Title: The Three Gables: Shingle
Word Count: 60
Summary: She’s a snoop and he’s good with his fists. Cue the theme-music.
“’Wicked to tell fibs,’ as if he ain’t told enough ‘isself,” Susan sniffed. “Reckon I’m as good at findin’ out things as he is.”
Steve Dixie stared into his beer. “I could outbox that doctor bodyguard of his.”
Tall thin white woman and large black man looked at each other. And grinned.
“Harrow Detective Agency?” suggested Dixie.
They shook hands.
( Three_Gables )
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: John couldn’t help but feel as though the large tuna beyond the glass was staring at him, which was weird because it’s not like fish had eyelids, they always seemed to be staring at things.
Reccer's comments: The author says this isn't crack, but I think it's a shining gem of the crackfic genre - a premise that seems ridiculous on the surface treated with absolute commitment, until it becomes vivid and real. Take the plunge into this splashy tale of piscine lycanthropy and you'll never see a fishtank quite the same way again.
When wounded army vet John Watson applies for a job as an aquarium security guard, he has no idea what’s about to happen after dark.
This underrated author has a spectacular sense of worldbuilding, and this fic is suspenseful, sexy, vivid, hilarious and surprisingly touching. The plot twists come fast and furious, and I especially love this very inventive version of Moriarty and Moran (who are both female in this story). Fishnappings! Sushi-related threats! Weird and eldritch magic!
Also, it’s set in the London Aquarium and was written long before any pivotal scenes occurred there on the show.
Excerpt: Mycroft was the one who became the killjoy for the tuna pair. A few days after the discovery of their morse code capabilities Mycroft appeared at the window of their tank. Dressed formally as usual, umbrella and all, he sat down facing the glass and proceeded to unfold the paper under his arm.
After floating by a few times trying to read the news, Sherlock darted to John, fin flicking a short message, S - T - O - P / C - O - D - E.
The urgent message made John want to see what Sherlock had read on the paper and managed to catch Mycroft before he folded it away. There on the offered page was a small article questioning “Are Sea Life’s Fish Intelligent?” Below was a little black and white picture of their tank and, sure enough, the black shapes of John and Sherlock within. The paper itself was one of those silly “Are aliens cavorting amongst my sheep?!” types, but still, the fact that someone had written in to say they’d seen the fish at the aquarium doing code and talking to each other in an intelligent manner was unsettling. And who knew who else would see it and start watching a little closer.
MODS: may I have tags for fem!moriarty and fem!sebastian moran, please?
I apologize that I'm posting this so late today. I'm adding in a reminder to my phone to post these earlier.
Most everyone wanted to read the stories alphabetically and gardnerhill suggested by abbreviation which tickled my fancy enough that that will our reading order. I'll update our profile shortly to list it. I did have an idea for a theme for this round -- for the short stories. Each case, if I recall correctly, carries its own overtone. In my discussion, I aim to give a few words that would best describe the overtone which could then be used for the short stories. Thoughts?
This coming Sunday, we are reading The Three Gables. A client's home and its contents have come under intense study. What does Holmes find out?
If you're new to our community, don't be shy! We read each of the 60 ACD canon stories in a little over a year. Some of the stories are split up given their length. You can have a look at our profile page for the schedule. Each week, the story's discussion begins on Sunday and remains open all week. You can join in with the discussion or write a short 60 word story based on the week's case or just read along with us. Or all three! And you can join us here or on our sister community on livejournal, sherlock60.
We look forward to seeing everyone this coming Sunday.
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Warnings: Discussion of suicide (not H or W)
Verse: ACD books
Author's summary: Watson travels to Kent to attend the funeral of an estranged friend from his past who committed suicide. Certain things transpire to make Watson wonder if his inappropriate love for Holmes could possibly be requited. After drinking a bit too much on the train home, he drafts a letter to Holmes revealing all, but isn't sure he will ever have the courage to potentially ruin everything by giving it to Holmes. Of course, things go terribly awry, and it will take a timely intervention by Mycroft Holmes to set things back on track.
Reccer's comments: This is a beautifully constructed, bittersweet story about lost opportunities, and found ones. Watson takes a short trip to attend the funeral of an old army buddy, and the emotional journey is a much longer, more grueling, and rewarding one as his friend posthumously persuades him to not waste chances. Watson reads his old friend’s heartbreaking suicide note, and is inspired to write a dangerously honest secret letter of his own - that seems to go missing.
Although the reader knows nothing terrible has happened or will happen, the tension and suspense is nonetheless real. In addition, Mycroft plays a delightful role and the relationship between the brothers is so effectively drawn in just a few paragraphs. This story has a beautiful, patient, leisurely style that encourages full immersion in the nuances of emotions, and the satisfying payoff is especially effective in its well-chosen setting. If it’s romance feels you want, this will give you a good buzz (sorry sorry).
Time passed with terrible slowness and Watson didn’t want to go to his club or any of the places he might have gone on an average day, certain he would miss Holmes’ return should he be gone even a handful of minutes—that’s how these circumstances went, in real life as well as farcical plays and lurid yellow-backed novels, wasn’t it? The protagonist waits and waits until he can wait no more, steps out for but a moment and, lo! The person he was waiting for only then deigns to appear.
“Not on my watch, by heaven,” Watson grumbled under his breath as he stared down onto Baker Street through the sitting room window, the sunset a painter’s dream of colour beyond the rooftops to which Watson could not give due appreciation.
Unfortunately these are a part of everyone’s life, including the inhabitants of Baker Street. Workmen and shopkeepers send their bills to Holmes, Watson and Mrs. Hudson. And of course Holmes sends out his bills to his clients.
To: Mrs. Hudson
Bill for repairs to 221B:
Sorting out flood in bathroom
Sorting out strange noise in pipes
Plumber's note: I have now found the source of the problem but I believe you said last time you did not have the heart to evict him.
To: Mrs. Hudson
Bill from Wilton’s Wines and Spirits:
12 bottles of gin
24 bottles of light beer
7 bottles of Scotch
5 bottles of brandy
1 bottle of tonic
Hope this will suffice for this month but if not, please do not hesitate to contact us.
To Lord Brawlton:
The bill for retrieving your kidnapped goldfish plus expenses is enclosed.
Dear Mr. Holmes:
Thank you once again for the return of Moby and Dick, and for your prompt bill.
In fact I had been going to send you a bill for the damage caused to the west wing, the fountains and my wife’s mental health during the course of your investigations.
But let's just call it even.
Please add your own bills in the comments!
As always, you needn’t take part in this activity if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.
Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
Wednesday 23rd August - Assignments will be out to all participating
Wednesday 27th September - Deadline for submissions
Tuesday 10th October - Posting begins!
Tuesday 31st October - Reveals for all gifts
Participants, after matching is finished, you'll be hearing from the mods with the information you'll need. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Readers, hold tight for forthcoming ACD Holmes fic and art goodness per the schedule above. This is when the real fun starts, friends. See you all soon!
I've read some of the stories on and off throughout my years upon this Earth, but it was with this community, during round 4, that I read them entirely without pause. I was unable to participate as much as I wanted to during round 5, owing to some offline events, but when I heard that we would be ending the rounds, I was sad since I now have Sundays off. I volunteered and here we are.
I've been in some kind of fandom since I was in middle school and I've since expanded to many others (too many to list). Sherlock Holmes has always been one of my first loves, however, and I've never left it. (I will endeavor to not let my fannish ideas color my posts here, but do forgive if they leak in without my permission, the sneaky things.) I eagerly look forward reading the stories with you during this next round and shall do my best to not muck it up too badly here as this will our first round here.
We do have a few things to consider before we start next week, August 20th.
-What order shall we read them in?
-And would you like for me to guide a discussion of the story or did you have something new in mind that we could do for our Sunday reading?
Let me know in the comments and I'll let everyone know what our plan will be on Friday if all are amiable.
Until then dear ones.