Parings/characters: Jack/Ianto, Owen, Toshiko, Gwen, Rhys ... others
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood or any of the characters ... unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while.
Summary: When Ianto is sent a request that he, according to his fathers cannot be turned down he has no idea of how much his life is going to change.
Warnings: Slash, fluff, romance, angst, humour, AU, MPREG
Spoilers: Anything is fair game
Rating: NC17 for series
Previous chapters: http://missthingsplace.dreamwidth.org/44
Ianto rubbed a protective hand over the Prince's swollen belly, dipped his head to place a kiss upon it and then his lover lips before settling comfortably beside him. They were outside Torchwood Castle, in the meadow behind and resting against the trunk of a huge tree with it's lush green leaves giving them some shade from the bright sunshine.
“I haven't seen Myfanwy since she helped me find the flowers we needed to cure you,” Ianto stated, gazing up into the clear blue skies.
“She will always be there if you need her,” Jack replied, letting out a long, contented sigh.
“But there's been almost fifteen cycles of the sun since then, I need to see her, thank her,” Ianto replied.
“She knows you are busy, that you have commitments,” Jack told him with a smile. “you are linked forever now, she can feel your emotions.”
“But I can't sense her at all,” Ianto answered sadly.
“It will come, you are still new to being a Dragon Lord,” Jack told him. “you and she are very special.”
“So you said, but I still don't see how just one Dragon can produce babies?” Ianto frowned, he had been wanting to talk more on the subject since the day the Prince had come back to him but all manner of things had conspired to get in the way. “You mentioned magic? Surely that's just a myth?”
The Prince laughed. “You already have a Dragon willing to do anything you command it to and you can't believe in magic?”
“But ...” Ianto began and then shrugged his shoulders.
“Dragon's and magic are linked, they always have been,” Jack explained. “when the Dragons became extinct the magic faded away, now they are back, magic will follow.”
“And that's another thing,” Ianto said. “if there were extinct and no-one has seen one in hundreds of years where the hell did Myfanwy come from?”
“More magic,” Jack chuckled. “the Dragon egg must have lain undiscovered somewhere, most likely deep within a cave and you coming here set everything in motion.”
“She was born because I came here, to Utopia?” Ianto gasped.
“It seems that coming here to marry me was part of your destiny,” Jack replied. “would you have ever come to Utopia if you hadn't been chosen to be my Betrothed?”
“I wouldn't have had any reason,” Ianto whispered thoughtfully.
“Exactly and the Dragon race would have remained extinct,” Jack smiled.
“So … this magic … is it just confined to Myfanwy being able to reproduce without a mate?” Ianto asked curiously.
“No,” Jack grinned. “the stronger she gets, the stronger your link with her gets and the magic will be within you too.”
“Me? Magic?” Ianto scoffed.
“You should try something, perhaps you are already forming the ability,” Jack told him excitedly.
“Yeah, right!” Ianto scoffed.
“I'm not kidding, something simple ...” Jack said, looking around them. “that flower bud just over there, see if you can make it bloom?”
“Really?” Ianto asked, frowning at the purple bud.
“There's no harm in trying,” the Prince grinned, pulling himself slowly into a more upright position.
“How?” Ianto asked, still frowning.
“I don't know … just close your eyes, envision the the flower opening in your mind and wish it maybe?” Jack suggested.
“Okay,” Ianto agreed.
Ianto closed his eyes tightly and concentrated so hard on the flower that his whole face creased up with the effort he was putting into the act until panting his opened his eyes to find nothing had changed to the flowers condition, it was still a tight bud.
“Can't do it!” Ianto stated, a little annoyed and upset with himself for even trying.
“Perhaps you are trying to hard,” Jack suggested gently. “try again, this time don't tense up and see the flower opening in your mind as opposed to trying to force it open.”
Ianto gave him a 'it's not going to work look' and then conceded, closing his eyes once more. This time when his face started to scrunch up Jack spoke softly to him.
“Relax, just see the flower opening in your mind,” he reminded him. “don't try and force it, just open your mind to the idea.”
Ianto let his face relax and did as the Prince suggested, in his mind he could clearly see the flower bud blooming into it's full glory, the purple petals glowing in the morning sunshine.
“Ianto you did it,” Jack suddenly said excitedly. “open your eyes, look, you did it!”
Ianto's eyes sprang open and he couldn't stop the gasp that escaped from between his lips at the sight before him. The flower was exactly like the image he had seen in his head.
“I did it ...” he said a little breathlessly, trailing off.
“You did,” Jack said, his face conveying his excitement. “it's all true Ianto, all the legends are true.”
“I … what does this all mean?” Ianto asked.
“That the world has once more got the chance to be everything it was before,” Jack told him. “no-one knew why the Dragon's died out, but when they did so much was lost and now … now there is every chance things will be back to how they once were. Ianto, there was something else in those books … when the Dragon's numbers began to dwindle, that was the same time that female babies became rarer and rarer. Some of the books say it was because there were no Dragon Lords for them to bond with and for this reason, more male babies were being born.”
“You mean magic was responsible for the lack of girls?” Ianto asked.
“It's just one theory,” Jack answered.
“But couldn't women be Dragon Lords? Or Ladies?” Ianto asked.
“It had never been know for a woman to become at one with a Dragon,” Jack explained. “It doesn't seem fair I know, but it was just how it was to be.”
“And now, that the Dragon's are coming back, if they do and the legends are correct,” Ianto asked. “does that mean there will be more girls born once more?”
“I have no idea,” Jack grinned. “but perhaps.”
“Oh my goddess!” Ianto grinned, then pressed a long tender kiss to his lovers lips.
“It could mean that the likes of couples like Owen and Toshiko could become more normal again,” Jack said excitedly when he got the use of his lips back. “Donna needs to change the laws sooner rather than later, it got neglected when … when I got sick.”
“Yes and Owen and Toshiko are still having to keep their love quiet,” Ianto said, nodding in agreement. “we should speak to the Queen when we go back for lunch.
“We will,” Jack smiled, them grimaced, clutching his swollen belly.
“Jack, what is it? What's wrong?” Ianto asked frantically when Jack let out a loud groan of pain. “is something wrong?”
“I … I think the babies … argh … may have decided to come a little early,” Jack gasped.
“We need to get you back to the Castle,” Ianto replied, springing to his feet.
“Can't … in too much pain … oh my goddess ...” Jack groaned.
“Does labour normally hit this fast?” Ianto said, beginning to panic.
“I have no idea, please, just go and fetch the Doctor,” Jack said between clenched teeth. “I know you don't want to leave me here but I can't do with on my own ...”
“Going, going now!” Ianto exclaimed and then ran at a sprint across the meadow towards the castle, thankful that they had taken heed to the Doctors advice and not gone far.