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Fic: Sleep

Grimm glass
Title: Sleep
Pairing: John/Sherlock/Lestrade
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Word Count: 730
For a prompt at sherlockbbc_fic  here: I'd like to read some gratuitous sleeping fic. Long descriptions of warm, snuggly boys spooning up and falling asleep. Hands splayed on bellies and noses pressed into hair. Heavy blankets and old, soft t-shirts. Something that captures how a nice-smelling person will always, always smell a million times nicer when they're toasty and warm.
Disclaimer: Characters are not mind, I won't make any money from this, made only with love.

John is always in bed first. Whether it’s because he’s the only one of them that has regular working hours, or because he’s just the type of person who likes to have a bedtime doesn’t matter. What matters is that by the time Lestrade gets in John is already toasty warm and languid with sleep. He curls around Lestrade with a satisfied sigh, some times more awake than others, and Lestrade kisses the top of John’s head, inhaling his scent as he does. Lestrade can’t find the words to describe what John smells like. Sure, Lestrade can smell his shampoo and his deodorant, but underneath that he’s both sweet and musky at the same time and those words don’t even begin to approach how wonderful he smells.

John’s always unnaturally warm and Lestrade loves to pull his sleep shirt up and rest his hand on John’s lower back where it almost burns he’s so hot. Sometimes Lestrade will just let his hand rest there, and other times John will snuffle against him and nudge him until Lestrade’s hand rests on John’s bum. There’s rarely an attempt to take it further, sexually, at that point, not when John’s already mostly asleep and Lestrade is bone tired and aching with exhaustion, but it’s an oddly comforting position for both of them, to cradle and be cradled.

There are times when Sherlock doesn’t come to bed at all, and although it’s common, John and Lestrade still worry about him and every now and then they’ll try and coax him into bed. They don’t always succeed but when they do the victory is savoured. When Sherlock does come to bed it’s usually later than Lestrade. Sometimes John and Lestrade are already asleep, sometimes they’re just dozing, revelling in each other’s company. Sherlock slips in behind John and wraps himself around him, trapping Lestrade’s hand between them. Sherlock slips a hand around to rest on John’s stomach and his fingers immediately start stroking the soft flesh there and his knuckles brush Lestrade’s hip.

Lestrade and John are already warmed up and Sherlock is surrounded by that lovely masculine smell of new sweat permeating through their deodorants. It smells warm and comforting and exactly like home and Sherlock’s long given up wondering how a smell can be so linked to emotions. This is the place where his brain can take a break for a while, he doesn’t have to be on guard with John and Lestrade, he can just be. And just being involves two warm bodies beside his own, two extra sets of breath, one slightly faster than the other, old pyjamas that are nearly threadbare but too comfortable to throw away, soft skin and course hair, warmth and love held in by a heavy duvet and an extra blanket or two in winter. Sherlock doesn’t mind sleeping so much when it’s with them, the only two men in the world that have the power to make him feel comfortable and at ease.

John generally murmurs something but settles when Sherlock presses a kiss to his neck and then Sherlock leans over to kiss Lestrade, just a peck on the lips. It’s become a ritual for Sherlock to do that, he needs to feel close to both of them, even if John’s in the middle.

Sometimes Sherlock tries to stay awake so that he doesn’t lose a second of the closeness he feels. He’s documented Lestrade’s soft snores and the things John talks about in his sleep (mostly nonsense, but sometimes he’s clearly dreaming about Afghanistan), he’s watched them through the night, seen the small twitches of too relaxed limbs and that although Lestrade often falls asleep on his back he wakes up on his side, John’s arms wrapped tightly around him. But all too often Sherlock is lulled to sleep by their steady breathing and pleasantly hot bodies.

One day Sherlock will shyly ask if he can sleep in the middle for once, and John and Lestrade will smile and nod and exchange a proud glance when Sherlock isn’t looking. They’ll cuddle up next to him, both holding him, keeping him safely cocooned between them and Sherlock will have the best nights sleep he’s ever had; surrounded by their feel and smell and love and for once he won’t wake up first and John and Lestrade will kiss him awake with sleep softened lips.


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Apr. 15th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
Apr. 15th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
EEEEE! I love love love OT3 fic! I love that Sherlock watches them both. So sweet. <3
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Apr. 15th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww, *bliss* *snuggles fic*
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hehe :D
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
I bet you have no idea how happy this made me as now I can rec this to those who normally claim they can't read my usual SH/JW/GL OT3 favs as they are too explicit. well this one isn't. it is just delightfully all lovely soft focus on the gorgeous wonder that is them. together. thanks to you they will see and be converted. good job! :)
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thank you so much! I'm going to be grinning all night! :D
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
aww so adorable ^.^
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it :)
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
My gosh, this is absolutely wonderful. ♥

Straight into mems, I'm coming back to reread this whenever I need destressing! :)
Apr. 15th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you! I'm so happy you enjoyed it!
Apr. 15th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
MOAR. Please. I love this :)
Apr. 15th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
There might be more, if inspiration strikes, but I'm not promising anything ;)

Thanks for your comment :D
Apr. 15th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I feel like the little kid from Despicable Me...
I adore it!
It reminds me of weekend mornings at my house when my kids pile into bed ,along with the cats. All Snuggly and warm...
but MUCH better smelling, I am certain....
Apr. 15th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: I feel like the little kid from Despicable Me...
Hehe, thank you! :D

I don't have kids, but I can very much appreciate a cuddle with cats!
Apr. 16th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
That was delicious. Toasty and sweet and delicious. It's a warm brownie in story form. I just loved it!
Apr. 16th, 2011 06:57 am (UTC)
Thank you!

(I really want a warm brownie now! :P )
Apr. 16th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
Oh, this is gorgeous! Sweetly fluffy and adorable.
Apr. 16th, 2011 06:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Apr. 16th, 2011 09:38 am (UTC)
It's a great little fic. You made me feel the boys all warm and sleepy and cuddly
Apr. 16th, 2011 09:46 am (UTC)
Thanks :D
Apr. 17th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Well, oh my goodness, this was just the thing I needed today. This is so sweet and loving and tender, I'm tearing up, my heart can't take it, this is just my favorite thing. ♥
Apr. 18th, 2011 07:25 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to comment <3
Apr. 18th, 2011 07:05 am (UTC)
I love this so much, thank you for writing. :3
Apr. 22nd, 2011 07:21 am (UTC)
D'awwww, this fic made me warm ♥ ♥ ♥
Apr. 22nd, 2011 07:25 am (UTC)
I'm so glad <3
Apr. 27th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Now I feel warm and sleepy myself. I loved this fic, thank you for writing it!
May. 10th, 2011 05:26 am (UTC)
I want to wrap this fic around me and take a good long slumber with it.

Jul. 4th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
awww. I think I'm a melted puddle of warm bliss right now. So darn cute!
Feb. 1st, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
this is lovely. it's everything I've tried (and failed) to convey about sleeping in a triad. this is so perfect and the hands and the warmth and the comfort. this is exactly what it's like. thank you.
Feb. 1st, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
this is exactly what it's like

Thank you, that is quite honestly the very best compliment you could give me, especially since this fic isn't based on my personal experience, so I could only hope to come close.

I am so very glad that you enjoyed it.
Jun. 7th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
my god, this is so cute. why are there not more of these. like looking for a diamond needle in a haystack.
Jun. 7th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Re: fic
Thank you!
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