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Fic: "Three Times Sherlock Chose a Case Over John, and the First Time He Didn't" [Oct. 4th, 2010|10:23 pm]
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Title: Three Times Sherlock Chose a Case Over John, and the First Time He Didn't
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC 1)
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Rating: PG
Notes: This was written for Challenge #1 (Theme: Firsts) over at thegameison_sh. Seeing as that challenge is now over and most of us have owned up to what we've written, I figured I might as well post it here. Very short, as there's a 750-word limit on our challenge fics. This one clocked in at the max.
Summary: Exactly what it says on the tin.


IV.

Cooking wasn't foremost amongst John's hobbies, but it had always occupied a place comfortably near the top of the list. Harry envied his ability to perfectly execute most recipes.

Sherlock, on the other hand, tended to poke his head into the kitchen every five minutes in order to make sure John wasn't wrecking any of his hideous experiments.

“What is that, and where have you put the petri dishes?”

“On top of the fridge,” John said, giving the onions, ghee, and spices a stir. “Your cultures have all but developed a culture. I don't want that sort of thing in my skillet, thank you.”

“Too cold!” Sherlock protested, rushing across the kitchen to fetch them back down. “You didn't answer my question,” he said a few seconds later as he passed, sniffing. “It's like a curry house exploded in here.”

“Dinner,” John said. “Prawn dhansak, your favorite. You said you were eating today.”

“So I did,” replied Sherlock, carefully arranging the petri dishes on the table. “We'll have to eat in the sitting room, though, if that's all right with you. I'm not relocating these.”

John turned back to the stove. “Whatever it takes.”

“Thank you, by the by,” Sherlock said, lingering in the doorway. “I wouldn't have expected you to remember—”

Sherlock's mobile beeped loudly.

John closed his eyes and cursed.

“I'll have to take a rain check, I'm afraid,” Sherlock called, already on his way down the stairs. “Lestrade. New lead in the Thatcher abduction!”

“I'll keep half in the fridge,” John sighed, unable to compete with the slamming of the door.



III.

John shoved his hands in his pockets, turning towards the awning and out of the rain. The film was set to start in ten minutes, and it was a miracle he'd talked Sherlock into seeing with him. The trouble was, he didn't trust Sherlock not to walk right past the theatre. Best to wait outside.

By the time ten minutes had become fifteen, John was more than a little damp.

Twenty minutes later, he ducked into the theatre, bought two tickets, and found a seat at the back.

His mobile vibrated halfway through the opening credits.

Sorry, won't make it. Fresh specimen at
Bart's, no time to lose. Bring home some of
that sweet/salty mixed popcorn, would you?

SH


John deleted the message, annoyed. He wasn't going to enjoy this nearly as much without Sherlock leaning over every thirty seconds to whisper derisively in his ear.

Two and a half hours later, John returned to Baker Street. The flat was empty.

He left the cold popcorn next to the petri dishes.



II.

“Tea?” John ventured, tapping on Sherlock's bedroom door. “Toast. No jam, I promise.”

A vague groan answered from the other side. Sherlock, three-quarters dead to the world after seventy-two adrenaline-fraught hours without so much as a nap. He'd caught the arsonist.

“I've got the New York Times crossword,” added John, hopefully. “It's doing my head in.”

“Then you're doing it wrong!” Sherlock shouted, although not unkindly. “Too early. Mrgh.”

“Sherlock, it's almost one,” John pointed out. “Seven down has ten letters—”

A loud snore met him in response.



I.

John enjoyed these quiet evenings most of all: the ones where Sherlock tolerated his presence on the sofa and each of them did whatever they felt like doing. Reading. Web-surfing. Texting.

That night, Sherlock's attention was fixed on John's laptop. John hadn't thought that the pages he'd pulled up in half a dozen tabs would be of interest to him. Columnists whose op-eds John enjoyed. Thai curry recipes. Web comics that made Sherlock snort in several failed attempts at pretending he wasn't laughing hard enough to crack a rib.

And then, the inevitable ring-tone.

“Hello? Yes, of course it's me. You found a what?”

John felt the disappointment rise in his chest.

Sherlock was glancing at him sidelong.

“I see,” he continued, his tone abruptly bored. “Sounds like something even Anderson and his trained chimps couldn't bollocks up if they tried. I'll give it a miss.” And he hung up.

It took John nearly a full minute of staring to process this, by which point Sherlock was staring right back, his mouth quirked in that awful, awkward, amazing excuse for a grin.

“What did they find?” John asked finally.

“Don't remember,” Sherlock said, settling in against John's side. “Don't care.” He tilted his head until it rested on John's shoulder, the slight contact electric.

John turned his head until his lips brushed Sherlock's hair, unable to stop grinning.

It was a start.
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[User Picture]From: random_nexus
2010-10-05 04:27 am (UTC)
Ohhhh, yeah. Nicely done, all of them, and I'm smiling warmly.

You.
<3
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 04:28 am (UTC)
My team came in second place for the first challenge, anyway. We're pleased!

Thank you <3
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[User Picture]From: squeeful
2010-10-05 04:43 am (UTC)
*squeaky*
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 04:46 am (UTC)
*pokes the squeaky*

Thanks, dear.
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[User Picture]From: sheerpoetry
2010-10-05 05:42 am (UTC)
Aww, evolution.

You said you were eating today.
I'm sure John's made out a schedule in his head for this, even if Sherlock won't let him put it on the front of the fridge. ;)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'd die laughing if John did post it on the fridge. Maybe to shame him ;)
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[User Picture]From: fishandcustard
2010-10-05 06:13 am (UTC)
Eeee! Absolutely adorable. I'm a bit unable to stop grinning myself.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:50 pm (UTC)
Glad you like it - after I read everyone else's entries, I thought, oh, God, they all went dark and deep, and here I am writing fluff; what is wrong with me?

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: caliena
2010-10-05 06:58 am (UTC)
I knew it!!
Read all the stories and this sounded a lot like you :)

It's wonderful *_*
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:51 pm (UTC)
You and one other person that I know of guessed correctly which was mine, so well done!

Thank you <3
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[User Picture]From: teithiwr
2010-10-05 06:58 am (UTC)
Awwwwww. This was a really nice start to my morning. :)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:51 pm (UTC)
I imagine it goes nicely with tea. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: clarkoholic
2010-10-05 08:06 am (UTC)
How lovely! Very well done.

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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you ♥ I really had my doubts about this. I hate word-limits, and I also grew to hate the fact that this prompt brought out the fluff in me.
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[User Picture]From: verasteine
2010-10-05 11:38 am (UTC)
D'aw! The ending is so snuggly and sweet.

Also, Sherlock's a bit selfish when he's trying to save the world. Poor put-upon John. I was especially fond of, You found a what? I could just see that convo :).
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:52 pm (UTC)
Truth be told, I didn't even decide what the "what" was. Best just to let myself wonder, too.

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: earlgreytea68
2010-10-05 11:42 am (UTC)
Awww, *lovely.* John is so patient with him! But I suppose the reward is good. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:52 pm (UTC)
I wonder if we'll ever see that patience break, I mean really break...

Thank you ♥
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[User Picture]From: jillianfish
2010-10-05 12:35 pm (UTC)
I don't even know this fandom (well, I kind of do, I mean I know SH, etc) and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading, then! ♥
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[User Picture]From: dormouse_in_tea
2010-10-05 12:56 pm (UTC)
Very sweet! Sherlock would be infuriating when it came to plans.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:53 pm (UTC)
Say "Turn up at such and such a place at such and such a time" and get either freakishly early, freakishly late, or (more likely) a no-show. Yeah. I can't imagine it!

Thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: kuhekabir
2010-10-05 01:08 pm (UTC)
how sweet! and amazing :)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :)
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[User Picture]From: emerald_embers
2010-10-05 01:10 pm (UTC)
Asdfasdfa awwwwww XD. Oh, this is adorable without being sickly and I love it. *HUGS*!
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:54 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I'm not sure I thought it was sickly, but when I saw all of the other entries, I won't lie, I thought, Jesus, I'm a loser, I went and wrote fluff when everybody else turned out this amazing dark stuff...
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[User Picture]From: wliberation
2010-10-05 01:40 pm (UTC)
Aaaww, this was definitely one of my favourites amongst the entries. Sweet and warm and subtly intimate. Lovely, in a word.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:56 pm (UTC)
Judging by people's reactions, I didn't do as well as I wanted to on this. Goddamn fluff. I'm actually still annoyed at myself; I keep thinking that if I'd just gone dark with more substance like a lot of people had, my team might've taken first instead of second. I'll admit it, I have a bit of a competitive streak. Not so much on my own account, but when I'm teamed with people I like, I hate thinking I let them down!

Thank you; glad you enjoyed it ♥
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[User Picture]From: mushroom18
2010-10-05 01:51 pm (UTC)
I read that last bit probably a dozen times.

All together now:

AAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:56 pm (UTC)
♥♥♥

Thank you so much!
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[User Picture]From: niftywithan
2010-10-05 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is lovely. I adore these types of fics and you've managed to pull this one off brilliantly. I can feel the evolution! ;D

Wonderful job! I love it!
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:57 pm (UTC)
In 750 words, this kind of evolution is...okay, I'm thinking maybe I shouldn't have attempted something like this in only 750 words, but I'm so glad you enjoyed it ♥ Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: quantumdoll
2010-10-05 03:56 pm (UTC)
This is a lovely little thing, I really enjoyed reading this fic. I love how comfortable they are with one another in the end. Beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:57 pm (UTC)
I think I'm happiest with the last part. Trying to do this kind of set-up in 750 words was not the smartest thing I've ever done. Never again, I'm thinking.

Thank you ♥
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[User Picture]From: leaper182
2010-10-05 05:54 pm (UTC)
Awww!

Life is hard when your attempted boyfriend is Sherlock Holmes.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-05 09:58 pm (UTC)
But never, ever dull! Thank you ♥
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From: auburn_whelan
2010-10-06 01:21 am (UTC)
This makes me want to cuddle them both. So sweet, but not too sappy. <3
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-06 01:45 am (UTC)
I want to see them cuddle each other. Like, just that onscreen would make my day more than anything else, I think. Visualization is all well and good, but I'd like to just watch for once

Thank you very much!
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[User Picture]From: damaduende
2010-10-06 03:25 am (UTC)
Girl, you made me smile, thank you for that *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-06 03:51 am (UTC)
And thank you for reading <3
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[User Picture]From: sallycandance
2010-10-06 04:39 am (UTC)
Aw, that is so cute! Bless the boys!
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-06 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: chiroro
2010-10-06 05:06 am (UTC)
Aw, that's so cute.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-06 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
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[User Picture]From: mickey_sixx
2010-10-06 05:47 am (UTC)
♥♥♥
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-06 02:30 pm (UTC)
Back at you <3
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[User Picture]From: emerald_dragon8
2010-10-06 06:53 am (UTC)
Aw, I love this so much! ♥
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-06 02:30 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit encouraged that others seem to like this more than I do. Many thanks!
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[User Picture]From: sarlania
2010-10-06 07:11 am (UTC)
D'Awww that's so cute. =)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-10-06 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much <3
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