Jack and Ianto were sitting in the back room of the Hub playing cards. Originally they'd been playing strip poker, but they decided after the first time Tosh walked in on them, they'd probably be better off not scaring her like that again.
So now they were just playing normal gin. Of course Jack won every time, but this didn't seem to bother Ianto. Any other person would've claimed Jack was cheating, but Ianto seemed to take it all in his stride. In fact after winning for the fiftieth time Jack started to get bored.
"How many times am I going to have to beat you before you give up?" He asked, shuffling the cards.
"At least another ten," Ianto replied after pondering the matter.
Jack laughed and dealt the cards out again.
"You really are the sweetest person I've ever met," Jack grinned as he looked at his cards.
"I do my best," Ianto smiled back.
There was a knock on the door and Tosh came in with a hand over her eyes. Jack and Ianto glanced at each other before looking back at Toshiko.
"I just got a call from Owen," Tosh said. "Gwen's gone into labour."
"You can open your eyes," Jack said trying not to snigger.
Tosh removed the hand carefully and smiled at them.
"He said he'd ring again when the baby is born," Tosh continued.
"We'll head over to the hospital when he does," Jack nodded.
Tosh left to sort out the little admin she had left. Ianto glanced at his cards and took his turn.
"Do you think they'll cope?" He asked.
"What? With a Rift Child?" Jack thought for a moment. "Yeah, Gwen and Owen have coped with harder things than this."
"I meant with being parents," Ianto said as Jack laid down a card.
"Oh, well…" Jack considered for a minute or two. "Gwen will certainly be a good mother, and Owen… well with a bit of guidance he should get there."
"I'm sure he'd be thrilled to know how much faith you have in him," he laughed.
"I always have faith in my team," Jack laid down all his cards. "Gin."
Ianto stared for a moment and then put down his cards so Jack couldn't see them.
"You win again sir," he said tidying up the cards. Jack didn't need to know that Ianto had won several goes before.
At the hospital Owen was being as unhelpful as he could. Gwen knew he was trying, but telling her that he'd once had to deliver an alien baby didn't make her feel any better.
"Owen?" Gwen gave him a pained look. "Shut up."
"Sorry," he took Gwen's hand. "Are you ok?"
"No!" Gwen snapped. "I'm in the middle of giving birth. God would you stop asking stupid questions!"
"Sorry!" Owen was shoved out the way as several nurses came to check on Gwen.
"You're doing great," one of them said.
Gwen had to bite down hard on her tongue to stop herself snapping 'WELL I DON'T BLOODY FEEL LIKE IT!' at the nurse.
"I phoned the others, by the way," Owen said as soon as he could get close to Gwen again. "I told them I'd ring again… afterwards."
"Ok," Gwen nodded trying to stay calm.
"Do you want anything?" Owen asked, squeezing his hand gently.
"Stronger painkillers?" Gwen tried.
Several hours later Tosh received another call from Owen and she started to pack up, deciding to give Gwen and Owen a few minutes before the rest of the team headed over.
Jack and Ianto had long since stopped playing cards and were sitting in Jack's office, talking about something. It was the first time in several weeks that they'd had the chance to be together without the worry of Gwen and her baby or an alien threat.
Tosh felt almost bad about interrupting the little moment, but after half an hour she thought it best to let them know Gwen had had her baby girl.
"Jack?" Tosh said quietly. Jack and Ianto looked up. "Owen called again."
The pair stood up, walking towards her.
"Better get going then," Jack said.
As they climbed into the SUV Tosh wondered if life would ever be normal again. Then she realise that life hadn't been normal since she'd joined Torchwood, so two of its members starting a family was hardly a spanner in the works.
Jack, Ianto and Tosh were once more looking through the glass window of a hospital room at Gwen and Owen. This time it was a little happier. Gwen was holding a small baby girl with bright electric blue eyes and sandy brown hair.
Tosh went and sat with Gwen and Owen after a while looking extremely happy for the pair. Jack and Ianto didn't want to intrude, there were already enough people cooing over the child, so they stayed looking through the window, fingers linked through the others.
"Have you thought of a name yet?" Tosh asked as she watched Owen. She'd never seen him look quite as amazed as he did now. Somehow she'd never imagined him having kids either.
"Well we haven't really talked about it," Gwen said glancing from Tosh to Owen.
"Why do I get the feeling that there should be a 'but' on the end of that sentence?" Owen looked up at Gwen.
"Well because there is one name I was thinking about," Gwen said apologetically.
"I was thinking, maybe, Holly?" Gwen suggested.
"Holly Cooper," Owen tested the name, pondering it. He grinned. "Sounds perfect."
Outside the hospital room, Jack and Ianto were talking quietly to each other.
"It seems odd to think that after everything that's happened Gwen's finally had her daughter," Ianto said quietly. "It's all over."
"See, Ianto, that's where you're wrong," Jack said looking at the other man and grinning. "It's not over, it's only just beginning."
AN: Look out for the sequel, coming soon!!!!