Chapter 17 – Strength To Believe

A smile formed on Jack's lips as he drifted into consciousness, he could feel Ianto's warm form cuddled up to him, right where he should be. He gradually opened his eyes so he could watch the younger man sleeping, he looked so peaceful and untroubled by the world, when in fact he knew that was far from the truth. He knew that in reality Ianto was angry at the world, just constantly angry at the whole world for the way he'd been treated as a child. It was always the good child that was mistreated, sweet and innocent and would never hurt a fly, just like Ianto. The world was a cruel place and by no means fair, but Jack had to admit he was proud of his beloved Ianto for being strong and getting through so much, and yet still being a good man, putting everyone before himself. He knew there was no way in the world he deserved such a man.

"Sing on top of the Millennium Centre." Ianto mumbled, bringing Jack out of his thoughts.


"You have to sing on top of the Millennium Centre."

"Oh great…" He'd forgotten about the silly tasks he was being made to do.

"High School Musical." The muttering was almost incoherent.


"You have to sing something from High School Musical."

"I'll never live that down." He said ashamedly.

"Never Jack." He laughed rather sleepily.

Jack stood with Ianto in the centre of the Millennium Centre's roof, he could barely believe that his previous sanctuary from the world had now become his place of embarrassment.

"And what are you planning on singing for us today, Mr Harkness?"

"Breaking Free from High School Musical 2… apparently…" He sounded a little miffed at Ianto.

"Go on then, and try to put some emotion into it… enthusiasm and all that, Jack."

You know the world can see us
In a way that's different than who we are
Creating space between us
'Til we're separate hearts

Jack deliberately sang as if romantically serenading him.

But your faith it gives me strength
Strength to believe

He grabbed Ianto's hand and danced with him, doing his best to continue and not be taken in by the younger man's laughter.

We're breakin' free!
We're soarin'
There's not a star in heaven
That we can't reach
If we're trying
Yeah, we're breaking free
Oh, we're breakin' free

He was actually almost getting into the song, although trying desperately not to. He pulled Ianto up against him, slowing the dancing down to a more romantic level.

Can you feel it building
Like a wave the ocean just can't control
Connected by a feeling
Ohhh, in our very souls
Rising 'til it lifts us up
So every one can see

We're breakin' free!

We're soarin'

There's not a star in…

His voice cracked and he stopped singing, his breathing sounding hoarse and laboured. "Jack?" Ianto's first reaction was that, whatever had happened, it was his fault for making him come up here.

Jack struggled to push him away, Ianto obliging in the hope that giving him more space would help. "My throat." He coughed; the words barely audible. "It's a virus… must be alien."

The Welshman's eyes widened, for a moment forgetting Jack couldn't die. "We have to get you home, get you somewhere warm." He didn't like the objecting look in the other man's eyes. "No objections, do not deny me this… the fourth thing to make it up to me is letting me take you home."

"Dammit. Fine. Just…" He coughed again due to a dry throat. "Try to keep away from me as much as you can."

"Alright." He moved back over to Jack and wrapped an arm round him, leading him down from the roof and towards the apartment, keeping his thoughts to himself. I'm not making any promises though. If this gets much worse I will not be leaving your side. You'll need me Jack Harkness. And I'll be there.

A/N: "Breaking Free" and "High School Musical 2" © Disney

I swear on my life i had the alien virus idea BEFORE they had it in Children of the Earth... poor Ianto...

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