Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Ianto/Lisa
Disclaimer: Torchwood is not mine. No matter how much I sometimes wish it was.
Spoilers: Better say everything through s2, just to be sure, although it takes place pre-S1.
Summary: Why didn't you tell us? We could have helped you. - Well, what if he did?
This chapter: Jack finally gets a chance to go down and spend time with Ianto and Lisa.
Thanks to: My beta cazmalfoy for all her wonderful work, and my cheerleaders angelzbabe1989 and piper08 for putting up with me when I whine about being stuck.
Author's Note: Voting is literally about to close at Children of Time. This fic is nominated in the Jack&Ianto WIP category - it's up against some very tough competition but every vote counts! (hint hint)
Author's Note 2: Late posting due to BBQ-attendance at morbid_sparks's place, along with cazmalfoy! And I see them again tomorrow for John!!
Fic starts here
Previous chapters at my master list
“And you’re completely sure this is okay with her?” Jack asked as he and Ianto walked down the short corridor from the Hub.
Ianto stopped dead, putting a hand out to swing Jack around to face him. “As I’ve told you several times already, yes, this is okay with Lisa. More than okay, in fact. I told her yesterday morning, when you had to go out on that Weevil alert, that you wanted to visit her when you had the chance.”
“She said that she’d have gotten you back down here for a chat sooner or later, whether you wanted to or not. So stop worrying and just come on.”
Lisa was drowsy but awake when they reached her room. Ianto, as was his habit on the mornings when she was awake when he arrived, walked directly over to her and pressed a gentle kiss to her lips; murmuring a soft ‘morning’ when he pulled back.
She smiled tenderly at him, responding in kind, before she looked past him to notice the third person in the room. "Hey there, stranger. I hope you brought me something to make up for suddenly not coming to see me anymore. If it's Johnny related, I promise I'll share."
The smile on her face as she spoke reassured Jack that she wasn’t too upset with him, but he couldn’t help but give in to the urge to explain himself. “I’m sorry, I know I sort of disappeared on you, but I didn’t want to interfere with your time with Ianto. You hadn’t seen each other in a month, after all.”
He caught the look she was giving him. “And yes, your boyfriend has already informed me that I’m an idiot.”
Her eyes flickered back to meet Ianto’s. “Well, in this case, I’m rather inclined to agree with him.” She looked back at Jack. “If you can just help me convince him to change his mind about this insane Tom Cruise issue, we’ll be perfectly in sync.”
Jack grinned. “I’m guessing Ianto told you that I agree about Johnny Depp, then?”
She smiled back. “Yes. And I mean it, you know. Maybe with two against one Ianto will finally back down.”
Ianto shook his head vehemently, but he was grinning wildly as he did so. “Never.” He stroked a finger down the side of Lisa’s cheek. “Besides, whatever would we find to argue about if I did?”
“I don’t know.” Lisa looked thoughtful for a second. “How about you putting the peanut butter in the fridge?”
“Hey! I like it cold.” Ianto mock-glared at her. “What about you putting CD albums by the same artist into alphabetical order instead of chronological?”
“It makes more sense. You might forget what order they were released in, but you’re not going to forget the alphabet.”
“Some people around here seem to be able to,” Ianto mumbled under his breath, his eyes still twinkling light-heartedly.
Jack had been standing back, watching the couple bicker affectionately, until Ianto’s soft words drifted to his ears. “Oi! I resent that remark.”
Ianto looked at him obliquely. “You have seen the state the archives were in, haven’t you, sir? That mess was not created by someone with a working knowledge of alphabetical order.”
“We’ve been busy!” Jack defended. “Besides,” he continued, lifting his chin, “clearly we were just waiting for someone with your organisational expertise to come and show us how it was done.”
Ianto raised an eyebrow sceptically, but Lisa laughed outright. “Ah yes, flattery,” she chuckled. “The last resort of someone who has run out of logical arguments.”
Jack pouted. “It’s always worked for me in the past.”
Ianto looked down and met Lisa’s eyes for a second before they flickered back to look at Jack. “Yeah, I’ll bet.”
Jack just looked at them for a moment, Ianto standing close to Lisa’s head, smiles on both their faces, for once. They made a nice couple, and Jack was getting the distinct feeling that, together, they could be quite formidable if they wanted to. He already knew that Ianto alone could be quite the force of nature when he put his mind to it.
“Now that isn’t fair. I have no chance if you’re going to team up against me.”
Ianto shrugged and he and Lisa exchanged another look. “Nope,” they said in unison.
Jack couldn’t help it; he laughed. After a moment, Ianto and Lisa joined in. It was several minutes before they calmed themselves.
Lisa eyes shot between Jack and Ianto. “You know, this is ni…”
She trailed off mid-word, her eyes becoming unfocussed for a few seconds. Ianto froze for just a moment, startled and worried, his helpless gaze meeting Jack’s as the older man took the few steps across the room to stand at Lisa’s other side.
There were no obvious ill-effects visible when she recovered, but Ianto knew her well enough to recognise when she was fronting. Something had just happened, something that had her distressed and scared.
Ianto quickly sat down beside her and gripped her hand tightly. “Lisa? What is it? What’s wrong?”
She squeezed his fingers and he could see the fear shining through in her eyes. “Ianto, I think something’s happening to me.”
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