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Bingo Fic: Fixed Points

Title: Fixed Points

Author: badly_knitted

Characters/Pairing: Jack/Ianto, The Doctor (11th)

Rating: G

Word Count: 1216

Summary: Jack’s not wrong, just incomplete, but the Doctor can fix that.

Spoilers: Not really.

Warnings: None

Written For: My [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo square True love/Soul mate.

Beta: Many thanks to the lovely excentric397

Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood or any of the characters. Which is sad.

A/N: My very first bingo fic! Now I just need to write four more to make a line.

Jack hadn’t been particularly happy when the TARDIS had shown up in the Hub unexpectedly in the middle of the night. A version of the Doctor he’d never seen before poked his head, adorned rather incongruously with a fez, out the door, beckoning Jack to join him inside. He’d approached cautiously, wondering what the Time Lord wanted from him this time.

Now, standing in the console room, he stared at the Doctor in disbelief, trying to digest what he’d just been told.

“You don’t think I’m wrong, or a freak?”

“No, Jack, you’re not wrong. In fact, you’re so right it almost hurts to look at you, but in a good way. My previous regenerations were shortsighted fools, I can only apologise for them. For me. Past me, not this me. This me hasn’t done anything I need to apologise for. Well, not to you anyway. At least, not yet. Unless I have in your past and my future. Do I need to apologise?

“No, Doctor. And thank you.”

“For what?”

“For saying I’m not wrong.”

The Doctor waved his hand dismissively.

“Don’t mention it. Take it from me, you’re definitely not wrong, but you’re not a hundred percent right yet either. You’re incomplete.”

Jack was struggling to keep up.

“I don’t understand.”

“You’re a fixed point, an instant of complete stability in the universe, which is good. But there’s only one of you, so you tip the universe just a little off balance, which is why my earlier selves mistakenly thought you were wrong. There need to be two of you to balance things properly.”

“There needs to be another me?”

“NO! No no no, the universe couldn’t handle more than one Jack Harkness, it would probably implode! No, we don’t need another you, but there does need to be another fixed point, so the two of you can sort of…” the Doctor waved his hands around, “orbit each other, keep each other in balance. The yin to your yang, if you like. But your other half hasn’t been created yet.”

“By ‘other half’, what do you mean, like a soul mate?”

“Yes, exactly!”

“But my soul mate doesn’t exist yet.” Jack sighed heavily. For a moment, he’d hoped, but…

“Oh, no, he exists! He just isn’t immortal yet. That had to wait until he was old enough and in perfect health. After all, anytime he gets killed, he’ll reset physically to the condition he was in when he became immortal, just as you do. Obviously it wouldn’t do to make him a fixed point while he’s hung over, or has the sniffles, or broken bones. Imagine how inconvenient that would be!”

Jack winced, imagining that. Thank goodness he’d been in great shape right up until he’d been exterminated.

“You keep saying ‘he’, so I’m guessing my soul mate is a guy. Have I met him yet?”

The Doctor stared at Jack and shook his head in disappointment.

“Jack, Jack, I thought you were smarter than this! Of course you’ve met him! If you’re going to be stuck with someone for eternity, the universe isn’t going to take any chances with compatibility issues. It would do no good at all if you were stuck with someone you couldn’t stand. In a way, you picked your own soul mate. There have been a number of potential candidates since you became a fixed point, but for one reason or another, they didn’t work out. Only one has stayed the distance, his faith in you never faltering. He’s proved he can handle the job of keeping you in line.” The Doctor’s grin nearly split his face in half. “Takes a rare kind of man to be able to do that! Your Mr Jones is one of a kind.”

Jack felt light-headed, his heart was pounding so hard

“Ianto is my soul mate?” he whispered.

The Doctor nodded, still beaming.

“Does he know?”

“The Doctor took the liberty of informing me.”

Jack spun around to see Ianto standing in the doorway that led further into the TARDIS.

“He thought it wise not to get anyone’s hopes up, just in case he was wrong.”

“The TARDIS has checked him over and confirmed he’s the one,” the Doctor added. “Now all that’s left is for Mr Jones to accept his destiny.”

Ianto looked at the Doctor and nodded.

“Then I accept.” He stepped towards Jack and took his lover’s hands. “If you’ll have me. Just bear in mind, once this is done there’s no going back. You’ll be stuck with me forever.”

Jack’s face lit up with the most dazzling smile Ianto had ever seen, which, considering Jack’s usual thousand watt smiles, was saying something.

“I can live with that. In fact, I can’t think of anything that would make me happier. What about you? Think you can put up with me for eternity? I know I’m not the easiest person to live with…”

Ianto rolled his eyes.

“I believe I’ll stand a better chance of surviving the experience as an immortal,” he teased, before turning serious. “Most Torchwood operatives don’t make it to thirty; I’ve known since I became a field agent that I could be killed any time, and what scared me the most was the thought of leaving you alone. You’ve lost so many lovers in your life, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to spare you that pain. I know it won’t be easy being immortal, I’ll stay the same while my family and friends grow old and die, but I can live with that because I know I won’t be alone, and neither will you. Not anymore.”

“I can’t believe you’re willing to give up so much, just for me. Thank you,” Jack whispered.

“I think in the long run, I’ll be gaining far more than I stand to lose,” Ianto smiled. He turned to the Doctor. “What do I have to do?”

“Both of you stand over there.” The Doctor pointed to where he wanted them. “You know, this is rather like a wedding in a way!”

“Does that mean I can kiss the groom?” Jack smirked.

“Go ahead if you want, it won’t interfere with anything.”

Jack didn’t need telling twice. He swept Ianto into his arms, planting a passionate kiss on his lips just as the heart of the TARDIS opened a crack, bathing them both in the golden glow of the Time Vortex.

Ianto could feel it, just as he had when Jack had brought him back with a kiss after the cyberwoman had killed him, but more, stronger, spreading through every cell in his body until he felt sure that he must be glowing like a light bulb.

Distantly, he heard the Doctor announcing, “I now pronounce you Fixed Points in time, you may kiss the… Oh, you’re already doing that. Carry on, let me know when you’re done.”

The golden glow faded, yet Ianto knew it was still inside him, just as it was in Jack. He smiled against Jack’s lips and felt Jack smile in return.

Everything had changed, but at the same time, nothing had. He and Jack were still together and still Torchwood; the only difference was that they no longer had to fear the future, because no matter what happened, they’d be facing it side by side.

The End


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Yay! I love it! Absolutely brilliant!
Love the way Eleven apologies here, you nailed him.
I am soooooo looking forward to more from your bingo card!!
Thank you so much! I'm glad you think Eleven sounds right, the Doctor is not an easy character to write so I always wonder if I'm getting anywhere close =)

I've got one more bingo fic almost finished, just needs a final edit, but I'm having problems with the one I'm working on, an AU 4 parter for four or my squares. The first part is done, but I'm struggling with the second part, haven't written anything on it for a couple of weeks, which isn't good. I'll have to try to make progress with it this week.
Great start to your bingo!
You got the doctor just right, and i love your reasoning behind why there have to be two immortals.
And you got the doctor to apologise to Jack in a believable way without having to resort to ianto threatening him! :-)
Well done!
I look forward to reading the rest of your bingo fills :-)
Thank you! Glad you think I got the Doctor right, he's tricky to write! I figured Eleven would be more understanding than Ten ;)

Ack! I have to write them first o_O

I'm working (or supposed to be) on a four-parter for four squares - I've got the first part done, but the second part is causing trouble, I've probably told you about it. Anyway, I'll try to work on that a bit this week, but I thought I'd better start posting them here at least, then when I have a line posted (if I ever get one complete) I can link to the community. Bingo fic writing is hard!
Your Eleven is just lovely. This was just wonderful, because Jack deserves someone with him...he deserves Ianto with him. They really are soulmates.

I just loved this, and now will go to AO3 and download it to my Kindle. :)
*beams* I'm honoured you think it's good enough to be saved =D

I love Eleven, he seems far more understanding and accepting than Ten, who it seems never looks beyond the surface of people, he makes up his mind about people without getting to know them. Well, he's like that with Jack anyway.

Now Jack and Ianto can explore the future together!

Thank you!
Aww how perfect. Yah they get to spend eternity together.
That's the way it should be, in my mind. No more lonely Jack, he can keep his Ianto forever =)

Thank you!
This just makes me so happy. Ten was such an ass, he was not what I would have chosen as a role model in a show that I believe was supposed to be aimed at children, at least to start. Eleven kind of still was a child, at least as far as I watched. I quit when Amy and Rory...well, you know. No angst here, just The Doctor doing the right thing for once, and everybody not only lives, they all win, as well. Thank you so much for sharing. My mac is having baaaad issues, and I needed a day-brightener. This is it. Woo Hoo!
Thank you!

I agree, Ten just got way too dark, plus he had attitude problems.

Writing this made me happy, it's just Fluff and happy endings, the way it should be =)
Oh but this is perfect, I love this idea, great story.
Thank you!

I've been wanting to make Ianto immortal for ags and this prompt just gave me the perfect opportunity =)

Glad you liked it!
Thank you!

I've always felt that Jack needs Ianto's stabilising influence. Thankfully the Doctor agrees!
that should have been canon. The counter balance fixed points is something I actually used in something I was working on before, it just makes so much sense. RTD seriously dropped the ball with that, but you always manage to make it up to the boys ^_^ another great story
Thank you!

Well RTD wasn't really interested in doing anything nice for Jack. Or in any kind of continuity, as far as I could see!

I think Jack needs Ianto to keep himself balanced, he's liable to go over the top with everything otherwise. Ianto grounds him while Jack reminds Ianto to live life to the full and have fun.
This was perfect. I always love an Immortal!Ianto story. It makes perfect sense that Ianto should be Jack's counter balance. He keeps Jack grounded ad sane, gives him hope, stands by him no matter what and loves and accepts him like no one else ever has.
You summed up why they belong together perfectly!

Thank you!
Great story 8)! Excellent precursory fix-it for what happened to Ianto in COE, too :). *Nods*

I'll echo what other people who've commented have said, too--- you got Eleven spot on, and I definitely think he would be more accepting and understanding of Jack than Ten and Nine were :]. *Nods*
I like to think the Doctor is starting to grow up; the younger he looks the more mature he gets, lol!

Thank you! And you're right, if CoE were to happen the way it did, Ianto would be fine, no need to worry!
A brilliant, lovely portrait of yin and yang beings :) And Mama TARDIS picked her 'son's' mate :) :) You outdid yourself with this one. (Just post a shmoop warning, please - 3 hanky happiness!)

I can keep this as canon and I love this Doctor! His apology goes a heck of a long way for everything that happened to Jack :D Shoot, we can call this Torchwood: Redux!

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*grins* Thank you!

The eleventh Doctor his much more accepting, he has bothered to really study Jack's timeline and see what needs doing to make things right.

Well, really the TARDIS just checked Ianto was ready to become immortal. Jack and Ianto picked each other.
Jack didn’t need telling twice. He swept Ianto into his arms, planting a passionate kiss on his lips just as the heart of the TARDIS opened a crack, bathing them both in the golden glow of the Time Vortex. - Lovely visual here.

I always thought Eleven would have done right by Jack if they ever met - you just made my night! Thanks!!

Thank you!

Eleven just seems more accepting - he kept a Cyberman head, for goodness sakes! And was sad when it died. Of course he'd understand Jack and treat him right.

The boys deserve happy times =)
Now why didn't the writer think of this?!!!
I guess the writer wasn't interesed in keeping Ianto alive and making Jack happy.

That's why we have fanfic - to fix all the things the writers got wrong =D

Thank you!
Wonderful! This is my head-canon now! :D
Thank you! So glad you liked it!

The prompt gave me the perfect opportunity to make Ianto immortal =D
Beautifully done :)
Thank you, I'm glad you think so =)
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