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Title: Aircraft Recognition
Author: mydogwatson
Pairing: Sherlock & John
Length: 1,215
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Two little boys meet during the second World War. A different time, a different place, but the same magic.

Reccer's comments: This author writes a charming series called Postcard Tales, where they base a one-shot Sherlock fic on a postcard out of a set of vintage replicas. Their note from the very first Postcard Tale:

I have a set of postcards that are replicas of vintage Penguin book covers. Just before my recent trip to London [Hamlet!], I blindly selected one card for each day of the trip. Every morning in London I [again blindly] chose one card from the pile and then I would write a johnlock vignette based on the title that came up. I mailed each card to myself, every one covered with tiny print.

With that explanation, I've chosen a story from their third series of Postcard Tales. In the grand tradition of alternate first meetings, here we have Sherlock as an adventurous, mischievous little boy, evacuated from London during World War II. He's bored, and lonely, and takes to watching planes in the sky. One day, he's joined by a new friend. 

This story has a lovely and bittersweet direct sequel, Keeping Poultry and Rabbits on Scraps, where the boys are a little older and facing a separation, and a final story Siren Land, where they encounter each other once more as adults. The first two are John/Sherlock friendship, and the final tale is Johnlock.

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[personal profile] discordantwords
Title: Kitty Kisses
Author: TheWhiteLily
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes & Molly Hooper (gen or more if you squint)
Length: 3,075
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Molly Hooper has one bad day that gets worse, and one that gets better.

Reccer's comments: The note I made when I bookmarked this story was "absolutely perfect apology-to-Molly fic." This fills in the gap between the wrenching phone call sequence in TFP and the final scene where Molly is smiling and all seems forgiven, and it does so beautifully. Molly's voice shines here: awkward, sweet, and, yes, practical about death.

She realised he was frowning at the disturbed soil as he did so with a disturbingly familiar focus.

“You’re not to come back and dig him up to observe the decomposition process,” said Molly firmly.

“Never even crossed my mind,” Sherlock said, avoiding her eye.

She glared at him for a long moment, and then at the carefully smoothed-down dirt at the base of the hydrangeas.

“Once,” she conceded. “Twice maximum, and don’t let me notice you’ve been.”

This story does a wonderful job of getting to the emotional core of both of these characters, highlighting the strange and lovely ways that they truly do complement and understand one another. There is love there, yes, but whether it is romantic or just a deep friendship built on mutual understanding is up to the reader, I think.

Be advised that this story does deal with animal death, if that's a sensitive issue for you.
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Title: The Thing Which I Greatly Feared Is Come Upon Me
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] ancientreader  
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson (Past)
Length: 3760
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC 
Author's summary: Ella had been right about the trust issues, she had been right about the PTSD, and she had not exactly been wrong about the blog, either, had she, though John's efforts in that department hadn't worked as she might have hoped. John could write about Sherlock, he could write about their cases, he could respond lightly or sternly to comments; what the blog couldn't teach him to do was to look at a feeling and name it. 

Reccer's comments: Because I shared a post-S4 story through Sherlock's POV, I thought it would be a perfect balance to share this one through John's. While the last story focused primarily on the aftermath of The Final Problem, this time, it's John's beating of Sherlock in The Lying Detective. This story quietly and painfully gets at the heart of John Watson:
 

One day, John catches Sherlock’s expression as he, Sherlock, tucks Rosie into her yellow raincoat: it’s the careful concentrated look he might wear as he dropped reagent from a pipette, and the sight makes John laugh while, also, it squeezes his heart. Sherlock’s forty, and his unearthly beauty has worn away at the edges, but, as if in recompense, he seems at home in the world now, as John can never remember being.

For himself, he looks in the mirror and tries not to think the words “old” and “lost.”

It’s difficult to believe that Sherlock sees anything different, but Sherlock has always understood John otherwise than John understands himself. When they first met, at a time when John believed that there was only a dying ember inside him, Sherlock had breathed on the ember and brought him blazing into life. John makes a hash of their friendship, of marriage, he thinks he makes a hash of fatherhood as well, but Sherlock is steadfast. Over and over he has shown that he will stop at nothing to shield that flame. Therefore John goes on.

And: 
 

“Do you think we can take care of Rosie?” We. Hearing himself, John flinches.

“Yes,” Sherlock says, unhesitating.

They both fall quiet; John’s heart thuds. He has choices. He can remain as he has been, or he can step out of his self-protections as if to shed ill-fitting and uncomfortable garments. Perhaps he has had enough of protecting himself by inflicting injury on others.

That last line! Sherlock has forgiven John; here we see John begin to forgive himself. His recurring nightmare of the beating is terrible and powerful and yet he continues to wake up, process, and move on. This is the reconciliation the show never truly gave us. I needed to see John come to terms with his violent nature and also with Sherlock's acceptance of it (Sherlock's acceptance of his own violence as well is an added bonus). This story does it all so thoughtfully and with grace.
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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.
[personal profile] rachelindeed
Title: No Strings Attached
Author: Elster
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Length: 2700 words
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: To save John from being spirited away Under the Hill, Sherlock challenges the fairy queen to a fiddle contest.

Reccer's comments: This is an elegant, lovely little story - written back in 2012 - that impresses me with its emotional heart. As is typical with this author's work, there were many small turns of phrase that quietly surprised me. Sherlock is aware that he has no chance of beating the Fairy Queen in terms of the beauty or perfection of the music, and his solution is characteristically stubborn and true.
[identity profile] bowl-of-glow.livejournal.com
Title: The Case of the Unexpected Guest
Author: codswallop (AO3)
Characters: Lestrade, Sherlock & John
Length: 5615 words
Rating: Gen
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: Written for the kinkmeme prompt "Lestrade finds a pet bird at a crime scene, but he likes birds, so he delivers it to Sherlock and John rather than having it euthanized. Sherlock is fascinated."

Reccer's comments: As a favour to Lestrade, Sherlock agrees to take care of a peculiar piece of evidence – a little pet bird. Sherlock takes a liking to it, though he pretends otherwise.
If you’re looking for something amusing and sweet, this is the fic for you.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] pipmer1.livejournal.com
Title: Albion and the Woodsman
Author: Glenmore
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 54,437 words
Rating: Not Rated (I would rate it Mature)
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: Post Series 3. Sherlock and John are devastated after Mary Morstan makes her final moves. Sherlock relapses at the crack house, John walks around the world ...and a lot happens in between. Parentlock, in the good way.

Reccer's comments: If you are the type of reader who, like me, generally avoids first-person storytelling, then do yourself a favor and make an exception for this one. It's one of those rare fics that successfully paints Sherlock Holmes as a devoted single parent. The story is in turns funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming.

It is told from Sherlock's POV, and begins post-series 3. It starts out after Sherlock has been shot for a second time by Mary Watson, an event that leads to her arrest and to John needing to disappear for awhile in order to get his head together. He leaves for a year-long walkabout around the world, leaving Sherlock devastated and returning to drugs. Of course he cleans himself up, only to be confronted several months later by a pregnant stranger claiming that Sherlock is the father.

We get to watch Sherlock fall immediately in love with his son Albion, and then take to single fatherhood like a duck takes to water. As Sherlock grows into his new role, he continues to pine for John and wait for his eventual return. The way Sherlock refers to John in his absence by different epithets such as 'eleven jumpers Watson' and 'Three pairs of brogues Watson' kept me delighted and laughing throughout.

We are introduced to several OC’s, not the least of which is Albion himself. His nanny gives soldier!John a run for his money (once he returns), and even the mother who abandoned him manages to turn her life around and gain at least a smidgen of our respect.

There are struggles and lessons to be learned, not the least of which that 'happily ever after' does not mean what all the fairy-tales claim. Reality is much more complicated, but all the more rewarding because of it.


sneak preview )
[identity profile] pipmer1.livejournal.com
Title: The Walking Man
Author: suitesamba
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 2200 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: When it was all over, when the east wind had blown through and they picked themselves off the pavement, Sherlock said enough.

Eighteen years later, the real journey begins.

Reccer's comments: So we'll start things off with a Series 4 fic already! If you don't want any spoilers for series 4, best to stop now.


Even though this one was written before The Final Problem aired, it still fits in very well with the canon we ended up with. It's a quietly lyrical piece, more of a character study than anything else, that takes a quote from The Lying Detective and shows how Sherlock puts it into practice. Your life is not your own.

In only 2200 words, the author shows how Sherlock and John remake themselves into the men they need to be so that after eighteen years, they can finally come together as they were always meant to. Told from Sherlock's point of view, we get a sense of how he has made fruitful use of this long period of waiting, and how it all pays off in the end.


A little preview )
[identity profile] lijahlover.livejournal.com
This will be my last rec this lovely month of November it has been fun.


Title:Through The Clouds
Author: mazarin221b
Pairing: Johnlock
Length:20,004
Rating:Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary:Sherlock takes a remarkably early retirement at 47, and convinces John that a change of pace would do them both good. They buy an old cottage on the South Downs, and exchange their nonstop life in Baker Street for quiet contemplation, bee studies, and book writing.

They might go completely insane, but sometimes it takes stepping outside of the life you're living to find the life you want.


Reccer's comments:I have such a thing for retirement stories, they melt me into such happy goo. This one is warm and so charming. This was gorgeous from start to finish, it made me all warm and fuzzy inside. This fic was like a warm fuzzy blanket wrapped around me. :)))))

I adored the lovely imagery the bathtub scene and bees(Sherlock must retire with bees) were delightful. Also the slow burn between them she captured the ache of finally requited passion.

Here is a small excerpt....Sherlock takes one last look out to the horizon, mouth downturned and brow furrowed, before seeming to shake himself and catching up to John with a few long-legged strides. John turns back toward the path cut into the cliffs, climbing steadily toward the rolling downs already green and lush in the weak April warmth.

They reach the top and Sherlock strikes toward the west, back to where their hired Land Rover sits a mile away in a public carpark. John falls into step beside him and takes a deep breath.



“I expected a case,” he starts. “A bit chilly for a walk, really, so. D’you mind telling me what we’re doing out here?”
Sherlock doesn’t even pause, simply tucks his head down against the wind and continues walking.

“I’m retiring,” he says simply.
[identity profile] lijahlover.livejournal.com
Title:Watson's Folly
Author: Diana Williams
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length:299313
Rating:Mature
Warnings: AU-Historical,Alpha/Omega
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary:John Watson, the new Earl of Saughton, is madly in love with the beautiful Mary Morstan. But he has returned from the Peninsular War to find his family on the brink of ruin and his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt. He has little choice when he is introduced to Mycroft Holmes, a civil servant of apparently unlimited wealth and no social ambitions for himself - but with his eyes firmly fixed on a suitable match for his only brother, the unorthodox and irascible Omega Sherlock Holmes. Can John forget the woman he loved and find happiness with a man so very different from his lost love?
Reccer's comments:This story was amazing from start to finish. She did a lot of research into that time period and you could tell. I found her characters engaging just brilliant. She has such a way with words...This story was a delight and such a fun ride. I will want to come back and re read this gem over again. So many lines were perfect I loved this one of so many..... Sherlock had lifted his head and there was an amused look on his face as he stared at his husband. "John, I am quite aware that you are a good and moral man, and that your words and thoughts on that matter are genuine. You are my moral compass, a fixed point in a changing age."


Her Sherlock is amazing and a little bit reckless but her John's such a gentleman and caring doctor, until the need to deliver a brutal beat down arises. :))))))))) They make the best team together as always.

Here is a link to the entire series The Watsons of Saughton
[identity profile] lijahlover.livejournal.com
Title:Bury The Bells
Author: unknownsister
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length:71,673
Rating:Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary:AU set after WWI in 1922. John is adrift in a loveless marriage. He takes a holiday to the country and meets a difficult patient. The spark that ignites between them might relight John's life or burn it to the ground.
Reccer's comments:This story was stunning and brilliant through out until the ending. What a glorious time period this was and it flowed beautifully. She had such a way with words, the flow of the story was perfect. This story was exquisite and all the little details made it come to life.

This fic was a delicious slow burn and I do looooooove those. All the secondary characters were lovely. Mrs. Hudson was the sweetest.

One of my favorite moments well one of so many is the turning point in chapter 9: "They watch each other closely, the scared doctor and the quiet detective. John's hand hovers between them, paused in indecision like his brain. Sherlock, eyes still locked with John's, reaches up to encircle John's wrist, slow and careful. His fingers are warm against John's pulse point and the contact soothes him more than he thinks it has any right to. “John.” John makes a quiet noise in the back of his throat, almost a question. “Mm?” “Let's go home.”

*happy sighs* If you have never read this you should you will love it soooooooo much.
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[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: The Breaking Wheel
Author: J_Baillier
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 93,259 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: His immune system is decimating his nervous system - a civil war raging inside of him. Is there a reaction he's supposed to be having to this news, now? Something normal: cry, scream, pound the wall? Shake his fist at the uncaring universe? John can't stop this. An uncomfortable bed at some hospital ward isn't going to stop this. They keep telling him that this will most likely pass, but no one is answering the most important question: how will he be able to endure the uncertainty and the long wait?

Reccer's comments: This is big time Sherlock whump, a brilliant sickfic that locks us inside Sherlock's head with him and his demons as his body slowly deteriorates, leaving him unable to move or speak. The medical realism in this is writ large, full of insider descriptions of medical procedures such as MRI scans, lumbar puncture, mechanical ventilation, and insertion of central lines. Basically, Sherlock is very, very sick. The meat of the story is twofold: John and Sherlock's relationship, and how Sherlock deals with being essentially reduced to nothing but a brain for weeks on end. In other words, it's full of juicy hurt/comfort, realizations, words left unspoken, flashbacks to Sherlock's childhood and various incisive incidents in his past. Oh, and Mycroft, this has a fantastic Mycroft.

I don't want to give away the ending, except to point out that there is no Major Character Death tag, and there is a sequel which will begin posting on December 1. Don't worry though, this ends in a good place. Also, about the rating: it's rated Mature although there is no smut and I actually think it could have gone with a Teen rating but there is some suicidal ideation and references to sex.
[identity profile] lijahlover.livejournal.com
Hello everyone I am one of the reccers for November with my first must read story.


Title:Till death Do Us Part
Author:prettysailorsoldier
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length:15,390
Rating:Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: [e.g. Sherlock BBC
Author's summary:When Sherlock links a recent spree of murder-suicides to a psychologist who specializes in marriage counseling, there's really only one thing to do: Go undercover as a couple in hopes of drawing the killer out. Faking a relationship seems easy enough, but things take a turn when their real issues start to creep into the sessions, and, all the while, a killer is watching, waiting in the shadows for their chance to strike.
Reccer's comments:Ohhhhhhh I do adore fake relationship troupes sooooooo much and this is wonderful. Boy do these two need counseling and in this story it works for the best. Make those two idiots talk to each other with nice results. :)))))))

This author was brilliant with how well she wrote their longing with a build up of emotions that you know will have to blow up sometime. Then add in all the tension and action *swoons*

This line here was one of many I adored...."Only once he was kissing Sherlock Holmes did he realize how many times he’d imagined it, and, though it was unlike every hypothetical scenario he’d concocted, it was also exactly what it should have been." We are alike John, I always looooove to imagine you two kissing and it is always as it should be ;))))))))

You should check out this gem of a story, you won't be sorry. :)
[identity profile] write-out.livejournal.com
Title: It's Only Natural
Author: esterbrook
Pairing: Gen
Length: 1,987
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: "You mad bastard," John growls, "if you're planning to fuck off and do something dangerous without me, I will kill you myself right now to spare you the trouble."

Reccer's comments: Sherlock makes his way to the couch with half a dozen balled pairs of socks in his hands. "John," he says pensively, "what would you pack if you had to go on a long trip?"

Ah, the second hiatus! It was a glorious time for fic, thanks to all of the creative Reichenbach theories and fix-its. This is an older favorite I recently came across again and I'm so glad I did. In this, John finds Sherlock sitting on their sitting room floor, rucksack at his side and clothes strewn across the floor. He gives Sherlock some packing advice and makes a joke about surprise weekend getaways, but the conversation takes a turn when John's instinct tells him something is "extremely not good." I don't want to give it all away, but when John marches upstairs and comes back down with his own rucksack in hand, I cheered. This is a short but powerful story that showcases what a badass John Watson is (and Sherlock, too) and just how perfectly matched he and Sherlock Holmes are.

Fic Rec:

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[identity profile] write-out.livejournal.com
Title: The Pillar upon Which England Rests
Author: DiscordantWords
Pairing: Sherlock/John, Gen
Length: 27038
Rating: Mature
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: They have all saved him, at one time or another, in different ways, these people Sherlock Holmes has come to call friends. But she was the first.

Reccer's comments: How to begin? She can still see him, so painfully young, pale in the Florida sun, with a beet red stripe of sunburn across the bridge of his nose. Frank had favored Hawaiian print shirts, had just about insisted on them for anyone who worked for him in any capacity, and hadn't Sherlock just looked thunderous in those garish prints? She wishes, not for the first time, that she had a photograph. But that's the thing about living. You don't always know which moments are the significant ones until they're long gone.

[livejournal.com profile] snarryfool's recent rec of a Mrs. Hudson-centric reminded me of this heart-wrenching story. The Fall has just happened, and in a bid to comfort a distraught John Watson (and herself), Mrs. Hudson tells the story of how she met Sherlock Holmes. The story moves flawlessly between the past and the present as Mrs. Hudson spins the tale of a young and terribly lonely Sherlock and how they ended up saving each other. Hello, new headcanon! This is an intense, emotional read, bittersweet and melancholy, with one of the best characterizations of Mrs. Hudson I've read.

This is tagged Sherlock/John, but there is no overt romance here, just Mrs. Hudson's observations of the two and their mutual pining. I left it tagged as such, to follow the author.
[identity profile] dioscureantwins.livejournal.com
Title:The Trapping of Birdy Edwards
Author: Jolie_Black
Pairing: Sherlock/Molly
Length: approx. 21,800 words
Rating: teen and up
Warnings: none
< Author's summary: MOLLY: Sherlock Holmes, if you think that you can drag me through the nightclubs of this city as bait, just on the off chance that there’s some lunatic out there who deliberately targets young women below five foot four because he gets a kick out of them dying from ecstasy overdoses or something, you’re very much mistaken.
SHERLOCK: How did you manage to get all of that out in a single breath?
MOLLY: Learning by imitation, I suppose.
SHERLOCK: Would you come if I found a better pretext?

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When a quiet night of research at St. Bart's turns out to be the mere prelude to a kidnapping nightmare, Sherlock makes himself useful in an unexpected way, and Molly almost finds herself wishing that he hadn't. Almost.

Reccer's comments: A post S3 script fic that immediately drags you in and grabs you by the guts; so atmospheric are the stage directions and the dialogue is just top-notch. While reading the fic unfolds before one’s eyes like yet another ep, and a tightly-plotted, convoluted, utterly convincing one at that.

I realise a lot of people don’t like reading script fics, but really, in foregoing this one you’re deliberately missing out on something extremely good and satisfactory.
[identity profile] solrosan.livejournal.com
Title: Like a Virgin
Author: [livejournal.com profile] rubyofkukundu
Pairing: None
Length: 1856 words
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: No warning apply
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock and John discuss Sherlock's virginity (or rather, his lack-thereof).

Title: Keep Calm and Carry On
Author: [livejournal.com profile] rubyofkukundu
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 3748 words
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: No warning apply
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Neither John nor Sherlock are sexually attracted to each other. But they decide to give sex a go anyway.


Reccer's comments:This series contains two (maybe three?) of my favourite things: open (and belivable) discussion of Sherlock's sexuality that's not a plot point to get Sherlock and John into bed, and awkward, not-even-close-to-perfect sex with giggles. I love laughing and giggling during sex scenes.

The first part is a good commentary on A Scandal in Belgravia and doesn't just give insights in Sherlock's sexuality, but also in John's and the dynamic between them. (And between Sherlock and Irene.) The second part is a hillarious follow-up, with unsexy sex between two friends. Sherlock is very Sherlock through-out it all, John rolls with it, and by the end, they still aren't a couple.

Keep Calm and Carry On is the reason I'm reccing these two, but you need the first part to get to the second. So if Like a Virgin doesn't really speak to you the way it does to me, don't give up on it! They laugh during sex! It's the best thing.
[identity profile] solrosan.livejournal.com
Title: For me it isn't over (LJ | AO3)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] sciosophia
Pairing: John Watson/Mary Morstan, John Watson & Sherlock Holmes
Length: 4726 words
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Major Character Death (before the fic starts)
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: “Didn’t you consider,” John began, not quite sure where he was taking this, “that I might want to do this alone?”

Because John is lost, Mary is wise, and Sherlock wants to be a good friend.

Reccer's comments: This was one of my first introductions to Mary as a character way back when (I first read it in 2011), and I think it forever cemented her importance to John's character in my head even though she's not present in the fic itself. The quote in the summary (or rather the answer he gets) has stayed with me through the years in fandom.

It's a beautiful story of love, friendship, and grief. John's grief over loosing a spouse is raw and painful, Sherlock's grief over loosing a friend is quiet and subtle. You can feel that their relationship has grown from series 1 (even if not in the same way as in the canon, perhaps) and the characters are very true to themselves.

Worthy of noting is that this fic was written in May 2011, long before there was even (official) talks about bringing Mary Morstan into the show, but it's still fairly series 3 compliant.
[identity profile] dioscureantwins.livejournal.com
Title: How We Rescued My Daddy From His Bad Friends
Author: [livejournal.com profile] caffienekitty
Pairing: none
Length: uhm, I haven’t counted, but it’s very short
Rating: gen
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: This is Mr Sherlock. He's not a nice man but he's a good man because he found my daddy. He wasn't wearing his hat but I drawd it in anyway.

Reccer's comments: This story has made it straight to Number One on my personal chart of cutest Sherlock stories ever.

Basically, it’s a school essay, complete with drawings and teacher corrections and encouragements, in which Penelope writes how her Daddy was taken hostage one day by his bad friends. Luckily Penelope was hiding in the cupboard and when the friends and Daddy were gone she got out and called 999 and that’s how she got to meet Mr Sherlock and Mr John and the nice Nspector Lestrade, as well as her Avocado.

Still, Penelope is a girl after Sherlock’s heart, ridiculously observant, and thus he hares off halfway through her story to find and save Penelope’s Daddy from his bad friends.

For all its shortness and the fact it’s so clearly told from a child’s POV, the fic contains all the elements of a friendshippy Sherlock fic, rude Sherlock, exasperated yet gentle John, a fatherly Lestrade. What more could one possibly want from such a story? I, for one, couldn’t stop smiling while reading this and hope Penelope and her Daddy will live long and happily ever after.

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