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31 Drabbles of Solstice #14: Sherlock, Gifts & Beginnings [Dec. 18th, 2010|05:12 pm]
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These two should be read together.

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Not What I Expected


"Vindictive," Mycroft says, sparing the envelope's contents only the briefest glance, "but kind of you. I don't doubt that my staff will bend over backwards to ensure that my schedule allows for these...sessions. Thank you, Sherlock."

John is giving Sherlock a look that's just shy of hateful, and it's lovely.

"A gym membership," he says flatly. "Really, I don't know why you bother." Clearing his throat, he hands Mycroft an envelope of his own. "See, this is the reason neither of us suggested going splits on your gift to the other. We'd have never agreed on one."

Mycroft studies John's envelope, turning it over in his hands, and smiles.

"Kind of you, John," he says, pinching to test thickness. "There's one for Anthea, too."

"Yes, well," John says, blushing slightly, eyes lowered. "OddBins has quite a bit to choose from, and there's no guarantee that both of you will like the same thing."

"We don't," Mycroft says matter-of-factly, still smiling. He reaches into his coat and pulls out a packet covered in embossed card-stock that Sherlock knows all too well. He couldn't possibly. After such cruelty, surely he wouldn't. He hands the envelope to John, but his eyes never once leave Sherlock. "Forgive me for taking the liberty."

John is staring at the contents of the packet and losing his color.

"Let me see if I have this right," he says. "You booked us the entire terrace—"

"Of course I did," says Mycroft, evenly. "Surely this calls for a celebration."

"This?" Sherlock asks. "That's all the acknowledgment we'll get, then? This?"

"How ungrateful the wretch is," Mycroft says, subtly appealing to John.

"I'm grateful, no question," John says, reverently folding the documents back together. "I'll never have a meal to match this one again, not given Sherlock's line of work."

"You might take a lesson from your partner," Mycroft suggests, turning his smug expression on Sherlock. "Or, if you would prefer, lover. I can hardly disapprove."

John screws his eyes shut and tightens his jaw, but he's grinning in spite of himself.

"I told you he knew, how could he not know, he's got bloody CCTV cameras—"

"Not in the flat, I assure you," Mycroft says. "I'm no voyeur."

"Oh, very well," Sherlock snaps. "Thank you. We appreciate it, et cetera."

"Mummy will be so proud," says Mycroft, beaming.



Just What I Wanted


"That does it," John says, slumping in his chair. "You'll have to roll me home."

"You're not that drunk," Sherlock says, draining his glass. "But I am."

"Yeah, but I'm full," John points out, picking at what's left of his goose. "You're not."

"Six of one, half dozen of the other."

Sherlock waves vaguely, topping up their wine glasses with an unsteady hand. At a hundred and five quid a bottle, John isn't sure he can tell the difference between this and OddBins, but it is an awfully drinkable Chardonnay. He didn't even think he liked Chardonnay. Maybe Harry will think twice now before calling him a lost cause.

It's their second bottle, and there's some port waiting in the wings.

"She'll be impressed if she has any sense," Sherlock mutters into his glass.

"Note to self: get Sherlock drunk more often, he starts mind-reading. Imagine how much more efficient you'll be if you start turning up to crime scenes trollied."

Sherlock goes still and pensive, studying the fireplace. The décor is unbelievable, all gilded mirrors and white marble and mauve drapery. They're alone at a table for two in a room normally set aside for cocktails and dancing, and there are candles.

"Definitely a date this time," John says, reaching across the table for Sherlock's hand.

"Hmmm, what?" Sherlock asks, startled. His eyes fall on John's covering his own. "Oh. Yes, that. I should hope so. Your objections were always so tiresome."

"I'm not objecting now," John replies. "Call it my New Year's resolution."

"Boring," Sherlock sighs, but he turns his hand upward beneath John's so that they're touching, palm to palm, and the surreality of it all hits full-force: it's New Year's Eve, and they're dining at the Criterion. "I don't bother with them."

"What?" John asks. "Resolutions?"

"Not usually," Sherlock says, leaning forward so that the candlelight catches in his eyes, turns them eerie and golden in the low light. "But I might make an exception."

"Sounds like a start," John says, squeezing his hand.

"No," Sherlock insists, squeezing right back. "It's a promise."
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[User Picture]From: tzikeh
2010-12-18 05:20 pm (UTC)
OMG

*chair-dances*

This is so great.

(I will admit, the idea of Sherlock and John showing up at a crime scene completely sloshed makes me laugh -- and the idea that Sherlock would be even *better* at his work that way makes me think of WKRP. And laugh hysterically.)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 08:56 pm (UTC)
Chair-dancing amuses me greatly!

(What, pray tell, is WKRP?)
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[User Picture]From: niphuria
2010-12-18 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oooh! So lovely! I don't know which one I loved the best! I didn't leave a comment about the lovely kitten story as you already had two pages, but I'll slip in here that I LOVED them!

But these - giving Mycroft a gym membership! HAH! I KNEW he'd still be the Mycroft of Canon! ROFL! But his generous gift in return was an even better "revenge"...being so generous! LOVED LOVED LOVED it!

Yes...and the image of Sherlock showing up to any crime scene "trollied" sounds just...LOL I'm laughing too hard!

These have already made my day!
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 08:57 pm (UTC)
The kitten story response is kind of astonishing! So, all people really want is baby kitties? :)

Thank you, my dear.
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[User Picture]From: poetic_self
2010-12-18 06:28 pm (UTC)
Oh the Criterion! Of course! How perfect. And how Mycroft, too *L*
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 08:59 pm (UTC)
There will be more Mycroft in the near future, I have decided.

Thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: leaper182
2010-12-18 06:48 pm (UTC)
Hee! Mycroft splurging for them and John is all, "OMG!" And then Sherlock totally blitzed at a crime scene. <3
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:00 pm (UTC)
...something tells this one's ripe for some kind of follow-up, too. Oh, boy.

Thank you very much!
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[User Picture]From: caliena
2010-12-18 06:54 pm (UTC)
Lovely *_*
And so kind of Mycroft XD
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:01 pm (UTC)
He's one of the best things about the show.

Thanks <3
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[User Picture]From: strobelighted
2010-12-18 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, these are just absolutely lovely. I couldn't stop grinning while reading them. :D
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:01 pm (UTC)
Smiles are always an added bonus! Happy holidays :)
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[User Picture]From: teithiwr
2010-12-18 09:30 pm (UTC)
Drunk!John and Sherlock! \o/
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:02 pm (UTC)
...requires further investigation, probably.

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: quantumdoll
2010-12-18 09:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, these are just wonderful. I love the blatant sniping between Sherlock and Mycroft, and how John ends up stuck in the middle, as usual. That's a pretty wonderful gift Mycroft got them too, it makes for a beautifully romantic ending...lovely :)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:03 pm (UTC)
I spend so much time looking at the Criterion menus that I'm now determined to give them a try. Jesus, though, they're expensive.

Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: sirona_gs
2010-12-18 11:19 pm (UTC)
YES. So romantic, and yet so completely them! ♥!
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:03 pm (UTC)
They were excellent requests. Thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: mushroom18
2010-12-19 02:02 am (UTC)
Sherlock WILL become the drunken master. I suspect he'd be even better, if slightly giggly. That would be such a funny sight!

These two ficlets warmed my heart. ♥ Sherlock giving Mycroft the gym membership, though, oooh that was nasty *laughs*
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:04 pm (UTC)
Sherlock's been very naughty indeed this Christmas. John will sort him out.

Thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: cyranothe2nd
2010-12-19 04:17 am (UTC)
AWWWWWW! That last light melted me!
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:04 pm (UTC)
...ahahah, your icon is dead amusing.

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: verasteine
2010-12-19 10:34 am (UTC)
The first one was exactly what I needed to read this morning, and the second one was adorable. ♥
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yours is coming tomorrow, finally. I'm so sorry I made you wait till last, but I did that on purpose; it's still the request I think I can get the best result out of, and I always feel a bit less pressed/stressed when it comes to the last couple numbers. I really, really hope it'll turn out the way I want it to.

Thank you *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: treacle_tartlet
2010-12-19 10:46 am (UTC)
These are just lovely! Beautifully characterised and wonderfully, awkwardly sweet :)
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) Particularly fun, this set.
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[User Picture]From: amour_etoiles
2010-12-19 12:19 pm (UTC)
oh god. I LOVED. SO MUCH. you have no idea.

:'DDDD
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:06 pm (UTC)
:-D

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: seren_ccd
2010-12-19 12:51 pm (UTC)
*sighs happily* Just lovely. I want to take your Mycroft home with me.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:07 pm (UTC)
He might be persuaded if you offer him cake.

Thank you <3
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[User Picture]From: falling_voices
2010-12-19 02:26 pm (UTC)
Sherlock sighs, but he turns his hand upward beneath John's so that they're touching, palm to palm, and the surreality of it all hits full-force: it's New Year's Eve, and they're dining at the Criterion.

I don't know why I love this sentence so much, but I really, really do. It's such a lovely image, all soft candlelight and touching hands. &hearts and this has made me realize I'd love to read/write something involving Sherlock drunk, for some reason. I think it's the 'six of the one and half a dozen of the other' line. (Goddamnit, how do you do that? make me re-think my characterization every time?)

Also, I might be rather busy tomorrow, so in case I forget: happy birthday! best wishes to you &hearts
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:09 pm (UTC)
Quiet birthday at home tomorrow, I reckon, writing the last couple requests, hoping my stomach buggy thing will go away. It could be worse. Thank you for the birthday wishes <3

And thank you again; Sherlock drunk is something that intrigues me, too, as I'm sure it doesn't happen often. If you write it, let me know!
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[User Picture]From: zephyr_macabee
2010-12-19 06:17 pm (UTC)
Ohh, I love vindictive and clever presents!

And the private dinner; very nice.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:09 pm (UTC)
I think Sherlock's rather unfair to Mycroft. Fortunately, Mycroft takes it all in stride.

Thank you <3
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[User Picture]From: amedia
2010-12-19 09:11 pm (UTC)
*wibbles*

I love the balance of snark and sweetness in the first one, and the pure loveliness of the second. I know I'm not the only one to single out this line: he turns his hand upward beneath John's so that they're touching, palm to palm, but oh, MY, it's incredibly erotic in a very restrained Sherlockian kind of way.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-19 09:19 pm (UTC)
I can't seem to drop the subject of their hands; I'm entranced by them.

Thank you very much!

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[User Picture]From: mysterypoet66
2010-12-20 02:13 am (UTC)
*squee* *cuddles JWIW and author* It's lovely, and so very much - Just what *I* wanted.

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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-20 09:38 am (UTC)
JWIW? *blinks* I just woke up, maybe that's why I can't puzzle that acronym out.

Happy Holidays, my dear *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: nathcoelho
2010-12-20 04:45 am (UTC)
owwwwww
really lovely drabbles!! love it
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-20 09:38 am (UTC)
Thank you, as always *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: pinigir
2010-12-20 02:42 pm (UTC)
Loved them! Loved the mood!
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-20 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much :)
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[User Picture]From: uwsannajane
2010-12-20 03:26 pm (UTC)
I TOTALLY ALL YOUR SHERLOCK DRABBLES - these two are especially charming.

Happy b'day and hope you feel better!
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-20 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading - and for the birthday wishes! I'm feeling okay, and I'm wondering if we're actually going to be able to fly on Wednesday as planned to see my in-laws :-\ This country can't cope with snow, for sure.
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[User Picture]From: myszata
2010-12-20 11:09 pm (UTC)
Marvelous as usual... :)
Sometimes I don't write comments, because it's futile to state the obvious, but still...
I love your drabbles, I love your fics. Thank you :) You make Christmas preparation a lot easier.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-21 10:45 am (UTC)
And writing these has helped me pass the dull days up till leaving for our trip to the U.S. to see my in-laws (tonight). Thank you very much for reading! Commenting all the time is certainly not mandatory <3
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[User Picture]From: coldlikedeath
2010-12-22 01:06 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutttttttttteeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Oh, please write that; them two wrecked off their heads at a crime scene for whatever reason would be hilarious and awesome and Sherlock would rock even more than he normally does.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-22 08:48 pm (UTC)
It has a lot of comic potential, I will admit! I'll give it serious consideration ;)

Thank you, and Happy Holidays!
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[User Picture]From: random_nexus
2010-12-25 01:19 am (UTC)
*happy dances* Loved 'em, heeee!
As usual.

*grinning warmly*
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2010-12-25 02:38 am (UTC)
*hugs*
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