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Fic: You Know You're Never Coming Back

Title: You Know You’re Never Coming Back
Characters: John Watson
Rating: G
Word Count: 221
Summary: As the months go by, John finds himself becoming more like Sherlock.
Disclaimer: Alas, Sherlock doesn’t belong to me. I’m only playing, and I promise to put everything back when I’m done.
A/N: I’ve seen a few 221B ficlets around, and I thought I might try one myself. (FYI: a 221B ficlet must contain exactly 221 words and the last word must begin with B.) Also, this is un-beta'd, so if you spot any mistakes, please let me know :)

There’s a hand in a glass box on the kitchen windowsill emitting an unpleasant odor of decay. John doesn’t say anything, just tries not to breathe too deeply, as he fills the kettle up - finding body parts in and around the flat has become commonplace. He thinks it’s more disturbing when the flat is clean and tidy because that’s always a sure indicator that something is wrong.

He’s not surprised to find that they’re still out of both tea and sugar. Silently, he wonders if they’re out of anything else, finds that he doesn’t really care, and heads off down the shop. For him, it’s life as normal.

As the months go by, John finds himself becoming more like Sherlock. He starts to develop an eye for detail and the skill of deduction. He begins to look at a normal life with increasing disdain and, in the months where there are no cases, it’s almost painful to stick to the type of routine he once admired. He misses the battlefield and the thrill of the chase to the extent that he doesn’t even bother to deny it any more.

He doesn’t look back. He stops wondering what his life would be like without Sherlock, because he doesn’t care anymore. He knows that life without Sherlock is normal, and normal is boring.



( 13 comments — Comment )
24th Aug, 2010 13:55 (UTC)

Spelling correction as requested: second sentence should be "breathe", not "breath".

I love the last sentence.
24th Aug, 2010 15:07 (UTC)
How I failed to notice that mistake is beyond me, but thank you very much for pointing it out!

I'm glad you liked it :)
24th Aug, 2010 17:35 (UTC)
This is fantastic, I love it. You really captured the slide, as it were, into Sherlock's world whilst keeping it in-character for John. Brilliant ♥
24th Aug, 2010 19:29 (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it!

Thanks for reading, and thank you very much for the lovely review :)
25th Aug, 2010 09:24 (UTC)
Oh, John. This is almost sad, except that he's so perfectly Sherlock's other half.
26th Aug, 2010 13:22 (UTC)
They really are a very good match for each other.

Thanks for reading :)
25th Aug, 2010 19:35 (UTC)
Nice! I like how John just ends up accepting Sherlock's world and doesn't want to leave it.
26th Aug, 2010 13:26 (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! It's something I can just see John feeling that way, especially after he's been with Sherlock for a while.
26th Aug, 2010 18:50 (UTC)
Me too. I think they both end up realising that their lives are better with each other in them, than without.
9th Sep, 2010 18:12 (UTC)
I loved this. I wonder whether John is becoming more like Sherlock, or simply allowing more of his real self to come out- he missed the adrenaline rush of the battlefield and the danger befre he met Sherlock. Now he's just learning to acknowledge that instead of deny it. I'm sure Sherlock's enjoying teaching John how to observe and deduce- in his own vaguely smug, vaguely disappointed and ocassionally delighted way, of course :).

9th Sep, 2010 19:00 (UTC)
I imagine that John is already like this, but doesn't really acknowledge it so much until he meets Sherlock, because Sherlock really brings that side of his personality to the fore. As for Sherlock teaching John to deduce, I just love that idea.

I'm glad you loved it. Thanks for reading :)
21st Feb, 2011 15:16 (UTC)
Just wanted to make a quick comment that I adore this. The idea is wonderfully executed and as a reader I love how it comes off -- familiar domesticity plus a bit of oddness that starts to feel familiar. Just fantastic. <3 (Also I find it totally clever that the last word is boring.)
22nd Feb, 2011 17:28 (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it - especially the last word. I chose that first, and the rest of the piece just stemmed from there :)
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