Pairings: Ianto/Jack, Rhys/Tosh, Owen/Gwen and Owen/Diane
Summary: For centuries, Ianto Jones has always had control of his true nature. Then he met Captain Jack Harkness who pushed his control beyond its limit. As Jack and Ianto's relationship goes from lovers to mates, what changes will one of Ianto's lost childe bring to Torchwood when she finds her own mate in Owen?
Rating: R to NC-17
Disclamier: I don't own Torchwood
Art: imera , see more art here: art link
Written for the Vampire Big Bang
Owen quickly found that the more time he spent around Diane the happier he was, a happiness he hadn't felt since Katie. He also knew that before he could move forward with Diane he needed to have a serious and no doubt unpleasant talk with Gwen. Drawing a deep breath, the doctor reached up and knocked on the door.
Surprise laced Gwen's face as she came face-to-face with Owen on her doorstep. "Owen, what a pleasant surprise to see you here!" Gwen felt a smile curve at her lips; 'I knew that Owen would come to his senses and realize that it's me he wants.'
Unfortunately, Owen's next words wiped that smile right off Gwen's face; "We need to talk about us Gwen." The solemn tone of Owen's voice and the guilty look in his eyes told her that she wasn't going to like what he had to say.
Dread filled Gwen as she forced herself not to scream and rant at Owen. "Of course, come on in." Her voice was as sweet as honey as she turned away from the door, knowing that Owen would follow her.
Gwen steeled herself as she heard her front door close quietly behind her, and before he had a chance to speak, she whirled around to face Owen. "Are you sleeping with Diane?" she demanded bluntly.
Gwen was very pleased to see Owen's calm demeanor falter slightly before he regained control of himself. "No, I am not sleeping with Diane, but I am falling in love with her." Owen saw no point in playing things out, if only for the sake of their child.
Gwen's hands curled into fists as her anger rose."You've only know her for a week! How can you be in love with her? And what about our child? I can't raise a child on my own!" She'd already lost Jack and Rhys to other lovers; she couldn't lose Owen too. He was her last chance at a normal life.
Owen shook his head. "There's something special about Diane. I can't explain it; all I know is I feel human whenever I'm around her. Secondly, I will be a part of this child's life, no matter what. I grew up in an unhappy home and I will not subject my child to that. Gwen, we don't work as a couple; we never did. You have to see that." Owen could tell by the sudden flair of guilt in her eyes that Gwen saw it too: they were a disaster waiting to happen.
Gwen shook her head vehemently; she desperately wanted to deny that what Owen was saying was true. "We were working just fine before Diane!" Gwen snarled at him. "We were happy being together, just the two of us!"
Owen snorted in derision."Oh you mean we were happy while you were in my bed but really wishing it was Jack's? You think I don't see the way you moon after Jack? Tell me the truth, Gwen, if that's possible. If Jack had never fallen for Tea-Boy and if they weren't totally committed to one another, you would still be trying to worm your way into Jack's bed even though you're pregnant with my child." The sudden flush in Gwen's cheeks told Owen he'd hit a nerve. "You make me sick!"
Gwen blanched, unsure how to react to the fact that her secret longing for Jack wasn't a secret at all. "Fine! Go and be with your skank and see if I care! Just don't come crawling back to me when she dumps your sorry arse!" Gwen screamed at Owen, her voice shrill and shaking with rage.
It took all of Owen's willpower not to react when Gwen called Diane a skank and in an unusual display of maturity, he decided to take the higher road. "I hope you find someone you love as much as I love Diane. I will be a part of my child's life, Gwen, nothing will take that away from me," Owen told her softly but firmly.
Gwen merely glared at him in murderous rage and then turned her back to him. 'I cannot let him see me cry!' and she bit down on the inside of her mouth.
"Okay, well then..." Owen paused to see if Gwen was going to say anything but when no answer came, he sighed in defeat and turned away.
It wasn't until she heard the unmistakable sound of her flat door shutting behind Owen that Gwen reacted, her hands drifting down to caress her belly. "Don't worry, little one; I'm going to make sure you have a Taddy who loves the both of us and I know just who that is." A plan was beginning taking shape in Gwen's mind, and she no longer cared who got in her way or who she had to hurt to ensure her baby grew up in a loving and happy home.
While Owen was ending his relationship with Gwen, Ianto had come to the decision that it was time to tell Tosh the truth about himself. With Jack promising to be at his side, Ianto had invited Tosh and Rhys over for dinner.
Ianto had met Rhys for the first time at the team's local pub when Gwen invited him to join them for a pint. They were out celebrating the successful end of a hunt for a rogue Weevil. Ianto had come to genuinely like the man and they had struck up a fast friendship, often going to rugby matches and other sporting events.
Jack, on the other hand, had been leery of Rhys; even though he and Ianto were both Welsh, they were complete opposites. Where Ianto was quiet, reserved and thoughtful, Rhys was boisterous, out-going and spontaneous. It wasn't until he saw how deeply and truly the man loved Tosh that Jack finally started warming up to Rhys. For his part, Rhys had been suspicious of Jack's intent towards Toshiko. 'Of course, it helped a lot when Tosh made it clear to Rhys that she saw Jack as either a father or a brother figure only,' Ianto thought with a smile. Tosh's gentle but no-nonsense declaration had cleared Rhys' mind of any worry about Jack trying to steal his Tosh.
Dinner had been delicious as it always was when Ianto cooked; after they'd eaten, Jack – carrying a tray laden with coffee cups and dessert plates – led the way into the lounge. Ianto followed behind a few minutes later with a carafe of distinctive coffee blend he reserved for special occasions. As they settled into their dessert, made from another of Ianto's secret recipes, Tosh asked softly, "So what did you want to talk to me and Rhys about?"
Ianto and Jack shared a look – Ianto was so nervous! – Jack was supportive as he reached out and took Ianto's hand in his. The message in his eyes was clear: 'I love you and I'm here with you and for you.' Ianto smiled gratefully, his love for Jack shining from his eyes like a beacon in the dark. Taking a deep breath to steel his nerves, Ianto forced himself to look Tosh and Rhys in the eyes. He decided that the answer to one simple question would determine whether the talk would be easy or hard.
"Do you believe in the supernatural?"
Tosh chuckled."Ianto, I catch aliens for a living. I've seen fairies and if they exist then why wouldn't other myths and legends be true?"
Rhys nodded his head as he agreed with Tosh. "And I'm in love with a woman who catches aliens," he declared with immense pride.
An unneeded breath escaped Ianto in a whoosh of relief. "What I'm about to tell you is something I've only told a few others, one of them being Jack. I beg you, please, remain calm and wait until I finish my story before you judge me." Both Ianto's eyes and words were pleading with them.
Seeing the serious look in Ianto's eyes, Tosh and Rhys silently nodded their agreement. With Jack's hand tightly in his Ianto began his, tale of how he went from man to vampire.
Tosh and Rhys listened with rapt attention, a mixture of horror, awe, and sadness playing across their faces. Despite the fact that they both wanted to ask questions they did as Ianto asked and let him finish his story without interruption.
When Ianto was finished speaking, Tosh reached out and took his free hand in hers. "Ianto, you are my friend and I could never see you as a monster and I could certainly never hate you. I'm just sorry that you had to go through all that," Tosh reached out and took Jack's other hand as well, "but I'm happy you found Jack."
Ianto sagged against Jack as gratitude filled him; it was such a relief to know that Tosh didn't see him as a monster. "Thank you, Tosh."
Rhys looked at Ianto with pure seriousness in his eyes. "I want you to promise me something..." he trailed off, wanting Ianto's word before he would tell him what he needed from him.
Knowing that whatever Rhys wanted it was important to him, Ianto smiled and nodded his head. "If it is within my power to grant, then you have my word I will do my best to honour your request."
Rhys gripped Tosh's hand tightly. "I want you to promise me that if Tosh is injured and you look to lose her, I want you to change her. I want Tosh as long as I can and that does not include losing her to Torchwood."
Ianto smiled. "Now that's something I can do Rhys. I will do everything in my power to make sure that Tosh returns home to you safely."
Rhys smiled at Ianto. "Thank you." His smile turned a little mischievous as he asked, "So... does that mean your new nickname should be Batman?"
The air in Jack and Ianto's flat cleared of its tension as laughter filled it once again and Ianto was thankful he had such understanding friends. 'I just hope Diane's talk with Owen is going as well.'
Owen could only stare at Diane as she finished telling him her story. After his highly charged talk with Gwen, he'd gone straight to Diane's flat in search of a sympathetic ear and a comforting shoulder. Before he could begin his carefully rehearsed declaration of love, Diane had sat him down on the sofa, saying, "Owen, we need to talk." He'd felt a wave of dread wash over him; he was so sure she was going to tell him she wasn't interested in him. Instead, he'd heard something he'd never expected.
Burning rage filled him as he demanded to know, "The bastard is dead right?"
Diane nodded her head. "Yes, he is. he made the mistake of pissing off the wrong person and two days after he tried to kill me some hikers found his body." At the time, Diane had been quite upset that someone had taken her revenge away from her, but after a lot introspection she'd come to realise that if she had acted upon her first, murderous instinct, she would have become a true monster. "Listen, Owen, I'll understand if you don't want to see me aga..." Diane started to say only to be cut off.
"You think you being a vampire and somehow related to Ianto is going to scare me off? I haven't felt anything like this since Katie. I've fallen in love with you, Diane," Owen told her as sincerely as he possibly could. "And I want a future with you, fangs and all."
A bright smile crossed Diane's face. "I love you too. Now get over here and kiss me!" she ordered.
Cupping Diane face with his hands, Owen grinned at her. "Your wish is my command," he whispered before kissing her deeply.