Inspired by the prompt: "Imagine person A’s reaction to waking up in the middle of the night and hearing person B quietly crying next to them in bed."
At first, Danny isn’t sure what woke him. He can hear the waves crashing against the beach, but they don’t keep him awake like they did when he first moved here. He was lying on his side with his back to Steve who, he realised, had rolled away from him. Danny let his eyes drift shut again, only for them to snap open again when he heard something that sounded very much like someone sniffing. Rolling over onto his other side, Danny could make out Steve; he had his back to him and was burrowed in the sheets.
“Steve? Babe, you okay?” He whispered, reaching out to touch his lovers shoulder, thumb gently stroking. Steve turned over and grabbed his shirt as if it were his lifeline, fingers twisting in the material. His eyes opened, letting a single tear out as Danny brushed his fingers against his jaw. Thumb swiping the tear away, Danny leaned in and pressed his lips to Steve’s, who instantly relaxed when he felt Danny’s arms come around him and pull him closer, rolling onto his back so that Steve could settle into his side.
“Nightmare.” Steve mumbled into his partners shoulder, fingers still holding onto his shirt. “Sorry I woke you, Danno.”
“Hey, don’t ever apologise to me. I know you still struggle with them, but I love you and I’ll always be there for you, okay?” Danny said, running a hand soothingly down his back. Steve looked up into his partners’ eyes, his own closing when Danny cupped his face and brushed their lips together. Sighing, Steve sunk down into Danny, face in the crook of his neck. Breathing in the comforting scent of his lover, he smiled.
“Love you too, Danno.”