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Title: Sacre Coeur
Author: Mamaorion
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 127158 words (including appendices; actual story is around 95,000 words)
Rating: Mature
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: Memories return. Old secrets are unearthed. Seven years of hidden love ignite. Who is behind the mind control, and how far back does it reach into Sherlock's past?

This multi-chapter patchwork fixit fic diverts from the path at season three and turns season 4 into a collage. This was the Johnlock I wanted. May it be healing for you, too.

Reccer's comments: This is marvelous storytelling, with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It re-imagines Season 3 in a whole new light, and therefore Season 4 -- well. I don't want to give away too much. But the tale involves memory loss, secret organizations, and a backstory that includes Sherrinford as the third Holmes sibling (and what a delightful, if flawed, character he is.) Mary is a marvelous villain here, done in a way that I wish the show would have done. There are flashbacks to Sherlock's teenage years, where *everything* begins, and connects neatly with all the events in canon up to, and partially inclusive of, Series 3.

And of course, at the heart of it all is the love between Sherlock and John.
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Title: (Never) Turn Your Back to the Sea
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] DiscordantWords 
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson 
Length: 39968
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None 
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: 

Baker Street is very much the same. Only different. 

And Sherlock is just trying not to drown.

Reccer's comments:

The smiley face was wrong.

No, not wrong exactly, it was impossible for such a thing to be wrong but—

Perhaps different was the better word.

The smiley face was different.

It had been a good effort. An excellent effort. He'd found replacement wallpaper in the same design as the original. John had even gone out and purchased a can of Michigan hardcore propellant in the proper shade. He'd gotten the placement mostly right. Sherlock had provided the bullet holes himself.

And yet it wasn't quite the same.

The differences were subtle. The yellow paint intersected with the wallpaper pattern slightly lower than it had before (likely due to John's shorter stature.) The paint had been applied with a heavier hand, a more measured, controlled spray compared to his own broad bored sweep all those years ago.

The effect was—unsettling.

Full disclosure: I bid on this author for the Fandom Trumps Hate charity auction on on Tumblr and this is the story that came out of it, so I have a very personal connection.

This amazing post-S4 story deals with the aftermath of all that has happened, particularly the events in The Final Problem, from Sherlock's perspective. To crib some of what I've said about this fic elsewhere, I love how this story ties together so many of the loose ends we were left with once the series ended. This story approaches TFP from a canon viewpoint: TFP is real and this is what happened during and after. It has some of the most chilling scenes (featuring Eurus Holmes), some of the most heartbreaking (featuring Gloria Trevor), and some of the most uplifting (featuring Sherlock and little Rosie Watson). 

This is a beautifully written story that runs an emotional gamut from anxiety and unease and fear, to healing and warmth and brotherhood and so much love. We come full circle with Sherlock as he works to heal himself and to make Baker Street truly home. Yes, it's Sherlock/John endgame, but the focus is more on Sherlock and how he deals with all that has happened. I don't hate TFP as much as some- in fact, I found much to love- but this story has given me answers I needed, the emotional closure I craved, and it has made rewatches that much more enjoyable. 
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Title: Heirs and Assigns
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] splix
Pairing: Gen
Length: 2541
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Major Character Death
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Uncle Rudy sits Mycroft down for tea and a chat.

Reccer's comments:

Uncle Rudy reached out with one blunt finger and pressed it against Mycroft's chest. "About Eurus - guard your heart and soul. Do what you must to protect yourself and Sherlock."

This brilliant story not only gives us a quite plausible backstory on how the secret of Eurus comes to be Mycroft's responsibility, but it also gifts us with a deeply moving look at young Mycroft and his relationship with his beloved Uncle Rudy. Eurus might spend most of the story off screen, but her chilling presence is felt throughout and we learn just how frightening she truly is. Uncle Rudy is brought to magnificent life here as he prepares a young Mycroft for what lies ahead; the love and respect between them is both incredibly touching and ultimately heartbreaking in light of all that awaits them.

SPOILER: Just to reassure anyone who might need it before diving into this story, the character death is not Mycroft's.
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Title: Thirteen Dances (Or, The Doctor Dances)
Author: Knackorcraft
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 17,544 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Written in response to this kink meme prompt: "John is a great dancer: we're talking all types. Not only is he able to pop and lock it, he's got some great ballet technique. He was best at lifting / holding girls." Thirteen chapters, thirteen dances, interwoven in two parallel tracks: John's past and his present. And maybe his future, too. (I do love a happy ending with a bit of smut.)

Reccer's comments: This is the quintessential fic for those who wanted to see that scene of Sherlock teaching John to waltz for the wedding. Only in this fic (written prior to series 3), it's John who teaches Sherlock. To tango. And yes, it's everything you hoped for and more.

John is the ultimate BAMF here, wowing all the lads and ladies with his moves both on and off on the dance floor. It's all done with complete aplomb and understatement, though, never turning John into some kind of flamboyant dancing wunderkind but keeping him grounded and quietly confident, making his dancing talents as natural a part of him as his gun-wielding or jumper-wearing. We get a broad survey of John's life through dance, from ballet lessons as a child to high school disco parties and a brief stint as the star of a viral YouTube video from his time in the army.

And woven through it all is the stomach-fluttering, throat-tightening, heart-stuttering metaphorical dance that Sherlock and John engage in as they feel their way toward each other's arms. And that tango scene. ;)
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Title: Emperor Tales of the Frozen South
Author: cwb
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, others which would be spoilers
Length: 153,593 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: At the bottom of the world, two intrepid explorers make their way in the harshest of environments. An important journey must be taken, and prophecies fulfilled, but not before family meddling, political interference, and self-doubt threaten to alter the future of an entire species.

If you know me at all, you know that this had to be done.

Reccer's comments:

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Look at that face! How could you say no to this little guy? You couldn't, and that's why you won't want to miss this unusual and breathtaking adventure of a penguin AU. It's not crack, far from it. Instead, it is an endearing, heartfelt, fluffy yet earnest coming-of-age-stroke-salvation-and-redemption story set in a colony of Emperor penguins in Antarctica. The story focuses on Sherlock and John from the moment they hatch onward, through their chickhood, adolescence, and into maturity, as they try to find their place in society in this exotic, icy wasteland.

The author has interwoven many fascinating aspects of Emperor biology and behavior with Polynesian mythology and language to create a unique Penglock world of complex politics, societal structures, beliefs, and rituals. The real draw for me, though, is the beautifully depicted relationship between Sherlock and John, as they evolve seamlessly from "best pengs" to "ipo" and "tahu". As if those fuzzy little grey balls of poofiness weren't cute enough, just imagine them cuddling.

I'll be honest, the character of Sherlock is not the rude, easily bored, addictive personality whose main goal in life is to play "the game"; the misunderstood, abused and abusive genius loner we are introduced to in the BBC series. Instead, this is more a vision of what Sherlock might have been if he'd grown up with a true friend, caring mentors, and a supportive community behind him, where his quirks and talents were nurtured and promoted, and where he received personal and public affirmation, appreciation, and recognition. Although there are some moments of angst, the story is very positive and uplifting throughout. Really, the prophecy made at Sherlock's birth says it all: You will love, you will suffer, you will prevail.

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Title: Hallowe'en Homecoming
Author: earlybloomingparentheses
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 12,594
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock and John are solving a case when Mycroft turns up and persuades Sherlock to return home for his mother's Hallowe'en celebration. John thinks that seeing where Sherlock grew up will help him understand the detective better; instead, he finds himself more confused than ever. But it's John Watson's job to look after Sherlock Holmes, come hell, high water, or Hallowe'en, so that's just what he's going to do.

Reccer's comments: Sherlock looks at him bleakly. After a moment, it sinks in.

“Oh my god,” John breathes. Because of course, of course the most devastating memory for Sherlock Holmes would be one in which he felt happy. Happy, and normal, and loved.

“Was that…the last time it was like that?” he asks, heart in his mouth.

Sherlock’s eyes widen. He nods.

John lets out a long breath. That’s it. That’s the secret. The truth about the detective, the riddle he thought he’d never crack.

Sherlock Holmes had a happy childhood.

I was debating what to post for my final rec this month; after seeing [livejournal.com profile] snarryfool's excellent, unsettling rec of earlier today (which is really REALLY good, so please read it!), I decided on this cozy, comforting story. It's a quite different peek at the Holmes family and their relationships with each other, one that John comes to discover quite by accident. Or is it?

This was written pre-S3 and so is not remotely canon. Sherlock and John and Mycroft are all still themselves, but maybe just a bit more revealing than we're used to seeing. While there is a brief reference to Irene Adler and the events of ASiB, there is no mention of the Fall at all, so this story either happens well before that or this is a world in which the Fall never takes place. There is a little bit of everything here- an intriguing case, angst, humor, bickering Holmes brothers, a warm and inviting Mummy Holmes, a steady John Watson, hot apple cider, Halloween decorations, and trick-or-treating. Most of all, there is lots of love, in the obvious places and (not so really) surprising ones.
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Author: 221b_Hound
Pairing: Gen
Length: 1,160
Rating: G
Warnings: nonw
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Someone asked for Mycroft whump on the kinkmeme. The full prompt is: I'd like to see Mycroft getting seriously injured/ill in a way unrelated to one of Sherlock's cases. Maybe he's in an accident, maybe related to *his* line of work. The injuries are not life threatening but potentially life changing. Sherlock then looks after him (graciously or not, up to you)

And then I did a really horrible thing to Mycroft. I feel kind of bad about it now. But at least he got cake.

Reccer's comments: But Sherlock knows all of Mycroft’s most secret tells. Even the ones Mycroft doesn’t realise he has.

This isn't the first story focused on the Holmes brothers that I've recced and it probably won't be the last. I love reading about these two and all of the love that's there, if pushed way, way down by the both of them. Here, Mycroft suffers a debilitating injury and summons Sherlock to his side. While waiting for Sherlock, Mycroft ponders all that he's lost. Sherlock's arrival, and his reaction to what has happened, show that not all really is. If you like fics with a gentle take on Mycroft and Sherlock's relationship, this one will not disappoint. (Just a note to reassure: Mycroft's injury is not life threatening. And there really is cake.)
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: The Shawl of Sherlock Holmes
Author: [livejournal.com profile] luchia13
Pairing: Gen
Length: 2,000 words
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: John's a Weaver, capable of channeling the abstract into fabric. After meeting Sherlock, his abilities are put to the test more than ever.

Reccer's comments: This is a beautiful and haunting magical realism fic that always carries the feeling of October for me. It's about a special kind of witchcraft woven with thread and intention, and the way John tries to heal and protect with sometimes reckless abandon. I love the way the story cleverly plays with details of the BBC series, like Sherlock's scarf and John's endless jumpers. Written in 2011 before the second series aired, it diverges quickly from what has since become canon, but it maintains a perfect, understated grasp of the main characters and the depth of their concern for each other. I love this fic for its prose, its imagination, and its delightful mixture of melancholy and warmth.
[identity profile] pipmer1.livejournal.com
Title: Dust and Ashes
Author: Atiki
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 10,000 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Suicidal ideation, minor character deaths, pet death
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: John becomes used to it. If he’s perfectly honest with himself, he’s become used to it a long time ago. At night, things are different. The darkness tickles his skin and the cemetery is the loudest place in the world and he tastes dust and iron on his tongue when he hears them talk. In the dark, the bones whisper.

And sometimes John whispers back.

Reccer's comments: This is something a little different. In this AU (not series 3 compliant), John can hear the bones of dead people, and he can talk back to them as well. It makes for an intriguing, if a bit macabre, premise. What makes it truly unique, is that the most interesting character in the story is Sherlock's skull. Per the author's tag, the skull is a bit of an asshole, and yet ends up being the impetus John needs to face his fears and acknowledge his feelings.

The story follows John from childhood all the way through Sherlock's Fall and eventual Return. The language evokes within the reader all of the emotions that John is feeling as he deals with his mixed blessing/curse. A highlight for me is a scene during which John puts his unique skill to use in solving a crime before Sherlock does.

A warning: there is some suicidal ideation here, and at the very start of the story there is a pet death that may be upsetting.

A lovely story. Here is a sneak peek:

Sneak Peek )
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Title: Obscurity
Author: UrbanHymnal
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 7,700 words
Rating: T
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Because words were magic, because they only would come out when they had the right feel and sound, he couldn’t say simple things like: Dad, leave Harry alone for once or Hey, Amy, do you fancy coming out to dinner with me?

Reccer's comments: In this story, John Watson can only speak in the form of quotation; his only words are those drawn from books he has read that have meant something important to him. While a lovely example of magical realism, this is also close enough to real speech disabilities to carry the ring of authenticity. John's banked anger, his frustration at being dismissed as unintelligent because he cannot easily express his thoughts, his resentment at a world that makes no time for him, are powerfully and persuasively realized. In Sherlock, he finally finds someone who learns to bridge the communicative and emotional gap -- someone who sees him for who he is.

On another level, the story is a celebration of books and of the way we sometimes find our own thoughts or feelings revealed through other people's words. The fic makes use of quotes from a number of well-known works of literature, some of which I recognized and some of which I didn't (the author gives a list of attributions at the end of the story). John's patchwork method of communication is often quite beautiful, and several passages between him and Sherlock are uniquely romantic.

This is a story that I have come back to repeatedly over the last few years. When I first read it, I didn't know that my child would have a speech disability reminiscent of John's. Now that I do know, this fic is even more special to me. I love its celebration of language and silence, reading and listening, translation and learning, and all the amazing people who occupy unusual spaces in the realms of expression.
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Title: Break and Build
Author: radialarch
Pairing: Gen, but I'm happy to read it as pre-slash because that's how I roll
Length: 3444
Rating: G
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: Sherlock Holmes would rather have the truth.
Written for this prompt:
does anyone know of a fic where sherlock makes a wish/casts a spell as a young boy to find someone who understands him and then he meets john ...
Reccer's comments: The prompt pretty much delivers the plot, so I've elided most of it. Though you'll wind up reading the prompt if you click on the link ... Anyway, my note on the PDF of this fic I have on my hard drive reads "not slash but I love Sherlock's loneliness here." Something else to love is Sherlock's courage, I think, which he demonstrates by deciding to risk losing the human connection he has longed for, rather than perhaps maintain it by means other than John's choice. The prose is spare, elliptical, allusive. It's difficult to choose an excerpt because in a story so delicately hinged every line gathers force from every other, but here's a bit from Sherlock's university days:

"Stop," Victor says, with a catch in his voice. "Shut up. Are you high?"

Sherlock considers this. "Not yet," he says, snapping upwards in a smooth motion to face Victor. "It stimulates the brain. Helps me think."

It's glorious, the things he can see like this: the flicker in Victor's eyes and clench of his jaw. The paint is flaking from the corner of the ceiling closest to the window and the afternoon sunlight filters perfectly through dust. There are novels woven into soft creases of cotton and rivers suspended in minute water droplets, and he can catch every last detail, know what it means.

Read on the AO3.
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Title: Cygnet
Author: what_alchemy
Pairing: None
Length: 1,033
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Mycroft Holmes, age fourteen, finds his way.

Reccer's comments: I'm a sucker for stories about the Holmes brothers. I love fics that dive deeper into their relationship and poke around in the corners to see what bites. And oh, this story does bite. Teenage Mycroft, away at boarding school, is the primary focus. He is lonely, he is in pain, but he is determined not to let that break him. We get a hint here of some of the forces that drove and shaped him into the Mycroft we see in the show. Mycroft is the star of this story, but the other Holmes brothers feature as well. Sherlock makes a heartrending appearance, while the Other One's presence is more ominous. Written post-S3, this is one of the many interpretations of the Holmes' family dynamics, but it's one of the best ones out there. We don't leave the story knowing all the answers, but like Sherlock, we can find comfort in Mycroft's inner strength.
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Author: unknownsister
Pairing: None
Length: 4,402
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary:Only four people in the world know Sherlock Holmes is a warlock. Two are his parents. Another is Mycroft. The fourth is a nameless boy from Sherlock's new school who sees him levitate a stray cat when he is ten years old. He dropped the cat and the boy ran.

Reccer's comments: Oh my heart. Sherlock and John meet as two deeply lonely 10-year-olds after John catches Sherlock working a bit of magic on a cat. John is enthralled and Sherlock is wary, but slowly lets his guard down as he lets John in.

John touches his hand in sympathy and Sherlock goes rigid. Bare skin contact floods him with empathy, his least favorite part of magic and the one he works hardest to control. He feels John's concern, but underneath that, great sorrow, incredible strength and deep loneliness. They swirl together, unfocused, and Sherlock feels the fog of someone else's life seeping into him.

The Holmes family has a loving presence here, a gentle counterpart to the implied turbulence of John's. This incredibly sweet and moving story hits all the right notes with me. John does what he can to fill the empty spot in Sherlock's heart, whileSherlock does what he can to protect his friend. Just beautiful.

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Title: Sherlock: The Story of Redbeard
Music Title & Artist: None (voiceovers and background soundtracks only)
Vidder: beautifullytragic6
Pairing or Character: Sherlock Holmes, 'the other one', additional cast (Gen)
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Link: Vidder's announcement on tumblr
Vidder's Summary: This was partly inspired by a tumblr post I read the other day! The gist is that "Redbeard" is in fact Mycroft and Sherlock's older brother.

Reccer's Comments: Sorry for posting 2 recs in one day but I just watched this and cannot wait to share it! To put a twist on an old saying, I think this vidder could probably make a video of a phone book and I’d beg for more. This is far from a phone book, though. This is a gut-wrenching, high-tension, expertly edited work of art that in all honesty is probably better than whatever the writers on the real show will do with Redbeard. This is based on a fan theory (you can see it here, by @wellthengameover) that in itself is highly seductive and that’s what makes this fanvid even more exceptional for me, because the creator has basically brought someone else’s vision to life, gone out and found footage from several other sources – including Amanda Abbington in Cuffs, which is super awesome and the first time I’ve seen Cuffs used in a Sherlock fanvid – and made it one step closer to reality. Even if it turns out that Redbeard really was just a dog, and is never mentioned again, that doesn’t matter because we have this, we have the entire story here, and it is beautiful and emotional and real.

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Title: There Is No Death
Author: lyricalprose (fairylights)
Pairing: Gen
Length: 4,300 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC, fusion with Star Wars
Author's summary: "He's a freak, you know." Donovan's sneer bleeds into her voice. "A Jedi washout. Such a nutter that even the damn mystics didn't want him." John and Sherlock - a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

Reccer's comments: Here we are at the end of the month, and given that a new, good Star Wars movie has recently come out to restore fandom love for that galaxy far, far away, let's celebrate with this thoughtful, interesting piece. It explores Sherlock and John from their pre-series experiences through 'A Study in Pink,' all re-imagined to fit beautifully within the Star Wars universe. I find Sherlock's history particularly interesting here, especially his brush with the Dark Side and the battle within him between his addictions and his determination to control his own mind. A fascinating character study that traces an iconoclastic Jedi drop-out and a war-torn rebel medic who wind their way through great perils only to find each other and begin their shared journey with, dare I say it, a new hope.

Please note, the story is marked as the first in a series, but the intended sequels never arrived, so it is a standalone. However, it works wonderfully as a oneshot, and I hope you will enjoy it!

As always, I have really enjoyed sharing some of my favorite stories this month, thank you all and thanks to the mods for keeping this comm alive <3
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Title: Jie Jie
Author: viggorlijah
Pairing: Soo Lin Yao; gen
Length: 2,400 words
Rating: G
Warnings: character death
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: The name they use on the small obituary in the Times is not the one she was born with, but it's the one she chose.

Reccer's comments: I just stumbled across this story this evening, and it is so well done. A quiet, relentless, clear-eyed look at the aftermath of Soo Lin's death in The Blind Banker, focused particularly on the ways that she is remembered and forgotten, the different facets of her character which were noticed or overlooked by others, and the elements of her story that died with her as well as those that lived on. A complex, at times bleak, but intelligent and ultimately beautiful vignette. Also, Molly is not in the story for long, but I really love the role she plays.

For those who, like me, would need to look up the translation, "Jie Jie" means "older sister."
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Title: Amongst the Butterflies
Author: [livejournal.com profile] florfina
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: 3,143 words
Rating: PG
Warnings: kidfic

Verse: Ritchie Films

Author's summary: Amongst the flowers and butterflies, two young boys confess some things they won't understand until it's too late, But during that one day in the park, when it was just Sherlock and John, nothing else mattered but making the other smile, When you find a friend as special as him, you do your best never to forget, no matter what comes up.

Reccer's comments: I'm not usually a big fan of kidfic. OK, I confess, I usually run the other way when someone mentions it, but this one is just so sweet and innocent, without being at all cute. The scene at the park is beautifully done and it captures the essence of their relationship in the '09 verse so perfectly, I just had to rec it. It makes perfect sense in this context that they met as children and then continued their relationship as grown ups.
I'm not familiar with [livejournal.com profile] florfina at all, unless she writes under another name somewhere, but this story is masterfully done. I'm looking forward to reading her others.
[identity profile] pipmer1.livejournal.com
Title: Untitled
Artist: navydream
Pairing: Gen, could be Sherlock/John
Length: N/A
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Artist's summary: None given

Reccer's comments: For some reason, this piece of artwork gave me all the feels. It's just a kid!Sherlock hugging a stuffed!John, but part of me melted into a puddle of goo while the other part felt my heart crack right in two. Although fluffy and cute, at the same time I could feel the aching loneliness of a young Sherlock whose only friend is a stuffed toy. Wonderful use of color, including Sherlock's oversized jumper and the wallpaper in the background.
[identity profile] pipmer1.livejournal.com
Title: Spectacularly Ignorant in a Nice Way
Author: fleetwood_mouse
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 5754 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Drug Use
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: In which Sherlock Holmes soils expensive shoes, smokes 243 brands of cigarettes, cooks for a former drug runner, experiments with cosmetics, plans a wedding, and earns himself a very happy retirement.

Reccer's comments: 5+1 ficcery at its finest. This little gem is sweet and funny, with just the teeniest bit of angst - but just a tiny bit. It follows Sherlock through five phases of scientific experimentation during five different phases of his life, and concludes with Sherlock and John being happily retired in Sussex where they continue to experiment together. My favourite part was the first section, in which Mycroft's reaction to Sherlock's antics is priceless and will resonate with older siblings everywhere. Enjoy!
[identity profile] cherrytide.livejournal.com
Title:Bedtime Stories
Author: [livejournal.com profile] unovis
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, slight implied Sherlock/Lestrade
Length:2718 words
Rating: General Audiences
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary:Sherlock had read the books. He thought they were compulsory.
AO3 repost of a story from March 2011.

Reccer's comments: Sherlock discovers John was never read the Winnie-the-pooh books as a child; John has nightmares and difficulty sleeping - are the two facts related? Sherlock investigates scientifically.

This is a really funny and adorable look at Sherlock taking care of his friend in his own madcap and offbeat way, with some really interesting insights into both men's childhoods, along with some intriguing hints about Sherlock's relationship with Lestrade. It's also wittily written and heartwarming, definitely a good choice for a rainy day.

ETA: This is fic is also available in podfic form here


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