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"Algy's gone," Gwen said timidly. Jack looked up from the bench, lifting his head from his hand and replacing his scowl with a blank, emotionless look.
"He just… vanished." Owen clicked his fingers. "Guess it was up to him, once he'd decided to go back…"
Jack nodded, staring mutely at the wall. "Yeah, I guess so." There was a pause. "Have I screwed up?"
They looked at each other, Owen looking alarmed. Rolling her eyes, Gwen took the lead. "No, of course not," she said softly.
Jack looked up at her. "You mean, Ianto… doesn't mean I screwed up?" his tone made it clear that he didn't believe a word of it. "Come off it Gwen. I mucked Algy's life up…"
"That was a long time ago, you've changed-"
"And I mucked Ianto's life up." Jack looked down. "He loves me, just like Algy did, and now look at him." He gestured towards their friend, still unconscious on Owen's table.
"Do you love him?" Owen said, quietly, looking about as uncomfortable as was humanly possible.
Jack opened his mouth then closed it. Glancing again at Ianto, he shrugged, and admitted, "maybe. You know… maybe."
"Then how could you have screwed up? Look, mate, we should have noticed that Ianto was in danger of something this… drastic. It's a cry for help; but you know that, right? This thing with Algy might have triggered it, but it wasn't the cause of it. We're all as much to blame as you are…"
Jack nodded. "Algy's gone?" he asked again, his voice stronger now. Owen sighed with relief.
"Did he say anything…?"
"He said thanks," Tosh smiled. "You gave him something good, Jack. You gave him hope. Just… do the same for Ianto, eh?"
When they left, Jack was looking more cheerful as he scooted over to their friend and began whispering in his ear.
My name is Ianto Jones, and I tried to kill myself.
I'd like to say it was because I saw the bad, hateful side of the universe, and my insignificant place in it, and that I felt ashamed. I'd like to say that it was because I was alone, and helpless, and had no friends. I'd like to say these things because they sound more accepting than the truth. But sometimes all you've got is the truth, and the facts.
My name is Ianto Jones- fact.
I save the world, and that's a responsibility. But it's not all bad out there. That's a fact, too.
I'm in love with a serial heartbreaker, ex-criminal, rogue who also happens to be my boss.
All of the above were true before… it happened. But I've learnt something since then, and now I can see the meaning of happiness again. Before, I only understand the rain. Ideas like sun, and laughter… they had no place in my world. But not any more.
Because Jack Harkness loves me, too. Fact.
"Pity about Jack, isn't it?" one soldier said casually to the other.
"Wha-? Oh. Yeah, yeah it is."
"He broke my heart," Algy said, conversationally, as he if he wasn't admitting the greatest secret he had. "But I'm pleased he did. Glad I knew him."
He eyed the other man speculatively. "So, how about it, Frank?" he asked. "Fancy a drink?"
It took a while, but we got there :) so. Review? And thank you all, again.