onlysayinghello: ([expressive] cheeky smile)
London had been a good break, for Jack and for Adam. Of course there was still a lot to be said for not exactly dealing with the issues at hand still, but Jack wasn't actually overly concerned about the past for the moment. He knew truthfully too well how it felt to be judged by prior actions, and he thought that if they could just move forward into the new year and deal with things as they came up, face each issue as it actually impacted their lives it might work for their benefit. It wasn't that Jack didn't trust Adam either, in fact due to the holidays and everything that they had spoken of Jack had more trust in Adam than he had before, and it was that exact sentiment that allowed him to continue hoping that he wasn't making a huge err in judgement.

He'd spend his days and sometimes nights at Torchwood, trying to still regain the trust of his people after he'd left them not just the once when he spent a year away that no one else remembered, but recently too. Off to Japan without much warning, a week around the holiday to London. Of course the holiday wasn't minded by the rest of them, but still he knew that given everything that had been going on for them, he was asking a lot in faith from them.

Thankfully New Years Eve was a night that Jack had already assured everyone they could take off early. In fact the case they'd been working on was wrapped up by a little after three in the afternoon and after two hours of them mostly bouncing their knees in anticipation to leave Jack just let them go.

Often there had been moments more recently where Jack had to wonder what Adam did all day. He knew the flat wasn't exactly the best place to spend all his time, and he hoped that he got out, and tried to see Cardiff, to see people the way Jack now saw them, that it wasn't entirely hopeless, and that there was a lot of redemption going on... not just in Jack himself.

Putting his coat on once more Jack headed out the doors of the Tourism shop and took the short drive from the Hub to his flat and shut the door behind him. His keys were placed on the hook near the door and he kept his jacket on as he moved through the flat, "Hey... did we have plans for tonight? Cause I've got an idea."
onlysayinghello: ([emote] torn up over it)
Distracted was putting it mildly, and he knew that everyone at the Hub could see it too. Of course it wasn't as if he had much to divulge to them. There were the glances though, burning gazes at the back of his head that the moment he turned to face them snapped away as if caught doing something they knew they shouldn't be doing.

He thought for sure that Gwen would question him, all her needing to know just what made him tick, it had to be eating at her to see him so out of his element. Yet there he was seated at his desk in the Hub trying not to think about the fact that there was a four hundred year old man at his flat, that had been buried alive... and that Jack had grown a bit more than fond of him. Of course all the unanswered questions were inching up in his conscious as well. None of it made any of it any easier.

Still he'd just taken off. Flight to Japan and back again without so much as an explanation as to just what had gone on. It was routine for Jack, they should have been aware of it by now, that not every thing he did had an answer available to give, even to them. It was better for them, or at least that was what he convinced himself of. Glancing to the clock he was relieved that it had been a slow day, well relatively slow at least. Owen was off looking into something or another and the rest of the cases had been tied up for a few days now. Jack could have taken time off, he could have just rested up, stayed in bed and taken care of things for Adam.

Instead he felt torn... because he wasn't sure what to even think, and having Adam in his flat... around him all the time wasn't helping him keep a clear head on it all. So the time apart was something he needed, and he knew Adam needed it as well. A time to just be alone and not with anyone around him to ask questions that Jack knew wouldn't be easy to answer. Questions Jack knew he had more than a few of.

Standing up he grabbed his coat off the rack and said his good nights to Tosh, telling her not to stay too late. He stopped and picked up something for dinner and then headed up to his flat. Keys slid into the door and his toe pushed it open, hands still holding the food. A few steps into the room and his foot nudged the door shut behind him before the food was placed on the counter. The chill in the room surrounded him, even with his big coat, but he didn't actually mind. Temperatures didn't seem to phase him these days, and he could see the slight flush to Adam's cheeks proof that once more he had been standing in the cold. It was the moments like this, where Jack saw something he hated seeing in anyone, and it was that exact reason why Jack knew he was right going into work.

It pulled at him, tugging him in so many different directions he wasn't even sure which way was up, let alone right. All he saw was the despair and the half empty gaze from across the room. Jack let his eyes meet Adam's and in that silence Jack wished he already had all the answers, but he knew he was far from that moment... so far he couldn't even think what the horizon looked like.

"You didn't have to shut that," Jack's words cut across the cold of the room before he started to move toward Adam. "The window, I mean."
onlysayinghello: ([girl] Knowing Smirk)
The headache was dull and throbbing and the washcloth Ianto left upon his forehead was supposed to help with the fever but who knew that the Tackhrin was going to do this to him? Well... technically Jack knew, but he also knew that of all the people to end up in his situation...

Well he was the best one to be in that situation because in the end he'd survive it. Gwen? Probably not, and her husband wouldn't have approved that's for sure. Owen would have spent most the day over medicating away the side effects to that he could enjoy the outward appearance a bit more... personally.

Ianto... well it would have been interesting, but improbable unless Ianto happened to tag along with the team that night. Toshiko? Well... she might have been able to handle it, but Jack just knew that it was just easier this way. He could handle pregnancy as a male, so why couldn't he handle being a woman for seventy-two hours?

The hormones that were surging through his body had been wrecking havoc on his system, and the outward changes... well those were fun. If only he could actually abuse them instead of sweating profusely and nearly swearing up a storm at the pain from it all. At the end of the night he knew he'd be through the hard part but then there would be one day, one complete twenty four hour period where Jack would be able to use his charming smile and new feminine curves... to get whoever he wanted. It wasn't that he would want to or that he couldn't before... when he was Jack.

This was part of the process to get himself back to normal. Twenty-four hours to mate so that the rest of the hormones would flush through his system and the Tackhrin cycle would be complete. Then they pain would start again and he'd be laying in bed with Ianto taking care of him until the outward changes either sent his body into shock or shifted those feminine curves back into the strong lean form that he had gotten pretty used to. One pregnancy was taxing enough on his body to get it back to this shape... he really didn't like the notion of his pectorals changing in any way shape or form. Plus he wasn't really comfortable with the risk of other proportions not coming back to the way they were before.

"So I know I'm not like elastic snapping back to normal Ianto... but there's a file... it's in the Torchwood archives under my medical information. There are some important facts in there... when this is done? I need those reports waiting for me."

Then with that trademark smirk and a reference to something unsaid Jack added in, "You'd be more than welcome to assist me in making sure things all check out."

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