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Myfanwy 2

The Seventh Annual Torchwood Anniversary Pub Crawl - Chapter Two

The Seventh Annual Torchwood Anniversary Pub Crawl - Chapter Two
Author: Milady Dragon
Series: Dragon-Verse
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Jack/Ianto; Gwen/Owen
Warnings: Language
Spoilers: Up through S1 E8, and for other Dragon-Verse stories
Disclaimer:  I don't own Torchwood, I would have treated it better.
Author's note: Here is another story from the Dragon-Verse.  This one is a bit light-hearted, and follows up on In Dreams.  This is also for my Cliche Bingo prompt:  "Karaoke" because I have to have Ianto singing in a pub.  Soon we shall re-join canon, however...

Here is the PDF for this particular story.  Also, I have one for In Dreams that I didn't get up in time...


Summary:  It's the belated seventh anniversary pub crawl celebrating Jack and Ianto's taking over of Torchwood Three.   The team reminisce, there's some singing, and a certain person has her eyes opened where her bosses are concerned.




30 November 2007

Another pub later, and the team found themselves faced with the actual karaoke equipment, placed on a small stage near the pub’s bar.

By then, three of the four of Jack’s teammates were pleasantly tipsy, while Owen was clearly on the way to being shit-faced.  The medic really couldn’t hold his liquor, despite his protests to the contrary.  Gwen was a bit giggly, and had a tendency to grab onto Jack’s arm at random moments, which he did his best to discourage since he didn’t like the glares that Ianto would send her way when it happened and the last thing he needed was a cat fight.  Not that Gwen would stand a chance, of course.

And if Jack was honest with himself he quite liked Ianto looking like that.  It was just plain sexy and made him want to yank the dragon into the nearest mens’ and have his wicked way with him.

The dragon himself was already humming silently, and looking very mellow…when he wasn’t giving Gwen the evil eye.  Jack knew it wouldn’t take much to get him up on stage when the singing started.  He knew he was playing dirty, loosening Ianto up by plying him with beer, but then Jack didn’t play fair at times.  They didn’t often get this chance to relax in their jobs, and he intended that everyone would take advantage of the lull.  The Rift might blow up again tomorrow, but tonight Jack was determined that his team enjoy themselves. 

The drinks were served – Jack getting Owen a water, in order to curb his medic’s binge – and he was listening to Ianto tell Toshiko a joke about a dragon and a maiden when the first person went up to sing.  Jack had to admit; he loved karaoke.  It took balls to get up in front of an audience, and nine times out of ten the person doing the singing couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. 

He elbowed Ianto, interrupting his story.  “You gonna sing?” he asked.

The dragon looked put out.  “You poked me for that?”

Jack rolled his eyes.  “Well, yeah.  We’re in a karaoke bar, after all.  I thought that was the point.”

“I think you should sing together,” Toshiko suggested, grinning like a maniac…which was a very scary look for her.

Ianto grinned as well, but his was more of a mellow thing, his eyes lighting up at the idea.  “I’m willing.”

Jack was going to deny doing it, but Owen spoke up.  “Bloody hell, can’t get away from you two for even a night, can we?  Always so fucking lovey dovey at each other – “

“Owen!” Gwen smacked him, causing him to slide into the wall at his shoulder.  “You’re drunk and seeing things.  There’s nothing going on between Jack and…Ianto, yeah.  You’re crazy!”

Jack ground his teeth.  Ianto looked livid, and he was opening his mouth when the immortal decided he didn’t want the wrath of the alcohol-buzzed dragon to come down on their newest member.  “Actually, I’d love to sing with Ianto.”  He grabbed the dragon’s hand, pulling him out of the booth.  He got a fine sense of satisfaction seeing Gwen’s gobsmacked look.

They waited until the man was done – Jack wanted to snicker at his extremely unsexy version of Do Ya Wanna Touch Me? – and then took the tiny stage together.   They went to the monitor, and began searching through the songs.

“How about this one?” Jack asked, pointing.

He was favored by a raised eyebrow.  “No, Jack.  I will not sing Endless Love.  Not in a pub full of drunken Welshmen.”

Jack pouted.  His choice had been influenced by Gwen’s words.  He really didn’t know what she had against Ianto, although she’d either started to realize that the dragon was there to stay and was getting used to working with him, or was getting very good at hiding her true feelings.  But Jack wasn’t ashamed of how he felt, and wanted to show it. 

Okay, maybe Endless Love was a bad choice in that particular place…

“How about this?”  Ianto asked. 

Jack looked over his shoulder.  “Are you trying to tell me something?” he asked, his voice going low.  He wasn’t familiar with the song, Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart, but didn’t want Ianto to even think he’d do something like that.

“It’s not what you think,” Ianto assured him, “but okay.”

“Hey…”  Jack grinned, indicating one he did know.

Ianto frowned.  “It’s not a duet.”

“It can be!”

Jack looked at his lover; Ianto was smiling slightly.  “All right,” he agreed. 

That was what Jack was waiting for.  He queued it up, and they both grabbed microphones, Jack beginning to enjoy himself as the music started.

Jack started off.  

“You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.
You'd be like Heaven to touch.
I wanna hold you so much.
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I'm alive.
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.”

Ianto rolled his eyes, getting into the spirit of the song.

“Pardon the way that I stare.
There's nothing else to compare.
The sight of you leaves me weak.
There are no words left to speak,
But if you feel like I feel,
Please let me know that it's real.
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.”

Jack smiled, and they both joined in on the chorus.

“I love you, baby,
And if it's quite alright,
I need you, baby,
To warm a lonely night.
I love you, baby.
Trust in me when I say…
Oh, pretty baby,
Don't bring me down, I pray.
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay
And let me love you, baby.
Let me love you.”

He wanted to laugh, looking over at their teammates.  Gwen’s mouth was open, and she was doing a really good imitation of a goldfish.  Owen had cadged Ianto’s pint, and was busily inhaling it.  Toshiko though…she had the dopiest expression on her face, like she was seeing the most romantic thing imaginable.  Maybe he should have left her his handkerchief…

They continued to sing.  Jack playfully bumped Ianto’s hip, getting the dragon to move a bit.  Ianto laughed, and together they went into the next verse, singing to each other, and Jack was simply loving the look of pure freedom and joy on the dragon’s human face.  He wished he could see that all the time, and he slipped his arm around Ianto’s waist as they slid into the chorus once more, Ianto’s almost growly baritone meshing with Jack’s tenor as they sang to each other. 

They actually got an ovation as the music faded away.  Ianto looked out over the crowd and blushed, Jack simply dipped into a low bow, putting the mic down and pulling his lover off the stage and back to the table. 

“That was amazing!”  Toshiko enthused, as Jack did, indeed, hand her his handkerchief.  The technician wiped her eyes, smiling sappily.

Gwen was still looking shocked, and Ianto playfully reached across the table and pushed her mouth closed.  “You’ll catch flies,” he told her.

“Fuck,” Owen snarled drunkenly, “didya haveta make a scene?  I’m fuckin’ embarrassed to know ya both.”

“Get over it, Owen,” Jack told him calmly. 

Gwen was looking between Jack and Ianto.  “But…”  she seemed at a loss for words.

Jack smirked.  “What can I say?  He’s irresistible.”

“But he’s – “

“Gwen Cooper,” Jack warned, “If you finish that sentence…” he let the threat fade, as he casually grabbed Ianto’s hand under the table.

Jack knew that he and Ianto hadn’t broadcast anything, but for Gwen to seemingly dismiss it out of hand…he didn’t want to be irritated, but he couldn’t help it.

A squeeze of his hand brought his attention to Ianto.  The dragon was still smiling softly, his eyes glowing in the dim lighting.  Jack returned it, once again realizing just how much he was in love with the dragon, and he couldn’t imagine why he’d ever tried to fight it.  He’d been a fool, and it hadn’t been a hard choice at all, to pick staying with Ianto over going with the Doctor when it was time. 

There really was no choice at all.

“Let’s say we get our team poured into cabs and head back to mine, now that you’ve heard me sing?” Ianto suggested. 

“I like how you think, Ianto Jones,” Jack said happily.  “At least Owen needs to sleep it off.”

“You’re not kidding,” the medic popped up.  “God, I hope I’m drunk enough to forget what happened tonight.  If not, I’ll be hitting the Retcon in the morning.”

“I’ll see that he gets home,” Gwen volunteered quickly.  She got up from the booth, dragging a swaying and complaining Owen with her. 

“Why doesn’t that surprise me?” Toshiko snorted, loud enough for the other woman to hear.  Gwen flushed slightly as she pushed Owen in front of her, and toward the exit.

“That was a bit catty, Toshiko,” Jack commented, smirking.

“Don’t tell me she didn’t have it coming,” the technician snarked, draining her drink.

“I didn’t say that.  I just said it was catty.”  Jack had known for a while that Toshiko had had rather misplaced feelings for Owen, but she seemed to be getting over it.  Which was a good thing; she could do so much better.  

“Come on, Tosh,” Ianto encouraged.  “Let’s get you home.”

Jack stood, and the dragon followed, his hand on Toshiko’s elbow to balance her.  She wrapped her arm through Jack’s and together the three of them left the pub.  The cold air hit like a hammer as they left the warm air of the pub, and Jack shivered despite his heavy greatcoat.  It didn’t matter how many centuries he spent in Cardiff, he still wasn’t used to the freezing weather.

They got Toshiko into the SUV, and Jack jumped into the drivers’ seat, getting the vehicle started and turning the heat on.  He knew it didn’t bother Ianto, but he knew he was cold, and if he was then Toshiko was as well.

“You know,” she drawled from the back seat, “you guys are my best friends.”

Jack wanted to laugh, but stifled it; she was starting to get into the maudlin phase of drunkenness, and it was entertaining.  Ianto grinned over at him from the passenger side, and rested his warm hand on Jack’s leg as they pulled away.

“It didn’t take any pseudo-mystical dragon to tell me that,” she went on.  “We’ve been through a lot together, and you saved me.  I love you guys.”

“We love you, too, Tosh,” Ianto responded seriously.

Jack barely kept the grin off his face.  Toshiko was an adorable drunk, and Ianto was just tipsy enough to go all cute.

He could feel the dragon’s natural body heat on his thigh through his trousers, and it distracted him from the rambling conversation his Second and technician were having.  If he’d had to choose someone to be his and Ianto’s confidante, it would have been her, so in that respect the Earth Dragon showed perfect taste.

Jack still wasn’t at all sure about this whole Earth Dragon thing.  Certainly there were things out there that he didn’t know about, but some sort of ancient dragon spirit was somewhat beyond him.  He was having enough trouble accepting the concept of magic…but then, Toshiko had seen and spoken to it, so Jack couldn’t deny what had happened.  He’d seen the mark that the Great Dragon placed on her back; if Jack was sure of one thing, it was that Toshiko hadn’t had a tattoo before that night, and now she did.   Hell, she didn’t strike him as the type for it, and so he had to accept that.  Jack still couldn’t believe that she’d do something like this so willingly. 

If he hadn’t loved her before, he certainly did now.

Together the two escorted Toshiko up to her door when they arrived at her flat.  She hugged them both fiercely, then let herself in, the last thing Jack seeing was her brilliant smile.

And then, he suddenly found himself with an armful of Welsh dragon, who was doing his best to remove his tonsils with his tongue.

Jack moaned into the kiss, Ianto’s mouth hot against his.  Heat pooled deep in Jack’s groin, and it was all he could do to push Ianto away.  “Not here,” he said, when Ianto tried to reattach himself to Jack’s lips.  “Let’s go back to yours, okay?”

“Sorry,” the dragon said, panting.  “I’ve been wanting to do that ever since we sang together.  Do you have any idea what that meant to me?  Even though it was a human song?”

He’d only really done it to spite Gwen, but Jack’s heart warmed at the dragon’s words.  He knew how important singing was to Ianto.  “I hope to sing with you again sometime,” he murmured, taking Ianto by the elbow and leading him out of the building.

“Count on it,” the dragon said.  “And, one day, I’ll sing the Song of Commitment to you.”

The captain smiled softly, his heart swelling in happiness   He’d never expected to feel this way about anyone, and he couldn’t believe that Ianto really wanted to commit to him like that. 

He was in serious danger of getting very sappy. 

Jack bundled him into the SUV.  “Now,” he went on, as Jack got into the drivers’ seat and restarted the engine, “why don’t we get back to mine, and I’ll show you just how much it meant to me that you want to sing with me?”

“I think that’s a brilliant idea.”  It was Jack’s turn to put his hand on Ianto’s thigh, as he aimed the vehicle toward the dragon’s house, happy that they’d come through so much to get where they were. 

They loved each other, and for now everything was just fine. 

 

 

 


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Awww drunk Toshiko is so cute! It must be difficult for Gwen to live in such a state of obliviousness. Or maybe ignorence is bliss? Is Random Shoes up next? I am lokoing forward to what you do with that.

Great Chapter - it's nice to have something a bit light-hearted. Although in the background - always - is the knowledge that Ianto's heart is still to be broken again. It creates quite a nice suspence. Well Done.
She is, isn't she? Gwen just loves her own little world and doesn't want to leave... :)

Yep, Random Shoes is next, unless I write up Ianto's dinner with Kathy Swanson first. I'll see what the bunnies say.

Thank you! I know, there's still that...but doesn't this just make you feel like it might not be so bad?
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Oh Bless. *giggles*
Glad you liked it! *grins*
*melts into happy puddle*

I know there's heartbreak coming, but for now I'm revelling in the gooiness, and the much-needed Gwen smack-downs.

Gorgeous, absolutely perfect!
*helps clean up the puddle*

Well, we gotta have some good times too, but things are going to start happening again in a bit. As for Gwen smack-downs...I think you're going to enjoy the coda I've written for "Combat". *grins*

Thank you.
The words "for now everything was just fine." are rather ominous.

Loved this! Tosh being a cat about Gwen was hilarious...and well deserved.
I know, it's kinda like asking, "What else could go wrong?" You just don't want to do that.

Thanks! Oh, I do love catty Tosh. And she can get away with saying stuff like that. :)
Aha! now I understand your previous comment! Gwen is so blind and a cow!!!!!

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww singing together and promising to sing the Commitment song soon was adorable!
LOL! Yeah, I think you have her pinned right.

I had to have them sing together, it was just perfect that way. Glad you liked it.
Arrrhhh that was so cute what a great song choise for Jack and Ianto to sing together to knock Gwen off her high horse. It was adorable the way Ianto said that he would one day sing Jack the song of commitment
I do love that song. And when John Barrowman sings it.. *sigh*

Yep, one day he will. :)

Thanks!
This was lovely. I have to resist the urge to kick Gwen in a place where it hurts, though...
Thanks for the shiny pdf's!
No, don't hurt yourself by kicking Gwen, she's not worth it. :)

You're welcome!
Bless Toshie. Gwen really needs to get her head out of her arse and see that Jack and Ianto are the CUTEST THING EVER!
Gxxx
I had chibi flashes writing part of this, I really did...especially Tosh at the table. *laughs*

They really are adorable, I do admit.

Thanks, hon!
Aaawwww I love drunk Tosh, almost as much as Catty Tosh. Lol. That was funny. I really liked this story and can't wait for the next one.
It's really a toss-up, isn't it? Heck, I just plain love Tosh.

Glad you liked it! Working on the next one now. :)
Love a tipsy Tosh and the song was a perfect choice, especially as it smacked Gwen in the face... Can't tell you just HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS VERSE so capitals will have to do!!!

Oh, also read chap 2 of In dreams and ditto the caps lock above - add a dash of awesome and it still doesn't come close to how good it is!!!
Snagged both pdf for repeated re-reading *flffy romantic hugs*
D xxx
I just plain love Tosh. She's perfect for these little smack downs, I think. *grins*

*blushes* Thank you, hon. Capitals are fine, but you don't have to. I'm just glad you like it.

*hugs back lots*
Sweet! I always thought they should have had a musical episode of TW - it would have rocked. And Gwen, sigh, she is so self-absorbed, just like in canon, LOL.
Oh lord...a musical Torchwood. I think that would be made totally of awesome. It's too bad nothing like that happened. *sigh* So many wasted possibilities...

Thanks! :)
while i know sad times are ahead i prefer to think about jack/ianto duets and tosh drunk confessions of sisterly love for the boys. can tosh get a love interest please(makes big pleading while glaring at rusty) and move on from owen?
They are, but they're happy now. And you know I'll make it better...eventually.

As for Tosh's love interest...you might have to wait for the second series re-writes for that... *winks*
Awww...

I adore tipsy Tosh. She is too cute. And I would love to hear Jack and Ianto sing a duet.
She really is, isn't she?

So would I, I think it would be awesome and I'd probably melt into a puddle of fangirl goo. :)
Oh Gwen if that squicks you just you wait *EVIL laugh*
Haha! Oh, you are so right.... *laughs*
I've been away from the Internet for a few days and am catching up on things - that was great, I like drunk!Tosh
Thank you! Welcome back, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)
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