john the co worker

anonymous asked:

Hey do you have any really funny fic you could suggest? I just read 'A week is only seven days' and I was crying it was so funny. I want more!

Hi Nonny!! OH GOD this has been in my drafts for MONTHS and I’m sorry for the delay. I’m guessing you found that fic on my “Go-To Johnlock Fic Rec List”, and it’s totally worth a read since it’s like, one of my all-time fave fics!! I don’t have many fics with the same type of humour, but I hope that a few of these will appease you! They’re more fluffy than anything else, but if I had a chuckle in them, then they will be here :)


  • High and Tight, Soft and Loose by cwb (E, Ao3) (7,429 w.) - John is stupidly obsessed with Sherlock, Sherlock is adorably clueless, and they’re both dumb idiots. Jealous John and silly misunderstandings.
  • Well Begun Is Half Done by Avice (E, Ao3) (3,897 w.) - Sherlock conveniently finds reasons to try to touch John’s junk. John’s tired of waiting.
  • The Case of the Vanishing Pants by SwissMiss (E, Ao3) (44,025 w.) - Five times John and Sherlock lost their pants for a case. There are some angsty bits in this, but I did giggle at a few scenes.
  • Life and Death by patemalah21 (K+, ff) (6K+) - Sherlock and John get mugged and injured. The first chapter is angsty, but the second and third chapters, Sherlock has to deal with his worst nemesis yet – a nurse intent on him getting better. *SLIGHT* Sher1011ie in the third chapter, but it feels more BFF’s.
  • You’re a Doctor, Fix me by edken (G, Ao3) (8,342 w.) - Sherlock gets sick and stroppy, John grins and bears it to fix him, and a fluffy happy ending.
  • How to Court Your Blogger by PipMer (K+, ff) (3,124 w.) - Sherlock Tries to court John on significant days in their life. Too bad John is a little bit slow on the draw.
  • Sibling Rivalry Or Fighting Over John Watson by Jessa7 (K+, ffnet) (8,085w.) - Mycroft is suddenly taking an interest in John and Sherlock is not happy. John just goes with it – he’s getting a lot of nice things out of this deal. (*NOT JOHNCROFT, just Mycroft being a meddler).
  • The Devil You Know by PipMer (T, ff) (9K+ w.) - Mycroft flirts with John. Sherlock gets jealous. John’s just along for the ride. Yeah, I also REALLY like Mycroft purposely riling up Sherlock to force him to confess his feelings for John. Another “meddling Mycroft” fic… I seriously love this trope.
  • Cigarettes and Shampoo by laura0506 (K+, ff) (783 w) - John and Sherlock get kicked out of a grocery store. Sherlock has a big mouth.
  • Cabbies by OldBesinaStuff (K, ff) (572 w) - Sherlock expounds and illuminates upon the subject of their current cabbies.
  • The Care and Keeping of Your Mad Genius by Janieshi (T, ff) (4K+ w.) - Lestrade and John tease Sherlock after the pool incident.
  • Just Admit It by LoyalNerdWP (K+, ff) (2K+) - Sherlock goes home for Christmas and is missing John. One of my faves, it’s more sweet than funny.
  • The Newlywed Game: Johnlock Edition by patternofdefiance (E, Ao3) (9,020 w.) - Sherlock and John pretend they’re a couple “for a case”. They’re shocked to discover how much they know about each other. One of my faves.
  • Happy Birthday John by Starlight05 (K+, ff) (1K+ w.) - Sherlock goes shopping for a present for John. 
  • Not Rocket Science by Nitrospira (K+, ff) (2K+ w.) - The boys are handcuffed to a bed while investigating a double homicide on the International Space Station. It’s been awhile since I read this but I remember liking it :D
  • Out on da pull by I-O-U-a-picture (T, ff) (1K+w.) - John can never pull a date, especially with a flatmate like Sherlock.
  • I’m Pretty Sure This Changes Shit by cwb (E, Ao3) (7,672 w.) - This one is really ridiculously silly. Sherlock keeps injuring himself so John will fix him up. John catches on, and it changes shit.
  • Because Blah Blah Blah Happy by cwb  (E, Ao3) (4,578 w.) - Sherlock sets out to make John happy. Happy happy happy.
  • Carry On by Mazarin221b (M, Ao3) (4,647 w.) - Five times John didn’t want to be carried, and one time he did.
  • Equine Arse Anonymity by Kayjaykayme (E, Ao3) (3,834 w.) - Sherlock needs to speak with suspects at a fancy dress ball. He chooses a couple’s costume for himself and John. It is logical, practical and well thought out. John doesn’t agree and exacts sweet revenge.
  • An Acquired Taste by kinklock (E, Ao3) (31,059 w.) - Sherlock is a bat. No other explanation needed.
  • and yes I said yes I will Yes by Mithen (T, Ao3) (1,662 w.) - Sherlock has deduced that John is going to propose to him, and he’s ready to accept. If only John would actually get around to it…
  • The Trouble With Being Subtle. by VictoryCandescence  (NR, Ao3) (5,429 w.) - In which Sherlock experiments, John misinterprets, and everyone else stands back and waits for the light to turn on.
  • The Detective and the Pin-Up by XistentialAngst (T, Ao3) (15,683 w.) - Sally Donovan discovers an old secret John Watson considered long buried - a ten-year old “Men of the Armed Forces” calendar, which has John as a very enticing pin-up for August. The image of John might just change the way everyone sees the unassuming sidekick, even Sherlock Holmes.
  • John’s Drawers by JezebelGoldstone (T, Ao3) (2,646 w.) - Sherlock snoops through John’s drawers and finds something… unexpected.
  • In Which John is a BAMFy MoFo, OMG! by Kantayra (T, Ao3) (1,835 w.) - John’s BAMFness and Sherlock’s damsel-in-distress act are caught forever on camera. So Scotland Yard can mock. A lot.
  • Corpus Hominis by mycapeisplaid (E, Ao3) (47,709 w.) - John knows the human body intimately. He’s had plenty of opportunity for study as a doctor, soldier, and lover. There’s one particular body, however, he knows very little about. When Sherlock launches himself head-first into a new obsession and they get sent on a case in an unlikely location, the pair discovers each other’s bodies with confusing yet delightful (and sometimes hilarious) results. {{NOTE: Because I always forget: ‘The One With the Shampoo, Steph.’}}
  • Goodness Gives Extras by mydwynter (E, Ao3) (39,629 w.) - Christmas time. ‘Tis the season to settle down with a drink, some food and a present or two, and to enjoy the quiet relaxation of the holiday. Instead, there’s a case that drags them all over, missing presents, disappointed kids, angry parents, and a freak snowfall. On top of that John has to deal with Sherlock, who is being even more of a prat than usual. He really shouldn’t have expected anything different.
  • You Can Imagine the Christmas Dinners by ardenteurophile (T, Ao3) (23,584 w.) - Sherlock takes John along for Christmas dinner with Mycroft and Mummy (And “Anthea”, too). Over the course of the evening, John realises that everyone in the room - apart from him - seems to think that he and Sherlock are a couple.
  • You Can Imagine The Christmas Dinners by johnsarmylady (T, ff)(1K+ w.) - Set the morning after a Study in Pink, John sits and contemplates Mycroft’s words. John’s imagination sometimes goes a little wild.
  • Abhorring the Dull Routine of Existence by ardenteurophile (T, ff) (7K+ w.) - Or, a Week Spent on Artificial Stimulants. Sherlock overdoses on Red Bull, much to John’s dismay. Spin-off fic set before the events of “You Can Imagine the Christmas Dinners”.
  • The Real Meaning of Idioms by feverishsea (T, Ao3) (21,691 w.) - After two weeks away, John finally texts Sherlock. He doesn’t expect Sherlock to respond. He doesn’t expect Sherlock to keep texting him. And he really doesn’t expect things to spiral out of control so rapidly.
  • To Sleep, Perchance to Smother Your Flatmate with a Pillow by Linpatootie (G, Ao3) (5,308 w.) - Sherlock wants to conduct a sleep study of sorts. John contemplates smothering him with a pillow. Part 1 of Two Coffees One Black One with Sugar Please (this whole series is amazing, and I love it so much).
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics by entanglednow (T, Ao3) (3,614) - In which there’s no heating and there’s a dead owl in Sherlock’s bed. Part 1 of Thermodynamics (this whole series is really great, I love it!)
  • Vaporized by Catslynw (K, ff) (1K+ w.) - This little number is set soon after A Study in Pink. John has just moved into 221b and is getting to know his flatmate, and his flatmate’s amazing abilities, a little better.
  • Denial Isn’t Just a River in Egypt by satanatemycat (T, ff) (2K+ w.) - In which John makes a bet with a co-worker. If he wins, she shuts up about him and Sherlock being a couple. If he loses… well, that doesn’t matter, because he won’t lose. Because he and Sherlock ARE NOT a couple. Right?
  • The Video Footage by bitchinblackframedglasses (K, ff) (1K+ w.) - What exactly DID Lestrade film Sherlock doing in A Scandal in Belgravia? Sherlock wants to know, and John tells him. Fluff.
  • At Least Make It Interesting by amythedork (K, ff) (2K+ w.) - "You’ve reached Sherlock Holmes. For the love of God, if you’re going to leave a message, at least make it an interesting one. If this is Mycroft, then piss off.“ / A series of voicemails John left Sherlock throughout their time together. 
  • Manipulation by sixbynine (K, ff) (2+K w.) - John Watson is not as unobservant as Sherlock thinks, nor is he above using what he knows. Even if it is just to make sure Sherlock eats and sleeps.
  • Bored Games by SparksMayFly (K, ff) (3K+ w.) - Sherlock asks if he can take Reverend Green in for interrogation. John explains that’s not how the game works. 
  • Bored Games by patster223 (K+, ff) (2k+ w.) - Sherlock is bored and John decides that they should play Cluedo. In retrospect, it was a truly awful decision.
  • Three Ways Sherlock Conformed to His Stereotype by Jennistar1 (K+, ff) (1K+ w.) - "It’s a hat.” / Urge to roll eyes, quashed. “Yes. I can see that.” / “It’s called a deerstalker.”
  • Tipsy by katkin (K+, ff) (2K+ w.)  “I love everyone in this room,” he announced proudly.“I know you do, buddy,” John replied “Which is why you’re going to clean this carpet in the morning. Because you’re a good friend.” “I am a good friend!” Sherlock agreed.
  • Cards by Caighlee (K+, ff) (1K+ w.) - Sherlock has been without a case for a few days and Molly’s suggested experiment - something with a pig head (ew) - is losing it’s appeal. Can John come up with something that’ll distract Sherlock for a bit longer? And how did John pull off that card trick? Sherlock’ll never know because a magician never tells a secret. Except maybe when faced with a smiling Consulting Detective.
  • Never Have I Ever by Hannelore-Grace (T, ff) (2K+) - In which the Yarders, Sherlock, and John play the time-honored drinking game.
  • Surety by hudders (G, Ao3) (2,477 w.) - Sherlock is pissed because it seems that four pints of larger, two shots of tequila and a glass of wine has resulted in Lestrade becoming a little bit too friendly with everyone. And by everyone, Sherlock really means John.
  • Never Have I Ever by hudders-and-hiddles (E, Ao3) (10,655 w.) - John and Sherlock tag along for the Met’s weekly night out, where the evening’s chosen drinking game is Never Have I Ever. Sherlock is reluctant to join in until he realizes he can learn all kinds of new things about John, but he forgets that John might learn a thing or two about him as well.
  • Cabin Fever by A Wandering Minstrel (K+, ff) (6K+ w.) - A massive storm keeps John trapped in Baker Street with a half-blind (for science!), very bored Sherlock Holmes.
  • Spilt Milk by Erin Giles (K+, ff) (2K+ w.) - John comes back from a trip to the supermarket only to take a trip up the stairs. Both shopping and blood are spilled leaving Sherlock to play the role of Doctor.
  • God Save The Queen by Alice Day (K+, ff) (1K+ w.) - Sherlock has a new case. John is petrified. The Queen is amused.
  • Tidying Up by mattsloved1 (K+, ff) (951w.) – John comes home to a thoroughly cleaned flat. Or so it seems.

Feel free to add your own ficlets and self promos!! I love all the funny fics!

Lonely
  • Poly!Hamilsquad x Reader
  • Modern
  • Requested by anonymous
  • Request: Can you do another poly!hamilsquad X reader please?? The others were so good. Thank you.

A/N: So this is another ploy squad imagine but its very John centered. I guess I have a sweet spot for him. Also, the ending is awful. I couldn’t think of anything better. But I still hope it’s acceptable. I know y’all like these poly fics so I wrote this one. I hope I still wrote it good, it’s kind of more focused on the nature of a polyamorous relationship, so if you guys see a problem then let me know. I’ll get to asks again soon. I’m in the middle of no where so internet is scarce. But as always, I hope you guys enjoy!

Word Count: 5, 225
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You stood in line at the coffee shop, cursing Monday mornings and long lines. It seemed everyone in New York wanted coffee this morning. You racked a hand through your hair, growing more agitated with every passing moment. You thought about not getting coffee but you were rather irritable without your daily dose of caffeine. So you stood impatiently, waiting for the line to advance.

The line surged and the person from behind you knocked into you. “Hey!” You shouted and spun around.

“I’m sorry.” The man apologized. He had his sleek black hair hanging down to his shoulders. His hair was a little messy, though not unmanaged. His scruff was a lot less groomed. He also looked tired, like he needed caffeine to function. “I swear I didn’t mean to bump into you. Especially since you’re so cute.” He added with a small smile.

“Mon cher.” Another man chided. A tall man with wild curls. He had them bundled into a pony tail. In contrast for to the first man, his stumble was trimmed and clean. “Pardon mademoiselle. He has a habit of over flirting.”

“You didn’t complain when I finally wooed Hercules.” Alexander defended.

“That wasn’t your doing. That was all moi.” The taller man said confidently.

“Are you guys together?” You asked them.

“Oui.” The taller man said.

“Then who is Hercules?” You asked with a furrowed brow.

“Our other boyfriend.” The shorter one said, staring you down. It was almost like he was asking, daring you to say something about their relationship. “So is John.” He said.

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Where Were You?

Originally posted by moan-s


Pairing: Oliver Queen x Reader

Request: “Hey! Would you mind doing an Oliver Queen x soulmate reader? One where the reader is feeling really down in her life and you meet your soulmate when you are at the lowest point. Thank you!!”

Word count: 1.000

A/N: Hey there! Sorry if I took so long to post your request, I didn’t know how to write it and I am afraid that you may not like it. Please let me know if I disappointed your expectations, because I would write you another one if ever. Please send me some feedbacks. Sorry once again and thank you for requesting.

- G. x


Soulmates are here with us to challenge and awaken us so our souls can evolve into a higher state of consciousness. You once thought that soulmates are the epitome of love and partnership.

Since you were a little kid, your mother has always told you that every person in this world has a soulmate. She used to tell you stories about people finding their soulmates and, now that you are a grown-up woman, you still had this idea of having a soulmate out there.

You were sometimes confused though, you once thought that your soulmate is the one you were attracted to, but you were wrong. In fact, you once read that soulmate relationships don’t last forever.

You became sad because of it and you stressed yourself about when you’re going to meet your soulmate and how. You would do some serious researches about them, but you gave up when you just couldn’t seem to find the right answer.

You were disappointed because you thought that it was easy to find your soulmate, just like in your mother’s stories when you were a kid, but it wasn’t, so you stopped on searching for him and you let the idea of soulmates go.

You were discouraged, because you just wanted to have someone with you and it seemed like you were asking for too much. You wanted a person with whom you have a connection, mostly in times of need, just like in this exact moment.
You didn’t know what has happened to you, but you just suddenly felt down. You were sure that it was not a mood swing caused by your Premenstrual Syndrome, you had your period just a week ago.

“Hey, (Y/N)!” Your thoughts vanished when your best friend Felicity called you. “What’s up with that sad face? Are you falling into depression?” She handed you a plate full of finger food to eat and you just rolled your eyes.

“It’s just the film, Felicity.” You lied through your teeth and you started on eating the exquisite and tasty food that Felicity has prepared. She invited you over her house, because she wanted you to meet her co-workers.

“Whatever,” She laughed. “if White Chicks makes you sad.” You looked at the television in front of you. You rolled your eyes when you realized that you just did a bad figure, but who cares? She’s your best friend.

“Shut up, Smoak!” She laughed a little bit louder and you started stuffing food in your mouth because of embarrassment.

“Stop pouting over the same old thing.” She put on a serious face and stopped laughing.

“Over the same old thing?” You raised your left eyebrow as you tried to chew your food slowly.

“C’mon, you know what it is about.” She put a frown on her face. “You’re stressing yourself over your douche boss and then let’s add this soulmate thing.”

“Huh?”

“Stop pretending that you don’t care about your soulmate anymore. Who knows? He will arrive in the right time, you have to wait. Maybe he was stranded on an island for a short period of time, we couldn’t tell.” She answered, giving you some hope.

“Just cut it off.” You slightly giggled. She was using her fantasies once again.

“I will, but please stop stressing yourself. Now that you haven’t met your soulmate yet, you think that you’re never good enough for anybody in this place. Your soulmate is there, asking the same thing for sure, but you don’t have to stress yourself.” She tried to cheer you up. “You have your permanent mark there on your forearm, I am sure that you’re not the only one to have that.” She nodded and smiled.

“Whatever you say, Felicity.” You let her words slip through and you didn’t even listen to every word she has said. As she was about to speak, someone rang her doorbell and she quickly ran to the door to open it. While she was away, you secretly rolled up your right sleeves and looked at your still black mark, meaning that you haven’t even seen him yet.

“(Y/N)!” Felicity called you with an excessive happiness in her voice. You jumped on the couch as she has surprised you and you quickly stood up from where you were sitting. “Meet my friends or co-workers, John Diggle and Oliver Queen.”

As Felicity pronounced the name Oliver, your heart pumped blood quicker than the normal and you suddenly felt relieved somehow. You didn’t know what has just happened, but you felt that someone has tickled your soul.

“Alright, John and Ollie,” Felicity started as she noticed that you were out of yourself. “She’s my friend, (Y/N). Please forgive her, she’s not feeling that well.”

“It’s okay.” John said and he walked near you. “Nice to meet you, beautiful.”

“Nice to meet you too, John.” You both shook your hands and smiled gently. You somehow felt better now.

“Hey,” Oliver has started as he followed John. “nice to meet you.”

“Nice to meet you too, Oliver.” You both united your hands and shook them. You were about to break the handshake when you noticed that your mark has turned red.

“Oh!” Oliver exclaimed and you looked at him as he was admiring his red mark on his forearm. You were shocked and you felt excited at the same time.

Finally, your soulmate has arrived and you had the chance to meet him. He smiled at you and quickly pulled you in his arms and hugged you.

“Where have you been all my life?” You asked him without showing shyness as you wrapped your arms around him too.

“Sorry, I was stranded on an island, no lies.” He answered honestly. You looked at Felicity, who was smirking at that moment, and you both guffawed at what he has just said.

“Told you.” Felicity mouthed and winked at you. You shook your head and mouthed a thank you, before closing your eyes and letting yourself in Oliver’s hug with relish.


My Own Personal Hero (Sherlock X Fem!Reader)

Characters: Sherlock X Fem!Reader

Universe: Sherlock

Warnings: Murder, panic attack, claustrophobia.

ANGST AND FLUFF

Request: Sherlock x reader. Sherlocks girlfriend come by the flat to pick up a few things and ends up getting dragged into the final problem. If at the end you could do it so her and John get separated. Could you make so she’s clostraphobic  


Originally posted by caffeinerebelqueen

You had come by 221B Baker street to get your coat that you had left yesterday and in the pocket was your wallet so you couldn’t wait. You ran to the apartment and let yourself in, announcing to Mrs Hudson it was only you, and she called a good morning back before you ran up the stairs and let yourself into the apartment.

John was sat at the desk on his computer, Sherlock not there. “Good morning John.” You called. He looked up and smiled.

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Random Shit about Sherlock Filming Locations in Cardiff

THE GAY PILOT

- 28 the Parade - what we affectionately called the Sad Gay Batman roof

- Mount Stuart Square – plot twist the boys had their “walking into the twilight together” moment at Mount Stuart Square.  The tree in the background has blossomed, much like their love.

SEASON ONE

- National Museum Cardiff – you literally walk in and are instantly assaulted by emotions because the staircases are the first things you see.  Also the gift shops are filled with lots of bees.

- Ba Orient – it’s located in a pretty prominent area in Mermaid Quay, so every time we walked past it, we made snide comments about asshole Sebastian trying to having his dinner and Sherlock and his boyfriend John busting in and being all yo son your co-worker DED.  Also it is definitely not actually a sushi restaurant named Ba Orient.

- Roland Kerr College/Cardiff School of Chemistry – this is just really fucked up because it looks almost nothing like what you see in the show.  The two separate buildings?  Those don’t exist.  That shit is all one giant circular building, my friend.  Visual effects are crazy.

SEASON TWO

- Heddlu De Cymru – aka Roath Police Station. Obviously we couldn’t go inside where they filmed to see the exact location, but we were outside it and it didn’t really look at all like a police station.  The outside of the building is actually rather creepy.  Also right as we were about to get here, we walked past a London taxi cab (which looks completely different from a Cardiff taxi cab) and it was suspicious as hell.

- Tredegar House – we actually made a day trip out here at the end of the week that they used it for base and it’s super precious.  The last owner was a hilarious gay man who reminded us of Mark and there is a dalek in the stables since they’ve used it for Doctor Who.

- Cardiff City Hall – we couldn’t go in because there was a wedding happening at the time.  We mentioned that we should have brought cufflinks for the occasion.

- School of Optometry and Vision Sciences – there was nothing to see there but we kept trying.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS

- Corner of Bute St and James St – first of all, Bute Street takes up half of Cardiff.  Seriously, it is the longest street in the whole damn city and ends with, surprise surprise, Bute Park.  Secondly, there is a salon in the corner as Lestrade is walking called the Guy Christian Salon.  There are a lot of these in Cardiff and this is the first one I saw.  The first time I saw it, we were on a bus and I had just gotten there, unexpectedly arriving after an awful four hour bus ride next to an asshole and I was exhausted, irritable, and not fully with it.  I saw Guy Christian and was 100% sure it said Gay Christian.  From that day forward, all Guy Christian Salons were Gay Christian Salons.  Also, this exact spot on the corner is about a street away from Mount Stuart and if you cross the street and keep walking about 400 odd feet, boom you’re at the drug den entrance.

- National Assembly – it’s open to the public and is designed to be a meeting place (hahaha good one, to quote hotsmug) and there are exhibitions and a café.  It’s actually really aesthetically pleasing from the outside, no lie, and it looks right out over the water in Mermaid Quay.

- The Packet Hotel Public House – it may look cute, but they don’t serve food.  Luckily it’s right down by Mermaid Quay and there are 8000 restaurants down there but SERIOUSLY WHAT KIND OF PUB DOESN’T HAVE FOOD.

SEASON THREE

- 111-112 Bute St – okay so the cool thing about the drug den is that is actually looks like it could really be a drug den.  Like you walk up to it and it does for the most part look like that and we’re pretty sure it’s just empty buildings next to it and it’s creepy as hell.  It doesn’t go in nearly as far as it looks and it’s in a really nice area so it’s kind of random but cool whatever you do you drug den. Also on one of the days we were in Cardiff Doctor Who was randomly filming there too because why the hell not.

- Cardiff University Main Building – aka the hallway of EMOTIONS.  Fittingly this is the science building so you’re literally surrounded by science classrooms as you’re being assaulted on all sides by angst and sorrow.  As you walk up and down, gently caressing the walls and trying to hold in your tears, try and keep your weeping to a minimum because this is actually a school and there are people trying to, you know, study, but this also means that you’re not likely to get kicked out, which is cool.  They filmed on both corridors, but the one on the left as you walk in the more familiar of the two.

- 10 Wordsworth Avenue – John and Mary’s flat is hella adorable, no lie.  It’s literally in the middle of nowhere though so they’d both be bored out of their fucking skulls in a minute.  It was also really weird just standing on the street staring at someone’s house, which is why we didn’t take pictures of it.

- Kapu – sadly not actually a gay bar, but apparently it is tropical themed.  There is a gay bar right down the road named, fittingly enough, Mary’s.

- Kitty Flynn’s – it’s super precious and sells specialty beers and nibbles.  We basically sat down, had emotions, and left.  It’s about two doors down from Kapu.

- Cardiff Crown Court – appropriately enough, the law courts are actually located here.  If they actually put a coffee kiosk here, it would probably do some bomb ass business between the students and the police force, actually.  Right across the street there’s a nice little park (Cathays Park) where we decided John and Sherlock should get married because it is super adorable and has a precious little gazebo.

SEASON FOUR

- Charles Street – the Christmas lights are definitely up all the time (they were up while we were visiting in early August and there was no filming happening at all).  Also this is the gay district in Cardiff which is seriously excellent.  Hotsmug and I visited a gay bar on drag night on the next street over one of our nights visiting.

- New Theatre – we walked past it.  A lot.  There really doesn’t seem to be anything all that fantastically special about it, honestly.

- Cardiff University Students’ Union – this place is the most hospital looking place to ever hospital.  Seriously who the fuck designed this place, what the ever living hell is wrong with them.  That shit is eerie.  Also we rushed through it because we were pretty sure we were going to get kicked out. I mean, it was also really cool looking…in a hospital kind of way.  It just really creeped me out okay despite the fact that it had a Starbucks.

- Mint and Mustard – actually looks like a really cute place.  We got off the bus for a day at the beach and it was just right there. We may have no idea what happened there, but the place looks adorable and the food is actually pretty high class (nice one John).

- Portland House – right across the street from the drug den and on the opposite side of it is Mount Stuart Square.  It’s not as nice and fancy looking outside as the pictures make it out to be.  It actually looks rather shit when you’re walking past it.

- St David’s Hotel – it’s the first five star hotel in Cardiff (thanks, boat tour) and it’s basically jutting out into the water.  There’s…really not much else to say because we’re frankly too poor to be able to tell you more.

- Mount Stuart Square – the pic that Arwel took of the clock to troll us while they were filming at Mount Stuart is actually part of construction that seems to be there all the time – hotsmug took pretty much the exact same pic.  Also, that vid of Ben pretending to shoot the seagulls?  He did that because they are always around. Making noise.  Being a nuisance.  Because seagulls are rats with wings.  They are evil assholes.  I hate seagulls and they are particularly awful in the Mount Stuart area.  And appropriately enough, there is a very nice wine bar and book shop across from the church at Mount Stuart where we found the book Swimming with Sharks.  SYMBOLISM.

- Cardiff Bay Barrage – it’s actually in Penarth and there’s a random ass restaurant thing right after you get off the bridge.  The whole thing is pretty cool, like a manmade canal type deal that opens the bay to the greater part of the ocean, but apparently there was some controversy over it when it was initially built.  Regardless it took us about a half an hour to walk there because there are no direct bus routes from the Quay there and there was a food festival happening so our bus stopped earlier than it should have so that was an extra fun adventure.  


Well, hopefully you enjoyed this little journey into the Sherlock filming places around Cardiff.  All of the kudos to @hotsmugstache for a good portion of these pics and her and the flatmate for helping me create this post! Obviously this isn’t all of the locations, but it was the ones we had the chance to visit and explore.  Enjoy!

Anonymity, which is Greek for “no name,” is a uniquely human psychological experience: it’s the idea that we all have identities to present to the world, but under certain circumstances, can switch the identity off and operate in total secrecy.
“We need a public self to navigate the social world of family, friends, peers and co-workers,” says John Suler, professor of psychology at Rider University in New Jersey, and author of The Psychology of Cyberspace. “But we also need a private self – an internal space where we can reflect on our own thoughts and feelings apart from outside influence, where we can just be with our own psyche. Our identity is formed by both. Without one or the other, our wellbeing can easily become disrupted.”
The Story of Us

John Winchester x Reader

A/N: So this is my entry for @deansdirtylittlesecretsblog Mimi’s Trope Challenge. I had co-workers to lovers with John Winchester, I hope you guys enjoy xoxox Also, this got WAY sadder and angstier than I anticipated but still there’s floof at the end. (Possibly considering making this a series…? Not sure yet) HUGE, GIGANTIC thank you to Mimi for graciously letting me participate in one of her writing challenges <3

Words: 1900ish

Warnings: language (like right off the bat lmao), angst, sadness, tears, lots of pain, mentions of blood, John being a douche, but also fluffy and scared John, violence, harm done to baby wendigos

Originally posted by negandarylsatisfaction

“Stupid fucking son of a bitch” you mumbled under your breath as you snatched your clothes off the corner of the bed and stomped into the bathroom.

John definitely heard you. He just ignored you because he knew calling you out would just start a screaming match that neither of you had the energy for. To say it was a bad hunt would be the understatement of the century. You would’ve had a better chance at fighting Azazel with nothing but a plastic spoon.

You peeled your dirty clothes off, trying not to close your eyes because every time you did you relived the moment that could’ve been your last. All because John wanted to do shit by himself.

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A Little Make Up Sex Never Hurt Anyone

This one is on the shorter side and I’m sorry for that!!

“Derek we are just friends.” I said to my pissed off and pacing boyfriend. When Derek picked me up from work a few hours ago I was outside talking to my friend and co-worker John. When I saw Derek pulled up, I gave John a quick hug and made my way to the car. John was friendly with everyone and I’m a hugger, both are things that Derek know. Derek knows I love him, it’s not that he doesn’t trust me but he doesn’t trust other people, at the end of the day, everyone has their insecurities. The one drawback of dating Derek? He gets jealous pretty easily.
“You didn’t see how he looked at you after you hugged him. I know you are his friend but I think he sees you as so much more.” He said his face tightening and his fists clenching. I stood up from the couch, slowly, unsure of what his movements were going to be.
“Even if he does see me in a different light, I only see you.” I said grabbing his buff forearm. I had never seen him like this, normally he would be jealous and get protective but not angry.
“I can’t even keep my own girlfriend. He is home all the time, I’m gone half of the time!” He pulled his arm away from me and continued pacing around the apartment, running his hands down his face and back go clenching his fists.
“(Y/N) I’m jealous okay? He gets to see you while you are at work and he checked you out right in front of me. I’m tired of his shit!” He yelled walking into the bedroom and slamming the door behind him. I sighed, knowing that I would have to go in there and talk him down from the boiling rage that was building up inside him.
“Derek I-” I said walking into the bedroom but stopped as I saw his fist colliding with the wall, punching a hole it in without even thinking about it. Sweat beads on his forehead, chest rising and falling faster than normal, muscles tense, he couldn’t look any hotter if he tried. I took a few steps to get to him and then rested my hands on his chest, playing with the fabric of his black v-neck while biting my lip.
“I love you Derek Morgan. You know I love when you get jealous but this new kind of jealous is turning me on.” I said looking up at the handsome and sculpted man in front of me only to be pulled in by my waist and attaching my lips to his. His hands slowly roamed my body, the space between us closing and my heartbeat quickening.
“You’re mine and he needs to know that.” Derek whispered, pulling away just enough to whisper it while his hands traveled down to the backs of my thighs and picking me up and walking over to the bed. One of the perks of dating Derek? Make up sex is always the best, even if I didn’t do anything.

  • What she says: Eh, he' alright
  • What she means: Lestrade is the most underrated character in the whole of Sherlock and I'm very surprised to see barely anyone ship him with Sherlock. He used to only call Sherlock to only baffling cases, and now he just heavily relies on him. He's a humorous character and has close connections with the other main characters. He was one of the first, if not the first character to accept John being a co-worker of Sherlock's and he's just straight up adorable. Overall I ship Lestrade and Sherlock with a passion.
What The Bloody Hell?!

Originally posted by notmydate

Fandom: BBC Sherlock

Pairing: N/A

Warning: N/A

Writer: @imaginesofeveryfandom aka @thequeenofthehobbits

Summary/Request: Requested by @wholockedcumberwumber:  thanks for answering my question, are you willign to write a fan fiction in which the main female character is the daughter of Mycroft Holmes and on her way to meeting with him she ends up on the TARDIS with The 10th Doctor and Donna. if doesnlt make sense you can just do a Sherlock fan fiction, in which John is shocked when he discovers Mycroft has a daughter.

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I think in interpretations of BBC Sherlock in general, there has to be more appreciation for negative spaces - the things conspicuously absent, whose absences speak VOLUMES. There’s a SLIGHT indication the fandom understands this concept in that Sherlock’s unspoken sexual orientation, by virtue of its unspokenness, is assumed to be probably not straight. There have been so many opportunities to say he’s straight, so many, and it’s honestly a commonplace for characters whose sexual identity is under any scrutiny to have a completely throwaway scene that asserts their straightness for all those concerned. The absence of this in Sherlock’s case is conspicuous, and it leaves an opening for fan interpretation.

Having said that, there are SO MANY other things, scenes, relationships that would benefit from fans taking into account what’s NOT there. A stand-out is Jim Moriarty’s relationship to physical violence, as well as his relationship with Sherlock. He doesn’t like to get his hands dirty. It’s stated, it’s witnessed, and we have no reason to think otherwise since we’ve only ever seen him kill people remotely. But the thing is: I’ve realized when I say “we have no reason to think otherwise,” people still think that means “all theories are equally valid”. It doesn’t. It means the absence of extreme violence in any of Jim’s scenes is indicative (if not proof) of a general absence. The “heist” Jim commits to gain Sherlock’s attention is actually completely without a body count. So is his method of blackmailing the jury. When he kills people, it’s not for the violence, it’s for the plan. He plans. Further, Jim’s scenes with Sherlock are ALL emotionally-piqued intellectual battles, with nothing bloodthirsty about them. His scenes with Sherlock feature no violence (barring the violence he commits against himself). His scenes with Sherlock are respectful. And that’s on both sides. Either of them could turn these meetings into violent altercations or ambushes. Neither does this. This absence is interesting. Jim touches Sherlock ONCE and it’s WITH HIS PERMISSION. There are obviously barriers they do not cross, things which neither would consider respectful, but since, in order to appreciate this, you have to be looking for what’s NOT there rather than what is, most people miss it.

Another example is the complete absence of a teary, ‘thank God you’re not dead’ scene in TEH. We were all expecting one, and the absence was really interesting. It set the tone for the whole third series, which can best be summed up as “WHOA WE LEFT TOO MUCH OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION LAST TIME NO MORE EMOTIONS WE’RE BROPALS WE BANG LADIES ALL THE GAY STUFF WAS JOKES MORE JOKES ALL THE JOKES.” I can only speak for myself, but even in the sheriarty camp, I found the violent reunion between John and Sherlock to be extremely disrespectful of their friendship. John and Sherlock greeted each other, after a two-year absence, like co-workers who fucking hated each other.

Taking this further, in a general way, when people argue John and Sherlock’s relationship is a “slow burn” - it’s actually crucial to look at what a Johnlock endgame would mean in retrospect. If that were to happen, think how much SHOULD’VE been there along the way that wasn’t. If the story were “John and Sherlock begrudgingly fall in love” why was that struggle described NOWHERE in the literal story? Why doesn’t Sherlock have a scene following the wedding in which Mrs. Hudson, or someone else *in the know*, comforts him about his unrequited love? Why doesn’t John have a clear “what even IS bisexuality? is that even possible?” identity crisis moment? If John is having second thoughts about Mary, and if he’s really in love with Sherlock, why don’t we see him hesitating on the eve of his wedding? If John is in love with Sherlock, why doesn’t he care AT ALL that Sherlock left the hospital VERY early after major surgery on a near-fatal gunshot wound? Why does he call Sherlock a 'psychopath’ when it’s pretty clear Sherlock is about to collapse? Why do we never see Sherlock getting his feelings hurt by John’s frankly abusive (since he admits he doesn’t even know Sherlock’s orientation) gay jokes? Why don’t a million things happen, some of which would simply better inform the audience about the emotional complexity of this “slow burn”? It’s almost as if the show were written for straight audiences, with no intention of pleasing queer audiences at all beyond the bare minimum of bone-throwing. That makes “Johnlock,” however you slice it, NOT the core of the show. That makes “Johnlock” a cult interpretation, repeatedly denigrated by the writers.

Training

For the October 2016 Sherlock Challenge: Sports. @sherlockchallenge

John trotted back along the path—he was done jogging but he felt good, as if he could have kept going if he’d needed to. For the first time he thought he would be ready to run the 5K in three weeks. His shoulder was a little tight and he knew he needed to work on keeping his arms relaxed, but his legs still felt strong and he wasn’t too winded. Sticking to the training program really had helped—too bad Sherlock had refused to do most of it with him.

He backtracked about a half-mile through the park before he found Sherlock, who was, surprisingly, still running. “Time’s up!” John told him, but Sherlock held up a finger, then raised his wrist to show John his stopwatch still counting down. John turned to follow along beside him—Sherlock was moving so slowly that John’s brisk walking pace was enough to keep up with him. He ran for another minute or so, getting slower with each step and raising his arm to check the time every few seconds. When the watch beeped zero Sherlock stopped dead in his tracks but John put his hand out to tug on his arm. “Come on, keep walking.”

“I hate you,” Sherlock gasped, and bent to put his hands on his thighs, ignoring John’s attempt to keep him moving.

“No, you don’t. The opposite, actually.”

“I hate…your co-workers.”

“Mm. Sorry.” John got a better grip on his wrist and pulled, forcing Sherlock to walk with him or fall. It was true that John would never have thought to try running a race if everyone at work hadn’t decided to enter as a group, but he was glad he had done it, though maybe trying to get Sherlock to join them had been a mistake. “So you actually ran longer than the 20 minutes we were supposed to do?”

“No. I walked for five minutes in the middle. And I stopped to use the loo. Give me your water.”

John handed him his half-empty bottle of water—Sherlock said it was too distracting for him to carry his own as he ran. “But you did do twenty minutes of running?” John asked. The training plan they were using gradually increased the distance and time spent running. John had followed it religiously, running three times a week no matter what; Sherlock had skipped days because of rain, unsolved murders, a runny nose and a sore knee. The knee was the only legitimate excuse, in John’s opinion, but an elastic brace seemed to have eased the problem.

Sherlock nodded, sloshing water into his mouth and then spitting most of it onto the grass on the side of the path. “This is stupid.”

“No, it’s not. You’re doing great. Doesn’t it feel good to know you ran that much without giving up?”

“No. It feels stupid. Like I should’ve stopped running a mile ago.” He took another gulp of water, swallowing it this time.

“But aren’t you glad you kept going even when you wanted to stop?”

"John.” Sherlock gestured at him with the water bottle, which was now almost completely empty. “You have spent years—literally years—telling me I needed to listen to my body and take care of it. Now all of a sudden I should do the opposite?”

“Not if it’s really telling you something is wrong,” John said, glancing over to try to gauge if Sherlock was in actual pain or just overreacting. “How’s your knee?”

“Sore. But so are my ankles. And my calves. And my thighs.”

“You shouldn’t have skipped so many days on the plan.”

“The plan is stupid.” Sherlock thrust the water bottle back at John and started to veer toward one of the benches that lined the path.

John reached out and caught him by the hem of his sweat-soaked shirt. “Come on. Keep walking or you’ll cramp up.”

“No. I need to sit.”

“You can sit when we get home.”

“Now.”

“Nope.” John pulled at his shirt but only briefly, knowing he couldn’t make Sherlock do anything he really didn’t want to. Surprisingly, Sherlock followed him rather than bolting for the bench. John gave him a quick pat on the arm in encouragement. “If you make it all the way home your legs will feel better and you can celebrate with a nice warm bath. Relax, maybe put some bubbles in it.”

Sherlock glared at him but kept walking. “When have you ever known me to put bubbles in my bath?”

John grinned. “You might like it.”

“I’d get a rash,” Sherlock said.

“Hmm. That’s probably true.” He watched Sherlock from the corner of his eye: he was walking more steadily now, and while his face was still bright red, his breathing had slowed. They were almost out of the park. Maybe it was time for one final push. He increased his pace so he could get ahead of Sherlock, then turned to walk backward as he addressed him. “Race you home?”

Sherlock opened his mouth to protest but before he could speak John turned his back to him and started to run. As expected, he almost immediately heard feet pounding on the pavement behind him. Sherlock had terrible running form; they would have to work on that later. For now, John just ran, happy that for once Sherlock was the one chasing after him.

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Love and Breadcrumbs: The Relationship Development of Sherlock and John in BBC Sherlock

Being yet another very long, long post about what’s going on in Sherlock.

**MAJOR SPOILERS for Sherlock Season 1, 2 and Season 3 **

** Now Updated to include His Last Vow"

There have been so many wonderful metas and dialogues floating around about johnlock and signposts and all of that (especially by 221beemine, loudest-subtext-in-television, and Sherlock meta).  I’ve written a few myself.  My realm is not film choreography and visuals, like some of these brilliant people who have been so amazing and helping me see narrative.  So I am really in their debt.  But as a writer, I do know storytelling and character development.  So I decided to look back over the entire series and pull out what I think are the highlights of character development and story arcs in the relationship between Sherlock and John.

I didn’t have time to rewatch each show in toto, so I’m going from my memory, which means I’m probably missing lots of things.  Please correct me if I get anything wrong.

S1, E1: A Study in Pink

  • Sherlock and John meet, having been set-up as potential flat mates by a mutual friend.  Any first meeting of 2 people for whom the relationship will be a key factor in the story is incredibly important. And from that first meeting, there is chemistry.  John surprises Sherlock by loaning him his phone and Sherlock, deducing him, sees a recently discharged soldier and medical doctor with a psychosomatic limp. Intriguing.  John is equally intrigued by the unusual, rather posh, brilliant, and enigmatic Holmes.  (My own take: John also finds Sherlock immediately attractive, because John always responds very quickly to physical attractiveness in women. But John is at least primarily straight so he probably pushes this aside as an aberration.)
  • John goes to see the flat. Sherlock takes him on a case immediately.  John is eager to go along.
  • At the crime scene, people tell John, both in text and subtext, that no one likes Sherlock; he is a ‘freak’. Sherlock confirms this in the car “they say ‘piss off’”.  This is a typical ‘beauty and the beast’ set-up. You set-up that one of your MCs (main characters in a romance) is unliked and misunderstood by everyone so that the other MC can be the only one who understands him. 
  • Sherlock impresses John with his brilliance at the crime scene; John praises Sherlock out loud, which Sherlock loves.  Then Sherlock dumps John at the crime scene.  What an annoying git. (this is a negative beat in a positive/negative flow – I love you; I hate you, it builds tension and keeps things interesting)
  • Mycroft kidnaps John. Mycroft tells John how dangerous Sherlock is, warning him away. (psychology: makes John even more interested).  Mycroft deduces that John LIKES danger (key character point).  Mycroft makes the first allusion to a potential romance (“When should I expect the happy announcement”) which John dismisses.
  • Sherlock calls John to the flat just to hand him his phone. Others have pointed out how Sherlock is testing John this episode and I agree.  How far can I push this guy?  John’s response is that he’s not a weakling. He calls Sherlock on his behavior, but he doesn’t dislike Sherlock for it.  Right answer.

  • John and Sherlock go to dinner (key scene).  John tries to suss out if Sherlock has a girlfriend.  Sherlock says “Not my area”.  John, only momentarily fazed, then asks about a boyfriend.  Sherlock shuts him down “I appreciate your interest, but I’m married to my work.” John, flustered, denies he meant anything of the sort.  This is a funny moment, and you can take away what you will.  Based on what we are shown of John’s character (that he is easily attracted to attractive people and comes on to them very quickly – this is shown by the interaction with Anthea in the car), his immediate fascination with Holmes, and the way Martin played it (that eye language is charged) my own take is that he really was trying to suss out if there was any potential there. At that point it might only have been a glimmer in his mind, but it was there.  However, Sherlock tells him in no uncertain terms: that’s never going to happen.  John accepts that.  It was only a stray thought anyway, right? I’m straight.
  • They run after a murderer.  Sherlock cures John’s psychosomatic limp (within the first day). John is hugely impressed.  They laugh together in the hall like friends.  (Has Sherlock ever had a friend?)
  • Sherlock dumps John a second time to go with the murderer (negative beat on the John/Sherlock sub-plot and also setting up a ‘loner’ character trait for Sherlock which John can and does overcome).
  •  John tracks him down and shoots the murderer, likely saving Sherlock’s life (big positive beat).  This is a key moment.  On the surface what we have is John being BAMF and saving Sherlock.  Which, fuck it, impresses the hell out of Sherlock (and maybe, somewhere deep down, is a little titillating too: “all girls like a soldier”).  And, of course, indicates that John is going to be very useful in The Work.  But on subtext/char development level John is already saving Sherlock from himself—from his over-focused obsession with his cases and self-destructive arrogance.  John even calls Sherlock on it in the text: “You would have done it.”  Sherlock may well have died young because he is so reckless but now, John is protecting him.
  • As they walk away, Mycroft clearly calls them out as an established team “Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson”.
  • Callbacks:  In S3:01, TEH, the heart-like bomb stops ticking down at 1:29.  Jan 29th is the day Sherlock met John and this all happens.  John saved Sherlock that day, literally and figuratively. 
  • Clearly this is a HELL of a set-up for this relationship.  This is going to be a HUGELY significant relationship for both of these two men.  But we don’t yet know if that relationship will be purely platonic, romantic/nonsexual, or romantic/sexual.
  • My own opinion:  John and Sherlock both show immediate romantic/physical attraction to one another both in their actions and in the actor’s performances.  In real life, looking at each other the way that they do, and immediately wanting to be around each other, has only one interpretation (sexual attraction).  And that’s the way Ben and Martin played it. However, in TV it’s more iffy because it’s a well-known device to put in attraction like this to engage the audience without any intention of ever realizing it in the flesh, particularly when it comes to male ‘partnerships’ like this.   (Teen Wolf, etc etc).
  • Fan ships were launched in a big way.

S1, E2: The Blink Banker

  • John starts work at a locum and immediately asks out a co-worker, Sarah. (Char dev: John craves a sexual/romantic relationship, he goes for it doggedly, and he’s not all that picky where he gets it.)
  • During this case, they meet Sebastian, an old school mate of Sherlock’s.  This reinforces the idea that Sherlock was bullied and has had very little friendship in life.  John responds by being more protective of Sherlock. (more beauty and the beast).  Subtext: Sebastian might have been a past abusive lover; Sherlock might be gay.  I think John at least wonders about it.
  • Sherlock is jealous about Sarah. He horns in on their first date, insults her, and cockblocks.  Text: I’m a selfish git who wants you to be at my exclusive beck and call like a servant.  Subtext: I don’t like it when you pay attention to anyone but me, and especially not sexually/romantically.  My own opinion: Sherlock already is interested in John but he is in total denial about the nature of that interest.  He has no experience with sexual/romantic love and he has shut himself off from it.
  • John says he’s going out on a date – where two people who like each other go out and have fun.  Sherlock says 'that’s what I was suggesting’. He doesn’t get the difference here, because to him going out with John is like a date. (thanks, angstidote)
  • John leaves the attractive Soo Lin to go after and protect Sherlock in the museum.
  • John is already proving to be indispensable in the The Work and he loves doing it. This is a match made in heaven, though of what kind, again, not yet established.
  • John is now living in the flat in the role of caretaker (making sure Sherlock eats, etc)
  • Sarah is put into danger because of John’s association with Sherlock. Subtext (which John is not yet ready to accept): you can’t have me and a woman too. And already, John is choosing Sherlock.
  • Read a much more detailed analysis of The Blind Banker from 221Behavior here.

S1, E3: The Great Game

  • John is still dating Sarah but there are cracks—Sherlock cockblocks and John always prioritized Sherlock. We can see John/Sarah as a pairing is doomed.
  • We see in countless ways by their domesticity, Sherlock talking to John when he’s not there, etc, that Sherlock does have at least platonic feelings for John, he is just doesn’t recognize his own attachment at this point, or at least doesn’t call it by the name ‘friendship’ (not til Baskerville).
  • During the “pips” sequence, John calls Sherlock on his lack of human emotion for the bomb victims and Sherlock says ‘caring’ won’t help him solve crimes.  They argue. Subtext: John is saying I’m frustrated that you’re incapable of really have feelings for me of any kind.  And Sherlock’s reply: I can’t allow myself feelings because I have to be cold and rational for The Work.  (this is a negative beat in the story arc – it looks impossible at this point). 
  • This is a key theme in this episode because in the end we see that Sherlock DOES have feelings, it DOES impact the work (Moriarity uses John as a weak spot) and yet, in the end, John’s friendship is what offers to save Sherlock.
  • Moriarty threatens to ‘burn the heart’ out of Sherlock and then kidnaps John. Like we’ll see with Irene, here we have a super villain, this time an expert on human weakness, telling John and Sherlock what’s going on—that John is Sherlock’s weak spot (subtext: literally his heart – on some level Sherlock loves John and doesn’t know it yet).
  • Moriarty kidnaps John and when Sherlock first sees John at the pool, there’s a moment where he thinks John is Moriarty. We see by the momentary flash of hurt how much Sherlock has come to trust John.
  • John, in a bomb jacket, grabs Moriarty and tells Sherlock to run. John is now not only willing to kill for Sherlock, he’s willing to die for Sherlock (season 1 character progression).  And yes, this impresses the hell out of Sherlock once again.  Subtext:  By this action John is a) being a soldier and b) saying that Sherlock’s life is more important than John’s –he’s the unique one.  He’s also c) saying he loves Sherlock enough to die for him, however you want to take that. 
  • Sherlock also demonstrates here (subtext, acting, facial expression as he frees John from the bomb) that he cares a lot about John and would have been devastated if John had died.

Season 1 Summation: 

John and Sherlock are an immediate, perfect-for-each-other team.  By S1 end, John is showing in many ways that he’s obsessed with Sherlock, and that Sherlock comes first – not only over any potential relationship with a woman but even over John’s own life.  But I think John is still in denial about this being sexual/romantic until ASiB.  Sherlock, on his part, is oblivious to sexuality and romance and even friendship at this point, though I think all of that is there under the surface, unrecognized.  All Sherlock knows consciously is that John is 'different’, John likes him and takes care of him, and he strongly wants John around in a 'that’s mine!’ sort of way (he has been lonely, though he’d never admit it). John is trying to date women to fulfill his sexual needs, but it’s not going very well because his heart’s priority is always Sherlock.

S2, E2: A Scandal in Bohemia

  • It’s significant that this is the series opener, because the series opener really sets the stage for what this season is about—what the character arc is.  In S1 it was John and Sherlock’s newfound partnership and John coming to complete dedication to that.  In S3 it is Sherlock and John’s reunion and re-cementing that partnership.  What is S2 about?  It’s about Sherlock ability (or lack thereof) to deal with feelings because that is the obstacle limiting John and Sherlock’s relationship. So S2 is about Sherlock learning to care.
  • Scandal fills in some backstory on what’s been going on with John and Sherlock:
    • Since TGG, Sherlock and John live together and are co-dependent.  John cares for Sherlock (like a maid/domestic partner) and they love solving crimes together.  This part of their relationship works like gangbusters.  I imagine the events of TGG made them both appreciate each other more.
    • They have no physical contact—sexually or romantically.  They don’t cuddle on the couch.  Sherlock still often treats John as “his little assistant”, which rightfully pisses John off.
    • John dates a string of women, trying to get from them what he doesn’t get from his key relationship with Sherlock – sex and affection.  This has not worked out because Sherlock always is jealous and cockblocks and John’s heart isn’t in it.  We see in the episode with Janine over the Christmas party that Sherlock treats John’s girlfriends appallingly and John himself can’t even keep them straight in his head (“I’ll walk your dog.” “I don’t have a dog.”) Subtext: You’re not important to me; I’m just going through the motions because I think I should.  Janine tells John straight up in the text – no one can compete with his loyalty to Sherlock Holmes.
    • But ASiB is key because it addresses Sherlock’s ability to feel desire and attraction to another person.   And it address it in an ambiguous way:
      • In Buckingham Palace, Mycroft indicates that Sherlock is inexperienced at sex  (“I’m not alarmed by sex.” “How would you know?”).  We’re being told that Sherlock is a virgin or, at most, maybe had 1 or 2 early encounters.  This is setting up the “starting state” for this episode’s arc, the thing that will change.
      • Sherlock is clearly rattled by Irene’s nudity; he over-acts pompously, he stumbles over his words.  Subtext: This is making me think about sex and I don’t know how to handle that.   Is Sherlock sexually attracted to Irene herself?  It’s ambiguous, but I think it’s possible.  Irene is beautiful and naked: she’s definitely poking Sherlock’s  dormant libido.  
      • John, upon coming across naked Irene and Sherlock, demonstrates more jealousy over Sherlock’s reaction than he does display his own interest in her naked body.  Is this normal straight man behavior, especially from I-love-women Watson?  No.
      • John and Irene are both threatened by the gunmen.  But it is the threat to John that makes Sherlock panic and figure out the safe code. (“You only figure things out when they’re critical” – as Mary tells Sherlock in S3).  This foreshadows what Sherlock figures out at the critical last second of John’s wedding day in S3.02.
      • Sherlock and John escape Irene (or vice versa) but Irene starts to regularly text Sherlock. John displays jealousy over this fact.  Sherlock doesn’t text her back but is intrigued.
      • Irene ‘dies’: Sherlock seems genuinely upset about it.  Mycroft warns John that Sherlock may do self-harm.  John is worried.  Again: Sherlock feels something for Irene but it is ambiguous. John doesn’t like it.
      • Irene is not dead: she has John brought to meet her.  This is a touchstone scene.  Irene tells John that they’re both attracted to/mesmerized by Sherlock even though he is not the gender of their primary orientation for either of them.  In the dialogue, John denies it, but by his facial expressions and the screaming subtext in the scene we can see that he realizes it’s true.  This scene is a key signpost for several reasons.  First, as with Moriarty, Irene is an expert–the show’s expert on human sexuality.  Just as you wouldn’t have Sherlock, the crime genius, make a blatantly erroneous mistake about something he should know, Irene does not misread this.  She is telling the audience what’s going on. I think she sees, not only John’s jealousy over her, which is obvious in the literal text, but she sees Sherlock’s attraction to John, which is not yet obvious to either John or Sherlock.  John says “We’re not a couple.” And she says “Yes, you are”.  This is important because usually John says “I’m not gay”, which is only about him.  By saying “We’re not a couple”, he is including Sherlock’s feeling as well and Irene is saying You are a couple, meaning she is confirming that Sherlock also has feelings for John.
      • Sherlock overhears this conversation, meaning that he is now consciously aware that John may have romantic feelings for him and that Irene sees him as returning them.  Sherlock may be oblivious but he’s not stupid. He hears this and I think he really considers it.
      • Irene shows up at the flat.  Freshly showered in a robe, she plays flirtatious games with Sherlock in John’s presence: Sherlock responds with fascination.  John is jealous (“Hamish—in case you were looking for baby names”).  Subtext:  Sherlock is starting to be in touch with his own sexual feelings. He’s not as immune as he thought.
      • Irene and Sherlock are alone in the apartment.  Irene comes on to Sherlock in front of the fireplace, offering him sex, right there, right then.  However, when Sherlock first comes out of his ‘mind palace’ trance, his first words are “Where’s John?”  And Sherlock doesn’t take the bait. He does not reject Irene, he seemingly plays up to her.  But he says they are not going to ‘have dinner’ because he is ‘not hungry’.  He doesn’t seem disappointed when they’re interrupted for a case.  It’s ambiguous how much of this scene was Sherlock really being attracted to Irene and how much was him playing a game for info (later, we learn that he was taking her pulse during this exchange, a coldly logical thing to do.)  But I think he’s smart enough to not trust her here and not give in.
      • Irene betrays Sherlock.  Sherlock is genuinely horrified that he’s been played.  In Mycroft’s office he says “Sentiment is a chemical defect found on the losing side.”  He talks about how he took Irene’s pulse. Subtext: I was playing you back.  More subtext: Nevertheless, I did feel something and you made a fool of me—See? I was right all along.
      • When John brings Sherlock the “file” on Irene , he again displays some jealousy and concern over Sherlock’s feelings for Irene.  He tries to suss them out, but Sherlock won’t give him the satisfaction of an answer.
      • We’re told Sherlock goes out of his way to rescue Irene, yet he doesn’t stay with her, he returns to Baker Street and John.
      • It’s left ambiguous exactly what Sherlock felt for Irene and where his head is at about sexuality/romance at the end of all this episode.  However I think the key progression is this:  1) John now recognizes his romantic attraction to Sherlock, having had it pointed out to him by Irene and his own feelings of jealousy, 2) Irene sparked Sherlock’s sexual libido (which is ultimately good for John), and 3) her betrayal reconfirmed for Sherlock that he should not allow himself to have those kinds of feelings (bad for John).  It’s a case of 2 steps forward, one step back.
      • My take on Sherlock/Irene:  I think Sherlock was genuinely attracted to Irene.  I think he’s also attracted to John. It’s possible he’s a demisexual, someone who is more attracted to a specific person than a gender, but I think it’s more likely that he is attracted to men and Irene was an aberration–much like her own attraction to Sherlock was an aberration (and John’s too). Sherlock being primarily gay seems to be confirmed by the male theme in the sexuality of TSoT.  Nevertheless, though Sherlock was attracted to Irene ultimately she is untrustworthy—she is not good, decent, kind, wise, etc etc like John.  So Sherlock would never enter into a relationship with her.

S2, E2: The Hound of the Baskervilles

  • In keeping with the arc of the season, this episode addresses Sherlock’s ability to deal with emotions.
  • After the events of ASiB, it seems John is no longer dating women. He seems to have given up on that, either because he’s just resigned to the cockblocking or the case with Irene made him realize his feelings for Sherlock are romantic.  In HotB, Sherlock asks John to woo a woman for information and John does, but he is cockblocked once again by being called Sherlock’s ‘partner’ and seems resigned to it.
  • John impresses Sherlock with his BAMFness at the military compound. John comments on Sherlock’s cheekbones.  (minor things in their own right but the attraction is becoming more textual)
  • Key scene:  Sherlock gets emotional in front of the fireplace (parallels his earlier encounter in front of the fire with Irene).  He’s losing control because his logical mind has been compromised – he was afraid on the moors and he is half-convinced something paranormal is going on.  This is very threatening to his state of mind because Sherlock does not feel these things.  He tells John he ‘has no friends’.  John gets pissed off and leaves.  Subtext: Sherlock is unable to deal with it when he’s forced to feel emotion.  He has shut off that part of himself.  (Negative beat)
  • The next day, Sherlock apologizes to John and acknowledges out loud that John is his friend.  “I don’t have friends.  I’ve only got one.”  This is a significant moment for Sherlock’s emotional growth because he is for the first time consciously acknowledging that he has an emotional attachment to John, albeit one of friendship.  It’s important that Sherlock give this to John here, because I think John is really at the end of his rope.  He cares about Sherlock and sacrifices a lot for him, but Sherlock has been unwilling to give John open recognition in return (though Sherlock has demonstrated many times that he does rely upon John and only John, which is flattering and what keeps John around).  Positive beat on their arc.
  • Sherlock then experiments on John by giving him a drug.  What an arsehole!  Negative beat.  This becomes more significant in S3 because it’s one memorable time Sherlock has shown that he’s willing to abuse John and doesn’t care about his feelings.
  • In the end, John forgives Sherlock but not before pointing out to Sherlock how selfish he can be and that if he continues on in that way, he will lose John.  Sherlock very much does not want to lose John.  He is forced to become more self-aware of his behavior and treat John better.
  • (There are likely more beats in this, these are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head.  I’ll rewatch someday and update this.)

S2, E3: Reichenbach Falls

  • Here we have the culmination of the season’s character arc – which is Sherlock developing conscious feelings of the importance of his friendship with John. 
  • At the end of Season 1, we had John offering to sacrifice himself to save Sherlock at the pool.  John was already there by the end of season 1. The final high point of season 2 is that Sherlock sacrifices himself to save John.  He is now reciprocating consciously. 
  • In TRF, John sticks by Sherlock even when everyone else turns against him.  Sherlock is surprised and moved by this.  (Reinforces the ‘you’re the only one who gets me’ theme) (positive beat)
  • In the lab we again we have John getting very pissed off at Sherlock for not showing feelings (about Mrs. Hudson being shot) just as he did in TGG about the bomb victims.  Subtext again: I care about you so much, but you’re incapable of caring about me and that hurts. This time, Sherlock lets John think that.  He has to in order to do what has to be done and get John out of the picture.  This is a standard ‘drive them away for their own good’ plot device, which always means just the opposite – I do really love you.  (negative beat)
  • During the jump from the roof sequence, Sherlock seems genuinely distressed by the idea that he has to say good-bye to John.  He fakes his own death to save John.  Now the ‘reveal’ in TEH puts this into doubt, rather confusingly, by suggesting Mycroft had already called of the snipers so John wasn’t really in danger.  On the other hand, it’s implied Sherlock may have been telling Anderson a tall tale. I don’t know what to make of this.  But it seems to me that the emotion Sherlock displayed at the end of TRF, and his sacrifice, were genuine.  I hope this gets better resolution in HLV.
  • John is absolutely devastated by Sherlock’s death, more than you would expect from a mere friendship. There are ‘things he didn’t say’.  Subtext: John had romantic feelings for Sherlock he was never able to express because their relationship just wasn’t that way.  This might be a bit much to read into it were it not for ASiB, but as is it, it’s not.  Negative/cliffhanger.

Summary of S1 and S2

By the end of S2, John and Sherlock’s relationship has progressed to the point where John has even stopped trying to date casually.  He’s resigned himself to having basically a monk like existence. Sherlock and John both have demonstrated that they care enough about each other to die to save the other.  They are living co-dependently. However, they are at a stalemate.  Their relationship is unlikely to develop any further.  It’s gone as far as it can as a friendship.  And maybe it would have stayed that way indefinitely, though at that point, the show would have had to switch to being more case driven and less about the relationship because they’ve taken that friendship as far as it could possibly go.  Once you’re willing to die for one another, what’s left?

But what happens?  Sherlock ‘dies’, John grieves, and there is a forced separation.  This is a new obstacle/challenge put in their path.  Will it ultimately ruin their relationship?  Or push them into new territory?  Since the show is so heavily focused on the development of their relationship, it must have some important impact.

S3, E1: The Empty Hearse

  • On first viewing, this episode was confusing to me, because it didn’t show the reaction from Sherlock and John to their reunion that I would have anticipated.  I expected more emotion on both parts – Sherlock showing more jealousy towards Mary, Sherlock being more visibly hurt about John’s anger, John needing more convincing to forgive Sherlock.  Sherlock was always jealous of John’s girlfriends.  He always wanted John to stay at 221b, to have John to himself.  And John’s level of devastation to me needed more of a sincere apology from Sherlock than he gets in TEH to reestablish trust.  In S1 and S2 we see several instances of John calling Sherlock on his lack of feeling, demanding that Sherlock giving him something to show that Sherlock respected John as a partner.  And in faking his death, Sherlock completely shut John out of what was going on and I feel that would have been unforgivable to John, or at least without a damn good reason why.  So yes, I expected more groveling and explanations and justifications to be necessary.
  • But what we actually see in S3 is that the reunion is a much longer arc.  It isn’t resolved in E1 at all. In fact, it’s not resolved at the end of S3,E3.
  • So what DO we get in TEH?
  • It’s revealed that John hasn’t been back to 221B much since the death—it’s too painful for him (the scene in the hall where he remembers their first case together). 
  • John has grieved Sherlock intensely for 2 years.  He has finally just begun to ‘move on’ and fell in love with Mary.
  • He has fallen for Mary fast and is rushing their marriage (“I know it’s only been 3 months”).  Subtext: John does genuinely like/love Mary but he is also using Mary as an emotional crutch to get over Sherlock.
  • Sherlock initially acts arrogant in assuming that John will just be sitting waiting for him. But in the restaurant he is uncharacteristically nervous and OTT goofy.  He is ‘not handling’ the strength of his emotions here, just as he wasn’t able to handle them in Baskerville.  He doesn’t know what to do with all the feels!
  • After 3 restaurants and 3 conversations, Sherlock has still not offered John a good explanation for why he hurt John. In fact, he offers an insulting one–he was afraid John would blab. John punches Sherlock repeatedly, showing the depth of his (justified) anger and storms off.  Mary says she’ll intervene.
  • Sherlock does not show jealousy towards Mary, merely mild curiosity.  Unexpected. 
  • John tries to stay away from Sherlock, but the lure of the chase is too great.  He gives in and goes to see Sherlock but he’s kidnapped before he gets there.
  • Sherlock and Mary save John from the bonfire.  Sherlock is clearly willing to do anything to save John.
  • John is drawn back to 221B, unable to resist.  When he shows up, Sherlock’s parents are there.  Sherlock coldly gets rid of them (because John is WAAAY more important and John has come to the flat! This is teen-with-a-crush like behavior.
  • Sherlock’s mom and dad also mirror Sherlock and John – his mom is dressed like Sherlock and his dad like John. This theme is carried into TSoT and HLV.
  • John and Sherlock go into the underground to find the bomb.  Subtext – it’s like old times again.  Meta:  the underground/subway car represents Sherlock’s mind palace/subconscious and he is allowing John into the heart of that.  (link to LSiT ‘s meta on this).
  • In the bomb car, Sherlock uncovers the heart of the bomb.  Meta:  it is designed/shaped like a human heart; it is Sherlock’s heart
  • The bomb begins counting down – they’re going to die.  Sherlock manages to turn off the bomb while John isn’t looking, but he pretends he hasn’t to get John to forgive him for faking his own death.  John admits out loud that he still cares about Sherlock and forgives him.  Sherlock then laughs.  This is SOOO inappropriate, what Sherlock does here.  But we have precedence that he does do incredibly inappropriate things like at Baskerville when he drugged John, particularly when he is unsure of himself emotionally.  Subtext:  Sherlock desperately needs John’s forgiveness even though he goes about it in inappropriate ways.  It’s core to the heart of him (the bomb).  John – I said I forgive you but really, I can’t trust you.  More meta:  The bomb stops at 1:29, which is the day John met Sherlock (Jan 29th).  If the bomb is Sherlock’s heart, John’s appearance in his life stopped Sherlock from self-destructing.
  • At the end of S3.E1, Sherlock dons the silly hat and goes out to be “Sherlock Holmes”, seemingly with John Watson once again at his side.  We all can sense the “forgiveness” was poorly done—John hasn’t been given enough reason to forgive him and Sherlock is acting OOC.  Clue: it’s not resolved.  And there’s a reason for that.  If it were fully resolved for John, the wedding probably would not happen.

S3, E2: The Sign of Three

  • First a comment on the title of this episode.  It has all sorts of layers.  It’s obviously a reference to the canon story “The Sign of Four”, at the end it means John, Mary, and the baby. But I think it also means John-Mary-Sherlock. 
  • There’s a weird threesome dynamic at play throughout this episode, and I think that’s what enables the wedding to move forward.  John and Mary are in a sexual/romantic relationship, but both are including Sherlock.  Not sexually, of course.  But they are trying to include him emotionally in this relationship.  After all, Sherlock is back now and both John and Mary have accepted that Sherlock must be a part of John’s life.
  • Is this threesome functional?  Hint: It’s not.  People keep telling them that—Mycroft, Mrs. Hudson. But for most of this episode the 3 parties seem to be in denial about this fact. 
  • Now this is very, very delicate storytelling here.  Because it goes against everything they have already set up about these characters in S1 and S2.  We know Sherlock is jealous of John’s girlfriends and always manipulates John to get him back . And we know John always chooses Sherlock over women.  Now the writers are contradicting themselves hand over foot. How can the writers possibly make it work that John would marry someone else?
  • If TRF separation had not occurred, this wouldn’t be happening.  If Mary were any different – if she didn’t ‘get’ Sherlock, wasn’t smart and cheerful, and didn’t try to include him, the engagement would not have gotten too far.  That’s my opinion, but I think it’s justified by S1 and S2.
  • Also, I think this is why TEH is left ambiguous. The wedding must take place—it’s part of the story/character arc of the John/Sherlock relationship. It’s the crisis that makes things happen.
  • A quick note about crises – humans are lazy. Normally they won’t change unless they are forced to.  We saw the stalemate that John/Sherlock were in by the end of S2.  So in storytelling, it’s always crisis-resolution.  That’s how characters grow. And it takes something major to shake things up in John and Sherock’s status quo, to make them both leave their comfort zone with the bromance.  Those things are Sherlock’s death and then John’s marriage to Mary.
  • So what we have through S3.E2, TSoT, is an unnatural state of being.  A sort of limbo.  Sherlock fears he has lost John and is willing to do anything to keep John in the picture, even help John get married if that’s what John wants.  John asks Sherlock to be his best man, admitting out loud that he loves Sherlock the most next to Mary, yet he is getting married.
  • When John asks Sherlock to be his best man and tells Sherlock that he loves him, Sherlock is completely at a loss.  Subtext:  I still didn’t really comprehend how you felt about me, because I just don’t get things like that.  And John is saying:  I can admit I love you now, because I have Mary so it doesn’t mean anything. But I haven’t really forgiven you, nor will I trust you with my heart again because you broke it.  But neither can I resist seeing you. So let’s just be chums. Mary will be where I put my heart. That will keep me safe.
  • Now, again, this is delicate because we have our two main MCs acting out of character, which I think is what makes people uncomfortable with S3. John is acting like an ordinary bloke, getting married, being a doctor. Jolly good. Ho hum. That is not who John is.  And Sherlock is acting like the cheerful best friend making wedding arrangements and folding serviettes.  That’s not who Sherlock is.  So why are they acting this way?  I think the trauma of the separation runs very, very deep and they are both floundering around trying to find a way back from that, to find a new equilibrium.  But you can only 'not be yourself’ for so long.
  • During the wedding preparations, Sherlock ignores The Work to focus on wedding planning with Mary.  Subtext:  John is now more important to me than The Work so that’s not an obstacle for us being together. 
  • We also see Sherlock is a bit loss as “Sherlock Holmes”. (“I don’t even know what that means.”) He’s not as clever as before, he can’t solve cases, he misses things.  This is because emotions have infiltrated him and he is distracted, which is exactly why he always avoided emotions before.  He was right.
  • Stag night and the drunken crime scene.  During stag night, John shows clear attraction to Sherlock, flirting during the “who am I?” game. When the client shows up, she describes her 'connection’ with the 'ghost suitor’ in a way that Sherlock visibly responds to.
  • Also during the “who am I?” game, when John asks if he’s pretty, Sherlock responds by saying 'beautiful’ is a construct based on rolemodels (among other things). Sherlock’s father is like John.
  • The drunken crime scene is all about Sherlock not being Sherlock Holmes and clues about his sexual identity (homosexual).
  • Up until the very end of the wedding, we still have this illusionary threesome going on.  Sherlock is dressed like the groom. He stands in the bride-groom photo, he’s on John’s left at the head table.  John is cheerful and unconflicted.  He’s completely happy with this state of affairs – he has his safe romance and Sherlock too.  Isn’t it perfect how it all worked out! 
  • Mary tells us what’s going on in the text at Sholto’s door – she tells Sherlock that he only figures things out when the situation is critical, when the bomb is ticking down, when the gun is to the head.  That’s telling us blatantly that Sherlock is only now figuring out the solution to he and John’s relationship at the 11th hour – as John is getting married.
  • During the wedding speech, the moment of crisis, Sherlock has having an epiphany.  His epiphany is all brilliantly tied into the Mayfly Man/Sholto case.  And was brilliantly laid out in various meta referenced here.  The bottom line: Sherlock confronts his sexuality.  He does have sexual feelings, and he has them for a man—John. He is in love with John in a sexual/romantic context and he becomes conscious of this too late.  His heart  is already bleeding out, having been lethally stabbed some time ago by the invisible man, John.  And he didn’t know it until he took off his uniform (stopped being Sherlock Holmes).
  • It’s also made clear by the very end of the episode, that the illusion of a satisfactory threesome was just that—an illusion.  It cannot be John/Mary/Sherlock.  That’s not reality (John: “We can’t all three dance.”), especially since there is now a baby in the picture.  Both John and Sherlock’s intentions around this marriage are doomed to fail.
  • So at the end of S3.E2 what we have is Sherlock knowing that he’s in love with John and John being newly married with a baby on the way and his idea of having Mary and Sherlock being a disaster.  

S3, E3: His Last Vow

You can find the master post for Love and Breadcrumbs for HLV here.

Predictions for S4:

Since John and Sherlock are the primary relationship (and main plotline) in Sherlock, I assume in S4 they will reunite them–both emotionally (in terms of John really forgiving Sherlock) and physically (in terms of moving back into 221b).  I certainly hope so.  I can’t guess what they will do to resolve Mary, but it makes sense she would be removed from the picture somehow, though they are clearly playing a very long game. No idea about the baby.  That could go either way.

Longer Term

As I’ve stated before, I think this is all building up John and Sherlock as an eventual sexual/romantic couple within the series.  That’s entirely insane, yet with so many building blocks having been put into place, it’s hard to not draw that conclusion. 

* Sherlock has come to the realization that he’s gay and is in love with John (TSoT, HLV)

* John has been confirmed as having a powerful attraction to dangerous people (HLV). The stag night (TSoT) and jealousy over Irene and Janine (ASiB, HLV) and his devastation of the fall (TRF) suggests he has sexual/romantic feelings for Sherlock. Furthermore, our series expert on sexuality and 'what people like’, Irene, tells us flat out that Sherlock and John are a couple.

From here out, it’s all about the obstacles the writers put in their path.  The current big one is Mary.  Yes, they could milk it forever and come up with more and more reasons why John and Sherlock are forced to stay apart, keep up a perpetual “misunderstanding”, or go for the “gay Sherlock is pining for straight, in denial John”. Personally, all of those options sound dreary to me.  They have carefully built up Sherlock’s love and now romantic/sexual attraction to John and John’s attraction back, so one would hope they intend to go somewhere with that.

We shall see.

XA

Cheeseburgers&fries (A Luke Hemmings one-shot)

Part 2

I got outside the kitchen, carrying two plates filled with steaming food. Heading towards the elderly couple that stood in the booth near the restaurant’s door, I noticed the new group of people that entered and sat in my area of serving. I gently laid the plates on the table and offered the couple a ‘Bon appétit’ and a gentle smile, before turning my head to the new clients.

The group was formed of 7 people, five guys and two girls. Due to their number, the guys joined two tables to sit comfortably. Going to the bar, I grabbed a bunch of menus and then headed towards group.

“Hello. My name is Y/N and I will be your waitress for tonight.“ I spread the menus around the table and got my notebook and my pen from the white apron tied around my waist.

“Would you like to order your drinks now, or would you prefer looking on the menus first?” I asked, looking around the table and noticing that most have already opened the menus, skimming the shiny pages in hope to find something they would like.

“We’re gonna look around first.” A blue eyed blonde boy said smiling, and a spark of recognition flickered in my eyes. Although I didn’t knew his name, he would come to our restaurant pretty often, usually accompanied by one or two of his friends.

“Sure thing. I will return shortly to get your order then.” I said, nodding my head towards the blond and went behind the bar, where John, my co-worker was playing on his phone.

“I see lover boy is here to see you again.” Jon mumbled, throwing me a knowing smirk, before concentration on his game again.

“How many times do I have to tell you that he is not here to see me?” I shook my head and laughed slightly as I took a seat next to John and took a sip from my bottle of water.

“Oh please.” He snorted and paused his game, dropping the phone into his lap. ”Why else would he keep returning to this joint if it weren’t for you? He keeps on coming here because he likes you.” John emphasized the word like with a few hand gestures while making a disgustingly cute kissy face. Swiping the bottle out of my hands he took a few mouthfuls and emptied half.

“Hey!” I furrowed my eyebrows and pouted slightly. “He certainly doesn’t like me and this place is nice.” I retorted, getting my bottle back, screwing the lid back on and hitting John’s side with it.

Rising from my seat, I headed once again to the make-shift double table and got my notepad out. Everybody rushed to say their orders, and I looked in confusion at them, hoping that they would have the decency to wait for their turned.  Luckily, a curly haired blonde loudly cleared up his throat and glared around the table, making everybody’s mouths shut up.

“I would like the steak with mashed potatoes and some iced tea, please.” He said clearly, and I threw him a grateful smile, jotting down his order. After that one by one placed their orders, the last one being the blonde regular.

“Double cheeseburger, fries, a beer and your number.” He said smugly, smirking and throwing me a wink, before looking around the table to grasp everybody’s reaction.

“I’m afraid that’s not on the menu.” I smiled coldly and turned my back, leaving behind a shocked face with a gaping mouth and a bunch of snickering and teasing friends.

“Tough luck, Luck.” The blue haired one said laughing, loud enough for me to hear as well. So blondie’s name was Luke.  

Going to the kitchen I pinned the order on the wall and headed to the bar to get the drinks. Removing some bottles from the refrigerator and opening them up, I placed them on a tray, together with glasses and a few straws in paper foils.

Balancing the heavy tray on one of my hands, I stepped towards the table once again and placed the drinks and glasses in front of their holders, leaving Luke last. Setting the beer and his glass in front of him, I avoided his touch when he tried to brush his fingers against mine.

“Would you like me to pour your drink in your glass?” I repeated the question briskly and waited for his answer.

While most of his friends choose to drink form their bottles, his answer was a mumbled ‘yes’. Grabbing the glass in one hand and the bottle in the other I tiled the glass and started pouring the beer. Right when I was half way in, I felt a clammy hand creeping up my calf and resting right above the back of my naked knee squeezing the tender skin . My breath stopped, my eyes widened and the bottle almost slipped from my hand.

Quickly filling the glass up, I nearly slammed it on the table and looked down to see whose hand was touching me. Of course it was Blondie. Gripping the tray so hard that my knuckles turned white, I placed underneath my arm and turned towards the boy.

“Could you kindly take your hand off of my leg so I could go get your food?” I asked and all eyes snapped towards the Luke, whose cheeks looked like they caught on fire. His hand immediately fell.

“Fucking hell, Luke.” The curly haired man who helped me before swore, glaring at the younger boy. I nodded my head in thanks, as I left and hid after the bar, telling John everything.

“Do you want me to replace you?” John asked gently, while rubbing my arm attentively.

“No.” I shook my head, frowning stubbornly. “I don’t want to show him that I’m weak. It’s just that…I don’t understand why he’s acting like this. He was always acting nice until now.” I whispered. Hearing a bell from the kitchen that signaled that the food was ready, I sighed and went after it.  Taking the two heavy trays in my hands, I went towards the group of people and placed one of the trays on a nearby table. I started serving their food, this time starting with Luke and finishing with the curly haired blond.

Smiling brightly when the curly haired man, who told me to call him Ashton, thanked me, I noticed Luck frowning, a blush still dusting his pale cheeks, and gripping his cutlery harder than necessary.

The rest of the night passed uneventfully, and I was glad that Luke didn’t cause me any more trouble. Around our closing hour the group finally got up and prepared to leave, while Ashton came to the register to pay.

“Hey there.” He said, taking his leather wallet from the back pocked of his  black jeans. Typing in the prices, I waited for the bill to come out from the metal machine. After it was printed I slowly told him the price and handed him the bill.

“I apologize for Luke’s behavior. He usually doesn’t act this way.” Ashton sighed, taking the money out of his wallet and handing it to me.

“You shouldn’t be the one apologizing.  You did nothing wrong.” I said, shrugging my shoulders and cashing the money.

”Yea, but still, I should have stopped him sooner.” Ashton replied, leaning forward.

“You couldn’t have known what he was about to do.” I presented him his change, but he waved his hand dismissively.

“Actually, we all kinda knew he was going to do something. Or at least we expected it…” Ashton said, crumbling the receipt and throwing it in the bin near the counter. Seeing the look of confusion adorning my face, he explained. “Mike, the dude with blue hair, dared Luke to make a move on you, since he knew that he would never approach you otherwise. But none of us thought he would be so bold, or so rude.”

“Oh, I see.” I said, gazing back at their table and seeing Luke glaring at us, especially at Ashton with a murderous intent. He looked set to come towards us, but luckily Mike grabbed his arm and dragged him outside before he could make a scene.

“Well looks like I got to go. It was nice meeting you.”Ashton smiled one last time, before running outside to join his friends. I looked at the money in my hand, before shoving the few 1 dollar bills into the pocket of my apron. I closed the register and took a rag, preparing to clean the tables. John waltzed out of the kitchen and stole the rag from my shoulder, pushing my slightly towards the changing room.

“I’ll finish up tonight. You go home and rest.”He said and I thanked him, waving him goodbye . Going in the changing room, I took off the burgundy uniform and got my skinny blue jeans and my black top on and rushed home, knowing that I would have to get back to work the next afternoon.

The next day came faster that I wanted it to, and before I knew it I was back at work, changed in the reddish maroon dress, tying my apron around my waist and listening to the soft tunes that flowed from the big speakers peppered all over the restaurant.

Exiting the changing room, I nodded to Maria, signaling that her shift was over. Scanning the grand hall for customers that haven’t been served yet, my eyes fell on Luck, who was sitting alone at a table near the window, with a pair of shades on, typing furiously at his phone. Huffing I headed towards his table and stopped right in front of him, clearing my throat first, before speaking.

“Hello. How can I help you?” I said cordially, pasting a smile on my face. His head snapped, his lips parted and he quickly placed his phone on the table and took his shades off, revealing a pair of breathtaking blue eyes. In the natural light that was streaming through the windows, his eyes seemed even more electric and that sole look almost knocked my breath away. Almost.

“Um, I…I would like to apologize for yesterday’s behavior.  I acted….well I acted like a dick.” He said softly, but still loud enough for me to hear. Cocking en eyebrow in annoyance, I continued, ignoring his previous sentence.

“Is there anything that you would like to order?” His blonde eyebrows furrowed and his bottom lip jutted out, making his piercing shine lightly.

“Please forgive me. It was never my intention to make you feel uncomfortable. I just acted like tha-“

“Sir, I will have to ask you to leave if you won’t order.” I interrupted him indifferently, my eyes quickly scanning  his face and my right hand fiddling with the pen it was holding.

“A coke.” He whispered defeated, breaking eye contact and moving his blue orbs to the table ,pinning them on one discoloration that was staining that table for years now.

“Very well.” I said rushing towards the bar, getting a coke and a glass and rushed back to him. Opening the bottle I poured him his drink and setting it on the table I left, without even glancing at the poor boy. I knew I was a tad too mean with him, but he had a lesson to learn.

I avoided his table for the entire duration of his stay. When I saw that his glass was empty and he was ready to come to the register, I headed towards him and grabbed the glass and the bottle.

“Would you like the check?”I asked, while he just nodded silently. Just as I was about to move away, his hand darted out and grabbed my wrist, pulling me gently to him.

“Look, I get that you don’t want to see me again, so I won’t show my face around here anymore. “he pause briefly and nervously wetted his lips before continuing. ”But at least let me tell you how fucking sorry I am for last night. I know what I did was stupid, but I just wanted to get your attention. The guys kept teasing me about you and when I saw Ash making passes at you I just lost it. I guess I just wanted to show them all that maybe you liked me, just as I liked you. But it was a mistake, and I’m sorry.” He finished, remaining breathless for a few moments .Luke raised his head, his slightly teary eyes searching mine. I sighed and shook my head, making the neat ponytail at the back of my head bounce.

“Don’t worry about it. I kinda understand why you did it. And thanks for apologizing. Not a lot of guys are men enough to do that, you know.” I said, a bright smile widening my lips.  Luke’s eyes sparkles and it looked like life crept into his body once again, energizing him.

“Does that mean I can keep on coming here?” He inquired hopefully , and I laughed playfully and nodded my head, a yes escaping my mouth.

Luke grinned, showing off his pearly white teeth. Striding towards the register, I checked in his consummation and ripped the small piece of printed paper. I stood a few moments with the bill in my hand, feeling the smoothness of the paper between my fingers and contemplating if I should scribble my phone number on the back.

Feeling a tad courageous that day and deciding that taking a risk once in a while wouldn’t hurt, I wrote the digits on the back of the bill, together with my name. I stared for a few more seconds at it, chewing the end of my pen .I straightened my back and quickly stepped towards the blonde boy before I could change my mind.

Soundlessly giving him the paper, I turned my back and went to serve other customers, therefore missing Luke’s wide smile and the enthusiastic fist bump that he thrust into the air. His chair scraped the floor as he backed it away from the table and he strutted proudly to the cash register, waiting for me to come as well.

Seeing him waiting, I trudged towards the counter and took the money that he offered, getting his change ready. Handing him the 10 dollar bill, he pushed my hand away, telling me to keep it.

“So does this mean I can take you out this Friday?” He said cheekily, tilting his head to the side and propping his arms on the clean counter.

“Pushing your luck I see, eh?” I teased , letting his smile falter before talking again. “I get out at six. You can come and pick me up at six-thirty.” I bended over the counter bringing my face closer to his, our lips parted by a few millimeters.

“Yea?” Luke whispered eyeing my lips before inching closer for a kiss.

“Yea.” I rapidly turned away, kissing him on the cheek instead. His orbs widened and I laughed at his expense, straitening my back and taking one step back. Luke crossed his arms over his broad chest and tried pouting but ended up laughing as well.

“Well I better be going then. See you on Friday.“ He covered half his face with the big shades he had and shoved his hands into his pockets.

“Ok. Oh, and Luke?” I called, making Luke turn towards me once again. “Ashton was actually telling me just how much you like me.” I giggled, making his ears turn an angry red and he left rapidly, mumbling something under his breath about fucking Ashton’s drumsticks when he gets home.

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Ok. So no smut in this one.  But yahoo, 2 fics in a row! *celebrates by dancing off beat* I actually intended this one to be a blurb, but apparently I’m incapable of writing blurbs so this turned out to be an imagine/one-shot. I wrote this last night, half asleep so this might be a little cheesy and a tad too detailed, maybe even boring, so I might edit this in the future. Nevertheless, I quite like how it turned out,and I hope you like it as well. Thank you for reading, and please remember that reviews are always welcomed. Hope you have a nice day/night!