Title: I'll Take What You're Giving
Word count: 100
Rating: PG13 to R
Note: Written for my beloved karaokegal on the occasion of our having been online friends and beta buddies for exactly two years. She has done wonderful things to my world.
When they've been on a soul-destroying mission, full of death and defeat and the despairing knowledge that some humans and aliens will always enjoy inventing new cruelties, Jack's eyes signal Ianto to stay. He always does.
Ianto believes that when Jack shudders and comes at the sight of the welts he’s raised, it's because he needs to regain control. To master something, someone, because he can't always master the universe, and that hurts him.
Jack doesn't disillusion him. Ianto doesn't need to know that Jack enjoys inventing new cruelties, too. He’s human, after all.