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02 June 2007 @ 09:03 pm
Torchwood/Heroes: Just Like The Wind IX [Ianto/Peter]  
Title: Just Like The Wind
Fandom: Torchwood / Heroes.
Rating(s): R-Rated.
Pairing(s): Ianto Jones/ Peter Petrelli.
Warning(s): Angst; Attempted Suicide.
Summary: After the near cataclysmic events in New York, Peter Petrelli is taken to Cardiff to lie low and recuperate. When he crosses paths with the mysterious Ianto Jones, however, he soon finds recovery the furthest thing from his mind as the Welshman inadvertently leads him to Torchwood and the secrets within.
 
 - - -
 
nine.
 
The rain had stopped at least. That was Peter’s first thought as he made his way from the hotel towards the café where he was due to meet Ianto for perhaps the last time. He approached the moment with equal measures of anticipation and trepidation, pleased that he would at least have a chance to make good on his promise of seeing the Welshman again, even if it were only to say his goodbyes.
 
That was where the trepidation came in, knotting his stomach as he contemplated never again seeing the mysterious Ianto Jones. It was a thought that bothered him more than he cared to admit. Why should one man-- a man he did not even know, not in any way that made sense-- have such a hold on him? Why should the very thought of leaving Ianto to his life and the lowly regard he held for it cause him such heartfelt distress?
 
Nathan touched at his arm as they walked, his grip strong and reassuring as they walked along the bay towards the café. Peter looked up at his brother.
 
“You’ve stopped smiling.” Nathan said, his eyes worried. Peter offered him a shaky sort of smile but Nathan merely raised an enquiring eyebrow.
 
“Is… is it wrong to want to stay? For him?” Peter asked softly, coming to a gradual stop and turning to face Nathan.
 
“Stay? Peter you barely even know this man.”
 
“I know.” Peter frowned, confused himself. “There’s just something about him. Something that makes me want to…”
 
“Help him?” Nathan supplied as Peter drifted off into silence. Peter shrugged, not sure himself what he’d intended to say.
 
“Look, Peter,” Nathan began, placing his hands on Peter’s shoulders. “You’re obviously confused right now. You’ve been through so much over the last few months that I’m not surprised your head is all over the place. But think about this for a minute, you do not know this man, at all. There isn’t any reason for you to stay for him. You’re just looking for someone to cling to, Peter. You always have.”
 
“It’s not-,” Peter tried to speak but Nathan shook his head, interrupting before he could begin.
 
“It is, Peter. You’ve always needed someone to be there for you, someone to look after you. And I’m here for that. But you’ve also needed to look after other people. Dying strangers you can get to know in their last few weeks of life. It’s just who you are. It’s who you’ve always been.” Nathan said. “But you don’t need to stay for another dying stranger, Peter.”
 
“He’s not dying,” Peter whispered.
 
“From what you’ve told me about him, he may as well be.”
 
“Don’t say things like that.” Peter pulled away from his brother, forcing Nathan to drop his arms to his sides. “It isn’t like that at all. He’s- it’s just not that, Nathan. Not any of it.”
 
“Then what is it?” Nathan asked abrasively, though Peter could tell he wasn’t ready to listen to any of his explanations. “Did Hiro come to you again? Did he tell you to save the Welshman? That it would save the world?”
 
Peter gaped at him. “That’s not fair, Nathan.”
 
“Life isn’t fair, Peter. It’s past time you realised that.”
 
Peter stepped back, his look of hurt dissipating swiftly to one of offence. He couldn’t even find the words to respond to that, to any of it in fact. Turning on his heel, Peter pressed on towards the café, seething silently as Nathan’s cutting remarks repeated themselves over and over in his mind.
 
This wasn’t just a ‘dying stranger’ to Peter. None of his patients had ever been. Was it wrong to care, to want to help people through their last few days of life? It certainly wasn’t an easy thing to do. Death… it hurt. It took something from you with every departing soul. Was it wrong to want to promote life? He wanted Ianto to live. To… to learn to love a life that felt impossibly cruel to him. But more than that, he wanted Ianto. Wanted to be there for him, to be the one to save him.
 
Save the Welshman, save the world…
 
Peter didn’t have the strength to laugh at the mockery of his own thoughts.
 
 - - -
 
When finally they arrived at the café, Nathan brooding and silent at his side, it was to find Ianto already there and waiting. Captain Harkness sat opposite him and neither of them looked particularly relaxed or at ease as they spoke quietly between themselves.
 
Peter watched as Ianto’s mouth thinned with anger at whatever the Captain was saying, turning his face away as if to ignore the words. Peter offered a hesitant wave as Ianto caught sight of him.
 
“I do not need to be supervised.” Ianto said, turning to Jack. His words were cold.
 
“I’m not taking any chances.” Jack replied, looking over towards Peter and the man he assumed to be his brother, Nathan. The elder Petrelli looked about as happy with this situation as he himself felt. He waved back at Peter, his lips finding a smile for him, if only briefly.
 
“With all due respect, sir,” Ianto hissed, slipping from the booth. “This meeting has nothing to do with Torchwood. It does not require your supervision.”
 
“That man,” Jack said, referring to Peter, “is now an officially recognised danger to this country and until he leaves British soil he is to be kept under surveillance. It’s for your own safety.”
 
“For my safety?” Ianto looked almost offended. “Peter is not a danger to me or this country.”
 
“And yet all I have seen from him is danger.” Ianto’s face went suddenly impassive. “Look, we’re not having this argument again, Ianto.” Jack placated. “I’m sorry if you find this a violation of your privacy, but the terms are clear. Either I stay or we both leave. Which is it to be?”
 
Ianto didn’t need to answer. He turned away and walked towards Peter and his brother. He offered Nathan a polite nod before taking Peter’s arm and leading him to the other side of the café and an empty booth. Peter smiled for the first time since earlier that morning as Ianto held onto him as if it were the most natural thing for him to do.
 
“That bad, huh?” Peter asked as Ianto finally let go of him and they slipped into the booth. He nodded his head in Jack’s direction and Ianto watched as Nathan made his way over towards his boss.
 
“You’ve no idea.” Ianto muttered darkly and Peter’s smile became a bit more sympathetic.
 
“Nathan’s the same. He just doesn’t understand.” Ianto smiled tentatively in agreement.
 
“I don’t want to leave.” Peter said, almost out of the blue. Ianto eyed him for a curious moment before nodding.
 
“I don’t want you to either.” He replied. “It’s… a bit strange. This.”
 
“Yeah, I don’t particularly understand it myself.” Peter agreed, looking up as a waitress approached and placed two mugs of steaming coffee on their table.
 
“Courtesy of the gentlemen up the back,” She said with a polite smile before leaving. Ianto and Peter took one look at the coffees before turning simultaneously to face Jack and Nathan. They gestured their thanks with sharp nods in their direction.
 
Ianto took hold of his mug, staring intently into the swirl of liquid for a time before pushing it away.
 
“Drugged?” Peter asked. Ianto looked up quickly.
 
Peter shrugged, “It’s what you did with mine, isn’t it?”
 
Ianto flushed slightly. “It needed to be done.”
 
“Did it?”
 
“I suppose not.” Ianto met Peter’s eyes until the young American flickered his gaze away.
 
“When do you leave?” Ianto asked, not sure really what else to say.
 
“Couple of hours,” Peter answered. He felt his face heat, an awkwardness falling over him. He looked over Ianto’s shoulder to find his brother watching him intently. A bitter taste suddenly tinged his mouth.
 
“Do you want to get out of here?” He asked suddenly.
 
Ianto frowned, resisting the urge to ask just how they were supposed to manage that as he too looked over towards Jack and Nathan, finding Jack’s eyes fixed upon him. Ianto glared his displeasure across the café before turning and nodding his answer at Peter.
 
Peter smiled grimly, reaching across the booth to take Ianto’s hand in his own. “Then follow my lead and when I say, we run.”
 
Ianto pushed to his feet first and Peter stood, their hands still clasped together.
 
“Ready?”
 
“Yeah.”
 
They made it to the door before they heard their names shouted.
 
By the time Jack and Nathan exited the café, Ianto and Peter had already disappeared from sight.
 
 - - -
 
 
 - - -
 
 
 
 
mood: contemplativecontemplative
 
 
 
jigotjigot on June 2nd, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
I have absolutely no idea what 'Heroes' is, but I love this fic :)
Campaspe: Heroes \\ Petercs_whitewolf on June 3rd, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
You can find out about Heroes [ here ] - it's got detailed descriptions of characters/plot/etc incase you want to know a bit about it.

And thanks so much for giving my fic a chance despite not knowing about Heroes :D I'm so very happy you're enjoying it!

Peace,
CS WhiteWolf
Hannah: Random: Fit Of Joykeiko_kichi on June 2nd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oooh, you naughty, naughty devil ;)

Of course they'd run. WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?!

-strokes your ego-
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Chibi OTPcs_whitewolf on June 3rd, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
BECAUSE I AM CLEARLY MADE OF THE AWESOME. ::ego is stroked::

Hehe. Thanks, darling! I really just want them to have a nice little emo scene alone together, without the men playing eye-spy on them (poor dears) there really was no other option.

Much love to you!
Campaspe
Casey: ianto/peter (love)casey_bee on June 2nd, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Hehe, PETER/IANTO FTW!!! XD Have I mentioned how much I love this fic? LOVE, LOVE & LOVE IT! <3 Can't wait for more! *huggles*
Campaspe: Doctor Who \\ Ninecs_whitewolf on June 3rd, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
::loves you hard::

Am pleased to be having so much love for this story XD makes me a very happy writer! heh.

Peace,
Caspe
galaxy_song: welshgalaxy_song on June 3rd, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
oh oh Ianto and peter running away from there keepers lol great chapter well worth waiting for :-)

Im so getting "Save the Welshman, save the world…" on a T-Shirt no one will have a clue what it means but I don't care

Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Man Kissingcs_whitewolf on June 3rd, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
Ai! XD and here I was just thinking to myself that would make a great icon or something, haha.

Bless those boys, eh? At least it'll give them a moment to be emo alone together instead of under Jack and Nathan's supervision!

Ta muchly!
Peace,
Campaspe
coffeegirl18coffeegirl18 on June 3rd, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
I want one too.
(Anonymous) on June 3rd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
oh I'm going to get made so I can wear it for collectormania 11 in Glasgow
galaxy_songgalaxy_song on June 3rd, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
that above about collectormania was me some how logged my self out there
Campaspe: Dr Who \\ Jeremy Baines \\ Sexy Creepycs_whitewolf on June 3rd, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Wait- Collectormania is coming to Glasgow!?

YS! That makes me so happy to hear. I say T-shirts are needed all round XD
galaxy_songgalaxy_song on June 3rd, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
yes finaly its coming to Glasgow will be in the brehead arena on the 25th and 26th of August and our very own Ianto will be there. So getting that T-shirt.
Campaspe: RPS \\ Caspe and Garethcs_whitewolf on June 3rd, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
I am such a happy fangirl right now! That's like half an hour away from me- I'm so going to be there XD especially if dear Gareth is going to be there too!

I think a T-Shirt is definitely needed for the occassion!
What would you say though if he asked you what it was all about? heh.
galaxy_song: kitgalaxy_song on June 3rd, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
lol I don't know, tell him he's better not known. Is that you with Gareth in your avater?
Campaspe: RPS \\ Gareth David-Lloyd smokecs_whitewolf on June 3rd, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
I suppose that's the only response you could give. Imagine having to explain. "Well... have you ever seen Heroes?" hehe.

And yeah, it is :D I met him at the Manchester Collectomania. He's even more adorable off screen!
coffeegirl18coffeegirl18 on June 3rd, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Ooo I love it. More soon please. I just watched the season finale but I think I missed the ep before it. Anyways Peter's all sexy when he's all emo and I'm waiting patiently snapping out for the next part.
Campaspe: Prison Break \\ Michaelcs_whitewolf on June 3rd, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh he is, isn't he? I was torn between wanting to pet him and lick him most of the episode XD haha.

Thanks for reading, darling! More soon, promise!
Peace,
Campaspe
spoiled19spoiled19 on June 4th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
I was gaping at the screen going 'ok you're extremely hot when you're almost going nuclear, please do so more often'.

PS You Wenty icon pwns me...he's so pretty....runs off to find Wenty icons.
Campaspe: RPS \\ Wentworth Miller \\ Gigglecs_whitewolf on June 4th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
I know! Is it really bad that we think so? I mean, there's got to be something wrong if us fangirls find that hot. ::want to lick Peter more::

Ahem.

Anywho! Wentworth is just as adorably lickable of course :D I've only a few icons of him, but they're credited in my usericons so maybe you'll find a few more through the makers!
coffeegirl18coffeegirl18 on June 4th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
Oops that was me...logged into my alter ego's lj....
Campaspe: Dr Who \\ Jeremy Baines \\ smirkcs_whitewolf on June 4th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
I had wondered! lol.
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Campaspe: Dr Who \\ Jeremy Baines \\ smirkcs_whitewolf on June 4th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
Heroes is a pretty good series to watch, with a great array of characters and an interesting plot to follow- I'd definitely recommend watching it! And I'm very pleased this story is to your liking, especially considering you're not a Heroes watcher!

Heh. I find Peter and Ianto so very adorable to write, it's really like they're meant to be :D Thanks so much for reading, darling!

Peace,
Campaspe
xizuarxizuar on June 4th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
<3 i have no words for how emo and cute the thought of ianto and peter eloping with their 'forbidden love' <3

damn me for not getting round to livejournal sooner for this!! but i'm glad it was here when i did :3

*loves it all*
Campaspe: Nathancs_whitewolf on June 4th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
You know there was a scene in this chapter that I cut, involving Peter asking Ianto to come with him to New York and Ianto was actually considering saying yes- but it was too emo and sappy and would have completely mucked up my plans for everything else so I removed it in order to subject them both to more angst.

I'm a cruel author, I know. But needs must! XD Glad you can still get a kick out of the story though!

Peace,
Campaspe