Title: Distraction Author: Ariane DeVere Word count: 100 Rating: G Warnings: None Disclaimer: Sherlock belongs to way more powerful and wealthy people than me.
Sherlock hasn’t had a case for eighteen days and is bored witless. On day nineteen John abandons him for over six hours; when John finally arrives home, his left shoe – still on his foot – is wrapped in a plastic bag.
“Right,” he announces. “I’ve been all over London: took a taxi to six different places and stood in the soil at each place. Your task is to work out exactly where I’ve been, and in which order.”
Sitting down on the sofa, he swings his left leg up onto Sherlock’s lap and grins madly at him. “The game’s a foot.”
Author’s Note: In May 2012 I submitted this story for possible inclusion in the book Sherlock’s Home – The Empty House, which was to be published to raise funds for The Undershaw Preservation Trust, a charity trying to preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. To my complete amazement, my story was one of the 30 or so stories and poems selected. Links to various ways of buying the book, either in hard copy or on Kindle, can be found here.