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Florence, May 1891
My dear Watson,
What list of assurances can I give that this truly comes from my pen, the pen of Sherlock Holmes, not dead after all, not buried with Moriarty among the black rocks of the Reichenbachfalle or swept by ice-melt to the fast river and the endless sea?
Do you remember the day we first met? Truly remember, not that charming and misleading set-piece you presented for publication. People talk idly or write poetically about a shock of recognition, but sometimes it really happ

Calcutta, India, June 2 1891
My dear Watson,
Yes, it is I. Truly. I dared not tell you of my survival; I am sure you will understand. You always wore your heart on your sleeve, you know. I never learned that trick. Mine was always locked in my head. I know that I must keep my survival a secret from all the world, even you, Watson. Mycroft is a sort of cypher for me, the same blood, the same mind, and the same habits of concealment ingrained by decades of practice. You could never learn it, and I admit now that I am glad of it. You have always complemented me perfectly

Isfahan, Persia, June 2 1893
My dear chap,
Unaccountably I find myself still alive, when by all accounts I ought to have been dead a dozen times these past two years and it would be all one whether you thought me lost in Switzerland or Baluchistan. Perhaps you still think of me from time to time?

Port Said, Egypt, September 20 1893
Dear Friend,
If only I could sit and talk with you over dinner at Simpsons, or go for a stroll together in Regents’ Park. The adventures I have had, the places I have seen – as I often remarked to you, life is stranger by far than fiction. But perhaps you have other concerns now

Montpellier, France February 14 1894
I picked up a copy of The Strand for last December at a bookstall on the Place Castellane. Forgive me

Bureau du Telegraphe, Paris, France, April 8 1894

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All of you do indeed deserve roses. It is thus with some regret, although unlike Holmes we are being upfront about it, that we advise that [livejournal.com profile] acd_holmesfest is now going on hiatus for an unspecified period. Your mods’ RLs are just increasingly busy and tired and we don’t want that to mean a dip in the care taken and a reduction in the quality of the space created for bookverse Holmes fanworks here, but we are not looking to handover the reins, we just would like a rest.

There will at least be no autumn round this year. If, as and when we are ready to resume, telegrams will be sent to all relevant fan platforms in good time. Meanwhile, take care, don’t give up on ACD Holmes (and Watson, and Lestrade, and Hopkins, and Mycroft, and Mrs Hudson, and…) and consider contributing to communities such as [livejournal.com profile] holmestice [starts posting today!], [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes, [livejournal.com profile] come_at_once and [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60, as well as continuing to create and post to A03 or FFNET or anywhere where Holmes is loved and admired. Or create your own community – the more the merrier!

Date: 2015-06-01 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistyzeo.livejournal.com
Thank you all for all your hard work!

Oh and the letters make me want to cry into my laptop but I won't because water damage. So lovely.
Edited Date: 2015-06-01 02:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-06-01 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tripleransom.livejournal.com
I thought the fest had some amazing stories and art this year. I'm sorry to hear that there will now be an hiatus, but RL has a way of doing that to one. However, please don't let us think you are dead for the next three years. I hope you will come back to LJ and let us know how you are doing as time allows.

I credit this fest for finally giving me the courage to start writing my own stories - something I yearned to do for years, but never quite had the nerve to do. I think I can find the impetus to continue now; once out of the bottle, that particular genii is hard to stuff back in.

Thank all of you mods for doing such an amazing job for the past few years. You have been responsible for creating a real resurgence of interest in quality ACD-verse works, something this fandom can always use more of. You are the ones who deserve the roses.

Date: 2015-06-01 02:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ancientreader
From someone who participates in this fest only as a delighted reader: my heartfelt thanks for all your hard work. I hope your rest break is -- well, restful! And, selfishly, I hope too that someday you'll feel the urge to run another round. It's been a joy.

Date: 2015-06-01 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fyliwionvilyaer.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for all the mods hard work and putting this altogether. It was so much fun, and lovely to have so many excellent works to observe.

Sorry to hear on the hiatus but rl can be such a pain. Looking forward to seeing the return.

(also the letters have me all a flutter of emotions now.)

Date: 2015-06-01 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jcporter1.livejournal.com
Thanks to all who work so hard on acd_holmesfest. It is romantic and we'll done. A rare thing.

Date: 2015-06-01 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
Thank you all so much for all your hard work.

You will be missed in the autumn, and I do hope you will find your way back from the falls safely.

Date: 2015-06-01 10:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
What a poignant note for the fest to end on. But if it has to be so, I'm so glad I took part this round - it's been lovely.
Thank you to the mods for your hard work. Much appreciated.

Date: 2015-06-02 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sevs-girl72.livejournal.com
As the first fest I've ever participated in and completed, not only once, but twice, it is completely due to you folks. This is run so efficiently and effectively and it is truly a joy to participate in. You mods are the greatest - it is no wonder you need a break. It is a well earned and deserved one.

Thank you for all the work you've put in, you are the ones that deserve all the roses and so much more. This round has been exceptional!

Date: 2015-06-02 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marta-bee.livejournal.com
I'd just like to add to everyone else, how grateful I am for this exchange's existence - and how grateful I would be were it to ever come back at any point, but equally how much I can see the need to step back. These events take so much more effort than anyone would imagine, and when they're as well-run as this it's easy to not se the labors behind the scenes.

Thank you for introducing me to so many talented and good-natured Sherlockians. And good luck in your resting and in whatever you choose to do after.

Date: 2015-06-02 09:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saki101.livejournal.com
Oh, those attempts to communicate to Watson. What a tale told in so few words!

It has been another wonderful round. Thank you for making all six rounds happen and may RL calm down some for you all in the next year or so.

Date: 2015-06-02 11:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
Thank you for running this. I'm glad I got to participate this once, at least!

Date: 2015-06-03 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Thank you all. It was a pleasure to take part in this, and in previous years it was a pleasure to read the collections as well. We're all wishing you the best, rest well and take care :)

Date: 2015-06-08 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mainecoon76.livejournal.com
So sorry to hear about the hiatus, but RL happens. I'm glad you told us straightaway, instead of writing beautiful letters and never posting them as certain gentlemen in our fictional acquaintance apparently did.

Thank you so much for your efforts, patience, and enthusiasm and for giving us all such a wonderful time again and again. Roses for the mods!

Date: 2015-06-13 10:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hardboiledbaby
A beautifully wrought reveal post, as always ♥ ♥ ♥

Another magnificent round! Many, many thanks to all the participants, but especially our hard-working mods. Pls enjoy your well-deserved hiatus :)

July Tomorrow...

Date: 2015-06-30 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livejournal.livejournal.com
User [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles referenced to your post from July Tomorrow... (http://scfrankles.livejournal.com/15300.html) saying: [...] I've been up to on LJ lately: As anyone reading this probably already knows, I took part in Round 6 [...]
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