Sorry for the longer than usual delay in updating - I've barely been home for long enough to sleep, let alone have time to write since uni started up.
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Hopefully uni settles down a bit soon, but keep sending ideas in! Some ideas just flow beautifully, others not so much, hence why I haven't written up all that I've been suggested.
Finally, special thanks again to diana-of-wales for the idea for this fic.
7.) Gabriel and Riley get stuck sharing a hotel room
"Unfortunately, we only have one room left." The motel receptionist looked up from her computer. "Will that be an issue?" Gabriel glanced over his shoulder to the car just outside the motel, Riley fast asleep in the passenger side, her head leaning against the window.
"I think that'll be fine." The receptionist smiled and passed Gabriel the key.
"Checkout is at 10am, breakfast is included with the room, you'll find it just down the end of that hallway starting at 7." She gestured to a hallway to Gabriel's left. "Enjoy your stay," the receptionist smiled flirtatiously as Gabriel took the key and walked back to the car. Snow was beginning to fall and the temperature was dropping quickly, so Gabriel jogged back out to the car, climbing in and pulling the door closed behind him.
"Riley," he put a hand on her arm to wake her. She woke up immediately, blinking away the blurriness.
"Where are we?" She asked, stretching.
"About four hours out of Virginia," Gabriel replied. "I was falling asleep, and you're no help as a navigator, so I checked into a motel." Riley nodded sleepily.
"Good. After that last assignment, I could do with a real bed for a few nights." Gabriel agreed. Sleeping in abandoned wooden huts and forest floors for the past few nights meant that both agents were exhausted and aching.
"We'll take the sleeping bags in with us," Gabriel suggested. "I don't trust motel room linen." Riley nodded.
"Good call," she forced back a yawn. "Let's go now, I'm going to fall asleep any second." Gabriel grinned and reached into their packs that had been thrown carelessly into the back of the car. He somehow dragged two sleeping bags out, and passed one to Riley before they clambered out. Riley, stiff from sleeping sitting up stretched out her legs before following Gabriel into the relative warmth of the motel lobby.
"Home sweet home," Gabriel muttered as he pushed the door open. The room was far from sweet. It was a tiny room with a small double bed and a bathroom that didn't have a shower.
"Looks like you'll have to deal with my stench for another night," Riley joked. Gabriel replied instantly.
"And you with mine," he gestured to the bed. "Seeing as we'll be in close quarters again." Riley groaned.
"Is the universe trying to punish me?" She dropped the sleeping bag on the bed and sat down next to it. "I have to spend four nights in a forest with you, and now that we're so close to home, I have to be punished for another night?" Gabriel placed a hand on his chest, a wounded expression crossing his face.
"Wow, Riley. I didn't know you felt that way." Riley laughed and pulled her sleeping bag from the casing.
"Looks like you made a good call," Riley noted as she pulled back the duvet and immediately seeing stains on the sheets. "I don't think I'll use these pillows, either." She pulled the pillows off the bed and kicked her boots off. She pulled her gun from the holster and placed it on the bedstead next to her before unhooking her belt and curling it up next to her boots on the floor. Unzipping her sleeping bag and climbing inside, RIley glanced over to Gabriel who was sitting on the edge of the bed, staring out the window.
"Gabriel, you OK?" Riley finished zipping up her sleeping bag and she rolled onto her side to face him. "Gabriel?" She asked again when he didn't respond. He shook his head a few times.
"Yeah, I'm good." He mumbled, kicking his boots off and removing his belt and gun as Riley had done. "Just thinking." Riley rolled back onto her back.
"I think we've done enough thinking for a few days, Gabriel." She moved a hand behind her head, resting it on her elbow. "I need some sleep." She looked back over to Gabriel and smiled.
"Night, Riley." He smiled back.
"Night, Gabriel. Don't hurt yourself with that thinking." She heard Gabriel chuckle quietly as she turned the light on her bedstand off.
Riley woke a few hours later, shivering violently. She tucked her sleeping bag closer around her and pulled her knees up, but the cold seemed to have seeped in far enough that she couldn't warm up. Huddling as tightly as she could, Riley tried to stop her teeth from chattering, but to no avail.
"Can you stop with the shivering," Gabriel mumbled, sleep slurring his speech.
"I wish I could, Gabriel," Riley shivered back. "Except that it's freezing in here." Gabriel sat up and went to turn the light on, immediately withdrawing his arm when he was hit by the cold air.
"My God that's cold." Riley nodded. "I bet it's the receptionist. She's jealous that I didn't acknowledge her advances earlier." Riley laughed.
"Well maybe we should take advantage of that," Riley winked. "Give her something to think about."
"Why Riley Neal, you scheming minx." Gabriel chuckled and Riley shook her head.
"But seriously," she said. "Body heat is the best way to conserve heat." Gabriel grinned and unzipped his sleeping bag slightly.
"Would you like to join me, Agent Neal?" Riley rolled her eyes and quickly crawled out of her sleeping bag and awkwardly into Gabriel's. They shuffled around in the close space for a few moments until they both found a comfortable position, sharing as much body heat as possible. When Riley buried her face in the crook of Gabriel's neck, he jerked away quickly.
"Riley, you're freezing!" Gabriel wrapped his arm tighter around her waist.
"I know," she said, snuggling into Gabriel's chest. "That's why I'm in here, remember?" They fell into silence as they begun to feel their extremities warming up, and eventually, they fell asleep.
Gabriel woke at the first knock at the door. He blinked a few times, as he tried to figure out where he was before he remembered. Another knock at the door and Gabriel called out.
"Come in," Riley began to stir a little and Gabriel lightly ran his fingers through her hair until she settled again.
"Good morning," the receptionist from the night before pushed a cart into the room. "There was a problem in the kitchen this morning, so we're bringing meals to rooms today. Can I get you anything?" Riley was disturbed by the high pitched voice of the receptionist, and she properly woke up.
"Gabriel?" She mumbled, slightly dazed from the abrupt waking up.
"Morning Riley," Gabriel said, his arm still around her waist as it had been during the night. "Sleep well?" He asked turning to her. Riley shrugged.
"When it got warmer, I did," she replied smiling sweetly, quickly catching onto Gabriel's attempt to clear the receptionist from the room. Gabriel returned her smile.
"That's good," he replied, kissing her on the forehead. "What would you like for breakfast?" Gabriel asked, his fingers tangling themselves into Riley's on top of the sleeping bag.
"I'll have whatever you're having, honey," Riley had to force back a laugh as she glanced the evil eyes the receptionist was giving her.
Gabriel took the food from the receptionist who then turned and stormed from the room, pulling the cart with her. When the door was safely closed, Riley allowed the laughter to escape.
"Should I be concerned how easily you transitioned into a loving girlfriend?" Gabriel asked, turning to watch her.
"Concerned?" She asked incredulously. "You're the one that started it." Gabriel raised an eyebrow.
"Did I now?" Riley nodded. "So I'm incorrect in remembering a conversation last night then?" He asked, a grin spreading across his face. "In which you suggested that we give the receptionist something to think about?" Riley shook her head.
"You would be very incorrect." Gabriel nodded.
"Ok then. So would I also be incorrect in remembering that you're ticklish?" Riley's eyes widened.
"Gabriel, if-" he rolled over and pinned her legs underneath his as he targeted the ticklish point on her side. She immediately tired to escape his grip, but he held both her wrists captive with his free hand. "Gabriel, stop!" Gabriel shook his head.
"Admit that it was your idea!" He replied.
"Never!" Riley shot back, and Gabriel intensified the tickling. "Ok, ok," Riley caved a few moments later. "I admit it!" Gabriel grinned at her, leaning in closer to her face.
"I love you too, sweetie," Gabriel winked and kissed her on the forehead again before he rolled off her and dragged himself out of the sleeping bag.