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Feather in the wind

By Joanne Jones

Scifi

Chapter 1

1

Ianto knelt in the blood and filth as he screamed for her.

Jack thought back to their tryst the night before. The decadent noises he had made as he'd sucked Jack's cock. The wanton glances through his lashes as he stroked, sucked and kneaded in just the right way.

All for her. To hide this bitch.

Jack wished he had a spare box bullets on him so he could shoot her again for turning Ianto into a whore, him into just another mark.

Him! A conman, conned by the oldest trick in the book.

Jack stood impassively while he waited for the young man to wear himself out and when Ianto finally did stop screaming it wasn't to grieve as Jack had wanted.

Ianto fell face first into said filth and Jack stood dumbfounded as Ianto began to convulse.

"Fuck!" Owen yelled as he rushed to pull Ianto away from the cyberwoman and into the clear space.

"Owen?" Jack asked with confusion as Tosh offered her jacket to help cushion his head.

"Fuck, fuck, fuck, come on tea-boy, come on" Owen crooned as he gently restrained the fitting man.

Finally, Ianto's heels stopped drumming and he lay grunting as his skin seemed to shake with aftershocks. Owen was muttering under his breath as he fiddled with his tech, waving things and adjusting things.

"Owen?" Jack repeated and Owen looked up with a huff of annoyance.

"He's bottoming out, you wanna let me save him or give you a blow by blow description of the shit I'm seeing here?" Owen snarked and Jack crouched to see for himself.

Owen was looking at a screen that showed an x-ray style image of Ianto's head. Jack could see Ianto's skull, brain, eyes and….

"Owen?" Jack seemed stuck on that word and Owen shook his head.

"Cyber tech, don't know how the fuck I'm gonna get that out without killing him" Owen growled.

"God! Why the hell didn't the hub sensors pick this up?" Gwen demanded from the corner of the room.

"Because it's in his head ya muppet!" Owen snarked as he reached across the prone man to grab something out of his kit.

"What do we do?" Gwen asked as she reached out to touch Ianto's arm. "Poor man."

"Med-bay!" Owen snapped and Jack gently lifted Ianto, not caring about the fact that he had wet himself during the fit, as he cradled him gently.

They laid him out and Owen began to cut his clothing away, swearing as he saw just how emaciated Ianto was. "Fuck, does he never bloody eat?"

"Oh Ianto" Jack sighed, tracing the outlines of Ianto's rib with his fingertips.

Their fun and games had always included clothing, Ianto begging off due to a shyness that was endearing. Another trick? To hide this?

A gasp from the stairs made Jack look up and Tosh saw the tears welling in Jack's eyes as she carried a soft blanket from her locker that she kept for her overnight shifts in the hub. She walked over and stared at the starved man with horror, her hand over her mouth.

Owen looked up and saw the blanket. He nodded and stepped back. He had sponged Ianto down and placed a towel over his privates, the blanket covered the rest of his sorry nakedness.

"My god, so thin" she whispered and Owen grunted.

"I think all his money went on her" Owen explained, "That technology doesn't come cheap, or the maintenance he had to perform. Poor bastard has been sacrificing for what he thought was his lover."

"Oh" Tosh whispered as she stroked the poor man's hair.

"I don't know what I would have done for Katie" Owen said to Jack, "Would I have done this?"

"For your love?" Jack replied, "You would have done all this and more."

"Yeah" Owen said quietly as he checked some results coming though his PDA, "I know."

Jack pulled a stool over and sat by the table, waiting for him to wake. Owen looked up after a while and frowned at him.

"You gonna go do some … ya know … Captain Stuff?" Owen puffed out his chest.

"Right now I just wanna do some Jack stuff" Jack replied softly, "and I think it's best done here."

"Suit yourself" Owen snorted, "He's not gonna come out of it in a hurry. Whatever it is in there, it fried when we killed her. He's probably a goner!"

Jack shivered at the thought of being controlled and manipulated by a piece of tech and rubbed his face.

"Meeting room in half an hour" Jack finally said to those hovering, "I want some bloody answers!"

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