my fic rec of stuff youve probably already read but should revisit in these dark times

Ease Your Way Into Occupied Spaces - joolabee - One thing’s certain: this isn’t the way this was supposed to happen

Breakable - MissDaviesAfter John is seriously injured, Sherlock struggles to figure out how to help him, keep himself sane, and maybe, just maybe, get their life back to the way it’s supposed to be

Dr. John H. Watson, Sexual Surrogate - smurff - A sexual surrogate is a therapist who engages in intimate physical contact with clients who have sexual anxiety. After several men who have visited a surrogate go missing, Sherlock goes undercover and makes an appointment to see Dr. John Watson, Sexual Surrogate.

Anytime - SilentAuror - Sherlock blinks and attempts to focus. There is a little too much vodka in his veins at the moment and it’s having an unfortunate effect on his brain and retinas both. 

100 Ways To Say ‘I Love You’ - TeaTrolley - In which there are a hundred phrases and none of them are “I love you.” Until they are.

All Things Warm and Tender - darcylindbergh - Grinning and giggling, John slides back down under the sheet and pulls it over his head, but when he pushes the folds of the linens away, Sherlock is waiting for him, eyes bright and hair wild, the firelight bleeding through the thin fabric, colouring everything in soft peach and topaz, and in that moment he is so suddenly, unexpectedly, ethereally beautiful that John forgets how to breathe.

Without Words - allonsys_girl - John and Sherlock have been together for six months and Sherlock still hasn’t said “I love you”. Then John gets hurt, and Sherlock expresses how much John really means to him.

A Catalogue of Wounds - UrbanHymnal - He missed Sherlock so much that every part of him ached. Even having him here right now only eased the hurt; it didn’t banish it.

Unwasted - patternofdefiance - John finds it three months after he’s moved back.He’s on the hunt for something to make for dinner, is scrounging through the cupboards, when he happens upon the graveyard of pasta boxes Sherlock still seems to create when left to his own devices. Behind seven boxes of pasta, all almost completely empty, is a dark-glassed bottle, with a paler coat of dust. It’s unopened. John’s face falls slack when he sees it, instantly recognises it, and for a long moment he just stands and looks at it.

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Stronger - cypress_tree - John helps Sherlock with an experiment: for an entire month, they are not allowed to touch each other and must remain at least one metre apart at all times. 

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Virginlock Fic Recs

Halving Infinity by sophiahelix, 9 k, explicit. First season Autistic Sherlock. Sweet progress from platonic mates to lovers. Staying at a B & B for a wedding of John’s old friend, they take their odd relationship to the next level. Straight John & Virgin!lock. (Part of series - A Matter of Degrees)

The Very Unlikely Existence of a Flightless Bird in a Tuxedo by cwb, 8 k, explicit. This is magic. The author takes the very topical joke that Benny Cumberbatch can’t pronounce “penguins” correctly to save his life, and spins it into gold. A bomb at a zoo has Sherlock saying “pengwings” and “penglings” as fast as hail falling. This adorable mistake has John admitting his buried love for this man, and adorable first time, competent John and virginlock sex ensues. SO sweet. (Locked to AO3 users.)

Praise Me by testosterone_tea, 11 k, explicit. Virgin!lock. John realizes how much Sherlock is affected by praise, and he starts watching Sherlock closely after he praises him. Sherlock is sort of an inexperienced demi-sexual here, and they slide very slowly into a physical relationship. Adorable and sweet. Oh, my gay baby penguins!

Dr. John H. Watson, Sexual Surrogate by smurff, 21 k, explicit. Sherlock hires a sexual surrogate when the man becomes a suspect for several recent murders. Dr. John H Watson has no clue Sherlock is investigating him when he comes to see him for help with leaving his virginity behind. Professionalism is quickly left behind on both sides. Adorable and thumbs up!

How Do You Know? by LaurieRoar, 8 k, explicit. John takes a virgin!lock to bed when he asks Sherlock, how do you if you don’t like sex if you’ve never had it? Slightly awkward, bumbling first time “sex for science” turns steamy. Nice.

The Battle in the Palace by Avice, 6 k, explicit. Sherlock is having a battle in his mind palace between his logical intellect, and the new part that wants to celebrate all things John. When Sherlock simply announces his desire to have sex with John, thankfully good things come of it. Features Virginlock, and a sweet accommodating John. The two of them wait for NSY to catch up. OH THIS WAS SO CUTE! I loved this – fluffy and funny and wonderful!!!! (part 1 of “Love is Round the Corner” series)

Collections of Clues by ianavi, 8 k, explicit. Virginlock. Older John, younger Sherlock. Sherlock works in a library, and one of the patrons, an army veteran, has him stalking the man through the stacks and collecting clues. For some reason, he is simply fascinating. John has Sherlock home for dinner, making pasta, and making out on the couch. OH THIS IS SO SWEET.

Sherlock Gets Dirty by wendymarlowe, 3 k, explicit. Sherlock believes profanity is the refuge of a lesser mind. John tries to prove that profanity and precision both have their place. John talking dirty can get *anyone* going, even a “married to his work” detective …

Slow and Steady by SailorChibi, 7 k, explicit. One night after a case Sherlock and John have sex. Sherlock, who was a virgin, is not prepared for how messy and overwhelming sex can be. John shows him how to slow things down.

At the Heart of it All by SilentAuror, 19 k, explicit. John has been back at Baker Street for four months now and thinks it’s about time they had the Talk to see whether or not they could be more than friends. Sherlock has a lot of uncertainty about this concept for multiple reasons. Unabashed romance.

The Result of It All by magikspell, 4 k, explicit. John and Sherlock have sex for the first time. Virgin!Sherlock, understanding!John. Absolutely no plot whatsoever. Just overly-detailed porn.

Your Idea Of Fun by berlynn_wohl, 4 k, explicit. “Treasure this moment, because you may never hear me utter these words again: I’ve no idea what I’m doing.”

For Sleep by Gem_Gem, 7 k, explicit. “I want to sleep. For once, I want to sleep and I cannot do so because I…I…” Sherlock trailed off with a growl of frustration and pulled at his curls, flopping down onto his back. “I can’t! I just…can’t.”

For you, there’s only me by shock_blanket, 19 k, explicit. Sherlock realizes he has fallen in love with John, but believes he is unlovable. Cue lots of pining and jealousy on Sherlock’s part, followed by our favorite cuddly marksman making it all better. Because for Sherlock, there’s only John.

Corner the Market by sweetcupncakes, 4 k, explicit. John bites the vulnerable skin that maps over kidneys.  Sherlock moans and struggles, which seems like a worthwhile thing so John does it again. “You can want it.  You’re allowed to want it.”  John tells him. Sherlock closes his eyes and shakes his head in disagreement.

State of Flux by Atiki, 24 k, explicit. John’s marriage is over and he is finally back home (i.e. at Baker Street, where he belongs). Sherlock is awfully insecure and John is awfully hesitant, and they’re both awkward idiots, of course, but they figure it out. Many First Times happen.

5 Times Dr. John Watson Touched Sherlock’s Bum and the 1 Time He Asked Him To by brage, 13 k, explicit. 5+1 fic in which the title is the summary. Loads of minor medical issues that leave poor Sherlock a bit wumped with each chapter, but no worries, John is an excellent doctor.