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It was just a fact that your wellbeing was one of Gavin’s top priorities. He made it his goal to check in on you at least once a day through text and call and some nights when he was coming home from a late night parole he’d fly up to your apartment balcony and peek in, just to make sure you were in bed and asleep.

On some of the rare nights where he found you sitting on your couch or at your kitchen table, head bent over a book and eyes barely open, he’d let himself in before guiding you to your bedroom and holding you until you finally let sleep take your overtired body into a dreamland-like state.

Tonight was one of those nights, Gavin was out late staking out a potential crime scene and on his way home, he dropped onto your balcony, gently nudging the sliding glass door open and making his way over to you. Quietly, he rested his chin on the top of your head while leaning over the back of the kitchen chair you were sitting in, a blanket draped over your shoulders.

“Hey, let’s get you to bed.” as Gavin spoke, he watched as you lifted your head to him, your eyes glossy with tears and he immediately pulled you so you were standing, locked in a tight hug. “It’s alright, I promise you whatever it is, we will get through this.”

Pressing a kiss to your forehead, Gavin gingerly picked you up and you wrapped your legs around his waist, your head immediately finding its spot in the crook of his neck as he carried you to the bathroom, setting you on the counter and filling up a disposable cup with water.

As you drank, Gavin quickly grabbed your pajamas you had folded neatly on your bed and brought them back to you, helping you pull your old tee off and get into something more comfy before doing the same with the pants. Once you were all situated for bed, he once again picked you up, only to lay you down on your bed. Gavin’s eyes never left yours as he shrugged off his jacket and jeans, leaving himself in some boxers and a tee shirt and he crawled in under the covers next to you.

Laying so close your noses brushed and your breath mingled, Gavin brushed a piece of hair out of your eyes and wiped a tear that started to fall. “What’s the matter?”

“I’m just stressed!” Your voice came out in a broken sob as more tears flowed down your cheeks. “School sucks, and I’m struggling to keep up with everything!”

Gavin bit back some tears, his heart breaking as your small frame shook from the heavy tears falling down your cheeks. “Is there anything i can do to help?”

As your eyes met his own watery ones, you bit your lip and shook your head. “I’m okay, I just need to learn to time manage more… but I’ll get there. Are you alright? You look upset.”

Gavin pressed a kiss to your forehead and his heart warmed as you nuzzled your way into his arms, head going to rest on his chest so you could listen to his heartbeat. “I’m not okay if you’re not okay.”  Admitting that wasn’t something he wanted to do, but seeing you like this was taking an emotional toll on him. He promised he’d never lie to you, so the honest truth is what he’d give you, even if it did cause his cheeks to burn in shame.

You pressed a gentle kiss to his chest and Gavin’s stomach tightened as he felt your breath on an intimate part of his body. Relaxing into him, you threaded your hand through one of his and your other rested on his chest, right beneath your head. “I promise I’m alright, it’s just a rough night. Tomorrow will be better.”

“Tomorrow will be better,” Gavin repeated as his free hand absentmindedly played with your hair. “You should get some rest.”

“So should you. You-” a huge yawn cut yourself off and Gavin could almost see you sheepishly smiling in the dark. “You had a long day today.” After a few moments of silence where all Gavin heard was your breathing, you spoke up. “Can you stay the night?”

“I’ll stay as long as you let me.” Gavin answered, honest once again. “I’m never leaving again without saying goodbye in person.”

“Good,” your voice came out strong and Gavin’s heart fluttered. You were so many things to him, a friend, a lover, ambitious, warm, but most importantly: you were the strongest person Gavin had ever met. You were the one person in the world he admired more than anyone.

“Goodnight, my love.” Gavin whispered into the black night, but there was no response back; all he could hear was your even breathing, and that was enough to lull him into the deepest sleep he’s had in possibly forever.