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04 September 2009 @ 11:24 pm
Torchwood Fic: Metronome  
Written for drabble123 Prompt #2 - Breathe
Emma DeMarais Drabble123 Torchwood/Sex/300 Prompt Table
Crossposted to torchwoodslash


Title: Metronome
Pairing/Characters: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Season 1
Summary: Ianto likes variety; Jack likes what comes after
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


Ianto likes to stay late in the Hub. He wishes everyone goodnight, putters about with the cleaning, then catches Jack's eye across the open space. He's all formal - suit and tie - during the day, but there's a little smirk that graces his lips once they're alone and that's the real Ianto peeking out.

Ianto likes variety. They're going to run out of places to christen after a while, but for now the Hub's pretty good sized and they haven't had to resort to the cells or the morgue. Ianto's been teasing about putting in some proper office furniture just for Jack's enjoyment, but Jack's never sure if Ianto's teasing or if he's picking a good sturdy desk out of a catalogue up in the tourist office.

Ianto likes Jack to take control, which is interesting since Ianto tends to arrange everything else before the actual sex. One would think he wants to be the dominant party, but as soon as Jack lays his hands on him, Ianto follows - always follows. It's as if he craves Jack's command, the release it brings to turn himself over to someone both powerful and eternal, someone who cannot be harmed no matter what.

It's afterwards that Jack relishes: Ianto's breath warm and steady on his neck, a metronome of humanity - proof of life. Each precious inhalation is numbered: Jack knows this all too well. So he cherishes each one, is comforted by the cycle of life keeping his all too mortal lover by his side. These moments of unguarded silence are when he feels closest to Ianto. No pretense about his past or family, no uptight suit to wear as a mask, just the man himself.

Jack doesn't sleep. He lays there in the dark, Ianto in his arms, listening to his lover breathe.

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qaffangyrl: TW Yes?qaffangyrl on September 5th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
God that was just lovely. thanks for sharing it with us.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 5th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I was working on my Torchwood kink_bigbang today and I figured I should get this little thing published to get my Janto muse going. :-)
hab318princess on September 5th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
loved that
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Thank you! /enjoys your icon/
missthingsplacemissthingsplace on September 5th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
That was lovely.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

BTW, I've seen that icon around. What's the text on it, if I might ask? It's too small for me to read (though I do very much enjoy the picture on it).
missthingsplacemissthingsplace on September 6th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
"You'll never just be a blip in time Ianto Jones. Not to me"

I made it myself.
ladygray99ladygray99 on September 5th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
That was sweet.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! It makes me glad that you like Torchwood too.

/shares cookies with you/
brigsimshi on September 5th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
that was so heartfelt. especially the last line.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm working on a couple of longer Janto pieces and they're taking so long I decided to do this to tide me over with the similar sentiments.
rubynye: All For One (by Tigerbright)rubynye on September 5th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's just so lovely. Mmm.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, my dear. It pleases me to no end to have N3 friends who also enjoy TW. /hugs/
madambackslashmadambackslash on September 5th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness. That's just beautiful. Thank you.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really gratified people came to read my TW fic, seeing as how I'm a nobody in the fandom.
madambackslashmadambackslash on September 6th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
If you keep writing stuff this good, you won't be a "nobody" (hah, and who the hell am I) for long!
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
/blushes/ Thank you. I do hope people like my Janto kink_bigbang when it comes out. I'm still doctoring my other long Janto, but it's a nice H/C one so I'm hoping it will go over well.

Say, would you happen to know if TW has one of those comms for research/canon facts? I have them for a few of my fandoms, but I haven't seen one in the vastness that is DW/TW yet. I've seen every TW episode, but I'm still behind on DW so I fear I'll muss up some Jack canon I should know.
madambackslash: jack 1.08madambackslash on September 6th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
If there is one, I don't know what it is.

Howevar, if you have any questions, just ask, and if I know I'll be happy to tell you. :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! That's very kind of you.

Would you want to read the fic before they go up or just answer specific questions?
madambackslash: jack 1.08madambackslash on September 6th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
Happy to do either, as needed.
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! My email is my LJ username at gmail.com. Drop me a line so I have your email and I'll fill you in on what I've got going. :-)
madambackslashmadambackslash on September 6th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
My e-mail address is my username at gmail.com too. ;)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Cool! (And it's a fun username too!)
Merlin Missy: Baby Ianto Coffeemtgat on September 6th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Nice! :)
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on September 6th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
Thanks! (Cute icon!)