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Title: an artery upon the hill
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kat_lair/ Mistress Kat
Fandom: Sherlock
Pairing: Gen or John/Sherlock depending on your goggles
Rating: PG
Word count: 267
Disclaimer: Not mine, only playing

Summary: John stands watch.

Author notes: For [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal whose comments made my ‘two weeks of fic’ this autumn a joy. Title from Emily Dickinson’s The Name – of It – is ‘Autumn’



The sun slants through the foliage, making their corner of Hyde Park shimmer with gold and rust and lingering green of the fading summer. The air has a bite to it, and John watches the lace of light and shadow gently move over the murder scene, covering the body on the ground, the stained grass underneath, the bared skin at the back of Sherlock’s neck as he bends over to examine the evidence only he sees.

Somewhere nearby, officers and gawping public are gathered to witness the inevitability of death, their murmuring ebbing and flowing with the wind. John can’t tear his eyes off Sherlock’s hands, long-fingered and clever, ghosting over the victim’s clothes, or the oddly vulnerable curve of his back, exposed to the world as Sherlock falls deeper into the case.

Except no, not vulnerable, not exposed. That may have been true before, but it isn’t now. John shifts, widening his stance, spine straight and hands loosely clasped behind him, ready to strike out, to defend if needed.

Sherlock lifts his head suddenly, the sun making him squint as he looks over, face breaking into a wide grin. “I got it, John!” he exclaims, every line of his body, every fibre of his being full of confidence, and wild, irresistible life. It is there in the rush of blood to the surface when their eyes meet, the shared vein of purpose that pierces them both and ties them together.

Yeah, John thinks, smiling back as he reaches out a hand, feeling Sherlock’s pulse against his fingertips as he pulls him to his feet, me too.



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on 2016-12-14 09:11 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] pushkin666.livejournal.com
Your writing just blows me away at times. The murder scene actually sounds beautiful. This is really good babe.
Edited on 2016-12-14 09:11 pm (UTC)

on 2016-12-14 09:28 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
N'awww *shuffles feet* Sherlock at a murder scene is beautiful. Or at least that's what John thinks...

on 2016-12-15 03:43 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
Sherlock at a murder scene is the very image of iridescence. He practically glows when he's in the thick of it, when he gets chance to show off his big brain and impress John and Lestrade. *ahem*

on 2016-12-16 10:07 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Sherlock is like a knife. Sharp, deadly, looks good covered in blood...

on 2016-12-17 12:32 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
LOL! We are strange people!

on 2016-12-15 08:56 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] pushkin666.livejournal.com
Yeah well John has some issues as well. :)

on 2016-12-16 10:08 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Understatement of the year.

on 2016-12-15 08:17 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
*Brace for squee and cussin'*

I fucking LOVE this! Not only does your writing just blow me away, every time, but this is SO how I see the two of them. There but for the grace of whoever is in charge. John would do just about anything for Sherlock and if Sherlock needed to go darkside, John would gladly travel with!

I think without this^^^ they'd be off that edge in a shot. Without the thrill of the pumping heart rate that goes with being the cleverest people in the room...how else would they get their kicks?!

Anyway, I personally see this little thing as a slashy slash-fest ;)

Did I mention I FUCKING LOVE THIS!!!!

Thank you ♥
Edited on 2016-12-15 08:21 am (UTC)

on 2016-12-16 10:14 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
*braces*

Aww sweetie, look at you blowing me away with your awesome comment! And I totally agree with you: Sherlock and John keep each other in check, not so much by design but by virtue of careful balance of their broken edges slotting together just so...

I'm so glad you liked it! Sorry for taking ages to post it after promising! <3

on 2016-12-17 12:33 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
I shall be sharing it over at my place at some point because ALL THE PEOPLE need to come here and read it!

on 2016-12-17 06:54 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
I saw your sharing, thank you!

on 2016-12-18 01:36 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
♥ :) ♥

on 2016-12-20 12:09 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jj1564.livejournal.com
I love this, so beautifully written. John's love for Sherlock shines through, and this is perfectly John...

"Except no, not vulnerable, not exposed. That may have been true before, but it isn’t now. John shifts, widening his stance, spine straight and hands loosely clasped behind him, ready to strike out, to defend if needed."

on 2016-12-24 09:17 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Apologies for the late reply! And thank you for your lovely comment! I'm so pleased you took the time and read on a short ficlet like this, much appreciated <3 And aww, you go quoting things back at me!

on 2016-12-26 11:38 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] masja-17.livejournal.com
Definitely slash!
John's thoughts are perfect! Of course that is how he sees Sherlock!

Well done!

<3 (got here from Milly's place!)

on 2016-12-26 07:39 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
Thank you! All visitors most welcome, especially when they take time to leave such lovely comments. I'm glad you approve of John's thoughts and viewpoint!

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