Ratings: Teen- angst
Spoilers: Nothing major
Summary: Ianto arrives at work early
Disclaimers: I own nothing!
Notes: I think I’m missing Cardiff, so I wrote this. I’m still working on some major plot!fics so hang on in there for them. Comments please!
The sun was bright as Ianto made his way towards the bay for work. It was early morning and, though the dawn had only just passed, Ianto could feel the day was to be hot. He felt good. The bay was hushed and empty of people. It felt peaceful and the sun reflected a rainbow off the metal structures which filled the bay. The water tower itself glistened. But the water wasn’t running yet. So, Jack wasn’t up yet, or he’d forgotten.
He walked past the water tower and towards the sea. He preferred to enter through this door. It was less dramatic, more ordinary. He liked ordinary. He needed to hold onto ordinary in this job.
He unlocked the door and went inside. He keyed the security number into the alarm keypad then went through the door into the hub.
When he got downstairs, the lights were all off. Ianto switched them on and made his way into Jack’s office. Not even the lights in here were on.
Chewing his lip, Ianto opened the hatch and climbed down the ladder. Jack was there, in bed and still asleep. His chest was bare and Ianto could see the sweat glistening on Jack’s bare chest. Jack’s eyes were moving rapidly behind his eyelids and fast breaths escaped his lips.
“Jack,” Ianto whispered and leaned over him. He stroked his cheek gently, then brushed a soft kiss across his mouth.
Jack’s frantic breathing eased and he tipped his mouth upwards into Ianto.
Ianto cupped his cheek. “Wakey wakey,” he whispered.
Jack’s eyes opened and his body relaxed. He smiled. “Ianto.”
Ianto liked the way Jack said his name. He spoke as if it were the most cherished word there ever was. Perhaps only the word ‘Doctor’ was equal to it.
Jack found Ianto’s other hand and squeezed. “Did I oversleep?”
Ianto brushed back the hair from Jack’s forehead. “I’m the first one here. Nightmare?”
Jack tugged on Ianto’s shoulder and brought him close. “Yeah.” He pressed his face into Ianto’s neck and breathed him in for just a few seconds.
Then he pulled back and sat up, brisk and businesslike. “Time for work. I’ll go and shower.” He hesitated then pressed a kiss to Ianto’s lips. “I’ll meet you upstairs. I won’t be long.”
Ianto rubbed his thumb across Jack’s lips. “I’ll make you a coffee.”
Ianto waited until he’d seen Jack disappear into the bathroom, then he went upstairs to start the coffee machine and to get the hub going for the morning.
It was too early for the others to come in. Ianto liked being there early. Owen called him a sad bastard for it but Ianto didn’t care. He wouldn’t trade these mornings alone with Jack for anything. He would endure any name calling and far worse just to be with Jack.
Jack showered quickly and appeared in the main room of the hub. Ianto presented him with a coffee and a kiss.
Jack beamed at him. “You’re an angel.”
Ianto picked up his own cup of coffee. “Thought you didn’t believe in God.”
Jack’s grin widened. “Nope. But you’re still my angel.”
Ianto’s eye brow arched. “Your lines are getting worse.”
Jack laughed. “Yeah.” He took a sip of his coffee, then placed it on the counter and strode forwards. He pulled Ianto into an embrace so suddenly that Ianto almost spilt his coffee. He put it down and put his arms around Jack.
Jack sighed. “Yeah, just glad you’re here.” He pressed his nose into Ianto’s neck. “Always glad you’re here.”
Ianto turned his head and pressed a kiss to Jack’s hair. “I know.”
Jack held on tight to Ianto.
Ianto pulled back and took Jack’s hand. “Come on.” He tugged on Jack’s hand.
Jack let himself be tugged away. “Where are we going?”
“Outside. You’ve been cooped up down here too long.” He led Jack out of the hub and up the slope to where the bars and shops were along the bay. They stopped at the fence, by the statues and looked out at the water just like the statues were.
Ianto put his arm around Jack, who leaned against him.
“It’s bright and sunny today,” Jack said, watching the water rippling.
“It’s going to be a nice day. Maybe the aliens will take a day off to go sunbathing?”
Jack sighed and rested his head against Ianto’s. “Why can’t they really take days off? It never used to be like this.”
“Like what?” Ianto asked gently.
“Somebody else used to be in charge. Somebody else used to have the burden on their shoulders.”
“You’re the leader. And you’re a good one.”
Jack sighed. “I know. But…sometimes, I want to just hide under my bed.”
Ianto was silent for a moment, holding Jack tightly. Then he smiled and turned to face Jack. “Okay, here’s the deal. Each morning, we’ll come out here, look at the water and just relax, okay? And you can just talk to me.”
Jack gazed at Ianto for a moment, then smiled and nodded. “Yeah.” He found Ianto’s hand and squeezed tight.
He turned back to the water. The sun made it shine in spots. “It is nice out here. Bright.”
Ianto kissed his cheek. “Yeah.” He smiled as he watched Jack’s eyes. As Jack gazed out at the bay in Ianto’s arms, his eyes brightened.