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
The next morning Gwen arrived long before anyone else and as she slowly made her way down into the Medical Bay, she never noticed the shadow following her. She didn't see it watching her with sad eyes as she headed straight for the cabinet where Owen kept the Retcon.
As she stared at the bottle of amnesia-inducing tablets in her hand, Gwen briefly thought about Tosh and about how genuinely happy and in love she was with Rhys. After a moment, though, Gwen firmly shoved those feelings aside as she closed her palm over the Retcon. ‘No, I need to do this! Rhys is all I have left, and Jack is now completely out of my reach all because that damn Ianto had to claim my Jack's heart! And then that stupid Diane shows up and steals Owen away from me! Well, this is just me taking back what was mine first.’
Nothing was going to stop her from getting her happy ending back, even if it meant hurting Tosh in the process. 'Rhys Williams is my last shot at a getting what is mine and I'm willing to make a deal with the devil to get it!'
Taking a deep breath Gwen squared her shoulders, turned around and came face-to-face with a very disappointed-looking Jack. "Jack!" she breathed out shakily and sudden worry gripped her heart. "How long have you been standing there?" she asked, her voice quivering in fear.
" Long enough." Jack looked at Gwen with pure disappointment. "What are you going to do with the Retcon, Gwen?"
Her nails dug painfully into her skin as she clenched her fist closed around the stolen pills. She felt the anger of being spied on fill her. "Retcon, what Retcon? I never took any Retcon!" she managed to maintain eye contact with Jack even as she lied to his face.
Resignation filled Jack's heart as he looked at Gwen. 'You were supposed to be the heart of my team. Where did I go wrong with you?' he wondered. "Gwen, you have to let Rhys go just like you have to let me and Owen go. There's someone out there for you, you just have to see past what you can't have to find it. You're hurting not only yourself, but everyone else and especially your unborn child." Jack didn't want to believe that Gwen would be cruel enough to use the Retcon on either Owen or Rhys but it was clear that she was desperate and no longer thinking straight.
"I'm sorry, Jack but I don't want to be alone; I want my happy ending and the only way I'm going to get that is with Rhys! He loved me first and it's time Tosh saw that she's just a sorry replacement for the real thing!" Gwen cried out. She could not understand why Jack refused to see the truth in what she was saying.
Jack shook his head sadly. "Gwen, you ended things with Rhys the moment you chose to take comfort in Owen's bed and then, when you turned a one-night stand into an affair, Rhys moved on. You hurt him very badly when you callously threw away everything the two of you built together. Now he's finally found the true happiness that he deserves with Tosh. I will not let you ruin two lives for your own selfish desires."
Jack saw the stubborn look in Gwen's eyes and knew he had no choice left. Filled with regret, he sighed deeply.
"I'm sorry, Gwen," and he truly did sound sorry. "But given your actions today I can no longer keep you here at Torchwood Three. Archie has been asking for some help at Torchwood Two and I think it's best for everyone involved that you go work there."
Gwen gasped in horror and outrage. "You...!"
"Stop," Jack held up his hand to stop Gwen from speaking. "I can't trust you, Gwen, not anymore. Go home and get packed; you need to be ready to leave for Scotland by the end of the week." Jack looked at her for a long moment before shaking his head. "You need to leave, now, Gwen; I can't be around you anymore."
At that moment, Gwen knew she had truly lost Jack for good as she watched him he turn and walk away from her. She fought back a choked sob as the stolen Retcon, her twisted idea of a future for her and her baby, fell from her hands as she ran from the Hub.
Jack sighed as he heard the alarms sounded behind Gwen; it wasn't until the last echo had faded from the rafters that he headed up to his office. He had a phone call to make.
Later that morning, as the others arrived, Jack called them up to the conference room. From the moment he'd hung up the phone, he'd debated whether or not to tell them what Gwen had tried to do, making mental lists of all the pros and cons he could think of. In the end he'd come to the conclusion that honesty was the best policy, and that it was best if his team knew why Gwen was no longer a part of Torchwood Three.
Jack waited until everyone was seated around the large table with mugs of Ianto's superb coffee in front of them before he started. He began by showing them the footage of his confrontation with Gwen, and finished with "I'm sending Gwen to Torchwood Two for a while." Jack's announcement was met with stunned silence, and as he looked around the table at the others he locked eyes with Tosh. Jack wasn't at all surprised to see the barely contained rage hidden within them. "Gwen's actions have greatly damaged the team and while in time we may forgive we will never forget. Unfortunately, that anger and distrust can become a danger in the field when we need to depend on one another the most."
Owen shook his head sadly. "Bloody hell! I knew Gwen was unhappy but for her to try and do this is just too much."
Despite her anger, Tosh remained quiet and she felt Rhys squeeze her hand tightly. As she gazed into his eyes, and she saw the love and trust in them, she truly hated Gwen Cooper for ever hurting the man she loved so much. "Thank you, Jack, for taking care of Gwen. Could I have the rest of the day off?" Tosh asked softly.
Jack smiled kindly at his petite Japanese tech. "Go ahead, take the day off, and that goes for the rest of you," Jack told them with a smile; he knew that they all needed time to process what Gwen had nearly done.
Owen shot to his feet and pulled Diane up with him. "Don't have to tell me twice!" He was out the door in a flash, shoes clattering down the stairs as he and Diane rushed for the Hub's exit.
"Thanks, mate," Rhys told Jack and he shook the immortal's hand before he escorted Tosh out of the conference room. He was still a little numb that Gwen would try to take Tosh from him and in such a horrible way.
Once they were gone, Jack fell back into his chair; with a quick tug on Ianto's wrist, he pulled his mate into his lap. With Ianto relaxed comfortably against his chest, Jack slowly ran his fingers through his lover's hair. "When I leave with the Doctor to get my answers, you'll come with me, won't you?"
Shifting his position just slightly, Ianto looked deeply into Jack's eyes. "Nothing could stop me, Cariad. You're stuck with me for life, remember?" Ianto reminded him with a gentle poke in the ribs.
Jack smiled and tightened his grip on Ianto. "Good, because there's no way I'm going anywhere without you. After being left behind on that space station, I never thought I would find a place where I belong again," Jack admitted in a soft voice. "But then I met you, Jones, Ianto Jones, and I knew at long last I'd finally found my home and that will always be with you."
"I love you too, Jack," Ianto kissed Jack fondly. "And you're my home."
Ten years later
"Mum! Dad! Uncle Jack and Uncle Ianto and Eilwen are back!" Almost ten year old, Carwen Harper happily cried as she broke free from her parents and rushed to greet the two men coming up the walkway.
"Oi! How come I never get that type of greeting when I come home?" Owen demanded as his daughter dashed away.
Carwen halted in her steps and rolled her eyes at her dad. "Because I see you all the time," she reminded him dryly before continuing her journey to greet her Uncles.
Diane couldn't help but laugh at her mate's pout. Reaching out she snagged her husband's arm, loving the warmth that seeped into her chilled skin. They had talked about it at great length, and they'd decided that when Carwen was old enough to understand and have a life of her own, Diane would change Owen.
Jack grinned and easily caught Carwen and caught her up in his arms. "Hey, munchkin, miss me?" he asked as he swung her up above his head and listened to her shriek with laughter.
Once her feet were back on the ground, Carwen nodded her head. "Both you and Uncle Ianto! Did you have fun with Uncle Doctor and Aunt Martha? How was Derfel?" No one missed the light blush that painted her cheeks as she asked about the Doctor and Martha's son.
A light growl escaped Owen's lips at the reminder that his sweet, innocent daughter already had her first crush.
"Cheer up, mate, it could be worse; at least it's not John Hart your kid is crushing on," Rhys had a cheeky grin on his face as he spoke up.
Rhys and Tosh married a year after Gwen left Cardiff, and they had an eight-year-old-son, Elian, whose first crush had been Jack's ex, John Hart. Rhys had nearly killed the former Time Agent when he'd found out. Of course, now John was safely kept out of trouble by the very capable hands of his own wife, Donna.
Most likely Elian had a new crush these days. "Eilwen!" Elian cried as he spotted the young girl in Ianto's arms. He struggled to break free from his mother's hold until finally she let him go and he rushed to his Uncle Ianto.
Eilwen Harkness-Jones wasn't Jack and Ianto's biological child, as a vampire Ianto couldn't have children. No, she was a young girl they'd met on their travels with the Doctor, one of the only survivors of a destroyed planet. Jack and Ianto had fallen in love with the orphaned young girl the moment they'd set eyes on her, and she with them.
Hidden in the shadows across the street, Gwen Cooper watched the family and friends she lost ten years ago. Her heart clenched as she spotted Carwen, her daughter with Owen. She'd given up all rights and custody of the child after deciding that she couldn't be a full-time mom and work for Torchwood. She'd chosen her job over her daughter and had never once looked back.
She was still at Torchwood Two; despite all her attempts at reconciliation, after her actions the team had never forgiven her so she had found a new life in Scotland. She never married but her life was full of endless, empty and meaningless flings, always about sex but never emotions.
Archie always interacted with Jack and Ianto when it came to Torchwood business and he never shared what he'd learn from them, so it had taken quite a bit of time before she finally learned all about the changes that had happened at Torchwood Three since she'd left.
Jack made Ianto his second-in-command after their return trip with the Doctor, bringing with them Martha Jones. The newly qualified doctor stayed with them until after the planets were stolen by the Daleks, when she returned to stay with the Time Lord and his TARDIS. In her place, they brought Donna Noble with them and the fiery redhead had somehow managed to tame the eternal scoundrel, John Hart.
Andy Davidson and Kathy formerly Swanson now Davidson joined less than a year after she was transferred to Scotland, they did something that she never had been able to, they had created a working relationship with the Cardiff police.
Closing her eyes against a sudden wave of nostalgic tears, Gwen turned away from a world that was no longer hers and made her away back to her car. There was nothing left in Cardiff for her anymore and she tried not to cry as the sounds of happy, loving laughter echoed behind her.