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A Study of Hands (BBC Sherlock)

This is (to become) a collection of random snapshots about the evolving relationship of Sherlock and John, concentrating on the aspects of their body language, especially their hands...

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Title: A Journey to the Core (Part 8 of ?)
Author: [info]nunewesen
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Genre: pre-slash, slash, romance
Rating: R to be on the safe side
Pairing(s): Holmes/Watson (eventually)

Summary:
Dr. Watson is finding himself unusually uncomfortable in his friendship with Sherlock Holmes. He decides to take a break and visit an old friend and client to clear his mind. But things do not work out exactly as anticipated, and so this particular journey takes him much further than simply into the country of Devonshire...

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7

I will never forget the way he looked when I entered that room. Collapse )
Title: A Journey to the Core (Part 7 of ?)
Author: [info]nunewesen
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Genre: pre-slash, slash, romance
Rating: R to be on the safe side
Pairing(s): Holmes/Watson (eventually)

Summary:
Dr. Watson is finding himself unusually uncomfortable in his friendship with Sherlock Holmes. He decides to take a break and visit an old friend and client to clear his mind. But things do not work out exactly as anticipated, and so this particular journey takes him much further than simply into the country of Devonshire...



Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

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Approaching the Rubicon

The table had just been cleared, when Barrymore entered with a letter on his silver tablet. Sir Henry took it and thanked him with his usual little nod, and I, in my heightened state of mind, could not help but feeling oddly content with the sight. I can still very vividly remember our common adventure regarding the dreadful Hound incident that had cost among others the life of Sir Charles Baskerville and, subsequently, brought his young American heir Henry Baskerville to the ancient home of his family. I took in the little scene that spoke of home and trust and mutual respect when I suddenly watched the change of expression in the face of our host. He slowly let the note sink and stared for a moment blankly into mid air, before he seemed to compose himself. He cleared his throat.

"I fear there will be a change of plans regarding tonight's dinner party."

Holmes glanced at me questioningly, but I could only answer him with a puzzled look - before I finally realised that Sir Henry had indeed been talking about company for the evening. Could it really have been only a few hours ago?

I pulled myself together. "Has something happened, Sir Henry?" I enquired.

"Well, it seems our intended guest of honour has severely sprained her ankle this morning, so I fear we will have to put the plans for the evening on hold."

I had no idea whom he was talking about, and I was completely unaware of any supposed guest of honour, so I merely asked if my assistance as a doctor was required, whereas Sir Henry informed me that Doctor Mortimer was already attending to the patient. He seemed somehow confused and concerned and on the whole rather put out, and I was not quite sure what was going on.

"Sir Henry." Holmes' eyes met mine for a moment, before he continued. "While this is certainly a most unfortunate incident... why should you be forced to put all parts of your plan on hold? Even if the circumstances are altered?"

Our host stared at my friend, and I knew the expression on his face all too well! It was the face of someone convinced to be dealing with a mind reader. "How on earth do you know..." His voice trailed off, maybe because of the redundancy of the question.

Holmes added: "People seem to be spending their time waiting for the perfect moment to come. But even if a moment is not exactly perfect, it might still be the right one."

It was now my turn to stare, because I still did not know what exactly they were talking about, and even more so because of that sudden undertone of emotion in Holmes's voice.

Sir Henry looked at him for quite a while before finally asking: "Does that mean you both would forgive me for neglecting you this afternoon? I also need to reschedule the dinner and all that... and I might be out of the house for a while..."

"Our good doctor here -" Holmes smiled briefly in my direction, "- has been repeatedly admonishing me about getting some rest. Being a doctor, he might have a point, so... I think I am going to humour him today and allow myself a nap in the afternoon. What do you say, Watson?"

"Hm?"

"Do you think you can entertain yourself for a few hours today?"

"Why certainly." I was still not quite sure what they were talking about, but obviously it involved Sir Henry being absent for the rest of the day, and my mind was reeling at the idea. "I have brought several books along that are waiting to be read. Please, Sir Henry, feel free to do whatever you please, without any concerns about us. Anyway, I would not, after all, want to endanger Holmes's plans for rest - now that he finally seems to be willing to indulge me."

"Oh", remarked my friend. "Whatever the good doctor wishes..." He quirked an eyebrow and managed to sound just the slightest bit ironic, but I felt the heat rising in my face and started fussing with my napkin, because I could not help it - all of a sudden every second word my friend said seemed to contain a double meaning for me.

Sir Henry smiled gratefully, as to him our conversation did not seem to be anything outside the ordinary. Also, as I understood a bit later, when we left the table, his mind must have already gotten ahead of him anyway.

"So he is about to propose marriage?" I asked Holmes, as we retreated into the luxuriously filled library and sat down in two large leather armchairs by the fire.

"At least that's what I gathered, yes."

"But whom, I wonder?"

Holmes chuckled lightly. "My dear fellow, I am highly flattered by your trust in my observational and deductional skills, but as much as I loathe to admit it: They are not unlimited."

I could not help but smile at this. "I assume this bout of modesty is to be kept off the record, eh?"

This one was a genuine grin. "Oh, strictly! After all, we're both on holiday, isn't that right? I can say, though, that the letter was written on paper bearing the letterhead of the Vicarage. And I must assume that our host is not planning to marry the Vicar."

"Somebody in his household, then!"

"Exactly. And a lady who has been staying there long enough so that Sir Henry could get acquainted with her, and better acquainted than in the early days with the unfortunate Mrs. Stapleton. I don't think he is of the type to make the same mistake twice. So, are you aware of a lady other than the cook or the maid living in the Vicarage?"

I shrugged. "No... I don't think so. Even if Sir Henry had mentioned something along those lines... I fear my mind has been more in London than right here these days. I might have not been the most attentive listener."

"I see..." My friend looked at me thoughtfully and finally took out his cigarette case. But instead of opening it he just held it in his hands and seemed to study it for a while, before he laid it calmly on the armrest of his seat. He rose with a fluid movement. "I think I'm going to lie down, Watson. Sir Henry is surely in the process of getting ready for the meeting with his lady." He passed me by, and his hand rested on my shoulder for the briefest of moments. Then he was gone.

I was sitting there, forcing myself to breathe calmly and counted silently to fifty. Then I counted again to onehundred. And then I could see no valid reason to stay seated any further.

At the bottom of the staircase I met our host, who had dressed into a smart suit and was on his way out. I remember that we exchanged a few words, and that I wished him luck - but my mind was once more already elsewhere.

I knocked at the door to Holmes' room, and he answered me with a "Come in!" that seemed calm enough.


Chapter 8

Title: A Journey to the Core (Part 6 of ?)
Author: [info]nunewesen
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Genre: pre-slash, slash, romance
Rating: R to be on the safe side
Pairing(s): Holmes/Watson (eventually)

Summary:
Dr. Watson is finding himself unusually uncomfortable in his friendship with Sherlock Holmes. He decides to take a break and visit an old friend and client to clear his mind. But things do not work out exactly as anticipated, and so this particular journey takes him much further than simply into the country of Devonshire...

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

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He was sitting on the opposite side of the table, too far away to reach, even if it had been possible for me to try. And yet, I could feel him. Oh... how I could feel him! His presence filled the room, his voice was a caress, and every glance he ventured into my direction was like a physical touch.Collapse )

Title: A Journey to the Core (Part 5 of ?)
Author: [info]nunewesen
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Genre: pre-slash, slash, romance
Rating: R to be on the safe side
Pairing(s): Holmes/Watson (eventually)

Summary:
Dr. Watson is finding himself unusually uncomfortable in his friendship with Sherlock Holmes. He decides to take a break and visit an old friend and client to clear his mind. But things do not work out exactly as anticipated, and so this particular journey takes him much further than simply into the country of Devonshire...


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

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I was suddenly standing much too close behind him, almost like spooning him in this unusual posture, our upper bodies slightly bent over the table. We froze in midst of the movement, both standing perfectly still... I believe I could even feel the warmth radiating from his body, and there was also a certain scent, warm and clean and intoxicating.Collapse )

Title: A Journey to the Core (Part 4 of ?)
Author: [info]nunewesen
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Genre: pre-slash, slash, romance
Rating: R to be on the safe side
Pairing(s): Holmes/Watson (eventually)

Summary:
Dr. Watson is finding himself unusually uncomfortable in his friendship with Sherlock Holmes. He decides to take a break and visit an old friend and client to clear his mind. But things do not work out exactly as anticipated, and so this particular journey takes him much further than simply into the country of Devonshire...


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

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Of course, for the time being, there was no possible way of getting it out of him - so I did what I was used to do, waiting for him to reveal whatever there was on his brilliant mind.Collapse )
Title: A Journey to the Core (Part 3 of ?)
Author: [info]nunewesen
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Genre: pre-slash, slash, romance
Rating: R to be on the safe side
Pairing(s): Holmes/Watson (eventually)

Summary:
Dr. Watson is finding himself unusually uncomfortable in his friendship with Sherlock Holmes. He decides to take a break and visit an old friend and client to clear his mind. But things do not work out exactly as anticipated, and so this particular journey takes him much further than simply into the country of Devonshire...

Chapter 1
Chapter 2


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“My dear fellow, do I always need a reason for doing certain things?” “Indeed, old chap. As your friend and colleague I happen to know that you do!” That remark made him chuckle, and I was instantly reminded how effortlessly he was able to charm me.Collapse )

Title: A Journey to the Core (Part 2 of ?)
Author: [info]nunewesen
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Genre: pre-slash, slash, romance
Rating: R to be on the safe side
Pairing(s): Holmes/Watson (eventually)

Summary:
Dr. Watson is finding himself unusually uncomfortable in his friendship with Sherlock Holmes. He decides to take a break and visit an old friend and client to clear his mind. But things do not work out exactly as anticipated, and so this particular journey takes him much further than simply into the country of Devonshire...


Chapter 1


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The memories came over me like a tidal wave. While Mortimer explained something to my host of which I only caught some phrases about bones and skulls, I entered the simple prehistoric abode, the voices fading into oblivion.Collapse )

A Journey to the Core... Chapter 1: Escape

Title: A Journey to the Core (Part 1 of ?)
Author: [info]nunewesen
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Genre: pre-slash, slash, romance
Rating: R to be on the safe side
Pairing(s): Holmes/Watson (eventually)

Summary:
Dr. Watson is finding himself unusually uncomfortable in his friendship with Sherlock Holmes. He decides to take a break and visit an old friend and client to clear his mind. But things do not work out exactly as anticipated, and so this particular journey takes him much further than simply into the country of Devonshire...


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Holmes and I had just gone through a whole series of trying cases, and as he himself had shown no inclination at all to give himself a rest, I had decided, at least this time, to go on my own.Collapse )

Also on:     AO3     and     Fanfiction.net

Sherlock - - A Three Ghost Problem

Title: A Three Ghost Problem (Part 1 of ??)
Rating: PG-13 ??
Fandom: Sherlock BBC with much more than just slight references to (please highlight re. possible spoilers):  A Christmas Carol
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Jennifer Wilson (sort of), ensemble fest
Disclaimer: How I wish I could take credit for ANY of this!!! But alas! My deepest gratitude to Sir Arthur, the MoffGat-Dreamteam and the BBC. Special guest star in my disclaimer and gratitude list: Charles Dickens.
Spoilers: ummm.... probably references to the whole first season
Warnings: Ghosts. Several. Sort of: "I can see dead people!!". Reference to/mentions of drug abuse and death. As we go along there might be: Angst. Grumpiness. Schmoop. Sex in the one or other way. Even Christmas fluff, who knows?

Also - I am so.not. a native English speaker. I don't have a beta or brit picker, and I have so far only written ACD-style. Writing contemporary Sherlock is totally INTIMIDATING to me - but I so very much enjoy this fandom, and I want to try giving something back. So...

(Cross-posted all over the place, incl. FF.net and AO3.)

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Sherlock knew that Jennifer Wilson was dead. Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Therefore, when Jennifer Wilson all of a sudden appeared in his very own living room (well, his and John"s to be exact), Sherlock found himself momentarily baffled.Collapse )