SEA OF LOVE - Chapter 2

Title: Sea of Love - Chapter 2
Author: iantosdreamer46
Genre: AU
Pairings/Characters: Ianto/Jack, Tosh/Tommy, Owen, Martha Jones
Summary: Jack is the Foreman at a shipyard in Belfast. They are building what is rumoured to be the biggest and best cruise liner of all time - The Titanic. Ianto arrives at the shipyard having left Cardiff quickly to get away from his family and his ex-girlfriend, Lisa.
Rating: NC-17 Overall
Wordcount: 2,476
Disclaimer: I own none of the characters, they belong to the BBC and RTD, I just like to experiment with them from time to time.

A/N This AU is a subject close to my heart. Having researched the history of it for English lessons at school, I decided to give it the Jack and Ianto treatment. I hope I do it justice and that you all enjoy it.

A/N2 Apologies for any of you who are getting this multiple times, it's cross posted

The remainder of the morning went off without any hitches and when the claxon sounded for lunch Jack made his way back to the workshop.  He knew some of his men would join him, but he wasn’t prepared for the young Welshman to be there too.  He’d assigned him to Tommy who always remained outside at lunch and he thought Ianto Jones would do the same.  But the young man was one of the first through the door.  Jack had to take a deep breath.

“Ah, Mr Jones, how are you finding things?”

“Erm, fine, thank you Sir, and please, it’s Ianto.  You make it sound as though you’re talking about my father when you call me Mr Jones.”  Ianto could feel something stirring again and had to really concentrate on what he was saying.  He was having difficulty understanding why this was happening to him.

“Oh….erm ok….Ianto.  And you’ll find that my men call me Jack or Captain.  I’m only a labourer, the same as the rest of you.  So Sir is rather too formal.”

“Oh ok, er, Jack.  Can I….erm….can I ask you a question?”

“Sure, anything.”

“You said Captain – why?”

Jack laughed “oh it’s my coat, my men think it looks like something someone would wear in the Army.  I erm, found it in a junk shop.  Anyway it’s warm and you’ll find it gets cold here so warm clothes are a must.”  Jack knew he was rambling.  “My men thinks it’s a joke to call me the Captain, but hey, I’m all for having a joke with people.  And besides I’ve also been told I look good in it.”

Without thinking Ianto replied “Oh yeah you certainly do look good in it.”  Then he blushed when he realised what he’d said.  “I’m….I’m sorry.”

Jack noticed the young man’s blushes and instantly reacted.  Shit Jack, you’ve got to calm down, what’s he going to think if he sees?  “Oh that’s ok, no harm done, besides I can take all the compliments people give me.”  They both laughed.

God Jack you’ve got a gorgeous smile to go with that gorgeous accent.  Ianto what the Hell are you thinking?  Ianto looked down.  “I….I’d better get back to work.”

“No, don’t disappear just yet, we’ve still got ten minutes left.”

“Oh, ok, if that’s ok with you?”

“Sure, I’m the Foreman and I can decide what we do.”  Jack looked intently at his new recruit.

They finished their lunch in silence, each not really knowing what to say next and each stealing a glance at the other when they thought they weren’t looking.

The claxon sounded again for the end of lunch and as Jack stood to go, Ianto asked “is there anywhere near here that I can get a drink tonight?”

“Oh, yeah there’s a good ale house just up the road from here.  It’s called the Kings Head.  I sometimes go there at a weekend.”

“Great, thanks.  I might see you in there sometimes then.”

“Sure.”  Jack smiled as he watched Ianto go back to work.  Mmm Mr Jones, I wonder if you realise the effect you’re having on me?  Jack made his way back to work checking on the remainder of his men as he went.

At the end of the day Jack made sure he went to all the new men to make sure they had been alright.  He purposely left Ianto until last.

“Ah Ianto, so how have you found things today?”

“Oh, erm, fine thank you Jack.”

“So we haven’t put you off working for us then?”

“No, just the opposite.  My last job was nowhere near as good as this.  The guys weren’t that friendly either.”

“Well I’m pleased to hear that.  We’ll see you tomorrow then?”

“Most definitely.  And thank you.”

“For what?”

“Making me feel welcome.  It’s difficult moving from Cardiff not knowing anyone.”

“I’ll make sure you don’t feel left out of things.  I look after my men.  So when we have a night out at the end of the week you are welcome to join us.”

“Thank you Jack, I might just take you up on that.”

“Great.  Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going home for a much needed rest and bath.  See you tomorrow Ianto Jones.”

“Yeah, night Captain, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Jack left the young man and smiled at the thought of him going for a drink with them at the end of the week.  He couldn’t stop thinking about the blue eyes and that gorgeous Welsh accent.

Ianto watched as Jack walked off.  This was going to be a good contract.  And he smiled at the thought of going for a drink with Jack and the rest of the men.  He couldn’t remember the last time he’d been out.  Lisa had complained so much that he’d just given up going.  He’d kept a peaceful existence to keep her happy. 

The week flew by and Ianto found he was really enjoying his job.  The men were great to work with and Tommy was always on hand if there was something he didn’t understand.  He’d forgotten about going for a drink, so when Jack approached him he was surprised.

“Ianto, are you still coming for that drink with us tonight?”

“What?....oh….erm….if that’s still ok?  I thought you were just being polite.”

“No.  You’ll find I’m really easy to get on with outside of work and I said the other day you’re more than welcome.”

“Right, thank you.  What time are you all meeting?”

“We usually go straight from work for a couple of hours, that way we’re not late getting home.  Some of the men, like Tommy, are married.”

“Oh I didn’t realise.”

“He’s a quiet guy, hard worker and his wife is beautiful.”

“I see.  And what about you Jack?  Are you married?”  Ianto why on earth did you ask that?  It’s his business not yours.  He probably doesn’t want anyone to know.

Jack laughed.  “No Ianto I’m not married.  I’m single.  There is no one special in my life just yet.”  Interesting, are you asking for a reason Mr Jones, or is it that you’re just being polite?  “So Ianto are you going to come with us?”

“Yep, just let me put my tools away then I’m all yours.”

Mmm now that would be nice.  Harkness stop with those thoughts, he’s probably married or at least with someone.  “I’ve confessed to being single, what about you?”

“Oh….erm…. I’ve just split from my girlfriend.  She was….how shall I put it?  Rather possessive.  She didn’t want me moving to Belfast, she told me to stay with her in Cardiff.”  Ianto looked at Jack and thought he saw disappointment in the older man’s face.  “But you don’t want to hear about my troubles.”

“On the contrary, if I can help in any way, just let me know.”  Single mmm, but straight.  Oh well.

“Thanks Jack.”

“Right, shall we go join the others.”

“Great.  It’s been a long time since I had a night out and if I’m honest I’m looking forward to just relaxing.”

“Fantastic, let’s go.”

They made their way to the Kings Head and as they entered the rest of the gang had arrived and Tommy was just getting the drinks in.

“Captain, Ianto, what would you like to drink?”

“My usual please Tommy.”

“Oh, erm, whatever you’re having.  Thanks.”

Tommy nodded and pointed to where the rest of them were sat.  The only seats Ianto noticed were on the bench at the back of the table.  Jack went to sit down and motioned for Ianto to join him.

Sitting down Ianto’s leg accidentally brushed against Jacks and he felt a shiver travel up his spine.  This should not be happening Ianto.  This is the second time I’ve felt this, what the Hell is happening?  He didn’t look at Jack for fear of blushing and he really didn’t want the older man to see that he was affecting him in an inappropriate way.

Mmm Ianto, that felt nice.  Are you feeling the same?  Harkness what are you thinking.  He’s confessed he’s straight, stop you’ll scare him away.  Jack had felt a shudder travel up his spine as Ianto’s leg brushed his.  This was, he realised, a nice feeling and wondered what the young man was thinking.  He’d noticed as their legs touched, Ianto’s eyes dropped to the floor as if he couldn’t look at Jack.

Jack wanted to ask him more about himself and what he’d just felt, but he would have to wait.  Wait for the appropriate moment.  He liked the young Welshman and didn’t want to lose him as a worker.

Tommy arrived at the table with their drinks.  He handed Jack a glass with a clear liquid in it and to Ianto he gave a glass of whisky.

“What’s that you’re drinking Jack?”

Jack smiled as he answered, “water.  I don’t drink, never have done.”

“Oh….right….I thought….well I don’t really know what I thought.”

“That because I suggested you come with us for a drink, I liked a good ale?  No, I saw what it did to a good friend and I vowed never to have any.”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to pry.”

“No, that’s fine.  I find this to be a great time to get to know more about my men.”

“How long have you worked here Jack?”

“I arrived in England five years ago.  I came from New York and I’ve worked on this contract right from the start.  I’m looking forward to seeing it completed.”

“What made you leave America?”

Ianto saw Jack hesitate.  “I’m sorry I’m asking too many personal questions aren’t I?”

“No, that’s ok.  I just….well it’s a bit awkward.  Maybe I can tell you some other time, when there aren’t too many people around.”

“Sure….look I’m sorry if I’ve embarrassed you.”

“It’s not that Ianto, I just don’t want the men to know.  It’s not something everyone is comfortable with.”

“Hey if you’d rather not say I’ll understand.”

“I trust you Ianto Jones, but there are some I don’t.  Look if you want to have your lunch with me next week I’ll explain everything then.  I’m sorry I’m not making much sense but….”

“Jack, it’s fine.  You don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to.  But thank you.”

“For what?”

“Trusting me.”

“Hey, you’re a nice guy and….”  Steady Jack don’t scare him away  “….and I’d like to get to know you better.  That’s if you’ll let me?  I think you’re going to do well here.”

“Oi Captain!”

“Yeah Owen?”

“Let the new guy speak will ya.  We’ve found out more about these four here.  Let’s see what Ianto has to say for himself.”

“Ianto, you’ll have to excuse the Doc, he can be a snarky sod.”


“Oh, yeah, sorry.  Let me formally introduce you.  Ianto Jones, this is Owen Harper, the nearest thing we have to a medic….hence, Doc.”

“Oh I see.  Nice to meet you Mr Harper.”

“Oh boy.  I can see we’re going to have to educate the young man.  It’s either Owen or Doc.  No-one calls me Mr anymore.  Well not unless I’ve done something wrong.  So come on then tell us a bit about yourself.”

For the next half an hour Ianto explained why he’d moved to Belfast and how he’d split from Lisa.  Jack was listening with renewed interest, and as Ianto had been explaining about Lisa he’d looked straight at Jack.

“Anyone new on the horizon?”

“No Owen, I’ve only been here just over a week so not really had the chance to look.”  He didn’t know why he kept glancing at Jack, but he was drawn to the blue grey eyes and the….what?  The interest in them, the curiosity?  He had to look away, he could feel himself start to blush and his reactions below the waist were beginning again.

“So Ianto you’re single?  Hey just like our Captain here.  He says he’s not looking for anyone but I’m sure if the right woman came along….”

“That’s enough Doc, I’m fine on my own.  I don’t need you match making for me.” 

Jack tried to laugh, but Ianto could see that Owen had hit a raw nerve.  What is it with this good looking American?  What did he have to tell me that he felt he can’t tell the others?

“Hey, I’m only trying to help.  Besides, my cousin Suzie has been hinting enough for you to ask her out.”

“Owen, tell Suzie although I think she’s a lovely girl, I’m way too old for her.  Now, can we change the subject?  I’m sure Ianto doesn’t want boring with my love life.”

“Lack of Jack!”  They all laughed, but Jack noticed that Ianto only smiled as he looked at him.  Mmm what are you thinking Ianto Jones?

Ianto didn’t know why, but he felt there was something more than Jack being too old for Owen’s cousin.  He wanted to ask but didn’t want to upset Jack.  He would wait.  He didn’t know why he had these feelings towards Jack but he was pleased that Jack had wanted to confide in him.  He liked this American.  STOP!  How do you like him?  What are you feeling?  He had to go.

“Erm….if you’ll excuse me I really must get home.  I’ve got to find somewhere permanent to live.  I’ve only rented this place short term.”

Jack sounded disappointed when he answered “Oh, ok.  We’ll see you Monday then?”  Ianto nodded and went to stand “if you need any help then you’ve only got to ask.”

“Thanks Jack, I might just do that.”  Why he’d said that he didn’t know, he was quite capable of looking after himself.  But he wanted to see more of Jack and this was a way of getting to know him.

“Ok, look I live at 12 Yardman Walk, if you hit any problems over the weekend then just call around.  I’m not planning on going anywhere.”

“Thanks Jack.”  Ianto went to go and tripped over a chair leg. 

Jack’s reflexes kicked in and as Ianto fell Jack caught him.  A shock went through his hands and travelled up his arms.  Wow what was that?  Jack looked into the blue pools that were Ianto’s eyes.

“You ok?”

“Mmm yeah, thanks Jack, I nearly went there.  Erm, you can let go now, I’m fine, honest.”  Wow that was a nice feeling.  Stop, Ianto you’re not supposed to feel things like that.

“Oh, sorry, just making sure you’re ok.”

Ianto extracted himself from Jack’s grasp and made his way out of the pub, not realising he was being watched.

Jack reluctantly let go, hoping no-one had seen his hands linger on the young Welshman just that little bit longer.  He watched as Ianto left the pub, hoping he’d take him up on his offer of help.


Chapter 3

SEA OF LOVE - Chapter 1

Title: Sea of Love - Chapter 1
Author: iantosdreamer46
Genre: AU
Pairings/Characters: Ianto/Jack, Tosh/Tommy, Owen, Martha Jones
Summary: Jack is the Foreman at a shipyard in Belfast.  They are building what is rumoured to be the biggest and best cruise liner of all time - The Titanic.  Ianto arrives at the shipyard having left Cardiff quickly to get away from his family and his ex-girlfriend, Lisa.
Rating: NC-17 Overall
Wordcount: 1,676
Disclaimer: I own none of the characters, they belong to the BBC and RTD, I just like to experiment with them from time to time.

A/N This AU is a subject close to my heart.  Having researched the history of it for English lessons at school, I decided to give it the Jack and Ianto treatment.  I hope I do it justice and that you all enjoy it.

A/N2 Apologies for any of you who are getting this multiple times, it's cross posted.

Jack stretched, looked at his watch and smiled.  He ached from head to toe, but it was a good ache.  He was part of history in the making.  He’d been working in Belfast for the last 5 years and for the last 3 he’d been on the contract to build what was going to be the greatest ship in the world – The Titanic.  Jack had begun as a general labourer, then as the months progressed he’d been promoted to supervisor.  He worked long hours and his men all respected him.

Jack Harkness had moved to the UK five years before, his parents had sent him to England partly because they’d heard that job prospects were better, but also to stop him from going to jail.  He’d been in a spot of bother in his home town, he’d escaped being caught with his boyfriend by the authorities and both his own and his boyfriends parents had decided that having the Atlantic between the boys would be the best solution all around.  Neither set of parents wanted their sons to go to prison.  A 20 year old Jack had protested at first, wanting to stay, but when he realised the hurt he was causing he agreed to go and live with his aunt.

He’d never been allowed to explain to his boyfriend, John, he’d just had to disappear.  Jack had tried writing to him but his letters always came back Return to Sender or Not Known at This Address.  He’d missed John at first, but over the years it had gotten easier.  He’d not had a boyfriend since he’d arrived in England, he hadn’t wanted to get caught here, but he was starting to feel lonely.  He knew several guys who were in relationships, and although it was still frowned upon, he knew that the laws weren’t as strict as they had been in his home country.  He knew he could still get into serious trouble, but he’d just have to be careful when he found someone he cared for.  When Jack had heard that there was work to be had in Belfast, he’d packed up and moved.  That, he realised was the best thing he’d ever done. 

He collected his tools, told his gang to do the same, and made his way back to the workshop.

“Harkness, can you join me in my office?  I need an urgent word with you.”

“Sure Mr Ismay, have I done something wrong?”

“No, not at all Jack, I just need to let you know what’s happening tomorrow.”

Jack had not spoken that much to Bruce Ismay in the past.  He’d always thought the man to be stern.  He followed him to the office.

“Right Harkness, I know you and your gang are hard workers, I’ve been hearing lots of good things about you all.  That’s the reason I’m assigning five new workers to your gang tomorrow.  We’ve taken on quite a few new men as we need to complete this work on time.  The company doesn’t want any penalties imposed on us if we’re late finishing.”

“Oh, ok Sir, what are these men like?”

“By all accounts they’re excellent workers.  One has just moved from Cardiff shipyard and comes with an excellent reference.”

“As long as they’re prepared to put the work in, then we’ll all get along fine Sir.”

“That’s what I thought, thank you Jack.  I knew I could rely on you, now go home, have a good evening and we’ll see you tomorrow.”

“Thank you Sir.  I’ll make sure they settle in well.  Goodnight.”

“Goodnight Harkness.”

Jack left the office with a smile on his face.  He was being recognised for his hard work and that was all he wanted.  Well that and maybe someone to love.

Ianto Jones had left Cardiff just taking one bag full of clothes.  He’d had enough of his family telling him what to do.  His sister was as bad as his ex girlfriend.  They’d been friends for years and it was Rhi’s idea that he take Lisa out.  They’d started off ok but he found as their relationship progressed she became more possessive.  He didn’t want that, he needed some time to himself, but she wanted to know where he was all the time.  It had come to a head when he said he was thinking about applying for the job in Belfast.  Lisa had told him she’d not wanted to move, and if he really loved her he’d stay in Cardiff and marry her.

His argument was that the work was better in Belfast and the chance to work on what had the potential to be the world’s greatest liner didn’t come along every day.  Rhi had then gotten into the argument, telling him she’d never known anyone as selfish as her brother.  He’d tried to tell the pair of them that it was better money and better prospects, but they’d told him not to be stupid, his life was in Cardiff and to make the best of what he’d got.  He didn’t want to make the best of things, he wanted to improve his prospects.  Lisa had walked out on him that night and he’d decided there and then he’d had enough of her, he didn’t really love here enough, so he packed up and left.  He’d written a note for both Lisa and his sister telling them where he was going and if Lisa wanted him she knew where to find him.

Arriving in Belfast he’d found a bedsit and was due to begin work the following day.  He was looking forward to hard work.  He knew he’d done a good day’s work if at the end of the day he ached.  He smiled to himself at the thought of meeting new people, then he began wondering what the foreman was like.  He’d worked for some good men in the past, but this could be the time when the foreman was a tyrant.  Stop painting a negative picture Ianto, you’ll find out soon enough when you start work tomorrow.  He decided to get an early night, he didn’t want to be late on his first day.

Jack arrived early the following morning wanting to be ready for when the new men arrived.  He’d decided that he’d put each of them with a worker who knew the ropes, for the first couple of days then see how they were coping and take it from there.  He looked at his watch, just enough time to decide who would be responsible for the workers.

Jack smiled as he greeted his gang and called the guys over.  He explained what was going to happen and they’d all agreed that it wouldn’t be a problem.  He knew he could rely on his men to watch over the new guys.

A few minutes later the five new men arrived and Jack was already to assign them to members of his gang.  As he was introducing each of the men to the new guys, he spotted a young man standing towards the back of the group.  He stopped talking, the intensity of the blue eyes of the young man had taken his breath away.  He’d never seen such crystal blue eyes on a man before.  He was pleased he was wearing his overcoat as his blood supply was heading southwards very quickly.  He pulled the coat around him and took a deep breath before he carried on.  This reaction hadn’t happened to him for many years, not since….not since he’d met John Hart back in New York.

He tried to focus on assigning the new men to members of his gang, but his eyes were drawn back to the young man.

“Ok, finally” he managed to say, “is Ianto Jones here?”

The young man stepped forward, “that would be me Sir.”

“Oh, right….”  Jack had to really concentrate on what he was doing.  “Erm Mr Jones, you’ll be working with Tommy for the next few days, just to make sure you know the ropes.  Is that ok?”

“Yes Sir, no problem.”  Ianto hadn’t really taken much notice of the Foreman until he’d begun speaking.  He was drawn to the American accent, wondering what a man like him was doing in Belfast.

As Ianto had walked into the workshop he’d seen the tall dark haired man in the overcoat talking to some of the men and wondered who he was.  As the man had turned around Ianto had noticed the blue grey eyes of the man and had had to take a deep breath.  The intensity of the stare had sent a shiver down his spine.  Not one of dread he realised, but of….of what?  Excitement?  Interest?  Ianto couldn’t figure out why he was feeling this way, but he realised it felt good.  Stop it Jones he’s your Foreman, you’ve just ended a relationship with a woman, it’s illegal to have these feelings for another man.  He tried to block the sensations from his mind, but the more he listened to the man talk and the more he looked at him, he realised he liked what he was feeling.  Then when he’d called his name, just the way he’d uttered Ianto had sent his blood supply southwards.  He was pleased he was holding his jacket, he could at least cover his….what?....reaction? with it.

“Sir” He had to concentrate on what was being said, “yes Sir that’s fine, I’m sure I’ll be able to learn from Tommy.  Thank you.”  He hoped he was making sense.

Jack watched Ianto Jones as he spoke to him, noticing a slight hesitation before he spoke.  He had to find out more about this young man, there was more to him than just a labourer.  Well he hoped there was.

“Ok guys, let’s go get some work done, and remember, if you have any problems you know you can talk to me.”  He looked directly at Ianto, not knowing why, but wanting him to know that he could talk to him about anything and at any time he needed.


Sea of Love - Chatper 2


Title: Baby It's Cold Outside
Author: Iantosdreamer46
Rating: R, adult themes, occasional language, M/M
Pairings/Characters: Jack/Ianto, Tosh/Owen, Gwen
Spoilers: None that I know of
Summary: Ianto has been immortal for a while but Jack is scared he's going to lose him.
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 2: Ice
Words: 4,216

Jack was woken by the rift alarm sounding.  He looked across to a sleeping Ianto and smiled.  He still couldn’t’ believe how lucky he was to have found him and then his second stroke of luck to have Ianto immortal.  It had been tough on Ianto coming to terms with his immortality, but Jack and Owen were now even more convinced it was permanent.  Jack had tried to keep his young lover safe but the nature of their work meant they were all put in danger every day.

He tried to move without waking the sleeping man, but Ianto had his legs wrapped around Jack which made it harder to sneak away.

“Mmm still too early Cariad, need to sleep after last night.”

“I know sweetheart, but the rift alarms going off.”

Ianto was up and pulling on his trousers before Jack could get out of bed.  “I see you’ve got too much energy Yan, we need to do something about that.”

“Oh, we will, when we’ve sorted our visitors out.  I do believe it’s my turn to show you what I can do with my….”

Jack’s phone bleeped, he looked at Ianto, smiled and raised his eyebrow provocatively.  Ianto kissed him and went to put some coffee on, knowing the team would work much better with caffeine inside them.

Jack raced up the steps to Tosh’s workstation to see what it was that had come through the rift this time.  As he got there he glanced at his phone.  The message he noted, was from Tosh.  Jack, Owen and I are stuck in my apartment, there’s snow about ten feet high outside and it’s frozen solid, sorry.  Phone lines not functioning properly, will try again soon.  Txx

Jack smiled at the opening, he was pleased Tosh had finally managed to tame the cranky medic.  He texted back, Ok, no worries.  And Tosh!  Make the most of the time.  I’m sure you could find something to do with Owen.  Jxx

Ianto’s phone had buzzed whilst he was in the kitchen.  It was from Gwen.  It appeared she was having a problem getting out of her apartment too.  He went to see what Jack had found.  Wrapping his arms around Jack’s waist he leant in and kissed his lovers neck, “what have we got Jack?”  he heard a soft moan escape Jack’s lips before he answered.

“Other than me wanting you more than ever, it appears Tosh and Owen can’t get out of her apartment.  I’ve told them to enjoy and do whatever springs to mind.”

“It’s the same with Gwen.  She and Rhys are stuck in their apartment block.  She said she was going to get Rhys to dig their way out.”

“If it’s as bad where they are as it is with Tosh and Owen, they’ll not have much luck.  The snow that’s fallen has frozen solid.”

“Do we know what’s caused it?”

“Not yet, I’m still checking.  All I do know is that it should be hot and sunny out there, it is the middle of August.”

“But you know what British Summertime is like Jack!”  He kissed Jack’s neck again.

“Any more of that Ianto Jones, and we’ll have no problem melting the ice.”  They both laughed.

“Seriously Jack, what is going on?”

“Look here.”  Jack pointed to a spike, “the last time I saw anything like that was back in 1874”

“What is it Jack?”

“It’s an Illandsaf.”

“What is, an….Illan….?”

“An Illandsaf.”

“Yeah that.”

“They decide they want to move and find a new planet and freeze it.  The only problem is they don’t always like to be told to leave.”

“What are we going to do?”

We are not going to do anything my love.  I on the other hand am going to go and talk to them, tell them that Cardiff is not the best place to live.”

“Oh thanks Jack, I live here too don’t forget.”

“Mmm how could I when I have you in my bed every night.  But you know what I mean.  If they turn Cardiff to ice and snow where are they going to move on to next?”

“You could tell them the North of England’s a much nicer place.”  He smiled and kissed Jack’s neck again.

“Mr Jones, have you something against that part of the country?”

“No not particularly, but at least then they’ll leave us alone.”

“Unfortunately that’s not quite right.  Once they’ve cooled down the UK they’ll move onto Europe and eventually the whole world.  So you see I’ve got to persuade them to leave.”

“Well, let me come with you, perhaps two of us would be better at persuading than just one.”

“No sweetheart.  I want you to stay here, stay safe.  I don’t want anything to happen to you, just in case….”

“Jack!  We’ve been over that before, I’m ok with everything now and you know what Owen says, I’m more than likely the same as you now.  He’s forever doing tests and….”

“No!  Yan, please, just this once, for me, stay here.  They’re a really nasty bunch.”

“But Jack, I’m….”

“NO!  I’m sorry Yan, I didn’t mean to shout.”  He turned to face his young lover, snaking his arms around his neck.  Jack leant in for a kiss, “I’m sorry sweetheart, but I’m scared.”  Ianto looked questioningly at Jack.  “I’m scared of losing someone else I love, I’ve lost too many over the years.  I know Owen’s done all those tests, but he didn’t know if it was permanent.”

“Jack, it’s been over a year and we’ve had….what shall I call them….incidents, and I’ve survived.  You’ve got to let me do more stuff Jack, I’m careful and you’ll be there.”

“Just this once, for me sweetheart, please stay here.  You’ll be helping me as Tosh can’t get in.  You’re the only other person who can read the computers.”

“That’s just an excuse Jack, we can monitor everything from the SUV.”

“Ianto….my gorgeous Yan, please, just this one last time, I promise once we get rid of the Illandsaf I’ll let you come with me every time.  It’s just these are extremely vicious.”  He looked into the crystal blue eyes he loved so much, smiled and batted his eyes.  He knew Ianto’s reaction would be immediate and sure enough he felt the start of the young man’s arousal.

Ianto couldn’t help but react when Jack batted his eyes like that.  He also knew Jack’s reaction wouldn’t be too far behind his own.  He pulled his lover closer, there it was.  He knew Jack was right, but he needed to get on with his work, his life, he couldn’t stay safe forever.  He had to get out and work.

“Ok….ok Jack, but this is the last time….I’ll stay, man the computers, but Captain Harkness, you owe me!”

“Oh most definitely Mr Jones and I’ll clear all my debts tonight and that’s a promise.”  He kissed Ianto gently, then felt hands around his neck pulling him in for a much deeper kiss.  Jack parted his lips allowing Ianto’s expert tongue entry to map every contour of his mouth. 

The rift alarm sounded again causing them to break apart.  “We’ll continue this when I get back.  Hold those thoughts Mr Jones and I’ll sort this out for you then.”  Jack palmed a hand over the front of Ianto’s trousers causing a moan to escape the young man’s lips.

“Mmm I’ll hold you to that Cariad,” and he brushed his hand over the now prominent bulge in Jack’s trousers.  “I love you Jack, and nothing is going to part us….ever.”

Jack quickly kissed him and turned back to the monitors.  “Looks like it’s moved and heading for Bute Park.  I’m going to get there quicker if I take the back streets.  They tend to snarl up all main roads first.  Keep monitoring it for me sweetheart and let me know if it moves.  The phones won’t work properly so we’re only going to be able to communicate by comms, but I’m not sure how long they’re going to last.  The Illandsaf take out all communication systems first, that way no-one can get to them.  Tosh and Gwen were lucky this morning, if they’d left it any later they wouldn’t have even got the texts through.”

“What about the cold Jack?  It’s going to affect you.  How are you going to negotiate with them if they’re going to freeze everything?”

“I have a thermal suit down in the archives.  It’s old but it worked last time, I’ll go get that and hopefully it still works.”

“I’m scared Jack.  I need you back here, safe, in my arms, in our bed tonight.  Don’t do anything stupid will you?”

“I promise, but I really need to get rid of them.  I have to keep this planet safe.”

“We do Jack, it’s not just your fight, its ours now.  All of us, Tosh, Owen, Gwen, as well as you and I.  We’re all in this together.  You don’t have to do anything alone anymore.”

“Oh Ianto, I know, it’s just I’ve….I’ve encountered these before and I know what they’re capable of.  Just….please just let me do this.”

“Ok, but remember if you need me, shout and I’ll be there.”

“I know, but don’t worry I’ll have this sorted out within the hour.  I’ve got the perfect planet to send them to.”  He kissed Ianto’s button nose and reached for his great coat.

Ianto was quicker, helping Jack into the coat he smoothed the fabric over his Captain’s shoulders.  He leant in and kissed Jack’s neck.  “Come back to me Cariad….please.”

“Jack turned and hugged his young lover, “always my love….always.”  He bounded out of the Hub heading to the Archives to retrieve the hot suit.

Ianto turned on the CCTV and watched as his lover grabbed a canvas bag, the turned to face the camera.  Jack smiled and winked, knowing Ianto was watching.

Ianto smiled as he felt his blood supply head south again.  No matter what anyone said Jack was the best thing that had happened to him in years.

Jack headed to the SUV hoping the exit to the garage would be free of snow and ice.  By all accounts they hadn’t reached the Bay area just yet.  He smiled at the images of Tosh and Owen stuck in her apartment.  He was wishing it was him and Ianto that were trapped, but….that would happen soon enough.  He’d persuade the Illandsaf that this planet was unsafe and give them the co-ordinates for another more suitable planet.  He smiled at the thought of crawling back into bed with his Ianto.

Ianto couldn’t do anything but wait.  He went for a coffee.  He felt useless, he wanted to be with Jack, he wanted to be able to help.

Jack arrived at Bute Park, the trees were already like huge crystals.  The Illandsaf hadn’t wasted any time turning the park into ice.  He retrieved the suit from the bag and knowing he would freeze outside, he struggled into it still sat in the SUV.  His comms got in the way so he removed them briefly and placed it on the passenger seat thinking he should remember to replace it just before he put the head cover on.

As Jack was zipping the suit up he saw movement out of the corner of his eye.  He looked out of the window to see two Illandsaf running through the park.  Quickly he replaced the head cover and made his way, albeit cumbersome, after them.

Ianto was monitoring the spike and noticed a second one appear at the Millennium Centre, he was about to call Jack to let him know, when he saw a third spike at the St David’s.  He knew it would be impossible for two of them to go to the three places, besides Ianto didn’t know if there was another hot suit, he’d have to ask Jack first.

“Jack, we have two more sightings, one at the Millennium Centre and the other at the St David’s.  which one would you prefer me to go to first?”  he waited for a reply.  Nothing.  “Jack, Jack….Cariad….can you hear me?”

Still nothing.  Ianto was beginning to get worried.  Jack always answered his comms.  He tried again.  “Jack, please tell me what’s going on.  Jack we have more of the Illandsaf appearing, what do you want me to do?”  Nothing.  He was scared, Jack had to be alright.  He made a decision, he would go to Bute Park, help Jack, then they’d go to the other locations and get rid of them.

Ianto made his way down to the Archives to check for another hot suit.  He couldn’t locate one, Jack must have taken the only one.  There was nothing for it, he’d just have to hope that Jack had been able to get rid of them and be on his way back.  Ianto tried to send a text to let Jack know he was on his way, but there was no signal.  The Illandsaf had finally disabled the communication system.

That was it, he was scared that something had happened to his Jack, he needed to find out.  The only way to do that was to go to Bute Park.  He just hoped his car would get him there.  What had Jack said?  He was going via the back roads, the main ones would be out of action.  He ran to his car, praying Jack was ok.

Jack had finally managed to catch up with the creatures.  He suddenly realised in his haste to stop them, he’d left his comms in the SUV.  He just hoped Ianto was ok and hadn’t been trying to contact him.

Jack stood facing the Illandsaf “you need to leave, you don’t belong here.  Your race promised you wouldn’t come back.”

“Well, if it isn’t Captain Harkness, I thought you’d be old or dead by now.  You don’t look any different.”

“My good looks keep me young and my varied lifestyles have helped along the way too.  Now, you need to leave.  This is not the planet for you.  I have just the place where you’ll be extremely happy.  Let me give you….”

“No Captain, you forced us to leave once before.  That planet you sent us to died, we need to have this planet.  The life on here will sustain us for several hundreds of years.”

“Oh, but I can’t let you do that, I live here and I like the planet as it is thank you.  Now, here are the co-ordinates for a planet very similar to Earth, you’ll be very happy there.  Leave us and let these people get on with their lives.”

“Oh very touching captain, but I do believe we’ll stay.  We like it here.  Now go back to where you came from and let us continue dealing with this planet.”

Jack was too busy concentrating on trying to persuade the Illandsaf to leave, he hadn’t seen Ianto arrive in his car.  He was about to try negotiating again when he heard movement behind him.  Turning around he saw Ianto getting out of his car.

“NO!  Ianto, stay in your car.  The cold will….”  He couldn’t make his lover hear, the visor muffled his voice and with his comms still in the car, he had no way of alerting Ianto to the problem.

Ianto saw the suited Jack talking to two of the aliens and knew he couldn’t use the comms.  So he decided to go over and talk to him.  He knew it would be cold so he’d brought an extra coat.  He just didn’t realise it would be this cold.

“Jack!  Jack, there’s more of them….Jack, Cariad can you hear me?”  He began making his way to his lover.

Jack looked on with horror as Ianto began walking toward him.  He had to stop him, the cold would knock him out, it may even kill him.  He had to….

“Ah, what do we have here?”

“What?  What are you talking about?”

“We have another human, and….Oh dear Captain, he appears to be concerned for your safety.  I see he cares a great deal about you.  Oh Captain what will you do without him?  He’s more than a colleague isn’t he?”

“He’s, no he’s a colleague.”  Jack was trying not to think of Ianto in any other way.  He’d forgotten the Illandsaf were telepathic.  “No he’s….”

“You can’t fool me Captain Harkness, he’s your lover isn’t he?  We can see from his thoughts you are more than just his colleague.”


“Oh dear Captain, we have hit a raw nerve haven’t we?”

“Please, just leave earth and let us all just get on with our lives.”

“Not so quickly Captain, we’re going to have some fun first, then we may decide we like it here and stay.”

Ianto had reached Jack and placed a hand on his shoulder.  Jack turned to face Ianto “go back to the SUV, get warm, it’s not safe for you here.”

“They’ve….a.a.a.appeared at t.t.the Millennium Centre.  S.s.sooo c.c.cold Jack.”

Jack could feel Ianto shivering even through his hot suit.  “Ianto it’s too dangerous, please go back, they know about us.”

“Want….w.want to help Cariad.”  Ianto could feel his legs shaking.  It seemed as though he was being frozen from the outside in.  He couldn’t feel his fingers and it had only been a matter of a couple of minutes since he got out of the car.

He was looking from Jack to the Illandsaf.  He could hear Jack talking but couldn’t understand what he was saying.  Jack could feel Ianto shaking even more.  He knew he wasn’t going to last much longer.  He had to get him back to the SUV.

Jack turned to the Illandsaf, “LEAVE.  US.  ALONE.  We haven’t done anything to you, what do you want from us?”

“We want your planet, you’re food to us.  We need you all so we can survive.”

“But you’ll kill us all.”  He felt Ianto slip and went to catch him, but the awkwardness of the suit and trying to negotiate with the aliens, he was too late.  Ianto had fallen to the floor.  Jack screamed, “NO!  Ianto!”  He looked at the alien, “You’ve killed him.  Get away from here.”  Jack fumbled with his gloves, he had to get to his wrist strap.  He didn’t want to do it this way, he’d wanted to negotiate a peaceful settlement.  Now they’d made him angry.  This was the only way to be rid of them.  He pressed a few buttons.

“No Captain, you can’t do that we’re too strong, we are going to stay.”

“No….you’re not.”  He looked at them and pressed on final button and the Illandsaf disappeared.  Jack had sent them to the coldest planet he could.  They’d survive, just.  They would have to make do with a lack of light, but at least it would be cold.

He bent down to see if Ianto was breathing.  He felt like a block of ice.  No pulse.  His lips were blue and he had ice crystals forming all over him.  Jack knew he had to get him warmed up.  He needed to get him back to the hub.  He tried to phone Tosh, still no signal.

He tried to send a text, no luck there either.  He bent down and picked his gorgeous Welshman up.  Cradling him carefully in his arms he carried Ianto back to the SUV.  Placing him in the back Jack removed the hot suit.  He checked again for a pulse.  Still nothing.

“Yan, sweetheart, wake up.  I need you to come back to me again.”  He leant in to kiss the gorgeous lifeless lips just as his phone buzzed.  Jack, it’s like a miracle, the snow’s gone, we can get back to the Hub if you need us. Txx  Jack quickly typed a reply Tosh I need Owen there asap.  Ianto’s….Yan’s dead.  I need him to help him.  Jack pressed send and jumped into the drivers’ seat.  He drove back as quickly as he could, checking on Ianto as he went, hoping that he’d come round and everything would be alright.

As he pulled into the garage, he saw Tosh, Gwen and Owen waiting for them.

“Anything Jack?”

“No Owen, he’s still….still….”

“Ok, let’s get him into the Medical Bay, Tosh, Gwen get some heaters, as many as you can find.  Jack….hey Jack, help me carry him.”

“No!  Sorry Owen, no, let me I’ll carry him.”

“Ok, but Jack, he….”

“Don’t say it Owen I’m not listening.  He’s going to come through this like every other time.”

“Jack you’ve got to understand, this was one eventuality we didn’t allow for.  I can’t promise….”

“You’ve got to save him Owen, I couldn’t….”  Jack couldn’t finish his sentence.  He could feel tears coursing down his face.

“I’ll do my best Jack.  First we need to warm him up, and no I don’t mean in the way you normally would.”  Owen was trying to calm Jack down.

“I don’t need your sarcastic remarks thank you Doctor Harper.  I just need you to make him well again.”

“Yeah Jack, I know and I’m going to do everything in my power.  Now go get a coffee and I’ll call you if….when I need you.”

Owen looked at Tosh, indicating with his eyes that she should take Jack out of the way.

“Jack, come on, let’s get that coffee.”

“No!  Sorry Tosh, didn’t mean to snap, but I want to stay here in case….when he comes back to me.  I don’t want him on his own.  He’s still relatively new to all of this.”

“Please Jack, I’ll let you know when….”

“OWEN!  Get it through your head that I’m not going anywhere until….until Yan’s back with me.  And don’t tell me he might not come back, because I know he will, he has to.”

“Ok….ok, but stay out of my way.  Sit over there if you have to stay.”

Jack moved across the room as Owen switched on all the heaters the girls had found.  He wrapped Ianto in a foil blanket hoping and praying he would come back.  Not only for Jack’s sake, but for everyone’s.  he knew if Ianto died, Jack would disappear and this time he wouldn’t come back.

They must have been in the Medical Bay for about twenty minutes when Jack thought he saw Ianto’s hand twitch.

“Owen….Owen, did you see that?”

“What, what did you think you saw.”

“I didn’t think, look….”

Just as Jack pointed to Ianto’s hand he heard the young man gasp, and shout Jack’s name. 

Jack pushed Owen out of the way.  “Yan, sweetheart I’m here.  Hey my love, you’re going to be ok.”

“Nnngh….it hurts Jack.  I’m s.s.soooo cold, it hurts.  Did we, did they go away?”

“Yes sweetheart, I sent them away.  I need you to rest, you’ve been gone a long time.  You need to get your strength back.”

“Mmm yes please Jack, take me to bed, then I’ll sleep.”

“For goodness sake, don’t you two ever think about anything else but that?”

“Owen, you should know.  Haven’t you just spent….”

“Yeah, well that’s enough of that.  Erm….Tosh and I….erm.”

“Wow Doctor Harper are you finally lost for words?”  Jack laughed at the look of shock on Owen’s face when he realised everyone knew about his relationship with Tosh.  Jack looked at Tosh who was smiling and had turned a lovely shade of pink.

“Hey it’s about time, and I say good for you both.  Now Doc, can I please take Yan here down to bed?  It’ll be more comfortable for him and I’m sure he’ll get warmer quicker with me looking after him.”

“Ok, ok, but promise me, nothing too strenuous, not tonight.”

“Mmm does that mean we can be adventurous in the morning?”

“You Captain Harkness are….”

“The best thing that’s ever happened to me, and I love him.”  Whispered Ianto.

“Oh please tea boy, enough.  Now on that note I think that’s our cue to leave you two alone.  Come on Tosh, Gwen, let’s go get a drink.  And Jack….”

“Yeah Owen?”

“Look after him.”

“Oh I will…. I definitely will.”  He leant down and lightly brushed his lips over Ianto’s.

Owen wrapped his arm around Tosh and along with Gwen they left their friends to recover.

“Ianto I….I thought I’d lost you again.  I….I don’t know what I’d have done if you hadn’t….”

“Jack, Cariad, don’t even say it.  I’m not going anywhere.  I’m here for as long as you want me.  Now, take me to bed, I need to feel your arms around me.”

“I love you Ianto Jones and I’m never going to let you go.  Now come on I’ll help you.  Then I’ll hold you all night.  I was so scared Yan.”

“I know, and I’m sorry for not staying here.”

“That’s all forgiven, now come on, I’m going to undress you, hold you all night and then in the morning show you how much I love you.”

“Mmm yes please Cariad.”

Jack helped his young lover off the bed and down into their quarters.  It wasn’t long before Ianto was sleeping soundly in Jack’s arms.

Jack kissed Ianto’s nose, saw him smile and whispered “I’m yours forever sweetheart, forever.”