othercaptjack: (The Boss)
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This is going to be difficult.

Jack steeples his fingers for a moment, elbows on his desk, and rests his forehead against them. His fingers feel cold. He'd wondered whether it was wise or not to hold this particular chat in his office, but... it's mostly private, especially with the rest of Torchwood at home for the evening, and if it's a little coldly professional, well- it is, mostly, a professional matter.

It should be entirely professional. Maybe talking to Ianto Jones in his office will help him remember that. He'd sent the boy home in a cab, after Lisa was dead, and more or less ordered him to sleep for no less than ten hours, then stay at home, and not come back until this meeting. Which Jack is now kicking himself for, because preofessionalism or not, this is still in the hub, and that can't be helpful. He wants to be logical before going into the emotional side.

Myfanwy screeches somewhere high above, and Jack sighs to himself. He can only hope that he can be of some help, today. This isn't just a disciplinary talk. This has to tell him more about Ianto than rereading his file will give.

He just hopes he won't get shot again. That's always so hard to explain.

Date: 2008-04-21 10:25 pm (UTC)
likesthecoat: (alone)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
Ianto's back is perfectly straight and his face is expressionless as he walks through the Hub to Jack's office. At first glance he looks strong; on second, he looks like he will snap if someone thumps him in the right place.

He raps his knuckles on Jack's door. "Sir."

Date: 2008-04-21 10:41 pm (UTC)
likesthecoat: (good soldier)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
Ianto does so wordlessly, almost soundlessly. That's what he's good at, isn't it--being unnoticeable.

He crosses his legs and folds his hands over his knee.

Date: 2008-04-21 11:05 pm (UTC)
likesthecoat: (teaboy)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
Slightest tensing of the fingers.

"Yes, sir."

He wonders first if Jack will believe anything he says now anyway--and then if he can tell Jack how much he hated lying to him for all those months. If it would make a difference.

Which he suspects it wouldn't.

Date: 2008-04-21 11:49 pm (UTC)
likesthecoat: (alone)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
Ianto considers this.

He takes a slow breath. "If I do, will you be able to trust me?" He nods to the office window. "Will they?"

Date: 2008-04-22 12:08 am (UTC)
likesthecoat: (tension)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
"Of course," Ianto murmurs and drops his eyes.

"I don't know, sir. Everything I did was for her. If I go, I can't imagine what else I'd do. If I stay--" He looks away and swallows.

Date: 2008-04-22 12:48 am (UTC)
likesthecoat: (grief)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
"And with the people who killed her," Ianto says and his face twists with pain a moment. He can't meet Jack's eyes.

Date: 2008-04-22 12:57 am (UTC)
likesthecoat: (tension)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
"I don't know, sir," Ianto says, quietly and honestly and his voice thickening a little. "I don't know."

Date: 2008-04-22 01:21 am (UTC)
likesthecoat: (alone)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
Ianto starts to speak at the mention of suspension. "And what am I do to during those weeks? Wait for you to call me?"

Date: 2008-04-22 01:36 am (UTC)
likesthecoat: (tension)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
"I don't have any family. Sir."

he looks at Jack and then looks away again, pressing his lips together. "If you want me gone I'd prefer you just did it. Don't make me wait."

Date: 2008-04-22 10:32 pm (UTC)
likesthecoat: (serious)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
"Oh."

It's very small.

Evan smaller, "I'm not sure I want to be lost."

He clears his throat and looks anywhere but back at Jack. This is madness.

Date: 2008-04-22 10:37 pm (UTC)
likesthecoat: (good soldier)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
"Yes, sir," Ianto mutters and decides the safest place to look right now is the toe of his shoe.

Shiny.

Date: 2008-04-22 10:57 pm (UTC)
likesthecoat: (well-dressed man)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
The idea of being sent away hurts almost as much as the idea of coming back. Of course, if he does leave, he won't miss it.

Maybe it would be better just to let it all go.

"Two weeks," he says with a short nod. "Very well."

[ooc: Also, hometime for me.]
Edited Date: 2008-04-22 10:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-22 11:39 pm (UTC)
likesthecoat: (contemplative)
From: [personal profile] likesthecoat
"Sure. Sleep." Ianto frowns at his shoe.

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