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Bingo Fic: Cuddling Up

Title: Cuddling Up

Author: badly_knitted

Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Tosh/Owen, Gwen, Andy, Mickey, Nosy, Dizzy & Myfanwy

Rating: PG

Word Count: 965

Summary: It’s unseasonably cold and the team need to find a way to stay warm.

Spoilers: None.

Warnings: None.

Written For: My [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo square Cuddle.

Beta: None but yours truly.

Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood or any of the characters. Which is sad.
A/N: Happy Birthday zazajb! Hope you enjoy your special day!

A/N2: KitandMip, this one’s for you – you’ll know why!






It was the middle of June but the weather had suddenly turned freezing with the arrival of a rogue weather system, much to the team’s disgust.



It wouldn’t have been so bad except that as it was technically summer now, at least according to the calendar, the Hub’s heating had automatically switched itself off two weeks earlier. Ianto had told them it could be manually re-started, but that it would take at least a week for the Hub to warm up again, which wouldn’t do anything to help them today.



The lack of heating might not even have mattered if they’d been busy; running around all day dealing with Rift alerts certainly kept a body warm. It was just their luck that the cold spell coincided with a lull in Rift activity, leaving them with nothing to do. Even their outstanding paperwork had all been completed the previous day.



So here they were, shivering, breath making clouds in the cold air, cradling steaming coffee mugs between frozen hands, and cursing Jack for sending all the Hub’s winter bedding to the dry cleaners at the start of the week. That meant there wasn’t even a thick blanket or cosy duvet available to wrap themselves in; all they had were the clothes they’d been wearing this morning before the weather had turned, and whatever they’d had in their lockers, which wasn’t much.



It was alright for Myfanwy, she still had her duvet and was snuggled under it up in her aerie, flatly refusing to let anyone share it. The unexpected cold weather and rapidly approaching storm front had put her in a bad mood because she couldn’t go out flying, so she was taking her temper out on everybody and wouldn’t even be bribed with chocolate. Ianto knew; he’d already tried.



“We’re all going to freeze to death if we stay here,” grumbled Owen. “We’d be better off at home.”



“Feel free to leave,” snapped Ianto, “but I don’t fancy anyone’s chances out there today. The last forecast I was able to get said the storm would hit land within the next hour; wind speeds are already at eighty miles per hour and expected to reach over a hundred. We’re in for a battering over the next twelve hours or so, with torrential rain and lightning as well as the gales. Head for home if you like, but if you don’t get swept out to sea and drowned, you stand a good chance of being hit by lightning, falling masonry, branches, maybe even flying sheep if you’re really unlucky.”



“Ha ha, very funny, Tea Boy. Okay, so going home is out, turning the heating back on is pointless… What are we going to do?”



“We should all cuddle to conserve body heat,” said Andy. “That’s what we were always told on the force anyway.”



Owen sighed and drained his coffee mug.



“Much as I hate to admit it, he’s actually right. If we all cuddle up together, wrapped in whatever blankets our idiot boss didn’t send to the cleaners…”



“Hey! I resent that! I was just doing the same thing we do every year. How was I supposed to know we’d need them? This storm took even the meteorologists by surprise, it was supposed to miss Britain completely.”



“Weather forecasters always get it wrong,” grumbled Gwen. “They tell you that you don’t need a brolly, so you leave it at home and get drenched. Are we sure this weather doesn’t have anything to do with the Rift?”



“Quite sure,” Tosh replied. “I already checked and it’s completely natural. Two weather systems collided, which sent this one off its predicted course. It happens sometimes.”



“Right, I’ll fetch what blankets and sheets are available,” Ianto decided. “You lot push the sofas together so there’s room for all of us. There are a couple of dozen thermos flasks in the kitchen cupboards; we’ll fill half with soup and half with hot drinks. We’ll be fine.”



Everyone scurried off to do what they could to help.




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Once preparations were completed, they all crawled into their makeshift nest, cuddling each other in an attempt to get warm.



“Hot water bottles would have been nice,” sighed Tosh.



Mickey looked sheepish.



“Sorry.”



“Not your fault,” Jack told him. “That was a stroke of genius, using them as booby-traps to stop the invasion last week. Worked like a charm.”



“I ordered replacements, they just haven’t arrived yet,” Ianto added.



Even down in the Hub, they could hear the wind howling outside. It made them feel even colder.



“This isn’t working,” Gwen said through chattering teeth. “We’re all so cold we don’t have any body heat to share.”



Before anyone could reply, there was a soft slithering sound and a querulous hum. Two fluffy heads, one green and one mostly purple, appeared, peering at the team in puzzlement.



“We’re freezing our arses off, if that’s what you want to know,” Owen informed Torchwood’s resident Fluffs. “Feel free to join us if you’re cold, but I guarantee it won’t help you. Frostbite is imminent.”



Nosy and Dizzy hummed to each other for a moment then slithered up to join their friends, wrapping thick, furry coils around everyone in the biggest and fluffiest cuddle they could manage.



“They’re so warm!” Tosh exclaimed in astonishment, burying her hands in Dizzy’s thick fur. The others all copied her, marvelling at the heat radiating from the friendly aliens.



“Saved by the Fluff!” Ianto smiled. “It’s like being cuddled by an electric blanket that loves you.” Everybody laughed and Nosy hummed happily.



The rest of the day was spent cuddled together warm and cosy, wrapped in their living blanket, cracking jokes, singing songs and telling stories. Somehow the cold weather and the storm raging outside didn’t seem nearly as bad after all.



The End



Comments

Aw, this was lovely. I'm so jealous of their fluffy body warmers. I do have a few of my own, but they're not really cuddlers, and they shed.
I imagine Nosy and Dizzy shed too, but they make up for it with cuddles!

Thank you!
Good idea - I want to cuddle with them, too! \o/
Group hug! :D
It would be very snuggly and warm, just right in this current chilly spell! Nothing better than a nice warm Fluff!

Thank you!
Awwww, saved from the cold by the Fluffs. That's just sweet and adorable. :)
There are times I'd just really like a snuggly Fluff to cuddle!


Thank you!
Cuddles!!! That was so tender!!!
Loved it!!!
Big hug!!!
Thank you! They just really needed some Fluff love to stay warm!

*hugs back*
D'aww! XD It's warm here, so I can't imagine the coldness, but snuggling up to Fluffs sounds amazing!

(mom, I want one! can we get one?)
LOL! It's been chilly here today, which really helped me to write this one!

I want a Fluff too =)

Thank you!
awww this is so sweet that it will give me cavities!
Nosy and Dizzy are very good friends to their human beings!
They're the perfect pets/friends, always thinking of others =)

Thank you!
ooh - I really like this Fluffy story! I can see them all cuddling up together.
One big ball of humans and Fluffs, tangled together keeping each other warm while the storm rages outside! There's nothing cozier!

Thank you!
Who needs a hot water bottle when you have Fluffs.

Great story.
Hot water bottles are obsolete if ypu have a Fluff or two around!

Thank you!
Nosy and Dizzy save the day with cuddles.
You can alwayd count on your Fluff!

Thank you!
That's exactly what I needed last winter...a pair of Fluffs to keep me warm. Aw...
They're better than Duvets, electric blankets and hot water bottles combined!

Thank you!
Gorgeous fluff fic and resulted in a huge smile and warm fuzzies all over.
TY J for your support and patience when I'm very much in my hermit cave atm!!! I do hope to emerge over the summer and try and have a bit of a life!!!
Your card is beautiful and thank you from the bottom of my heart *squishy hug*
With love
D xxx
Thank you! *hugs*

Glad the card got to you so wquickly, I'm just sorry it was late - I haven't been doing very well this year at keeping track of the date, which is also why I'm scrambling to finish my bingo at the last minute, lol!

Glad you enjoyed the Fluff and I hope the summer will help you to gfeel better =)

Love, J xxx
Aww, warm and toasty Fluffs save the day! Talk about the best blanket ever! :D
If you're cold, there's nothing cozier than snuggling with Fluffs!

Thank you!
Aww made me feel all warm and fuzzy :-)
What a lovely fluffy fic!
*grins* Thank you! May my fluff inspire you to write some more yourself!

How goes it? I have two more to write still. Out at the opticians this morning getting my eyes tested and picking out this year's frames so I haven't written anything today. Yet. I still hope to at least start one.
It amazes me that Jack is not made ​​a remark to the proposal Andy!
Ianto has really disciplined Jack!!

It's not fair!
we haven't of Nosy!! ;-)
We could all do with a Nosy sometimes.

Even Jack was too cold to make any comments on Andy's propsal, lol! He just wanted to snuggle with Ianto in the hope they might both get warm.

Thank you!