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Bingo Fic - The Most Beautiful Sight

Title: The Most Beautiful Sight

Author: badly_knitted

Characters/Pairing: Jack/Ianto, Meriel (OFC)

Rating: PG

Word Count: 986

Summary: Jack and Ianto have a day out with their daughter

Spoilers: Nada

Warnings: None

Written For: My [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo square Beautiful.

Beta: The wonderful iantojjackh who went above and beyond the call of duty to do a high-speed beta at very short notice. Thanks so much!

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

A/N: I’ve had a vague idea for a while and finally decided I should just start writing and see what I ended up with. This is it.

Jack smiled happily. They had a whole day to themselves and for once even the weather was on their side.

In fact, it was the perfect day for a picnic; warm enough for t-shirts but not so hot as to make them feel unpleasantly sticky. The sun was shining high in a sky of azure blue while a gentle, cooling breeze sent fleecy little white clouds drifting lazily across its expanse. Jack thought they looked like fluffy Welsh sheep.

Ianto heartily approved of Jack’s idea for the day.

“I’ll pack a picnic lunch, you get Meriel’s things together.”

“Deal,” said Jack, leaning in to give his husband a quick kiss. “Where should we go? Beach or countryside?”

“Beach!” shouted Meriel, bouncing up and down and surprising her fathers. They hadn’t heard her come in.

“Oops! So much for surprising her. She’s as sneaky as her taddy! Okay, Princess, the beach it is.” Jack picked the three-year-old up and spun her around. “Let’s go get you ready. What do you need for the beach?”

“Bucket an’ spade! Towel! Swimsuit!”

“Don’t forget the sunscreen, Jack. We don’t want her getting burned.”

“I’ll make sure. We should make a checklist of beach essentials.”

“It’s in the top left-hand drawer of my desk. The file labelled ‘Outings’.”

“Of course it is.” Jack smiled fondly at Ianto. “You think of everything.”

“Someone has to. It’s the only way I can keep you two menaces organised,” Ianto teased.


Since it was mid-week and still term time, there weren’t too many people about and the little family was able to find a good spot with plenty of undisturbed sand and a clear run down to the water. While Ianto set up the windbreak to give them some shade and a bit of privacy, Jack got Meriel into her swimsuit and liberally coated with waterproof, factor 50 sunscreen. Their daughter was as fair-skinned as Ianto; he wasn’t about to take any chances with either of them.

“Don’t forget her ears,” Ianto reminded him.

Meriel giggled as Jack rubbed the cream in.

“Tickles, Daddy!”

“It’ll do far worse than tickle if they get burned. Hold still, you little wriggler!”

By the time Meriel was thoroughly basted and happily digging in the sand, Ianto had everything set up and was stripped down to his trunks. Jack wiggled slippery fingers in front of him.

“My hands are already covered in the stuff; might as well do you too.”

“Offer accepted. You do me, then I’ll do you.”

“In public? Ianto, I’m shocked,” Jack smirked. “Although if you’re willing…”

Ianto rolled his eyes.

“I walked right into that one didn’t I? One of these days I’ll learn to check for accidental innuendo before I speak.”

“Where would the fun be in that?”

“At this rate, we’re going to corrupt our daughter before she even starts school. You put sunscreen on me, and I’ll do the same for you. Okay?”


Jack started at the top, slathering cream on Ianto’s ears, nose and the rest of his face, then working downwards. When he’d finished, he wiped his hands on the damp cloth Ianto handed him before shucking out of his clothes so that Ianto could do the same to him.

Ianto rolled his eyes when he saw what Jack had on under his jeans.

“A Speedo, Jack? Really?”

“Hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it!”

“You have no shame whatsoever.”

“Got nothing to be ashamed of!”

Ianto’s eyes wandered over Jack’s body.

“That’s true. Every inch of you is bloody gorgeous.”

“And there are plenty of inches.” Jack winked lasciviously.


“You love it!”

Ianto had to concede that point.


The day out was heaven. Building sandcastles with their little girl, tossing the beach-ball around, swimming in the cool sea… Meriel was like a little fish, as at home in the water as she was on land, splashing about, laughing and squealing with delight. Ianto was so engrossed in her antics that he didn’t even realise Jack had left them until the click of the camera startled him. Looking up, he saw his husband standing knee-deep in the water, grinning all over his face and snapping picture after picture of his family.

“Jack!” Ianto protested. “Cut it out, I must look a sight with my hair all wet.

Jack shook his head and snapped another picture.

“I’ve seen some of the most breathtaking sights in the universe; wind-sculpted ice planets, rare flowers that bloom once in a thousand years, living crystal formations like the most delicate lace, supernovas and eclipses and meteor showers that look like swarms of giant fireflies skipping through the night sky. But in all the places I’ve been and all the things I’ve seen, I’ve never come across any sight more beautiful than my husband and our daughter playing together on a perfect summer day. I don’t ever want to forget a minute of this, even if we live to be a billion.”

Scooping Meriel into his arms, Ianto waded over to Jack, hugging and kissing him.

“You’re a sappy, romantic idiot and I love you both more than anything. Now hold our Princess so I can take pictures too, because even though I haven’t been to as many places or seen half as much as you have, the two of you will always be the most beautiful sight I’ll ever see in my life. You’re right, we should have as many pictures as we can so that in a billion years we can look back on this day and remember everything about it.”

So from then on, they took photographs of every day out, every important event, and all the silly, little ones as well and even though they saw and photographed many amazing sights throughout the billions of years they travelled together, the pictures of themselves and their children remained the most precious and beautiful to them, and they remembered, forever.

The End


That was just so gorgeous. I love stories where Jack and Ianto are happy and immortal and have a family. Just wonderful. :)
Hopefully there will be a lot of that from me in future!

Thank you!
What a wonderful story, especially when nothing nasty happens and they are immortal, happy and in family!!!!
It's for a fluff bingo, so it had to be happy, but you know me, I like writing happy, fluffy fics more than anything!

Thank you!
What a beautiful story!
Thank you!

I'm finally hitting my stride with the bingo fics - just as well too, there's only 16 days left, I have 6 fics left to write and 18 to post, 9 of which are with various betas... Wish me luck! I'm gonna need it!
Good luck! I know you're gonna dazzle us.
Thank you!

I don't know about that, but I'm trying hard. Just finished another one, 5 to go and way too many to post, lol!
This was so beautiful, I absolutely loved this look at the little family having a fun day out.
There will be another one soon where they take anothe family member with them ;)

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wish it was warm and sunny today!
Yah you posted. I love the little addition. Loved this entirely. Family time for the win.

Woot woot n
Thanks! You helped me maker it better by pointing out what was missing, so thank you!

Aww that is a beautiful sight :-)
You painted the picture so well I could really see it. Lovely.

(As you can probably tell I am procrastinating. Should be writing, but reading is so much easier...)
The only thing I've read today is your drabble!

Thank you, I love it when readers can 'see' what I've written! I can see it in my own head, but I'm never sure it will work that way for readers.

Reading may be easier, but writing is more fulfilling! You'll enjoy it once you get started!
I hope that it will be sooner than later you'll realize what a terrific writer you are. I love these little interludes where Jack, especially, has a family with Ianto and they're both deliriously happy. Eternal life is better for him with someone to love and cherish what they both have.
It's the way I prefer to write them - happy, in love, with everything in front of them to look forward to. It won't always be easy, but Ianto will stand by his man no matter what.

Thank you, that's a huge compliment! I hope
you'll enjoy the rest of the bingo fics - I have 3 more to write, 17 to post to complete my bingo card. I've gone from thinking I'd be happy if I got a couple of lines to being determined to get a blackout - which wouldn't be so bad, except that I have less thasn 2 weeks to go to the deadling o_O
(Guilty secret: my last fandom was a disaster: I pissed off someone because the actor and I shared the same birthday, literally 10 years apart in age and someone literally took offense. So I never post my birthday. I saw a couple of emails that were flying around about it and it was referenced). You've become one of my favorite writers I look for first especially if I need a pickup for the day. You've never disappointed me yet and I've found other great writers in this group through you. Don't push yourself too hard; you'll get them done. We'll all be here waiting to see what you have worked on to enjoy :D
Pushing myself isn't a choice, lol! The deadline is the end of the month, if I don't get done by then that's it, so I have to keep working at it. Two more to write, a bunch of editing to do today - my betas have been working their socks off, I have a great bunch! I need to get another drabble or two written as well to keep the ball rolling. At least I got my fan_flashworks fic written and posted. i can mostly concentrate on the bingo for the next few days - except, tomorrow I have my eye test at the optitians, it's time for new glassed again, so I'll be a bit pressed for getting things done tomorrow. Posting another fic later, I hope!
Aww... perfect Janto family fluff! Loved it! <3<3<3
Thank you! They're a very fluffy family!
It begins as a day of family holidays by the sea
A beautiful day.
and ends with such a too much romantic moment!
thank you
Thank you! They're a happy family, with a lot to look forward to.

Thank you!