November 4th, 2011


Title  Music is the best Medicine....33/?
Author  iantosdreamer46
Rating  NC-17 overall, adult concepts, occasional language, m/m
Characters  Jack, Ianto, Owen, Tosh, John Hart, Gwen, Rhys,
Spoilers  None this is totally AU
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  1,886

A/N  This is completley 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 whi is getting this more than once, as it's cross posted

A/N3 All the technical information and the comments about the records played at the hospital radio are correct.  They are taken from when I used to work at a hospital radio. 


 Ianto had enjoyed getting everything for the dinner party that night.  It was the first time in a long time since he’d felt really happy, and it was Jack that had made that happen.  He looked at his watch, 12noon, plenty of time to do some extra shopping.

He’d been thinking about buying Jack something to show how much he loved him and now he had the chance to do that.  He got a taxi and made his way to the shopping centre.  He’d got an idea what to get but didn’t want to rush his purchase.  It had to be special, had to be just right.  Looking at his watch again he had just over an hour before he had to be at the St David’s.  His leg was beginning to ache, but he wasn’t going to let that stop him.  He was determined to work through the ache.

He was looking in a window when he felt someone standing behind him.  He took a deep breath, he had the feeling it was going to be Hart.  Don’t be stupid Ianto, he’s out of the picture, come on turn around and see who it is.  Turning he came face to face with Gwen.  He realised he’d been holding his breath.

“Hi Ianto, hey you ok?”

“What....oh sorry Gwen, I thought it was Hart.”

“No, I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have crept up on you like that.  I should have announced my arrival.  After all Rhys says I’ve got a loud voice.”  They laughed.

“No, it’s alright Gwen, I guess I’m still a bit jumpy.”

“So where’s the Captain today?  And why is he letting you do all the shopping on your own?”  She’d noticed the supermarket bags.

“Oh he’s had to go into work.  Things have really moved quickly, Hart’s in a psychiatric ward, Barnes and Mark will be sentenced on Monday and Jack is buying Hart’s shares.”

“Wow things have certainly moved on.  I expect we’ll hear about it tonight.  By the way who else is coming?”

“Jack thought it would be good to invite Tosh and Owen as well.  So I could get to know you all better.  It should be a good night, although I didn’t know Jack could cook.”

“Oh yeah, he’s a wicked chef as long as it’s spaghetti Bolognese, that’s his signature dish!”

Ianto laughed “yeah, he’s doing that tonight, but I’ve decided to make the desert.  Haven’t told Jack yet though, plus I’ve got some of my favourite coffee for afterwards.”

“You gonna tell me what the desert is?”

“Nope, surprise.  Speaking of which, I’m buying a surprise gift for Jack, and thought that one there would be the perfect one for him.  What do you think?”

“Ooo yeah, it’s lovely.  He’ll love it.”

“I’m going to have it engraved too.  You don’t think it’s over the top if I do, do you?”

“No Ianto, Jack will treasure it.  What you having on it?”

“Sorry that’s a secret till tonight.  Look, do me a favour if you see Jack, we’re meeting at the St David’s at 1.30, please don’t say anything, I want it to be a nice surprise for him.”

“You have my word Ianto.  Do you know something?”

“What’s that?”

“I’ve never seen Jack so happy as he’s been since he met you.  You’ve shown him how to live again.  I think he was just existing before, after....well after his split with Hart.”

“Thank you Gwen, you don’t know how much that means to me hearing you say that.  You’ve been friends with Jack for a long time.”

“Hey, my pleasure” and she hugged him.

“I’m sorry Gwen but if I’m going to make that meeting with Jack in 45 minutes I need to get this present sorted out.”

“That’s ok, I’ll see you both tonight.”

“Yeah see you later.”

She left him to go into the shop.  He was still smiling 15 minutes later after he’d told the manager what he wanted.  He had to go back later to pick it up but he could get away without Jack, he’d make the excuse he’d forgotten the coffee.  Ianto arrived at the St David’s just as Jack was pulling into the car park.

Jack saw him and shouted “Yan, hey Ianto, over here.”

Ianto smiled as he went over, Jack kissed him and took the bags from him.  “Are you ok sweetheart?”

“Couldn’t be better Jack.  It feels really great to be out doing normal things.  I’m glad I came into town.  I bumped into Gwen.”

“How is she?”

“Looking forward to tonight, she says you make a wicked spaghetti Bolognese!”

Jack laughed “you’ve found me out.  Ok I’ll hold my hands up.  That’s the extent of my repertoire of culinary delights.  I never used to cook for myself, always got a take out or microwaveable meal.”

“Ugh Jack they’re horrible.  I can see I’ll have to teach you this time.”

“Why Mr Jones, I would love to have you teach me new things.”  Jack grinned and raised an eyebrow wickedly.

“Come on then cariad, let’s go for that lunch you promised me, then I’ll take you home and show you how easy it is to cook something up.”
Jack smiled and deposited the bags in the back of the SUV.

An hour and a half later they were making their way home.

“Thank you Jack for that lovely lunch.  It feels really good to be out and about again.  I’ve got three weeks left before I go back to work so I’m going to make the most of it.  I’d like to take you away, maybe for a weekend if you can spare it?”

“That sounds like a great idea, where did you have in mind?”

“Not sure yet, I just wanted to see what you thought.”

“We can talk about that later.  Oh speaking of later, I hope you don’t mind, I’ve invited Scott and his partner John to the dinner tonight.”

“Ah, I wish you’d told me earlier cariad.”

“Why, what’s the matter?”

“I’m making the desert and only got enough ingredients for six.  I’ll have to go back and get some more.”

“Tell me what you need and I’ll go for it for you.”

“No that’s ok, I don’t mind, anyway I wanted it to be a surprise.”  You’ve just given me the perfect excuse to get out Jack, thank you.  He smiled to himself, now he didn’t have to make up and excuse.

“Alright but will you let me drive you?”

“Why don’t you make a start on setting the dining table and make sure everything is ready.  I won’t be long, I’ll get a taxi.  You could do something for me though.”

“Anything for you gorgeous.”  And he kissed Ianto gently.

“You could go to the off-licence up the road and get some wine.  Maybe a couple of red and a couple of white, that way we’ll have something decent instead of just vodka and tonic.  Not that I’m complaining, but I think the girls would prefer wine, don’t you?”

“Ianto Jones you think of everything.  Now come here and kiss me.”

Ianto leant over to him and kissed him passionately.

“We had better get indoors because Yan, keep kissing me like that and we’ll have the neighbours reporting us for indecent exposure!”  They laughed as the retrieved the bags from the back.

As Ianto was putting away the food Jack crept up on him and snaked his arms around his waist.  “You know you said you wanted to get away for a weekend?”

“Yeah, why where would you like to go?”

“Well how about we leave it till you break up at Christmas then we could go away for the whole of the holiday.”

“I was thinking of handing in my notice and finishing at Christmas.  That way I could concentrate on the examining.  If....if you....”

“I think that sounds like a great idea.”

“Ok, so where did you have in mind for this holiday?”

“Well you remember me telling you I was left this house by a friend?”


“I told you he lives in Australia with his fiancée, well they want us to visit.”

“I’ve never been to Australia, but I don’t know your friend, won’t he mind me turning up with you?”

“No, he’s been asking about you when I’ve telephoned him and he wants to know when they’re going to meet you.  So I thought we could go for Christmas.  It would be a change having a hot Christmas.”

“Oh if you want hot, Captain Harkness, I could do that for you!”  Ianto laughed.

“Oh I like your kind of hot too, but what do you say, shall we tell them that we’ll be there?”

“Yes....yes Jack, that sounds great.”

“Ok, so while you’re out I’ll ring the Doc and tell him we’ll be visiting.”

“Doc?  What kind of Doctor?”

“He’s a physicist and his fiancée Rose is a teacher of English.  You’ll love the pair of them.”

“Great, I’m looking forward to it already.”

“That’s settled, now go do the rest of your shopping and I’ll get sorted here.”

Jack smiled as he watched Ianto go out the front door.  Now he just had to ring the Doc to let him in on the secret.  It wouldn’t be a problem, they’d be happy for him.  He looked at his watch, 3.45pm that would make it 1.45am in Brisbane.  This is important I’m sure the Doc wouldn’t mind not this once.  Jack picked the phone up and dialled his friend.

Ianto secretly thanked Scott for giving him the excuse to go out.  He made his way to the supermarket, got what he wanted then headed back to the Mall. 

He looked at his purchase and smiled.  It had turned out better than he thought.  He was sure there would have been too much to engrave, but the jeweller had made a fantastic job with it.  Now to keep it safe until dinner, then he would surprise Jack with it just before they had their desert.  Speaking of which, he had better go do the baking otherwise the lemon meringue pie wouldn’t be ready. 

As he walked through the door he heard Jack on the phone.  “Yeah I’m sorry to have woken you up but didn’t think I could wait until later.  Yeah that’s right Doc, we’ll see you on the 21st December.  No not yet....I’m doing that later....yeah will do, see you then.  Give my love to Rose....bye.”

“I’m back cariad.”

“Great, Doc says it’s fine for us to go, I’ve just got the tickets to book, then we’re all set.”  He hoped Ianto hadn’t heard any of his call, he didn’t want tonight’s surprise spoilt.

“I’ve got everything, just going to sort out what I’m wearing tonight, then I’ll get started on desert.”

“You look good as you are my love, I’d be happy if you were naked but then the girls wouldn’t appreciate it would they?”  Jack laughed.

“Captain Harkness you are wicked, but I love you, back in a few minutes.”  Ianto left Jack booking their flight.  Great this gives me a chance to make sure Jack’s surprise is in a safe place.

He hid it in his laptop bag then made his way to start on the desert.

Chapter 34