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Sherlock fic: Very sincerely yours 
6th-Aug-2015 02:38 pm
Sherlock - this isn't canon?
Title: Very sincerely yours
Author: Ariane DeVere
Word count: 221
Rating: PG

Summary: On the run from Moriarty, events take a turn for the worse in Switzerland.

Although it’s meant to be the BBC characters, this is an ACD-compliant version of part of “The Final Problem.” Well ... Ish.

“It’s from the hotel manager, Mr Steiler,” he told me, brandishing the note which the young boy had brought us. “He wants me to go back there. Something’s happened and he needs me there to reassure an English woman who refuses to speak to my Swiss counterpart.”

“Then you should go,” I said. “I’ll carry on to Rosenlaui. You can rejoin me there this evening.”

“I’m not sure I should leave you ...” he began.

“Go,” I said. “Your skills are needed back in Meiringen. You know you can’t refuse. I’ll be fine.”

He looked at me worriedly. I gave him what I hoped was a reassuring smile and finally he turned to follow the young boy.

I watched him go, and gave him a lazy wave when he turned back once to look at me. I hated sending him away like this. He might never forgive me, but at least he would be safe. That was all that mattered.

I paused only to leave my umbrella leaning against a rock with a note attached to its handle, explaining to Greg why I had done what I’d done. Then I turned and continued up the path beside the Reichenbach falls, steeling myself for my forthcoming confrontation with the brilliant but dangerous man who had been threatening the life of my brother.

The 221B Author’s Note:

Recently I was re-reading Courting is Over, the longest fic I’ve written, and that in turn reminded me of another story written pre-Season 2 with the CiO characters, the scorching Lorem Ipsum by Saathi1013. I re-read that as well and loved it all over again. (A bit of advice: if you haven’t read Lorem Ipsum before, heed the tags, and don’t read it on the train like I did. You can pull muscles forcing yourself not to writhe on your seat or make inappropriate noises.)

Anyway, during Lorem Ipsum there’s a plot point which inspired the above 221B ficlet. My title is, of course, the last words written in the note from Sherlock to John in Doyle’s The Final Problem, so I figured that Mycroft would do the same for Greg.

(And now I’m wondering whether it might be worth posting Courting is Over on AO3 after all. I never took it across when I was transferring a lot of my other fic from Livejournal because I thought it was already too old, but I quite enjoyed reading it again and even though it’s really dated in terms of being only Season 1 compliant, maybe, just maybe a few people might still find it interesting.)

But I haven’t done a story with a twist like this 221 for ages. I’m baaaaaack!!

6th-Aug-2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
D"ARRRGH!!! *clutches pearls* Yaaaaasssss! A Mystrade twist on Reichenbach! Love it.

Yes, to please posting fic on AO3. *nod nod*
6th-Aug-2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie!

Yeah, the problem with Courting is Over is that it's told from the POV of Sarah, and so it might not encourage many readers to dip in. Still, I'll think about it a bit more and see if I fancy doing some editing to it and re-posting it on AO3 some time soon.
6th-Aug-2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
You're baaaaack!! Hello darling, this was a pleassure, as always and I would love to have Courting is over on AO3. I need to reread it. :-)
7th-Aug-2015 08:31 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was such a joy to think of a story with a twist again, thanks entirely to Saathi1013.

I'm going to have a proper look at Courting and see if I can tidy it up a bit and then maybe I will start posting it on AO3.
7th-Aug-2015 08:49 am (UTC)
Oh this was wonderfully clever - I was trying to work out who was speaking and not until the word 'umbrella' did I realise . . . as John might say, brilliant!

Thanks also to the links to Courting is Over and Lorem Ipsum which I haven't read before, but now have bookmarked.
8th-Aug-2015 11:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and hope you like the other stories too.
7th-Aug-2015 01:02 pm (UTC)
Note to all the Holmes brothers' boyfriends: if your beloved suggests a trip to Switzerland, never, never accept. :D

Of course you should post Courting is Over on AO3! Some people still write fics that are only Season 1 compliant, and also new readers popped up since you posted it on your LJ. Just, you know, don't forget to post Courting Unending too. *tries to look innocent*
8th-Aug-2015 11:08 am (UTC)
And now I'm wondering if 'the other one' also met their demise in Switzerland.

I'm already tweaking CiO ready to post on AO3, probably next week. And yes, I'd realised that Unending must inevitably follow to right the terrible wrong of the first story!
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12th-Aug-2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oops. Sorry. Sort of. Though, to be honest, losing sleep over Lorem Ipsum may well be worth it!
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