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Myfanwy 2

At The End of All Things (1/1)

At The End of All Things
Author: Milady Dragon
Rating: PG
Summary: The being who'd once been Jack Harkness had known for quite some time that he wasn't as immortal as everyone seemed to think...
Pairing(s): Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones
Warning: Character death (canon)
Spoilers: For Doctor Who S2 "New Earth" and S3 "Gridlock" and "Last of the Time Lords" and "Children of Earth"
Author's note: This is the sequel to Angel Beside Him.  It is also my therapy for the travesty that was CoE.
Disclaimer:  I don't own either Doctor Who or Torchwood.  They are owned by the BBC and Torchwood was created (and destroyed) by Russell T. Davies.

 

The being who’d once been Jack Harkness had known for quite some time that he wasn’t as immortal as everyone seemed to think.

He could feel it, as time went on and he changed so irrevocably; the energy that kept him from dying was ever so slowly running out, even as he aged and evolved. At one point he’d been so sure his existence was finally ending that he’d summoned the Doctor, to tell him that final secret he alone held…but had realized, once he’d seen Rose, that it wasn’t the right moment. So, he waited. He’d learned so much patience over the long milennia of his life.

And eventually, his time finally came.

As he finally lay dying, feeling the last of the vortex leaving his ancient body, Jack Harkness saw his Angel.

Of course, he’d seen the Angel many times over his unnaturally extended life. He’d been a comfort in so many ways, that serene presence supporting him during the bad times and the good. Always the same beloved shape, always recognizable.

And now, the Angel stood before him. But something was different. He was holding something, folded over his arm.

It’s time…

That voice…it had been so long, yet Jack recognized it. The Angel's free hand reached out, and for a second Jack wondered just how he was going to take it, since he hadn’t had hands in…well, he couldn’t remember how long.

His Angel smirked, then leaned over. With a sharp tug, Jack felt himself leave his body for the last time.

He was standing.

“Well, this is…weird,” he commented, flexing his knees.

His Angel rolled his eyes. Think you can remember how to walk?”

“You’re still a cheeky bastard, Ianto Jones.”

I try, sir. Let me help you on with this.

The Angel unfolded the garment he’d been holding; Jack laughed when he saw it. Then he turned his back, and the still familiar weight of the RAF greatcoat settled over his body like a long-lost friend.

Welcome back, Captain Harkness.

“It’s good to be back,” Jack said sincerely. “What about them?”

They watched as the Doctor and Martha tried to comfort Hame, as they stayed beside the body that had been Jack’s home for more years than he cared to count.

They’ll be fine. They have their own lives to lead.

“So…why can I hear you talk now? I couldn’t before.”

His Angel smirked. Because you’re dead, sir. I would have thought that was obvious.

“I‘ve never actually been completely dead before. I…kinda like it, especially the company.” He looked into those familiar blue eyes. “Oh, and I love the wings, by the way.”

And I still like that coat.

Jack smiled. “So…what happens now? Do I become like you?”

His Angel shook his head. No, Jack. It’s time for you to rest.

“I never really believed in an afterlife. Well, until I saw you come back. I’m so sorry about getting you killed.”

It wasn’t your fault. I followed willingly.

“Still…I should have told you to stay with Gwen.”

Are we really going to waste the afterlife with these doubts? It’s done, Jack. And I got to be with you anyway, even if it was as your Angel.

Jack felt a too-solid hand in his. A warm, comforting hand. That contact made him grin like a loon. “I guess this means it’s time I follow you, then.”

His Angel returned the smile happily. Come with me then, Jack. It’s time to go home.

“Home. And you’ll be there too?”

Always. I’ll never leave you.

“I’ll hold you to that, you know,” Jack murmured, moving closer.

His Angel leaned forward, brushing his lips against Jack’s. I haven’t left you in all these years. Do you doubt me now?

“No,’ Jack sighed. “Never.”

Then let’s go home. Your friends and family have been waiting for you.

His Angel smiled. And Jack Harkness followed him home.

 

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Okay, this brought such happy smiles to my face, such joyous warmth to my heart. I am so very glad that Jack is finally at peace. It actually brings a sigh of relief, no tears at all. Just many, many happy memories.

But, if you don't mind, I do have a couple of questions?

What was the big secret that Jack almost told but didn't. I remember Nurse Hame gave Doctor a message from Jack - sorry, Face - but I cannot remember what it was. And by the way, I am so glad that Jack was already gone when Doctor arrived. It made things so much easier for Doctor.

Now this one: "Do I become like you?” "No, Jack. It’s time for you to rest....to go home....friends and family have been waiting..." "...you’ll be there too?” "I’ll never leave you." His Angel smiled. And Jack Harkness followed him home.

Does this mean that Jack doesn't become an Angel? Obviously, he's going to Heaven, friends & family. Ianto goes also - so does this mean that Ianto surrenders his wings and Angel duties and is finally at rest in Heaven also? Or does Ianto stay an Angel - Jack's Angel, but now follows him around Heaven? Or do they finally get to be together again as equals, sort of picking up where they left off, and get to "live" happily ever after?

Or am I just reading far too much into things?

Thanks!!! Melinda
It was about the Master, which was what the Face ended up telling the Doctor later on.

No, Jack won't become an Angel, and Ianto is giving up his wings to be with him. He'll be at rest as well. They finally get their Happily Ever After.
Once again, so beautiful. Together forever in paradise. Perfect.
They just had to have a happy ending. I won't accept otherwise.

Thanks!
I don't know whether to smile or cry. So I guess I'll smile through the tears...
*offers tissues*

Thank you.
So beautifully sad. *sniffle*
I'm glad you liked it.

*offers a tissue*
I think I remember reading these a while back.

Then as now, I am still caught by how beautifully these two stories bring tragedy full circle into a wonderfully beautiful ending.

Lovely work as always.

Now that I've dabbed my eyes dry, it's off to check out your other updates!
Thank you so much!

Hope you enjoy the rest of the updates!
Contented smile from one hopeless romantic. Thank you for a happy ending... xxx
The boys deserve to be together. It's just wrong when they aren't.

Thanks!
I'm crying right now.... I'm really crying.

I always end up crying when Ianto's death is mentioned.(Even though, I say screw RTD, Ianto's ALIVE. And I refuse to be told otherwise.)

Anyway, great fic. Didn't exspect it to go that way, but glad it did. It was extremely sweet. I think I'm gonna go started crying again. *sniff*
I agree with you, Ianto will always be alive in what I write, this just came to me one night and I had to write it. I refuse to acknowledge it anywhere else.
This was gorgeous!!! I'm crying but the tears are happy tears for our boys!!! Ahhh it was so sweet! They'll be together eternally!!
They deserve to be, I won't believe anything else!

Thanks!
I just read this and the one before it and they are both gorgeous!!! NIce to think Ianto had an angel with him and that he became the one to look after Jack. Very nicely done.
Thank you! The boys just deserve to be together, in any possible way. And Ianto - being the person he is - I would think he'd want to look after Jack, even after his passing.
This is lovely. I like the idea that Ianto has been looking after Jack and taking care of him over all those years. That's commitment.
Ianto takes care of everyone...I can see him wanting to take care of Jack, no matter how long it took.

Thanks!
A happy ending like this is worth waiting a thousand lifetimes....
Thank you for writing it so ...so...*dries tears and hugs kitten*...heratbreakingly beautiful and full of hope as well. I thrive on hope...
*offers tissues*

Oh yes...a happy ending, to me, is timeless.

Thanks for reading!
oh oh oh, crying now. well happy happy tears in my eyes. it was so beautiful yet simple. Sometimes the least complicated moments are the most beautiful. There were no declarations but the love was still felt.
I agree, you're right about the uncomplicated moments. And I always thought they never had to really say it, since Ianto's being Jack's Angel would have shown just how he felt.
And this is just what the powers of happiness ordered for our star crossed lovers - a fairy tale happy ever after ending!!

I love these 2 fics so much - the first one made me cry and broke my heart and the second one made me cry too but helped mend my broken heart..... **watery smile**

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing such a lovely and touching story.
They have to have a happy ending, I won't believe anything else.

I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Thank you so much for the lovely comments.

And no...thank you for reading them. I'm happy that I could write something that would touch you like that.
Wow, that was so beautiful. I am sitting at work in the hall grinning, but with tears in my eyes, cause u have made me smile. I love how Ianto is with Jack through time and there when he finally dies to be with his soulmate for ever. Thanks
The boys need to be together forever. I just can't accept anything else.

Thank you so much.
I was going to review after the first story but I was so desperate for the happy ending I was hoping for that I had to continue to the second one right away.

I thought CoE was really good first time I watched it and I wasn't that bothered by Ianto's death - or by Ianto, for that matter - but now I've spent so much time in the boys' company that they, and their relationship, have taken on a life completely of their own. Now I do care, a lot more than what is probably healthy, and I have some rather serious separation issues of my own, so I tend to bury my head in the sand lest I have one of those nasty little anxiety attacks I'm prone to.

This, as a remedy for all of the above, was perfect, and like balm for the desperately romantic, shattered remains of my heart. Or something less pretentious :-D

Anyway, loved it!
Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed both stories.

Yes, the boys totally deserve to be together. I abhorred CoE, I admit, because I'm such a hopeless romantic and cannot stand the idea of Jack being alone. He deserves to be happy. *nods*

Thanks again. :)
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