tosh nodded her head, a mixture of fear and awe filling her; fear of ending up back in a UNIT cell never to see the light of day again and awe that something like SHIELD wanted her. "I promise Jack."
Jack grinned, knowing that the matter was settled. "Since you're not comfortable staying here how about I take you out for dinner and then we take in a movie?" Jack offered.
That sounded wonderful to Tosh except for one thing. "What about the Rift?"
"I called in Owen and Gwen for night duty as punishment for ruining your program. So, Milady, may I have the honour of being your escort this evening?" Jack asked offering her his hand.
Blushing at Jack's charm Tosh slipped her hand into Jack's. "You may, my good Sir."
Smiling gallantly Jack kissed Tosh's wrist. Ianto's leaving hit home one hard fact for Jack; he hadn't taken the time to make memories with his team. 'And since Gwen joined I've pushed Owen, Tosh and when he was here Ianto to the side and focused all my energy on her. Well no more, it's time I begin to trust and let them in.' Jack wanted to be able to recall these precious moments with them just in case the Doctor couldn't fix him.TBC...