John and Sherlock had only been lovers a fortnight when they decided to share a bedroom. Actually, Sherlock decided, twenty-six reasons list in hand, and John nodded.
As he readied for sleep that first night, John realised there was something they hadn’t discussed. John liked to cuddle after sex but when it came to actually sleeping, he needed space. Space that didn’t include a partner right against him as Sherlock had done the few times they’d dozed. John tried to think about how to approach the matter without Sherlock believing he was being rejected.
His mind was still blank when Sherlock came in and changed for bed. Getting under the duvet, the two men faced each other.
“I’m afraid there is something I must share with you,” Sherlock confided. “My research found romantic couples are expected to sleep extremely close to one another, if not entangled. I have tried to do this. However, I find such a sleeping arrangement uncomfortable. It’s also far too warm. I am accustomed to having, and need, my own space.”
Relieved, John giggled, “I’m the same way.”
Sherlock smiled, “We agree then?”
“Yes, Sherlock, we agree.” John’s eyes twinkled.
Soon both were asleep. And while they may not have been wrapped up in one another, they were connected throughout the night as their feet continually brushed.