Rating: MA 15+
Genre: AU/ Romance
Pairings: Jack /Ianto
Spoilers None. AU but the names of the Episodes are mentioned
Summary: There is a new Boss for Torchwood Cardiff.
Alcohol and the aftermath
Words: this part 1,875 - So far - 9,897
Torchwood- Copyright BBC.
Un-betaed so all mistakes are mine! (looking for a beta, anyone interested?)
Italics are thoughts
Andy woke up around 4am, desperate to pee. He made his way to the bathroom, peed, washed his face and looked back at the bed. In their sleep Ianto and Jack and moved, they were now lying next to each other facing each other. They look like they belong together, thought Andy, I think I might wander off now and let them sort it out in the morning. Having me here will make it more difficult. I could tell Jack and Ianto liked each other. Andy thought back over the parts of the evening he could remember. Yep, the two of them like each other, they are good together, hope it works out. Ianto needs to love again. With that final thought, Andy left the room and made his way home, glad he didn’t live too far away, as he was still to influenced by alcohol to drive. I’ll get my car on Monday, he decided.
Jack woke next, afraid to open his eyes, God my head hurts, do I need to hurl, no, fine for the moment, need to pee, need to open my eyes to do that, he thought. He opened his eyes and saw a head of black hair on the pillow next to him. Memories flooded back, Ianto, the gorgeous Ianto, Ianto my PA, Jack rolled over. I’m in bed naked with my male PA, He looked at Ianto, he was fully dressed. Nothing happened? think, think, no nothing happened. There was another with us, Andy Ianto’s friend. Jack carefully lifted his head, Can’t see him anywhere, he must have gone. He was here, I remember that, Oh shit, I did a strip tease, Ianto bit my bum. That’s why my bum has an ache.
Jack heard Ianto groan. He sat up suddenly. Jack winced at the colour Ianto’s face went, Ianto stumbled as he ran to the bathroom and Jack could hear him heaving up all the alcohol and food they had last night.
Jack really needed to pee, but didn’t want to disturb Ianto. Finally his bladder got the better of him and he knocked on the bathroom door. “Ianto, you okay, I really have to pee.”
“Coming out now, wont be a sec.”
Jack heard the toilet flush and the water run, Ianto spat a few time and appeared at the door. “All yours.”
As Jack peed, Ianto went over to the coffee area, “No coffee”, he yelled “Your belt broke everything.”
“Order room service.” yelled back Jack from the bathroom. He had finished and was washing his hands. He looked at the mirror. Don’t look too good, for the amount we drank last night, Ianto doesn’t look half bad, wish I could say the same about me. “Looking your age there Harkness.” He said to the mirror. Oh well, time to face the music, wonder if he will hit me, or will this wreck our working relationship?
Jack walked into the room, it was fairly large, a long stay hotel room, so it had a seating area and a small kitchenette, really just a tap, toaster, microwave, but there was a proper coffee plunger and cups set up on a table near the door to the balcony. This is were his belt had ended up, smashing the plunger and 3 of the four cups. Ianto was trying to pick up the glass pieces. “Don’t worry Ianto, I’ll ask housekeeping to come up today to do that.”
“Room service will be about 10 minutes they said, I also ordered toast for us. How is your head? Mines a bit sore.”
“I think sore is an understatement, wasn’t Andy with us?”
“Yep, he’s gone, there is a message on my mobile, haven’t checked it, but it is from him, he would have woken up to pee and probably walked home, he’s not far from here, he’s good, wouldn’t drive.”
Jack looked at Ianto, took a deep breath and said “I’m sorry for getting so drunk last night, I didn’t realize how strong that Welsh beer is. I hope I didn’t embarrass you, or Andy.”
“Jack, both Andy and I are adults, we drank as much or even more than you, you did nothing that you should be worried about. Both of us don’t do things we don’t want to, even totally pissed. Now you on the other hand, do a very good strip tease.”
Jack was speechless.
“Yep something that was quite fun to watch, even though the coffee pot lost it’s battle with your belt. Do you normally do burlesque when pie eyed?”
There was a knock at the door. Ianto opened the door and got the tray with the coffee and toast. He placed it on the table. “Well I think I might head home, I could do with a shower. See you on Monday morning Jack.”
Ianto left the room. He got as far at the elevator before he had to stop and catch his breath. Shit shit shit. He thought. Jack is just the most amazing person. He is funny, wonderful, fantastic to look at and god, I’m falling for him. I can’t fall for him, he’s my boss.
Ianto poked the button for the elevator, nearly hard enough to hurt his finger. Come on, come on, I want to get out of here, before I turn around and throw myself at him. The elevator arrived he sighed and got in, headed down and away from Jack.
Jack stared at the door that Ianto had just left by.
He turned slowly at the coffee, looked back at the door and said, “Don’t go” softly to the door. “I think I’m falling for you.”
Andy’s message didn’t help. Ianto read it when he got home. ‘Mate, left about 4 you looked cosy - he likes you - see you Monday - A’
Ianto walked around his flat, I should unpack, shit my bag are still in Andy’s car, don’t want to talk to him just yet. Shit, shit shit. What have I done.
“Shit shit shit, what have I done”, Jack says while under the shower. “He’s my PA, this isn’t gonna end well”, or end very well. Jack flicks off the water and just stands in the shower. “What am I gonna do?”
Ianto stands next to the shower, debating, shall I shower or call Andy, I think shower first. As the water sluices down Ianto’s body, he just stands there, playing in his mind the strip tease, the jokes, the evening, It was fun, it was more than fun, he really made me want him, and I don’t think he was even trying, imagine what it would be like if he tried to seduce you. I don’t think I, or anyone would be able to resist him. There is just something about him that makes me, what does it make me feel, wanted, desired, or am I just a nice arse to pass the time. I don’t know if he feels like I feel.
He flicks the water off with a groan. “I’m gonna have to talk to him.” he says to the reflection in the mirror. “No he wouldn’t want me, I’m just a pale welsh PA, he’s a dashing American who is a CEO of a large and successful company, what could I be to him.” Ianto wipes the condensation off the mirror. “Yep nothing fantastic there. I’m dreaming that he would want me.”
Jack looks at the mirror in his bathroom. “Gods my head hurts, all I want to do is curl up in bed with Ianto”, god its all gone to hell in a hand basket as John would say, shit why I am I thinking of him at this time. Get your act together Harkness, this isn’t helping. “Coffee, coffee will help.”
Just as Jack hung up from room service, his phone rang, Jack closed his eyes and wishes Hope is’t Ianto. “Hello”
“Hi Jack, it’s Andy, do you remember me?”
“Yeah, Ianto’s mate, head of security at Torchwood, can drink an army under the table.”
Andy sniggers, “Yep, just making sure Ianto is okay.”
“Yeah, he threw up when he woke up and left not long after.”
“Did you two talk?”
“What do we need to talk about?”
“Jack I will say this once, Ianto is a very good mate, he has been hurt before, and I don’t want him to be hurt again. Do you understand me?”
“Yeah,” Jack signed, resigned to forgetting Ianto, “I’ll leave him alone.”
‘NO, Jack that’s not what I meant, just don’t hurt him, if you are going to do anything, don’t do a one night stand or some short term thing, and don’t tell him I spoke you, he would be mortified. I... I don’t know if you are going to be here short term or what work is planning for you, but he’s like a brother.”
“I get the message, be serious or be beaten to a pulp.”
“Yep. He likes you, you like him, don’t say anything, let me finish, I believe when people are tipsy they show their true colours, like you get fighting, belligerent drunks, silly drunks, you know. Well you two were just so into each other. That all, Jack hope your head is fine, and I’ll see you round work.”
Andy hung up before Jack could work out what to say. He stared at the phone. “I don’t want to hurt him, I.. I think I’m falling for him, big time,” he said to the beeping phone.
Ianto answered the knock on his door, with trepidation. He looked round the door and saw Andy. “Hi Andy, how you feeling?”
“Fine mate, brought over your bags, they were left in my car, how’s your head ?”
“Fine, want a cuppa, yeah I know tea, the kettle just boiled, was making some pot noodles.”
“Ianto, you need to eat better, and a tea would go down a treat.”
Andy followed Ianto into the kitchen and watched as he made the tea, a coffee and some pot noodles.
“How can you eat those things, they are gross.”
“Yeah, I got use to them when at Uni, didn’t work like you do, got use to them, quick and filling. Now what’s up with that text?”
“Well, in my humble opinion, Jack likes you just as much as you like him, don’t go all girly on me, I know you and you do. So what you gonna do about it?”
“Andy he is rather nice, but he’s my boss and I’m just a PA, what would he want with someone like me, except a quick fling, and I can’t do that again.”
“Maybe he want’s more?”
“Nah, he would want better than me.”
“Ianto Jones, you are a catch, if he can’t see that he’s not worth you looking at him.”
“What would I do with out you as my personal cheer squad.”
“Don’t know, but I’m sure I would be going to the pub by myself more often.”
“Yeah you are a good mate.”
“Like to think so.”
The two of them moved to the lounge, made themselves comfortable on the couch, drank their drinks and watched some sport on the television, the standby when men don’t want to talk about their feelings.