|Trope · Genre|
|Related:||Gen Bed Sharing|
|See Also:||Smarm, H/C|
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Gen Bathing gets two characters into the shower, or bathtub, together for reasons other than sex.
The trope is usually employed as an off-shoot of hurt/comfort, with the emotional and physical comfort offered after bad dreams, emotional meltdowns, and physical injury. Both characters are portrayed as finding relief with this close contact.
- In The Sentinel/Nash Bridges story "No Center Line" by LRH Balzer Blair is bathed by both Jim and Simon after a bad experience: "They made it look so natural: Simon working more shampoo into Blair's hair, trying to erase the smell of death. Jim helping his partner soap down his legs and feet. It wasn't a parent bathing a child. Or a lover his beloved. But yet it was both. An extension of one being to encompass another. It was almost as though there were no lines dividing them. No walls to say where one began and the other ended. Strength flowed from one to the other, particularly between the partners, but also between them and their captain."
- In the Starsky and Hutch story, Alone by Daydreamer, Starsky bathes his traumatized partner, "He spent a few minutes wondering how he was going to manage this task, then shrugged and stripped himself. He pulled Hutch to his feet, took the robe off and helped him into the shower. Once the blond was seated on the stool, Starsky lathered the washrag and began with Hutch's back. He washed slowly and carefully, continuing to be appalled at how thin and wasted Hutch had become."
- From the Sherlock (BBC) story, No Incentive So Great by thisprettywren: "“Here,” John said, “inch forward a bit.” He leaned down to pull off his socks and then simply slid into the tub behind Sherlock, heedless of his clothing, fitting his legs around either side of Sherlock’s hips and pulling the other man back to lean agains this chest. “Better?"“