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15 September 2010 @ 07:46 pm
Cuddle Buddy  
John’s favourite jumper, the black and white striped one, had a pleasing texture; soft, but not too soft, Sherlock discovered, like that horrible cardigan that he insisted on wearing. When John was wearing it, he found he could barely resist twitching his fingers at a sleeve, it just felt nice. Then he realised that rubbing at the sleeve when John was actually wearing it, was nicer. The warmth from the doctor’s body relaxed the fibers, and it slid under Sherlock’s palm agreeably. Sherlock pointedly ignored John's bemused stare and began formulating a plan.

So, when Sherlock had asked John for a favour, John had answered no, because promising favours to Sherlock without prior knowledge never ended well. Sherlock had left him alone and returned an hour later. Still no. John was usually good for two no’s before he finally acquiesced, so he gave him half an hour this time.

“How about now?”

“What is it?” John had been snappy. He knew he was up to something, he could just tell.

“I need you to hug me.”
John stared. Of the many things he was expecting him to be up to, that was not one of them, and here he was thinking that nothing could surprise him anymore. He pursed his lips.

“Right. And why?”

Sherlock was across the room in two bounds and was suddenly very close indeed. John practically went through the wall in his attempts to back pedal away from him.

“What the hell are you doing?” he squeaked, not knowing whether to be more embarrassed at the pitch of his voice, or the fact that Sherlock’s hand was making it’s way around his waist.

“Well, it helps me think and I'm having some trouble focusing…”

“Gerroff!” Slapping at hands, he scrabbled away from him to the other end of the couch.

“Please, John! I wouldn’t ask, but it really does help me focus and frankly the patches are not working for me. It’s scientifically proven that human to human contact calms the nerves and heightens awareness.”

“Oh, in that case…. No, still no!”
Sherlock had sulked for days. When he entered the fourth day without showering, John finally acquiesced, if only to get him to wash. It was awkward, they didn’t know who should put what where and Sherlock’s distinctly unfeminine body felt odd tucked up against his own. Sherlock had thanked him calmly in the same tone he used to accept a cup of tea.

“It really does help me think.” His voice was muffled by John’s jumper. There was not a single point in John’s life when he had felt more uncomfortable.

“You never used to hug the skull,” he huffed.

“Of course I didn't. That would be inappropriate. Anyway, Mycroft was always willing….”
John’s definition of inappropriate would never be the same again.

~*|*~

“Sherlock? Is this going to be a regular thing?” He’d been accosted in the hall, shopping bags in hand. It felt different to be standing up, his face pressed into Sherlock’s neck.

“Be quiet, I'm thinking.” He’d felt the vibrations from the taller man’s throat rather than heard it.

“Right. Only, I do have frozen food. Can it wait until I put the shopping away and made some tea?”
Sherlock let out his most weary sigh and let go. “Well, if you must.”

“Yes, I must,” John headed for the kitchen. He’d been putting the teabags in the pot when long arms snaked around his belly and six feet of consulting detective plastered itself to his back. It made getting the milk from the fridge more than awkward.
“Maybe if we were to get you a cuddly toy or something?” he’d suggested as he tried to unplug the steaming kettle without burning himself.

“Do you not like me hugging you?” It was one of those minefield questions that usually ended up in a sulk of massive proportions, no matter how he answered so he deflected it, quite neatly he thought.

“Well, if I’m not here,” he was feeling his way tactfully through, “you could use something else?” To his surprise, Sherlock had agreed.

They’d started with a blanket, but even John had to admit there was something more than faintly ridiculous and slightly obscene about the sight of a grown man hugging a blanket with a look of intense concentration on his face. It lasted two days before Sherlock declared it a failure and the blanket was never seen again. So they moved on to the bog standard teddy bear, a big, fluffy monstrosity that if John had to be honest, would have given him nightmares as a child. He had come home one day to find his service revolver emptied and the bear leaking stuffing from a slew of horrific bullet wounds. So, Plan B was put into action and if John thought that the bear would have given him nightmares, when they opened the package containing the special cuddle pillow from Japan, he’d just about had a coronary.

“Oh for fu…. It’s just an arm and a head.” He didn’t want to touch it.

“Interesting people, the Japanese,” Sherlock took it gingerly out of its box. It was an hour before it went the same way as the bear, and for once, John did nothing to stop it.

“They don't hug back,” Sherlock had explained. “You do.” John wondered when he’d started doing that.

~*|*~

“Not here!” John had hissed. “It’s a crime scene! People will see!”

“Oh, don't be so dull, John.” He grabbed John’s wrist and pulled him close. “It's just so I can focus.”

Donovan nudged Lestrade and nodded towards the edge of the wasteland where Sherlock stood. The top of John's head was all that was visible from under the Belstaff coat.

Lestrade walked over to the pair, his eyebrows almost one with his greying hair.

"What the hell...?"

"Shut up!" Sherlock snapped, wrapping his arms a little tighter around John who peeked out at the detective. "I’m thinking."

Lestrade would have bit back a response if he’d had one.
John was there for ten minutes before Sherlock released him, stalked back over the waiting police and took a deep breath, ready to explain it all. John didn't seem fazed; in fact he was sort of cold now. It had been quite nice under that coat.

~*|*~

“Isn’t it quite distracting?” Mycroft motioned to Sherlock curled up against John’s side. Dark curls were tickling his jaw, framing a face that was now slack with sleep.

“Well, sometimes. Depends what I’m doing really.”
He’d been watching the television when Sherlock had announced he needed to think. John had sighed and sat up holding an arm out, letting Sherlock climb up next to him. “Just be quiet, they’re about to reveal who she’s having an affair with.”

“Oh, it’s her husband’s sister.” Sherlock had sniffed, snuggling up to John’s side, and then had taken him an age to settle down. However, when Mrs. Hudson had let Mycroft in, he’d almost forgotten that Sherlock was even there.

“He used to do that with me,” Mycroft smiled fondly.

“Yes,” John nodded. “We have had that entirely disturbing conversation, thanks.”

“It is a bit… odd, isn’t it?” The words “pot” and “kettle” sprang instantly to John’s mind.

“He says it helps him think, or sleep and sometimes I can get him to eat, even if it is off my plate. And it's not, you know, unpleasant I suppose. He is surprisingly warm and the heating in this place is unpredictable at best.”

“Something unpredictable in Baker Street? How novel.”

A low voice came from John’s collarbone “I heard that.”
~*|*~

When Sherlock appeared at his bedroom door one night, John almost drew the line.

“Oh, Sherlock, no! I'm not...“
Sherlock had mumbled something about not being dull and predictable and crawled under John's covers and settled down.

“I can’t seem to get an insight into the case. You don't mind, do you?”

“It’s a bit late now if I do…” John pinched the bridge of his nose. Something was niggling him. Still, he had to admit it felt quite nice, although a bony shoulder had to be removed from his ribcage before he was comfortable. Sherlock's entire body was taut next to him; sighing, John put his arms around him and rubbed circles on his back. Eventually, he felt Sherlock relax and after a while and he himself started to drift off back to sleep. But…

“Sherlock,” his half awake mind finally latched on to the niggling thing at the back of his mind. “We don’t have a case right now.”
The only answer he got was a gentle snore.
 
 
 
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ginbitchginbitch on September 16th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Memmed like hell - this is gorgeous! I came here from the fic list. So adorable...
Katie: maxchainsaw_poet97 on September 16th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
I totally missed this on the kinkmeme, but it's lovely! The part with John and Sherlock hugging by the crime scene is hilarious, and I love this exchange:

“Something unpredictable in Baker Street? How novel.”

A low voice came from John’s collarbone “I heard that.”


The whole thing is so adorable and warming - cuteness in fic form!
Livialivia_carica on September 17th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you :D I really, really enjoyed writing it.
in the woods with the werewolves: sherlock and john lolemeraldsword on October 4th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Awww, this was gorgeous! So sweet.
Livialivia_carica on October 5th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Thank you very much *beams*
Ange Déchu: actions - like what you're doingangelbabe_cj on October 5th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Oh, how lovely. I really can just imagine it all. The last snippet in particular amused me greatly. Also, I love your icon.
Livialivia_carica on October 5th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it.

I approve of your icon too ;)
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Livialivia_carica on October 5th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Well, thank you for reading and commenting! I'm a big cuddly!Sherlock fan too, even thought he's like the least cuddliest person in the world. I would cuddle John too, or course. A lot. ;D
cherish4cherish4 on October 5th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
This is the 2nd fic of yours that I've read and both of them have made me smile a lot.

I absolutely adore Cuddle/Hug fics and this is one of the best ones I've read.

Meming this right now.
Livia: Sherlock Drawinglivia_carica on October 5th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm rubbish at angst, so it makes me happy that my ramblings make people smile :)

Thank you for the mem too; it's quite flattering when people do that!
Testiclat McJunkpunch: cravat scarfstupid_drawings on October 6th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
D'Aaaaawwwwwwww! This is the best thing ever! I want more fic like this one <3
Livialivia_carica on October 6th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
If by "fic like this one" you mean "fluffy rubbish" then this is the journal for you! ;)

Thank you so much for reading and commenting! :)
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Allie: MST3Kcyranothe2nd on October 6th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
BRB, am dying of squee....
Livialivia_carica on October 6th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, noes! Sorry about that ;)

MST3K! \o/
terry: sherlocklemmesay on October 7th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
Love this fic so much! I can see Sherlock doing this. Very clearly so. (murder of the teddy bear made me laugh :D)


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Livialivia_carica on October 13th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
I want to see him shoot a teddy!
follow this feeling: Sherlock smiledoxxed_up on October 13th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
THIS: He’d been putting the teabags in the pot when long arms snaked around his belly and six feet of consulting detective plastered itself to his back. It made getting the milk from the fridge more than awkward. I have a story.

I have a very close friend who's seven years younger and 28 centimetres taller than me, and he does this whenever he visits and I happen to be in the kitchen. It's a very childlike, sweet thing to do -especially from a love-starved orphan, like my friend. It was cute the first eleven times, until I smashed like two dozens of eggs due to his being glued to my back. Never again, at least not in the kitchen.

This little fic made me smile and giggle because you made it so believable, and it brought back some utterly sweet moments. Thank you :)

Livialivia_carica on October 13th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Hee! That's a fabulous story. :) I was actually thinking about a little girl who I look after occassionally when I thought of that bit. She hugs *all* the time and once I had to make tea with her plastered around my waist. It made me laugh to think of Sherlock doing that to John, especially with the reverse height difference :)

I'm glad that the fic made you think of nice things :)
The Loch Ness Mobster ;-): doctor003curuchamion on October 23rd, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
*loves muchly*
Livialivia_carica on October 26th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
*thanks you muchly*
spes-unica.dreamwidth.org on October 25th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Awwww!

I love hugging!Sherlock fluff fic, and this is great.
Thanks for sharing!
Livialivia_carica on October 26th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
I would hug either one of them. Forever. Possibly until it became illegal. John just looks like he gives good hug ;)
Charlotte: Sherlock & Johnmusical_lottie on November 3rd, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ohso gorgeous! 'BRB, dying of teh cute' is, I believe, an appropriate expression XD
Livialivia_carica on November 3rd, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Hee! Althought only appropriate when actually leaving to die of teh cute. :)
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theprophetrasstheprophetrass on November 11th, 2010 07:51 am (UTC)
Too adorable to convey into words. I'm choking on the fluff, but in a good way I suppose.
Livialivia_carica on November 11th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
You can't deny the fluff ;D
Miss Bianca: sherlock john and HANDaxolotltoast on November 25th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
My vocal response: Aaaaawwwww! ...Awwwww!

Very sweet c:
Livialivia_carica on November 25th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you :)
red_chapelred_chapel on January 26th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
I love it when something REALLY makes me laugh out loud, and this line did it: "there was something more than faintly ridiculous and slightly obscene about the sight of a grown man hugging a blanket with a look of intense concentration on his face". Great piece!
Livialivia_carica on February 12th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
I liked that mental image. Just John watching him trying to cuddle a blanket *intensely* made me laugh :)

Thank you :)
cold_teacold_tea on February 11th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
That was funny! and lovely and funny!
(and also Mycroft - bless)
Write more, please :D
Livialivia_carica on February 12th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) I will certainly try! :D
dauphkantusdauphkantus on June 9th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
You had me strung along on fluffy goodness until the last lines which made me snerk so LOUD I realized my 'blasting' music wasn't even loud enough to cover it (so i turned it down anyway).

Silly silly dear.
Livialivia_carica on June 25th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
hee! It's cheesy but satisfying!
most excellently twistedfanbot on June 25th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I want to hug this story. and you.
Livialivia_carica on June 25th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
I have kind of a soft spot for this story. It's so silly :)
Sheltieshel_chan on June 29th, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
Utterly adorable! Adding to my headcanon, loving how they're so in character! (esp. John)
Plus how Sherlock used to cuddle with Mycroft, bjgfsrrrljalsorelevanttomyheadcanon. *flails too much to add more*
talimenios79talimenios79 on August 12th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
Awwww. This was so cute.
hobbylobbyhobbylobby on August 13th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
<333 FOREVER
Livialivia_carica on August 14th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
:)

Thank you :D
thaliamousathaliamousa on November 3rd, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Awesome
Are these on Fanfiction? Because I feel like I'm being given a plethora of wonderful little gifts to read... =)
lutamiralutamira on November 9th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I will never tire of fics where

a. Sherlock crawls into John's bed for comfort and John lets him
b. Cuddling is the method of communication Sherlock uses to let John slowly come to terms with the fact that the two of them are basically loves forever.

This is a perfect example of the specimen and makes me utterly happy.
exbexexbex on November 24th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
This is both hilarious and endearing, and the ending is brilliant.
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