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Sherlock Drabble - Distraction 
24th-Aug-2011 07:03 pm
Sherlock - Kill for a cigarette
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 this story was chosen for inclusion in Sherlock’s Home – The Empty House, a book published to raise funds for The Undershaw Preservation Trust, a charity trying to preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Shortly afterwards a poll was run by the publishers for readers to choose their favourite story from the book and to my amazement my story won the poll.

The poll closed at the end of July 2012 and I’m still waiting for the prize which was promised to the winner – for the story to be narrated and recorded for download by Nicholas Briggs, who plays Sherlock Holmes in the Audio Adventures.

To show how it should be done, on 2nd August 2013 my lovely friend Mirith Griffin decided to commemorate the one year anniversary of me winning the poll and, in the space of a couple of hours, did what a professional publishing company couldn’t do in a year and produced a podfic – or, rather, a video-fic – of the story.

You can view it here.

Links to various ways of buying the book, either in hard copy or on Kindle, can be found here.
24th-Aug-2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
What a great idea!
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24th-Aug-2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks, mom-in-law! That's an amazing compliment!

I have tumbld the fic as requested.
24th-Aug-2011 06:22 pm (UTC)

24th-Aug-2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yay! This is so, SO hilarious... but what I absolutely love most about it is the way you haven't kept the pun for yourself - you've given it to John.

I can so clearly imagine him thinking of it, then going to all these lengths, giggling to himself the whole while, before returning home and (grinning madly) presenting it to Sherlock...

Picture the eye-rolling which would inevitably result, mostly to cover Sherlock's recognition of the affection behind the act.

Funny and sweet - a winning combination!
24th-Aug-2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
John, you are a genius. (Oh, hang on, that's the author, isn't it?)
24th-Aug-2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Perhaps Sherlock can supply a reBUTTal?
24th-Aug-2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Oh my God! This is brilliant!
24th-Aug-2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Love it!!
24th-Aug-2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
I have been sitting here trying to think of an appropriate comment to leave, and my Brilliant Husband walked by, so I made him read it too.

I'll just leave his comment: "It's a shoe-in for best drabble."
26th-Aug-2011 01:40 am (UTC)
I dunno. It was a little pedestrian. I took it in stride. It had plenty of sole, though, and was obviously not just cobbled together.
27th-Aug-2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
You absolute heel. You could get booted out of LJ for that.
26th-Aug-2011 11:52 am (UTC)
You, my dear, rock! Brilliant idea! :)
28th-Aug-2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
John is the best, the most caring and creative friend ever xD
Great idea.
And... I have one small question: can I translate this fic into Polish? I will be very grateful, if you agree :)
29th-Aug-2011 11:43 am (UTC)
I would honoured for you to translate it! Thank you so much!
29th-Aug-2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, great! It's my pleasure.
18th-Sep-2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Heh. Funny. Strange, I can actually see John doing this, just so Sherlock won't shoot the wall.
20th-Dec-2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Am grinning madly, just like John.
4th-Jul-2012 12:56 pm (UTC) - Vote
User mirith referenced to your post from Vote saying: [...] to raise money for Undershaw, people like best. Ariane DeVere's 100-word masterpiece, Distraction [...]
4th-Jul-2012 05:27 pm (UTC) - Fic: 221B - Man errs, till he has ceased to strive.
User anarion referenced to your post from Fic: 221B - Man errs, till he has ceased to strive. saying: [...] on the Save Undershaw website for people to indicate their favourite story. Hers is Distraction [...]
12th-Aug-2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
17th-Aug-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh, this is lovely. I imagine Sherlock would be quite pleased. :3

Edited at 2012-08-17 04:12 am (UTC)
29th-Aug-2012 12:58 am (UTC)
John is so awesome!!! And you have made him this way. I thank you. ^^
3rd-Mar-2013 07:03 am (UTC)
Oh. My. God. You are so clever!
5th-Aug-2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
I don't wonder that it won back then - and equally I don't wonder that you've never seen what was promised. I am still waiting for my collection book of young fantasy writers from when I was seventeen!
7th-Sep-2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
I love it!! :-) I love this so much that I sat here and giggled for about 5 minutes straight after I read it. :-)
28th-Jan-2017 11:03 am (UTC)
28th-Jan-2017 10:43 pm (UTC)
This is just amazing! Thank you so much! I'm blown away by your kindness, especially when I remember that your story came second and we were hoping that Nick would do both of them.

My thanks to Curtis too. How on earth did you talk him into it?!

Apologies for the delay in noticing this but I've got Verity with me and we haven't stopped talking for hours!

Much love to you. xx
28th-Jan-2017 10:52 pm (UTC)
no worries, I just wanted to make sure you saw it so I spammed all your things :)

Curtis is a wonderful wonderful man and when I asked him (I told him about the backstory and the frustration and told him you do so much for the fandom with your transcriptions) he immediately agreed to do it. Read it several times, too, to make sure there's at least one good recording. So sad I couldn't record his face, too, when he read it. It was delightful to see his expressions (we skyped), especially at the final three lines - he was just pure glee. If you want to thank him, he's on twitter @curtisbooger

I hope that after all the grief, you now feel that you really got the better deal out of this :)

also, all my love to Verity, I'm working on her bday fic right now :)

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