Log in

No account? Create an account
09 June 2009 @ 08:52 pm
If the Grapes are Good 1/1 Highlander/Torchwood Crossover  
This is part of The Immortal Ianto story, but set a hundred years or so ahead of the current timeline. Warning for Jack/Ianto (although does Jack/Ianto really need a warning?) in bed, but just lying there nekkid, nothing graphic. Completely unbeta’d, sorry.

Disclaimer: None of it's mine, not one little bit of it.

If the Grapes are Good

“Why are we still doing this, Ianto?” Jack asked as he ducked behind a wall to join Ianto in his cover from the lasers being shot at them by twenty aliens that looked remarkably bovine.

Ianto wasn’t entirely certain which ‘this’ Jack was referring to, but since they were currently in a firefight with cows from another dimension, he decided he meant fighting aliens.

“What else is there to do on a Wednesday night in Caerdydd?” he replied and fired blindly over the wall from his crouched position. Jack laughed and flashed one of the special smiles he reserved for Ianto, an honest one that reached his eyes, before he leaned around the end of the wall and opened fire, then ducked back to cover again.

“We’re outnumbered, ten to one. I’m bored with this. Are you bored?” Jack asked with a wicked grin that Ianto knew all too well after a century with Jack. Ianto rolled his eyes in response.

“Suicide run it is then,” he said, his voice dripping with snark. Jack clapped him on the back as they got to their feet. At a nod from Jack, the two began running toward the attackers, guns blazing.

The ploy worked, startling the aliens enough that Jack and Ianto were able to pick off two-thirds before the enemy began to return fire. The two men took hit after hit, but they kept firing.

Dimly, Ianto registered that Jack had fallen; Ianto’s Immortal healing had kept him alive a little longer, long enough to despatch the remaining aliens before he, too, died.

Ianto awoke with a groan and looked over to find Jack already standing up and talking on the com to HQ. He waited until Jack was finished and then sat up.

“Morning, sunshine,” Jack called. Ianto scowled at him.

“Can we at least try to win one without ruining a vintage suit?” Ianto bemoaned, pulling at the tatters of his jacket to demonstrate.

He still preferred the cut of 21st century suits, and they were getting hard to come by. He’d asked Jack several times how he never seemed to run out of RAF uniforms, but all the answer he got was “51st century fabric, practically indestructible,” and Ianto wasn’t sure whether or not Jack was joking.

The team arrived and the bodies were safely removed to the Hub, and then Jack and Ianto went back to the Hub, cleaned off the blood and put on clean clothes, and then promptly took them off again. Lying wrapped in each other’s arms in their quarters, Jack asked again,

“Why are we still doing this, Ianto?”

This time, Ianto knew exactly what Jack was referring to, but he decided to be purposely obtuse.

“Because we’re Torchwood, sir,” he answered, calling Jack what had ceased to be a formality and become a pet name a long time ago.

“Oh, anfarwol anwylyd, we’re too old for games. I meant, why are you still here?”

“If you don’t know the answer to that, Jack, then you’re an idiot,” Ianto gently chided, fondness in his voice and in the caress he gave Jack’s cheek as he spoke.

“I wouldn’t blame you for leaving. I’m going to keep getting physically older; look I’ve already got grey hairs. In a century or two, I’ll look like your father, and you’ll look no different.”

Ianto was shocked by the sudden show of insecurity from Jack. He knew that most of what Jack showed the outside world was bravado, but he was always stunned to be let inside that shell, even after all their time together.

“So I’ll be your toyboy. I always have been,” Ianto joked and snuggled closer in Jack’s arms.

That provoked a laugh from Jack, but he grew quiet and serious again almost immediately. He stroked Ianto’s arm and Ianto could feel the calluses on his hand from Jack’s revolver as they snagged on his skin. It was comforting, a reassurance that Jack was always going to be there, no matter how old he got.

“You can’t tell me you haven’t thought about this,” Jack said, breaking into Ianto’s musings.

That was true enough, Ianto had considered the implications of both his Immortality and Jack’s immortality, but now was not the time for such maudlin thoughts. Right here, right now, they had each other and they had eternity.

“Jack, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from Amanda, aside from keeping my head and lock picking; it’s to live in the moment. Just enjoy what we have, don’t question it.”

Jack sat up a little in the bed and examined Ianto, a look of wonder on his face.

“When did you get so wise, Ianto Jones?”

Ianto smiled and pulled Jack close again, a look of smug satisfaction on his face.

“I was always this wise, sir. Have you only just noticed?”

A/N: The title is from an ancient Egyptian proverb: If the grapes are good, then the wine improves with age.
The other Weird Al: Torchwood - Ianto bwaeron_lanart on June 9th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
*Love* immortal Ianto and I adore that 'sir' has become a term of endearment. And I agree with Ianto, Jack is an idiot - but at least he's Ianto's idiot.

And the little nod to Amanda, that is brill too and a very Amanda thing to do, teaching Ianto how to live in the moment.

Edited at 2009-06-09 08:37 pm (UTC)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: iantoidontlikegravy on June 9th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And I love that you edited to change the icon - I'm always doing that! :)

There's a present day chapter in the works at the mo, but this just wouldn't let me be.

Oh, and thank you for nudging me to do Big Bang, I had great fun (not sure how the work will go down, I guess we'll see soon enough)

Edited at 2009-06-09 09:41 pm (UTC)
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on June 10th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
Awww... Ianto is smart, Jack just doesn't notice somethings unless you hit him over the head with a brick. Huh, rather like the doctor in some ways; Very obtuse about certain things.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: captain my captainidontlikegravy on June 12th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I think it's not so much he doesn't notice, more that he won't allow himself to. But with Immortal!Ianto, it's okay because he's not going to lose him.
I will call her George: Dr. Who - Heroesstrangevisitor7 on June 11th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Very sweet. Always like seeing Jack a little vulnerable and we all know Ianto's the smart one
But, I don't want to be a pie,: captain my captainidontlikegravy on June 12th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Of course! :)

Thanks hon.
Rhi: Elizabeth Weirvipersweb on June 24th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
You're really giving me the nudge to actually write more in my Immortal!Ianto 'verse. *pout* i just don't have the time to do that!

Anyway, I like this snapshot and the reversal of the usual Jack/Ianto thing about the fear of getting old. Very witty banter too.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pretty pleaseidontlikegravy on June 24th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)

Thank you.

I love your take on their relationship, but obviously it's a different scenario because your Ianto is a ROG. I think, with my Ianto, it's only natural that they'll separate for a few decades, but because he's a new Immortal, he'll get drawn back to Jack, like he'll be drawn back to Amanda as his teacher. Does that make sense?

Can I tempt you with cookies? Jack?
Rhi: bounty huntervipersweb on June 25th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
I think your take is rather nice and I agree with your reasoning. Most authors don't bother aging Jack when Ianto becomes Immortal, so it was rather novel to see Jack being so insecure with where he stands with Ianto.

I've been working on the prologue. Sadly, too many ficathons, including the TARDIS Big Bang took my attention and I have a couple of other fic commitments to complete as well. But, I finally figured out how I'm opening it, which is a huge plus. Really, I'm trying to figure out now where in the TW story line I want to set it. I do have some awesome scenes already written with the Immies at Joe's Bar. So it will get done. I just don't know when.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: writingidontlikegravy on June 26th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I have nothing against people who ignore canon, but it's important to me, even in a crossover (or perhaps especially so).

So it will get done. I just don't know when.


All joking aside, no pressure, I'm not one of those stalky types one finds in the Pit. Plus I appreciate all too well how the WIPs and ficathons and RL can get in the way of the things we want to write.

My problem at the moment is the muses refuse to give me anything for my WIPs, which desperately need updates, instead presenting me with completely new bunnies! *glares at the fluffy little smeggers*

I'm sure you have your own betas, but if you'd like to toss ideas around, please feel free to contact me. :)
Rhi: bacall facevipersweb on June 27th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
My problem at the moment is the muses refuse to give me anything for my WIPs, which desperately need updates, instead presenting me with completely new bunnies! *glares at the fluffy little smeggers*

I hear you on that. I really need to figure out what I'm writing for the SGA Big Bang and soon, so I can you know... actually write it.

I'm sure you have your own betas, but if you'd like to toss ideas around, please feel free to contact me. :)

Cheers! I might take you up on that as my usual beta knows nothing about HL, though she's always happy to look at what I write. Even when I send her 20K+ and ask her to get it to me back the next day. Not like I did that for the TARDIS Big Bang. Oh No...
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on July 21st, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I'd love to see the scenes with the Immies at Joe's Bar. Joe was always my fave character in the series.

*off to see your Immortal Yan series* I'm still PO'ed over CoE.