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Future Dreams, Past Nightmares - Epilogue

Future Dreams, Past Nightmares - Epilogue
Author:  Milady Dragon
Artist: Bookwrm89
Beta: Bookwrm89
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): Jack/Ianto, OFC/OMC, Jack/John Hart (Past); all others implied
Warnings: Language, Violence, Angst, Past MPreg
Spoilers: Up to "Reset", goes AU after that (Owen is still alive)
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood, darn it.
Author's Note: This is written for Torchwood Classic Big Bang Round One.   A BIG thank you to Bookwrm89, who not only did the fantastic art, but also beta'd for me.  She really went above and beyond on this. 

Summary:  Jack Harkness has all he's ever dreamed of:  he's mortal once more, married to the man he loves, and it's his only daughter's wedding day.  He only has one problem: he cannot remember the last twenty-five years of his life.  Can his past nightmares affect his near-perfect future?



Jack awoke and stretched, reaching toward his husband’s side of the bed…

To find it empty.

He sat up quickly, immediately regretting the action as his head began to throb in time with his heartbeat.  He immediately vowed never to go out drinking with Owen again, because he really hated the hangover…

“Glad to see you’re awake.”

Jack’s eyes found Ianto; he was leaning against the foot of the bed, looking undeniably sexy in a somewhat rumpled tuxedo, a red and silver embroidered waistcoat hanging open to reveal a white shirt, and a matching tie that had been undone and was lying against the brightness of the button-down.

He was wearing his wedding tux.

Jack frowned.  Why was Ianto dressed like that?

“What do you remember?” Ianto asked, coming to sit beside Jack on the bed and taking his hand.

“I remember going out with Owen, and giving Rhodri my fatherly speech about hurting Mairwen…” his voice faded away as his mind was suddenly flooded with images of what had gone on yesterday.  “The Chronolicron!” he exclaimed, then immediately wishing he hadn’t as his head warned him to be quiet from now on.

“Yep,” his husband affirmed.  “I’d almost forgotten about it, because I always thought we’d somehow changed the future when you became mortal.  I’d always believed that you could have ended up somewhere…anywhere…in space and time.”

Jack reached out and cupped Ianto’s face, and his husband leaned into the touch.  “It’s over now,” he said.  “At least we don’t have to worry about it.”

“How are you feeling?”

“I have a bit of a headache,” Jack confessed.  “But I think I’m going to be just fine.”

“Glad to hear it, big boy.”

Both men turned in the direction of the voice.  John Hart stood in the entrance to their bedroom, looking mighty pleased with himself.  “Haven’t you ever heard of knocking?” Ianto demanded.

“I did knock!” Hart answered.  “But there wasn’t any answer.”

“That should’ve told you right then that we didn’t want to see anyone.”

“Cut it out, you two,” Jack said, not wanting a screaming match over his aching body.  “John, thanks for what you did back then.  I appreciate it.”

“No problem,” the former Time Agent replied.  “I’m just glad it turned out all right.”

They hadn’t seen Hart since the day he’d left the Hub for parts unknown, and Jack couldn’t say he’d missed the man at all.  But he did owe him for trying to help, and for kicking him just that little bit in the arse about talking to Ianto.  That conversation had eventually led them to where they were now.

“Well, I just wanted to stop in and see how things were,” Hart said into the uncomfortable silence.  “I’ll be heading out now; got a lovely lady in Paris waiting for me.  You two take care of each other, yeah?” He turned to leave.

“John, wait.”

He looked back at Jack’s call. 

“Maybe we can try that whole friends thing?”

A smile graced Hart’s sharp features.  “Yeah, I’d like that.  See ya both later.”

Once Hart was gone, Ianto gave Jack a disbelieving look.  “You can’t honestly be thinking of being his friend, are you?”

Jack shrugged.  “He did help.  It wasn’t his fault that Gray used him.  And he made it right in the end.”

Ianto nodded, conceding the point.  “But if he offers another orgy…”

“No way.”  Jack tugged him forward, so that Ianto lay beside him.  “I don’t share anymore, and he knows that.”

“Good, because I’d hate to have to shoot him in a delicate place.”

Jack laughed, pulling Ianto closer.  As his eyelids grew heavy, he realized just how lucky he’d been in his life.

This was his future, and he had everything he’d always wanted.

No more past nightmares. 


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I am so glad you liked the art! And if I went 'above and beyond' on the art it's only because the story was so very, very inspiring. I love it!!! *hugs*
You are awesome. Thanks again, hon! *hugs*
That was great and the art was fab!

Loved it!
Thanks hon. Glad you liked it. :)
snagged the PDF!
Hope you like it! :)
I love Jack's future. I am so glad that they didn't ruin it with complicated timey-wimey stuff. It's nice to see the team all together and working well. All in all everyone is happier in your version of reality and I can always get behind that. :)

Well done. :)
Jack deserves a happy ending. They all do, really. I'm really glad you liked it. :)
Just read this all in one go! Such an exciting and emotional story, and what a great alternate take on series 2! The art was lovely as well! Brilliant job! xo :D
Thank you! I always thought Gray could have been so much nastier to Jack, and destroying his future was one of those. I'm really glad you enjoyed it. :)
That was great ! :)
Snagging the PDF.
Thanks, hon. I'm really glad you liked it. :)
just this once everybody lives- and gets a happy and well deserved happy ending.
Thank you! I just thought everyone deserved a happy ending. :)
What a great idea. I much prefer that version of what happened with Gray.

I was thinking it would be something different, the way you dropped little hints in. Like the daughter not having any current books, I then thought this was going to be a vision or dream of some sort, maybe alien induced. I also wondered whether it's because paper books will cease to exist.

I also liked the idea of Jack being mortal, it's very different to the usual trope of Ianto becoming immortal. Very sweet.


Oh, I had to have a few red herrings in there. Just to keep everyone guessing. And, in a way it was alien-induced, just not in the way anyone might have thought. *winks*

Jack deserves a happy ending, and one of the dreams he's always had was to become mortal. Glad you liked that. :)
I enjoyed this immensely and the artwork is wonderful.

This was such a unique take on the story of Gray and his attempted revenge against Jack. I loved the way you went between the two timelines, as they were both actually happening at the same time for Jack. I think if I'd have been the team, I'd have been going crazy the whole time in between waiting to see when this happened, if at all. I'm really glad you had things work out the way they were supposed to and that you found a plausible way for Jack to become mortal so he could have the life, with Ianto, he always dreamed of.

Beautifully done.
Thank you! And the art really was fantastic, I can't gush enough about it. *grins*

I always thought Gray could have had something nastier planned for Jack, and this was just one way to do it. Show him the future...and then tear it away. And Jack really did get the future he deserved after so long.

I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
This was really great! I loved it, so very twisty and turny! Good job!
Thank you, I appreciate it! I did try to be twisty... :) Glad you liked it!
This was great! I love the timey-wimeyness of it. Great invention with the Chronolicron, and a lovely future that Jack's thrown into.

Ooh, and the art is just lovely. The shelf full of photos particularly stuck out to me as something that must have been hard to pull off, especially changing the angle on things, but that came out looking very natural, just as you'd expect a somewhat jumbled shelf of photos to look in someone's home.
Thank you! Jack does deserve a happy ending, so I was more than glad to have given him one.

The shelf is my favorite piece! I can't help but look at it, she did a fantastic job on it.
I loved this story!
Thank you! :)
Oh, I really loved how you twisted the time, never really telling what happened when. It created a really good story with just the right amount of twist. Great plot device too with the helme.
I'm happy Jack and Ianto got their future together.
The art was fab too, and all the pictures really fit in with the mood of the fic. Great job by the two of you!
Thank you! I love playing with the alien tech, there's just so much you can do with it. *grins*

Jack just deserves a happy ending. He's been through so much! And oh yes, she did a fantastic job with the art. Thanks again! :)
This was absolutely brilliant!! I've kind of been out of touch with your writing lately, unfortunately (but at least I've got a lot to read :) ), but just read this entire story, and loved it!! Your writing is always amazing and this idea was just fantastic!! (And, since I LOVE your writing, I was so proud and honored when you liked what I had written on ff.net - "Magic" - :) !) Now, I'm going to try to really catch up with your other stories :) !! Thank you for sharing this brilliant story!! x
Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed it, and you know you're making me blush...

And you're welcome, I really did love your story. :)

Good luck with the catch-up...
Awwwwwwww! Happy ending! It seems Jack does remember, sort of, which is a good thing. He and Ianto deserve their happy life together. May they grow old together for a long time to come =)

I love the artwork too, I should have mentioned that sooner!

(Snagging the PDF for future re-reading!)
Yep, I couldn't not give them a happy one. Thanks hon, for liking it and for the rec. *hugs*

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