Chapter 17

When Ianto woke up in the morning the first thing he realised was how much better he felt. There was no aching pain running up and down his body. His skin that was once glittered in bruises didn't feel as tender as it did before. The ache in his stomach and throat from throwing up was gone. He felt new. He blinked his eyes opened and looked up at Jack.

"How are you feeling?" Jack asked, chewing his lip. Ianto didn't like the image of Jack chewing his lip. It made him look unsure and nervous. Ianto didn't like that. Jack was supposed to look strong all the time. Whatever was nagging at his thoughts must have been big if it was to worry him.

"Really good...I don't understand, last night I..."

"I'm glad you're feeling better." Jack whispers softly. He leans forward and presses a chaste kiss to Ianto's cheek. Ianto felt himself blushing. Jack had kissed him. He thought back to the last time Ianto had kissed him and his whole body tingled. Jack's lips were like strawberries to him, tasty and addictive.

"I don't understand how." Ianto whispers. "Last night I felt as though I had been run over by a really big truck, and now I feel like...i feel brand new."

"You look brand new. No scars, your eyes aren't scared or worried. You look beautiful." Jack whispers, he brings his hand to Ianto's cheek and lets his thumb softly caress against his skin. Ianto leans against it, confused.

"Jack why are you talking like this? You're not normally like this..."

"I have to go away for a while." Jack whispers.

He had felt the pull hours ago, but he couldn't leave Ianto without saying goodbye, he didn't want to leave him a note. That would have felt cheap and dirty.

"You...Why?"

"I can't explain right now, but I promise you I will. I'll be back and I'll tell you everything you want to know."

"I don't want you to leave me." Ianto whispers, he can feel his eyes water and he doesn't want to be weak and cry but he can't help it. Jack had slowly become his everything. To have him leave him felt as though he was being ripped open from the inside.

"I'm going to be back, I can't say how long, but it will be soon. I will do anything I can to get back to you as soon as possible."

"Okay." Ianto whispers, not trusting his voice to say anything more.

"Stay here, don't go to school okay. Just stay here, watch movies, and eat okay?"

"Okay." Ianto repeated. "Promise me you'll be back."

"I promise you." Jack whispers, he leans in forward and kisses him softly. Ianto gasps against his lips, kissing him back hesitantly, his whole body melting against his lips.

"I'll see you soon." Jack whispers before pulling away. He walks downstairs, making the illusion to Ianto that he was actually leaving the house before he felt his body be forcefully pulled out of this dimension. Now was when he was going to find out just how much trouble he was in. And he had a feeling it would be a hell of a lot.