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Sherlock fic: Against Inclement Weather 
22nd-May-2014 03:07 pm
Benedict - Metro
Title: Against Inclement Weather
: Ariane DeVere
Word count: 221 (+ a 221B Author’s Note)
Rating: PG

Summary: “I missed Sherlock so much when he went away, when I thought he was dead.” Absence will always make the heart grow fonder.

Against Inclement Weather

I missed Sherlock so much when he went away, when I thought he was dead. Two years with no purpose, no excitement, no adventure, just hanging around uselessly, pointlessly. I missed following him around London on his latest case, missed the chases through the streets or across the rooftops, always trailing behind but always keeping up, keeping him safe.

I missed being pressed against him while flattened against a wall, spying on villains or hiding from people who wanted to hurt us.

I missed being draped beside him on the sofa after an exhausting chase; I missed not even making it as far as the sofa sometimes, just slumped on the floor near him for half the night.

I missed him constantly shoving things into my pockets because he couldn’t be bothered to carry them himself. I even missed stinking of his cigarettes when the temptation became too much.

I didn’t miss being anywhere near that Woman, but I knew that he and I belonged together and no-one could get in between us for long.

I missed him.

But now he’s back, and I have a purpose again. More importantly, it was me he asked for before anyone else.

At last we’re together again. The two of us against the rest of the world.

Him, and me.

Sherlock, and his Belstaff.

The 221B Author’s Note:

Inspiration struck this morning while I was watching part of The Empty Hearse and specifically the moment when Sherlock asked, “Where is it?” and was happily reunited with the Coat. It’s been a long time since I last did that “Oooh!” noise and raced into the kitchen to find my handbag and dig out my notebook before I forgot the idea, then scampered into the bedroom to pet the plotbunny, and then had to keep stopping on the walk to the railway station to jot down a few more potential lines.

In other news, who fancies a brilliant, dramatic and exciting casefic with a difference? Not from me – I could only dream of writing something half as clever – but I’ve been the beta for an amazing, superb story by the fabulous Squire, which is full of adventure, BAMFiness, angst, drama, and a twist that’ll blow your mind. It’s halfway posted, and all the way completed, and you are in for such a treat if you venture in! Do yourself a favour and seek out Seek Out The Unworthy.

Ohhh, hang on! Reading my own story back just now, I suddenly realised that you can still read it as John’s words if you’re that way inclined. Good gods, I’m writing Johnlock even when I’m not. *pats self on the back*

23rd-May-2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Ya know, I gotta be honest, the moment he said, "I've got lots of coats," I immediately thought, "OMG, he's lying... this story is a lie..." X-) I thought so because of the way he said "Where is it?" and then when Mycroft asked, "Where's what?" he said "You know what," at the beginning... I didn't think he would've referred to that one coat in such a meaningful way in Mycroft's office if he actually had lots of coats, so that made me think not only the comment about lots of coats, but the whole story he was telling Anderson was a lie. X-)
23rd-May-2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
OOooo. Because I don't have enough to obsess over, right? Hee.
I tend to think he does have lots of coats because that kind of thing is bespoke, where you literally have to speak for the cloth used, put it aside for your own use. I can see him having several made once he realized it was the perfect thing for him, perhaps with special features, extra pockets, super stiff collars, what have you. I know the actual coat comes with an attachable fur collar (which we saw in Minsk), and the manufacturer really did run out of the material used. Mark Gatiss ordered one for himself, though.

I adored the use of the magic Belstaff in TSoT. Sherlock was forever producing large things from inside: two beakers, that giant folder of John-related papers for the drinking calculations, his roll of tools and magnifying glass. When he gets it back, it does sound like it's a singular item, the way he speaks of it. I noticed he also got his scarf back. But they really would need an extra coat for the body in the street. Or maybe he had extras made once they planned Lazarus. Hmmm.
No one got the real story of how he survived. Even Gatiss and Moffat never had to decide on just one, that's the fun of it. But even in the slashy, kissing Moriarty version, there was an extra coat. I bet that Scottish fangirl even believes he's got a closet full of them. Either way, those coats must have Wizard-space pockets, lol.
23rd-May-2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
The pockets must've been designed based on Time Lord technology... they're bigger on the inside. :-) Although very well-made replicas for about 1/10 the price do exist... in fact, I found the site that sells them, and I was just about to get myself one, but then my car died, so now the money is gone and I have to wait again X-)... so if they also exist in the show's universe, it would then be plausible that they procured one or more of those replicas. :-)

But the way the entire season went, especially TEH, it seemed to me that they were trying to make us all be able to say that we were right. Initially, before the season aired, I was thinking that they were gonna make us all be wrong and write a solution that nobody thought of... or at least posted online... but instead, it seems they did the opposite. What was presented as the truth seemed to include bits of all the most popular theories in the most realistic way as it was possible to make it, but then they threw in that fleeting little implication that the whole thing was a lie for what I think was a way not to tie it down to one set thing so we all could continue to say we got it right. :-)
24th-May-2014 12:13 am (UTC)
I ordered a Matrix Revolutions coat from this company: http://baronboutique.com/movie_replica_4.htm
Baron Boutique in Nepal. It's the best thing I've ever worn or owned. Now, I completely understand Sherlock's love affair with his coat, and why he'd want to make sure he had at least two at all times, in case one got damaged. They make a couple of Sherlock Holmes items, including Sherlock's coat. I actually like RDJ's corduroy frock coat better than the replica of the Belstaff, in this case.
You should poke around the movie replicas section. They have gorgeous things.
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