April 17th, 2011

ARE TWO BETTER THAN ONE

Title: Are Two Better Than One
Author:  Iantosdreamer46
Rating: R, adult themes, occasional language, M/M
Pairings/Characters: Jack/Ianto,  Tosh, Owen, Gwen
Spoilers: Set after Something Borrowed S2
Summary:  Jack is confused with Ianto
Disclaimer: I own none of the characters, they belong to RTD and the BBC.  I am just experimenting with them....
Written for the longliveianto bingo: Evil Dopplegangers

Masterlist: iantosdreamer46.livejournal.com/3003.html

“Ok kids, you have two hours to get yourselves home, changed and ready to go for a night out that you’ll never forget. I promised you a night out and after the last few weeks I think we’ve deserved it. We’ll meet you at 8 o’clock outside the water tower and we’ll go for a drink first then we’ll move on to a nightclub. Does that sound ok?”

The team had been working, what seemed like 24/7, for the past 3 weeks chasing weevils, sending aliens back through the rift, and attending false alarms from both the police and the public. It always happened this time of year in the run up to Halloween and Jack thought they were due for a night out as a team.

“Oh Gwen, tell Rhys he can tag along too if he’s got nothing else to do. It would be good for him to see that we don’t just chase aliens.”

“Thanks Jack, I’ll ask him. I’m not sure if he’s arranged to go out with Banana Boat, but I’ll check.”

“Tosh, make sure our acerbic medic is dressed smartly tonight the nightclub might not let him in if he doesn’t.”

Tosh had been with Owen now for a couple of months and the rest of the team had seen a distinct change in the medic since the romance began. But he still had the tendency to just throw things on and think he looked good. Tosh was in the process of educating him in the art of looking good. He’d objected on several occasions but he was gradually sorting his wardrobe out.

“Ok Jack,” she smiled “but you know what he’s like, it’s a struggle to get him out of his favourite jeans. The last time we went out I had to hide them in the washer so he couldn’t find them.”

The team laughed and looked at Owen who was stood with his arms crossed looking his usual sour self. Although it didn’t last long when Tosh went to him and put her arms around him and kissed him on the neck.

“Hey Tosh, leave that for later. Yan, Gwen and I don’t want to be put off our night out.”

“Hey Jack, thanks,” muttered Owen, “what about all the times you and tea boy here are all over each other in front of the rest of us?”

“That’s different were catching up on all the time we wasted getting to know each other. I’ve an idea let’s wait till Rhys is here then no one will be left out!”

“I don’t think Rhys would want to join in, but then again he’s said he’s open to suggestions!”

They all laughed, Gwen blushed and went to go. “Hey Gwen, we could have a good party if Rhys comes along tonight. Know what I mean?” laughed Jack, as he raised his eyebrows.

Ianto put his arms around his Captain and whispered “Jack, let’s leave our games for ourselves, it’s more fun.”

“Oh, I’m not talking about those games Yan, just winding Gwen up, you know how easy it is since she got married.  Ok kids why are you still hanging around. Go. Get ready.”

Gwen, Owen and Tosh bid their friends goodbye and said they wouldn’t be late.

“Come on Ianto, we have a while yet let’s go and see what comes to mind whilst we’re getting ready.”

“Jack, if you want to be ready for 8 then let’s leave what’s in your mind until we get back tonight and I’ll show you a good time.

~~~~~*~~~~~

As always no one was late and Jack saw that Gwen had talked Rhys into coming along.

“Hey Rhys, you up for some fun tonight?”

“Yeah, it’s ages since we had a night out, and I thought it would be fun to see what you lot get up to on your night’s out.”

“Jack, where we going?” asked Tosh.

“Well a friend told me of a good nightclub so we’re going there. I’ve not been to a nightclub since I spent some time on a distant planet with the Doctor. And boy was that club good. Mmmm all those naked bodies!”

“JACK! What are you not telling me?”

“It’s ok Yan I didn’t stay long. Alien naked bodies certainly don’t have the same appeal as yours. Not now anyway.” Laughed Jack as he kissed Ianto on his neck just below his ear where he knew he would get a reaction.

Ianto moaned and smiled. The others just looked at the two gorgeous men and groaned.

“What’s the nightclub called?” asked Owen “I’ve been to nearly all of them, but there are some that you can’t get into on a Friday night without prior arrangement. And some of them….well they’re what shall we say…..erm dark!”

“Oh we don’t want to know about your dark clubs Owen, not now Tosh is with you, she might not be too amused. But thanks for the warning.”

Tosh looked at Owen who just smiled and looked sheepish. She kissed him and then laughed. “Oh I know about Owen’s seedy nightclubs, he’s told me all about them. But don’t worry Jack he won’t be telling us anything else, that I promise you.”

They all laughed at Owen’s sour look. But he soon turned to smiling once Tosh had kissed him. Jack still couldn’t believe the change in the man he was pleased that this quiet beautiful woman was having the influence on the medic she was. They both deserved some happiness.

“Right gang, let’s get ourselves that drink and then we can go on to the Revolution Vodka Bar.”

“But Jack, you can’t get in there without prior booking on a Friday.”

“I know that Owen, I’ve a friend who owed me a favour and he’s now paying me back.”

“Friend? Jack, have I cause to be worried?”

“No Yan, he’s married with three kids, so I know he’s not interested. We go back a long way, he’s also a friend of the Doctor.” Jack pulled Ianto closer for a kiss and he felt his young Welshman relax.

They made their way to the nearest bar for a couple of drinks then at 10.30 Jack announced “Right let’s go otherwise we’ll not be in a fit state to enjoy the club.”

Arriving at the Revolution Tosh was in awe of the building, she’d never been to a nightclub before. Owen saw her stiffen and put his arm around her to reassure her.

“It’s ok Tosh, no one is going to hurt us in there. Everyone just keeps to themselves, I came here several months ago with a mate and it’s great. Everyone has their own booths to sit in and no one dares to take your seats otherwise the not so friendly bouncers will help you to the door.”

“I know I shouldn’t be worried Owen but I’ve never been in a nightclub, I’ve never dared.”

He kissed her and felt her relax. The others looked at Owen, who saw their concern and nodded that she would be all right once they were inside.

Jack made his way to the doorman who put a hand out to stop him from entering. Jack told him who they were and he let them in after checking with his colleague.

“Wow!” exclaimed Gwen “I’ve never been in here before it’s fantastic.”

“Yep, I thought we deserved a good time and I’m sure we’re all gonna have a good one tonight. Our booth is over there in the corner. If you want to get up to things then no one will be able to see us. It’s dark and private.”

“Jack what would we get up to?” asked Rhys

“Come on Rhys use your imagination, even Tosh has beaten you to that one.”

“Oh….oh yeah, I see what you mean now.”

They all laughed and it was Gwen’s turn to pull her lover in for a kiss. The six of them took their seats and surveyed the other’s in the club. They all decided that this was what they needed and settled down to enjoy themselves.

“My turn I believe to buy a round. What do you all want or do I just order the Vodka’s that’s on the list.?”

“Mmmm that sounds like a good idea, but Yan, don’t forget I just want water please, one of us has to remain sober to make sure the rest of you get home all right.”

“Ok Jack, won’t be a minute.”

Ianto made his way to the bar and stood looking around him at the sights whilst he waited for the barman to get to him. The barman sidled over to him and took his order. Ianto continued to watch the bodies on the dance floor and thought that it was time he and Jack had a dance. The last time had been at Gwen’s wedding. He didn’t notice the barman come back with his drinks until he was tapped on the hand. It made him jump as he’d not been taking notice of what the barman was doing.

“Sorry, he shouted. The music suddenly seemed louder. “I was just looking at everyone having a good time.”

“No worries sir, that’ll be twenty pounds please.”

Ianto thought that this was the first and last time he was buying a round tonight. He’d let some other sucker buy the next. He paid the barman who thanked him and told him to have a good time.

Arriving back at their booth he put the tray of drinks on the table and handed Jack his water. Suddenly he felt the need to pee, he’d not had that much to drink, had he? He made his excuses and went off to find the gents. He found them at the side of the bar. Entering it seemed as dark in there as it was in the club area. Shaking his head and smiling to himself he wondered what people got up to in here in the dark and wondered if Jack was up for some fun. Ianto stop thinking with your dick, you’ll get enough of that when you get home. Where did that thought come from. He never thought of his relationship with Jack as just sex, he was more that than, he loved Jack. All too quickly he felt a hand around his neck and thought Jack had followed him. Realising it was not Jack’s grip as it was tighter than usual he tried to turn around. The grip was vice like and he suddenly felt scared. He finally managed to twist around enough to see who it was and came face to face with an exact replica of himself. He was about to ask what was going on when he passed out.

The copy of Ianto went back through to the bar, nodded at the other barman and went to find this man’s friends. The thoughts and memories this man had were amazing. This species must have some strange customs. He could feel that this man had feelings for another man named Jack. The new Ianto always thought that it was the male and female of the species that had sex together but this was different. He would learn something new here. He was beginning to have all the man’s desires and feelings for this Jack, so he would cope but it would be a different experience for him. He got back to the booth and sat down next to Jack. His memories were becoming stronger by the minute and he could see why this Ianto had feelings for this man. He was gorgeous.

“Hey Yan what took you so long. Thought you’d met someone new in there and were having a good time.”

“Oh….erm….you should know me by now Jack, I only have eyes for you.”

Jack sidled up to him and kissed him lightly on the lips. The new Ianto felt strange at first then as the memories kicked in more he realised that this was a nice feeling and responded to the kiss. Both the new Ianto and Jack didn’t care that they were being watched by the others their kisses became hotter and deeper.

Pulling apart Jack looked at his lover “You ok Yan, you seemed hesitant there at first? Is something the matter?”

“Erm….no Jack everything’s fine. It’s just I can’t get used to our open affection. I know we’ve been together for a while now but it still feels strange and I keep thinking that everyone is watching us.” He hoped that explanation was good enough. He was unused to showing his feelings in public. His species were not usually so open. They found a mate and reproduced and that was all, there was nothing of these open shows of affections. He would have to get used to it otherwise these five people would know that something was wrong. He was beginning to realise that he’d stumbled onto the best possible body he could inhabit. His leader had known about the group they called Torchwood and now he had a chance to prove himself and bring this group down, this would allow his species to inhabit the earth and eventually take over.

Jack pulled Ianto closer again and went for another kiss. This time the new Ianto saw that the others were doing the same with their partners. He would go along with whatever this Jack wanted and try to find out as much information as he could and relay it back to his commander. The man he’d left in the rest room would be gone in twenty four hours, and then these stupid people would have no defences against his species.

~~~~~*~~~~~

The evening went well and the new Ianto relaxed as he drank more. He was mindful not to drink too much as he needed to be sober enough to learn and relay back the Achilles heel of this group.

Jack pulled Ianto to his feet “Come on my love, I’ve had enough of this noise I need to get you home and show you an even better time.”

Ianto hesitated but allowed himself to be pulled to a standing position and then pulled into Jack’s arms. Jack kissed his neck just below the ear again and without realising this Ianto moaned softly and leant into the kiss.

“Mmmm I see you feel the same way my love. Let’s leave these here and let them make their own way home.”

“Hey Jack, what happened to you making sure we got home safely?”

“Owen you’re all capable enough of finding your way, I have to get Ianto home I have something to show him.”

“Oh yeah, we know what you’re gonna show him, and it’s not family photo’s.”

“Thanks for that Owen, but I’m sure Tosh will have her own things to show you tonight.”

They laughed and bid each other goodnight. Jack slipped his hand into Ianto’s and entwined their fingers together. Smiling at his young lover they made their way back to the Hub and Jack’s quarters.

The barman watched his companion go with this tall good looking man and as soon as they’d left he went in search of the body his colleague had left in the gents. He knew he’d be out for a couple more hours yet and he hoped that he’d managed to leave him somewhere others wouldn’t find him. He found him slumped in a booth hands and feet tied. He checked that there were no other’s in the gents and hauled this young man onto his shoulders. He made sure that this man’s colleagues were not watching, and took him out of the back door to a container in the alleyway. He threw him unceremoniously onto the floor and the man moaned. The barman thought that he’d woken him up so hid in the shadows of the container. Seeing that this man was still out cold he made sure the ties on his hands and feet were secure and left him. He would deal with the body tomorrow night. By that time this man would be dead and his colleague would be firmly in his place and ready to take over this world.

~~~~~*~~~~~

Something wasn’t right, Ianto felt cold and couldn’t move his hands and feet, his head was throbbing and his mouth felt like he’d swallowed a bucket full of sand. What had happened? Where was he, because he definitely wasn’t with Jack and the rest of the gang in the nightclub. His head hurt. What was the last thing he remembered? He felt as though his head was full of cotton wool. Trying to stand he realised that both his hands and feet were tied. Whoever had done this had not realised that if you wanted to render your victim helpless, you needed to tie their hands behind them, not infront as his attacker had done. He brought his hands up to his mouth and bit into the knot to try to loosen it. After several minutes it came loose and he was able to slip the constraints off his wrists. Bending down he went to untie his ankles. His head was pounding, but he had to find the others something could be seriously wrong. Then he remembered what happened. He thought he was dreaming but no, it was no dream. He’d come face to face with himself. He had to get to the others, had to warn them what was going on. He stopped. He realised that whoever or whatever it was had probably gone home with Jack. No, he was his Jack and no one else’s. He’s mine, I love him, I don’t tell him often enough, if....no when I get out of this I’m going to prove to him I love him.

Cautiously Ianto went to the door of the container, surely whoever had got him hadn’t left it open, had they? He tried the door, it opened easily. Well not very professional there then. He pushed the door and cautiously looked outside. He realised he was at the back of the nightclub. What was going on? It was still dark so he couldn’t have been in the container for very long. He looked at his watch, 3.30am. He had to get to Jack and warn him. He made his way down the alley watching as he went, he didn’t want to be caught again. 

Back at the Hub Jack had taken the new Ianto down into his quarters and was beginning to undress him. Ianto stopped him.

“Yan what’s wrong, you’ve been really vague since we left the club. Are you coming down with something?”

“N….no Jack I’m just tired, I don’t feel like doing anything tonight other than sleep. I hope that’s ok with you. I promise to make it up to you in the morning. I think I must have drunk too much.”

“Oh….ok….but are you sure you don’t want me to get Owen back here to have a look at you?”

“No I’ll be fine after a good night’s sleep.”

He took off his jacket and placed it on the chair and leaving the rest of his clothes on he climbed into the bed. Leaving Jack bewildered as to what was wrong with him.

Jack left Ianto and went up to his office. He was worried, something definitely wasn’t right with his gorgeous Welshman and he needed to find out. Sat in his office his feet up on his desk leaning back in the chair his fingers pressed together in a pyramid he thought about everything that had happened during the night.

He must have been sat there all night because the next thing he knew Tosh and Owen were coming in through the roller door. He went to greet them and decided that he needed to speak to Owen to see if he could secretly find out what was wrong with Ianto.

“Morning Jack, where’s the tea boy this morning?”

“Still in bed. Listen Owen I’m worried about him. Something’s not right. He just went straight to bed last night, clothes on and wouldn’t let me do anything.”

“Did he have a lot to drink?”

“No, in fact I think he only had one. I’ve been sat thinking all night trying to piece together the events of the evening. He seemed to change just after he’d bought his round of drinks.”

“Maybe that did it, come on Jack it was expensive in there and he was probably annoyed at paying so much.”

“No Owen, it’s something more than that. Normally he would let me undress him and….well you know?”

“Yeah Jack, you’ve no need to go into details. Look I’ll speak to him and see if I can find out what’s going on. Ok?”

“Thanks Owen, but don’t tell him I said you were to do anything, just make out he looks rough this morning and ask him about that.”

“Ok, no problem. Where is he?”

“It’s unusual but he’s still down in our quarters, he’s not surfaced yet. Now that’s also out of character, normally he’s up first and has the coffee on for everyone before you get to work.”

Owen looked at Jack, touched his arm to reassure him that he’d sort things out then went in search of Ianto.

He found him just appearing up the ladder from their quarters. “Morning tea boy, where’s the coffee this morning then?”

“Mmmm….oh morning O….Owen. I must have slept in, sorry.”

“That’s ok, come on I need a glass of water we’ll talk as we walk.” Now Owen was worried, first he’d called him tea boy to his face and he hadn’t batted an eyelid and secondly he couldn’t be sure, but he thought that he was struggling to remember people’s names. If Ianto had been fine he’d have come back with some dry quip to the tea boy comment. But not this morning, he didn’t seem himself.

~~~~~*~~~~~

Ianto slowly made his way out of the alleyway he’d found himself in. He listened carefully in case there was anyone waiting for him, nothing. He felt really dizzy and was struggling to focus but he had to get back to the Hub, had to warn Jack that something was wrong.

He reached the main road, no one was there not even the odd drunken crowd. For club revellers this was still early for them. There should be someone. He couldn’t walk back to the Hub he couldn’t see straight. He should get a taxi, but even they seemed to have gone home for the night. Slowly he made his way down the street. He tried to remember how far away from Jack he was. He remembered they’d gone for a drink at a pub near to the water tower and then they’d walked to the club. Maybe it wasn’t as far as he thought. He set off cautious that he could be followed. He kept checking to see that he was alone.

He reached the pub where they’d begun their night. Everything was in darkness. His head was beginning to feel as though it would explode. He had to get back to Jack he would know what to do.

Finally he arrived at the water tower. Now he just had to get on to the lift and then down into the arms of his lover. He stood on the slab that would take him down into the Hub but he suddenly couldn’t remember how to operate it from up here. He sat down and so out of character for him he cried. He needed to get inside to Jack. Maybe if I just stay here Jack will notice on the monitors and help me down. He was tired, he lay down on the slab and the next thing he was sleeping like a baby.

~~~~~*~~~~~

Gwen arrived for work looking a bit worse for wear. “Morning Jack sorry I’m late I slept in, I’ve even left Rhys in bed.”

“We don’t want to know what you’ve been up to Officer Cooper just go and get yourself a coffee, I think Owen and Ianto have finally got the machine working.”

“Thanks Jack, back in a minute.”

Jack smiled at the thought of them all having a good time last night. But still wondered what was wrong with Ianto. He needed to find out, and went in search of Owen.

“Owen any news for me?”

“Not really Jack, he seems confused and tired but there’s nothing else I can pinpoint. Let’s just see how the morning pans out.”

The new Ianto was listening to these two men talking and realised that he needed to be careful, he didn’t want to be found out so soon. He needed to get the information back to his superiors about this team. He would destroy them then they would take over the world. He watched as the woman known as Gwen came down from the kitchen, she went straight to her monitor and was checking what seemed like the bay area. Mmmm they must be able to check everything from here. I need to get their access codes and send them back to my captain. He went and stood by Gwen to see if he could learn anything from her.

“Morning Ianto, you don’t look too good this morning, is everything all right?”

“Yes, G…Gwen, everything’s fine thank you. Just a little hung over after last night.”

There he’d done it again, stuttered over her name. He’d done it with Owen first thing now he really had to be careful. Jack came over to him and slid his arms around his waist and kissed him on the neck. This was a totally different sensation, until last night he’d never been kissed by a man before. He was remembering the acts of love on his planet. If he liked someone he went over to them touched their face and had sex with them, no foreplay nothing like what was going on between these two good looking men. Plus two males of his species never touched as intimately as these two. It was always male and female. Even the sex was clinical they only mated with a female when they wanted offspring and within hours their young were born. This was a totally different sensation for him. But he must go along with what this man wanted otherwise it would blow his cover before he’d had chance to find out anything.

Tosh shouted “Jack you should come and look at this.” She’d been monitoring the area around the water tower and the Plass when she spotted someone curled up on the slab. Now it could have been a coincidence or it could have been purely random.

“What is it Tosh?”

“There’s someone on the slab for the perception filter lift and it looks like he’s asleep. I can’t tell whether he’s ok or not, but he looks like he’s had one too many to drink. Do you want me to get Owen to go and find out if he’s all right?”

“No, I’ll go. Owen’s doing some tests for me on an alien we found last week. We’re not sure what it is but it keeps shrinking and we need to find out before it disappears.”

Jack couldn’t go up on the lift so he took the long way out to see who was there.

Arriving in the Plass he went straight to the slab. He recognised the leather jacket, he’d bought it for Ianto on his last birthday, but why was this drunk wearing it? He’d thought Ianto was wearing it when they got home last night. He approached the sleeping figure carefully, he didn’t want to scare him unnecessarily and have him run off. He needed to find out why he’d chosen this particular place to fall asleep.

He bent down and gently turned the sleeping figure over. Shock registered on his face. He couldn’t understand how this was happening. Wasn’t Ianto down in the hub talking to Gwen? If so, then who was this on the slab. It looked like his gorgeous Welshman, and he had a smile on his face just like Ianto did as he fell asleep after their sessions of hot sex. 

Jack tapped his comms “Owen I need you to do something for me. I want you, just you to try to get Ianto down into the cells. I know he can’t hear me he hasn’t got his comms in this morning. Just make up some excuse to get him down there. Once there get him in a cell. Don’t ask questions just do it for me please, I’ll explain everything when I get back.”

“Ok Jack, but is everything all right?”

“Not sure Owen, just do that for me please.”

“No problem I’m on it.”

Jack gave Owen a few minutes, but just as he was about to contact him again, Owen’s voice came through his comms.

“Jack, he’s down in the cells, he didn’t bat an eyelid when I took him down, it was as if he was looking around, curious as to where he was. Look I’m confused what’s going on.”

“Everything will be explained in a few minutes. I’m on my way down with a visitor. Don’t stop and ask me questions, I’m taking him straight to the cells.”

Jack activated the lift from his wrist strap and slowly they descended into the Hub. As soon as they reached the bottom Jack picked up the sleeping body and carried him to the cells. Owen was still down there and gasped at the sight of Jack carrying another Ianto.

“What’s going on Jack? Why have we suddenly got two tea boys?”

“Owen please. Something’s not right here and I intend to get to the bottom of it, and I don’t need your sarcasm this morning, got that?”

“Yeah, sorry Jack, you know I don’t mean anything by it. I just like to see the look on his face.”

“I know, but I need to find out what the hell’s going on.”

Jack put the sleeping Ianto into the cell opposite the Ianto he’d woken up beside. Looking at both of them he couldn’t tell which one was the real one and which one was the clone.

The sleeping Ianto began to stir. He looked around him and realised he wasn’t on the slab. Something had got him, he was beginning to feel scared. His head was still pounding and he was beginning to feel sick.

“Mmmmm what’s….going…..on?”

“Don’t know you tell me. Who are you, what do you want and why do you look like Ianto Jones?”

“J…Jack…where am I? What do you mean why do I look like Ianto Jones, come on Jack it is me.”

“Then how come you’re in the cell opposite too?”

The recently woken up Ianto looked at his lover then looked at the cell opposite. He thought he remembered something happening when he went to the toilet in the club but his memory was vague. He tried to stand but his legs couldn’t seem to hold his weight. The Ianto opposite him was standing looking at him with a sly grin on his face.

The real Ianto said “Jack it is me, I love you, don’t you remember. Aaaargh!”

“What’s wrong, why are you doing this?”

“My head hurts, but please believe me I’m the real one.”

Jack looked at the other Ianto staring down at the one he’d just brought in.

“Ok so what do you have to say for yourself?”

“Jack please” it replied “I’m the real one, remember how we used the perception filter lift last week to experiment again to see if people could hear us shagging as we got to the top?”

Jack looked from one Ianto to another he was scared and confused, He didn’t know which one to believe because what both of them were saying was true.

The real Ianto began to stand again and screamed out in pain for a second time. Owen went to go to him, but Jack stopped him.

“Jack look he’s in pain I have to do something to help him. I can’t just stand here and let him suffer, even if he is the clone.”

“Ok, but be careful, I don’t want you hurt too.”

Owen carefully opened the cell door and went to give Ianto something for the pain. He also took a sample of blood. He had his back to the other Ianto so he wouldn’t be able to see what he was doing. He had to think of a way to get into the other cell and take some of his blood. Then he remembered, Ianto had been attacked by a weevil a few weeks ago and he’d had to stitch his arm. He rolled the sleeve up and sure enough there was the scar he remembered. It was still slightly red but was healing nicely. He left this Ianto sat on the floor and went to go to the other one. Jack looked at him and Owen nodded. A silent communication between the two was all it needed. Owen opened the other cell door and the Ianto in there moved back against the wall. 

“I’ve just come to check on your arm, I was worried the other day about an infection from that weevil bite. I won’t be a minute.”

The Ianto in this cell continued to move away from Owen but he wasn’t quick enough. Owen grabbed his arm and pushed the sleeve of his shirt up. No scar. He left the cell and went over to Jack.

“Jack, the one in there” he pointed to the Ianto who was sat on the floor “he’s the real one. That one” he said pointing to the one stood looking at them “he’s an imposter. But I don’t know how he’s done it. He’s the looks the same in every way except for the scar on the right arm where that weevil bit him the other week.”

Jack opened the door of the cell that housed the slumped Ianto and picked him up. 

“I’ll be back in a minute I’m just taking Yan to bed, don’t leave that….that thing over there, watch it like a hawk.”

Jack carefully carried his lover to their quarters and placed him on the bed. He was sleeping and so as not to wake him he gently kissed him on the forehead and whispered “I’m sorry my love, I’ll be back shortly”

“Mmmmm love you Jack” whispered Ianto.

Jack made his way back down to the cells. He needed answers and he needed them now.

“Ok, I want the truth, who are you and why do you look like Ianto and what do you want.”

“Oh Captain that’s a lot of questions. First I came for information about Torchwood, we wanted to get rid of you all and become the rulers of this stupid little planet. As for why I look like your lover, I only have to touch someone and put myself into their head and I become that person in every way. Even their thoughts and desires. The only downside is that it takes twenty four hours to fully become them, then they die. I have only some memories of who your precious lover is and what you mean to him, but within the next few hours he will be dead and I will become him in every way shape and form. As to who my species are. We are the Brice.”

“How can we stop this, you are not going to kill my colleague.”

“Oh, he’s more than your colleague isn’t he Jack. He’s your lover, and you love him with all your being. How very sweet.”

“Tell me what I have to do NOW, otherwise I won’t be responsible for my actions.”

“Are you threatening me Captain? It won’t work, I’ll become your Ianto in the next few hours and he will be dead.”

Owen appeared at Jack’s side. “I have an idea, I’ll be back in a minute, don’t worry, I’ll get your tea boy back for you just hang in there.”

Owen disappeared to his lab and retrieved some of Ianto’s blood he took when he first began working for them. He knew it was a long shot but he had to try, for Jack’s sake and for Ianto’s. He went back down to the cells and opened the door. The Ianto in there began moving away from him, but Owen was too quick. He had a stun gun and before the creature could move away Owen had shot him.

“This is for Ianto and Jack.”

He pushed up the sleeve of the shirt and injected him with the blood that he’d brought with him. The alien writhed and screamed. Both Jack and Owen had to cover their ears, the scream was so high pitched they thought their eardrums would burst.  

“We don’t know if this is going to work and I don’t know if this thing here is still connected to our Ianto. Let’s just wait and see what happens.”

Jack felt helpless, he so desperately wanted to go to Ianto and hold him, tell him everything was going to be all right. But if truth be known he didn’t know if what Owen had done would work.

Within seconds the screaming stopped and the alien opened his eyes. “What have you done to me? Help me, it’s burning, I can’t see. Please….help….me.”

The alien Ianto suddenly seemed to shrivel up and close in on himself. Then before their eyes he reverted to his own shape. Jack and Owen looked on stunned. The alien became small, it glowed with an ethereal brightness, it had the greenest eyes Jack had ever seen and it seemed to float just off the floor. The two colleagues were stunned. For something so evil they hadn’t seen anything so beautiful. 

“I’m dying, what did you do to me?”

“Oh I just injected you with some of Ianto’s blood, if you’re claiming to be him, you’d need some of his blood to survive wouldn’t you.”

“That’s the last thing I needed, your blood is poison to our species. I am dying, please help me.”

“Why should we help you, you wanted to kill Ianto.” Said Jack staring at this creature in front of him.

At that moment the real Ianto came back into the cell area. “Jack....what’s going on? My head is pounding, what was that screaming?”

 “Yan, my love, everything’s going to be all right.”

Jack pulled Ianto close to him and kissed him.

“Please….can’t you two leave each other alone for one minute.” Grinned Owen, knowing that everything was going to be fine.

Jack and Ianto looked at Owen and smiled. Jack took Ianto’s hand and led him to the cell. He explained what the creature was and what he wanted to do. The creature looked at Ianto, it seemed to smile and then closed its eyes and fell to the floor. Within seconds of it falling, it vanished in a cloud of glittering smoke.

The three colleagues looked at the empty cell, looked at each other and went back up to the main part of the Hub, to the waiting girls.

As they were making their way up Owen said, “Listen Jack, I need to talk to you both it’s important but you’re going to have to be sat down for the news I’ve got for you. You can take Ianto to bed when you’ve heard what I’ve got to say.”

“Ok, but let’s go into my office I don’t want the girls to hear what you’ve got to say just yet.”

The three of them went into Jack’s office. Both Jack and Ianto looked worried.

“Right....not sure how to put this but something’s happening with your blood Ianto. I did some tests when I took that lot earlier and what I’ve found may be good news for you or it may not be. I’ll have to let you decide.”

“Look, just tell us. Is he dying?”

“No Jack, he’s not dying, just the opposite. I don’t know what that creature did to him when he touched him but he’s altered his genetic make up. He’s not going to age. He seems to be the same as you. I don’t know if it’s permanent or if it’s just the after effects of the cloning, but I’ve got some more tests to do and will let you know soon.”

Ianto and Jack looked at each other not sure what to say. Jack told Owen to go and do the tests and get back to him as soon as possible. Owen disappeared into his lab.

“Ok, so what happens now?”

“The first thing we shouldn’t do is panic Yan, if it’s true then we have all the time in the world to get used to it. Just think of the possibilities.”

“Yeah, but Jack what’s going to happen to me? I’ll tell you I’m scared.”

“I’ll look after you, it’ll take some getting used to but I’ve been there so will be there for you. I love you”

Owen burst into the office without knocking, just as Jack was kissing Ianto.

“Erm....boys....can we leave that for later please. Right I’ve done some more tests and they have come back the same. At this present moment in time Ianto is not going to get any older, he will stay the same age. To go with that.....you might also like to know he won’t die either. I don’t know how that thing did it but you can look at it as a blessing, you will be together forever if that’s what you really want.”

Ianto looked at Owen, he felt scared, it was one thing knowing Jack wouldn’t die, but knowing he wouldn’t either was frightening. He also knew it was going to be difficult to come to terms with, but Jack had promised to help him.

“Are you sure about this Owen, I don’t want to take it for granted and then find that the next time a weevil attacks me it’ll kill me?”

“I’m as sure as I ever will be. I’ll do the tests again, but hey you two can have as much fun together for as long as you wish, just make sure that if we’re still here you don’t make too much noise and make us jealous. Look why don’t you two go down into your quarters and talk about your news or whatever you do down there, the girls and I will look after things today. But please not too much noise I don’t think we could take that!”

“Mmmm that sounds like a good idea. Thanks Owen. We’ll see you later.”

Jack led Ianto down to their quarters. “I love you Ianto Jones.”

“I love you too Captain Harkness. Now take me to bed and love me like you’ve never loved me before.”

Jack smiled, kissed his gorgeous lover, led him to the bed and for the next few hours they lost themselves in each other until they finally fell asleep.

 

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