Captain Sherlock Holmes of the Good Ship Borealis

“Initially, he wanted to be a pirate.” - Mycroft Holmes, A Scandal in Belgravia

Sherlock is six years old when he begins to travel the world collecting treasure.

This fic. This is it. This is the reason I love fan fiction. Truly, truly, the whole reason for spending the scant amount of free time I do have reading fan fiction is to find fics as well-written, as crisply-characterized, as this one.

There is something so addictive about what_alchemy’s writing. Every time I read one of their stories, I always try to go into it clearheaded so as to absorb every bit of carefully chosen detail they deign to put in their stories, knowing full-well it’s very unlikely and thus I find myself re-reading it sometime later and falling back in love with each written word.

This one here I have read at least five times and not a second of it do I miss.

One of the many things I find so truly spectacular about this fic is Mr. Norbury. One of what_alchemy’s original characters, I loved him as much as I loved the characters we read these fics for.

Told in short bursts of description and dialogue, this fic is both a quick read and a fully immersive one. Reading it, you feel as though you have joined Sherlock on the good ship Borealis for an adventure - the adventure of his young life.

It’s both hopeful and sad, child-like and grown-up. A fan fiction and a character study.

If you have the time to read this fic, please do! If you don’t, make time, because this is simply one adventure you do not want to miss out on.

Pairings: None

Rating: General audiences

My rating: A+

Warnings: Family troubles, divorce/separation

Word count: 1,481

My favorite quote (aside from Mr. Norbury’s original letter to Sherlock):

The Borealis had no first mate. Sherlock had thought that Mycroft might eschew Eton for the honour, but Mycroft only sighed and adjusted the tricorn hat on Sherlock’s head.

Read it here, by what_alchemy.