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19 September 2007 @ 06:12 pm
TWFanFic: O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? [Genfic]  
Title: O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
On Website: beyond-redemption.net
Author: CS_WhiteWolf
Rating(s): U-Rated.
Pairing(s): Gen: Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones.
Word Count: 436words.
Summary: Unbetad. The last place Jack expected to find Ianto was in a church.
A/N: Set between 1.12 and 1.13 and prompted by the image of Ianto reading biblical verses in 1.13.
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If Jack was honest with himself, the last place he’d ever expected to find Ianto in the aftermath of what the team were calling operation “Out of Time” was in a church. The Welshman sat, hunched over in one of the pews up front, his head bowed low as he stared into the clenching clasp of the bible he held his hands.
Ianto didn’t even blink when Jack slipped into the pew beside him, sliding himself close enough for his grey military coat to chafe up against the thin cotton of Ianto’s shirt. Purple suited him, he absently noted as he allowed his eyes to skim over the younger man.
“Are we even now?” Jack asked softly, watching Ianto as intently as the Welshman avoided looking at him. He saw the crease of Ianto’s brow as he frowned at the comment.
“Sir?” He enquired.
“Owen told me you didn’t want to open the rift.” Jack answered, “That you didn’t want to get us back.”
“Did he, sir?”
Jack nodded and silence fell upon them once more. Ianto looked up after a moment, though he still avoided looking at the Captain.
“Then it must be true,” he said, standing.
“Ianto?” Jack reached for him, stilling his flight for a moment. “Tell me what happened?”
“Owen’s no doubt already filled you in, sir.”
“And you would have damned Toshiko just to spite me?” Ianto said nothing, and Jack cursed his disbelief, finding brief amusement in the scandalised look Ianto shot him for using such language in a church. He tightened his grip on Ianto’s arm.
“You’re nowhere near as heartless as that,” Jack said softly, “no matter what Owen tells me.”
“I shot him,” Ianto felt the need to point out.
“You had good reason to.” Jack responded.
“Then you know I didn’t want to open the rift.”
“But not out of spite or any desire to see us stuck there.” It wasn’t a question.
Ianto turned his face away, shaking his head in agreement. Jack moved his hand up to Ianto’s shoulder whilst he reached with his other to tip the Welshman’s face upwards.
“So, are we even?” Jack prompted, searching Ianto’s eyes and thinking back to the promise Ianto had made him all those many months ago, when Jack had left him crying over the corpse of his cybernetic girlfriend.
“The question hardly applies, sir…” Ianto tried but Jack cut his words off with a shake of his head.
“Oh, it applies.” Jack insisted but Ianto said nothing, choosing only to step away from Jack and clasp his bible against his chest. It was answer enough.

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mood: boredbored
jane_olivejane_olive on September 19th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Oh wow I loved that. Brilliant voice.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Blond Iantocs_whitewolf on September 20th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) very much.
likestowritelikestowrite on September 19th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
Incredibly touching and very 'in character'. A really emotive peice. Amazing fic.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Jack & Iantocs_whitewolf on September 20th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
I'm pleased you found it so. Thanks for reading!

CS WhiteWolf
secbethsecbeth on September 19th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
That was excellent and needed. Some times Fans come up with better stuff than the writers.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Bang Bangcs_whitewolf on September 20th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks! It was one of those pieces that just had to be written. I'd planned to make this a larger sort of story, but felt this part was enough of its own. Maybe next time, eh?

Thanks for reading!
CS WhiteWolf
badwolf36badwolf36 on September 19th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Fascinating addition to that episode. The first line was very intriguing and led into equally interesting characterization and insight into those two. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Jack Needs Mecs_whitewolf on September 20th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That first line came to me somewhat randomly and I felt it just had to be written and shared. Very pleased to know that you enjoyed it :)

CS WhiteWolf
Casey: torchwood (ianto)casey_bee on September 19th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
I started to read this as soon as you posted it but then had to go to MV. Anyway, love the characterisations in this! I just want to squish Ianto! Love it, and beautifully written as always m'dear. <3
Campaspe: Crossover \\ Emo Lovecs_whitewolf on September 20th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
You're quite forgiven :) since you both enjoyed the fic and found Ianto squishable! heh.

Thank you, hun. It was a pleasure to write for sure.
OneSarcasticChick: hugo duhsarcasticchick on September 20th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
okay, so when i first read the title, i was thinking naughty porny-church-going thoughts.

and i realized it was serious. so then i had to adopt 'serious brain' and start at the beginning again, because i could not get the idea of priest!jack and altar-boy!ianto out of my head. bad, bad you! ;)

so, on the second read through after i realized no smut and to get my brain outta the gutter, i realized, omg, so beautifully brilliant. ianto has never struck me as a church-going type, but you sold me on it with this fic.

i think what i loved the most was ianto's...not guilt, but knowing his duty and seeking solace in the church for what he had done - and feeling no need to defend himself or his actions to jack. and jack's interpretation of it. i'm not sure what you intended as far as the depth of ianto's belief within the church, but clutching the bible...guh. it was like he was clinging to faith (i think the question of faith for ianto is such a good, unexplored area of fiction - afte rall he's seen and experienced, is it possible?) for forgiveness in what he had to do, and it was such a tragic picture of ianto. and then putting the bible over his chest - 'god' between him and jack...and ultimately - i can't not think smutty symbolism in it because i'm a hopeless janto girl - over his heart protecting him from jack.

yeah, i'm such a hopeless janto girl.

i really really liked this :) just a wonderful snapshot of ianto.

Campaspe: Original \\ an apple in the handcs_whitewolf on September 20th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
I think you are my brain twin, because- and here I must confess!- that whilst writing this piece all I kept thinking about was having Jack jump Ianto in the pew to molest him. Or something. XD

I hadn't quite got far enough to turn Ianto into an altar-boy, but I'm sure I'd have got to that point soon enough. Do you think it would be a blasphomy to have Jack as a priest? I mean, aside from actually contemplating church!porn, Jack seems more devilish than godly. He's... temptation all wrapped up, the apple weilding serpent just daring Ianto to take a bit- mmmm!

But moving on-! heh. Thanks so much for reading! I'm very glad you enjoyed and were able to read so much into it :) before this piece I'd never considered religion very much in relation to Torchwood, but then I realised, perhaps these characters *need* belief in something like god to keep them grounded when they've found out that the things they never believed in before are actually real. Religion works as a good grounder for most people and I do like the idea that Ianto has someone(thing?) to turn to when he needs a little guidance.

And because I never really thought about the implications of Ianto clasping his bible so tightly to his chest, we could comprimise and say it was because he was too terrified that he'd reach for Jack instead (and Eve gave in to the temptation of the Serpent)

Gosh. That went on a bit, didn't it? haha. And we're all hopeless Janto fangirls really ;)

Thanks, babes!
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Campaspe: Torchwood \\ That's my Ianto!cs_whitewolf on September 20th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, darling! :) I'm all pleased you found it so.
I need more fandoms like CKR needs more sexylove_jackianto on September 20th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
Sometimes I wish Fics that people write would actually
be canon and this is one of those times, great job:).
Campaspe: Original \\ Victoriancs_whitewolf on September 20th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
::is all smiley::

What a lovely compliment! Thank you :) I'm glad you enjoyed it enough to say so.

CS WhiteWolf
Karen: torchwood iantobyrons_brain on September 22nd, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
Great story...
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Blond Iantocs_whitewolf on September 22nd, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
galaxy_songgalaxy_song on September 23rd, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh I swore to my self no fanfiction while on holiday but I couldnt resist. grand fic was so good.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ Vaguely Threateningcs_whitewolf on September 23rd, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
::big grins::

Oh thanks, darling! I do hope the holiday is going alright and I thank you very much for taking the time to drop me a comment to this piece :) am pleased you enjoyed it.