Rafael opened the door slowly, and sighed deeply. The house was already dark, as it had been lately on account of his coming home deep into the night. This case was heavy, as his work usually was, and he tried his best to leave it in the office. However, that meant he was in his office longer than he should’ve. Not bringing work home with him was his condition, but he missed her. She was either at work or asleep when he finally made it back. This was draining.
Rafael left his dinner in the fridge, not hungry. He opened their bedroom door and found her asleep, hugging his pillow. A small smile spread across his face, and he got ready for bed as quietly as he could.
“Rafi?” Her small, sleepy voice called to him. The bed weighed down from where he crawled to her and he planted a kiss on her cheek.
“I didn’t mean to wake you. Go back to sleep.” His voice was gentle and almost lulled her back to sleep, but she fought it. Her hands reached up to cup his face and she kissed him.
“Not until you come to bed with me.”
“I’m right here.” She wiggled over and Rafael got into bed. Immediately, he took her in his arms and she rested her head on his chest. “Warm enough?” He felt her fuzzy socks, sweats, and sweater. She shook her head.
“You’re gonna have to keep me warm.” She was already dozing off again. Rafael kissed her forehead, and held her close. “Tell me about your day?”
“You know I don’t like bringing home work with me.”
“I wanna hear about your day, not the case.” She kissed his chin and found stubble. It must be a heavy case if he wasn’t shaving.
“I woke up, admired you while you got ready for you shift in the hospital. You were wearing those cute scrubs.”
“Rafi, you. Not me.” Her voice was getting softer. She was drifting off.
“I went to work. Worked until lunch. Carmen got me those tacos at that place you know. God, Sonny came and wanted some.”
“And you shared, right?” She opened an eye, and Raf smiled down at her. “Right?”
“Yeah, I got him his, don’t worry. We had a good lunch, talked about guy stuff.”
“Guy stuff? Sounds serious.” She teased. “About girls and such? Did I make an appearance?”
“Yes, babe, we talked about you all day. Then we braided each other’s hair and did face masks.”
“One time.” She laughed. “I made you do it once, and don’t pretend you didn’t like it.”
“I loved it.”
“Then what happened?”
He chuckled. “Then Sonny took us to the precinent. We did case work, then I came home and saw the most beautiful woman laying in bed. I admired her, thinking about how lucky I was to have her in my life. Then I got into bed with her and cuddled because she’s such a weirdo and is always cold. But I guess that makes her lucky since I’m so hot-” Her breathing was shallow, her body was relaxed. Tangled around him, Rafael got comfortable and just watched her a moment longer before joining her in sleep.