Title: The Secrets That You Keep
Parings/characters: Ianto, Jack
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood or any of the characters ... unfortunately.
Summary: Jack's having nightmares
Spoilers: DW - Utopia, Sound Of The Drums, Last Of The Time Lords. TW - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Written for day twenty one of the redismycolour Winter Challenge
A/N Okay i was struggling with this one, then yesterday evening while watching 'Blackpool' with David Tennant and David Morrissey (if you haven't seen you really must) a line in a song sent my bunnies into a frenzy and gave me what i needed for the prompt ... the line was 'I'm losing sleep over the secrets that you keep' from 'The Secrets That You Keep' by Mud.
It was three weeks since Jack had returned, he wouldn't tell anyone what exactly had happened to him while he was away. All they knew, from what Gwen had told them he had revealed to her was that he went to the end of the universe and he knew when it was over that he needed to be back, in Cardiff with his team.
It was slightly less than three weeks since Ianto found himself back in Jack's arms and bed, even though Jack had abandoned them without as word and Ianto had felt more than a little annoyed with him vanishing so soon after he kissed him in full view of everyone else there was no denying he had missed his boss, friend, lover.
Jack made good with his offer of a date, Ianto knew it wasn't something of a normal thing for Jack and he felt, well like maybe he meant more to Jack than he had thought. The date however hadn't gone quite to plan, they had made it to dinner but the movie never happened. Not through alien intervention, but through lust.
All through the meal the tension, sexual tension had slowly grown. By the time the waitress asked them if they would like to see the desert menu they knew they needed to get somewhere private before they disgraced themselves there and then in the restaurant. The bill was asked for and paid instantly in cash with no waiting around for change as they both left the place as quickly as possible.
Neither of them could remember the short journey back to Ianto's flat, just the heat between them as they ripped their own clothes off and threw themselves on Ianto's bed and lost themselves in each others bodies for hours. But it was in the early hours of the morning that Ianto first realised that something more than bad had happened to Jack while he was away, first Jack was asleep and that was something he had rarely seen and second he was having what appeared to be an horrific nightmare.
Ianto wrapped his arms tightly around Jack as he spoke soothingly to him, his fingers stroking through Jack's hair until he slowly began to calm down. Ianto was a little surprised that Jack hadn't woken but just relieved that Jack was now sleeping calmly again. Ianto didn't mention it to him, thinking it was maybe a one off but when it happened each time they slept together over the next couple of weeks he knew he had to ask.
The first time Ianto asked what the nightmares were about Jack refused to talk about them, telling Ianto he didn't remember them but the look on his face told Ianto otherwise. The second time Ianto asked Jack said they were something from his past that he didn't want to talk about, that Ianto should respect his wishes. The third time Ianto asked, after waiting another week or so was because Ianto was now the one not sleeping, wondering what awful secrets Jack was keeping inside himself, Jack finally agreed to tell him.
Ianto lay quietly next to him in his bed as Jack relayed what had happened while he was away, how he had found his doctor and ended up at the end of the universe. Sat entranced as Jack told him about the last of the humans building their rocket to escape to a new world and now the Doctor helped them. But as Jack's face changed, a sad look coming over it as he regaled how the kindly professor was actually an evil Time Lord called the Master he began to realise that something awful had happened to him.
A horrified look set on Ianto's face when Jack told him quietly about his time on the Valient, how he was kept chained up for most of the time except for when the Master killed and tortured him for his own pleasure. How it went on day after day, month after month for a year. Tears were pouring down both their faces by the time Jack had finished his story, none of them could have ever have imagined the horrors Jack had endured.
But as Jack finished the story his face seemed to light up behind the tears, telling him of the Doctors great plan to save them both, the whole world. The young woman he sent off on a mission to travel the world and tell everyone a story about the man who had saved their lives countless times without thanks and then came back to the Valient to complete her task, the woman with the voice of a nightingale.
Ianto pulled Jack into his arms, holding him tight. Neither if them said a word as they found comfort in each other, soft kisses that slowly became tender lovemaking. Not a single word was needed for the rest of the night as they fell into a sated sleep, both knowing they had turned a corner in their relationship.