Oct. 7th, 2014

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Title: However Improbable
Author: earlybloomingparentheses
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 61701
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Underage
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: When unhappy sixth-former John Watson meets the brilliant ex-Etonian Sherlock Holmes, he finds his heart spending more time in his mouth than in his chest. Soon, he's navigating a sea of unfamiliar desires, his father's alcoholic disapproval, and the jagged edges of his new friend's extraordinary mind. Sometimes, he learns, love is soft and safe; sometimes, it's blood and teeth and fists. But then again, so is secondary school.

Reccer's comments: This is one of the best Teenlock fics I've read.  It really captures the pains and triumphs of coming of age, and it deals with mental illness and coming out in a very honest and compassionate way.  I don't often see realistic depictions of depression in fic (or any medium, sadly), but this one struck a chord.  The development of Sherlock and John's relationship is stumbling and fraught in a way that feels deeply true, and the whole story is beautifully and movingly written.  It's lovely storytelling.

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