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Sherlock fic: Revelation 
21st-May-2012 02:16 pm
Izzard - fingers in ears
Title: Revelation
Author: Ariane DeVere
Word count: 221
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Sherlock belongs to way more powerful and wealthy people than me.


Summary: Mycroft brings startling news. Post-Reichenbach, but no spoilers.






Revelation

“He married during the time you were apart.”

“Married?”

“You’ve been apart for a long time. He had no idea whether you would ever be reunited; he missed you, he was lonely. It was inevitable that he would seek friendship elsewhere, and Mary understood him, was patient with him, and eventually they fell in love. Well, I say ‘they fell in love’ - she fell in love with him. He likes her a great deal, he enjoys her company and he missed her when she was away from him. She knows he doesn’t love her in the same way, but she also knows he needs her, and she wants to be there for him. So when he asked her to marry him, she accepted. It was a quiet ceremony; I was surprised that he invited me but I was pleased to attend.”

“Why are you telling me this, Mycroft?”

“Because it’s time. It has taken a long while, but both of you are safe from any threat from Moriarty’s network, and you can return to two hundred and twenty-one B Baker Street if you wish. Whether you want to live there or simply use it as a base from which to work, it is available.”

“And she’ll be coming too?”

“Yes, of course. Come, John. Come and meet Sherlock’s new bride.”


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Author’s Note: I know. I know you’re going to kill me. You’re going to kill me to death with sticks, aren’t you? But what did you expect? I said after my last story that I was annoyed that I hadn’t been able to use ‘bride’ as a ‘b’ word in a 221B.

Still, I think you should blame verityburns. I was sitting at her dining table when I wrote this, so it must be her fault.

Anyway, sorry.

I think the icon says it all ...

Comments 
21st-May-2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Whatever happens, I still love you, sweetie :D

PS But this was NOT MY FAULT!!!
21st-May-2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Was too. *pokes tongue out at you*
21st-May-2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
You should have burned the dining table! You should have stop supplying her in Shiraz! Because this is obviously the kind of things you write only when you're completely tipsy. :D
21st-May-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I wasn't even in the room, in my own defence! Nor had I supplied any inebriating substance at that time of day - she produced it while I was on the school run. The others heard it together but I had to read it later... on my own... in the dark :(

Clearly the answer is to GET her tipsy - and keep her that way. A sober Ari is a dangerous Ari!
22nd-May-2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
Alone in the dark? *gigglesnorts*

Sorry. So not appropriate in this thread. *goes back to being sober looking*
22nd-May-2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
And if this is what I was like on page one, god help everyone when I turn to the next one ...

Actually, I've been rather startled by the response to this. I thought everyone would just snort and say, "Typical DeVere twist," not collapse in a sobbing heap. Then I realised that it was REALLY BAD TIMING posting this the day after many Americans had seen Reichenbach for the first time. *slaps self*
22nd-May-2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
It is a typical DeVere twist, but too be honest, it is a cruel one.

Absolutely brilliant, because apparently everybody (not only me) read it and felt like you just slapped a wet flannel (or a dead animal) in their face for no one saw this coming. But cruel.

Also, I haven't seen Reichenbach in month and it still broke my heart.
Which really makes me wonder: Why is this version soooo much worse?
21st-May-2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
Jesus! Did not see that coming at all. A total blindside! Wow. At least if it were the other way around, there would be hope but in this case, I can't imagine it turning out well in any way. John would either decline and disappear, never to be seen again, or he'd give it a try then be miserable until he finally leaves. Ouch. This one hurt.
21st-May-2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Owie. Sorry! Think of it as an AU: our boys would never do this to us - or to each other.
21st-May-2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
All right, I'm not going to kill you but....what were you thinking doing that to poor John?!

Okay, now that I've got that out of my system. Very nicely written 221B! And you did a fantastic job blindsiding all of us.

I guess I forgive you. As long as you promise to never do it again! LOL
22nd-May-2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks for the forgiveness! Hopefully my silly plotbunny has got it out of her system now and I shall never inflict such horrors on you again.
21st-May-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm choking back on tears. Oh god.

How you managed to rip my heart in two in just 221 words..it's too beautiful I will just forgive you D':
22nd-May-2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
Sorry for making you cry, and thanks for forgiving me!
21st-May-2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
You experienced my initial reaction to this live, so I don't need to try and tell you what happened, what with the strange noises and jerky movements...

This hurts even worse when you know what's coming. I still think it's brilliant, but I kinda hate it with all my heart. Sorry. ;)
22nd-May-2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
It's OK, you can hate me, cos it looks like everyone else does too!
22nd-May-2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
Noooo, I am not hating you! Only the story. Or the alien who put it in your head. ;)
21st-May-2012 02:31 pm (UTC) - OOh
First time I read this I read through and then automatically inserted the word, John's new bride, into the end, and I thought oh, ow poor Sherlock, then went to comment and spotted Mattsloved1 saying poor John.. and went back re-read the end and realised OH um... what!! You even managed to fool my eyes with this one!
22nd-May-2012 01:15 pm (UTC) - Re: OOh
Ah, denial. Tis a wonderful thing!
21st-May-2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Ouch!
Very well done and a blindside for me as well.
Poor John! John was the one who thought that Sherlock was dead and yet Sherlock was the one that "moved on". That has got to hurt.
So cruel because it is so short it leaves it to our imagination - which can do terrible things - thinking what if this, what if that -
Sounds like it could be a prologue ...
22nd-May-2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry. I didn't mean to be cruel. I honestly thought people would laugh and say, "Oh, typical DeVere silliness." I didn't think I would be breaking people's hearts!
21st-May-2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
Very clever use of the format - congratulations on that. I particularly liked the touch about Mycroft being invited to the ceremony, which only suddenly takes on extra meaning when you read it for the second time.
22nd-May-2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I do enjoy writing a good twist at the end.
21st-May-2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
I'm with Anarion:

* First: you heard my reaction live. I believe you feared for your life.
* I kind of hate this with all my heart.
* It's perfect. It made me make loud, dramatic noises when I first read it. You surprised me utterly.
* Also, I kind of hate this with all my heart. Did I say that already?

Well done, you.
22nd-May-2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
Oh lord, yes. Your face through the (thankfully closed) window as I sat out on the deck and you came and glared at me through the glass. I was afraid to come back in, and wondered if I should just grab my suitcase and go!
21st-May-2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I just yelled "booooooo" at my screen really loudly, and then went to go pick up the pieces of my broken heart.
22nd-May-2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
Sorry. I hope you found all the bits and managed to put them back together again.
21st-May-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
Eeek! Ouch! Very neatly done, though ...
22nd-May-2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
21st-May-2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
CHOCOLAMOUSSE, before reading the last line: OH ARIANE WHAT HAVE YOU DONE??? And what do you mean by He had no idea whether you would ever be reunited? John wasn't sure Sherlock was dead and he got married all the same? Of course it was a quiet ceremony, everybody was shattered. But now that he knows, he will get divorced, won't he? WON'T HE???

CHOCOLAMOUSSE, after reading the last line and after a bit of hyperventilating: OH ARIANE WHAT HAVE YOU DONE??? IT'S HORRIBLE!!! Well, I mean it's very very clerverly written but it makes it YET MORE HORRIBLE, which is not small talk.

Gosh, you're strong. I didn't see anything coming until the last line, then I had a WTF moment, reread the whole thing in a "I-can't-believe-it" way and am now torn between admiration and hatred. (But "hatred" in a nice way, OK?) Listen, if this is the kind of things you write when you're with the four others, don't you ever meet again, in the name of slash. You'd better post a very slashy collaborative story to redeem yourself. :D
22nd-May-2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
*pets Chocolamousse* Easy, sweetheart, it's just a silly story from the nasty lady. She didn't mean it. *croons a lullaby*

Post a slashy collaborative story? I don't know what you mean. *shifty eyes* *cough*keep watching*cough*
21st-May-2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I don't like maryfic either, but tha fandom needs to face the issue: at some point there will be a Mary. This take is a good one, unexpected, au, but very very good.
22nd-May-2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked it despite it being a maryfic!
21st-May-2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
W H A T ? ? ?

That must be the twistiest twist I've ever read! And so cleverly written!
My I crown you Queen of Twist? :)
22nd-May-2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
Um, yes, you may, I guess! Thank you!
21st-May-2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Well, that's a turnup, isn't it?

I guess this makes me a bad fangirl, but I kind of want a polyamorous relationship for them, theoretically. (Not in the show; having a Mary in the show will only confuse and detract from the center of the show, which is their relationship. Not the cases.)

Polyamory makes more sense to me than making John and Sherlock be everything to each other and fulfill all of the other person's needs. They're both damaged enough that I'm not sure that's possible anyway. But I'm not sure they're mature enough to let a third person in, and that person would have to be psychologically strong and healthy to cope.
22nd-May-2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
Why did I read that as "That's a turnip"?!

Yes, I'm not sure I would want to be Mary once Sherlock brings her home.
22nd-May-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Ha ha! I love it when fic's pull the rug out from under me. Kudos!
22nd-May-2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I do enjoy putting a sneaky twist at the end.

Edited at 2012-05-22 01:32 pm (UTC)
22nd-May-2012 07:13 am (UTC)
There are times when I have to use a cliche: this is wrong on soooo many levels!!!
22nd-May-2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
Umm, thank you, I think. Or alternatively, sorry!
23rd-May-2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
I started rereading it before I started the last sentence, because I thought I had missed something. And no I didn't :)

I'm surprised there isn't more John in Sherlock's position during the final problem fics!
23rd-May-2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
No, it was just me being my usual twisty self! Mwahahaha ...
16th-Jun-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
wow, great twist... didn't see that one coming at all after knowing John marries in the ACD canon!
17th-Jun-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Ah, thank you. I do like to write an evil twist!
13th-Aug-2012 04:35 am (UTC)
Funny!
29th-Aug-2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
Aw. I think, based on "Courting is Over," if anyone could write this at length and make it okay, it would be you. Of course, I really don't expect you to do that!

The funny thing is, I'm a huge Mary Russell-Holmes fan...but with this Sherlock, no. That is so not an option.
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