|The Rule of Three
Author: SarahhHarkness-Jones PM
Good things usually come in threes, but not for Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones. Jack is pregnant and despite appearances Ianto isn't taking the news so well. Their lives and relationship become complicated and Ianto can no longer cope. Warning: MPreg/SwearingRated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Drama - Jack H. & Ianto J. - Chapters: 14 - Words: 23,876 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 76 - Updated: 05-20-13 - Published: 05-19-12 - id: 8130250
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Title: Rule of Three
Spoilers: Post-Cyberwoman, so spoilers for that, and minor Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang spoilers
Copyright: I do not own Torchwood, Captain Jack Harkness or Ianto Jones, if I did there'd be millions of Jack and Ianto's running around everywhere.
"Ianto, I think we have a slight problem." Jack sighed, as he set his mug down onto the coffee table without a coaster, which later Ianto would reprimand him for.
The two men had gone straight home after their little office excitement, Jack deciding to skip the curry and just go straight back to Ianto's to see what he had in there, then to bed.
"Why, what have you broken?" the Welshman questioned, lifting the mug that Jack had just put down, wiping it with the cloth he held in his hand, and placing it back down on top of a coaster, sending a small glare to the Captain, who was too intently focussed on something else, and fidgeting with his hands as he did so, to acknowledge that his young lover was silently telling him off with his eyes. "Jack? Is everything okay?" Ianto's voice softened as he noticed the seriousness of Jacks eyes.
"It's about us… I-I don't know how to say this. This is difficult, life changing infact."
"You don't want to break up do you?" Ianto interrupted the Captain, his voice reaching another octave as he did so.
"I mean, I know we're not exactly the most conventional couple ever, but I thought we were good?" ignoring what the Captain was attempting to say, Ianto interrupted him again, "Please Jack, you're the best thing that's happened to me since Lisa." Jack's lover pleaded, his bottom lip beginning to tremble ever so slightly at the memory of losing his former lover Lisa, and the thought of now losing his current lover.
Jack had been acting strangely around Ianto for the past few days, being very secretive and hiding things from the Welshman. Ianto could only come up with one reason for this behaviour, and it had been eating him up for the past couple of days. He hadn't meant to make such an outburst, and sound like an incredibly needy girlfriend, but after days of Jack's strange behaviour, Ianto couldn't help it.
"Ianto, I'm not going to break up with you. I just, I have some news okay? And you need to hear me out completely, and not freak out. Obviously you'll get a choice in this too, and whatever you want I will obviously respect your decision. But, you just have to let me explain everything first, alright? So no talking until I've finished, got it?" Jack ordered Ianto, giving him a look that proved he was being serious.
"Yes, Sir." the Welshman squeaked, suddenly even more worried about what Jack was about to bare to him. If he wasn't going to break up with him, then what would be more serious than that?
"Do you remember once I mentioned to you about there being contraceptives in the rain?" Jack asked, leaning forward slightly so that his elbows were resting on his knees, facing his young, confused lover.
"Something to do with the fish, right?" Ianto questioned, trying to rack his brain for any memory of the conversation he had had with Jack about this. At first, when Jack had mentioned it in a passing comment as he had stuck his tongue out, allowing the rain droplets to fall into his mouth, Ianto hadn't taken the man seriously. After all, he was standing in the middle of the street during a thunderstorm, mouth open wide drinking in the water that fell from the heavens. Ianto wouldn't have taken anything the man had said during that particular moment seriously.
"Right, well there is oestrogen in the rain. When the contraceptive pill is flushed away it enters into the water cycle, feminises the fish, goes up into the sky and then falls all the way back down onto me. Well, that stops me from getting pregnant. And before you even say 'I'm sure you being a man will stop you from getting pregnant', which I have heard more times than you can possibly imagine, I'm from the 51st Century, things work a little differently there."
Hundreds of different thoughts ran through Ianto's mind as Jack fed him this information, was Jack trying to tell him what he thought he was? He couldn't possibly. Not his Jack. No way. Not now, when everything had finally gotten to a state of normal again for the young Welshman.
"Anyway, one thing that the contraceptive pill does is lessen your sex drive. Not by much, only slightly but it still does. So, over the last month when we've had almost no rain, obviously my libido has been heightened. Which explains how much sex we've been having, might I just add," Jack continued, a tiny sight of a grin forming at the corners of his slightly chapped lips as he remembered their sexual activities over the past month, "However despite the obvious positive outcome of no rain, there's also the protection matter. I should have been more careful, and it's completely my fault. I thought we'd be fine, I mean it hasn't happened to me for a while now, the last time was... Well that doesn't matter. What matters is now. And right now Ianto, I'm sorry to say this, and I take full responsibility for it, but I'm pregnant."
Ianto didn't move. He didn't flinch, he didn't speak, he just sat there. In the small arm chair that was adjacent to the sofa which Jack was upon. This was a lot to take in. This morning, Ianto was just an ordinary guy. Well, despite being a member of a secret organisation that caught aliens and hid out in a Hub underground; which also has an invisible elevator and a pet pterodactyl, and his partner, who just so happened to be his boss, was an immortal man from the future. Ianto was a normal Welshman. He played rugby on weekends, Rift permitting, with the local team. He lived in a tiny apartment, only big enough for himself, and occasionally Jack when he decided to stay over, but it was a squeeze.
Now though, now Ianto was going to be a father. Unless of course Jack had played away, he didn't put it past the Captain with the amount if secrets that he held back. Who knew what he and John Hart were doing before John had been sent back. Jack was well known for his dabbling, human or non-human, there was nothing that man hadn't done, or wouldn't do. And it wasn't exactly like they had discussed their relationship. Sure, they went on dates occasionally, Jack slept many a night over at Ianto's, and Ianto had spent many uncomfortable, despite Jack arguing that it's 'cosy', nights down in Jack's bunker.
They were both certain the rest of the Torchwood Three staff knew about their goings on, even if they hadn't told them. But it wasn't like they had tried to keep it a secret. The sneaky kisses in the corridor on the way to feed Janet. The gropes and feels as they passed by each other, or as they climbed out the car. The glances towards each other. Ianto always being called into Jacks office. It would be impossible not to think that something was going on between the two men. But they had never agreed they were exclusive. That part was never discussed. Despite how many times it crossed through Ianto's mind.
"Is it mine?" Despite how rude Ianto was coming across, he didn't care. He had to ask. Just to be sure, before he even thought about the situation that they were in, he had to know that the baby was his. There would be no use thinking about something that wasn't his.
"Yes Ianto, it's yours." Jack's gaze dropped down to his stomach, a faint ghost of a smile etching his features as he told Ianto this.
"How far... You know?"
"4 weeks, I'm guessing. I think it probably happened the day you got your new bed, and you wanted to break it in. Remember that?" Ianto didn't reply to Jack, he just nodded his head. He wasn't thinking straight. He needed some air, desperately.
Jack looked at him concerned when Ianto told him he needed some time alone, and offered that he leave Ianto alone to his thoughts for the night and see him tomorrow at work. Ianto refused to allow Jack to leave, telling him to stay put and start making them both some dinner whilst he was out.
Jack smiled and kissed his young lover on the cheek, and grinned slightly when Ianto pouted at him from lack of a decent goodbye kiss. As he gave his lover a full, very sloppy kiss on his parted lips, he knew right then that no matter what, they would get through this together.
~to be continued~