Temeraire - Granby/Tharkay
Somehow there’s nothing Granby needs to say to Tharkay to be understood. Somewhere, god knows where, Tharkay learnt how to read him. Tharkay always visits with a plausible explanation at the ready, but he stays out the way of other officers, and rarely announces his presence. He makes it terribly, blissfully easy. He makes it so Granby can breathe freely and still have this.
He reads Granby’s needs, his hands on Granby’s body, firm, without fuss. It’s only towards the end that he gets demanding, his hands tighten, his lips betray his urgency. He treats Granby like his greatest reward.