OoooOoOooOooOOooooohhhh!!!!!! *wriggles with quiet, shivery glee* I hate to keep sounding like a broken recording, but I just loved this! The little touches, the subtle hints of intimacy between John and Sherlock, the mood, and man I want to SEEEEEE this place. *chuckle*
Adore this, adore you, as usual! *giggle*
*hugs* Thank you, dear.
(This was a fun one because, well, I lived there for four years and can still reach it easily now. Once I'm ensconced in London, however, it will be something more of a faff...)
That's fantastic. Fantastic. Spooky and strange.
Strange was definitely one of the objectives. Actually, I doubted it was very spooky at all! I know the setting very well; I used to hang out there at dusk until they kicked me out and locked it up. I passed by tonight and scowled through the gate; you can't really get a good shot of the ruins from any of the entrances, as they're well over the rise of the path.
Thank you very much!
Aw, They are both so sweet. Love how matter of fact Sherlock is about the ghost, just perfect.
I can't imagine him being any other way! He sees what he sees, and he's got to go on that. To be honest, as supernatural encounters go, these guys aren't the best of targets. Very staid/reasonable reactions, brief bewilderment, shrugs, etc. Hence why the addition of romance was essential, I think. Make Sherlock's frankness something John can get all fired up about ;)
Thank you so much!
I love them being sneaky and going places they oughtn't be! Teehee. So fun!
Thanks! And yes, sneaking about is just fun.
Ooooooo, I know where this is, I know where this is! And, yes, it must be spooky at night. Thanks for the 'York at Night' tour. :) If anywhere has ghosts, it's that place.
I was in York this evening, so after the open mic, I took tearelateddream
back there to show her the bit of the wall I'm talking about. I had to laugh, because, right now, there are four huge blocks of stone
piled along the wall. If you stand up on one of them, you can just look out over the ruins. Even hoist yourself up. Even contemplate the drop, except when you do that, you realize that getting back out again would be the tough part...
Thank you ;)
Oh, that was creepy--and romantic. But I like how matter-of-fact they both were. I would NEVER have expected that kiss--but I like how the two of them are so enamored with each other that no ghost can ruin the mood!
I also love the historical bits. Very well done! :)
Well, neither of them was frightened by it, for one, and that's the only thing I think could have ruined the mood. What they have going for them is that they're both relatively down-to-earth (Sherlock may have his flights of fancy/moodiness/deduction, but in the end, his feet are firmly planted).
Thank you so much. Glad you liked!
It was all so brilliant, but I just *loved* the fact that Bess is their favourite. For some reason, that really, really tickled me :)
Bess is kick-ass. Who wouldn't love her?
Thank you *hugs*
It's great! It's got everything: a ghost, dark night, visiting the ruins of an abbey and kissing!! Awesome!
Medieval abbey ruins...oh, God. I'll be the first to admit that I fetishize them. I've obsessively visited most of the ruins scattered throughout the north, and now I'm aiming to hit the ones down south, given I'm in the process of moving to London.
Thank you so much for reading!
HEE. I've just moved to York, so this filled me with unbelievable glee. And I thought Treasurer's House!!!11! as soon as I read the prompt :D
So apart from the general OMG I LIVE THERE squeeing, really liked this--the sneaking around just for the sake of it suits the two of them perfectly :^D Excellent banter and lovely descriptions, too!
I moved to York back in 2005 to start a master's degree, and a master's turned into a Ph.D. turned into me marrying one of my classmates turned into...well, five years later, I live in Leeds and I'm in the process of moving to London. York's a very special city, though; I can't think of anywhere else that manages to express all of the layers of its history so elegantly!
Thank you so much for reading. I move to London in late November, but I'm intermittently in York as I'm wrapping up revisions to the Ph.D. thesis that I need to submit in January. If you want to meet up for coffee or somesuch, just say the word and PM me! I'm next in town on 4 November and free after about 5:00 PM.
Cute fic! =)
they are great together! ^^
That they are. Thank you very much for reading!
Ah! Delicious writing! Serene and smooth.
The only time I saw one of these supernatural things was several years back. My home was in a tall building that had two lifts. One night I walked into the hall and saw the lift on the left was somewhere busy upstairs, and the one on the right was just closing as a man in blue went in. I was 10 steps away, but I was too lazy to shout "hold the lift" so I kept my pace and intended to wait for the next one. What's strange was that as the door closed, the digit on the panel did not change, it remained 1. Maybe that man forgot which floor he wanted to go to? So anyway, I walked up to the lift and pressed "up", fully expecting to see the man in blue confused inside the lift. But then the door opened, and the lift was EMPTY...
I would have dismissed it as hallucination or whatever, had my father who was standing right next to me not turn his head and look at me wide-eyed and ask "did you see a man walk into it??"
I stared at the ceiling of the lift the entire 30 sec ride up. I didn't know how that could ever happen. I still don't. Whenever people talk about inexplicable events, I tell this story. There was no other way out in that lift...none whatsoever. But well, it's just seeing things, nothing scary, except there's no explanation.
Eh...sorry about babbling. Nice fic!
The ramble is perfectly fine; I understand. I've seen a few things that I still can't explain, and all I know is that I'm quite certain I saw them. There's no use trying to explain away something strange or startling, is there? The world's full of mysteries still, and I'm glad of that.
Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it :)
God, this is PERFECT! Their voices? It's like I'm listening to Cumberbatch and Freeman in an episode.
A lovely story and while suitably spooky I couldn't help but squee at the intimate parts when Sherlock kissed John's hand (AWWW!) and John later kisses Sherlock (HAWT!)
I wanted to see if I could make it both a spooky encounter and just a little bit romantic. Glad to see it's gone over well! Thank you for reading <3
Wow, this is a gorgeous fic. Love the idea of bringing a supernatural element into Sherlock and John's path, something which for once Sherlock wouldn't really be able to deduce at! Also, I adore the tender little moments between these characters. The kiss to John's hand and Sherlock's worry at John's injury were particularly lovely.
Well, John has quite a history of injury, so I don't blame him in the least for being concerned. No harm done. It's not the worst drop, believe me; if I wasn't so afraid of the night patrol catching me, I'd have done it by now ;)
Thank you for reading!
Perfect. I always thought Sherlock would definitely be one to say exactly what it was he saw or didn't see, if he came upon the paranormal, and wouldn't ever rationalize it as a 'trick of the light' or whatever. No matter how irrational it seemed. I can see why that turned John on. I love crumbling stone walls and hidden ways...not much of that here in Florida. *sigh*
I always thought Sherlock would definitely be one to say exactly what it was he saw or didn't see, if he came upon the paranormal, and wouldn't ever rationalize it as a 'trick of the light' or whatever.
Exactly. He places so much faith in his ability to observe the world that he wouldn't attempt to make any excuses. Then again, if more people than John were present, I can imagine him remaining tactfully silent, or slightly evasive.
Thank you very much. Glad you liked this :)
First of all, as a student living in York, you should know that this fic made me RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED!!! But that's just me being a dork. *cough*
The whole story was fantastic from start to finish, and you totally nailed their voices. Perfect! <3
I arrived in York as a postgraduate student in 2005, lived there up through December 2009, and then moved to Leeds, which is where I am at the moment. However, I'll be living in London by the end of November; my partner's already there, and once 26 November hits, I'm down there, too. Quite excited in my own right!
Thank you very much for reading <3
Sherlock amuses me with defining being in the city of York as "the middle of nowhere." *eyeroll*
Lovely little story.
York's a strange place: it's a city, but it feels more like a town or even a large village sometimes. I lived there for four years (I've lived in Leeds for a year now, though, and am in the process of a move to London), and I loved every minute of it. However, it's amazing what a small world it is. Planet York, a friend of mine calls it.
Thank you very much for reading!
Oh this is lovely, sort of dark and atmospheric. I have a serious obsession with spooky places so this really hit my buttons. And who doesn't love Sherlock being romantic?
Not anyone I know! Thank you so much for reading :)
I'm with the people who want to go and see this place -- although you describe it so well I practically can now. Lovely.
Very worth a visit, York, as is the entire little section of town containing all of the things listed above. It's a small city centre, to be honest; easily done in a day or two. A week if you quite thoroughly would like to dig into every obscure corner :)
Was in York not that long ago. Lovely.
Thank you very much! And yes, it's a gorgeous city.
This is lovely and so very them. You've got just the perfect amount of romance.
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :) York's one of my favorite places, and I'd like to imagine they'll make it there sometime.
Ooh, I really liked this. I love ghost stories and York is definitely one of those 'otherworldly' kind of places, I think. My brother is at uni up there and I know the city reasonably well, so I enjoyed the familiarness of the descriptions here (reminded me a bit of when my beloved Birmingham is drawn in Gunnerkrigg Court
Oh, wow - I don't know what's going on in that web-comic, but it's beautifully drawn. I think I'll have to backtrack! And as for York and York Uni, yes, it's a lovely place. Although I live in Leeds, I lived in York for four years, and I'm just wrapping up my Ph.D. in the English Department there :)
Thank you for reading!
I THOUGHT THIS FIC WAS AWESOME. OF COURSE SHERLOCK HAS A FAVOURITE QUEEN. HIS MIDDLE NAME IS ELIZABETH.
P.S. DON'T TELL ANYONE, BUT I VOTED FOR YOU. ICHIBAN!
SHERLOCK ELIZABETH HOLMES. OMFG, THAT IS FABULOUS.
P.S. I TOTALLY VOTED FOR YOU, TOO! AND NOW I SHALL GO COMMENT LIKE A PROPER HUMAN BEING.
I would not have said prior to reading this that I liked the idea of Sherlock kissing John's hand. In fact, typing it makes me cringe. But I do like it here-- it seems so courtly and utterly appropriate. The whole piece is very courtly...
Also, for some reason this made me want a Sherlock/Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell crossover. Sherlock is an English magician? Sherlock and the Raven King?
York is a very courtly city; it did seem appropriate under the circumstances, and yes, I doubt I would have had him do so under any others. He's being sort of tongue-in-cheek, I think, but affectionate at the same time :)
I love that book so much, and it would make a fascinating crossover. Hmmm. I'm going to think on this. But if you get to it before I do, believe me, I'll be first in line to read it!
Ooh, this is rather sweet. You write them in established relationship so well, and that rather spooky courtyard, I could see it come alive. Nice job!
If you ever come to the UK, I'd love to show you the place. The abbey ruins are surreal and beautiful in daylight, and in the evening, they're even more so. Thank you, my dear :)
I lived in York for four years, and then Leeds for one year, and I've just this past week moved to London :) I'm set to be in York at least once a month for the next few, however, so if you'd want to meet up for coffee or any such thing, do let me know. It's a very special city, no doubt.
Thank you so much for reading!