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Title: A Gift for Rosie
Author: redbuttonhole
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/Eurus Holmes, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mummy Holmes/Uncle Rudy
Length: 3,652
Rating: Mature
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author Summary: Mycroft, by the way, advised me not to tell you anything of this affair beyond the bare minimum. He seems to think you'll react badly, and I can't help but grant that he is probably correct... But you're family now, John. It's time you learned exactly what that means.

Content Warning: Infidelity, Incest (off-stage, between consenting adult siblings. Not involving Rosie!)

Reccer's comments: Eurus Holmes is a divisive character for sure - but she presents a lot of great opportunities for fic writers. And as soon as we saw Musgrave Hall in all its Gothic glory, stories that play on Gothic literature tropes started to seem natural - even in the supernatural or unnatural.

(This story also fills in some major gaps in various characters' motivations from the series, IMO.)

This is an epistolary fic, Sherlock writing a letter to his partner John, letting him in on all the family secrets - as so often in Gothic lit, that family secret happens to be a history of incest: consensual incest between adult siblings, often with the intention of producing a super-super genius instead of just a regular run-of-the-mill genius. Eurus is the product of such a union.

The letter proceeds with such straightforward, elegantly written logic and subtle appeals to emotion that the slowly dawning horrific conclusion the reader is coming to about Sherlock’s special project almost seems perfectly fine. Sherlock’s matter-of-fact emotional honesty is touching and kept me so riveted I welcomed the slow derailment of reason.

And the denouement reminded me of a certain pivotal, shattering line of dialogue from the climax of Watchmen.

MODS: May I have a tag for pairing: sherlock holmes/eurus holmes and pairing: mummy holmes/uncle rudy
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Title: (Never) Turn Your Back to the Sea
Author: [ 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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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: All the Best and Brightest Creatures
Author: wordstrings
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 188426 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions of Violence
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock sent Jim Moriarty to prison for killing Carl Powers at age ten. This is the story of the consequences.

Reccer's comments: Quite simply, one of the most beautiful stories I've ever had the privilege of reading, in any medium. The prose is gorgeous, the emotions are heart-stopping, and the love is transcendent. Sherlock's character arc is stupendously well-written, as are his alternate history with a terrifying Moriarty and his growing relationship with John, and the OCs and secondary characters are vibrant and fully fleshed-out. It's a living, breathing world of its own, and a pretty astonishing feat of storytelling. It's hard to properly praise this story without sounding hyperbolic, but if you've never read it, or have been waiting for it to be completed, now's your chance. It deserves every bit of its fandom fame.
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Title: Someone at the Scent of Orange Blossom
Author: [ profile] rachelindeed
Pairing: Sherlock/John, past John/Mary
Length: 3433 words
Rating: Teen
Verse: ACD
Author's summary: During the years of Holmes’s absence, Watson’s hands had changed.

Reccer's comments: This lovely fic was a standout two Holmestices ago, and I've remembered it ever since.  It's beautifully written and very touching, with great clarity of emotion and character and an excellent Holmes POV.  The themes and symbolism are handled with subtlety and skill, and both Watson's grief for Mary and Holmes' silent devotion to him are treated with respect and tenderness.  The way all of those branches twine together and come to fruition in the ending is memorable and moving, and makes for a welcoming warm hearth of a story every time I read it.
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Title: Untitled [the smallest touch]
Artist: voodooling
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: not rated, I would say G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Another lazy doodle.

Reccer's comments: This is a simple two-panel drawing in marker with deliberately minimalist style and intense emotional impact. In the first image, Sherlock is alone in his head. In the second, he responds to the slightest touch of John's hand against his back.

It's quietly stunning.
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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: the dead-end case of the kilted kirkyard killer
Author: darcylindbergh
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 8893 words
Rating: Explicit
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Of course, a man walking about Edinburgh while wearing a dark-patterned kilt was not suspicious in and of itself. But a man walking about Edinburgh alone, in the night, so close to the hunting grounds of a serial killer, wearing the costume the killer preferred to hunt in--now that might be worth looking into. Sherlock stepped back into the shadows of the buildings and followed after him.
*In which Sherlock follows the wrong man and gets more than he bargained for.

Reccer's comments: Another excellent fic from this author, this alternate first meeting in Edinburgh is endearing and tender and sexy and engaging, featuring a murder in a haunted graveyard and BAMF John in a kilt.  It's a fantastic romp, with humor and Scottishness and vulnerability, all in the same short, skillful, pleasingly alliterative fic.  <3
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Title: The Midas Touch
Author: flawedamythyst
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 32231 words
Rating: Explicit
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: John Watson has a medical condition that means everyone he sleeps with is instantly healed of all illness and injury. This causes complications when Sherlock breaks his arm, and even more complications when Sherlock falls in love with him.
Yes, this is a story where John has a literal magic healing cock. It's a lot less cracky than you're probably imagining.
Warning: Contains complex issues of sexual consent, although not between Sherlock and John.

Reccer's comments: This fic takes a cracky premise and treats it totally seriously, with excellent results.  The psychological toll of John's condition, and the ways it affects (or doesn't affect) his relationship with Sherlock, are realistic and in-character, and the story deals thoughtfully with complex issues of consent and ethics, while also being really enjoyable to read.  There's no shortage of humor and sweetness here either, and the story works on multiple levels.  It's an impressive balancing act, done with skill and warmth.
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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: Oxidation
Author: abbykate
Pairings: Sherlock/John, Sherlock & John, Sherlock/Victor, Moran/Moriarty, Greg/Molly
Length: 27969 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Major Character Death, Graphic Depictions of Violence
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: as oil paintings dry, the process is not evaporation as there is no water in the paint to disappear; instead, the oils in the paint are oxidised causing them to harden over years in a process that never really stops.

Reccer's comments: This fic is heartbreaking, and stupendous.  The premise is that Sherlock is a famous artist who's commissioned by Harry to paint a portrait of John, who in this AU didn't survive Afghanistan.  But then Sherlock starts to see and hear John, who comes alive for him like a modern Galatea and sets a seemingly inevitable series of events in motion. This story has the best tortured artist Sherlock I've read, and the sense of color and emotion and desperation, and the tragedy of Sherlock seeing John but not being able to keep him, make this something haunting and unforgettable. I hurt not only for Sherlock, but for everyone who cared about him too, including Victor, and this story has one of the best versions of him I've read. (The supporting characters in this are excellent.)  I liked, too, that the magical realism elements weren't over-explained, and that the author didn't pull punches emotionally. On that note, mind the warnings and bring a hanky; you'll need it, as this is pretty devastating, and I absolutely mean that as a compliment.  It's not an easy story, but it's a very good one, and well worth reading for the fantastic writing and the wrenching believability of this Sherlock.  It's incredibly visceral, indelible work.
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Title: Just Transport
Author: kinklock
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 4650 words
Rating: Gen
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock deduces a very interesting man on the tube one day, and starts to take public transport more often. Which is, of course, just a coincidence.

Reccer's comments: Another Tube fic, but in this one Sherlock hates the Underground--at least until he sees John on it one day, and becomes determined to find out more about him.  This is a gem of an alternate first-meeting fic, with lots of humor and awkward sweetness and Sherlock being rather emotionally clueless, at least until John cottons on.  I grinned pretty much the entire time I was reading this; it's quite endearing.
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Title: The Most Poetical Thing
Author: silversmith
Pairings: Sherlock/John, Sherlock & John
Length: 4666 words
Rating: Gen
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock loves the Underground. Other things are a bit more complicated.

Reccer's comments: This gorgeous fic uses the Tube and Sherlock's love of it as a metaphor, beautifully.  The language is lovely, and Sherlock's adoration of making order out of chaos--and of John for doing the same thing with him--is poetical indeed, and memorable and moving.  This is almost dreamlike in its imagery, and I could feel the sounds and rhythms of the Underground (and Sherlock's heart) as I read this.  <3
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Title: Cocoon
Author: holyfant
Pairing: Sherlock/John, Sherlock & John, John/Mary
Length: 3143 words
Rating: Gen
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: At least shut the curtains, then.

Reccer's comments: This missing scene fic for TSoT is keenly observed and beautifully written and quietly tragic. Sherlock teaching John to dance is certainly ripe ground for fic, but [ profile] holyfant puts her own delicate spin on it. The attention to detail and the weight of what's left unsaid make this as intimate and careful as a held breath, and Sherlock's belated self-awareness of his own desires is heartbreaking.  There's so much story and knowledge of the characters packed into just a few thousand words.  It's phenomenal work.
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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:A Second Chance
Author: kipli
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Warnings: None
Verse: [e.g. Sherlock BBC
Author's summary:Sherlock Holmes opens the matchbox from The Sign of Three and finds himself years in the past, back to that first dinner at Angelo's with a much younger John Watson. Is he dreaming?

Reccer's comments:I adored this lovely story it made me teary at times. The idea that Sherlock could go back 5 years and decide to make things go better between them. It was brilliant the way the story unfolded around them. Sherlock seeing how much the younger John was interested in him before things Sherlock did destroyed his fascination with him.

This story was romantic and sexy just everything the pilot should be and what the un aired pilot was. :)))))))

This was emotionally draining but in a good way kind of an edge of your seat story. Sherlock and John are both very much in character. The sex was loving and sweet just wonderful. You have lines like these...."He leveled Sherlock with a steadier look and admitted quietly, echoing Sherlock's own words, “It takes a very particular sort of bloke to gain my attention too. Just so you know.”
Sherlock smiled, truly smiled, at the thought that he could be the sort that John would notice. If only... If only he'd nurtured that idea... His own eyes flashed with adoration at John."

This just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside it sets my heart all aflutter.
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Title: The Deepest Secret Nobody Knows
Author: raina_at
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: about 5000 words
Rating: NC-17
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock has been gone from Baker Street for exactly 388 days. When he returns, nothing is quite the way he expected it to be.

Reccer's comments: This is a lovely post-Reichenbach fic featuring pining Sherlock, broken noses, John in glasses, Sherlock's matchmaking mother, and some very emotional and hot elevator sex.  I love the way the author captures how lonely both of them are without the other, but doesn't gloss over the hurt and the difficulties involved in John forgiving Sherlock.  It's memorable and skillful work.
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Title: Seven Times a Night in Baker Street
Author: achray
Pairing: Sherlock/John, Sherlock/Janine
Length: 4176 words
Rating: Explicit
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: “What if we experimented? Kept count? Would you be…amenable?”

“Oh my God,” said Janine. “I’m never letting you go.”

Reccer's comments: As soon as I read this, it became my head canon.  It fills in the gaps in Sherlock and Janine's relationship (and does a much better job with it than the show did, imo), and deals believably and respectfully with Sherlock's sexuality and everyone's agency, while still being a Johnlock fic at heart.  Its Sherlock POV is excellent, and Janine is nobody's fool.  It takes the mess of Series 3 and makes something intriguing and incisive and poignant from it.

(Mods, could we get tags for Sherlock/Janine and for Series 3 fics?)
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Title: One Year of Text Messages: Sent, Not Received
Author: doctornerdington
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 1502 words
Rating: Gen
Warnings: Major Character Death
Verse: BBC
Author's summary:
Sent at 14:06
This is the most irrational thing I’ve ever done: sat on a grave, sending texts to a dead man.

Sent at 14:06
Second most irrational. You and I, at the start of things, well.

Reccer's comments: This is beautiful and heartbreaking and so very well-written.  There's so much emotion in so few words, and it's very recognizably Sherlock, albeit an older and wiser version of him, grown into the great man that Lestrade hoped for.  Bring your hankies, because the quiet grief of it will probably make you cry, but there's hope in it too.  This has stuck with me ever since I read it.
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Title: Fundamental Things
Author: merripestin
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 1108 words
Rating: Gen
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Five universes where Sherlock is not human, but certain other things remain the same, in five 221bs.

Reccer's comments: This vignette does more in 1100 words than I've seen some fics do in 50k.  The prose is gorgeous, lithe and adept and precise, the worldbuilding is rich, and the characterization is perfect.  The different times and possibilites are like looking through a prism.  221b's are an underappreciated art, and merripestin is a master at them.
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Title: a fool could see just how much I adore you
Author: trustingno1
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 1724 words
Rating: Explicit
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Nocturnal penile tumescence, Sherlock thinks, fisting himself furiously, is hateful.

"NPT?" the John in his head asks, amused. "Mate, it's just morning wood."

"Shut up," he grits out, "shut up, shut up."

Reccer's comments: This is a poignant and keenly observed look at the subject of Sherlock and Sex, and at how much he misses John after TSoT.  It involves Sherlock's mind palace, a very unwelcome Mycroft, and one more deduction than Sherlock was expecting.  It's a lot of heavy lifting for 1700 words, and the summary doesn't really do it justice, but the author makes it into an excellent character study that's tender and funny and sad all at once.
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Title: Upon This Throne
Author: ifonlynotnever
Pairing: Sherlock/John, Sherlock/Irene
Length: 1615 words
Rating: Teen
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Inside his mind is a Palace. Inside the Palace are many rooms. Within the largest room is the Throne. Upon the Throne sits the King.

Reccer's comments: This is a fascinating and seminal look at Sherlock's mind palace, and at how it slowly rebuilds itself around John.  It's a vivid and memorable 1600 words of Sherlock's mind and heart, and it's lovely.
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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: Swoon
Author: cathedral_carver
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 3482 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: N/A
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock keeps fainting. There are approximately five different reasons why this might be happening. Possibly six.

Reccer's comments: This is another gorgeous fic from [ profile] cathedralcarver. Sherlock is endearingly terrible at knowing what to do about his Feelings for John, and John is warm and wry and steady and a bit bewildered. I loved the way Sherlock sees John in this fic; it says so much about Sherlock's state of mind without being obvious. The writing is so quiet, and there's so much feeling in so few words. The imagery and structure in this are excellent--the former is arresting and emotionally raw, and the way the story comes full circle and uses definitions as section headings only adds to the effect. It's sweet and sad and funny, all rolled into one.


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