Jul. 10th, 2014

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Title: A Heart Beats The Best In A Bed Beside The One That It Loves
Author: anarmydoctor
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 1,632
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: "Sherlock has his ear pressed more intently against John's back, his curls softly tickling the skin, his cheekbone sharp as the grip of a gun. John fidgets a little, but he keeps sleeping. Sherlock closes his eyes and focuses on the sound, as though John’s back were solid ground, and Sherlock could hear, could anticipate, the vibration of a stampede."

Reccer's comments: A gorgeous classic of a one-shot, inspired partly by the aubade, a medieval literary genre that depicts (usually parting) lovers at daybreak. Unlike a typical aubade, this hymn to love suggests a happy ending, a sleeping pair still united, encircled by Sherlock's joyous dreams and interlaced with the sound of John's dauntless heart.

The skill of the author is demonstrated by the sure and deft treatment of the imagery. An image will usually reappear at least once, sometimes in a way that brings new light to it. For example, Sherlock's childhood dream of a companion with the head of a lion painted on his chest is recalled several times in descriptions of the lion-hearted adult!John, but then the image is suddenly inverted:

Sherlock stretches on the bed like a human hearted lion, all head, teeth and royalty, and presses gently his chest against John’s back, curls his legs in the hollow of John’s flexed knees, and tightens the arm wrapping him, the paw, the wing, the bridge, the net. Like that, he covers and protects John from the daylight.

Even without reading of Sherlock's battle with the sun, we have learned that both men are fiercely protective of each other.

If you are ever worried about the fate of Sherlock and John (especially during these long hiatuses), I suggest this beautiful, dreamlike work as a healing balm.


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