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Characters: Jack, Ianto, Ten (by inference)
Pairings: Jack/Ianto
Rating: Very mild PG for inference of a M/M relationship
Disclaimer: Not mine; they belong to RTD and to the BBC
Spoilers: Mild for general series overview
Summary: See title!

Learns to love Jack again

A lot of things change about Ianto when he turns into a Timelord. (Being a brown-eyed blond will take a lot of getting used to!) Lots of things remain the same, however, and one of the first of those was how he feels about Jack. He doesn’t care what his new instincts are telling him; there was no way that Jack was wrong. It took a couple of weeks, with Jack giving him wounded, almost frightened looks while trying to persuade Ianto that it would be much better if Ianto left with the Doctor, but Ianto finally lost that sick, twisting feeling in the pit of his stomach whenever Jack was close by. He stopped getting vertigo when he looked straight at him. He lost the feeling of nausea when he kissed the immortal.

A lot of things changed when Ianto became a Timelord but one thing that is never going to change, no matter how often he regenerates, is that he loves Jack Harkness to distraction and that is far more powerful than any senseless phobia.

Tells the Doctor to go away

The man is insufferable. Ianto had quite a few issues with the Doctor before this latest development, but even if he hadn’t, the Doctor’s behaviour when he had turned up after Ianto’s rebirth would have had the young Welshman reaching for the nearest blunt instrument. (And he is still Welsh, regardless of the number of hearts he now seems to have. Nurture beats Nature, in this particular battle.) The Doctor had never shown the slightest interest in Torchwood other than to look down his nose at them, but once Ianto had become something like himself he’s there in a flash, with a patronising pat on the head here and a thinly veiled criticism there. Ianto hates the way Jack acts when the Doctor is around, like some dog desperate for a pat or a carelessly worded compliment, but just as expectant of a kick.

Ianto also hates the Doctor’s automatic assumption that Ianto will drop everything, abandon everyone, just to go travelling with him. Him, the serial abandoner who can only be trusted to run away whenever emotions run high. Ianto may be the same race as the Doctor physically, but by and large he’s still human where it counts and he’s never been one to walk away when others need him. The Doctor’s calm assumption that Ianto will now reject Jack is the last straw and he’s more than happy to put the other man straight. The Doctor leaves in a temper, saying that Ianto will soon be begging to be taken away from Cardiff and Jack.

He may be a 900-old alien with vast stores of knowledge and experience but he doesn’t know Ianto.

Figures out how to control regeneration

He knows all about regeneration. He knows that his physical appearance will change every time he recovers from a potentially fatal injury. He knows that he should be grateful that he now has this safety net that lets him stay with Jack that little bit longer and that there is no longer that hint of panic in Jack’s eyes every time he sends Ianto into a dangerous situation.

That still doesn’t mean that he resents having a different face and body to the one he grew up with. He liked his original body. This one is too slender, too short and far, far too blond. He finds himself glaring at the mirror every morning and swearing under his breath every time he has to stand on tip-toe to kiss Jack. The fact that Jack finds this highly amusing is cause for further swearing and some judicious withholding of bed privileges.

So when, at last, he finds himself lying in a darkened alleyway after having ducked just that fraction too slow, he’s fixated on the memory of how he used to look and how much he misses his old body. He’s still bitching over what godawful body the genetic dice will give this time around as the oddly luminous darkness closes around him and he’s more than a little reluctant to find the nearest mirrored surface to check things out when he escapes the grasp of oblivion and lurches back up on his feet. He’s conscious of the fact that he’s taller and that his clothes are painfully, almost agonisingly tight, but he still holds his breath when he takes the plunge and looks. Then he has to sit down while he tries to control his almost hysterical laughter after he sees his original face looking back at him, albeit cross-eyed with surprise.

The look on Jack’s face, however, is worth it all.

Now Ianto knows that he can control how he looks and what kind of body he has. He figures that he will keep this template as the default, although he may experiment a little somewhere down the line. It might be fun to see Jack’s reaction to a green-eyed redhead at some point, and from some of the things Jack has told him, that would have the added bonus of majorly pissing off the Doctor.

Takes responsibility for his Companions

Ianto never intended to take a Companion when he and Jack started travelling. He had Jack, who was comfort and menace enough. The shy little genius from Dante was only supposed to travel with them that one time, to somewhere better, because she reminded him of Tosh. Quite why she was still with them a year later, a little sister to the pair of them, was a little confusing but she was only the first. By Ianto’s third regeneration there had been over two dozen and he remembers them all fondly.

He was acutely aware of his responsibilities, though. He and Jack were used to the dangers of their vagabond lives, but the Companions – even the alien ones – were usually a lot more fragile and vulnerable. There were times when either he or Jack would notice a certain tension in their Companions and that was when Ianto took them to one of the special places, leaving them there for a little while to catch their breath and decide what they wanted to do while away from the pressure-cooker environment of the TARDIS. Ianto always went back, though, because he remembers the shadows that used to lie in Jack’s eyes when he spoke about the Doctor. He has vowed that he will never be responsible for such grief; not while there is a breath left in his body.

Sometimes they die, and they mourn them. Sometimes they fall in love and Ianto and Jack compete to find the most outrageous wedding present. Sometimes they grow into new and marvellous people and the two of them let them go, awed that they were part of such a miracle.

And every single one gets a way of contacting them if they need to.

Stays to help after the chaos

Ianto doesn’t suffer from OCD but he dislikes a mess. He can cope with clutter, albeit with gritted teeth, and he is largely indifferent to chaotic disorder because – hello! – he’s in love with Captain Jack Harkness. What he cannot abide is the kind of mess that usually exists in the aftermath of some humungous crisis.

He remembers the first time they had averted an alien invasion after they had started travelling. The aliens were soundly vanquished but half the local authority had been killed and the other half had been working with the bad guys all along. Everyone had been staggering around with the dazed expressions of people who didn’t yet realise that they had survived. Jack had been halfway back to the TARDIS before he realised he was alone and he had looked back to see Ianto rolling up his sleeves with a determined expression on his face before starting to organise everyone around him.

It took a while for Ianto to realise why he had been snogged senseless that day. It took him even longer to understand why Jack lost that slightly haunted look in his eyes from that moment on.

He is not, and never will be, the Doctor and Jack is starting to realise that.


Leaves Jack

Being a Timelord is very strange. On top of having a body that does strange things when he least expects it, and has the oddest reactions to the most normal of things, he has a mind which seems to, well, have a mind of its own. Ianto knows he was woefully ignorant when he and Jack started travelling. Apart from the odd, almost instinctive awareness of time and an ability to pick out which of the myriad timelines that co-existed all around him was the right one, he had no knowledge of time travel or temporal mechanics.

And yet the things Jack tells him seem more like things he had always known but somehow forgotten. Sometimes Jack tells him something and some inner voice inside Ianto says ‘no’ and he knows what the right answer is. He starts to eye the TARDIS suspiciously and she giggles like a mischievous girl but never admits to anything. It’s in Ianto’s nature to be inquisitive and to push at any boundaries, so it isn’t long before he’s seeing just how far this mysterious information-access can take him. He regrets that when an innocent question reveals that the Doctor had once done something for which Ianto is profoundly grateful.

There is a way to kill Jack Harkness and they are travelling in the murder weapon.

Ianto knows how heavily the burden of being immortal weighs on Jack’s soul. He knows how much his lover hates the thought of eternity stretching out before him. He knows that Jack is happier now than he had ever been but that every time Ianto regenerates that same terror is back in Jack’s eyes. Ianto knows all of that but he is selfish and cannot bear to lose Jack. Their life is still so full of danger that Ianto cannot guarantee that Jack won’t suddenly find himself alone again, through no deliberate action of Ianto’s, because being a Timelord doesn’t make him invulnerable; just very hard to kill. He also knows that telling Jack he knows how Jack can end this would be a disaster.

So he hedges his bets, the way he always tries to do. Timelord technology can do things that look like magic and it will hopefully be a long time before Jack understands the true significance of the ring Ianto gave him and which he always wears. When he does, Ianto hopes it will bring him some measure of peace as he goes into the darkness for the final time.


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Jun. 26th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
I really like this. The snapshots we see of Ianto and Jack's life are very nicely contained. I also like that while Ianto is different from the Doctor, it doesn't derive from him not wanting to be the Doctor so much as coming natural from who he is. I like your reference to nurture v. nature. And I love that he is able to find a solution to Jack's inability to die - and yet is selfish enough to keep him alive until he dies.
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
The desire to help is just as ingrained in Ianto, I think, so he would probably go along with the 'with great power comes great responsibility' thing. He'd just be determined to do it a bit better!
Jun. 26th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
aw, it's beautiful. timelord!ianto is one of my favorite things...
& i still love your writing so much, ♥
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love timelord!Ianto as well.
Jun. 26th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Hee. Ianto is a better doctor than the Doctor! It's lovely to see Jack leaning to trust thatIanto isn't going to leave him (or anybody else).

Also the idea of Jack and Ianto trying to top each others wedding presents makes me smile.
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Ianto has a sterling example of how not to do it running around the universe.

And yes, the idea of the two of them picking out wedding presents is both awesome and terrifying!
Jun. 26th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
You do fictional meta better than anyone I know. The last one... brilliant.

and: It might be fun to see Jack’s reaction to a green-eyed redhead at some point, and from some of the things Jack has told him, that would have the added bonus of majorly pissing off the Doctor.

Jun. 27th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's much appreciated! And yes, I can visualise Ianto's oh-so-casual "what a bummer, I'm a redhead, isn't that sad?" while watching the Doctor chew the furniture....
Jun. 26th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Loved the whole thing. Ianto would be a much better timelord than the Doctor.
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oooh love the icon! So appropriate! And yes, I think Ianto would do a pretty good job of it.
(no subject) - gogo_didi - Jun. 27th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 26th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
'It might be fun to see Jack’s reaction to a green-eyed redhead at some point, and from some of the things Jack has told him, that would have the added bonus of majorly pissing off the Doctor.'
I would love to see that one. Great snippets
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
So would I! *snicker*
Jun. 26th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
oh this was just beautifully done. Such fantastic insights to the characters--I'm never disappointed in a fic from you!
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
*blushes furiously* Thank you! I enjoyed writing it.
Jun. 26th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
very nicely done.
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Many thanks.
Jun. 26th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
That was truly lovely. When I read TimeLord!Ianto fics, the only thing that bothers me is the regeneration part so I like that you made him control his, but I can't help to find extremely cute that he had to stand on his tip toes to kiss Jack.
And one think I love about all TimeLord!Ianto fics, is that they always make a point that the "wrong" thing can be worked on and that Ianto does it for Jack.
Love love this fic, so very much, then again it was you so I knew that in advance
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
We saw from Roman's regeneration that other Timelord's could control it and pretty much choose what they looked like. I think it may be that the Doctor doesn't care enough, or maybe never paid attention in those classes!

And I am really suspicious of the Doctor's offhand 'can't fix it'. I don't think he's ever really cared enough to even think about it.

And thank you for the ego-boost!
(no subject) - tanarian - Jun. 27th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 26th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Ianto is so much WIN!

Ha! Petulant!Doctor FTW!
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
He can be very petulant if he doesn't get his own way.
Jun. 26th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Crazy hearts!!!

I need a timelord!Ianto icon!
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
That would be seriously cool. gogo_didi has a great one - see a little further up from this comment!
Jun. 27th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
I love this! Ianto is so very *Ianto* in this, for all he is different. And him and Jack are so fluffy and cute, even with that hint of darkness at the end.
I have a soft spot for Timelord!Ianto and this one hits the spot!
(Really liked the getting wedding gifts thing, because Jack would totally get all excited about that and Ianto would cut in and talk about practicality and mechanics and they would get something amazing)
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
I would imagine that Ianto turning out to be a Timelord who still wants him would rate as Jack getting a century's worth of Christmas and birthday presents all rolled into one! It would take him a century to lose the grin!

I can see Ianto being selfish enough to keep Jack alive while he's around but generous enough to give Jack an escape after he's gone.

And yes, the idea of the two of them shopping for presents could be great fun!
Time Lord Ianto is now my canon - hohaiyee - Sep. 29th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 27th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
First of all: Yay, Tanarian fic!

Second: I do love me some timelord!Ianto, and you keep him so very in-character, even with his newfound powers. Subtly, it also highlights the innate differences between Ianto and the Doctor. Polar opposites much? Excellent work, as always?

And for the record...Ianto has survived enough already to make me wonder if he really IS hiding something in canon!
Jun. 27th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
Gah, meant that to say, as always! There's no question your work is excellent! I just can't type today.
(no subject) - tanarian - Jun. 27th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 27th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
I always appreciate any chance you have to slap the Doctor around- especially when it's Ianto doing the slapping.
Jun. 27th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC)
I absolutely have to second that!
(no subject) - tanarian - Jun. 27th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Aww! Ianto would make an awesome timelord!
Jun. 27th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
I like to think he would.
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