"Mickey wants me to stay on Earth with him and Martha once Steven is released," Jack explained as the Doctor entered their room. He made his way over to where Jack was sitting on the end of the bed waiting for him.
"Are you going to?" The Doctor questioned as he took a seat next to him. His own hearts were pounding nervously as he thought of Jack leaving him again. He thought they had a relationship developing and hoped that Jack would travel the stars with him again but maybe he had been wrong.
"I don't know, Doc. I mean I don't want to put them in danger but they are going to keep investigating regardless of whether or not I am with them. By staying I can help protect them and possibly rebuild Torchwood to protect the Earth. I will also be near my daughter and Steven. I know Alice is still mad at me but she is going to need help with Steven and I can provide financial help as well as support that she can't get elsewhere," Jack informed him.
"It sounds like you've already made your decision," The Doctor responded with a sad smile. Jack turned his head to look the Doctor in the eyes as he continued.
"Except, staying would mean losing you and I don't want that either. I never thought that you would love me as much as I love you and I want to spend the rest of your life with you," Jack told him. The Doctor leaned forward kissing Jack softly.
"You don't have to choose one way or the other Jack. You can help out on Earth and travel with me in between. Don't forget I have a TARDIS and we can be gone for years at a time and still have you back to work on Monday," the Doctor responded.
"It will take time to rebuild Torchwood. I will have to find a new location for it as well as hire contractors to build it. I will also have to contact Gwen to see if she can get the codes for Torchwood because if anything survived it will be in Torchwood two's databases," Jack explained to him. The Doctor made a face at him as he thought about the amount of time it would take to rebuild Torchwood. While he had never agreed with Torchwood's policy of if it's alien, it belongs to them or the fact that he was the number one enemy, Jack had tried to make it a better place.
"I can help you," the Doctor told him.
"You will help me rebuild Torchwood?" Jack asked him in disbelief knowing his hatred of the establishment. The Doctor nodded causing Jack to narrow his eyes in suspicion. "Why?"
"Because it makes you happy," The Doctor answered him. His answer made Jack pause for a long moment. It couldn't have been that simple, yet the more he thought about it the more he realized the Doctor wasn't lying. He would help Jack rebuild Torchwood just to make him happy. Just like he helped Steven because it was the right thing to do. It was Jack's turn to press their mouth's together and he kissed the Doctor deeply.
"God I love you," he informed him between claiming his mouth.
"I love you, too," the Doctor panted. He wrapped his arms around Jack as together they fell back on the bed ready to prove it.
-Two months later-
Jack stood in front of the TARDIS watching the construction of the building. Rather than finding a new location for Torchwood, they had chosen to rebuild on the ruins of Torchwood Three. Though, the plans had a large basement the main building would be above ground this time allowing light into the base. While Cardiff would always hold memories of his time with Ianto and the loss of his original team he hoped that he could honor their memories by building a new building that worked to help aliens rather than conquer them. While he never would have attempted it without Mickey's advice, it was thanks to the Doctor that he even had the confidence to attempt to return.
"What do you think Steven?" Jack questioned looking down at his grandson. Steven was standing next to him supporting himself without a walker. While Steven still had trouble remembering what happened from day to day and moved slower than before, he was alive and thriving. He was still going to have daily physical therapy with Martha for the next few months and Jack had spent good money making sure that Steven would have the help he needed when he returned to school. Alice had insisted that she could manage, but Jack wouldn't hear it. He was the reason that Steven would still need help and he was going to make sure he received it no matter the cost.
"It's a building," Steven answered.
"You're right it looks as though it is just a building," Jack responded even if soon it would be so much more. Torchwood had always been his home as well as his work. Even if he was now traveling with the Doctor, Torchwood would soon have a room just for him again. Only now he would be sharing that room with the Doctor. The building would also have rooms for Martha and Mickey and anyone else that needed one for a night who came to work with them. Gwen was also coming back to work but she would still live on the beach with Rhys and their daughter. "But one day I will explain to you how it can be so much more."
"Like the TARDIS," Steven wondered causing Jack to laugh.
"Not exactly," Jack chuckled. He reached down taking Steven's hand in his own before turning to head back onto the blue box. The Doctor was standing in the doorway waiting for them. He smiled as he led them inside and on to their next adventure.