Title: The Torchwood Institute
Parings/characters: Jack/Ianto, Owen, Toshiko, Gwen, Rhys, Rose, Mickey, Rhiannon
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood or any of the characters ... unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while.
Summary: When Jack agrees to go to The Torchwood Institute for one month after being in rehab he never expected to find love there.
Warnings: Slash, fluff, romance, angst, humour, AU
Spoilers: Anything is fair game
Rating: NC17 for series
Ianto couldn't miss the look on his sisters face when they led her into the medical ward of the Institute, she looked scared even though he had spent time reassuring her that nothing bad was going to happen and when he felt Jack squeeze the hand he held in his own he knew his concern for his sister must have been showing clearly too.
“You don't have to do this,” Jack said softly to him so Rhiannon couldn't hear.
“I'm so scared this won't work, that she'll regress again,” Ianto admitted. “but on the other hand, it might work better than I could have ever imagined and I'll have my sister back.”
“She still have to stay here for a while, even if it does work,” Jack said. “they'll want to monitor for a couple of weeks at least to make sure she's really okay.”
“I know, but she'll be on the right path,” Ianto said, a smile of hope twitching his lips. “I need to do this, I need to know if I'm right.”
“Then I will be here for you, like I promised,” Jack replied, squeezing the younger man's hand again. “do you want me to be in here with you, or would rather it was just the two of you, Toshiko and the medical staff?”
“Stay, please!” Ianto stated, not wanting to let go of the Captains hand.
“Are we all ready?” Toshiko asked, entering the room and closing the door of the single room on the ward.
“As ready as I'll ever be,” Ianto told her, noting that his sister still looked apprehensive.
“Then we should begin,” Toshiko said, taking a seat beside Rhiannon and indicating that Jack and Ianto should sit too.
Jack and Ianto sat on the two chairs that had been set out for them across the room, hands still joined and watched as the two medics filled a syringe with sedative out of Rhiannon's sight just in case it was required while Toshiko spoke to her softly.
Rhiannon made no indication of acknowledging what Toshiko said to her, all the while just staring down at her hand that lay in her lap.
“I'm going to bring to box out now,” Toshiko told Ianto and he nodded his agreement.
Toshiko reached under the bed next to where she was sat and pulled out the box. At the sight of it Rhiannon reacted, none of them missed the look in her eyes when her head shot up and stared at it. The look wasn't one of horror, more one of hope.
“Oh my god ...” Ianto uttered under his breath, releasing the breath he never realised he had been holding.
“Are you okay?” Jack asked him.
“Yep,” Ianto said simply, watching as Toshiko lifted off the lid and then with amazement when Rhiannon held out her hands for it.
Wordlessly Toshiko handed the other woman the box, setting it on her lap. The room was silent as they waited for her reaction to the contents, any reaction. Rhiannon looked into the box for a minute or two before reaching it and pulling out a toy RAF plane, her eyes shining brightly as tears welled up within them.
“What did you say to her? When I was ill? What did you talk about?” Ianto asked Jack quietly.
“About my life as a pilot, how I missed flying and how I hurt my leg among other things,” Jack shrugged. “nothing much, I just told her stories.”
“Whatever it was, I think it helped,” Ianto said, observing how his sister was examining the small plastic plane carefully before putting it aside and reaching into the box.
This time she pulled out a Sindy doll, it's hair long and golden and it's dress that of a princess in the palest of pinks.
“They are the kids toys, the ones that were in the car with them ...” Ianto stated quietly. “when they had the accident.”
“Look at Rhiannon, look at her face,” Jack urged.
Ianto lifted his gaze up from the box and his sisters hands and looked at her properly. Tears were pouring down her face but she has a sad smile on her lips, accepting the tissue Toshiko offered her she wiped her face and looked straight at her brother.
“Ianto?” She said, her voice so quiet but easily heard in the noiseless room.
“Rhiannon, oh my god, Rhiannon,” Ianto answered, almost shouting and dropped Jack's hand to rush across the room to his sister.
Rhiannon stood up and threw herself into the arms of her brother. Ianto pulled her tight into his embrace, feeling her whole body shake as she sobbed into his shoulder.
“Shhh, it's okay, you're okay,” Ianto whispered to her, stroking her hair comfortingly. “I'm here for you.”
“Lets leave them alone,” Toshiko told the two medics, ushering them from the room. “Jack, if she changes in anyway, come and get me straight away?”
“Of course,” Jack told her, not sure if he himself should leave too and give them some privacy.
“Ianto, do you want me to go?” Jack asked, getting to his feet.
“No, stay Jack,” Ianto answered, feeling his sister lift her head from his shoulder, her sobs subsiding.
“Jack,” she said softly, giving the older man a smile through her tears. “thank you.”
“Thank you?” Jack echoed, unsure why she would say that to him.
“For talking to me, about anything and everything,” she told him. “especially about being a pilot, you reminded me how much my son wanted to fly planes when he grew up and I think that's what sparked something inside me. I knew I couldn't keep … living how I was, I just needed something to ignite the spark.”
“That was Jack too, he spotted you staring into the nurses station,” Ianto told her. “and I realised that it was the box with the children's toys inside.”
“Not just their toys,” Rhiannon said sadly, having seen her husbands watch in the box too.
“I'm so sorry Rhiannon, that you lost your family so suddenly,” Ianto told her.
“At least I still have you,” she answered. “if it hadn't been for you visiting me constantly I'm not sure I would still be alive ...”
“Don't say that,” Ianto said, hushing her gently. “and what else could I have done, you would have been here for me if it was the other way around.”
Rhiannon nodded and then turned her attention back to Jack.
“So, you're my brother's boyfriend then?” She asked him outright.
“I guess you could put it that way,” Jack chuckled.
“You never told me you were gay?” Rhiannon said to her brother. “I know you had girlfriends?”
“I'm not gay,” Ianto snorted. “I just … fell for a man!”
“I can't say I blame you, he looks like a film star!” Rhiannon blurted out.
“Do you know, that's the first time I've ever seen Jack blush,” Ianto laughed, seeing Jack's face colour up at his sisters statement. “but you're right, he does.”
“Right here, in the room!” Jack said, feigning annoyance and then breaking into a grin.
At the sound of a tap on the door they all looked to see Toshiko standing in the doorway smiling softly.
“How are you feeling Rhiannon?” She asked the woman.
“Better than I have in a long time,” Rhiannon answered. “When can I go home?”
“Soon, a couple of weeks maybe,” Toshiko replied. “I just want to keep an eye on your for a little longer, is that okay?”
“What's another two weeks in the scheme of things?” The other woman shrugged. “Ianto, where will I live? I can't see the council still having the house for me?”
“Your stuff is all at my place, you'll be welcome for as long as you want,” Ianto told her.
“But Jack's moving in with you, I heard you talking,” Rhiannon said. “you won't want me hanging around.”
“We've already discussed it,” Jack broke in. “there is plenty of room in Ianto's house for the three of us and we're not going to take no for an answer!”
“But ...” she began.
“No argument!” Ianto stated firmly.
“Okay, but only until I can find a place of my own, deal?” She asked.
“Deal,” Ianto and Jack agreed in unison.
“Great,” Toshiko smiled. “now Rhiannon, it's getting late I should do some basic tests before bedtime, is that okay with you?”
“Sure,” the other woman answered. “I'll see you tomorrow Ianto?”
“You can count on it,” Ianto grinned, letting them leave the room before tugging Jack into his arms and kissing him hard.
“What was that for?” Jack asked when they broke apart panting.
“For helping, with my sister,” Ianto answered.
“I'm sure she would have got there with your help too,” Jack replied.
“Just take the credit, yeah?” Ianto asked, hugging him even tighter.
“Does that mean I'm a hero?” Jack chuckled softly.
“Oh yeah ...” Ianto sighed and then winked at the Captain. “and I know something you don't.”
“Are you going to tell me then?” Jack asked.
“When I spoke to Toshiko earlier she told me that she was going to discharge you tomorrow,” Ianto grinned widely.
“Really?” Jack asked, a little aghast.
“Why would I lie?” Ianto laughed.
“Ianto Jones, I love you!” Jack said, laughing along with him.
“That's a good job, considering I'll be taking you home with me tomorrow,” Ianto said, pulling the Captain into another long, hard kiss.