May 12th, 2011


Title:  Secrets Inside - Part 16
Author:  Iantosdreamer46
Pairings:  Jack/Ianto, Gwen/Owen Tosh/Paul
Spoilers:  set after "Coutnrycide" and "Greeks Bearing Gifts"
Summary: Jack enlists Martha's help to sort things out.
Disclaimer:  I own none of the characters I just like to experiment from time to time.


A/N  Apologies for anyone getting this numerous times.

Jack made his way back to the interrogation room, thankful that Ianto was ok. He’d been scared that he was losing him. First to the maniac who’d kidnapped him, then after the revelation about Torchwood One.He needn’t to have worried, Ianto had made it perfectly clear that he loved him and would never leave him. 

Jack walked back into the room and stared at Archer. He wanted to make him feel uneasy and after spending the night with Janet, he didn’t think it would take too long.

Archer looked up as the door opened expecting more ranting from this man, but his stares were more terrifying, he didn’t know what to do, where to look or what to say. The two men stared at one another for several minutes before Jack broke the silence.

“Are you ready to tell me the rest of the information or do I have to get Janet to help you remember?”

“No….no I’ll tell you….When we finally found Karen and realised we’d all but lost her I did some investigating of my own. I had a friend in the Met who I contacted and explained what had happened. He was living in London at the time of the Canary Wharf incident and remembers seeing the ghosts and then everything else. He was just starting out in the force and he was terrified.”

“Hey I don’t want to know about this guy who works for the Met. I want to know who your contact at UNIT is.”

“Ok….ok. Well this guy in the force his best friend works for UNIT, and when my mate told him what had happened he said he’d help. He knew he shouldn’t but when he was told about Karen he agreed. He was discreet at getting the information and he’s still working there.”

“Enough already! I’m beginning to lose my temper. I want a name, NOW!”

“Alright, his name is Stuart Sims and he works under the command of a woman named Martha Jones.”

Jack smiled to himself. This was the first good news he’d heard since they’d brought him here. He would contact Martha and enlist her help.

“Now I’ve told you, do I get to see my sister?”

“I’ll think about it. I need to see if you’re telling me the truth.”

“But you promised.”

“Like I said, I don’t make promises to scumbags, but I’m gonna go and check out this Sims character and decide then. In the meantime you can go and keep Janet company.”

“No, please, don’t take me back down there. I’ll co-operate, I promise.”

“You didn’t give Ianto a choice when you took him, beat him and tied him up. Why should I give you the choice?”

“I’ve given you the information you wanted, now let me see Karen.”

“Oh no my friend, it’s not as simple as that. You are going to suffer just a while longer.”

Archer flinched as Jack approached him to release the cuffs and take him back to the cells. Jack grinned, this guy was uncomfortable. Good he deserved it.

Once Jack had taken Archer back to the cells he went to check on Ianto again. True to his word Ianto had gone back down to their quarters and was sleeping peacefully. Jack didn’t want to disturb him so quietly he climbed the ladder to his office. He now had to speak to Martha.

Dialing the number, and giving his security code, he was put through. “Doctor Jones, so good to hear a friendly voice.”

“Jack, hey what a surprise. What do I owe the pleasure?”

“I wish it was pleasure Martha but I’m afraid a situation has occurred and I need your help.”

“It must be serious, Captain Jack Harkness asking me for help. What can I do for you?”

“Martha, this isn’t something I can talk about over the phone, can you take time and come to Cardiff?”

“Jack, you’re worrying me now. Is Ianto alright? Are the rest of the team ok?”

Jack smiled, how nice it was that Martha asked first about Ianto. She knew what they meant to each other.

“Yes Martha the team are ok, Ianto’s a little bruised, but he’s going to be fine. Like I said I’d rather not talk about it over the phone. Can you come here?”

“Yes Jack, anything for you, you know that. I’ll be there tomorrow afternoon is that soon enough?”

“That’s great Martha, we’ll see you then. And Martha…”

“Yes Jack?”



Martha arrived the following afternoon. As was her norm she entered via the tourist information but got a shock when she saw Gwen in there instead of Ianto.

“Hey Gwen, what’s with you in here? Where’s that gorgeous namesake of mine? Having a break with his Captain is he?”

“Hi Martha, no he’s….erm….look I’d better let Jack tell you, it’s not as simple as that.”

“Gwen yesterday Jack rang me to ask for my help, now I find you manning this place, what’s going on?”

“Like I said, it’s not my place to tell you, I’ll let you through, Jack’s waiting for you.”

“Answer me one thing first, Ianto….he is alright isn’t he. Jack was vague when I asked yesterday. He said Ianto was bruised. What is that all about?”

“Please Martha, just go and see Jack.”

Martha left it at that she was seriously worried now. Jack had asked for help, Gwen was manning the Tourist Information office and most worrying of all Ianto was bruised. What had happened to him? She hurried down to the hub wanting some answers.

She arrived to be greeted by Jack.  He hugged her and before she had time to ask how everyone was he took her hand and led her to his office.

“For goodness sake Jack, doesn’t a girl even get hello how are you nowadays?”

“I’m sorry Martha, it’s just that things have happened this last couple of days and I really need your help. You’d better sit down and I’ll explain everything.”

“I’ll sit down when you tell me that Ianto’s alright. Something is wrong because Gwens in the office upstairs and she’s never there unless….unless. Oh Jack he’s…he’s….”

“No Martha Ianto is going to be fine. He’s a bit battered but everything seems to be in working order.”

“Jack, it’s no time to be flippant. Tell me the truth.”

Ianto had heard the conversation between his lover and the good doctor and he’d painstakingly made his way up the ladder. “Why Doctor Jones, so good to see you. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to greet you, but I’ve got a few bruises that we thought may frighten away visitors.”

Martha looked at Ianto in shock. “My God Ianto who….what did this you. When did this happen. I hope you got whoever it was. Please tell me you have.”

Ianto went to jack’s outstretched arms and allowed himself to be cocooned in the warm embrace. Jack being careful not to hurt him.

“Can we sit down please Jack, I ache all over and I’m more comfortable sat down.”

“Sure my love.”

Jack went to sit on the desk while Ianto sat on the chair. Martha was still staring at the battered face of her best friend’s gorgeous lover.

Jack bent and kissed Ianto carefully trying not to hurt him more. Martha smiled to herself, inwardly pleased that it wasn’t as bad as she’d first thought. The first thing that had gone through her mind when she’d seen Gwen was that Ianto had been fatally injured. Looking at the two of them together she daren’t imagine what Jack would be like if Ianto had been killed.

“Right boys, I’m sorry to interrupt such a tender moment, but I think I need an explanation.”

“Sorry Martha, we kinda got carried away there.”

“You can carry each other away when…and only when you’ve told me what was so important I had to come to Cardiff and you couldn’t tell me over the phone. Plus I want to know why Ianto looks like he’s gone ten rounds with Janet.”

Ianto tried to smile but winced in pain. Jack noticed and said “I told you to stay in bed again today, you need the rest.”

“I’m alright Cariad, I’m feeling better today and I need to keep moving otherwise I’ll stiffen up.”

“Mmmm that sounds like a good idea.”

“Jack, Ianto, please boys there’s a lady present. I’d rather not know about your sex games thank you. What I do want to know is what the hell’s been happening here and why you want my help.”

Jack and Ianto looked at Martha and laughed. For the next couple of hours they told her the events of the previous couple of days and who they had visiting in the cells. When they had finished Martha looked shocked.

“How the hell this happened I don’t know, but believe me heads are going to roll.”

“Hey Martha calm down, I’m mad enough for all of us. I so want to get him for what he’s done to Ianto here, but we can’t go in all guns blazing. I want to get this guy for what he’s done to Tosh as well. I want to do this in a way that he won’t know what’s hit him. I want him to come to Cardiff and face us all.”

“Ok Jack, I won’t tell you to calm down because I know you too well. So….how’s about we sit and work out a way to get him here. I know who Stuart Sims is, he’s been working for me for several months now. I’ve an idea. Let me make a few calls and I will tell you my plan after I’ve spoken to my superior.”

“Look Martha I don’t want anyone else involved, I want to keep it between us and sort him out myself. But if you can get him here then we’ll take it from there. I trust you, I know you wouldn’t jeopardise our friendship.”

Martha smiled, “I’ll go and make those calls, I’ll use the Conference Room if I may then I’ll come and find you. Look Jack, take Ianto and tuck him up in bed. He’s worn out. Sit with him he needs you.”

Jack and Ianto smiled “I would love to take Yan to bed, but he’s still rather tender.”

“Oh Jack, you bring the tone of every conversation down. But I’ll forgive you this time. You’re both lucky to have one another.”

Jack smiled, went and kissed Martha then helped Ianto back down into their quarters.


“Yes my love?”

“Stay with me please. I want you to hold me, to know that you’ll never leave me.”

“Oh Yan, you know I’ll never leave you. I love you too much for that to happen. I’ll always come home to all of you but especially to you. It’s you I want and no-one else. I’m gonna be around for a very long time if you’ll have me.”

“I want you always Jack, and….and I love you so very much.”

Jack helped Ianto into bed and he lay down next to him, enveloping his gorgeous Welshman in his arms until he fell asleep.



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