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Chapter 9

When You Can Have It All


Ianto shifted uncomfortably in the chair.  Martha moved the icepack in his hand back onto his cheek. “Keep it there,” she admonished, with a flare of a smile.

The cold bit into his skin and he closed his eyes to shield his head from the pound of the soft lighting.  Behind their shade he coasted on the purr of the TARDIS, letting her soft drone whisper to him like the soft cords of a lullaby, massaging the hurt that was more than flesh and bone.  His breathing relaxed in harmony to the pulse of the engine, becoming one, in time and space with the shell around him.  He felt her energies merge with flow of his own blood, he felt her recognition, he felt that he belonged.

The Doctor watched the young man from the console.  He observed his anguished expression drift into one of tranquillity as the TARDIS spun in the ad infinitum conduit.  To his surprise the Time Lord felt a connection, like a whisper in the fabric of his soul; she was nurturing the Welshman, cosseting him to her bosom, like a mother to a child.

Ianto’s eyes opened and fleetingly those flecks of gold caught and held the light; her light; her heart.

“Doc?”  Jack had been talking to him but his mind was beyond the blur of conversation. 

He reached into his jacket and pulled out the unopened envelope.  “Do you know how he came by this?”

Jack followed the Time Lord’s gaze and sighed. “If you’re asking if it’s Torchwood related, I can’t say for sure,” the American said with a shrug. “I’ve never seen it before.”

The Doctor held it reverently in his hands. “It didn’t come through the rift?”

Jack turned and rested his hip on the console. “Not on my watch Doc.”  He paused a moment. “You recognise the handwriting?”  It wasn’t really a question.

The Time Lord nodded; Jack looked over his shoulder. “You could always ask him.”

The Doctor turned his attention back to Ianto. “I’m not sure if I’m ready for the answer.”  He replied quietly.

Jack put his hands in his pockets and looked down at the floor.  “It’s your call.”

The Time Lord looked at him and then back to the envelope.  “You want me to open it for you?”  The American invited with a warm smile.

The Doctor shook his head. “You trust him?”  He asked, referring to the Welshman.

 Jack held eye contact. “Yes,” he said honestly. 

 The Time Lord’s stare deepened.  “Really?” 

 “Yeah, really,” he offered with a tug of his lips.  “Don’t ask me to explain, it’s a gut thing.  He’s a good kid, Doc but somewhere along the line he’s been broke and it’s not just fallout from Canary Wharf, it’s something way deeper.”

 He let out a small laugh. “Some days I think that suit of his is the only thing that’s keeping him together but you’d never know, not unless you knew what to look for.  Ianto has a unique ability to remain composed when underneath all those well pressed layers he’s screaming.”

 “And you know what to look for?”

 Jack crossed his arms and gave a dramatic sigh. “I’ve learnt,” he reflected softly, looking towards the Welshman.  His smile broadened. “But I’m still no closer to the real Ianto Jones and you know what, I find that real intriguing.”

 “Intriguing?”  The Time Lord repeated with raised eyebrows.

 “Yeah, Doc, intriguing.”  They shared a grin.

 The Doctor looked down at a fluctuating gauge and turned a corresponding switch.  “Well the TARDIS’s taken a shine to him,” he uttered.  “See how smoothly she’s running?”

 Jack watched him tap the glass dome of the gauge until the needle jumped.  “And what about you Doc?”  He asked.

 The Time Lord blew out his cheeks and cocked his head to one side. “He seems to have a general aversion to Time Lords,” he commented.

 “Nah, I think it’s just to you Doc, you seem to have this unique ability to piss people off.”

 The Time Lord looked hurt.  “Really?”  He said in mock surprise.  “Can’t say I’ve noticed.”  Jack smiled.

 The Doctor leant both hands against the console.  “So you don’t think it’s to do with Canary Wharf then?”  He said, looking into the other man’s stare.

 Jack ran his fingers over the console as if inspecting for dust. “Nah, that was all Torchwood, Ianto realises that.” 

 The Time Lord nodded. “So, anything in his file?”

 Jack’s grin broadened. “A large part of it’s sealed.”

 The Doctor eyes widened with interest and unspoken questions; the Captain shook his head.  “No, really sealed, even I can’t access it and believe me I’ve tried.”

 The Time Lord put a finger to his chin. “Intriguing,” he whispered to the air.

 “Yeah, that’s what I thought,” Jack added, looking towards the Welshman.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 22nd, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
Intriguing is definitely the word.

Love this series.
Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks sooo much.
Apr. 22nd, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
intriguing indeed, everything about this is intriguing and wonderful.
I'm loving this very much, and every update makes me happy, and curious, more and more curious.
Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
I'm really enjoying writing this. Thank you. I hope to have some answers soon.
Apr. 22nd, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
SQUEEE!!!! Just read it all from the beginning, and I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this fic. Everything about it, really. The plot, the writing, Ianto, the Doctor, Jack's interaction with both... Everything! It's so wonderful, and mysterious, and I want - no, I need! - more! So many questions... And now, Ianto's file is sealed? Ooohhh!!! I knew the boy was special ;) Anyway, can't wait for next part!
Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Yep, very special. :O)

Thank you for stopping by.

Take care
Apr. 22nd, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
I want to know!


Please tell!

Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
NOt gonna keep you guessing much longer hun.

Thank you.

Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)

You're welcome

Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Ok scary icon making me type faster!!! (or maybe it's the red wine although I'm not quite sure what I'm writing but the fairies dancing on my desk seem to know!!!)
Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
I have more icons that might scare you!

If you need any incouragement!

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Apr. 23rd, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
I know it was an evil cliffy but I promise you soon....

Can I offer cake instead to tide you over until the next part?
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