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Sherlock fic: Terror on Baker Street 
10th-Aug-2012 03:24 pm
Sherlock - JW the fuck is this
Title: Terror on Baker Street
Author: Ariane DeVere
Word count: 221
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Sherlock belongs to way more powerful and wealthy people than me.

Summary: Their friendship has endured every crisis. They have shared countless experiences. But nothing, nothing can compare to the terror which is currently stalking them throughout their daily lives.

Terror on Baker Street

Since they joined forces to solve crimes and blog about it (and occasionally forget their pants), Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have fought side by side. Sometimes they also fight each other, but their friendship has endured every crisis. Their story is told globally, and the world is a better place because of their work.

They have shared countless experiences. Some have been enjoyable. Many have been traumatic.

John has killed for Sherlock. Sherlock almost killed them both rather than allow his nemesis to continue his criminal rampage unchecked.

Sherlock has suffered the pain of having to lie to his best friend to keep him safe; John suffered the agony of believing his best friend was dead, and forgave him when he returned.

But nothing, nothing can compare to the terror which is currently stalking them throughout their daily lives. Nobody can help them; not even Mycroft can prevent this horror. There is nowhere to hide. No matter where they run they are haunted, hounded, left exhausted and unable to sleep for constant fear of attack. And the attacks are non-stop, frequently shocking, and leave them asking one anguished question: Why? Why?

This adversary: this adversary is persistent and terrifying. There is no escape, no rest, no hope of ever defeating the determined fanfic writer ...

... and her plot bunny.


Author’s Note: Just in case there are any new readers here who don’t know all the fandom terminology: when a fanfic writer gets an idea for a new story, or even just a sentence or a paragraph, or maybe a title – that’s a plot bunny. They’re called ‘bunnies’ because they have a nasty habit of multiplying so fast that you can’t keep up with them all.

After writing three angsty stories on the trot, I informed my own very real plot bunny (she sits in my office and distracts me from my real paid work) that it was probably time we wrote some fluff or some crack. I didn’t particularly want to write a 221B, but as fic writers will know, when a bunny shoves an idea at you and demands, “Write it, bitch,” you don’t have a lot of choice; and within a few hours she was whispering, “You do know there’s a ‘b’ word you haven’t used yet, don’t you?” and waving a paw towards herself.

And for those of you who’ve read the last three stories and their rambling Author’s Notes, I wouldn’t say that I’m now utterly paranoid but I re-ordered the paragraphs in this one at least three times before I dared to post ... and I still fully anticipate a note from Verity saying, “Um, baby ...”


And damn it, but when I was proof-reading this Author’s Note just now, I thought, “That looks like it might be ... but surely it can’t ...”. Then I did a quick word count, groaned, added in one more word and changed the last word from ‘honey’ to ‘baby’ ...

When my bunny gets an idea, she won’t let it go.

10th-Aug-2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
But nothing, nothing can compare to the terror which is currently stalking them throughout their daily lives.
Oh my God. Is it the Midnight Scrabbler? Or a thpider?

*reads the fic*
This is so true! Now I better understand better the frequently shocking attacks, it's when someone writes a het fic. :D
10th-Aug-2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Er, there's a one "better" too many in my last sentence. When I tell you I need a beta for my comments!
10th-Aug-2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Great! I loved every line of it! *smiles and applauds* Fantastic!
10th-Aug-2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much - glad you enjoyed it!
10th-Aug-2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thpiders and bunnies and angst, oh my!
My bunnies also love to hop away on me. :-(

Edited at 2012-08-10 04:23 pm (UTC)
10th-Aug-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, for a crackfic it still has a lot of angst, doesn't it? I dunno why my bunny is so keen to include so much fretting right now.

And there are some times when I wish she'd go off on holiday so that I can get some paid work done for a change, but clearly she's enjoying herself too much at the moment.
10th-Aug-2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Be nice to your bunny! This was a fantastic idea :)
10th-Aug-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm always nice to my bunny. But sometimes she's not so nice to me ...
10th-Aug-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)

*goes back and reads the whole thing again and then gigglesnorts some more*

Also, have I mentioned that I absolutely adore your plot bunny?
10th-Aug-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
My bunny thanks you kindly. She is bonkers in the head but I'm rather fond of her myself too.
10th-Aug-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Um, baby... this is brilliant!

And when I say 'this', I mean 'you'.

What an absolutely perfect 'B' word - and utilised to the maximum in true DeVere form.

And a 221B A.N. too... you truly are on fire :D
10th-Aug-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you, honey. Or baby. Or whatever.

Going from not planning to writing a 221B to writing two - one by accident - is a little freaky, but who can argue with the Bun when she's in the zone?
10th-Aug-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Recently re-watched "Once More With Feeling," so here's some Anya for you:

Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes!
They've got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses!
And what's with all the carrots?
What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?
Bunnies! Bunnies! It must be bunnies! ... Or maybe midgets.
11th-Aug-2012 08:06 am (UTC)
I've got a theory ... that Anya knew what she was talking about!
11th-Aug-2012 01:14 am (UTC)
*bloodcurdling scream* AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! Plotbunnies! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Vicious, horrible little buggers! Relentless!
11th-Aug-2012 08:07 am (UTC)
Word. I'm very fond of my bunny but there are times when I look at her in disbelief and ask, "What are you DOING?!"
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11th-Aug-2012 08:09 am (UTC)
Good grief. Anyone would think I was scary or something!

*looks back at some of the stuff she has written"

Well, OK. You may have a point.
11th-Aug-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
The loveliest sort of meta!
Thank you
11th-Aug-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed it.
12th-Aug-2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
You wrote a perfect 221B with the best b-word ever. And then you wrote a 221B author's note by accident. *gapes in awe*
12th-Aug-2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but writing a 221B by accident is kind of embarrassing really! I think my plotbunny is just showing off now.
12th-Aug-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Is it wrong if I like your authors note a tiny little bit more than the story itself? You are a genius.
12th-Aug-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Well, as long as you like something I write, I'm happy!
14th-Aug-2012 03:48 am (UTC)
Ahahaha! Lovely surprise ending. Also, all hail the double 221b. HAIL IT.

I'm proud to have actually met your plot bunny, Verity Bun. She's been very busy, lately, hasn't she? ("Busy." I bet you've already done that one.) Can we expect a happy announcement of a 221b that ends with "Write it, bitch" shortly?
14th-Aug-2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Could you stop throwing words at the Bun, please?! She really doesn't need encouraging; I have enough trouble keeping her quiet as it is!
14th-Aug-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
29th-Aug-2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
lol, I love that your author's notes tend to come in 221b form now! Nice job!!
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