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These Lives We Lead (4/?)

 

Title: These Lives We Lead

Author: omfg_yaoi_squee / ello luv / Mimi

Fandom: Torchwood

Characters/Pairings: eventual Jack/Ianto, mention of one-sided Gwen/Jack, Gwen/Rhys, one-sided Tosh/Owen (perhaps more in later chapters), John Hart/OFC, past Ianto/Lisa, the Doctor (Ten)

Rating: NC-17

Summary: Jack Harkness is the most popular boy in year 13 – if not the entire school. When a new boy is transferred there, things start to get a little more complicated…

A/N: Thanks to my LJ betas

 eriinxx, aranellaurelote, and butterflycell. Thank you also to my artist draw_yourworld. You’ll be seeing stuff from her later ^__^

 

Warning: There is some Gwen bumping (not bashing, really) in this chapter.

 

Previous Chapters
Prologue:
http://omfg-yaoi-squee.livejournal.com/87255.html
Chapter 1:
http://omfg-yaoi-squee.livejournal.com/87931.html

Chapter 2: http://omfg-yaoi-squee.livejournal.com/91856.html



Chapter 3 – Invitation

 

Ianto’s first couple of days at his new school passed by in a flash as he settled into his new life. Since that first day, Jack had made an effort to talk to Ianto on each subsequent one. At first, it was strange for Ianto, kind of like being stalked, but he soon grew used to it and even made an effort to find Jack on occasion so that they could have their daily chats.

 

About a week and a half after Ianto’s arrival, Jack and his entire posse approached him during lunch. This group consisted of five others besides the American.

 

First was John Hart, Jack’s “second in command” and partner in crime. Of course, “crime” referred merely to the pranks that the boys played on other students and the administration. One time, the Doctor was in the wrong place at the wrong time and had found himself swept into the effects of a prank that left him covered in baking flour. Although the boys received a firm rebuke, somehow, miraculously, they got off punishment-free. How they did it, Ianto would never know.

 

Next, there were Owen Harper and Toshiko Sato. It was common knowledge that Toshiko had a hopeless crush on Owen, no matter how many times he shot her down. Even though he insisted that he wasn’t interested, Ianto could have sworn that he caught Owen’s eyes drifting towards Toshiko in the study hall - but he’d been too new to the group at the time to make a comment.

 

Finally, there were Gwen Cooper and her boyfriend Rhys Williams. Although the two had been dating for over two years now, everyone knew that Gwen pined for Jack even after being rejected, flirting shamelessly with him even in Rhys’ presence.

 

Ianto’s first impressions of this group were varied. John Hart he found to be very full of himself and arrogant. Sure, the boy was attractive, but Ianto felt that it wasn’t really necessary for him to be such a show-off about it.

 

Toshiko was the kindest of the group. She had open features and kind smile that made her instantly likeable and Ianto couldn’t help but gravitate towards her. The two hit it off right away and were very soon in the habit of doing all of their homework together during study hall.

 

Ianto found Gwen kind enough, but was easily annoyed by her voice and the gap between her two front teeth, bothered the neat-freak side of him.

 

Ianto thought that Rhys was adorably oblivious. It wasn’t that the boy was stupid; on the contrary he was quite bright. Perhaps Rhys simply saw what he wanted to see, for he never seemed to notice how much Gwen flirted with Jack. Secretly though, Ianto thought that Rhys was just one of the best actors he’d ever seen.

 

Finally, there was Jack. Jack Harkness, “Captain” of his little band. Ianto didn’t quite know what to make of the group’s American ringleader. The side of himself that Jack generally showed to the world was flirtatious yet aloof, breezing through schoolwork with one hand while fending off star struck admirers with the other.

 

Ianto had yet to see another side of the boy, but he could sense it lurking just beneath the surface. The Welsh boy was still slightly confused as to how he felt about Jack. It was the same stomach fluttering he had felt when he was with Lisa, but Ianto wasn’t ready to go down that route again. He still wasn’t over it.

 

Yet it was this fluttering that Ianto felt when Jack’s group approached him at lunch on the tenth day of the term.

 

‘Hey, Eye Candy.’

 

John Hart’s voice, and annoying nickname, caused Ianto to look up from the sci-fi novel he had been reading as he ate. Ianto raised an eyebrow at the Londoner. He had asked many times for John to stop calling him “Eye Candy”. Jack gave John a little smack on the arm, but grinned good naturedly at Ianto.

 

‘Hi, Yan.’

 

‘Ianto,’ the Welsh boy interrupted. Only Lisa had ever called him “Yan”.

 

‘Right, Ianto,’ Jack corrected himself.

 

‘We’re having a little party at my place Saturday night,’ John said, ‘A little back-to-school bash, if you will. Show up, yeah?’

 

John placed a scrap of paper on the table. Ianto could see an address was hastily scribbled upon the lined paper.

 

‘Seven ‘o clock, Eye Candy,’ John told him, turning to saunter away, the group close behind.

 

Jack lingered, catching Ianto’s eyes and grinning before running to catch up.

 

Ianto picked up the paper and held it gingerly between his thumb and forefinger. The address seemed to belong to one of those old manor houses that resided in the middle of nowhere. He’d always wanted to see one of those. On the other hand, he already had two essays to write that were due on Tuesday. He would figure it out later, Ianto decided, as he tucked the paper into his pocket.

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