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Ariane DeVere
Sherlock Fic: A Good Man 
10th-Oct-2011 01:56 pm
Benedict - Metro
Title: A Good Man
Author: Ariane DeVere
Word count: 221
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Character death. Mild bad language. Angst.
Disclaimer: Sherlock belongs to way more powerful and wealthy people than me.

The Warnings above say it all: Ari is currently on the Angst half of her Crack / Angst cycle. But it’s only a 221B, so at least it’ll be over quickly.

The idiot shouldn’t even have been there but, like so often in the past, had found out where the team was going and simply turned up. And when it all went tits up and Laura Dickerson’s gang arrived, he was the only one near to the door. Lestrade would never forget his look of determination, resignation – and regret – as he glanced back at the others one last time before swinging the door closed, locking himself in with the gang as he pulled the key out and dropped it down the drain, keeping the Yarders safe but leaving them utterly unable to assist. John’s anguished scream when he heard the first gunshots on the other side of the door would probably ring in Lestrade’s ears for the rest of his life.

And now Lestrade looked out over the congregation, pleased that so many people had come. He turned his eyes to the coffin. “You always were a bloody idiot,” he told it fondly, and Sally choked out a brief laugh from the front pew before burying her face in her hands.

“But you finally ended up being a good man,” Lestrade continued shakily. “I knew you could be.”

In a show of utmost respect, he addressed his fallen colleague the same way he always had.

“Thanks, Anderson – you utter, idiotic, stupid berk.”


Author’s Note: Sorry, sorry, sorry (well, sort of ...). Though I’m not sure if I should be apologising for making it look like Sherlock was the one who had died, or for once again trying to redeem Anderson. I don’t even know why I keep trying to make him the good guy!

10th-Oct-2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Poor Anderson. It was unexpected, but really well done.
One day soon I will try to redeem Anderson as well...
10th-Oct-2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
God, woman, are you trying to kill me?

Brilliant and deceptive like always. You rule! <3
10th-Oct-2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Only for you would I read something with the words 'death' and 'angst' in the warnings - it must be love :)

Brilliant, as always - I love the 'berk', that sounds really Lestrade and it's nice that one of us is letting Anderson have a good side... although, at the same time, I think you're technically being meaner to him than I am!
10th-Oct-2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Character death ? Checked. Mild bad language ? Checked. Angst ? Angst ???
*leaves gambolling, whistling away and humming merrily Ding-Dong ! Anderson is dead*

Well, this is me after reading. Before reading I was rather "Oh no Ariane don't kill Sherlock oh no John please don't be dead". Anyway I'm sure John screamed with delight (or with laughter), not with anguish, when he heard the first gunshots. In fact I'm even sure he bribed Laura Dickerson’s gang to shoot Anderson down.

Yes, I may dislike Anderson heartily a bit. I hope I didn't hurt you, in case you really like him, but hey, if you must write a character death fic, it may as well be the death of this utter, idiotic, stupid berk, and I call him so in a show of utmost respect too, of course.
*tries to look sincere and fails completely*
10th-Oct-2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Er, that's rather embarrassing, I've just realized I was so busy disliking Anderson in my first comment that I completely forgot to say I really enjoyed your fic, it's really clever. I had doubts with the look of determination, resignation – and regret, because obviously Anderson can only have a bovine, expressionless - and utterly stupid - look, but I had a real "Oh my God she killed Sherlock I hate her" moment with John’s anguished scream. But now I don't hate you anymore since you killed Anderson and he had it coming and... (see first comment). :-)
15th-Oct-2011 10:38 am (UTC)
One can go off people, you know! Here I am sweating blood and tears while trying to write a painful angsty story about the agonising and grief-inducing death of a well-known character in the hope that everyone will feel sorry that they were so mean to him, and all you do is laugh and whistle.


So, um, thank you - ish - for this and your following comment, even though you're a mean nasty person who's horrible to poor, noble, heroic Anderson.


What the hell am I saying? I killed Anderson off! All is right with the world! Yay!

*does the happy dance and joins you in the gambolling, whistling and humming*
10th-Oct-2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
I sort of had guessed (or perhaps feverishly hoped?) that none of our boys would die. I don't like death-fics. But you got me curious enough to read yours anyway ;)
Ah well, yes, I can spare a little bit of regret for Anderson now. In the little world of your 221b-story he is redeemed from being so annoying.
10th-Oct-2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
I dont know why everyone hates on Anderson, he only does his job. Sherlock is the real asshole, much as I like him XD Aw, this is heroic, though how the forensics guy ended up in that situation, Im a bit curious about.
15th-Oct-2011 10:41 am (UTC)
Glad I'm not the only one who - for some odd reason - has a bit of a soft spot for Anderson! And I too wondered how the hell I could get him into this situation in the first place, hence the rather cryptic first line!
10th-Oct-2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
Got me! Nice refreshing twist. Very much like the last 2 sentences. A well-done 221b!
19th-Oct-2011 03:22 pm (UTC) - kind
What a kind, kind woman you are, Ari, to see determination and outright heroism in Anderson. Will I have that kind of compassion in my next life? Um, no, definitely not. But I can certainly appreciate it in you.

Also, thank you for saving me plane fare with your ending. Because if it had turned out to be Sherlock in the casket, I was going to have to fly back to London and have it out with you in an epic battle, possibly involving mochi balls.
19th-Oct-2011 08:26 pm (UTC) - Re: kind
But honey, how else am I going to lure you back to England as soon as possible?! And these mochi balls aren't going to eat themselves ...

*waves the mochi balls temptingly in front of mirith's nose*
19th-Oct-2011 08:37 pm (UTC) - Re: kind
Mmm, delicious mochi balls ... I must be strong ...
Throw in Benedict naked at the National Theatre again, and you have a deal. *kicks self for never having heard of him when Frankenstein was showing*
24th-Oct-2011 08:14 am (UTC)
LOL! Mirth Griffin sent me to this so I knew the ending, but well done, you!

(I just killed Anderson in an AU)
12th-Aug-2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
29th-Aug-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
You've nothing to apologize for in my book. Lovely, and very much in character all 'round.
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