So Molly Appreciation Week (Part Deux) did very well, from the looks of it, but unfortunately I didn’t know at the time I picked the date it would be the same week my mother would be having her double mastectomy, so I didn’t get to participate nearly as much as I would like to. So! I, for myself, am declaring March my own Molly Madness Month. I will be writing non Molly-centric fic as well, but I am putting up claims for all of my Molly-centric fics that I have prompts for and will try and post at least one a day. These are for ALL of my Molly ships, the het and the femslash, the strictly Sherlock and the crossover*, and you guys can choose by ship for what you want.
Now, even though I already did a Sherlolly prompt claim in January and have a ton of those to write (and am going to give the ones already claimed priority) I am including Sherlolly in this because I had quite a few set aside for Molly Hooper Appreciation Week (Part Deux) that I didn’t answer that I incorporated back into the folders so there’s new stuff to choose from. If you already picked four Sherlolly fics, you are more than welcome to start afresh with this!
It’s the same kind of format, with a twist: some ships are simply numbers, some are letters and numbers. You tell me what ship you want and then what number/letter + number combo you want, and that fic is yours. If multiple people claim (because it is first come, first serve) you can either pick a different fic or share the fic if you have AO3 and give me your username so I can gift it to you. You all may pick up to SIX fics this go round.
* I only included the McCoy/Molly prompts for my “The Best Laid Plans” series, as that one you don’t need knowledge of the two roleplay games that @posterofamyth and I are a part of to enjoy the fics. Yes, I think it’s insane I have 90 prompts but I basically got handed two prompts lists with the instructions “All of these please? ::heart eyes::”
If you want to claim a prompt, either reply to this post or send me an ask. I’m going to start writing these now along with working on commission WIPs so I can reach my goal of posting at least one Molly-centric fic a day every day in March, so the more of these claimed the better (femslash ones MIGHT be written in February…we’ll see!).
“He would have needed a confidant!” – Mary Morstan, The Empty Hearse.
There are two timelines running throughout The Six Thatchers and it wasn’t until five minutes ago that I realized they also overlap and mirror. A double-helix. We are being presented two narratives forced into one and it’s cracking at the seams – that’s why most of the casual audience felt uneasy. And when I say the two timelines are being played as one I mean we are literally, visually, seeing two scenes as if they were one. It is like my Dual Timeline Theory, but significantly tweaked and therefore 10x stronger. It also predicts The Final Problem rug pull. Ready? There’s no coming back from this one.
There are two timelines. I’ve mentioned it at length here. However, one timeline is real, one is corrupt. This goes for all characters, not just John. The way to identify the corrupt one is to locate the incorrect code words.
I’ve found three so far. The are “Ammo”, “Gabriel”, and “AJ”.
The reason we know these are codewords is because these are the incorrect pronunciations of the true words. It’s not “AMmo” it’s “aMO”. It’s not “AJay” it’s “ahJAY”. It’s not “GAbriel” it’s “gabriELLE”. When you hear the incorrect pronunciation syllable stress of these words that means we are in a corrupted reality.
So lets go back to the two timelines, for a second. The easiest way to explain this is to say each timeline is like a string. A red string is false reality, a black string is actual reality. Now imagine these two strings/timelines occur like this:
They converge, overlap, and part. Converge. Overlap. Part. There are three options for what we see. 1) Completely real. 2) Completely False. 3) Two actual realities converged to create a false. One more example: Imagine You are eating cookies in your kitchen, alone. Now imagine your friend is eating chicken in their kitchen, alone. A completely real timeline would show you eating cookies in your house, alone. A completely false reality would show you and your friend eating cookies together in your kitchen. Two actual realities converged to create a false reality would show you and your friend sitting across the table in your kitchen, you eating cookies and your friend eating chicken, the two separate actions overlayed as one. I hope I haven’t lost you there because they do this a lot in The Six Thatchers, but with significantly fewer snacks.
A completely corrupted reality looks like this:
Sherlock is tweaking quite significantly in this scene because The Six Thatchers blog post John wrote him as a Christmas present back in A Scandal in Belgravia is suddenly coming to life. If you don’t know what I’m talking about now might be a good time to check out that link near the top of the page. John doesn’t go “Oh, wow, a smashed Thatcher bust! That’s like one of our old cases! Weird that it’s happening exactly the same way twice!” – that’s because this is the first time the case is actually playing out and the John in this scene is Mind-Palace John joining him on a case. This is why John speaks in his ear to correct him: John is Sherlock’s inner voice. We saw Sherlock, John, and Mary all talk to each other on the phone moments before this – actually, John called Sherlock, who’s on this case only with Greg.
I know we all have a thousand questions for Moffat and Gatiss, but I just can’t get over Janine’s last name change in The Abominable Bride.
Why change it unexpectedly to “Donlevy” if not to pay respects to “Donleavy”, the female relative of Moriarty in the Mary Russell Sherlock Holmes novels? Why have that prominent newspaper clipping missing an “A” if not to draw attention to it? Why have Arwel tweet during TAB setlock a sentence with a capital “A” randomly in the center? Why frame Janine with the bison horns? Why have her Irish, like Moriarty? Why cast an actress who looks exactly like Andrew Scott? Why have her be Mary’s #1 go-to gal but not worth anything in the end? Why have her go to Sussex Downs like Holmes and Donleavy? Come on, hardly any people are thinking about this. Out of the millions of viewers, I bet only a few people in the world have noticed these parallels and are still mulling them over. There’s a carefully foreshadowed villain reveal with Janine (and Mary) but we haven’t seen it. “Donlevy” cannot be a coincidence. If there is no Lost Special I will go to my grave wondering about this.
Faith said she was given a memory-altering drug three years ago
Sherlock was in the hospital three years ago and his memories are looking for SHIT right now, so……….. I’m just gonna go out on a limb here and say that’s gotta be a connection………. Janine “I might have fiddled with the taps” Hawkins and Mary “Don’t tell John” Morstan probably fucked him UP which is why we can’t understand a DAMN THING right now
How did Magnussen know everything about Mary’s past life, including everyone she’s ever killed? He read an AGRA flashdrive. Where did he get one of those? From the 4th AGRA agent they didn’t account for in The Six Thatchers. So who is the fourth AGRA agent that is like “family” to Mary, who Magnussen was also blackmailing? Best friend Janine. Who is actually part of Janine’s real brown-haired, brown-eyed Irish family? Moriarty.
Perhaps there isn’t a meaning behind it, but I always found it extremely funny that John was so thunderstruck when he saw Janine with Sherlock that he totally missed all seats and sat on the table instead:
But joking aside, of course there is a meaning behind it. Apart from the obvious and, excuse me, funny one - that John was dazed and sat on the wrong surface - there is another, much sadder and brilliant from a psychoanalytic viewpoint.
John couldn’t sit on chairs 1 and 2, because he would feel too close to Sherlock and this maddening situation. And John feels repelled, he wants to distance himself.
John couldn’t sit on chair 3 or in the sofa, because he would feel too far from what was happening and unable to intervene. Both chair 3 and the sofa have the tables in front of them and John would feel trapped, incapable of reacting, stopping the nonsense or running away the moment he wanted. The table is the only object in a normal distance with open space in front of it. It’s the ideal seat because John needs to observe AND flee simultaneously.
In fact, John is obviously alarmed. Battle stations. I bet he preferred standing throughout the whole scene, but his knees were giving way or he tried to hide his uneasiness. Or both. Notice how he sits right on the edge, ready to jump, ready to react. The fact that he rejects all actual available seats means that he doesn’t and can’t feel comfortable at the moment.
And then, call me crazy, but I looked at the table and…
This book, album, box, whatever it is, looks rather weird and wasn’t there in, randomly say, The Empty Hearse. And it is weird because it has a huge cross on its cover.
And it’s weird because with proper light and shadow the table looks like…
…a rectangular coffin?! Slowly opening?!
And since the meaning of this is pretty obvious I’ll stop here because as I was searching for the right “coffin opening” pic I saw some pretty gory ones and it’s late and dark and fuck it, in short John was dying seeing Sherlock with someone else, the end.