Apr. 21st, 2014

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Title: The Ballad of Lady Smallwood
Author: AJHall
Pairing: None
Length: 1,000 words
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: In His Last Vow that final scene appearance from You Know Who could have been a coincidence. But the world is rarely so lazy.

Reccer's comments: AJHall is a prolific writer and I love all of her stories, not last because they're so clever and carefully put together that it usually takes me several re-reads to become aware of and comprehend all that's going on in them. In this delightful little His Last Vow fic, she explains in an incredibly witty, entertaining and imaginative way how Sherlock got off that fatal airplane. And because AJHall is the forefront writer of "Women being awesome", of course it's the women of Sherlock who save him.

In five marvellous miniatures, we get to meet Lady Smallwood, Mummy, Irene Adler and Janine, all of whom play their parts in Sherlock's rescue. And play them brilliantly. It's wonderful how they're all introduced in just a couple of seemingly random sentences, which manage to truly grasp the essence of their character. To top it all off, there are all kinds of ingenious little references, both to popculture and to the canon of the first two Sherlock seasons.

This truly is a showcase for the women in Sherlock. But it's also more than that - it's a showcase for absolutely excellent writing. If Season 4 went with this fabulous explanation for Moriarty's appearance at the end of His Last Vow and told it in a similarly stellar fashion, I would be beyond happy.

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