Chapter 16

After dropping Walter off at Rhiannon's the next morning, Jack pulled the SUV into the car park in Bute Park.

Ianto frowned, and turned to tell Jack they would be late for work, but hesitated when he saw Jack's face.

"Ianto, last night got away from me; I didn't mean for it to go that way." Jack was looking at his hands on the wheel so he didn't see Ianto blanch.

"I was going to talk to you about your house and-" Jack paused to take a breath and looked over at Ianto for the first time. "Ianto?"

Ianto was sitting bolt upright, staring out the windscreen a tear ran down his face.

"Ianto?" Jack repeated, reaching for Ianto's hand, but Ianto pulled away,

"You want us to move out?" Ianto said softly. "Well of course you do, it is your house after all and we've come in and-"

Jack silenced him momentarily by reaching for him, turning his face towards him, and kissing him.

"It's Walter calling you Daddy, isn't it? I didn't tell him to say that; I don't know why he started-" Another kiss for silence was warranted.

"I love you," Jack sighed. "No, I do not want you to move out. Ever!"

Ianto took a deep breath and gave a bark of laughter at his own stupidity for not giving Jack a chance to explain.

"I meant to say that I was going to talk to you about what was found by the fire investigator. I'm sorry I worded it that way. Jesus Ianto, do you really think I would ever let you out of my sight?" Jack growled, and Ianto smiled.

"Oh," Ianto finally said with his usual droll face, and Jack laughed.

"What's that word you use? For idiot?" Jack asked.

"Twpsyn," Ianto grinned.

"Ah, that's the one." Jack pulled him in for another kiss.

"So? What they found was…?" Ianto prompted Jack.

"Ah. Yes! Well." Jack struggled for the words and Ianto's gentle smile of encouragement gave him courage.

"There were hidden cameras in your house. Every room. Someone had been watching you and they were not old technology. This means they were recently put there." Jack tried to be factual and only Ianto's wide eyes betrayed his false bravado.

"Who would do this? Who could put those things in my home?" Ianto was so quiet Jack could barely hear him.

"I don't know but the police will want to talk to you. Get your story, ask if you know anyone who might have done it, who had keys, and things like that." Jack caught Ianto's hand and squeezed.

"I'm having my place swept for cameras and bugs while we're away this morning and a new state-of-the-art alarm system installed," he informed Ianto. "No-one is coming near you again!"

"Thank you Jack - what would I do without you?" Ianto smiled. "And Walter's birthday this weekend? God, all those presents hidden in our wardrobe are twice what were lost in the fire!"

"Apparently you would be safer without me, if the theory that this was an attempt to get to me is true." Jack frowned and rubbed his face with his free hand.

"Nonsense! I refuse to believe this is your fault, cariad," Ianto said firmly.

"So what is your theory?" Jack asked.

"Professor Mustard in the library with a candlestick," Ianto deadpanned.

Jack laughed, and spun the wheel as he moved the SUV forward. Whatever was coming, whoever was out there? Jack hoped they were ready for him, because he sure as hell was going to be ready for them.

Ianto and Walter can count on that!

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