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Sherlock: The Story of How Mycroft Holmes Got Demoted by lavvyan - Siobhan pointed this fic out earlier and, thus, I read it and am glad she did. I have a thing about the series and the fandom for it--I don't not ship Sherlock/Holmes, but I don't think I'm ready for kissytimes yet. So, I have to be careful when stepping around in the fandom, but this was just about the right level for me and it was set from Mycroft's point of view, which made it all the more delightful! I really liked the take he has on his brother, the antagonism and genius and long history that's all between them, how there's still care in its own way under that, how Mycroft maybe sees his brother a little differently after John gets sick and Sherlock reacts. It's sharply done and just what I was looking for from this fandom. (Implied Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: London Calling by chaletian - This is another link that Siobhan gave me and it's a short piece ostensibly about John's phone, but really about the way his life has changed since he got it, even if it's not really about the phone. The writing is lovely and the characterization is spot-on, but the real highlight is in the little details of his life now. The kinds of texts he gets, the people he gets the texts from, the wording of some of them, it's all just a really delightful little character piece. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Less Than Clandestine by amazingly_me - Already I was in love with this ficathon, but then it went and brought me Sherlock/John fic that is on pretty much the exact level I wanted it! The prompt is rather amazing--Sherlock uses everyone's tendency to assume he and John are a couple to his advantage. For purely case-related reasons, of course.--and the fic lives up to the potential of it, all the little touches and details, all the different little moments Sherlock uses it in different cases, the way there's a reason for it, but there's obviously so much more going on underneath and all with a pitch-perfect Sherlock feel to the writing. It was all kinds of wonderful. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Apotheosis by Mad_Maudlin - Wow, I'm late with this rec. Awhile back, jesshelga linked this fic and recommended it strongly, so I picked it up soon after and started to read it. And pretty much immediately got sucked in because, yes, this is what I want from the fandom! Everything about the writing it me just right, down to the pacing and the research the author obviously did and the plotting and the little bits of foreshadowing and the details worked smoothly into the narrative, all of it worked beautifully for me. I love that it's a longer fic, but it needed to be to make this kind of storyline work, where John chases after Moriarty for three years and the price he has to pay for that, in his own way. Each scene contributes to the larger whole, and by the time I was halfway through the fic, it was also about the emotional journey that John Watson goes through. The separate from Sherlock, the way it hit the perfect notes between something platonic and something more, which is where I live with this series and these characters. The ending of the piece was perfect as well, it was exactly what the fic needed and it was incredibly satisfying. This is kind of a terrible rec, I wish I could capture the beautifully done heartbreak and how wrenching it was to read, but instead I kind of just want to keyboard smash my way through this rec. (Sort of Sherlock/John, but it could be gen, too.)


Sherlock: #3patchproblem by ardenteurophile - I was immediately intrigued by the idea of Sherlock learning to use twitter and this fic was totally adorable for that. I don't think I stopped grinning the entire way through, it was just so... cute and fun. And I really enjoyed that it was easy to imagine Sherlock typing away and seeing his expressions, even just through the short little twitter messages. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: An Arbitrary Celebration of Staying Alive for Another Year by ardenteurophile - After reading the previous fic by this author, I decided, eh, what the hell, I'll try this one, too. And, yes, this is what I was looking for from the fandom! (At least until I'm maybe ready for more from this ship?) The balance between Sherlock and John's friendship and that something more that hovers between them was perfectly done here, there was so much under the surface that wasn't being said, that didn't need to be said to be very much there, was intensely lovely. And then the descriptions of Sherlock! So much hilarity! The way the author describes him simply sitting on a sofa or standing in the middle of the room, it's so perfectly tailored to this series and this character that I may have flapped my hands a time or two and just how much I love these characters and this relationship. And it had the added bonus of being hilarious! An excellent read. ♥ (Sort of Sherlock/John, sort of not.)


Sherlock: The(y) kiss by methimyesterday - Oh, I really liked this! It's not even a thousand words long, but it didn't need to be any longer than it already was, because it's a piece about Sherlock and John's first kiss, but with a lovely meta edge to it. It's difficult to explain in a rec, why it's so good or why the feel of the writing hit me just perfectly. But I definitely liked this one a lot and the emotionalfeels it gave me. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Yearly Revolution (Winter) by methimyesterday - I realize this is the first part of a four-part series, shut up, I do what I want. And I am rapidly becoming very fond of this author, because this piece is so lovely, both in the writing and the way Sherlock's character is approached. The writer seems to balance an analytical style (well, Sherlock's personality is probably a better way to put it) with an almost poetic (without being purple) style of writing, giving me a fic that has Sherlock watching John, almost examining him, but it's all so very pretty. There was a section in the middle, of about three paragraphs, that I very nearly tried to pull a quote from, but was unable to because I realized I wanted to quote it all, it was so perfect. I love when fic can get me to do feel that way. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Deductions by Speranza - I picked up this link because I was hoping for cuddling (since it's part of the Canadian Shack collection), but instead actually got some light sexytimes and I think... I was okay with them. I really enjoyed the author's way of writing the characters, the sense of a mystery being solved that leads into that bit of euphoria of a solved case which leads into something more, but still with the analytical nature and humor of the show. It's not terribly graphic, but it made me laugh and made me feel ~*emotions*~ for the characters and Sherlock's moment of realization re: John's feelings was pretty great. (Sherlock/John, around an R or so, definitely NSFW.)


Sherlock: Safe, if not (yet) Sound by pollitt - More Canadian Shack fic! And, oh, this one was delightful with a moment towards the end that had me laughing wildly. (Thank god it was late at night, lest I have to explain why I was shoving my hand across my face because a line in a fanfic hit me just perfectly.) But any fic with this summary-- It takes an astounding 18 minutes for Sherlock to drop onto the couch and declare "bored."--certainly promised a lot. It's short, there was less physical contact than I might have hoped for, but it was so delightfully, joyfully hilarious that I loved it exactly the way it was. ♥ (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Indubitably by pollitt - This was another short piece, but one I really liked. The writing was lovely, the little touches with the way Sherlock put his hand on John's, the way he analyzed a situation and repeated his findings, even in this, but without being too cold about it, it all really worked for me here. Plus, kissing! Kissing that I liked! Fantastic. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Total by im_not_a_lizard - There's something you need to understand before reading this fic. There is a certain genre of fic in fandom that I'm just weak towards. Cat fic. I love cats in fic and I shall not be judged for this! I really do like the author's writing, though, and I enjoy catfic (and Sherlock being a weird loony with no social skills sometimes, so I can buy him substituting himself as the cat when he forces out the hateful thing) and the cuddling that was obviously about something more, but still in that space I'm comfortable with re: Sherlock/John. John's wtf reactions were lovely and the author's talent for both their voices made this one a joy to read. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Parallel by brbsoulnomming - I was intrigued by this fic because of the prompt--to have a case fic, where Sherlock and John run into two students who parallel themselves, sort of like female versions of them--because, hey! Case fic and I like female characters! It didn't take long for me to get pulled into the story--maybe a little slower than I'd have liked at first, but that's the uphill battle of establishing new characters in a fic with previously established fan-favorites, there's always going to be some sense of, "Hey, get back to the characters I already care about!" But the author does a brilliant job of making her OFCs come to life, both in the way they're similar to and yet different from Sherlock and John, establishing them on their own terms rather than just simply as plot devices. The writing is stunning all the way around, how the author balances the plot and the relationships, how they were woven together, and how spot on everything felt to me. This was a slow progression towards Sherlock and John acknowledging the feelings between them and to finally acting on it--anything faster than this wouldn't have been anywhere nearly as satisfying.

I feel as though I should be writing a longer rec for this fic, because it was well over 70,000 words, but it just sort of flew by me, to be honest. Once I got about a third of the way into the fic, I absolutely could not put it down, nearly racing through each scene because I kept needing to know just a little bit more. For someone who doesn't have the attention span I once did, that's kind of a marvel for me! I loved it almost as much for keeping me hooked in the entire time, never wavering in hitting all the right buttons with me, as I loved it for being such an excellent Sherlock/John fic that was so much about the emotional relationship between them over the physical. Don't get me wrong, I was pleased with the physical resolution by the end as well, but, oh, I'm here for the emotional porn and that's what this was for me. Professional quality writing, excellent characterization, a case to tie everything together, and emotional resonance. I couldn't ask for more. (Sherlock/John, OFC/OFC, some NSFW content at the very end, but I'd hesitate in even rating in R level.)


Sherlock: The Married Ones by Jenwryn - I really liked the language of this one and how it... was about the physical attraction between John and Sherlock, yet was really more about the emotional aspect of it. Well. Something like that. It hit in the right place for me, however it worked, along with that sense of how well these two read each other, how well they see each other reading themselves, even, which is one of the reasons I love this ship so hard. There was also just that right touch of amusement about the neighbors and the effect that had on them and just-- I think my favorite was the touch of John's irritation at just how much he was attracted to Sherlock, because so many things about Sherlock are irritating, of course this would be, too. ....this is a terrible rec, but this was a lovely fic, feh. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Scarf, For The Record by Jenwryn - I feel like this story could have gone so very wrong, the idea of Sherlock holding onto something in his sleep, likely because of nightmares, but somehow the author managed to keep it toned down enough and write well enough that I wound up really enjoying this one. It helps that it's from John's point of view and I feel like the author's style suits him very well, how much he actually does notice and oh what I wouldn't give for more of this author's John and Mycroft interaction. It was perfection. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: the sensation of falling as you just hit sleep by greywash - [Note: There are spoilers for the second season finale in this fic and this rec.] jesshelga pointed out this fic to me, being post-Reichenbach and dealing with all that happened there and it being about the emotional resolution of everything between them. And, boy, does this author know how to work the tension and resolution and emotional intensity that was a physical sensation with me. To be fair, I had just finished watching the episode (this fic's temptation being part of the reason I finally caved, but also I was tired of dodging spoilers!) and it was very late and I was very tired, but still! Physical heartache because I just felt so much for them! The dual points of view, the gradual build-up, the not skimping on everything that has to be resolved plot-wise, it was all beautifully done. I appreciate that a lot! I appreciate that we weren't just thrown straight into a reveal and confrontation! But, oh, the actual confrontation and dealing with the feelings that all brought up, that is where this fic really shines. It's so satisfying to read John finally seeing Sherlock, how he reacts that first time, then the next time, and the time after that, because this author doesn't just whip it all out in one go. I admit, I skimmed a bit to get to the confrontation faster, but I actually have to admire the author for that, for making me want it so badly, because the buildup was so delicious, that I was going a little mad waiting for it! I find myself wanting to write a bit of a love letter to this fic and being unable to do so, because instead I just sort of flap my hands and wail about feelings! (Sherlock/John, nsfw in later chapters.)


Sherlock: let me hold my broken parts by ipreferaviators - [Note: There are spoilers for the second season finale in this fic and this rec.] Oh. So, I hit up the post-Reichenbach tag on AO3 and stumbled over this one pretty quickly and, shit, straight to my fangirl heart it went. It's five things that John doesn't do after Sherlock's death, then five things Sherlock does do after he (doesn't) die, the flashes of imagery and intimate moments the author describes carrying so very much emotion in them. My heart breaks for these characters, for both of them, really, without being too over the top about it. Instead, it continues the trend of showing rather than telling, and the absolutely lovely writing backs that up. It's about the emotions between them, hitting that perfect spot for me, and leaving me here wallowing in my emotions all over again. (Sherlock/John pre-slash.)


Sherlock: Alone with Your Ghost by ihavebeensherlocked (ckasjfbfksbj) - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] To be fair to me, I have just spent a lot of time browsing devART and tumblr for all things Sherlock-related, which has put me in a bit of an emotional tizzy. So, when I'm in that frame of mine, a fic like this coming along to nearly get my eyes a little misty, well, certainly that's not my fault. Nope, not at all. I was a little hesitant about John's reaction to seeing Sherlock again, but I kept reading as the scene unfolded, going the way I feared, building and building, until there was this burst of feelings like a dam being broken open and, for all that this was a very short piece, I found it very satisfying to read. It's not about the plotful details, it's about the lovely writing and heartwrenching hurt they're both going through. Though, of course, now I want more. (This could be gen, but it could be Sherlock/John, too.)


Sherlock: Add, Rinse, Repeat by medie - I wasn't sure what to make of the pairing here, a threesome with Sherlock and John and Mary, since (at the time of this fic and this rec) we haven't been introduced to her yet, but I decided to give it a whirl anyway. And this version of Mary in the BBCSherlock world is so much fun, I love how much life is breathed into her here, how much fun she has with these two, how she fits right in. I really enjoyed that this was a series of scenes of Mary bailing Sherlock and John out, each time a little more loopy than the last, and it's just. One of those perfect montages like the series has done before. Delightful! (Sherlock/John/Mary.)


Sherlock: Make Believe by Melandria - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is a Molly piece, set post-The Reichenbach Fall and I did feel like perhaps it was a touch angstier than need be on Sherlock's part, but the focus of the fic wasn't really on that, it was on Molly's view of the whole situation, and that was absolutely lovely. This Molly, who has desperately wished for Sherlock to notice her, to see her, who has always wished for certain things and, yet, is still strong of character, she's absolutely fantastic. The way she doesn't really understand why it's John Watson of all people, someone so ordinary that captures Sherlock's heart, yet it's not about blaming him or being angry with him, she just doesn't know John like she knows Sherlock, it's also beautifully done. There's a lot of emotion in this piece and I find myself appreciating Molly's character all over again. (Sherlock/John, but it's only sort of the point.)


Sherlock: Acceptable Risk by astolat - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I have read a handful of fics now that are about the reunion post-2x03 and they've all been very satisfying. But what this one did was very interesting--it wasn't about the initial reunion, it skips over it alltogether, instead it's about a slower process of winning John back over, after the initial burst of anger becomes more of a slow sizzle again. And it was so satisfying to have to see Sherlock work at it here, to have his brain working overtime to try to fix things, not really quite getting all of this emotional stuff, so much frustration and insults on his part, yet so much desperation to get John to come back with him. It's satisfying because, as much as the audience may or may not understand Sherlock's reasons, there is going to be a lot of hurt there and it's always nice to see Sherlock actually having to pay attention to what John is going through instead of the other way around. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Hidden Inside My Head by guns_and_poses - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] There are moments in this fic when it starts to slide towards being a little too over the top or silly, but... then the author follows it up with Sherlock pulling himself out of his thoughts (as the summary is: Five ways Sherlock imagined his and John's reunion to be, and the one way it actually went down.) and manages to justify it. I think that's a lot of what I wound up really appreciating about this fic, that it was satisfying for giving multiple reunion scenarios, and then... I found myself rather liking the actual final (real) one for being a rather mixed bag. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Minds Like Ours Dream Up by BlackEyedGirl - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I'm not sure I really even know how to properly write a rec for this fic, because I feel like there's so much I want to say about it, seeing as it's probably the most satisfying post-2x03 fic I've read yet. And, by 'satisfying', of course I mean that it ate my tears like they were delicious candy. This fic is beautifully written and it did something that was achingly brilliant--it conveyed Sherlock's presence without him stepping foot into any given scene, without leaving anything tangible behind. The scenes where John just feels him in his place, the nocturnal visits that you never really know if they're real or phantom, this author did masterfully. But it's also about John not being able to let go, the way he digs in and working on cases, the feel of emptiness that permeates everything even as life goes on. But it also has a satsifying ending and is one of the few I've found (so far!) that shows the Yard's reactions a bit, too! Excellent, excellent piece. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Reignite by augustbird - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I did not realize that I needed this fic until I started reading it! I was a little wary of it at first--after Reichenbach, there's a falling out, John and Mary have a kid, Mary dies, John's in dire straits and needs to move back in with Sherlock, which prompts Sherlock and the kid getting on surprisingly well--but the writer is so good that I was sold rather quickly. It's that perfect blend of everything I wanted, especially that John has to have some time taken to really forgive Sherlock. And then there's bonus domesticity without being cliche, but instead it's so heartbreakingly sweet and I adore the way the kid was woven into the story, and so much of this just felt so very genuine to me. I also, um, may have gotten a bit misty by the end. Quite possibly my favorite of the spree I went on tonight. (Sherlock/John, background John/Mary.)


Sherlock: hours before midnight by augustbird - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This fic is several small scenes strung together, several moments in the days just after the second season finale, and the way the author writes is beautiful. John's grief isn't overdone, it's almost subtle in a way, but it's in absolutely every word of this fic, it's so tightly wound that it hurt a little just to read. There are moments that are like being sucker punched all over again--particularly the moment with the phone, you'll know it when you get there--but, oh, the feelings the ending gave me. Beautiful. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Tremolo by what_alchemy - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] The language of this piece is so very beautiful. The summary is a good quote from the fic as well: Regular people, normal people, people like good, warm, tea-making, hair-stroking John, they have visible pulses, pulses that slow and quicken, pulses tied to their emotions and their brains and their life forces. Pulses attached to whatever animates them. Sherlock has no such time-keeping. If you're a little confused about a third of the way into the fic, keep going, the author slowly unveils what she's doing here and it's this gorgeous progress of Sherlock becoming a real person with real emotions and a real heart, both before and after Reichenbach. The Pinocchio aspect of this piece is gorgeously done, I really wound up loving this piece. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Dismantle the Sun by what_alchemy - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec. This is also a sequel to Tremolo and that one absolutely needs to be read first.] Everything I said about the first one--the Pinocchio theme, the progress of Sherlock, the gorgeous writing--all continues here. This is the second part of the series and it expands the viewpoints of characters, especially to John during his grieving post-Reichenbach, and it's almost ugly to watch at times, much like real grief is. He's so angry and self-destructive that it was painful, but, oh, another satisfying reunion and a killer ending. I could hardly ask for more from this sequel. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Uncanny Mrs. Hudson by kay_cricketed - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] Mrs Hudson knew precisely what kind of person she was offering tea to. The assassin, however, did not know what she'd added to the tea. Oh, this was fun! I liked that the author kept Mrs. Hudson's voice down really well, it made it a lot easier to picture this, and I loved it for drawing on a few little details from canon (like her husband being a murderer, so of course she was hardly a stranger to these things) and the brief touches on her friendship with Sherlock were lovely as well. :D (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Full English by kay_cricketed - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] When I read the beginning of this fic, I briefly wondered at John's reactions, how they fit together with what I saw in the character, but... as the fic rolled along, I quickly felt the emotion under the surface and the author does a beautiful job of writing him. It's such a heartbreaking piece in a very quiet, subtle way that I have trouble putting my finger on, the sense of something very not quite right here. And then the ending. Oh, feelings. Sob. (This is gen, but you could read Sherlock/John into it.)


Sherlock: Mirrors ihavebeensherlocked (ckasjfbfksbj) - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This story is short and it isn't about resolution or reunion (of which there isn't any), it's just three short scenes, three moments after Sherlock's death that both of them live through. It's about living through grief and being tired (for John and then Sherlock respectively) and it's about the experience of that. And, of course, depressing the hell out of me. (This is gen, but you could read it as Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Second Law of Thermodynamics by entanglednow - I know, I know, I should be reading post-The Reichenbach Fall fic! But, sorry, I had to stop for this one because there was a delightful summary [ In which there's no heating and there's a dead owl in Sherlock's bed. ] and even more delightful writing! There is bed sharing and quite possibly my favorite bit of banter from Sherlock: "You could take a wild stab at it," John offers. "John, if I just made wild stabs at things I'd be Wikipedia," Sherlock protests. I laughed pretty much forever at that! The fic does a marvelous job of balancing all the tropes that I picked it up for and actually making a really excellent dynamic between Sherlock and John, playing with the possible asexual nature of Sherlock's character and yet whatever it is between them. All in a very Sherlock sort of way. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Art of Negotiation by entanglednow - [Note: This is the second in a series, it would greatly help to have read the previous one first.] The second fic in this series is just as delightful as the first, because the perfect banter between the characters continues, but the relationship also progresses at a pace that fit perfectly with what I wanted out of them! The second piece is also set from John's point of view, which is a good story choice, because he's the one that needs to adjust to the idea of whatever this is between them progressing into whatever it's going to become, getting him to slowly come around. The author also does a fantastic job of getting Sherlock and John to share a bed for a second time while justifying it in a believable way to these characters! So, you know, progressing relationship + amazing banter + more bed sharing = why, thank you, fandom! (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Definition of Insanity by entanglednow - [Note: This is the third in a series, it would greatly help to have read the previous ones first.] This fic contains the best description of John venturing into Sherlock's room (for reasons) for the first time: The first thing he notices is that the room looks like an explosion of information. Like Google threw up everywhere halfway through a search. I may have lost it for a bit at that. Which is one of my favorite things about this series, that the banter and even the descriptions are just so sharp and perfect! But, also, everything about the previous two fics holds true for this one as well--it's interesting on its own, for the pitch-perfect dynamic between them, but it's even more fascinating as part of a series that progresses the relationship between the characters. One of my favorite things about this specific story is Sherlock being cold in a way that's not overstated, that's subtle, and perfectly in character, that you have to reason out the why for yourself, because it's not directly stated. Showing, not telling! Sherlock being so... Sherlock in what are and aren't his motivations! What does John get out of this arrangement because, no, it's not all about Sherlock! All delicious, delicious things. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Rules by entanglednow - [Note: This is the fourth in a series, it would greatly help to have read the previous ones first.] And, then, finally, the conculsion! I was a bit wary of reading this because the previous fics had balanced Sherlock's possibly asexual nature with the growing physical aspect of their relationship very well, but this needed resolution at the same time, and I often enjoy the build-up more than I enjoy the resolution in Sherlock/John fics. But I actually really, greatly enjoyed this final piece, it fit with everything the author had built up to that point, for both characters, and the way they worked it out... worked for these two characters in this specific relationship in this fic. But also I just love this author's version of both characters, such amazingly pitch-perfect dialogue and John's thoughts are amazing and Sherlock is just so terribly clever and I love, love, love that there's background stuff going on (with Sherlock texting various people) that John doesn't really know that much about, nor does he really want to, and that just-- just lets this fic feel even more in line with what I wanted from it! Ugh, I'm only sorry I've finished it now. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Out of Sight by mazarin221b - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] Sometimes I just need happier, fluffier pieces. Sometimes I just need things to not be totally soul crushing. Not that it's not heartbreaking in its own way, because it is still about dealing with John's grief and about him starting to get over it and then Sherlock popping back up in his life, but it's not a fic that... it's not a fic that lingers on the hurt so much as it focuses on the getting better and the reunion. ....I think I'm saying this badly. But I did very much enjoy the fic and I'm glad to have stumbled over it! (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Sally's Choice by marysutherland - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This fic is very short (221 words exactly ♥) and ends abruptly when I think it should have been a bit tweaked at the end, but! What I really loved this piece for was giving some perspective to Sally Donovan's point of view and explaining her actions, giving a depth and shades of grey to her that the canon itself couldn't, but I'm sure was there. I can easily see this for her. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: The Morning When I Woke Up Without You by cityofpaper - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] So, of course, as soon as I get done saying that sometimes I just don't want to be crushed in the soul, I go out and read a soul-crushing fic that maybe threatens just a little to bring a mist to my eyes. Shut up. But, oh, lord, John going through morning after morning brought out all these feelings I've had, especially the long, long drudge of gray days I've been through when mourning a loss like this. It's so painful because it's understated and subtle and I don't need to be told every little detail to feel everything right along with John, which made this all the more powerful a piece. Sigh, ow. (This is gen, but you could read Sherlock/John into it.)


Sherlock: Everyday's Another Chance to Bury My Regret by cityofpaper - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] Well. It was hard for me to read this fic, about John turning to drinking to deal with Sherlock's death, partly for the hurt of it and partly for the complicated issues it raises that a ~3,500 word fic can't address, but... that wasn't the point, really. It was about how awful and how difficult and how heartbreaking the three years they spend apart is, how John slowly kills himself for Sherlock, how Sherlock locks his heart away because he has a mission to do first. The emotion of this piece just hit me right in my fannish heart in all the ways it intended. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Illogical, Dead and Walking by toestastegood - I feel a bit weird. My reason for diving back into fandom was to read an endless amount of post-2x03 fic, fic that deals with what's in canon, and so then I... go and read zombie apocalypse fic? What? In my defense, this fic is absolutely fantastic, though! It's told through short, sparse scenes that illustrate everything they need to, creating an atmosphere of terseness and tension that aids the situation they're in. And yet! It's not without its humorous moments (at least two of which got irl laughs out of me) and a bucketload of feels at the end. It's about 1.5k and it's just a perfect little fic to read in the afternoon. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: you have suffered by lazulisong - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I really do enjoy understated, more subtle fics set post-Reichenbach, where you feel the grief in these characters, but there's no one specific place to point out where exactly it's told to you. And I especially enjoyed the way John's words to Mycroft here, who's come to give John Sherlock's will, have just a bit of an edge, that bit of sarcasm that's so very John Watson, while also being rather painful because you know it's filled with so much grief. Just. Ugh. So many feels. (This is gen but is also Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Ginger by she_burns1 - I was actually browsing around devART when I came across this picture of Sherlock with red hair and was curious about the fic it had come from, so I clicked on the link, followed it back, and found an utterly delightful piece about Sherlock having dyed his hair and having trouble getting it undone. Which is a fun premise, but what I really loved about this fic was the way John handled it, the amazing balance between finding it hilarious and being willing to honestly help Sherlock with not that much grief. That's the thing about their relationship that I love so much, that of course they enjoy bickering sometimes, but there's also a very real, very important relationship there and this fic does a lovely job of it, with very solid writing and dialogue. My face kind of hurt from the smiling after I was finished with this fic. :D (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Tomorrow is a Long Time by thebombardier - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I've spent a bit of time away from post-2x03 works in the few days between the recs I've written, but I decided to start in again this afternoon, choosing this one and, shit, I'm right back to feeling everything all over again. This fic ached while I read, all four chapters of it were painful and understated in their suffering, making it all the better, fitting with the series so very well. The first and final chapters are the worse, the beginning of the separation and then the reunion, the freshness of the wounds all over again. The writer does a gorgeous job of keeping an undercurrent to a fic, making you feel it along with the characters, rather than straight out telling the reader, so by the time the resolution came, it was nearly a physical thing for me. Though, it says it's 4/6 chapters, so there should be two more and I'm curious to see where they go. As it stands, though, the first four chapters were wonderful. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Your Heart is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist by moonblossom - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I'll admit that I thought this fic was a little too... it felt like its focus was a bit too wide for the length of the fic (that it would have been better to narrow its timeframe down a bit or to fill in the reunion details more) but that's a small quibble and I gather that this fic was about working out some writing issues from the author. Taken in that light, I can appreciate it for what it is and enjoy that the beginning especially really made me ache for John's character and I liked that John's reaction was one I hadn't yet seen much of in fandom, despite how many post-2x03 fics I've read. I'm very glad I picked this one up and would like to see more from this author. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Sentiment by bodysnatch3r - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I usually prefer a bit more of a sparse sort of writing in this fandom, so the imagery in this fic didn't hit me as hard as it might with others, but I still found myself unable to put this fic down, the surprising... not quite calm, but almost something like the eye of a storm, after Sherlock comes back and John sees him again for the first time, the way the author writes an intimacy of that moment, all of that really worked for me. The ending was really lovely as well, making my heart hurt all over again. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: If convenient... by faerywhimsy (persephone20) - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I'll warn ahead of time that this fic seems to only be the first chapter of a multi-chapter fic? And the ending is quite the cliffhanger, of course. But it's a sparse sort of writing that I liked, the kind that lets you feel the emotions of the characters all the more because the author isn't trying too hard with them. And I enjoyed that this is yet another new way for the reunion to happen (well, for Sherlock to let John know about it)(as far as I've read in the fandom, of course, which is hardly that comprehensive) and the way John's panic sort of creeps up on him. I look forward to more. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: this last of you by Krystalicekitsu - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] Oh, well. My heart is now bruised and aching. The author does a really marvelous job of the chaotic feel of intense grief, the way everything whirls around together and you can't really be coherent about it. I imagine this fic worked well on me because I empathized with pieces of it, recognized some of my own grief in there. But I also really loved this fic for helping with something that I've been going through with this fandom--John's side of the physical aspect of their relationship. I completely buy the emotional part of it, but a physical attraction to Sherlock and his being okay with it has eluded me rather a lot, but this fic... it's complicated and jumbled and undefined and tragic and no real answers come out of it, just... the loss of possibility. That really works for me here. (Sherlock/John, a bit NSFW, but I'd still say PG-13.)


Sherlock: Web Blackout Caused by Holmes' Supporters says British Government by Krystalicekitsu - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This was a neat, clever little idea with a really neat execution! It's a fake article from a newspaper about an internet blackout that carried a certain message, set in-universe, and even has some nifty pictures of the article clipped out of a paper and tacked to a bulletin board, along with other little pieces of evidence, all part of a larger puzzle. I thought it was terribly cute. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Equilibrium by augustbird - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Hounds of Baskerville in this fic and this rec.] I was browsing the Sherlock/John tag (which I know I shouldn't do, I should never run straight out into the wilds like that!) and happened to see a summary for a fic that was a fusion with Flowers for Algernon. I literally gasped out loud and whispered in horror, "No!" because I could not believe someone would do that! I clicked on that fucker immediately and then saw it was augustbird (who wrote some excellent kidfic that I ate up like it was delicious candy) and I was like I AM PREPARED FOR EXCELLENCE. Bless this author, for real, except for the part where oh jesus my heart. It's brilliantly, beautifully written, from the science aspect to John's brilliance and the way he knows so much more now to the utterly heartbreaking emotional intensity of it that is written the way I wish all Sherlock fics would be written--understated, so it makes it hurt more. Both characters are perfect, the way it isn't easy for either of them and the way there's such anger simmering under the surface for so many reasons, it's absolutely stunning. The author balances the plot and the emotion, doing both absolutely deftly, and leaving me feeling like this is a terrible rec because I wish I could say so much more about it. I was so wary of someone not being able to do the concept justice, but, oh, this author had the ability in spades and did not disappoint. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: An Avalanche Of Detour Signs by gyzym - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I don't even remember how I came across this fic--possibly browsing bookmarks? Maybe just checking out the general Sherlock tag? I'm not sure. But I saw it was a fairly popular fic, it was a long one, and the summary of it (In which Molly Hooper gets a job, gets a degree, breaks a heart, has her heart broken, falls in love, keeps a secret, saves a life, runs a morgue, falls apart, pulls it together, and finds exactly what she didn't know she was looking for--not necessarily in that order.) intrigued me terribly, because I do like Molly. I only meant to start a bit of it before bed the first night, certainly I wasn't going to read all 56k+ words right away, but the beginning was very good. And, suddenly, two hours had passed and it was far past bedtime and I could barely force myself to put it back down. The next day, I inhaled the rest of the story because this fic is so good and does exactly what I had hoped it would do--breathes even more life into Molly's character, works with the canon as a background, and then just has her flourish as a character.

The author weaves a wonderful background for her and this amazing personality that fits together with the canon Molly and yet is so much more. She has this entire life going on that we never see because we only see her interaction with Sherlock and, oh, her friendship and eventually falling in love with Lestrade? Bestill my heart, for I have a new diehard ship! The writing is brilliant--it's gorgeously smooth and sharp and, oh, so very funny when it needs to be! Molly's interaction with Mycroft (seeing as he eventually realizes the debt he owes her because of her help to Sherlock) is absolutely priceless! The bits and pieces of Sherlock and John wandering into Molly's world here are pitch-perfect as well! The way her friendship with Lestrade starts out with such terribly delicious UST and then eventually resolves itself? The way the author takes Molly through everything in the canon, certianly not forgetting her role in everything with Jim Moriarty and how that must have affected her? All of that changed my view on the character and everything to do with her. It's the kind of fic that fanon is built on, because it's so lovely and brilliant and detailed and sharp and good. An absolute must read in the fandom. (Lestrade/Molly, Moriarty/Molly, one-sided Sherlock/Molly, implied Sherlock/John in the background.)


Sherlock: Kindred Spirits by fabrega - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] After having read two longer fics, it was almost sort of nice to follow it up with something that was just under 1k words. But mostly I liked this for the stealth crossover and the way John's mourning took shape, the way he felt as though he were moving on, but was he really? The way grief isn't always a steady thing, sometimes it hits you all over again when you think you're beyond it. It was a surprisingly bittersweet, almost cute read that I liked a lot. (This is gen, but you could maybe read Sherlock/John into it.)


Sherlock: Their Law by Jennistar1 - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I'll admit two things upfront--that I think this fic falters in the second half, telling more than showing, and that I'm not sure I quite buy this portrayal of Sherlock and Mycroft, even working within canon as it does. That said! The first half of this fic is absolutely wonderful, with Sherlock and Mycroft as children and, oh, it hit all right right notes in the quick scenes of them growing up and the laws they work with and make up for themselves. I absolutely adore their relationship and it's wonderful to find a good writer who focuses on it, making this piece so satisfying. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Sherlock minifics by Jennistar1 - This was a series of five smaller fics put together, nothing that really connects them, other than just little different ways of looking at the characters. And I found them all interesting and I liked that the author was good at writing a short fic and each of them didn't really need to be any longer or shorter than they were, which is not always an easy thing to achieve. Plus, I was fairly instantly fond of this author's balance between Sherlock/John friendship and maybe something more, which is exactly what I'm looking for out of fandom right now. <3 (This is gen, but could also be read as Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Dear John by Jennistar1 - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] The summary reads: On his Hiatus, Sherlock writes John letters. Well, half letters. and that is exactly what this is--a series of half-written letters from Sherlock while John thinks he's dead, letters that he never intends to send, letters that hardly say that much, yet say so very much, because this is Sherlock. I like the way they're half-finished, because I can buy it from a series of letters that Sherlock has no intention of sending and how much they reveal about him, even in just small, short bursts. I enjoyed this a lot! (This is gen, but you could also read it as Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Sixteen Words by kim47 - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is one of those fics where... sometimes I just need kissing and something that's not quite angst, but not quite fluff... fluffy angst? idk, but whatever it is, every so often, I need a fic that's just all about Sherlock and John kissing a lot and being all, yup, I'm in love with this jerk, ugh, I love him so much and I'm sorry everything went to shit for awhile. Sometimes I just need to revel in how much I feel with these characters, to seek out a fic that is all about pulling those emotions out and rolling around in them. This fic satisfied that urge for me, with some very solid writing, and some very nice kissing. Bless. *__* (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Time To Choose A Side by arobynsung - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] As much as I'm usually focused on the Sherlock/John aspect of post-2x03 fic, sometimes it's nice to find a Lestrade-centric piece, especially one that deals with the tough choice he had to make there and how it would have affected him. I like the way this one is short flashes of scenes, just enough to make it really hurt and make me remember all over again why I actually really love this character a lot. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Pieces of Eight by sheffiesharpe - I go back and forth on needing sexytimes fic with Sherlock and John, because sometimes I really want it, but if I read too much of it... suddenly, I'm left feeling dissatisfied with the fandom and nearly start to wander off. I read this one several days ago and put it on my list of fics to be recommended, because it's one of those that I made an exception for, one that I really rather liked. But, honestly, the best part was the hilarity I got out of Sherlock and John arguing over Robert Louis Stevenson and how they were both so... themselves about it. (Sherlock/John, NC-17.)


Sherlock: Penny Rolling Up The Walls by cosmicrubric - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I'm always a little wary of reading Lestrade pairing fics, especially if it breaks up Sherlock/John, but I gave this one a chance because the summary super intrigued me--though, only the first chapter has been posted at the time of this rec, but I like what's here already--and, so far, it feels in line with what was I hoping for: That, at the heart of it, it's still about Sherlock/John. And, oh, this fic just hurts to read, because John is so devestated and such a wreck and there's such anger simmering under the surface, all beautifully, beauifully written and yet he's still a good man. I am so very looking forward to more of this, especially once Sherlock returns. (Lestrade/John, eventual Sherlock/John, NSFW.)


Sherlock: Shudder Down by cosmicrubric - It's difficult to pull off a fic like this, a lot of the time. Where it's not really about a particular thing happening, but more about introspection and insight into characters, especially the darker impulses of John's that come up around Irene Adler. There's something very sharp here that I found very intriguing, something very violent that worked in the space of this particular fic. It's... hard for me to describe why it intrigued me better than that. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Hold On by Jennistar1 - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I put this fic off for a bit, because the summary was a bit misleading--that John knew all along. Which he didn't, he only knew when he saw Sherlock in the cemetary, which actually works for me so much better. I mean, when I got to this line: John opened his mouth to make some sort of quip, because it was the British thing to do, to make some dry, ironic joke at the very point when things were most strained, something like 'well, that was a waste of coffin then', but nothing came out. He would have been happy, or he would have been angry, except that he knew Sherlock had done this for a reason, was doing this for a reason, and that was why he looked so awfully grave and sad., well, that's when I knew I was going to just sink right into this piece. And I really did--the author does a gorgeous job of bringing out all the feelings in me, of getting me to feel John's heartbreak right along with him, that Sherlock is leaving, that there's this emptiness that's growing (my words to describe it are terrible, this fic is not), and in balancing that relationship they have, that's not just friends, but maybe not traditionally romantic, either. It was a wrenching fic all the way around and beautifully written, I think this might just be my favorite of the author's pieces so far. (This is labeled as friendship, but I think you could read Sherlock/John into it if you wanted.)


Sherlock: Fire Dreams & The Fire and The Rain by Jennistar1 - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] There is something about this fic that just got to me. The intesnity of John's dream, despite that I'm not usually one much for reading about fictional characters' dreams, it's so hard to do them well, something about the imagery and the intensity of it in this author's lovely writing, which is followed up by a post-2x03 reunion and an intense as hell kiss, the way these two halves of this fic fit together with the imagery of fire, that just... I may have let out a little sigh at the end. Ugh, so many feelings I have right now. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Goodybe Kiss by Jennistar1 - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] Oh, yet another fic by this author that I greatly enjoyed! I love the idea of it, the way it weaves kissing together with the high-octane style of life these characters live and without trying to really define how their relationship would change. It felt like it was the same as the show itself, just with a bit of extra kissing that we never saw, the way it was fun and enjoyable and a little bit of a competition and put the best smile on my face. You know, until the end of the fic, when I was metaphorically curled up on the floor over my post-Reichenbach feels again. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: (Un)Predictable by elfin - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Hounds of Baskerville in this fic and this rec.] This was a fun little piece set mid-2x02, that's just a touch angsty, but mostly kind of fluffy and cute. I enjoyed it for being about John's side of the relationship and showing the bits of progress he needs to go through before anything could happen and... it's fluff, so it doesn't take a long time, but it is nice just having fic that focuses on his side of things. And it plays on the emotions of The Hounds of Baskerville quite nicely! (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Returning by elfin - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] Another short but nice read! And it was yet another new way for John to react to Sherlock's return that I had yet to read before this one (though, of course, I'd seen it mentioned before, but never written) and I liked the way the story was told in short, quick scenes from different perspectives. This fic also had a fun scene with Lestrade at the end and, hell, as much as I'm totally focused on the Sherlock/John part of these fics, sometimes it is nice to see other characters' reactions, too. This was fun! (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: A Guilty Man by Jennistar1 - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] Oh, jeez, this fic. This is pretty much my perfect Mycroft fic, especially my perfect post-The Reichenbach Fall Mycroft & Sherlock fic. The anger boiling under the surface, the guilt that's eating away at Mycroft, the ache that I felt for this damaged relationship, all of it was brilliantly done. This Mycroft, who is so refined and reserved, who has so little in his life that he actually cares for, the way you feel the genuine emotions underneath the polite surface, the way he reacts to Sherlock's anger, all of it is heartwrenchingly good. This fic also did an amazing thing--it had me actually doubting Mycroft for a moment, doubting his true motives, and I loved it for that. And I loved it for not being a tragic fic ultimately, but not pulling its punches, either. It was gorgeous all the way around. (Some implied Sherlock/John, but it's not really the point.)


Sherlock: Bleeding Alone by Jennistar1 - This fic is labelled as probably having spoilers for both series, but I don't recall anything that would be spoilery in them. Still, watch out, I suppose? This fic sort of... almost exists in a vacuum, in a sense, where there's no real lead-up or follow-through, it's just a moment in time, and I found that I liked it a lot when viewed through that lens. Mycroft lives a dangerous life, even as far away from the direct action as he is, and when he's dying, of course he thinks of the one person he actually cares about--Sherlock. It's such a sad piece, for the irrepairable relationship between them, one that they'll never have time to mend, and this fic really hits hard on that. It's angsty, but sometimes I just want to really dig into an angsty scenario like this, especially when it's well done. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Homemade Biscuits and Homemade Deceptions by Jennistar1 - Oh, this was such fun! I have a great love for fics that play with the idea of Moriarty, especially with established characters, and I love how well this fic made me jump right into the idea that Mrs. Hudson could have been behind it all. The author balances her sweet, gentle persona against the dark things that Moriarty does, weaves them together wonderfully, adding in just how bored she gets sometimes, as well as remembering the bits about her husband. And, oh, I love love love that it's John who nearly figures her out because Sherlock doesn't think to look, never really considers her, while John is suspicious of everyone, and it just is all so good! (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Shift by Ryssabeth - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is a short piece, not that much over 300 words, but! It's from Lestrade's point of view on just something that feels different about Sherlock after everything that happened in 2x03 and the small insights as he figures out what the change is. It made me smile for the way Sherlock notices Lestrade watching him, of course he does, and both their reactions. Short, but just what I wanted. (Implied Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Reunions, Rowdiness and Phone Calls by Jennistar1 - Oh, jesus, this fic. I don't even know how to begin writing this rec, because I'm sure I'll never do it justice. Everything about this particular fic was amazing, from John's high school reunion to him getting drunk to him drunk dialing Sherlock to Sherlock's reaction, which is, in turns, amused and annoyed, to basically absolutely everything about this fic. Each phone call John made was a thing of pure delight and laughter--I had honest-to-god tears in my eyes from the giggling I did while reading this one! And, oh, Sherlock getting bored without John there, so he tackles London's 101 most unsolvable cases on-line and of course that goes the way it does! Just. Oh, this was pure perfection. (This is gen, but it could also be Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Before I Sleep by Watcher.mine - Ahhh, I clicked onto this fic almost at random, not sure what I would be getting, and so I was a bit wary, of course. And then I just sort of sunk into this fic, which is a series of three scenes on a snowy day, with Sherlock, John, and the people around them. The first is just them, the second is an amazing visit from Mycroft, and the third a lovely visit from Lestrade. Each of these scenes is wonderful for showing bits of insight into the characters and just being really charming! I have to admit, the middle scene is my favorite--Mycroft spending a few hours in the flat with Sherlock and John is amazing, even when nothing major happens. I would read that kind of fic all day long, especially when written like this, which is really excellent writing. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: A Man of Letters by krabapple - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This was a lovely, lovely fic. The author describes it as an, "Obligatory post-Reichenbach fix-it fic.", which is apt, because it does sort of read like a checklist of things to go through: John grieves, everyone around him tries to reach out to him, John slowly starts to heal just a bit, Sherlock shows up again, there's a mess of confused feelings, and then sexytimes. I feel like I should be a bit more jaded, that I've read this fic a bunch of times now, but the author is so good at writing the characters and John's character especially, that I was riveted the entire time! It's so good. John's connection to Sherlock, through the books he leaves behind, the little details worked into the fic, are all gorgeously done. And, hell, even the sexytimes was welcome! I was a little wary (given my lack of wont for sexytimes with these two lately) but I wound up really liking that part, too. Basically, everything about this fic was beautifully done and so satisfying. (Sherlock/John, NSFW.)


Sherlock: A Little Night Reading: Five Vignettes by Morgan Stuart - I enjoy stories like this, where it's a series of scenes that are about five different characters, and it's absolutely stuffed full of little details when the author chooses something for each of the characters to read at night to unwind with. I liked that it was half about the insight into the characters and half about... just enjoying the characters, if that makes sense? Well, it makes sense in my head, anyway. I think Sherlock's is probably my favorite, though, I liked the choices for all of the characters. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: A Bit of Everything by KCS - [Note: Eventually, there will be SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic, but you can read the first several stories without spoiling yourself for that one.] Oh, this fic! It is a godsend for me. It's a series of not precisely connected stories, just different bits and pieces with the various characters, little stories being told here and there, and they're wonderful. They have such range, from the fics that made me shriek with laughter to the fics that just made me feel warm and fuzzy to the fics that made me want to curl up in a big ball of angsty feelings, all of them just pitch-perfect. I nearly feel like I could recommend each one of these separately, but even I'm not that tacky. So, instead, I'll just pick out a handful of my favorites: Chapter 7 has Sherlock and Mycroft sibling rivalry with John stuck in the middle that literally made me put my reader down just to howl with laughter. (Though, it might be better to read on the author's lj page because it has an accompanying illustration.) Chapter 11 for just making me ache for John on the bad days and feeling very touched when Sherlock makes progress as a human being. And chapter 17 (which is SPOILERY like whoa for The Reichenbach Fall) for being rather gut-wrenching as a post-Reichenbach story. But they're all lovely and, oh, this author's Mycroft is especially a joy, but the Sherlock/John relationshp is pure perfection with everything the author achieves. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: A Messy Business by KCS - OH MY GOD KIDFIC YES. John is turned into a kid through some handwaving, because it's not about that, it's about watching Sherlock interact with kidlet John and, oh my god, it is the most delicious, satisfying thing ever. It's told in short 221b (221 words, final word starts with a 'b') format, so each chapter is actually very short and it's not as long as it looks (probably about 5-6k or so) but they're all in a row and they're all beautifully done and, oh, I love that Sherlock rises to the occasion, because that actually fits with my view of the character and that I think he probably had a good childhood. This is endless amounts of cute and hilarity and just... everything you want out of kidfic, the reasons you read it in the first place, this fic does. And it's worth reading even if you don't usually read kidfic, because it's so good. (This is gen, obviously, but will likely be of interest to Sherlock/John fans, too.)


Sherlock: that thing you like by misspamela - I suspect I may have read this fic before, parts of it felt familiar, but! Even if I have, well, it's been awhile and it deserves a re-recommendation, because, oh, it's a lovely piece where Sherlock invites John to his house for Christmas and, yes, I do wish a bit more time had been devoted to the Holmes family, but Mrs. Holmes was amazing for what she was in it. There's a scene in particular--you'll know it when you get to it--that was just pure, utter perfection. I love the characterization here, both felt so spot-on, especially for digging into Sherlock's home life and the bits of his past that come up (though, that's not really the entire point) and how they both deal with the obvious something between them. Plus, hilarity and spot-on voices! This was an excellent read, with a satisfying build-up to the sexytimes that I could believe. ♥ (Sherlock/John, NSFW.)


Sherlock: Never Too Late by KCS - [Note: This fic is a continuation of A Messy Business, which would help to have read first.] After having finished A Messy Business, I pretty much leapt right onto this one and tore through it in one sitting because, oh my god, Sherlock with kid!John is amazing and delicious and perfect. The author does an absolutely brilliant job of making it sweet and hilarious, but also hitting me right straight in the feelings. I love love love that Sherlock is actually rather good at taking care of John as a kid, you almost wouldn't expect it, until you see it and, oh, of course it makes perfect sense and fits with my view of the characters. But there's also a chapter where the near-inevitable happens, when you're writing kidfic, that John gets lost and the ensuing events afterwards are so incredibly satisfying, for all the characters and their reactions, that it was like the most delicious candy ever. The characterization is just absolutely spot-on, for Sherlock especially, but also wee!John who still somehow manages to evoke the feeling of adult!John, even when he's been regressed. Basically, I want to roll around in this fic forever. (This is gen, obviously, but will likely be of interest to Sherlock/John fans, too.)


Sherlock: Christmas Interlude by KCS - [Note: It would help to have read A Messy Business by this author before reading this fic. There are also SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] More kidfic! I wanted to ration this one a bit, because it's such a delightful arc, but as soon as I started it, nope, I couldn't put it down again. The author continues to strike this gorgeous balance of pure fluff and something more serious, something that genuinely makes me want to just curl up in my feeeeelings and sob for a bit at how much I love everything. But also! There are kid-sized snowball fights that left me howling with laughter! So many bawwws at the latest chapter! (Chapter 8, as of the time of this rec.) Like, punch a person in the heart bawws! And, oh, I love the use of Sally Donovan, who slowly starts to warm up to the reader and to the other characters, but in a way that lets me still believe that this is a natural character growth for her. Ugh, so many feelings for all of this. (This is gen, obviously, but will likely be of interest to Sherlock/John fans, too.)


Sherlock: The Road Trip Series by stupid_drawings - Oh, this series was entirely fun! I wound up really liking the structure the author used, that style of short snippets, just a few quick lines with timestamps on them, to show the passage of time and that works really well with ROAD TRIP FIC. A series of road trips with John, Sherlock, and Lestrade. Of course I was going to pounce on those! And I love it for the three of them being stuck in a car together, the way they get on each other's nerves, the way Sherlock is so batshit while John just sort of rolls with it and Lestrade is the WHY IS THIS MY LIFE guy who gets sucked into the batshit despite himself. It's so charming and made me fall in love with all of the characters all over again and satisfied that need I didn't realize I had for roadtrip fic. Totally a fun way to spend some time this afternoon! (Some implied Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Transition by scribble55178 - [Note: This was written long before The Reichenbach Fall, but I'm still going to put a SPOILER warning on it and this rec.] I feel like I've been running out of fics that deal with the immediate aftermath of Sherlock's return post-The Reichenbach Fall, so this was a wonderful find this afternoon. It was written back in 2011, well before s2 even started airing, so the details are different, but it's remarkably spot-on for the emotional aspect--John dealing with seeing Sherlock again, the way he feels torn in so many different directions, the way it's so difficult to process any of it, the absolute heartache of it all, was deliciously satisfying. It's definitely one of the better ones I've read in the last couple of days, for this specific trope I wanted. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: As Though His Heart Were Breaking by veronamay - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] So, I've spent awhile now mentally thinking, oh, I want to find more post-The Reichenbach Fall fic that'll really punch me in the feelings! Apparently, this fic decided to grant my wish by punching me in the feelings until I thought I might tear up a little. There is something so masterful about the build-up of this piece, where John is very careful to not react, to try to just make it through the afternoon when Sherlock shows up again, to work through it and understand that he's sure Sherlock had his reasons. But there's an undercurrent that you feel right along with him and, when that dam breaks, it kind of took me along with it. Heartbreaking, but in a good way. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: Magic Trick by swift_tales - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] You know me, I'm always wary when I see NC-17 listed on a fic, but I really wanted more post-Reichenbach fic and I stumbled over this link, so what the hell. And I love this fic because it's a bit different from usual--rather than sliding straight into their old lives in 221b, Sherlock whisks John off and they travel around the world while putting themselves back together--and because John's slowly simmering anger at the whole thing is so satisfying. The little touches are incredibly satisfying as well, the times that John asks Sherlock about some random person's history or about who knew Sherlock was alive before him, even when the underlying motivations aren't said, you feel them. Eventually the dam breaks, of course, and it's heartwrenching and the build-up to finally the sexytimes was solidly done. But, oh, the emotional aspect was what I came away from with this fic the most. (Sherlock/John, NC-17.)


Sherlock: It Takes a Village by CaffieneKitty - You know what there needs to be more of? Good sick!Sherlock and put-upon!John fic. Because, oh, this fic was amazing, but now I need more. Especially when Sherlock is such an obnoxious bastard and John tries very hard to be patient, but well. It's not easy with Sherlock. The writing is absolutely lovely, I smiled so, so many times during the reading of this, both for the humor and because of the friendship between Sherlock and John. And because Sherlock's kind of an idiot about some things--or at least idiotically stubborn. And this is the kind of fic that I could read for ages and ages, the kind that's gen but you may read something more into it if you squint a bit, as it's not hard to, just as in the show itself. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: Newer Every Day by CaffieneKitty - This is short, but it's schoompy and fluffy without being saccharine or insipid--it's delightful and just sharp enough to be worthy of these characters. I also really enjoy when a writer writes them as friends, but there's that slight tug of maybe something more there, but it doesn't have a clear defintion, all gotten down in just a quick piece about a special day. ...clearly, I have a lot of feelings, leave me alone. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: A Restless Pillow by CaffieneKitty - I have to admit, I do wish this had had descriptions, instead of just being a dialogue-only fic, but! The author does a good job of getting the action across anyway and the dialogue is fantastic. I am in absolute love with John's resigned sarcasm and limited but still there patience in this fic and, oh, bed sharing! There is bed sharing in the fic! Which means lots of grumbling about that and then (if implied) cuddling at the end! Yes, this fic knows me and knows what I like. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: Lost and Found by Anonymous Eli - I am becoming very fond of Sherlock & Mycroft stories (but, then, I've always had a fondness for family-based fic, especially ones where relationships are very strained that make a person want to shove them into heightened situations) and this one came along at just the right time for me to eat it up like it was delicious candy. Sherlock injures himself and Mycroft helps him out, but there's worry and care there, in the Holmes sort of way, and then bonus meaningful scarf appearances! And bonus John appearances, because he's such an important part of Sherlock's life! It was so satisfying to read this, and I only wish the author had written more in this fandom. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Lever and Fulcrum by CaffieneKitty - More of Sherlock and Mycroft, excellent! It's another dialogue-only fic and it leaves a few mystries (but that's the point of them) and it's just... really cute and fun bantering about Mycroft maneuvering Sherlock into coming home for dinner one night, when Sherlock tries to refuse. I definitely would have liked to have seen more of this one! But, as it is, it's a satisfying Holmes brothers piece. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: An Adventure in Knitwear by CaffieneKitty - You ever come across one of those fics that's so adorable and cute that you just get immediately defensive and want to tell everyone to just fuck off if they don't understand your pure, pure love for it? This is one of those fics for me. Sherlock knits John a sweater, it does not go brilliantly, but John likes it anyway. There's a bit of mocking and humor, but mostly it's adorable and they're such great best friends that my fannish heart warmed to read it. FUCK YOU IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND MY PURE, PURE LOVE FOR THIS FIC. (This is gen, but it should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: Redivivus by cathedral carver - I have to admit, this fic confused the hell out of me, just what was going on and why certain people were suddenly evil and wondering if there was something much more troubling going on underneath everything, the lack of answers was rather dissatisfying, but! The reason I'm recommending this fic anyway is because, those small details aside, there was a certain something this fic had that just... really punched me in the feelings. Sherlock being in a sort of horrifying version of Groundhog's Day, watching John die over and over, absolutely nothing about it that wasn't heartbreaking, just took a lot out of me. In the way the author meant it to. There was something very painful about watching Sherlock be so stubborn, watching him lose John over and over again--the emotional impact of this fic was grand and wringing. Apparently, that's what I crave in this fandom. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The One Person You Meet In Hell by dltoro - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] There are two things I really loved about this fic--the great Moriarty voice and the ambiguous ending. It's set from Moriarty's point of view, dealing with The Reichenbach Fall and, oh, it's just everything you know would go through his head (and come out his mouth) when he finds himself waking up after that. And then there's the ending! The ending that's written so you can have about five different theories on what it means and the author wrote it perfectly so that each of them could be true and I really, really enjoyed the way it all worked. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Gravitation Resonance by Watcher.mine - This is a post-1x03 speculation piece, how that cliffhanger might have resolved, with a focus on Mycroft's character. It's a gorgeous piece, especially for the way Mycroft is so calm and steady on the outside, but inside he's thinking on so many different levels. It's a beautiful look at Mycroft the brother vs Mycroft the government official, all wrapped up in the themes of poetry--which is more about how Mycroft thinks and deals than it is about a reflection of poetry. Eh, I'm saying this badly, but basically it's a gorgeous Mycroft piece, satisfying on that level and for his interaction with Sherlock, getting that perfect balance and subtle yet sharp quality that is the Holmes brothers. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Headspace by deuxexmycroft - The summary of this piece is: Sherlock wakes up. And wakes up and wakes up and wakes up. which positively screamed that this was not going to be a light-hearted story... and, no, it wasn't. I'm not sure what I expected, but I don't think I expected this one to hit me as hard as it did, the sense of uncertainty and the way it was painful to read at times, almost sickening in what was happening, in the ways the author intended. The author very much knew what they were doing here, it's not for when you want something light and fun to read, but it is for when you're feeling a bit like you want to be metaphorically punched in the stomach by something dark. Of course, you know me and the kind of fics I rec, what that says about the ending. I found this a really excellent, if caveat-laden read. (Sherlock/John, very NSFW for sex and dark themes.)


Sherlock: As I touch your shoulder tonight by chuckjd - Okay, yes, this is the dancing fic that I was waiting for! And, shut up, yes, I was waiting for a dancing fic that fit my image of the characters, because the Holmes family rather screams of these things, that of course Sherlock would know how to waltz, even if he had no real use for it or even liked it. So, naturally, John needs a refresher course and Sherlock says, here, I'll show you and the fic is like the best delicious candy ever. It's fantastic because it sort of skirts the line between friendship and something more, there's obviously an attraction there, but it doesn't need to go anywhere just yet, instead, it's all about the intimacy in this moment and John's patient (and not-so-patient at times) tolerance for Sherlock's quirks and being rather sharp himself. Plus, the author does a lovely job of working Sherlock's observations in and I love that sort of thing! (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Then I set fire to our bed by uran - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is a short piece, but it's satisfying. Sherlock comes back and John makes tea, which goes about as well as you'd expect it to, because he tries to be calm, but there are just so many emotions. It's not much more than 500 words, but it's one of those that I happily added to my collection of post-Reichenbach fics. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Sleeve by Ryssabeth - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is another short fic, not even 550 words, but it's easy to read and sometimes I just really like a good fluffy piece. It's John reaching out to touch Sherlock every so often to make sure he's really there and it's nice that that need of confirmation isn't entirely one-sided. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: I Now Pronounce You Man and Work by dltoro - Okay, this was totally cracky--as the author warns for--but not as cracky as the label might lead you to believe. It's definitely a cracked out premise (Sherlock being literally married to his work) but the characterization is still great fun, especially with Sherlock having absolutely no morals and John trying to figure out where he stands with all this. The dialogue and bickering between them is sharp and it's an established relationship fic that I actually rather liked (I'm hesitant with them, I'm still at the stage where I want get-together fics), so I was happy all the way around! (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Common Cold by Trillsabells - Oh, lord. John has a cold and Sherlock is... Sherlock. This could have been way too over the top about it, too silly or too sappy or too something, but the author is lovely about keeping things in check, which makes it so much more fun! Especially when Sherlock looks for things that aren't there or doesn't quite know how to react and John's miserable and, oh, the fic with Sherlock and Sarah is pure perfection, I was kind of crying. This is pretty much everything I wanted out of a "John gets sick. Sherlock doesn't believe him." fic! ♥ And excuse me while I may have a mild attack of the feels over the undercurrents all throughout this. (This is gen, but it should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: You Play the Cards You're Dealt by tristesses - In a way, this fic almost makes me angry, at how it's not even 700 words and I suspect that the author put more thought into Sally's character than the show itself does. It's a beautiful piece, though, on why she dislikes Sherlock Holmes so much and she has some really legitimate reasons and she's so understandable and sympathetic here. He is not easy to be around, especially for someone like her, and I really, really wish there were more explorations of her character like this one, especially with that sharp taste of completely justified anger to her that I totally, totally get. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: The 15:06 to Totnes by Trillsabells - It takes a deft hand to make dialogue only fic work (well, texting-only fic, in this case) but this author pulls it off splendidly well! It's just... so perfect, I could see their expressions perfectly well even without any descriptions, just by the words of their texts and the timestamps! And this author uses repetition perfectly, her Sherlock is such an obnoxious bastard, her John is beautiful in his not-so-patient stubborness that's pitted against Sherlock's own, and just... oh, Sherlock. Of course everything ends the way it does. asl;dkfjalskj this is a terrible rec. Just go read the fic. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: Unseen by tres_mechante - This was really nice, it's five scenes of different moments or people observing the relationship between Sherlock and John or just intimate moments in that relationship, all of them a delight to read. I enjoy fics that get a good variety of characters (and it's always fun to see their views of the Sherlock/John relationship--especially Mycroft, of course, though, Mrs. Hudson's had me in stitches here) and this one also brings some very cute dialogue and an established relationship fic that I rather liked this time around, and just... I laughed more than once during this fic and felt some feels. That's all I ask sometimes. ♥ (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Words From Red Horsemen by cantonforking - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] There are a couple of details off in this fic, but they're minor even by themselves, but moreso in the face of how much the language of this piece conveys so much emotion. It's a handful of scenes, with John in mourning after Sherlock's death, and it hurts because he's so alone and lost again and the author does a gorgeous job of it. But then you hit the second half--and this is a reunion fic, after all--and I felt the entire time John spent apart from Sherlock, the entire cab ride to their meeting place, I was right there with him. I do love when a fic can make me feel that tensely wound! (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Adored by chellefic - The summary of this fic is: Learning he's adored changes John's perspective a bit. Based on Steven Moffat's observation that Sherlock adores John. I loved this fic for so many reasons, the first of which is that, yes, it felt absolutely right and fit with my own feelings on Sherlock --> John that of course he adores John. You can feel it with the character. The second is that this fic is beautifully written, it's about quiet moments of the two of them together, with perfect voices and perfect dynamic, it's about progressing the relationship in this really natural and easy way that isn't about one moment in particular changing everything or a big reveal, it just sort of... ambles over that way. Plus, Sherlock's lack of tact is always A+++. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Five Times Sherlock Held John and One Time John Held Sherlock by chellefic - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This fic contains the best confession I've yet read in this fandom: "John, after extensive investigation I have reached the conclusion that I love you." John's reaction is perfect, too. This author is one of those that makes me think that I can handle both established relationships and sexytimes fic again, because I was perfectly okay with them here, especially with how lovely the dialogue and descriptions were. It's also one of those fics that balances angst and happiness, the serious with the humor, that gets the mix right just like the show does for me. And, well, I'm always very fond of various-scenes fics, where there's a running theme (how sometimes things are fine, sometimes they're not quite find, sometimes they're not fine at all, sometimes they're getting back to fine), especially when an author can just get to me like this one did. (Sherlock/John, NSFW.)


Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes and the Meaning of D-3 by chellefic - Oh, lord. Sherlock trying to catalogue and define different types of kissing could have been too sappy in another author's hand, but I fucking loved it here. It helps that the dialogue is delightfully sharp and that I enjoy this author's characterization and the dynamic between the characters, but also... kissing! A focus on kissing! I love kissing. :D And I love both Sherlock and John in this fic. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Crucial Piece by chellefic - I could swear I've written a rec for this fic already, but I can't find it in any of my posts, so... I'll assume I just made notes somewhere or something, but hadn't yet got to it. Either way! It's one of those fics that keeps astounding me a little because I feel like it should be all the things I'm not looking for in this fandom (established relationships, the twist of why John protests about not being gay so much, the sex, etc.) and yet... something about this author just pulls me right along and makes me love this. I thought it was an interesting spin on John's characterization and I love the adorable banter and, oh, the discussion of how wee!Sherlock learned about sex. That was a bit amazing. This was just... sexy and fun and cute! (Sherlock/John, NSFW.)


Sherlock: The Road Less Traveled by verityburns - I am not sure where to begin with this rec because it's such an engrossing piece that covers such a huge progression of the relationship between Sherlock and John. I find it hard to talk about in more than just vague terms--amazing Sherlock characterization and voice! hilarity at so many turns! I just about fucking cried while reading this fic because the author ripped my heart out! and then put it back together and I just wanted to roll around in soft and fluffy things forever because it touched my heart!--because there's just so much that I want to point out. And I love it for the scope the author covers, for the beginnings of nudging their relationship forward to all the major bumps and bruises along the way to the way they put themselves back together, I love it for all those things. But most of all, I think I love this fic for the absolutely stellar Sherlock voice, both in speech patterns and characterization. He is such an intense presence, such a brilliant mind, always thinking, always spinning, always moving forward, always one or ten steps ahead of everyone in nearly everything. Not absolutely everything and that's part of what he needs to learn here, why John balances him so well, why this relationship works so well for me here, because they provide what the other needs. Both of them.

In this fic, Sherlock is nearly an unstoppable force, you just can't stop him most of the time, he nearly steamrolls over everything, because he's so much smarter than everyone, and that's exactly the problem. And, oh, oh, oh, I wanted that addressed and this author does it in such a beautiful way, where Sherlock's brilliance and his coldly logical nature come back to bite him. It's hilarious along the way, the way Sherlock just so easily manipulates people and doesn't feel badly about it and the whole first third of the fic is a pure lark. And then the author turns around and punched me in the feelings until I just about cried, but did it so beautifully that I could hardly blame her. And then she added in gorgeous Mycroft interference, especially when you realize more about his motivations and how he worked, and, ugh. Basically, this was one of the most satisfying fics I've read, for emotional resolution and awesome character voices and humor and delicious angst, and I am totally a wreck about it now. Plus, all the later chapters/epilogues, especially with meeting the Holmes family and all that sparks in their relationship, are delightful fun. And kind of angsty. But also fun. (Sherlock/John, NSFW in some chapters.)


Sherlock: and the night shall catch your tears by CKDrake - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is a bit of a difficult fic to describe why I liked it, because it's only partly about the punch-me-in-the-feelings aspect (which definitely got me at one point, where I just ached for John), but it's also partly about the way the author writes. I'm not usually one for a lot of dense prose, especially not in this fandom, it so easily can go off the rails, but this author wrote such lovely imagery, it worked because it was so dreary without having to be too terribly obvious about it, it just... was. And that's what made this piece work for me. Plus, I'm still always and forever in the mood for post-2x03 fic. ;__; (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: but when your laughter enters, it rises to the sky seeking me by mesmiranda - I was journalhopping around tonight when I stumbled over this one and I wound up really liking it! It tackles the way John relates to his sexuality, the ways and hows of his attraction to various people, and it fills in a bit of background, but lightly so, that's all that's needed, and it's... it's not a heavily plotted fic in the sense that the action is tightly wound, instead it's got almost an airy feeling, while still being very heavy on the emotions. It's difficult to describe, but I really liked the characterization here and I liked how this John approached attraction to people. And, of course, it all starts with why John doesn't have a porn collection, which Sherlock asks about. It was a good read with a lovely ending. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Latest found, ever new delight by mesmiranda - Oh, for fuck's sake. As long as I was reading the previous fic on this post, I thought, well, okay, I'll keep reading, even if high school AUs aren't my usual thing. But the writing was so lovely and I do enjoy a good John pov piece and everything felt right and in the spirit of the characters that I kept at it. It's a lovely high school au where John and Sherlock are so like what they must have been at that age and there's the exchange of quotes from books to communicate with each other and there's Sherlock being his usual unreadable self and then there's the ending. That fucking punched me in the feelings! Even when it was a happy ending, it was a sweet ending! And still I ended it with a wobbly feeling of how I just wanted to go curl up in bed for a week and not come out. Fucking fic. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Pills in a Cupboard by Nonesane - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is another fic based on the whole, "Wait, you can see him, too?" prompt that went around tumblr like wildfire, so I was a bit hesitant to read it at first, despite that I read similar themed fics all the time. I'm so glad I decided to try this one out this morning because, oh, yes, this was lovely! John thinks he's hallucinating Sherlock and Sherlock picks up on that, because of course he would! Great, now all the other fics in this vein may very well be ruined for me! But I'm still glad I read this one because it was full of all sorts of feelings and the writing was lovely and I enjoyed the take on John's reactions. It's a bit pat, but sometimes that's what I want, and this fic was very nicely done. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: SM CASE FILES by lillyankh - Oh, this was a deliciously creepy fic! It's a crossover with the Slenderman urban legend, told in the style of transcripts of interviews in the aftermath of Sherlock's investigation into him, which works wonderfully. Even with only dialogue, you can feel everything that's happened, the toll that's been taken, the horror that still lingers. This is not a happy fic, nor does it have a happy ending, but it's a great piece that was written for Halloween, but still is a fun, creepy read. It was all too easy to imagine the characters' expressions and tone of voice for this fic, probably all the more effective on me, as I read it late at night, when I was tired. Still, it's a great read! (Dark, creepy themes.)


Sherlock: A Different Kind Of Roommate by xox-hattii-xox - You know what's awesome? When you read a fic that's gen or pre-slash, you don't really know which, and it doesn't matter! Because it fits Sherlock and John so very well, especially Sherlock being one of the worst roommates ever, he's such a pain to live with here, and John is so perfectly John in his reactions. Each of the scenes and examples of what an annoying bastard Sherlock is are absolutely delightful, I read the entire story with one of those face-hurting grins that wouldn't go away. And then I got to the end! And I melted. All while that face-hurting smile was still firmly fixed in place. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: How To Accidentally Summon a Demon by patster223 - The summary of this fic is: Sherlock is possessed by a demon. A damned, wicked soul that uses the kitchen table for blood rituals and experiments. John doesn't even notice the difference. I immediately laughed and just had to read it! And, boy, was it ever delightful. I could have stood for it being a bit longer, but it was also pretty perfect as it was and just... the idea of Sherlock being posessed and John not even noticing could have gone very wrong, but this author is deft enough that I totally bought it and it was beautifully perfect and just. I think I had one of those "this hurts my face" smiles on the entire time! (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should appreciate it, too.)


Sherlock: How To Accidentally Open a Portal To Hell by patster223 - And then there's a companion piece to the previous one! Not that you need to have read that one first, they each stand well enough on their own, but they're fun to read as a set. This time Sherlock accidentally opens a portal to hell and, oh, I spent the entire time I read this grinning like mad. Well, except for the time when I had to stop and just laugh because it was so perfectly done, that if they were ever going to go a supernatural bent on the show, of course this is exactly how it would go. Beautiful. (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should appreciate it, too.)


Sherlock: A Brother's Work Is Unappreciated by HumanTales - I have a thing for Mycroft fics, which is a shame, because he's such a difficult character to write well, but when I find one like this? Totally worth it. And, oh, this is such a good Mycroft fic! Sherlock gets himself injured and Mycroft is the one to quietly take care of the aftermath, not that Sherlock will ever really realize it. The author does a lovely job of giving Mycroft these little human moments under the surface, that the character allows himself these small moments of relief as Sherlock will be fine or amusement as he watches from a distance, but outwardly he is ever-calm. Mostly. And, oh, the brief scene with John (and then later Sherlock himself) was spot on. Basically, everything about this was perfect and top-notch. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock/Torchwood: A packet of crisps and a Retcon pill by Jinxed-Wood - Oh, dear lord, this was amazing! I was hopeful about a crossover between Sherlock and Torchwood, but I didn't know how beautiful it was going to be! I adore Gwen being hazed and sent to try to get information out of a mysterious puzzle of a man and then their entire conversation is amazing and Sherlock is so perfectly in character and my face hurts from smiling so hard at this! This is why crossovers exist and, oh, what I wouldn't do for more of this! (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock/Torchwood: Temps by HumanTales - Since I'd read the author's previous fic (a fantastic Mycroft piece) and I'd previously read another Sherlock/Torchwood crossover, I was in the mood for another one! This one is sort of halfway between a simple oneshot and a full-out case fic (because there is a case here, but it's a very brief one, despite the 18k+ length) but it was such fun that I didn't care what it was! Mycroft needs to get Sherlock and John someplace where Moriarty won't come after them, so this is what he comes up with and Sherlock and John just... they pretty much fit right in with Torchwood. And I love that, I love how much fun this was, how they're both surprised and yet completely not surprised by all that they see there, because Sherlock is still Sherlock, of course. Hard to surprise anyone after living with him for months. But there's also such joy in this fic, like it actually remembered to have fun, you know? The dialogue was lovely (if a bit hard to follow at times, because my Torchwood knowledge is a bit fuzzy) and snapped right along, the dynamics between everyone were an absolute delight, the two worlds merged smoothly, and I could not put this fic down. I often despair these days of not having an attention span, but, when I can read this whole thing in one sitting, I know that this fandom can still save me from that, just by being awesome. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: The Flower That Smiles Today by songlin - I was a bit hesitant about this fic at first, it's a fic where... there is not a lot of build-up, it assumes that both Sherlock and John are already in that place where they want a relationship with each other, but are holding themselves back. Generally, I need more convincing than this, but I was so intrigued by the summary quote that I kept reading. And I'm glad I did! Once I got a bit of ways into it, I got pulled in very nicely, especially with all the little details that Sherlock notes, like the specific parts of the body that they each touch or he can feel tensing up, but also the way John emphatically says, no, you're not allowed to make decisions for me, because of course Sherlock would. And I like how well Sherlock knows himself, knows that he's selfish and not really a good person, it only being fair warning to tell John these things ahead of time, which is perfect. And I even liked the sexytimes! It's one of those fics where you have to be in a certain mood for it, to just dive right straight into the relationship, but I was in the right place for it tonight and I'm glad I read this one. (Sherlock/John, NC-17.)


Sherlock: Who needs normal, anyway? by oreganotea - You know, for all that I want Sherlock and John to kiss (and KISS FOREVER AND EVER), I actually really enjoy stories like this, where they're in an emotional relationship, but it doesn't extend to the physical, where John does have that with someone else, Mary in this case. I really adored what we saw of this Mary here, I love how her relationship with John fits together with his relationship with Sherlock, how it's best for her as well as it is for John, all done very sharply and cleverly. It's a brief piece, but it's just so delightful that I loved it. (Sherlock/John, John/Mary.)


Sherlock: Driving Lesson by earlgreytea68 - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Hounds of Baskerville in this fic and this rec.] Oh. This was rather amazing. Fandom sort of exploded over Sherlock driving in 2x02, in all sorts of amazing ways, and this fic is no exception--John thinks Sherlock shouldn't drive, because he gets too wrapped up in his own thoughts, which backfires spectacularly on John. I love Sherlock for being such a delightful bastard and for this fitting with how he's actually a perfectly fine driver, just the world's worst backseat driver. Of course he is. I think I oh-jesus-my-face-hurts-smiled my way through this entire fic! (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it, too.)


Sherlock: A Family Tradition by Sapphy - I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of genuinely-a-sociopath!Mycroft, but it's not something that has me automatically running for the hills screaming and I enjoyed this brief exploration of it! You have to sort of sidestep canon a bit, but it's not completely removed, and the writing is lovely, making this out to be quite interesting. I'm glad I read it this morning and would be interested in the author exploring it more. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: We can find each other this way (I believe) by Verit - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I was a little hesitant to get into this fic at first, because it seemed like it was going to bypass all the good stuff, there was no reveal or reunion, instead it jumped right into things having patched themselves up and everything seemed to be fine. But, bit by bit, you felt John's unease with the whole thing, the tension simmering under the surface, the anger and the relief that were bottled up in him, and, oh, it was a gorgeous and intense look at Sherlock and John trying to smooth over their relationship genuinely. By the end of the fic, I was wound so tightly that I let out one of those heartfelt sighs just for having... experienced that. This is the kind of fic that totally gets me right in the heart. (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it, too.)


Sherlock: Bored Games by patster223 - So, this fic's summary? Sherlock is bored and John decides that they should play Cluedo. In retrospect, it was a truly awful decision. I laugh every time I think about it! And, oh, this author does a beautiful job of absolutely everything in this fic. John dealing with a bored Sherlock, how both of them are so perfectly spot-on, how the banter is absolutely amazing in this fic, how I had to put it down at least once or twice just to laugh and laugh, all of that is absolutely perfect. It's one of those bits of imagery that could go so very off the track or just be a pale imitation of what it should be, but with this writer? A++++ for serious. This is absolutely befitting of the show and these characters. (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it, too.)


Sherlock: Magic Trick by swift_tales - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] You know me, I'm always wary when I see NC-17 listed on a fic, but I really wanted more post-Reichenbach fic and I stumbled over this link, so what the hell. And I love this fic because it's a bit different from usual--rather than sliding straight into their old lives in 221b, Sherlock whisks John off and they travel around the world while putting themselves back together--and because John's slowly simmering anger at the whole thing is so satisfying. The little touches are incredibly satisfying as well, the times that John asks Sherlock about some random person's history or about who knew Sherlock was alive before him, even when the underlying motivations aren't said, you feel them. Eventually the dam breaks, of course, and it's heartwrenching and the build-up to finally the sexytimes was solidly done. But, oh, the emotional aspect was what I came away from with this fic the most. (Sherlock/John, NC-17.)


Sherlock: It Takes a Village by CaffieneKitty - You know what there needs to be more of? Good sick!Sherlock and put-upon!John fic. Because, oh, this fic was amazing, but now I need more. Especially when Sherlock is such an obnoxious bastard and John tries very hard to be patient, but well. It's not easy with Sherlock. The writing is absolutely lovely, I smiled so, so many times during the reading of this, both for the humor and because of the friendship between Sherlock and John. And because Sherlock's kind of an idiot about some things--or at least idiotically stubborn. And this is the kind of fic that I could read for ages and ages, the kind that's gen but you may read something more into it if you squint a bit, as it's not hard to, just as in the show itself. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: Newer Every Day by CaffieneKitty - This is short, but it's schoompy and fluffy without being saccharine or insipid--it's delightful and just sharp enough to be worthy of these characters. I also really enjoy when a writer writes them as friends, but there's that slight tug of maybe something more there, but it doesn't have a clear defintion, all gotten down in just a quick piece about a special day. ...clearly, I have a lot of feelings, leave me alone. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: A Restless Pillow by CaffieneKitty - I have to admit, I do wish this had had descriptions, instead of just being a dialogue-only fic, but! The author does a good job of getting the action across anyway and the dialogue is fantastic. I am in absolute love with John's resigned sarcasm and limited but still there patience in this fic and, oh, bed sharing! There is bed sharing in the fic! Which means lots of grumbling about that and then (if implied) cuddling at the end! Yes, this fic knows me and knows what I like. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: Lost and Found by Anonymous Eli - I am becoming very fond of Sherlock & Mycroft stories (but, then, I've always had a fondness for family-based fic, especially ones where relationships are very strained that make a person want to shove them into heightened situations) and this one came along at just the right time for me to eat it up like it was delicious candy. Sherlock injures himself and Mycroft helps him out, but there's worry and care there, in the Holmes sort of way, and then bonus meaningful scarf appearances! And bonus John appearances, because he's such an important part of Sherlock's life! It was so satisfying to read this, and I only wish the author had written more in this fandom. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Lever and Fulcrum by CaffieneKitty - More of Sherlock and Mycroft, excellent! It's another dialogue-only fic and it leaves a few mystries (but that's the point of them) and it's just... really cute and fun bantering about Mycroft maneuvering Sherlock into coming home for dinner one night, when Sherlock tries to refuse. I definitely would have liked to have seen more of this one! But, as it is, it's a satisfying Holmes brothers piece. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: An Adventure in Knitwear by CaffieneKitty - You ever come across one of those fics that's so adorable and cute that you just get immediately defensive and want to tell everyone to just fuck off if they don't understand your pure, pure love for it? This is one of those fics for me. Sherlock knits John a sweater, it does not go brilliantly, but John likes it anyway. There's a bit of mocking and humor, but mostly it's adorable and they're such great best friends that my fannish heart warmed to read it. FUCK YOU IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND MY PURE, PURE LOVE FOR THIS FIC. (This is gen, but it should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: Redivivus by cathedral carver - I have to admit, this fic confused the hell out of me, just what was going on and why certain people were suddenly evil and wondering if there was something much more troubling going on underneath everything, the lack of answers was rather dissatisfying, but! The reason I'm recommending this fic anyway is because, those small details aside, there was a certain something this fic had that just... really punched me in the feelings. Sherlock being in a sort of horrifying version of Groundhog's Day, watching John die over and over, absolutely nothing about it that wasn't heartbreaking, just took a lot out of me. In the way the author meant it to. There was something very painful about watching Sherlock be so stubborn, watching him lose John over and over again--the emotional impact of this fic was grand and wringing. Apparently, that's what I crave in this fandom. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The One Person You Meet In Hell by dltoro - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] There are two things I really loved about this fic--the great Moriarty voice and the ambiguous ending. It's set from Moriarty's point of view, dealing with The Reichenbach Fall and, oh, it's just everything you know would go through his head (and come out his mouth) when he finds himself waking up after that. And then there's the ending! The ending that's written so you can have about five different theories on what it means and the author wrote it perfectly so that each of them could be true and I really, really enjoyed the way it all worked. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Gravitation Resonance by Watcher.mine - This is a post-1x03 speculation piece, how that cliffhanger might have resolved, with a focus on Mycroft's character. It's a gorgeous piece, especially for the way Mycroft is so calm and steady on the outside, but inside he's thinking on so many different levels. It's a beautiful look at Mycroft the brother vs Mycroft the government official, all wrapped up in the themes of poetry--which is more about how Mycroft thinks and deals than it is about a reflection of poetry. Eh, I'm saying this badly, but basically it's a gorgeous Mycroft piece, satisfying on that level and for his interaction with Sherlock, getting that perfect balance and subtle yet sharp quality that is the Holmes brothers. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Headspace by deuxexmycroft - The summary of this piece is: Sherlock wakes up. And wakes up and wakes up and wakes up. which positively screamed that this was not going to be a light-hearted story... and, no, it wasn't. I'm not sure what I expected, but I don't think I expected this one to hit me as hard as it did, the sense of uncertainty and the way it was painful to read at times, almost sickening in what was happening, in the ways the author intended. The author very much knew what they were doing here, it's not for when you want something light and fun to read, but it is for when you're feeling a bit like you want to be metaphorically punched in the stomach by something dark. Of course, you know me and the kind of fics I rec, what that says about the ending. I found this a really excellent, if caveat-laden read. (Sherlock/John, very NSFW for sex and dark themes.)


Sherlock: As I touch your shoulder tonight by chuckjd - Okay, yes, this is the dancing fic that I was waiting for! And, shut up, yes, I was waiting for a dancing fic that fit my image of the characters, because the Holmes family rather screams of these things, that of course Sherlock would know how to waltz, even if he had no real use for it or even liked it. So, naturally, John needs a refresher course and Sherlock says, here, I'll show you and the fic is like the best delicious candy ever. It's fantastic because it sort of skirts the line between friendship and something more, there's obviously an attraction there, but it doesn't need to go anywhere just yet, instead, it's all about the intimacy in this moment and John's patient (and not-so-patient at times) tolerance for Sherlock's quirks and being rather sharp himself. Plus, the author does a lovely job of working Sherlock's observations in and I love that sort of thing! (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Then I set fire to our bed by uran - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is a short piece, but it's satisfying. Sherlock comes back and John makes tea, which goes about as well as you'd expect it to, because he tries to be calm, but there are just so many emotions. It's not much more than 500 words, but it's one of those that I happily added to my collection of post-Reichenbach fics. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Sleeve by Ryssabeth - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is another short fic, not even 550 words, but it's easy to read and sometimes I just really like a good fluffy piece. It's John reaching out to touch Sherlock every so often to make sure he's really there and it's nice that that need of confirmation isn't entirely one-sided. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: I Now Pronounce You Man and Work by dltoro - Okay, this was totally cracky--as the author warns for--but not as cracky as the label might lead you to believe. It's definitely a cracked out premise (Sherlock being literally married to his work) but the characterization is still great fun, especially with Sherlock having absolutely no morals and John trying to figure out where he stands with all this. The dialogue and bickering between them is sharp and it's an established relationship fic that I actually rather liked (I'm hesitant with them, I'm still at the stage where I want get-together fics), so I was happy all the way around! (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Common Cold by Trillsabells - Oh, lord. John has a cold and Sherlock is... Sherlock. This could have been way too over the top about it, too silly or too sappy or too something, but the author is lovely about keeping things in check, which makes it so much more fun! Especially when Sherlock looks for things that aren't there or doesn't quite know how to react and John's miserable and, oh, the fic with Sherlock and Sarah is pure perfection, I was kind of crying. This is pretty much everything I wanted out of a "John gets sick. Sherlock doesn't believe him." fic! ♥ And excuse me while I may have a mild attack of the feels over the undercurrents all throughout this. (This is gen, but it should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: You Play the Cards You're Dealt by tristesses - In a way, this fic almost makes me angry, at how it's not even 700 words and I suspect that the author put more thought into Sally's character than the show itself does. It's a beautiful piece, though, on why she dislikes Sherlock Holmes so much and she has some really legitimate reasons and she's so understandable and sympathetic here. He is not easy to be around, especially for someone like her, and I really, really wish there were more explorations of her character like this one, especially with that sharp taste of completely justified anger to her that I totally, totally get. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: The 15:06 to Totnes by Trillsabells - It takes a deft hand to make dialogue only fic work (well, texting-only fic, in this case) but this author pulls it off splendidly well! It's just... so perfect, I could see their expressions perfectly well even without any descriptions, just by the words of their texts and the timestamps! And this author uses repetition perfectly, her Sherlock is such an obnoxious bastard, her John is beautiful in his not-so-patient stubborness that's pitted against Sherlock's own, and just... oh, Sherlock. Of course everything ends the way it does. asl;dkfjalskj this is a terrible rec. Just go read the fic. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: Unseen by tres_mechante - This was really nice, it's five scenes of different moments or people observing the relationship between Sherlock and John or just intimate moments in that relationship, all of them a delight to read. I enjoy fics that get a good variety of characters (and it's always fun to see their views of the Sherlock/John relationship--especially Mycroft, of course, though, Mrs. Hudson's had me in stitches here) and this one also brings some very cute dialogue and an established relationship fic that I rather liked this time around, and just... I laughed more than once during this fic and felt some feels. That's all I ask sometimes. ♥ (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Words From Red Horsemen by cantonforking - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] There are a couple of details off in this fic, but they're minor even by themselves, but moreso in the face of how much the language of this piece conveys so much emotion. It's a handful of scenes, with John in mourning after Sherlock's death, and it hurts because he's so alone and lost again and the author does a gorgeous job of it. But then you hit the second half--and this is a reunion fic, after all--and I felt the entire time John spent apart from Sherlock, the entire cab ride to their meeting place, I was right there with him. I do love when a fic can make me feel that tensely wound! (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Adored by chellefic - The summary of this fic is: Learning he's adored changes John's perspective a bit. Based on Steven Moffat's observation that Sherlock adores John. I loved this fic for so many reasons, the first of which is that, yes, it felt absolutely right and fit with my own feelings on Sherlock --> John that of course he adores John. You can feel it with the character. The second is that this fic is beautifully written, it's about quiet moments of the two of them together, with perfect voices and perfect dynamic, it's about progressing the relationship in this really natural and easy way that isn't about one moment in particular changing everything or a big reveal, it just sort of... ambles over that way. Plus, Sherlock's lack of tact is always A+++. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Five Times Sherlock Held John and One Time John Held Sherlock by chellefic - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This fic contains the best confession I've yet read in this fandom: "John, after extensive investigation I have reached the conclusion that I love you." John's reaction is perfect, too. This author is one of those that makes me think that I can handle both established relationships and sexytimes fic again, because I was perfectly okay with them here, especially with how lovely the dialogue and descriptions were. It's also one of those fics that balances angst and happiness, the serious with the humor, that gets the mix right just like the show does for me. And, well, I'm always very fond of various-scenes fics, where there's a running theme (how sometimes things are fine, sometimes they're not quite find, sometimes they're not fine at all, sometimes they're getting back to fine), especially when an author can just get to me like this one did. (Sherlock/John, NSFW.)


Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes and the Meaning of D-3 by chellefic - Oh, lord. Sherlock trying to catalogue and define different types of kissing could have been too sappy in another author's hand, but I fucking loved it here. It helps that the dialogue is delightfully sharp and that I enjoy this author's characterization and the dynamic between the characters, but also... kissing! A focus on kissing! I love kissing. :D And I love both Sherlock and John in this fic. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Crucial Piece by chellefic - I could swear I've written a rec for this fic already, but I can't find it in any of my posts, so... I'll assume I just made notes somewhere or something, but hadn't yet got to it. Either way! It's one of those fics that keeps astounding me a little because I feel like it should be all the things I'm not looking for in this fandom (established relationships, the twist of why John protests about not being gay so much, the sex, etc.) and yet... something about this author just pulls me right along and makes me love this. I thought it was an interesting spin on John's characterization and I love the adorable banter and, oh, the discussion of how wee!Sherlock learned about sex. That was a bit amazing. This was just... sexy and fun and cute! (Sherlock/John, NSFW.)


Sherlock: The Road Less Traveled by verityburns - I am not sure where to begin with this rec because it's such an engrossing piece that covers such a huge progression of the relationship between Sherlock and John. I find it hard to talk about in more than just vague terms--amazing Sherlock characterization and voice! hilarity at so many turns! I just about fucking cried while reading this fic because the author ripped my heart out! and then put it back together and I just wanted to roll around in soft and fluffy things forever because it touched my heart!--because there's just so much that I want to point out. And I love it for the scope the author covers, for the beginnings of nudging their relationship forward to all the major bumps and bruises along the way to the way they put themselves back together, I love it for all those things. But most of all, I think I love this fic for the absolutely stellar Sherlock voice, both in speech patterns and characterization. He is such an intense presence, such a brilliant mind, always thinking, always spinning, always moving forward, always one or ten steps ahead of everyone in nearly everything. Not absolutely everything and that's part of what he needs to learn here, why John balances him so well, why this relationship works so well for me here, because they provide what the other needs. Both of them.

In this fic, Sherlock is nearly an unstoppable force, you just can't stop him most of the time, he nearly steamrolls over everything, because he's so much smarter than everyone, and that's exactly the problem. And, oh, oh, oh, I wanted that addressed and this author does it in such a beautiful way, where Sherlock's brilliance and his coldly logical nature come back to bite him. It's hilarious along the way, the way Sherlock just so easily manipulates people and doesn't feel badly about it and the whole first third of the fic is a pure lark. And then the author turns around and punched me in the feelings until I just about cried, but did it so beautifully that I could hardly blame her. And then she added in gorgeous Mycroft interference, especially when you realize more about his motivations and how he worked, and, ugh. Basically, this was one of the most satisfying fics I've read, for emotional resolution and awesome character voices and humor and delicious angst, and I am totally a wreck about it now. Plus, all the later chapters/epilogues, especially with meeting the Holmes family and all that sparks in their relationship, are delightful fun. And kind of angsty. But also fun. (Sherlock/John, NSFW in some chapters.)


Sherlock: and the night shall catch your tears by CKDrake - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is a bit of a difficult fic to describe why I liked it, because it's only partly about the punch-me-in-the-feelings aspect (which definitely got me at one point, where I just ached for John), but it's also partly about the way the author writes. I'm not usually one for a lot of dense prose, especially not in this fandom, it so easily can go off the rails, but this author wrote such lovely imagery, it worked because it was so dreary without having to be too terribly obvious about it, it just... was. And that's what made this piece work for me. Plus, I'm still always and forever in the mood for post-2x03 fic. ;__; (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: but when your laughter enters, it rises to the sky seeking me by mesmiranda - I was journalhopping around tonight when I stumbled over this one and I wound up really liking it! It tackles the way John relates to his sexuality, the ways and hows of his attraction to various people, and it fills in a bit of background, but lightly so, that's all that's needed, and it's... it's not a heavily plotted fic in the sense that the action is tightly wound, instead it's got almost an airy feeling, while still being very heavy on the emotions. It's difficult to describe, but I really liked the characterization here and I liked how this John approached attraction to people. And, of course, it all starts with why John doesn't have a porn collection, which Sherlock asks about. It was a good read with a lovely ending. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Latest found, ever new delight by mesmiranda - Oh, for fuck's sake. As long as I was reading the previous fic on this post, I thought, well, okay, I'll keep reading, even if high school AUs aren't my usual thing. But the writing was so lovely and I do enjoy a good John pov piece and everything felt right and in the spirit of the characters that I kept at it. It's a lovely high school au where John and Sherlock are so like what they must have been at that age and there's the exchange of quotes from books to communicate with each other and there's Sherlock being his usual unreadable self and then there's the ending. That fucking punched me in the feelings! Even when it was a happy ending, it was a sweet ending! And still I ended it with a wobbly feeling of how I just wanted to go curl up in bed for a week and not come out. Fucking fic. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Pills in a Cupboard by Nonesane - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is another fic based on the whole, "Wait, you can see him, too?" prompt that went around tumblr like wildfire, so I was a bit hesitant to read it at first, despite that I read similar themed fics all the time. I'm so glad I decided to try this one out this morning because, oh, yes, this was lovely! John thinks he's hallucinating Sherlock and Sherlock picks up on that, because of course he would! Great, now all the other fics in this vein may very well be ruined for me! But I'm still glad I read this one because it was full of all sorts of feelings and the writing was lovely and I enjoyed the take on John's reactions. It's a bit pat, but sometimes that's what I want, and this fic was very nicely done. (This is gen, but should be of interest to Sherlock/John fans.)


Sherlock: SM CASE FILES by lillyankh - Oh, this was a deliciously creepy fic! It's a crossover with the Slenderman urban legend, told in the style of transcripts of interviews in the aftermath of Sherlock's investigation into him, which works wonderfully. Even with only dialogue, you can feel everything that's happened, the toll that's been taken, the horror that still lingers. This is not a happy fic, nor does it have a happy ending, but it's a great piece that was written for Halloween, but still is a fun, creepy read. It was all too easy to imagine the characters' expressions and tone of voice for this fic, probably all the more effective on me, as I read it late at night, when I was tired. Still, it's a great read! (Dark, creepy themes.)


Sherlock: A Different Kind Of Roommate by xox-hattii-xox - You know what's awesome? When you read a fic that's gen or pre-slash, you don't really know which, and it doesn't matter! Because it fits Sherlock and John so very well, especially Sherlock being one of the worst roommates ever, he's such a pain to live with here, and John is so perfectly John in his reactions. Each of the scenes and examples of what an annoying bastard Sherlock is are absolutely delightful, I read the entire story with one of those face-hurting grins that wouldn't go away. And then I got to the end! And I melted. All while that face-hurting smile was still firmly fixed in place. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: How To Accidentally Summon a Demon by patster223 - The summary of this fic is: Sherlock is possessed by a demon. A damned, wicked soul that uses the kitchen table for blood rituals and experiments. John doesn't even notice the difference. I immediately laughed and just had to read it! And, boy, was it ever delightful. I could have stood for it being a bit longer, but it was also pretty perfect as it was and just... the idea of Sherlock being posessed and John not even noticing could have gone very wrong, but this author is deft enough that I totally bought it and it was beautifully perfect and just. I think I had one of those "this hurts my face" smiles on the entire time! (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should appreciate it, too.)


Sherlock: How To Accidentally Open a Portal To Hell by patster223 - And then there's a companion piece to the previous one! Not that you need to have read that one first, they each stand well enough on their own, but they're fun to read as a set. This time Sherlock accidentally opens a portal to hell and, oh, I spent the entire time I read this grinning like mad. Well, except for the time when I had to stop and just laugh because it was so perfectly done, that if they were ever going to go a supernatural bent on the show, of course this is exactly how it would go. Beautiful. (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should appreciate it, too.)


Sherlock: A Brother's Work Is Unappreciated by HumanTales - I have a thing for Mycroft fics, which is a shame, because he's such a difficult character to write well, but when I find one like this? Totally worth it. And, oh, this is such a good Mycroft fic! Sherlock gets himself injured and Mycroft is the one to quietly take care of the aftermath, not that Sherlock will ever really realize it. The author does a lovely job of giving Mycroft these little human moments under the surface, that the character allows himself these small moments of relief as Sherlock will be fine or amusement as he watches from a distance, but outwardly he is ever-calm. Mostly. And, oh, the brief scene with John (and then later Sherlock himself) was spot on. Basically, everything about this was perfect and top-notch. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock/Torchwood: A packet of crisps and a Retcon pill by Jinxed-Wood - Oh, dear lord, this was amazing! I was hopeful about a crossover between Sherlock and Torchwood, but I didn't know how beautiful it was going to be! I adore Gwen being hazed and sent to try to get information out of a mysterious puzzle of a man and then their entire conversation is amazing and Sherlock is so perfectly in character and my face hurts from smiling so hard at this! This is why crossovers exist and, oh, what I wouldn't do for more of this! (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock/Torchwood: Temps by HumanTales - Since I'd read the author's previous fic (a fantastic Mycroft piece) and I'd previously read another Sherlock/Torchwood crossover, I was in the mood for another one! This one is sort of halfway between a simple oneshot and a full-out case fic (because there is a case here, but it's a very brief one, despite the 18k+ length) but it was such fun that I didn't care what it was! Mycroft needs to get Sherlock and John someplace where Moriarty won't come after them, so this is what he comes up with and Sherlock and John just... they pretty much fit right in with Torchwood. And I love that, I love how much fun this was, how they're both surprised and yet completely not surprised by all that they see there, because Sherlock is still Sherlock, of course. Hard to surprise anyone after living with him for months. But there's also such joy in this fic, like it actually remembered to have fun, you know? The dialogue was lovely (if a bit hard to follow at times, because my Torchwood knowledge is a bit fuzzy) and snapped right along, the dynamics between everyone were an absolute delight, the two worlds merged smoothly, and I could not put this fic down. I often despair these days of not having an attention span, but, when I can read this whole thing in one sitting, I know that this fandom can still save me from that, just by being awesome. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Sarah's Weary Advice by HumanTales - This was a short piece, but one I rather liked for the way it was almost a stream of consciousness, because there wasn't really any dialogue or direct descriptions, it was all her experiences as she has a late night conversation with John after he's had a fight with Sherlock. I adore a look at John's character (and the Sherlock/John relationship) from an outside pov like this, especially because it's equal parts fond and frustration, that she knows exactly how this is going to go. It's a very nice piece. (Sherlock/John, but it's only half the point.)


Sherlock: John Watson's 12 Things Happy People Do by earlgreytea68 - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This story is part of a larger arc, where Mycroft and Lestrade get together and it's post-Reichenbach, so they know Sherlock is alive, but John doesn't. You can still read this fic without having read the previous, so long as you know that much, I think. I was intrigued by the premise of this fic, where John tries to get back to being a happy person after Sherlock's death and it was... it wasn't as wrenching as I was expecting. Instead, it's much more bittersweet, as John can't quite bring himself to really be "happy" after all of that, even though he keeps trying. It's also set in the middle of a larger arc, so I assume there will be more stories to come, so it's not about revelations or reunions, instead it's just about... John trying to make peace. It's an in-between piece (though, certainly not a short one) and if you keep that in mind, I think it makes for a really good read. Certainly, I'm champing at the bit a little for the next story and would love to see the author tackle the next part of the Sherlock/John relationship or even just more of John trying to get on with his life, post-Reichenbach. (Background Mycroft/Lestrade, pre-Sherlock/John, neither are really the point.)


Sherlock: An Entry about Dr. Watson, for a Change by earlgreytea68 - Oh, no. Sherlock writing a blog entry about John and Lestrade having a Mario Kart competition! It's one of those things that sounds like it could be far too silly to work, but this one has a deft author writing it and I laughed so hard while reading this. Sherlock's disdain for the whole thing, yet you can tell how much fun John and the others are having, even through Sherlock's annoyed blog entry and just... Sherlock and pop culture that he doesn't care for are ALWAYS HILARIOUS. This piece is no exception, it's amazing. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: I Can't Stay by scorpiontales - This was written before s2 started airing, so I still took it in the vein of an AU, even if you could possibly still fit it into The Reichebach Fall. Which I still want angsty fic for, apparently! (Despite that I've spent most of this morning looking at amusing things.) It's a short piece, it's set from Mycroft's point of view, of watching over John while Sherlock is away, and so most of the action happens off-screen and Mycroft is... Mycroft, but there's enough of everything here that I found it really satisfying. I love how in character Mycroft feels here, how he's so placid even in intense circumstances, how there's such a depth there, but you can't put your finger on it. But also I love the hints we get of Sherlock and John's relationship in the background, too. A short piece, but satisfying! (This is mostly gen, but a bit Sherlock/John, though, they're in the background.)


Sherlock: Beside Manner by scorpiontales - Well, as long as I was reading the author's Mycroft fic, why not another short one again? Which is a series of lightly sketched out scenes, a collection of moments between Sherlock and Mycroft, but it works well because it's from Mycroft's point of view and he's not the type to linger. There's a weight to these moments, an obvious deep caring for her younger brother, even when you can't quite put your finger on where exactly you feel that. You just do. And those are my favorite kind of Mycroft fics--especially the ones that have me heaving a bit of a sigh by the end because, ugh, feelings. (No warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: The Mourning Woman by M_Leigh - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] Yes, I'm still making my way through the fandom classics. I'll get there eventually! And today was this lovely Molly piece, as she knows Sherlock's secret at the end of s2, but can't tell anyone, mixed in with snippets of her background. There's something so... perfect about this piece, how it's not precisely lonely or sad or even bittersweet, it's... I can't quite figure out the right word for it, but it's so perfectly Molly and everything we know of her that it was a treasure to read. Also, John broke my heart (and Molly's as well) something fierce here. (Sherlock/John in the background, but it's only half the point.)


Sherlock: Your Long Years of Exile, Closing by M_Leigh - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This is sort of a companion piece to The Mourning Woman, but they both stand well on their own, too. There's something so brutal about this piece, about how difficult it is for Sherlock to come back, harder than it was to leave, in a lot of ways. I loved the way the author had Sherlock as being so changed by all that he had gone through (while still being Sherlock, of course), that there was such a heavy emotional weight on the entirety of this fic. It's quite wrenching, when he and John finally see each other again, and just... really wonderfully done. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: A Cold Winter Day by Xanthiae - Well, this was all kinds of sweet! I don't necessarily read a lot of growing old together fic, I'm usually more focused on the here-and-now, but sometimes it's nice to read something that's just adorable and happy and a touch funny and where everything turns out all right. I love the understated quiet of their interaction in this piece, how they've grown old together and they're still quite themselves, how Sherlock's still as sharp as ever, yet how... there's something much more settled about them here. It was rather heart-warming. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: A Bit Backwards by Lake Pontchartrain - John and Sherlock get platonically married! Yes and yes. This fic was pure perfection, in the way John spends so much time wondering wtf his life has become but somehow finds himself going along with Sherlock anyway, who just steamrolls right ahead like usual. But it's also in the way... there's a sort of surreal humor in it for them, John especially, much in the way he finds surreal humor in everything with Sherlock and I just love the way this fic shows them as an emotional couple, even if they're not a physical one. It really hit all the right notes for me, making me read the entire goddamned thing with one of those face-hurting smiles the whole time, because it's so delightful and so hilarious and there's gorgeous banter that's so perfect. John trying not to giggle at his own civil ceremony, especially when he catches Sherlock's eye, is the most perfect thing ever. It could have gone so wrong or been too cliche or silly, but instead, NOPE, it's beautiful. p.s. There is also bed sharing that is perfect. I will always read perfect bed sharing, okay. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: The Gift by earlgreytea68 - [Note: There are mild SPOILERS for A Scandal in Belgravia in this fic and this rec.] This is a short piece about Molly's gift to Sherlock that was never properly opened, but the really fun part about it is in the way John has learned to read a lot off Sherlock, even if it's more complicated than he can really say. And it had my new favorite way of John describing Sherlock's mind: The one conclusion he had reached was that Sherlock’s head was a singularly tangled place, with thoughts and emotions scurrying off in every direction. It was like Schrodinger’s bloody box in there: Everything seemed to exist all at once. Hee hee hee, that made me laugh so hard. And that's how the entire fic goes, with some delightful banter and voices for the characters and just a dash of ~*feelings*~ thrown in! (This is gen, but it should appeal to Sherlock/John fans as well.)


Sherlock: The Belgravia Pieces by stardust_made - [Note: There are SPOILERS for A Scandal in Belgravia in this fic and this rec.] jesshelga pointed this fic out as a really lovely Irene Adler piece and I quite loved it for that. It's vague and oblique like the character was, the dynamics between her and Sherlock as well as between her and John were both wonderfully done. There's something so sensual about this version of the character, something so insightful and sharp, that works with the character we saw on the screen. It was a really lovely read. (Sherlock/John, with mentions of vague Sherlock/Irene that aren't the point.)


Sherlock: The Flower That Smiles Today by songlin - I was a bit hesitant about this fic at first, it's a fic where... there is not a lot of build-up, it assumes that both Sherlock and John are already in that place where they want a relationship with each other, but are holding themselves back. Generally, I need more convincing than this, but I was so intrigued by the summary quote that I kept reading. And I'm glad I did! Once I got a bit of ways into it, I got pulled in very nicely, especially with all the little details that Sherlock notes, like the specific parts of the body that they each touch or he can feel tensing up, but also the way John emphatically says, no, you're not allowed to make decisions for me, because of course Sherlock would. And I like how well Sherlock knows himself, knows that he's selfish and not really a good person, it only being fair warning to tell John these things ahead of time, which is perfect. And I even liked the sexytimes! It's one of those fics where you have to be in a certain mood for it, to just dive right straight into the relationship, but I was in the right place for it tonight and I'm glad I read this one. (Sherlock/John, NC-17.)


Sherlock: Who needs normal, anyway? by oreganotea - You know, for all that I want Sherlock and John to kiss (and KISS FOREVER AND EVER), I actually really enjoy stories like this, where they're in an emotional relationship, but it doesn't extend to the physical, where John does have that with someone else, Mary in this case. I really adored what we saw of this Mary here, I love how her relationship with John fits together with his relationship with Sherlock, how it's best for her as well as it is for John, all done very sharply and cleverly. It's a brief piece, but it's just so delightful that I loved it. (Sherlock/John, John/Mary.)


Sherlock: Driving Lesson by earlgreytea68 - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Hounds of Baskerville in this fic and this rec.] Oh. This was rather amazing. Fandom sort of exploded over Sherlock driving in 2x02, in all sorts of amazing ways, and this fic is no exception--John thinks Sherlock shouldn't drive, because he gets too wrapped up in his own thoughts, which backfires spectacularly on John. I love Sherlock for being such a delightful bastard and for this fitting with how he's actually a perfectly fine driver, just the world's worst backseat driver. Of course he is. I think I oh-jesus-my-face-hurts-smiled my way through this entire fic! (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it, too.)


Sherlock: A Family Tradition by Sapphy - I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of genuinely-a-sociopath!Mycroft, but it's not something that has me automatically running for the hills screaming and I enjoyed this brief exploration of it! You have to sort of sidestep canon a bit, but it's not completely removed, and the writing is lovely, making this out to be quite interesting. I'm glad I read it this morning and would be interested in the author exploring it more. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: We can find each other this way (I believe) by Verit - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I was a little hesitant to get into this fic at first, because it seemed like it was going to bypass all the good stuff, there was no reveal or reunion, instead it jumped right into things having patched themselves up and everything seemed to be fine. But, bit by bit, you felt John's unease with the whole thing, the tension simmering under the surface, the anger and the relief that were bottled up in him, and, oh, it was a gorgeous and intense look at Sherlock and John trying to smooth over their relationship genuinely. By the end of the fic, I was wound so tightly that I let out one of those heartfelt sighs just for having... experienced that. This is the kind of fic that totally gets me right in the heart. (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it, too.)


Sherlock: Bored Games by patster223 - So, this fic's summary? Sherlock is bored and John decides that they should play Cluedo. In retrospect, it was a truly awful decision. I laugh every time I think about it! And, oh, this author does a beautiful job of absolutely everything in this fic. John dealing with a bored Sherlock, how both of them are so perfectly spot-on, how the banter is absolutely amazing in this fic, how I had to put it down at least once or twice just to laugh and laugh, all of that is absolutely perfect. It's one of those bits of imagery that could go so very off the track or just be a pale imitation of what it should be, but with this writer? A++++ for serious. This is absolutely befitting of the show and these characters. (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it, too.)


Sherlock: The Issue of Cuddling by lavvyan - I was drawn into this fic because of the solid opening line: Love, Sherlock decides several months into living with John, some four weeks after they've declared their mutual affection and agreed to adjust their relationship accordingly, is even worse than its reputation. It's an interesting look at the dynamic between Sherlock and John, with the issue of asexuality versus love, and I liked what the author did with it. It doesn't quite match my own personal views of the characters, but I didn't want to chuck it off the side of the boat, like I often do with fic. Instead, I definitely found it interesting and I especially enjoyed Sherlock's approach to (and confusion about) his relationship with John and, oh, the author had some great banter. I am always, always weak to great banter. ♥ (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Whatever Love Means by Emmylou - I'm not sure what prompted me to seek out Mycroft and Anthea fic, just that I got a random urge for it, hit up ffnet, and this is one of the first ones I stumbled over. And I really love this one, it's a gorgeous look at Anthea's character and characterbuilding for her, told through small scenes that illustrate the relationship between these two characters. What I really love, even when it's more than a bit bittersweet, is that the fic never loses its sense of understated humor, it never forgets that these characters make references that amuse themselves, and I just... really enjoyed everything about this. (Sort of Mycroft/Anthea, sort of not.)


Sherlock: Grecian Lament by Regretting Crimson - Another Anthea fic, one that builds a background for her and how she came to work for Mycroft and where she came from and what drives her. It's such an interesting look at her character, so many details and feelings/thoughts that I can't quite put my finger on here, which makes it fit with the BBC Sherlock universe so well. I may have gone into this looking for shippy reasons, but I came away liking the character on her own aspect just as much or maybe even more! It's beautifully written and it's a shame the author has only written this one fic. (Sort of Mycroft/Anthea, sort of not.)


Sherlock: Bedside Manner by Alice Day - I don't even remember how I came across this fic in the first place, other than that I think I was hopping around and maybe the idea of John and Mycroft interacting caught my eye. Which is what I really love about this fic, the way they're both so beautifully themselves and how it's a look at Mycroft being slightly more human than usual and John just sort of rolling with it while still being a pretty badass doctor. It's got all these wonderful little moments of sharpness, but in a good way, in an almost (but not exactly) heartwarming way... I'm describing this badly. Basically, if these two were to have a conversation in the show after Mycroft had gotten himself a bit injured, I think it would go exactly like this. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: God Save The Queen by Alice Day - Well, since I liked the previous fic by the author, I figured I'd try another one and OH MY GOD, THIS WAS AMAZING. AMAZING. It makes me sad that the author hasn't written more since s2 has aired, but it's hard to complain when you get a fic where Sherlock is pulled in to meet a very special client in Buckingham Palace and dragging John along. And I-- I want to write screaming reviews of this, because Sherlock's relationship with the Queen is amazing and John's reaction to everything his life has become, everything Sherlock's life is, is amazing, and because this is so, so hilarious. Whenever I think about John realizing that the Queen thinks they're a couple, I start losing it all over again. Not only was this a great idea, but the execution of it is absolutely perfect, so sharp and so, so hilarious. Amazing! (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it as well.)


Sherlock: When The Bough Breaks by Alice Day - You'd think that I would eventually tire of kid!John fic but NOPE, NOT EVEN CLOSE. Especially not when it's an author who writes brilliantly sharp writing, who keeps me laughing like a loon all the way through, who writes the emotional side of things as understated but still so important. Sherlock being saddled with a baby version of John is amazing! He's unconventional, of course, but somehow still manages to do a touching job of taking care of the baby, and I could not put this fic down, at all. I swear, I blinked twice and it was over, because I read through it so hungrily! The ending is absolutely perfect, I would dearly love for the author to write a sequel, but it also stands as it is beautifully, and this author has pretty much rocketed her way to the top of my favorites in this fandom, just for the sheer joy I get when reading her writing. (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it as well.)


Sherlock: Christmas Interlude (52-56 + 57-64) by KCS - [Note: There are some SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I saw there were updates to this fic (so it would help to have read the previous chapters, as previously linked, because this won't make much sense without them. And just. Oh. I love this kid!John storyline so much and I love how adorable everything is and I love the little moments of John maybe starting to have his adult memories seep through, there is nothing cuter than the image of toddler!John taking a look at medical equipment and sort of half understanding what it means. SO. CUTE. But also the author continues to write lovely emotional weight to the scenes, how everyone is both relieved and dreading the return of adult!John, because they miss their John, but also this child version is such a charmer. It could have been sappy or even a bit manipulative, but this author does such a lovely job with it that instead it's just perfect. (This is gen, obviously, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it, too.)


Sherlock: The Vast Perhaps by moony - This was written between s1 and 2, so it's AU to what actually happened, but I've never minded "What if?" scenarios, especially when they pack such an intense emotional punch. This is a series of three deaths/near-deaths in John Watson's life, ending with the time at the pool, and they're all gorgeously written and get into his character to show just what kind of person he is. I enjoy the character building for John in the first two, the ones that shaped him into the person we first met at the beginning of the series, but it's the final one, where he realizes what he's willing to give up for Sherlock--who realizes it as well, of course--that's the real sucker punch to the feelings. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Apiphobia by moony - I always and forever love authors that make reference to Sherlock and bees, which this fic does beautifully. But it's also just the... the image of Sherlock dissecting John's lies when he tries to say he's not afraid of bees, my COMPLETE AND TOTAL EMPATHY because bees are nasty little fuckers that I want nowhere near me and the decriptions of it were enough to make me twitch, even as brief as they were. So, give me a combination of delightful writing and delightful little details, then I shall be a happy fan. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Of Snow and Giraffes and Fat Gits Called Mycroft by moony - Oh, jesus. There were at least two times during the reading of this where I had to stop just to sit there and laugh at the antics of Sherlock and John. And Mycroft! The dialogue and banter is delightful, so sharp and genuinely hilarious, right from the very beginning when Sherlock is deliberately obnoxious to Mycroft, but also! Mycroft trapped in the flat with them overnight because of a blizzard! And John has to suffer through this! It's a beautiful idea and the execution of it absolutely lives up to that potential. ♥ And, as a bonus, I really liked the reason why Sherlock was so mad at Mycroft for so long, I could definitely see that. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: To Sleep, Perchance to Smother Your Flatmate with a Pillow by Linpatootie - Sherlock wants to conduct a sleep study of sorts. John contemplates smothering him with a pillow. Sometimes you read a fic where your heart just aches from the warm and fuzzies. Not that the fic doesn't have it's more serious, heart-weary moments or the dozens of moments that were so hilarious my face hurt from smiling, but, oh, it's the ending that was my favorite, because it just made me want to do those embarrassing cooing noises I make at fic that gets at my heart. More that I like the effect it has on me, rather than that it actually deserves cooing at, mind. But also! Every time John contemplates smothering Sherlock with a pillow, it's amazing. This was totally fantastic. (Sherlock/John.)


Sherlock: Cold by Pentakill Lux - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] I've mostly been reading more humorous pieces because the post-2x03 fics have been slowing down, but! Finally I found another one! And, oh, it's one of those that I was a bit wary of, that it jumped past the reveal and reunion, that it went straight into everything being mostly patched up, but then! John still has all these feelings simmering inside him and Sherlock is so... Sherlock. By the time I was getting to the end, when Sherlock places his hand over John's eyes, when he does what should be impossible, my fannish heart had that tightness and that sense of holding my breath, because the author pulls it off. It's Sherlock. Of course he could do the impossible. And I also really loved the little details of this piece, especially with the biscuits, because I can totally believe that, too. This was absolutely lovely. (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it, too.)


Sherlock: You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello by rusty_armour - [Note: There are SPOILERS for The Reichenbach Fall in this fic and this rec.] This was a cute fic focused on Lestrade finding out that Sherlock's still alive and it was fun for seeing him punch Sherlock in the face, so fully of fury at what he'd done, then having him whip around to the other end of the emotional spectrum, which Sherlock also has to endure. It's also fun for John's reactions and the ending made me smile. (No real warnings/pairings.)


Sherlock: Longing by goseaward This is a gorgeous fic, but I'll definitely warn ahead of time that it's probably not the most satisfying of fics. But it wasn't meant to be, instead it's... subtle angst, making it all the more lovely for it. John is injured and unconscious in the hospital for a long while, which brings Sherlock back home for awhile, and the author does a beautiful job of getting so much emotion across while not going over the top about it. And, oh, the ending is heartbreaking in the best possible way. (This is gen, but Sherlock/John fans should enjoy it, too.)








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