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
“The horses are going to collapse soon from exhaustion soon,” Ianto said, “we have been searching all night, we won't be any good to anyone of the horses collapse and we need to rest.”
“We can't give up!” Jack stated.
“That's not what I'm saying Jack,” Ianto said, hoping they would come across a tavern that could provide a room for a few hours. “we are tired and our mounts are tired. The Queens Guards are searching also, we will find them Jack but we have to re-energise.”
“I know you're right,” Jack sighed. “but I feel like I am going to let them down even if I stop for just a few minutes.”
“They won't see it like that, you know they won't,” Ianto answered. “we need rest and food, so do the horses. You know this Kingdom better than I, is there somewhere near here we can find that?”
Jack nodded. “There is a tavern that I believe also has rooms less than a mile from here, but if I agree to this then we only take two, maybe three hours before we rejoin the search.”
“Of course,” Ianto agreed, hoping her could Jack to rest a little more. He wanted to find Donna and the Doctor as much as the Prince but he was also practical. “which direction?”
“Across that meadow is a short cut,” Jack answered, indicating they should leave the road and go to the right.
“Come on then,” Ianto insisted, turning his weary horse and letting it walk at it's own pace across the grassland with Jack and his mount beside him.
Jack was right about the tavern and the distance and it wasn't long before they arrived, they tied the horses up next to the water trough and knocked on the locked door, waiting patiently for the proprietor to answer.
When the door opened a man in his fifties stuck his face out and grumbled at them.
“Have you any idea how bloody early it is?”
“Sir, we have been riding all night, please we need food for our horses and food and a bed for a few hours ourselves.” Ianto replied.
“Bugger off!” The man exclaimed, going to slam the door but Ianto put his hand out to stop it.
“Do you have any idea who the hell you are telling to 'bugger off'?” Ianto asked him. “This is Prince Jack and I am his betrothed.”
The man opened the door wider and peered at them in the early morning light.
“Prince Jack you say?” He muttered. “Can you prove it?”
“Oh for Goddess sake!” Ianto huffed.
Jack stepped forwards realised his was hidden is shadow and the man's jaw dropped.
“Oh my, oh Sire, please forgive me.” he said, opening the door widely. “come inside.”
They entered the tavern, the heat from the dying fire warming their bones from the chill of the night.
“I am Matthew Sire, forgive me but why are you out here and looking so troubled?”
“You haven't heard? The Queen and the Doctor have been kidnapped,” Jack answered. “by a group opposed to mixed couple marriages, we have been searching the kingdom all night.”
“I am so sorry Sire, I have to admit that the news has not reached me until now,” Matthew apologised. “but I am accommodate you. I shall have my boy tend to your horses and my partner Michael will be already in the kitchen preparing breakfast for our guests. Let me show you to a room and I will bring whatever you wish to eat to you.”
“Thank you,” Ianto said with relief and took Jack's hand as they followed Matthew through the tavern, up a flight of stairs and to a room at the end of a short corridor.
“This is our best room,” Matthew explained, pushing the door open. “I am afraid it is not really fit for royalty though.”
Jack and Ianto entered the room, it was sparse containing little more than a bed and a dresser but it was obviously clean.
“It will be fine,” Jack assured him.
“Very good Sire, now what may I get you to eat?”
“Anything you can rustle up,” Ianto told him with a smile. “we are starving.”
“It won't be long, and to drink?”
“Tea would be good,” Jack answered knowing after being spoilt by Ianto's coffee any other wouldn't be good enough.
Matthew nodded and left the room closing the door behind them.
Ianto let got of the Princes hand and walked to the bed, sitting on the edge and sighed at the feeling of comfort it promised.
“I could lay down and fall asleep right now if my stomach wasn't rumbling so much,” Ianto said, then frowned at the look on Jack's face.
“What if we can't find then Ianto?” Jack asked, his voice hitching with emotion. “What if Gray hasn't kidnapped them for a ransom, what if he intends to kill them? He's mad enough.”
“Jack he wants to hurt you, killing them wouldn't be enough for him,” Ianto replied, getting up off the bed and walking over to him. “he needs them alive to taunt you, make you worry and yes, search for them. We will get them back Jack, alive and in one piece even if I have to kill him to do so.”
“This time I need to know he is dead,” Jack stated solemnly “he might be my brother but he has is … evil and he has to pay.”
“I know,” Ianto replied, pulling the other man into a hug knowing that no matter how much Jack hated his brother he was still that – his brother and killing him wouldn't be easy. More reason for him to take the burden from his and do it himself.
A knock on the door interrupted them and they pulled apart.
“Enter,” Ianto called out.
The door opened and Matthew entered with a tray containing two plates piled high with food, a tea pot and all the makings for their tea. He placed it on top of the dresser and then spoke.
“I hope it is to your liking Sire?”
“It looks delicious,” Jack told him and Ianto nodded in agreement. “thank you.”
“If you require anything else please don't hesitate to ask,” Matthew told them and left the room once more.
“Food, then rest,” Ianto insisted, picking up the tray and placing it upon the bed so they could sit either side of it.
They ate their fill while deciding where they were going to search the next day. Once they had had their fill they moved the tray and lay down on top of the covers intending to rest for for a couple of hours but their exhaustion took over and within minutes they were both fast asleep.