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10 February 2009 @ 09:02 pm
 
Title: Catch Me While I'm Sleeping
Author: GypsyJr
Fandom: How I Met Your Mother
Pairing: Barney/Robin, established relationship
Warnings: Pure unadulterated fluff. Spoilers for ep. 4.14
Disclaimer: This is a work of fanfiction, and no copyright infringement or disrespect is intended.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: After living his life turned up to 11, Barney learns to appreciate the quiet moments.


He'd never admit it to anyone else, but Barney has a favorite part of the nights he spends with Robin.

It's not the obvious one, though their sex life is undeniably legendary. It's an understatement bordering on insanity to say that he's slept with a lot of women, but there's something different about going to bed with someone he actually cares about. He's looking forward to getting used to it.

It's not the afterglow either, though that's almost as awesome in its own unfamiliar way. Following their usual routine, Robin's settled down next to him, too far away to cuddle but close enough to lean her head against his and rest a hand on his chest. It's the perfect distance, comforting without being clingy, and one of these days he's going to ask her how she does it.

Shifting, he lays his hand just above the curve of her hip. He can smell her shampoo and feel sweat-dampened skin under his fingers as he listens to the pattern of her breathing. It's a sort of tactile pleasure unlike anything he's experienced before, but the best is still yet to come.

As the fog of endorphins wraps itself further around him, the world seems to narrow in scope until only the two of them exist. This is what he looks forward to the most, when all's said and done. New York City streets are never completely silent, even in the dead of night, but the ambient noise slowly fades away as he focuses on the sound of her sleepy murmurings. It's taken him months to identify what he's feeling at this moment, and even longer to recognize it as contentment.

He's spent the majority of his adulthood always looking for the next big thing, barely stopping to catch his breath, forever sprinting on a metaphorical treadmill to nowhere. In the immortal words of Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive, it's time to stop running.


Robin works late the following night. No one seems to be entirely sure why a morning show requires so many evening meetings, but she's assured him there's lots of planning to be done. He greets her at the door with a glass of wine, which she drinks half of in one go before kissing him hello.

"You would not believe the day I've had."

He holds his arms out and she leans into them, gasping as he kneads the tense muscles in her neck and shoulders. Her sigh turns into a purr as his hands move further down her spine. He's willing to bet she hasn't had a back rub like this since Argentina.

They settle in on the sofa, his hands still on her back, and he listens with half-feigned interest as she tells him about the female triplet snowboarders she interviewed earlier. She's well aware that he watches her show every day, but she still likes to talk about all the stories she's done recently. Coming from anyone else, it would have driven him crazy.

Finally she relaxes, leaning back against him. "I'm pretty exhausted right now. You mind if we call it a night?"

With a shake of his head, he lifts her in his arms in a rare moment of playfulness. She gives him a gentle shove, just to remind him that she's not a prize to be carried off into the sunset, but she laughs as he sets her down and plants a quick kiss on her forehead.

Listening in from the bedroom as she washes away the last of the day's stress, he wonders when this became everything he ever wanted.
 
 
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Phoenixda_phoenix13 on February 11th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Awwwww!!!

"This is what he looks forward to the most, when all's said and done. New York City streets are never completely silent, even in the dead of night, but the ambient noise slowly fades away as he focuses on the sound of her sleepy murmurings. It's taken him months to identify what he's feeling at this moment, and even longer to recognize it as contentment."

Loved that part, and the very last line. This was so cute, and it just fills my heart with love.
Hippie Geek Girl: HIMYM - shoulder leangypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Butterflysnogged on February 11th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Awww!!
Hippie Geek Girl: NPH - so cute it hurtsgypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading. :)
idioticonion: NPH New Darkidioticonion on February 11th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
>It's the perfect distance, comforting without being clingy, and one of these days he's going to ask her how she does it.

Brlliantly simple Robin characterisation there.

>In the immortal words of Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive, it's time to stop running.

This really speaks to me, for some reason. Being a bit obsessed with the running metaphor w.r.t. Barney!

>he wonders when this became everything he ever wanted.

I call "Doctor Horrible" reference!

I love this story so much.
Hippie Geek Girl: NPH - so cute it hurtsgypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
This really speaks to me, for some reason. Being a bit obsessed with the running metaphor w.r.t. Barney!

I think it fits him well - he really never slows down. (Also, I couldn't resist the action movie reference. ;)

I call "Doctor Horrible" reference!

Heh, it wasn't entirely intended as a reference, but the thought did cross my mind. :)

Thanks for reading and thanks for yet another fun comment. :)
Melissarps_lizardspock on February 11th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Aww! This was great!
Hippie Geek Girl: NPH - Elmo hugsgypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
Thank you!

(I could watch your icon all night...)
Rashka the Demon (wolf in the cave): Between the Barsrashaka on February 11th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
Wow, it's pretty great when someone writes these two as a fluffy, romantic couple and it works. I can picture this in my head, and I can imagine it making Barney weirdly happy, like reconciling the two versions of himself.
Hippie Geek Girl: HIMYM - shoulder leangypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. :)
Otemps: Barney/Robinotempora42 on February 11th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Aw, this is adorable. This works very well for them, too -- I can see Barney settling into a more conventional relationship, despite himself. So, kudos. :)
Hippie Geek Girl: HIMYM - shoulder leangypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I don't think they'll ever be entirely conventional, but I can see them getting pretty close. :)
flighty_dreams: bootycallflighty_dreams on February 11th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Very cute. Nice snapshot into what their lives might be like once they (finally!) settle into a relationship. :D And I loved the last line. Thanks for writing this!
Hippie Geek Girl: NPH - Elmo hugsgypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading! :)
Linsey: stock: pyjamagurlpyjamagurl on February 11th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Aww this was really sweet. I love that it was fluffy and domestic but still so true to Barney and Robin. Lovely ^__^
Hippie Geek Girl: HIMYM - shoulder leangypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
klutzy_girlklutzy_girl on February 11th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
This was just so cute. I loved this fic.
Hippie Geek Girl: NPH - so cute it hurtsgypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
Quinby: I have objections!quinby on February 11th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
*gigglefit* Everything he ever wanted, eh? Well, his alter ego might think differently.

..... now I want to do a crossover where Barney's Billy's twin brother.
Hippie Geek Girl: NPH - so cute it hurtsgypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Heh, well I know there's plenty of crossovers out there. :) And I SWEAR that wasn't an entirely intentional reference. XD
the mad lavenny 'shipper: rock n roll martian made by ponyboyone_more_cherry on February 11th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
*squeaks you posted it!*

Told you it was sweet and cute and utterly made of adorableness without overdoing the sugar (COF). Your Barney is so perfectly IC and you spun fluff without it being too fluffy. LOVELY 3>>
Hippie Geek Girl: NPH - so cute it hurtsgypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks once again. :D (*snicker*)
the mad lavenny 'shipper: ash + sheila - screencap by gypsyjrone_more_cherry on February 11th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Welcome! :)
Katie the Blue Kitten: HIMYM - Close up future Barney & Robinkatayla on February 11th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Still loving this!

Please, please let something like this happen on the show eventually.
Hippie Geek Girl: NPH - Elmo hugsgypsyjr on February 11th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Agreed! And thanks. :)