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The Blushful Hippocrene

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
4,099 words

Sometimes, when I am bored, I like to get Doctor Watson drunk.

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The Horse’s Hoof

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Mature
4,319 words

A slight injury during a case gets an extreme reaction from Holmes, and Watson is determined to know the reason why (although he believes he already does).

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The Affliction of Miss Violetta McDaniel

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
4,411 words

The card only had the young woman’s name on it, Violetta McDaniel, and I remembered Holmes saying something about a person who does not include their address— I wasn’t sure what to make of it. She might be a woman of ill repute. She might be a woman in need of help.

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Encounter on the Bakerloo Line

cowritten with Obstinatrix
Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
4,613 words

“Dear God, Holmes,” and here I had to lower my voice again, because we were surrounded by people, but not so much that I couldn’t be heard over the whine and rumble of the escalator, “you’re jealous.”

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Riding Habit

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
5,082 words

“What,” I managed, “on earth—”

Holmes swung his leg over and settled down on the plush seat. It creaked under his weight. “This, my dear Doctor, is what they call ingenuity. Do you like it?”

“I- I say, Holmes—”

He took pity on me. “Come, John. I will not be coy with you if you promise me the same courtesy. I found it in a curiosity shop, and I wish to use it in your illustrious and appreciative company.”

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The Case of the Silver Watch

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
5,744 words

1899: Holmes had been nearly two months without a case when I found what I believed to be evidence of his descent back into the bad habits of his youth.

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The Most Important Lie

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Mature
6,104 words

I had forgotten what this felt like; all of the waiting, the build-up to the day of the telegram’s arrival, was like a torturous climb up an impossible slope. I could see the summit, but could get there no faster. Now, released from the bonds of my humble practice and the city of London, I was soaring down the other side, arms spread wide, unknowing where my adventure would take me, except for the glorious, long-absent, beloved contents of its destination.

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Strength in Humility

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Teen+
6,736 words

A brave man accepts help when it is offered.

Five times Watson needed some help, and one time he needed nothing at all.

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Sentiment to Paper

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
7,317 words

No fewer than three times by the winter of 1883 had I heard Sherlock Holmes disparage the ways of lovers and their irrational tendencies toward writing letters. With this often and loudly-expressed opinion in mind, I was very surprised indeed to find a stack of unsent, unsealed letters in a drawer in his desk.

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Adjusting to the Climate

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
7,443 words

Watson’s first autumn after he moves into Baker Street. The weather getting colder and damper and getting in the way of his newfound interest in helping Holmes on cases because it’s affecting his health/wounds. How long does it take Holmes to notice that Watson is playing the noble Stoic? Not long at all.

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Bloody Cornwall

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Mature
8,894 words

After a holiday in Cornwall is interrupted by the matter of the Tregennis murders, a peaceful night’s sleep seems too much to ask.

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The Hungerford Wreck

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
9,718 words

The Great Western Railway wreck of 1898 kills twelve and injures nearly two hundred. Sherlock Holmes is among that number and it affects him more deeply than he realises. Fortunately, he’s on very good terms with his physician.

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The Adventure of the Doctor’s Heart

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
12,191 words | 2 chapters

Holmes has observed much of Watson’s habits and tastes over time, which is why it surprises him when his friend objects strangely to a folk song sung at the conclusion of a case. Disturbed by the Doctor’s unexpected display of emotion, Holmes becomes determined to lift his spirits by any means necessary, with mixed results.

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Tumble Homeward

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
15,136 words | 4 chapters

Sherlock Holmes sets out to educate John “Experience of Women” Watson.

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In A Family Way

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, OFC (kid!fic)
Mature
12,431 words | 2 chapters

After the events of The Empty House, Holmes invites Watson to move back into 221 Baker Street. Watson does so, and brings along his two-year-old-daughter.

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And Wild a Sweet the Words Repeat

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, OFC (kid!fic)
Mature
3,363 words

Watson and Maggie are headed off to a Christmas Eve midnight mass without Holmes. Holmes objects, on principle.

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Feel the Tide Turning

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Mature
18,889 words | 4 chapters

The year is 1920: the Great War is over, and Sherlock Holmes has retreated to his cottage in Sussex in search of privacy and quiet. But a mystery is unfolding in the little village of Fulworth, and Holmes can’t resist getting involved. Having John Watson at his side during a rare weekend visit is a further temptation, and together they delve into a case of murder and mayhem that threatens the whole town. The reminder of their younger days and the excitement that first brought them together rekindles dormant affection, and long-suffered secrets are reluctantly, inevitably revealed.

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The Vast Profundity Obscure

His Dark Materials fusion
Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Teen+
20,613 words | 5 chapters

More than a year after Sherlock Holmes’s return from the dead, his cohabitation with the good Doctor has more or less returned to normal. With their daemons at their sides, Holmes and Watson are as keen a pair of crime solvers as they ever were. Deep in the winter of 1895, their limits as a team are tested when a young woman’s daemon is stolen from her side and destroyed. It is not the first of such attacks, Watson learns, and he and Holmes immediately set out to find the culprit of the horrifying deed. They are led into a web of back alleys and gambling debt that leads ultimately to the heart of the government, all in the pursuit of the elusive element of Dust. But their investigation is not a secret one, and the duo’s fame in the city of London brings them more trouble than expected and forces them to take some measures to protect one another that violate many a social taboo.

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Lending a Hand

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Explicit
22,438 words

Chemical experiments go awry at Baker Street, leaving Holmes incapacitated and Watson charged with being his hands. Against Watson’s advice Holmes takes on a case of burglary and murder, all the while totally dependent on his companion. This new level of intimacy brings with it a slew of suppressed feelings which become increasingly hard to ignore.

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Totus Mundus Agit Histrionem

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, OFC/OFC
Explicit
42,715 words | 8 chapters

The stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime.

January, 1881: a despondent army doctor is offered a ticket to a Shakespeare play, and is instantly captivated by the fellow playing the Danish prince himself. Then there is a murder. Then they fall in love.

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The Art of Disguise

Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, OFC/OFC
Explicit
4,856 words

Lydia Bainbridge, Holmes’s former on-stage paramour, brings him a curious case from her own exclusive club, which to solve he will have to infiltrate as a professional woman. Holmes is a master of disguise, and Watson is appreciative. Lots more disguise than case, here. Mostly just disguise appreciation. Holmes in a dress. The end.

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