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Tin Man fic: In Sickness

Title: In Sickness
Characters/Pairing: Glitch/Cain
Rating: PG13
Summary: Soothing a fever. Shameless fluff.
Author's Note: For kseda. Unedited and half-asleep...I hope it doesn't suck too much. *hugs*


Another ten minutes had passed, another touch of the back of his hand to Glitch’s forehead and Cain’s concern only grew. They had only lived in their newly built cabin for a few weeks, not having time to think of such things as stocking up on common medicines. In their haste to complete construction before the heavy snowfall hit, neither man had remembered to make a visit to town for supplies.

They had enough food and water, the plumbing system functioning perfectly well with Glitch’s ingenious design making a mockery of the frozen soil that surrounded it. Wood for the fire had been brought in when the weather had began taking a turn for the worse, snow piling up at a worrying rate.

Now, with every passing hour, the snow grew deeper, the lights flickered and threatened to give out completely, and Glitch’s fever continued to climb.

Bundled in warm, soft pajamas, Cain sat on the edge of the bed while Glitch, delirious and rarely lucid enough to reply to even simple inquiries, shivered and sweated and whimpered through his illness. “Shhhh,” Cain soothed absentmindedly, using a wet facecloth in a vain attempt at comfort.

There was no going for help; the weather had made certain of that. All there was left to do was use what he had on hand to keep Glitch from burning up from the inside.

One more rewetting of the cold cloth, replacing it on a hot forehead and Cain stood. He kept the door between the rooms ajar and his ears open for sounds of distress as he filled the claw-footed bathtub with cold water. As the water rose, he tracked down a few candles left lying around from a more intimate evening and set them up around the room, prepared in case the electricity failed. The last thing was to ensure that there was a stack of towels within reach.

Shucking off his shirt, Cain returned to the bedroom. He had already stripped Glitch of most of his clothes earlier in the day so now all he had left to do was wrestle Glitch out of his thin sleep pants.

“Not really my idea of a hot date,” Cain continued his commentary, though he suspected nothing he said was getting through the thick haze of fever. He moved up and slipped an arm under Glitch’s shoulders, the other under his knees. Glitch’s whole body convulsed, too weak to fight much longer. Cain held on tighter than strictly necessary and carried Glitch to the waiting tub.

Glitch yelled in protest of the treatment when he was immersed in the cold water and Cain had to move quickly to keep Glitch from smacking his head back against the edge of the tub. Cain folded one of the towels up and draped it over the end, creating a makeshift cushion.

“Take it easy,” Cain kept his voice even, though he was shaking almost as hard as Glitch. He used his hands to pull water up over Glitch’s body, cooling as thoroughly as he could. The occasional cupped hand would drift up to the top of Glitch’s head. Cain watched as the droplets wove through the tendrils of hair and ran down the length of the zipper in a neat river, ending up soaking into the towel under Glitch’s head.

“Too cold,” Glitch moaned, uncoordinated hands splashing water in Cain’s direction. “...too cold...please...”

“Just for a little longer, sweetheart,” Cain told him, hating the way Glitch was shivering and how his body was far too tense. But he could tell the cold was helping; Glitch’s fever-bright eyes were watching him with more steady focus, his flushed face was fading into a more pale pink. The bath wasn’t a cure, not by far, but maybe it would buy Glitch more time, time that Cain needed to wait out the winter storm until he could make it to town and find the local doctor.

Glitch’s white fingers wrapped around Cain’s wrist briefly, Glitch releasing a shuddering sigh. “Why?”

Cain swallowed thickly, leaning forward to press in lips against Glitch’s forehead for the umpteenth time that day. It was much cooler to the touch and Cain was grateful that he had not put Glitch through this painful ordeal for nothing. “Because you take care of me when I need help. Because this is what we do.”

“Can I get out now?” Glitch shifted awkwardly, his head pushing back against the towel, exposing his long throat. “Please?”

Taking a moment to run his hands over Glitch’s body, Cain checked to make sure the scorching heat had been temporarily diminished then finally nodded. “Hold still for a second,” he instructed, reaching behind himself for a towel. Shaking it out with one hand, he grimaced as he stood on stiff legs. Towel draped over one shoulder, he reached down to help Glitch stand. “Don’t move, let me get you dried off.”

“I get the feeling if I tried to go anywhere I’d fall right on my ass,” Glitch shivered, unselfconscious in his nudity. He moaned with contentment when Cain wrapped the large towel around Glitch’s shoulders.

Cain let Glitch get a good grip on his arm then guided him slowly out of the tub. Drying off the rest of Glitch swiftly, Cain led him back to the bedroom and under the covers. “Better?”

Glitch closed his eyes and nodded jerkily, tugging at the blankets fitfully. “I guess I was in pretty bad shape for you to toss me into the lake like that.”

“It was the bathtub, not the lake, but yes, you were,” Cain could hear his worry seep back into his voice. He rubbed his eye with the base of his palm, long since having lost track of the time of night. “Go back to sleep.”

“You, too,” Glitch reached out and pulled at Cain’s sleeve. “I bet you haven’t slept at all.”

“I know you’re feeling better now, but that fever of yours isn’t gone yet,” Cain stroked his fingers over Glitch’s forehead and into his damp hair. “Just lay there and let me take care of you.”

Glitch rolled onto his side and curled around Cain’s body, keeping one of Cain’s hands between his own. “Love you.”

Cain bent over and kissed Glitch’s temple. “Love you, too. I’ll be right here if you need me.”

“I always need you,” Glitch mumbled, already half asleep.





( 26 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 8th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
....awwwww! ♥ I must repeat my statement that Cain men make perfect wives.

Now to dutifully bash out that thing for you. Yes.
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
They really, really do. *grin!*
Dec. 8th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
-squee- I want to take a bath now just so I can splash in excitement at how cute this was.

You have a way of tugging at just the right heart strings.
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Awww thanks!!! :D There's no such thing as too much bath fic!
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
did i ever need this fluff right now. thank you.

(and what does it say about me that i was hoping Glitch would be the one with the fever?)
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Awww! You're quite welcome! Sometimes we all need a little bit of comfort fluff!

(It says you have very good taste in your choice of woobie? *grin*)
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
god, yes. *pops in DVD to watch that fight scene again, because the hallmark of a quality woobie is that he can stop for short intervals*

speaking of which, i need an animated icon.
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
All the candles! I loved the detail of Cain putting the towel over the edge so Glitch had somewhere soft to lay his head, such a tender touch.
Ah, poor Cain, he can certainly make the tough calls when he has to, can't he?
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
*squishes Cain* As Kseda says, Cain men make the best wives. *GRIN!* Thanks, sweetie!!
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)

I want to cuddle in a blanket now.
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Awww! *cuddles you with Buford*
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Awwww... this was just the thing on a terrible horrible no-good very bad day! *feels all warm and squishy inside*
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Yay!!! *gives you a warm, squishy hug* That's just what this is for!
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Awww...that didn't suck at all! What are you worrying about? :-D

That was sweet and adorable and the sort of fic you want to take to bed in place of a teddy bear at night.

“I guess I was in pretty bad shape for you to toss me into the lake like that.”

*chuckles* Poor Glitch!
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Yay! Good to hear, since I was falling asleep while writing it. :D That's such a lovely image and very kind of you ty say! *giggles* Thank you so much!

*hugs your icon and wants to take it to bed*
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
*new member~!* D'Awwww... Is it bad that I enjoy seeing cute lil' ukes in distress? Just so their special someone can make them feel better? *splash splash* Poor Glitch...no one likes a cold bath...

...I want something to cuddle with now...*buries face in comforter* Surranndie can join me for rocking so much?
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Heee! Welcome, new member! :D Nope, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a craving for hurt/comfort. (In fact, there's plenty more of that to be had HERE on my master list of fic. If, you know, you have lots of time on your hands...*grin*).

Thanks so much for the lovely comment! *cuddles with you*
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
This was so sweet, it even distracted me from my brain telling me what temperature water should be when someone has a fever! And for a fic to stop me from listening to my brain's fact spouting then it must be a pretty good read =D
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
*snerk* We'll just go with the assumption that the water was vaguely room-temperature. *Glitch nod* 'Cause I'm lazy with the research sometimes. :D Thank you so much!
Dec. 9th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
*Wants to cuddle in with them* Gaah it's really cold out.. But I rarely EVER get fevers.

Although this kinda sounds creepy, in a way I bet Cain's fatherly instincts are brewing out. *shakes head* It's not just Boy Scout Syndrome. That man knows how to take care of anyone he loves very much. Glitch just happens to be at the core of that. <3
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's such a lovely thought! Kseda always says it best: the Cain men make the best wives! *grin* Thank you kindly for reading, as always! :D
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Yes yes yes. And I wish I could do more than that! I'm on every day until 7:50 or so. Depends on how late the library is open. We MUST arrange a chat date on mIRC. I feel like crap for missing it last time.
Apr. 13th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
\o/ Oh, the fluff. It is the best. :D I am just absolutely in love with your writing. And that last line? My heart? Melted.
Apr. 13th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Awww thank you so much!! *HUGS* Fluff is a very good thing. *Glitch nod*
Apr. 13th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling I'm just gonna be hanging around your journal every free minute I get over the next few days :)
Apr. 13th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Bwahaa! *GRIN* That's a wonderful compliment! :D Hopefully the master list comes in handy!
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