Ianto was first up and was sat drinking coffee when Jack came into the lounge.
“I will be when I get this morning over with. I’ve got to ring the estate agents I bought the apartment from before we go, that way I’ll have an idea what to say to them both.”
“Ok, whilst you’re doing that I’ll go ring Scott and DS Broadbury to see if there’s any more news.”
Ianto picked his phone up and stared at it.
“Come on Yan, it’s not going to dial itself. I know it’s going to be difficult but just think once you’ve got the meeting over with you don’t have to see her again. I’m sure Scott wouldn’t mind acting on your behalf.”
“Would you ask him for me please Jack?”
“Of course sweetheart. Now ring the agents and find out the price, then we’ll go see them.”
Jack left him to make his own calls. He was hoping that DS Broadbury would have some good news for him, and then he’d ring Scott for Ianto, finally calling Craven to tell him his decision.
Twenty minutes later Jack walked back into the lounge, Ianto was staring into space. “Hey Yan, how did you get on?”
“Well the agent says that I could sell it for around £200,000 to £250,000 but he suggested that if I want to be civil about things I could ask Lisa and Adam for £175,000. He did say that as it’s my apartment and she was never on the deeds it’s up to me although he suggested that I sell to someone else for the higher price. Oh Jack, I really don’t know what to do.”
“Ok, so let’s not give them a price yet, let’s tell them they can have first refusal and if they want to know how much they can contact Scott, he’s agreed to act on your behalf.”
“Thanks Jack, that sounds like a better idea. Ok....let’s get this over with. Oh I’m sorry, how did your calls go?”
“Well the news is Hart has admitted to everything but his solicitor is saying he was under a lot of pressure running the company whilst I was away. But that’s no excuse. Anyway he’s pleading guilty but with diminished responsibility.”
“What have you decided about the company?”
“Hey there was no two ways of thinking about that. I am not giving you up, you mean too much to me so....”
“So what Jack?”
“So I’m going to sell to Hart. He can do with it what he wants.”
“But what will you do? It’s been your life.”
“Yeah and now you’re my life and it’s time to move on.”
“But didn’t Scott say that you’d have to leave Cardiff?”
“Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that too, if Hart sells to me we won't have to move but if I have to sell to him, we both need a new start and this gives us the opportunity to do whatever we want. I know you’ve got your job and you love it. I can see that. This is not going to be sorted out overnight, so you go back to work after half term and we can decide what to do then."
“I’ve already decided Jack. As much as I love my job and the students, I don’t think my leg will allow me to do what I’ve been doing, so....so I thought I’d retrain as a Drama examiner....if you thought it was a good idea? And you didn’t mind.”
“I’ll support you in whatever you do my love.” Jack pulled Ianto to his feet and hugged him.
“Thank you cariad, you don’t know how much that means to me. Now, let’s go break the news to Lisa and Adam.”
They arrived at Century Wharf Apartments realising that the pair would have gone to work.
“I need to go in Jack, there are some photo’s of my family that I need to get. I’ve still got my key, that is unless she’s changed the locks.”
“Surely she can’t do that, it’s your apartment. But if she has then we can come back before we go to the radio tonight.”
“Sounds good to me. Will you do something for me Jack?”
“Anything, you know that.”
“Hold on to me please. If I can feel you there with me, I won’t feel so scared.”
“You have every right to be here Yan, you are still paying for the place, in more ways than one. So don’t worry, everything will be alright. Now take a deep breath and let’s go in.”
Ianto squeezed Jacks hand, kissed him then pressed the entry code and went up to his apartment. He hesitated outside the door before he put the key in the lock. Jack stood behind him with his arms around his waist resting his chin on Ianto’s shoulder.
“I’m here sweetheart, you can do this, you’re better than they are.”
“Am I Jack, really?”
“Don’t you dare doubt it. You are worth more than these two after what they did to you.”
“Thank you Jack.”
Ianto was about to turn the key when the door opened and Lisa stood in front of them. “What the hell are you doing here?”
“Oh and good morning to you Lisa” Ianto said.
“I asked you a question, and another thing how come you’re letting yourself in?”
“Well it is still my apartment and as I’m paying the mortgage on it, I have every right to enter my apartment when I want to.”
“But you gave up the right to be here when you walked out on me.”
“Oh, and who was the one to have the affair and get pregnant? Don’t think that was me, do you?” He reached for Jack’s hand and held on tight.
Lisa had spotted this gesture, “oh aren’t we cosy. Who’d have thought, the great Ianto Jones was gay. How many men did you sleep with when you were with me? Come on, I want an answer. I’m not the only one having the affair.”
“No! Lisa, it’s not men, it’s just Jack. There was no one until Jack, and for your information, I love him. I’ve found out what real love is. What we had was....was a lie. You never loved me did you? I was a pastime until you met him.”
“If you mean Adam, then ok yes. I liked you Ianto, but I love Adam.”
“He’s welcome to you.” Ianto pulled Jack close and kissed him.
“Oh please, do we have to have this performance? You’ve made your point, now answer my question, what the hell are you doing here?”
“I came to pick up my photo’s of Rhi and the kids and seeing as you’re here tell you what is going to happen regarding the apartment.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well I’m not going to drag this out, so....I’m selling it and it’s yours and Adams if you can raise the asking price.”
“But....it’s our apartment, you can’t sell without consulting me.”
“No Lisa, it’s mine, you were never on the deeds, so I can do what I want. If you want to go on living here then you’ll have to buy it from me.”
Lisa stood looking at the two men open mouthed. “How am I supposed to buy this, I’m going to be finishing work soon to have the baby and I’ll be off for a while. I haven’t even decided whether I’m going to go back. I’ve been talking to Adam and we think it’s a good idea if I was a full time mother.”
“LISA! I don’t care what you and loverboy decide. I’m selling this place and all I’m saying is you have first refusal. Talk to him and then ring this person.” Ianto handed a piece of paper over with Scott’s name and number on. “He’s our solicitor.” He looked at Jack for confirmation and he nodded. “and he’s acting on my behalf. The least I have to do with the pair of you, the better.” He pulled Jack closer and wrapped an arm around his waist.
“But what Lisa?”
“What are we supposed to do?”
“You know what you’ve got to do. If you want to stay here, buy it from me, if not then get out and find somewhere else. To be honest I don’t really care, either way I’m selling. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’ll just get some more of my things and leave. Besides how come you’re here anyway, you should be at work.”
“I wasn’t feeling well, so I stayed at home today.”
“Well you’ve only got yourself to blame for that. Now, if you don’t mind, I’ll collect what I want.” He led Jack to the bedroom and retrieved his photo’s from the dressing table.
Pulling him close Jack whispered “I’m so proud of you Yan. You were great back there. You’ve done the right thing, now it’s up to them.”
He kissed him just as Lisa came through the door.
“Urgh, do you mind, you make me feel sick.”
“It’s people like you Lisa who need to understand that everyone has the right to love whoever they want. So if you don’t mind I’m helping Yan here and the sooner we get it done the quicker we’ll be out of your way.”
“Ianto, are you really serious about loving this....”
“His name is Jack, and yes I’ve never been so sure in my life about love as I am about my feelings for Jack.” And he kissed Jack passionately.
Lisa left them and went to phone Adam.
Ten minutes later Jack and Ianto emerged from the bedroom carrying photo’s and some clothes Ianto had found in the dressing table.
“No, I haven’t, but I’ll come back and clear my CD’s and other things out next week when I’ve put the apartment up for sale.”
“Yep, you have until Tuesday to decide what you want to do. I’ll be back Tuesday morning to clear the rest of my things, that way you’ll both be at work and you won’t have to witness two people who are really in love.” He had to get that in. He had an idea things weren’t too good between Lisa and Adam.
“Fine, I’ll ring you to let you know what we decide.”
“No Lisa, ring our solicitor.” He said reaching for Jack’s hand again. “I don’t ever want to speak to you again. Oh and another thing Lisa....”
“Yeah, what’s that?”
“You having this affair, getting pregnant, me leaving, couldn’t have been planned better.”
“Oh yeah, and why’s that?”
“I’d never have met Jack and fallen in love with him if it hadn’t.” He pulled Jack close and kissed him again.
“Ok, we’re going, I know you’ll have rung Adam by now, so I guess you’ll be letting Scott, our solicitor know what you’ve decided. And it better be quick otherwise I sell to someone who wants the apartment.” He picked up the boxes and left.
Once back in SUV Ianto broke down.
“Hey, sweetheart, come on, you were wonderful up there. You made yourself clear and no messing.”
“I’m....sorry....Jack. It’s just....”
“She was never like that when we were together. She’s changed.”
“No Ianto, you have. As you told her, you’ve found what real love is.” Jack pulled him close and kissed him. “Now why don’t we take these home and ring Scott to let him know to expect a call from Lisa or Adam. Then it’ll be time for your last physio session.”
“Yeah sounds a good idea. I’m sorry Jack.”
“Hey come on, you have nothing to be sorry about. She was a big part of your life. I know you loved her and to find out what....what a total bitch she is.” Ianto looked at Jack, “sorry Yan, but she is. It has been a shock. But that part of your life is over and I’m going to be around for a very long time.” He smiled as he pulled him in for another kiss, that soon got frantic, passionate and wet.
Pulling apart when they needed to breathe, Ianto looked into the blue grey eyes he loved so very much, “take me home Jack, away from here.”
“My pleasure my love.”
They drove home in silence, the only contact was Ianto holding on to Jack’s thigh and gently stroking it.
Chapter 31 http://iantosdreamer46.livejournal.com/30097.html