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14 May 2007 @ 12:02 am
Forgiveness (Jack/Gwen, Jack/Ianto) PG-13  
From my name three fics that I will never ever write meme: exuberantself suggested: Jack cheats on Ianto with Gwen because she is, as we all know, ohsoirresistableandgenerallyamazing. one word. no breathing. You have no idea how much I wished I could find an excuse to have someone actually describe Gwen as ohsoirresistableandgenerallyamazing, sadly I couldn't fit it in.

Title: Forgiveness
Author: _stolendreams_
Rating: PG-13ish
Pairing: Jack/Gwen, Jack/Ianto, minor hint of past Jack/Other
Spoilers: Eh nothing specific, maybe very  very mild ones for the end of countrycide
Summary: Jack cheats on Ianto with Gwen, written for a 'name three fics I will never ever write' meme.

The case ends messily. Two of the three missing teenage girls are dead, their bodies destroyed almost beyond recognition, the third is badly injured. Jack does what he does every time things end badly, he takes the team out for drinks. Ianto declines, offering to stay behind and sort out the clean up operation. It's not a problem, at the end of the night Jack will help Owen, Tosh and Gwen into taxis and return back to the Hub, to Ianto.

Taking them out always helps. They get drunk while he stays sober. He spends the night preventing Owen from blurting out stories about heroically saving the world from alien invasion to every pretty girl who stands still long enough, distracting Tosh when she starts to get jealous of the way Gwen is looking at Owen, and listening to Gwen as she alternates between flirting with Owen and talking endlessly at Jack.

Gwen is the easiest to cope with really, the more she drinks the more she talks. After a while she doesn't even notice if he's listening or not, her words start to slur and her sentences make less and less sense. But unlike Tosh she never needs rescuing from retreating inside her own head, and unlike with Owen he never has to step in to break up a fight.

Jack manages to find two taxis at once. He shoves Owen into the first one and Tosh into the second, pays the fares for them and tells them both to be in sometime before lunch tomorrow. That just leaves him with Gwen. She's managed to drink more than Owen or Tosh, or maybe she just can't hold the alcohol as well, he's not sure because he wasn't keeping count. Whichever it is she's barely standing on her own and there's no third taxi in sight.

They've been standing there five minutes when it happens. He's got both his arms wrapped around her to hold her steady, when, without warning she leans up and kisses him. For a fraction of a second he's still, then he kisses her back. It's far from a good first kiss, she's too drunk and he's too surprised. Gwen doesn‘t seem to notice or care, maybe because she‘s the drunk one or maybe because she‘s judging him against Owen.

"Rhys isn't coming home tonight," she tells him, voice slurred.

The taxi arrives at that moment and he doesn‘t resist when she pulls him in with her. He doesn't stop to think before he follows her into her flat either, or into her bed. At four in the morning he quietly slips back into the Hub. Ianto is asleep when Jack slides into bed beside him, wrapping his arms around the young man.

In the morning it’s the same as it always is. Owen doesn’t ask how many fights Jack saved him from, Tosh doesn’t ask if she embarrassed herself, they just slink in hung-over and hide away at their workstations. Ianto makes coffee and doesn’t ask why Jack was so late coming back. Gwen shows up last, she catches Jack’s eye and blushes, but she doesn’t say anything. She’s twice as friendly to Ianto as normal and she calls Rhys three times during the day.

Jack waits until he catches Ianto alone in the kitchen, before sliding his arms around the young mans waist and whispering an apology. Ianto interprets it as an apology for being so late back and accepts it instantly. Apologising should make him feel better, that’s always his theory, but somehow it never works because Ianto never knows the real reason behind it.

 That night, with Ianto sleeping beside him, Jack tries very hard to convince himself that Ianto would understand.
Current Mood: distresseddistressed
Christian A. Youngbodlon on May 14th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Thirty thousand years worth of cultural difference is likely to put a strain on any relationship.

Poor Janto.
_stolendreams_ on May 14th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
*feels guilty*
There's just bound to be so many things that Jack grew up thinking of as normal that horrify Ianto. I mean you only have to go back thrty years to see big differences in culture, never mind thirty thousands years.
idle_myrmidonidle_myrmidon on May 14th, 2007 08:58 am (UTC)
I like it. Not like it in a ‘yay, Jack’s cheating on Ianto’ way, but you know what I mean. It’s well written, the idea is interesting, and the characters seem believable.
That said... Poor Ianto.
I understand why Jack would do something like that (repeatedly) but at the same time I still want to smack around the head... just a little bit.
_stolendreams_ on May 14th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Please do smack him around the head, he totally deserves it.
But yeah, I don't honestly believe Jack is a 'one person forever' kind of guy. Even so making him actually cheat on Ianto was painful.
I won't be writing anything like this again.
(Anonymous) on May 14th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
This is an absolutly brilliant fanfic!
I love jack/gwen fics they are so good.
fatchickengirl: Gwen Shagfatchickengirl on May 14th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Porr Ianto, but he never promised him roses... (she sings, badly)!!!
jo19844jo19844 on May 14th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Oh ur lucky Shaz hasnt murdered you yet lol. i read it and it was well written but how COULD you do this lol and i thought you were on the ship now i'm a little scared that you're heading for the lifeboat lol

well written, and the plot worked very well... it was very believable and u know i think Ianto might understand maybe you could do a lovely sequel about just how understanding he is... u know... with porn lol
_stolendreams_ on May 15th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Oh ur lucky Shaz hasnt murdered you yet lol

Did I mention all the shouting she did? *winces* I'm going to the Cardiff meet this summer, if I haven't made it up to her by then she'll probably leave me stranded in some remote part of the city as payback. I'm writing her a fic to make up for it.

*clings to HMS Jack/Ianto*
Noooooo. I don't want to leave. I'm not heading for the lifeboats.
Wait, do we need lifeboats? Surely about 90% of us will happily go down with the ship rather than jump in the lifeboats and head for Jack/Gwen.

But Jo! You read Jack/Gwen! *loves you lots*
*will never ever write go anywhere near this ship again*
exuberantselfexuberantself on May 16th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
oh. oh.

Poor Jack. And you just made me sympathize with the cheater. Go you. Regardless of Jack's ideas about fidelity, I like that he understands Ianto's forgiveness is for the wrong thing, and that seems to affect him more than the night with Gwen.
_stolendreams_ on May 16th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yay. Or possibly sorry. I wouldn't normally want people to sympathise with the cheater.
However, I could talk about my theories on Jack and Ianto's relationship for literally hours. Especially the cultural differences and their attitudes to love and relationships. So in this case sympathising with Jack is good, while feeling sorry for Ianto hopefully.
exuberantselfexuberantself on May 17th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I definitely feel sorry for Ianto. I even hate Gwen for suggesting it, but might just be because I hate Gwen every single second that she spends with a male. But, yeah, I feel really badly for Jack because it seems like he's trying to force himself into the expectations Ianto has for a relationship, and I have something else to say here but I'm too tired to figure out what it is.

I [heart] you! (even when you write Jack/Gwen...especially because even then you write Jack/Ianto)
_stolendreams_ on May 17th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
The idea that I was working on, but couldn't really fit into the story itself, was that Jack does actually try each time. He goes back to Ianto and he makes an effort to conform to what Ianto and todays society expects for a relationship and then something happens, like here with Gwen and he messes up.

Thank you :) And I'm now going back to writing proper Jack/Ianto without any hint of Jack/Gwen.
Creed: Captain Jack by imwalkingalonecreedcascade on April 5th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
I think this could very much happen and people seem to ignore that fact. Thanks for writing it, even if its not a happy ending.