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Sherlock fic: Two two one bee 
3rd-Oct-2013 09:03 am
Sherlock - 221B door
Title: Two two one bee
: Ariane DeVere
Word count: 221 (plus another 221 in the Author’s Note)
Rating: PG

For Mirith Griffin. Happy birthday, sweetie!
(And for my other readers who demanded fluff. Hopefully this fits the bill!)

Summary: Nowadays, Sherlock looks differently at the information inside his mind palace.

It’s unusual to put the Author’s Note at the beginning, but in this case it’s necessary. (Not to mention that some readers enjoy my ANs more than the actual story, so this way you can skip the story altogether!)

This is a sort-of sequel to my recent story Initially, he wanted to be a pilot. If you haven’t read that, you’ll need a bit of explanation for this new ficlet. Spoilers to “Initially” ahead:

Sherlock has hidden his ‘essence’ away in his Mind Palace to protect himself from drug- and hypnosis-related reprogramming after being abducted. When John’s life is threatened, Sherlock’s mind unlocks itself to save him. The newly-released information manifests as a swarm of bees hidden in a version of 221B’s living room inside Sherlock’s head. The bee which knows all about baritsu re-teaches him how to fight the enemy and save John.

The ‘information bees’ went down quite well with some readers. So, because Mirith Griffin’s birthday was coming up – and because Atlin Merrick recently did a superbly clever ending to her story 221 which I was determined to pinch and re-use in a different way – I thought I’d do a 221B about the information bees.

As always, this AN is a 221B too!

Mirith, I’m really looking forward to seeing you very soon; and have a happy birthday!

Two two one bee

Sherlock never anthropomorphised his Mind Palace until John came into his life. Before then, it simply contained data – necessary information stored for retrieval whenever required.

But John has taught him to have more feelings, to care about people and understand pain, loss, joy and love. When his mind unlocks his hidden self, the data becomes animated, behaving like his beloved bees, buzzing inside his head with their enthusiasm and energy and eagerness to be treasured and appreciated.

Now he understands why he hid them inside a mental image of his own living room.

Because at last, thanks to John, it feels like home.


The baritsu bee feels that he’s different from the rest of the bees. They are important information which Sherlock uses in his everyday work; he is information Sherlock uses only for his own safety. This bee feels unimportant, unloved.

But when John’s life is in danger, the baritsu bee is the first one that Sherlock turns to. Sherlock cares now, and his first thought is to protect his closest friend.

All the other bees buzz their approval. Sherlock’s caring has given them life, and this bee’s knowledge has preserved their existence by saving John. Finally they appreciate the baritsu bee, and he is happy.

Because at last, thanks to John, it feels like home too, to one bee.

3rd-Oct-2013 08:11 am (UTC)
That's beautiful!
6th-Oct-2013 11:25 am (UTC)
3rd-Oct-2013 08:17 am (UTC)
Will be back, but must quickly just offer huge applause to the ending!

3rd-Oct-2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Just brilliant, the whole thing!

Anthropomorphising those bees was a great decision - and the poor little Baritsu bee here... how are you making me have feels about a figment of a fictional character's imagination?!


6th-Oct-2013 11:26 am (UTC)
I was relieved that people liked the bees after some doubt as to whether it was going too far! It could easily have gone the other way.
3rd-Oct-2013 10:50 am (UTC)
What a brilliant last sentence!!!

I can't even start to tell you all the things I love about this. Of course your AN is perfect, but I would NEVER not read your fics and deny me the genius that are your stories! (To much? Sorry!)

Now I want to make a baritsu bee to hug, because I'm so glad that she feels appreciated at last. *sobs*
6th-Oct-2013 11:27 am (UTC)
No, there's never too much use of the word 'genius', even if I think you're bonkers for saying so!

I'd like to have a baritsu bee too - especially if it lived inside Sherlock's head so that I would have to have him too ...
3rd-Oct-2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
3rd-Oct-2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
Well done!
3rd-Oct-2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
Yay, fluff! Everyboby feels loved and 221B feels like home for everyone and... This fic is honey. :-)
6th-Oct-2013 11:28 am (UTC)
7th-Oct-2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Also, the only reason I didn't say anything about the final pun is that I was too focused on the fluff and the cute little bee, and not at all that it's only now that I get it. Ahem. So please add "brilliant ending" and "so clever" to my first comment. It's your fault anyway, you sometimes write so angsty stories that when you post a fluffy one I only see the fluff. :D
8th-Oct-2013 10:49 am (UTC)
I always knew that eventually I would get my readers so used to angsty twists that one day I'd be able to sneak in some 'clever' fluff and confuse the heck out of them.

My work here is done.

*walks away twirling umbrella*
3rd-Oct-2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
Oh! Your last line is wickedly clever . . . just "brilliant" as one Arthur Shappey might say!

4th-Oct-2013 06:38 pm (UTC)

What a lovely, perfect coda to Initially :) Just the right amount of sweetness and fluff, and masterfully clever too (of course). I don't often read fanfic right now - lack of time - but I'm very glad I read this :D
6th-Oct-2013 11:28 am (UTC)
Glad you liked the fluff, and thank you for finding the time to read this.
5th-Oct-2013 01:42 am (UTC)
5th-Oct-2013 05:26 am (UTC)
I really like this one, this is another humanizing story that goes in the direction of Sherlock letting go of pride and realizing that even with being as intelligent as he is, he still has much to learn... that's the direction I love to see Sherlock going. :-) And I like the "too, to one bee" pun at the end, too, that's very clever. :-)
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