September 29th, 2011


Title:  Music is the Best Medicine....4/?
Author: iantosdreamer46
Rating:  N/C-17 overall, adult concepts, occasional language, m/m
Characters:  Jack, Ianto, Gwen, Rhys, Owen, Tosh, John Hart, Richard, Giles, Adam
Spoilers: None, this is totally Aleternate Universe
Summary:  Jack is the Station Manager at Cardiff Royal Infirmary's Hospital Radio.  He helps a young man to get well and introduces him to the life at the Radio.
Disclaimer:  I own none of the characters they belong to the BBC and RTD.  I just like to experiment with them sometimes.
Words:  1,484

A/N This is completely AU and is all thanks to zazajb for challenging me to have a go.  Apologies for any bad geography of Cardiff and Wales, I was never any good at the subject when I was at school

A/N2 Apologies for anyone who is getting this more than once as it's cross posted.


 “You said you had two choices of song, so what was the other one?”
“Don’t laugh will you?”
“Nope, won’t do that, you’d be surprised what we get asked for.”
“Well it’s a few days back into the new school year and I was thinking about summer holidays was going to be School’s Out by Alice Cooper.”
They both laughed.
“I thought you said you wouldn’t do that.”  Ianto commented although he was grinning.
“I’m sorry but if you’d asked me what the likelihood of you picking that one I’d have said it was the obvious song for a teacher.  Hey Ianto?”
“You look great when you smile.”  Jack saw him blush again, he must be careful, this man was having a serious effect on him, he was thankful he’d got his great coat on.  “I’m sorry Ianto, I didn’t mean to embarrass you.”
“That’s alright Jack, it seems ages since I laughed and felt good about things, and I’ve got you to thank for that.”  He went to move so he could look at Jack better and as he did he felt a sharp pain shoot down his leg “Nnngh”
“Ianto....Ianto, you alright?  Do you want me to ring for a nurse?”
“ I’ll be ok.  I just moved awkward.  My leg is just telling me how stupid I was last Friday.”
“Hey, you are not stupid, far from it.  You are an intelligent, good looking young man and whoever caused this to happen to you wants their head seeing to.  Because if you were my partner I’d never let you go.”  Shit Jack now what have you done?  He looked at the gorgeous Welshman, straight into his blue eyes.  This time not only was Ianto blushing, but Jack felt his face heat up.
“I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said that, please forgive me?”
He continued to look at the young man and was taken aback at the next turn of events. 
Ianto reached out and put his hand over Jack’s.  “Don’t be sorry, you don’t know how much that means to me.”
“But I overstepped the mark saying that, I’m....”
“Jack listen, I said it’s not a problem.”
They both realised they still had contact with their hands.  Ianto slowly removed his and Jack felt a little disappointed.
“Ok Mr Jones, I’d better go and take these requests down to the studio otherwise I’ll be in trouble from Gwen.  She’s doing the request show tonight and you don’t want to get on the wrong side of Gwen Cooper, she’d eat you alive!”  They both laughed again.
“Is Gwen your girlfriend?”
“, she’s engaged to Rhys Williams, he’s another presenter who’s on tonight.”  Wow that was out of the blue Jack, remain calm, take a deep breath, don’t react, be careful.
“Oh, right, have you got a girlfriend?”  Ianto what the hell do you think you’re playing at?  He’s bound to have someone.
“No Ianto I don’t have a girlfriend.  I’m single and besides.....”  Jack was interrupted by Owen.
“Hey Jack, you’re pushing it a bit aren’t you?  It’s 7.50 and doesn’t the request hour start at 8?”  Owen watched the look on Jack’s face and thought he saw disappointment there.
“Oh, thanks Owen, if I don’t get down there Gwen will have my hide and you’ll be making a bed up for me as well.”
The three men laughed.
“Listen Ianto, say no if you don’t want me to, but how’s about I come back tomorrow night and we can continue our discussion then?”
“Mmm that would be nice Jack, thank you.”
“No it’ll be my pleasure.  Look I’ve got to go, I don’t want to upset Gwen, I’ll see you tomorrow then.”
With that he was gone.  Owen went and sat beside Ianto’s bed, he was sure he’d seen disappointment in the young man’s face.  “Ok Mr Jones, how are you feeling about what they said in Physio?”  He had to do something to help this young man.
“It’s going to be a long process and they’ve warned me that there will be a lot of pain as I really did a number on my leg.  But they’ve said I’ll be able to walk, the only drawback, I might have a limp.  But as it was my fault this happened, then it’ll be something to remind me how stupid I was.”
“No Ianto, don’t you dare blame yourself.  From what you told me it was Lisa’s fault.  You are a good man Ianto Jones, don’t let anyone tell you different.”
“Doctor Harper, can I ask you a question?”
“Sure, anything.”
“It’’s not about my leg....”
“Oh, what is it?”  Owen was unprepared for the question.
“Is Jack in a relationship?”
“I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have asked that, it’s just something he said earlier.”
“Oh, right, erm, he’s not.  He’s recently got himself straightened out after a tough time with his ex.  Although how he continues to work day in and day out with the man I’ll never know.  Unfortunately he even has to see him at the radio.  In fact he’s on tonight, his name’s John Hart.  Why do you ask?”
“Oh, I was just curious.  He’s a nice man, I’ve not laughed so much for a long time and it was just something he said.”
“I see.  Well....he’s coming back to see you tomorrow night why don’t you tell him what you’ve just told me.  He’s great at making people laugh and if he knows he’s cheered you up then that’ll boost his ego, not that it needs anyone to do that, he’s quite capable of doing it for himself.”
The two men exchanged a smile.
“Thanks Doc, if you don’t mind I’m going to listen to the request hour, I’ve asked for a song and seeing as Jack was kind enough to wait for me I’d better not miss hearing it.”
“Ok, you take care and I’ll be back to check on you just before my shift ends.”
“Thank you, see you later.”
As Jack made his way back to the studio he looked at his hand, he could still feel the touch of Ianto on the back of it.  Yeah he was surprised that it happened but even more surprised that Ianto didn’t move his hand immediately.  He was smiling as he unlocked the door.
“Sorry Gwen, I got delayed, forgive me?”
“Oh Captain, how could I not when you look so good in that coat.”
“Yeah, I’ve been told that before.  Actually I’ve just been told I look good in it.”
“Oh yeah, by whom?”
“Oh just a patient who wanted a song playing, no one special.”
They all looked at Jack and the smile he had on his face.  Gwen and Rhys smiled at each other knowing there was more to this than Jack was letting on.  Hart on the other hand was frowning, which hadn’t gone unnoticed by Gwen.
“Listen Gwen, as an apology I’ll dig out the CD’s for the requests while you go and start the show.  You’ll need to come out of the news with the request jingle then a 50’s track.  Anything of your choice just as long as it’s 50’s.”
“Ok Jack, thanks.  Rhys has said he’ll stay in the studio with me, not to show me what to do, just as a safety net.”
“Yeah, that’s fine.  I won’t be long.  John can help me.”
“What do you mean I can help you?  You’re the one that went for the requests.....”
“Look, I told you earlier, if you don’t like how I run things here, you can always leave.”
Hart needed to keep his position at the station if he was going to win Jack back.  “I’m sorry, just not having a good time without Cameron.”
“Ok, just give me a hand and we’ll draw a line under it.”
“Thanks Jack.  Hey who was it that commented on your coat?”
“A young man up on one of the wards Ianto, I think his name was.  He’s not having a good time either and Owen asked me to cheer him up if I could.  Well I got him to request a song, so I think it worked.”
“You can charm the stars out of the sky with your smile.  Well you charmed me.”  He stopped.  “Sorry....I know, we can’t go back.  So this Ianto guy, what’s wrong with him?”
“Come on, you know we can’t discuss that, patient confidentiality, just like the medical staff.”
“Yeah, sorry again.  But he seems to have put a smile on your face too.”
“He’s a nice guy.”  Jack didn’t want to say anymore, well not to Hart.  Anyway he wasn’t sure himself where this was leading.
Hart watched Jack whilst they were sorting out the music, noticing that every so often he would smile to himself.  Hart decided he had to find out more about this Ianto Jones.

Chapter 5