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Day Is Done

Title: Day is done

Author Eglantine_r

Rating G-ish

Word Count 250

Day Is Done

“Shh-- stop wiggling Horatio.”

Archie's hand on his shoulder, heavy as a lion's paw.

“If you keep jumping around it will pull.”

“I'm not jumping around.”

He pulled Horatio back between his knees by main force. Despite the threats the comb was gentle. He lifted the heavy curls off of Horatio's neck, and trailed his fingers over the skin underneath.

“Oh, that's--”

The back of his neck was white and innocent. Archie pressed a kiss to the hairline. He felt Horatio shiver as he smiled against the skin.

On the next pass the comb caught. Horatio yelped.

“What have you-- Horatio you have sea-weed in your hair. It is all stuck together here with kelp. How did you manage that?”

“It was windy.” Horatio's voice was muffled.


“On watch, last night. It was windy-- must have blown in there somehow.”

Archie gave a snort of astonishment, but his fingers, were deft and careful, working the hair free.

“Done now, Honeybee.”

“Oh, All right.” Neither of them moved. Archie's hands were stroking, pulling the curls out to watch them spring back again.

“Do you want to comb mine?”


Horatio's face was averted.

“I said-- ”

“Your knee, Archie.”

“Yes, that is my... knee.” Archie's voice was rather faint.

The fingers trailing there, the soft mouth...

“ Lets leave the comb for morning.”


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 14th, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
I alopogise. It will not let me cut text for some reason.
Jul. 14th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
It melted me... awwwww! Thank you!!!

*kicks stupid LJ* :)
Jul. 14th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It is a tiny moment for them, but clear I hope. Oh, and I meant apologise. (Unless you all prefer that I alopogise!)

Edited at 2012-07-14 07:28 pm (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)
The above was really Amaraal though it was Nodbears keyboard !
This is now me =

this is vintage Eglantine - short and full of the boys youth and loveliness and, of course,Archies knees

even Archies' knees as metaphorical erotic euphemism(like feet in Hebrew)

the bounding energy and life of these two so brings near the lives of their real counterparts too

in fact Archies knees and Horatio's wild curls - what more could one want

off to see Esmerelda_t with Amaraal today and to explore John Keats house - think this fic deserves a postcard from that venue of Romanticism with a capital r !

thank you !
Jul. 15th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
I like the notion of knees as a euphemism. Horatio's appreciating will begin, but likely not end there. (I think Archie is rather counting on that.)

Have a wonderful time at the Keats house. I do love Keats. Will you take pictures?
Jul. 15th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
Yes Amaraal took some pictures while we were there and also on the upstairs landing there was an elegant engraving of the harbour at Teignmouth which said

to the Right Honourable Viscount Lord Exmouth ! this engraving of Teignmouth etc etc

as Esmerelda T said what are the chances?

and thinking of Anteros, we found out that Fanny Brawn's younger sister, Margaret, wsa known in the family as "toots" !

more about the visit in a post tomorrow

and I think Horatio's appreciation will proceed in increasingly comprehensive though also increasingly incoherent movement as you say.
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