221(b) Fics for our Pinch-Hitters

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Title: Daring to Act
Recipient: The Fantastic Pinch-hitters of Round 6
Author: [redacted]
Rating: PG
Characters, including any pairing(s): Mr Sherlock Holmes, Dr John Watson
Warnings: None
Summary: At the conclusion of a case, Watson wonders what the consequences of his actions will be.

"I watched Holmes approach with a mixture of relief and trepidation..." )

Title: Essential to the Process
Recipient: The Fantastic Pinch-hitters of Round 6
Author: [redacted]
Rating: PG
Characters, including any pairing(s): Mr Sherlock Holmes, Dr John Watson
Warnings: None
Summary: Logic requires certain essentials.
"It is essential to the process..." )
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Fic for obstinatrix: "Word Games"; NC-17

Title: “Word Games”
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tweedisgood
For: [livejournal.com profile] obstinatrix
Rating: NC17
Wordcount: 4,294

Notes: Beta thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mazaher. ‘Taboo’ was a Victorian parlour game where the aim was to reveal a given word or letter of the alphabet by deliberately alluding to it *without* actually using it in answer to questions. Sundry quotes from the canon story ‘The Empty House’ and from the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885. Cock Lane (London EC1A) is a real place. The In & Out Club is, too http://www.navalandmilitaryclub.co.uk/ Sorry for the ‘Cabin Pressure’ reference. Wait: no, I’m not.

'Sodomy.' )
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Fic for mainecoon76: Telling the Bees; PG

Title: Telling the Bees
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] mainecoon76
Author: [livejournal.com profile] marta_bee
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland and [livejournal.com profile] androdea
Rating: PG
Warnings: (canonical, more or less offscreen) character death
Word Count: 2,471 words + Notes
Summary: A moment from the Great Hiatus, on the road to Damascus.
Author's Notes: With all due apologies to Aristotle, Doyle, the Christian Bible, and any other work I've managed to scrawl over with this graffiti. I pilfer because I love.

It has been two years, seven months, and seventeen days... )
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Fic for inamac: The Adventure of the Bridegroom's Photograph; PG

Title: The Adventure of the Bridegroom's Photograph
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] inamac
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Rating: PG
Characters, including any pairing(s): Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, various OCs and historical people
Word Count: ~6600
Warnings: ACD-esque historical distortion, discussion of illness/death
Summary: There is more than one secret to be revealed when a young man comes to Holmes and Watson with a keepsake and a question.
Beta thanks: to [livejournal.com profile] tweedisgood, always a treasure
Notes: [livejournal.com profile] inamac, you asked for a historical mystery with an emphasis on detection, and I tried my very best for you with my first ever case-fic. See end for notes on the real mystery, what I changed, and how it differs from ACD's solution – and he had one!

I came to Baker Street often in that late spring of 1890 for that strange, sweet respite of chaos... )
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Fic for kerravonsen: The Scotland Yard Stalker; PG

Title: The Scotland Yard Stalker
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen
Author: [livejournal.com profile] winryweiss
Rating: PG
Characters: Dr. John H. Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Mrs. Hudson, Inspector Stanley Hopkins, Inspector MacKenzie, Inspector G. Lestrade.
Warnings: post-hiatus timeline, case-fic, crossover with Raffles (very, very feeble one).
Summary: A mysterious stranger follows several members of Scotland Yard.
Word Count: 2491
Disclaimer: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and everyone from this charming gaslight universe created by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain. Inspector MacKenzie was created by Ernest William Hornung, and is now also in the public domain
Notes: With hearty thanks to [livejournal.com profile] gardnerhill for her help and proofreading. She was patient enough to race against the clock with me, so all my gratitude belongs to her.

The Scotland Yard Stalker )
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Fic for fyliwionvilyaer: and after me a strange tide turns; PG-13

Title: and after me a strange tide turns
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] fyliwionvilyaer
Author: [livejournal.com profile] obstinatrix
Rating: PG-13
Characters, including any pairing(s): Holmes/Watson
Warnings: References to period-typical homophobia
Summary: In retrospect, it was foolish to assume that a man like Sherlock Holmes knew nothing of London's darker quarters. He lived among them, after all. Title from Wilfred Owen.

In retrospect, I will readily admit that the confusion was largely my own fault... )
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Fic for stellinia: The Adventure of the Woman in Mourning; PG-13

Title: The Adventure of The Woman in Mourning
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] stellinia
Author: [livejournal.com profile] capt_facepalm
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 8200
Characters: Watson, Holmes, mention of canonical characters, a meriad of original characters.
Warnings: Violence
Summary: This fic has it all! Holmes point-of-view, kiddie fic, canonical cameos, canonical death(s), romance, murder, vengeance, confounding aliases, secret societies, deductions, and kittens!!! (Just kidding... no kittens, but a cat is mentioned in passing.)
Author's Notes: Sir Arthur played fast and loose with his chronology, and so must I. More time passes between EMPT and NORW than is conventionally accepted in canon. Revisiting SCAN is heartily encouraged but is no guarantee to understanding this story. Sorry about that.

The Adventure of the Woman in Mourning )
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Fic for elina_elsu: His Heartbeat A Lullaby; PG-13

Title: His Heartbeat A Lullaby
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] elina_elsu
Author: [livejournal.com profile] apidologist
Rating: PG-13
Characters, including any pairing(s): Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, references to Watson/Mary Morstan
Warnings: depictions of war experiences and trauma
Summary: Watson’s army experiences are the source of nightmares which make it difficult for him to sleep, and Holmes is determined to do whatever he can to help.
Disclaimer: a line or two paraphrased from the canon and from the light of my life, BBC Radio Holmes

The smells were the first to come into focus: antiseptic, dust, sweat, blood. )
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Fic for spacemutineer: This Mortal Ark; PG

Title: This Mortal Ark
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Author: [livejournal.com profile] sevs_girl72
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes, Doctor John Watson, Stamford, Inspector Lestrade and some original characters.
Warnings: Post-hiatus angst
Summary: A doctor dies after a séances at a dinner hosted by the Stamfords and Watson finds himself at the doorstep of 221b once again, despite not being sure where he and Holmes stand with each other after Holmes’ return after the hiatus.
Word Count: 3670
Disclaimer: Holmes is in the public domain and instilled in all of our Holmesian hearts, but I must pay homage to the singular genius of Arthur Conan Doyle; We’d have none of this glorious deduction and angst without him.
A/N: The title and epigraph of part I come from Tennyson’s In Memoriam XI and the epigraph of part II comes from the “Epilogue”. Also my thanks and love go to the speedy work of my two lovely betas and cheerleading team [livejournal.com profile] siggen1 and [livejournal.com profile] theicescholar

This Mortal Ark )
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Fic for scfrankles: Literary Shortcomings; G

Title: Literary Shortcomings
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles
Author: [livejournal.com profile] rachelindeed
Rating: G
Characters, including any pairing(s): John Watson; main focus is on Watson & Holmes, also touches on John/Mary marriage
Warnings: minor character death, non-specific references to illness and depression
Summary: Glimpses of a shared life.
Author’s note: Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit for the beta! I know that [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles has a special love for micro-fiction, so I chose to use the "1sentence" format, wherein one takes a prompt table of 50 words, writes one sentence for each prompt, and ultimately combines them to examine a character or relationship.
Disclaimer: Thank you, Sir Arthur. Also, I am grateful to the [livejournal.com profile] 1sentence LJ community for the format and also for the prompt table (I used their theme set Epsilon).

Literary Shortcomings )
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Fic for alafaye: The Unabridged Version of The Engineer's Thumb; R

Title: The Unabridged Version of The Engineer’s Thumb
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] alafaye
Author: [livejournal.com profile] jcporter1
Rating: R
Characters: Sherlock Holmes , Dr. Watson, Victor Hatherley, Inspector Bradstreet, Colonel Lysander Stark, Dr. Becher, Elise
Warnings: Descriptions of gruesome death, and near gruesome death.
Summary: "The Engineer’s Thumb" has been described in Dr. Watson’s own words as a weak case that didn’t showcase Holmes’ skills. Yet he was compelled to write it anyway, only with the good parts left out.
Disclaimer: I make no money or fame from this colorful retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s story or the use of characterizations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

The Unabridged Version of "The Engineer’s Thumb" )
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Fic for winryweiss: The Case of the Rose by Another Name; G

Title: The Case of the Rose by Another Name
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] winryweiss
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hiddenlacuna
Rating: General
Characters, including any pairing(s): Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson
Words: 2076
Warnings, if any: None
Summary: Dr. Watson is called to attend to Holmes, who has a terrible cold after a case. Holmes recounts the case that led him to become ill. Pretty much a Victorian Shaggy Dog story.

As any writer knows, there are some stories which simply are not fit to be published... )
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Fic for emmyangua: The Secret Sculptor; PG

Title: The Secret Sculptor
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] emmyangua
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gowerstreetcat
Rating: PG
Characters, including any pairing(s): Holmes, Watson, Holmes/Watson, Mrs Hudson, past Holmes/OMC, OFC/OMC
Warnings: None apply (I think)
Summary: A chance encounter on the street brings Holmes into contact with a figure from his past who is in need of his assistance.
Disclaimer: All due credit to ACD. Apologies for playing with the London transport system.

The aftermath of the Felderson case, which resulted in the absolute pardon of Miss O'Bryan... )
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Fic for vernets: Signs and Signals; R

Title: Signs and Signals
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] vernets
Author: [livejournal.com profile] saki101
Rating: a mild R
Characters, including any pairing(s): Holmes/Watson, sundry OCs
Word Count: ~9K
Warnings: none
Summary: Holmes boxes. Watson wagers. There are exchanges of signals and a case.
Disclaimer: public domain

Signs and Signals )
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Fic for rachelindeed: The Unexpected Visitor; G

Title: The Unexpected Visitor
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] rachelindeed
Author: [livejournal.com profile] inamac
Rating: G
Characters/Pairings: Watson, Mycroft
Warnings: None
Word Count: 1400
Summary: Mycroft Holmes visits Doctor Watson with a request and an impossible task.
AN: My recipient asked for 'a series of moments in which Mycroft absolutely and indignantly refuses to do things', and also pointed me at 'The Reigate Squires'. This is the (I hope happy) result.

Today the names of the Netherlands Sumatra Company and of Theodore Maupertuis are notorious... )
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Fic for saki101: A Monograph on the Misfortune of Matrimony; R

Title: A Monograph on the Misfortune of Matrimony
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] saki101
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fyliwionvilyaer
Rating: R
Characters, including any pairing(s): Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, John Watson/Other, Charles Augustus Howell, Charles Augustus Milverton, Second Wife
Summary: Holmes returns from a case abroad to find Watson due to be married, but a rush to the altar and a question as to why leaves him to investigate the motive behind the sudden unrest.

I have nearly died on several occasions... )
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Fic for morelindo: The Adventure of the Druids of Lanyon Dolmen; PG

Title: The Adventure of the Druids of Lanyon Dolmen
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] morelindo
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tripleransom
Rating: PG
Character(s): Holmes, Watson, OCs
Warnings: Mention of drug use
Length: 5,500 words
Summary: Holmes and Watson head off to Cornwall to investigate a case that may have supernatural elements.
Disclaimer: I don't own any of 'em. Don't I wish.
A/N: This fic was inspired by a wonderfully evocative pencil sketch produced by [livejournal.com profile] lynndyre for the spring, 2014 [livejournal.com profile] acd_holmesfest. I was so taken with it that I asked for permission to write a story for it. When I saw that my idea would fit in with my recipient's request, this was the result. [livejournal.com profile] morelindo, I hope you like it and [livejournal.com profile] lynndyre, I hope I have done justice to your artwork.
Lanyon Dolmen is a real monument in Cornwall, but I have played a bit fast and loose with its geography and its history. Consult the site http://www.stonepages.com/england/chunquoit.html for some references to the topography and surrounding landscape.

The Adventure of the Druids of Lanyon Dolmen )
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Fic for jcporter1: The Seventeenth Page Affliction; R

Title: The Seventeenth Page Affliction
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] jcporter1
Author: [livejournal.com profile] emmyangua
Rating: R
Characters, including any pairing(s): Holmes/Watson
Warnings: Suicide (not a main character), period typical homophobia.
Summary: As always, I was ever curious to the thoughts of my friend and in the years that followed I puzzled over that moment. His face was so severe, so preoccupied that I knew at once that this case would be either a most intriguing story for my readers or one I never dared to retell.

It has been put to me, on occasion, that my writings are not always as clear... )
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Fic for kizzia: The Major and the Violinist; G

Title: The Major and the Violinist
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] kizzia
Author: [livejournal.com profile] alafaye
Rating: G
Characters, including any pairing(s): Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, a handful of OC
Warnings: None
Summary: A visit to the countryside turns up a murder.
Disclaimer: The characters presented herein were created by Sir ACD.
A/N: Thanks to my beta, [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit, who, as usual, did a wonderful job, but also corrected my errors with some of the terms. [livejournal.com profile] kizzia, case fic is not my usual area and I stretched myself a bit, trying to create and solve a crime, but I hope you enjoy this.

The Major and the Violinist )
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Fic for apidologist: In Vino Veritas; R

Title: In Vino Veritas
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] apidologist
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gardnerhill
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes & John Watson, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Word Count: 10567
Rating: R (explicit sexual content)
Warning: Discussion of suicide ideation. Slight warping of the history of French oenology (shifting the decades of The Great Wine Blight and its solution forward a few decades).
Summary: Grafting is the process of adding something new to something old and established, which makes the whole stronger. The story is a prequel to my "Oubliette" series.
Disclaimer: Holmes and Watson originally belonged to ACD, but now Sherlock Holmes belongs to the whole world. Author gratefully acknowledges the existence of Chateau La Riviere Fronsac in the Aquitaine, the winery that is the model for Les Trois Pierres.

It all begins with a tiny winged insect... )