She lay awake on her bed, watching the minutes tick by on the alarm clock,trying not to wake the man beside her.

"Bloody insomnia…" she muttered, perhaps a bit too loudly.

The man stirred and blinked awake, glancing at the timeas he did so. One look at her and he knew she had been sleepless again.

It's the third time this week…" she said quietly. She knew he could read her like a book, knew that he knew what she had been doing.

"It's the stress. You work yourself too hard."

"I have to…"

He sighed and pulled her closer. She was so stubborn, took on so much responsibility, couldn't bear to let any of it go.

"No you don't… not to please me" he whispered in her ear before kissing her gently.

She closed her eyes and kissed him back, letting her mind shift away from the pressures of the world for the first time in weeks.

"…Thank you…"

He wrapped his arms around her, holding her tightly as she buried her face in his chest. He had no intent of letting go anythime soon. She needed him, and he would do anything she needed, whether she knew she needed it or not.

"Please don't let go of me…"

" I won't baby girl."

Hearing him speak those words, she closed her eyes contentedly. She felt safe, protected, like she didn't have to worry about anything. Nothing could hurt her now, not stupid people, not fear, nothing. She didn't know how long she lay like that, in the comfort of his arms, but eventually she felt the pull of sleep on her tired body. And somehow, before crossing the bridge into sleep's blissful darkness, she dreamt she felt him kiss her head and whisper three simple words in the sincerest way.

"I love you…"

A/N: So, hello there! Glad you took the time to stop by my little drabble here. Really, there isn't much to be said. I couldn't sleep and this popped up... It's kinda short, but I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

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