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fic: Obvious (221b ficlet)

Title: Obvious
Author: fengirl88
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing/Characters: Sherlock/John, Lestrade, Sally Donovan
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 221(b)
Disclaimer: They're still not mine.
Summary: “But it’s obvious,” Sherlock says, sounding as incredulous as ever.
A/N: written for blooms84 's birthday.  Crack!fic.


“But it’s obvious,” Sherlock says, sounding as incredulous as ever.

“Not to us,” John says hastily, trying to forestall disaster.

(There’s a cough from Donovan that sounds suspiciously like Tosser.)

“Oh, really! Look, one victim was walled up alive, one was killed by some sort of pendulum arrangement, one was crushed to death by a marble bust of Pallas for pity’s sake do you people need a talking bloody raven to explain it to you?”

More blank looks.

“Poe,” Sherlock says. “Edgar Allan Poe. All of the killings are linked to his writings.”

“Didn’t think you bothered to keep that sort of thing on your hard drive,” John says mutinously.

Sherlock glares.

“So we’re looking for a Poe fanatic?” Lestrade says.

Sherlock suddenly looks happy, which is always unnerving at a crime scene.

“All of the victims came from the same area,” he says, clicking on the map to zoom in.

Lestrade puts his glasses on. He’s self-conscious about them, only just got them, but they suit him, John thinks. Don’t get distracted, Watson.

“It's on the direct line to Washington D.C.,” Sherlock says. “And there’s the Poe House and Museum.”

John leans over his shoulder. Oh. No wonder Sherlock’s looking cheerful. He’s been going on about it ever since they watched The Wire.

Looks like they’re going to Baltimore.


( 33 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
Oh god no, Sherlock. DON'T COME HERE, YOU'LL BE SORRY.

All our murders are terribly boring, trust me on this.
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
he just won't be told!

thank you for commenting. *grins*
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
*laughing* I did like the story. I guess I forgot to mention that part? :)
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
thank you! glad you did.
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
This did make me laugh. Especially the talking bloody raven, and the B. Reminds me I keep meaning to rewatch The Wire, or those episodes of it I still have in my TV box which mean I keep running out of space for everything else...
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
thank you - I'm glad you liked it! I still haven't watched the very last episodes and probably won't manage to do it before I go...
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
And all I can think is, it's sure a pity that Frank Pembleton probably long since retired and moved away from Charm City.
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
H: LOTS is all I think of when I think of fictional Baltimore too!
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
thank you! I need to expand my knowledge of that series (currently nil) but probably won't manage it before I visit Baltimore...
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)

well. yeah, but they're *our* syphilitic crack whores. and he can totally use my lab. as long as i can use his soldier.
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
also, now you've made me need sherlock/anyone ever played by idris elba.
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
sounds like a good swap to me! *grins*
and yes, that slash you mention should definitely happen. though I don't think I could write it myself...

*looks at you meaningly*
Mar. 14th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
“Didn’t think you bothered to keep that sort of thing on your hard drive,” John says mutinously.

Oh John:)
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
*grins* thank you!
Mar. 14th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Nicely done! I, like John, was a little surprised to know that Sherlock knew and remembered Poe, but I suppose it goes with the territory -- I've read several murder mysteries that tied back up to him or his work.

And The Wire? I hope they used subtitles; I certainly needed the closed captioning when I watched it given the slang and how quickly people speak.
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
thank you! yes, probably surprising to find Poe's horror stories on Sherlock's hard drive, though he might go for the detective fiction...
I used the subtitles myself and imagine they did the same.
Mar. 14th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)
There were subtitles? Damn!

I remember when I rewatched The Sopranos, having had several years to tune in to that variety of the New Jersey accent, my first thought on seeing the early episodes again was "Golly, the plot makes so much more sense when you can understand what they're saying!" Whereas with Deadwood there was someone doing transcriptions, so I'd watch the episode once, go and read the online transcript, then watch the episode again.
Mar. 14th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
hahahah! Oh my goodness, the idea of Sherlock watching the Wire and thinking "yes, Baltimore!" is TOO PERFECT. *laughs so hard*
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
thank you very much! glad you enjoyed it. I had Sherlock's Wire-watching in Quiet Storm and couldn't resist returning to it for this.

Edited at 2011-03-14 08:30 am (UTC)
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:17 am (UTC)
LOL very much enjoyed. I was so happy you referenced The Cask of Amontillado- that's my favourite Poe story.

And good on ya for sneaking another fandom into your ficlet ;)
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
*beams* thank you very much!
glad you enjoyed it.
I try to slip a little one in when I can, as Hinge and Bracket used to say.

Edited at 2011-03-14 09:21 am (UTC)
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
Oh man, now I am imagining Sherlock in his teens, not going to the trouble of dressing goth, but loving Poe and writing his own crappy poems inspired by Poe. Love it!
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
thank you very much! *grins*
crappy poems inspired by Poe and written by Sherlock... now there's a thought.
Mar. 14th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
And his poetry would suck so badly because he would go overly specific into details. :P
Mar. 14th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
do you know marysutherland's hilarious story about Sherlock trying to write fanfiction? it goes wrong in EXACTLY the way you imagine his poetry did.
Mar. 14th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
OMG, I did not! Thank you for this most glorious link!
Mar. 14th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Cool fic! Also, I have to say that I love the image of Lestrade in glasses.
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
nice username! and thank you - I'm glad you liked it. blooms84 particularly wanted glasses!fic and given her passion for Lestrade (which I share) he was the obvious person to wear them...
Mar. 18th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
It is a surprisingly hot image. Mmmmhmmm.
Also, really? I ended up with it 'cos I couldn't get my usual one and it annoyed me at first. Getting used to it now though.
Mar. 15th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Disappointed that no one was strangled by a gorilla. ;)

Fun little fic!
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
*grins* thank you very much! now if only I'd thought of that... this is what happens when I start writing fic at 3 a.m.
Mar. 17th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
What wonderful birthday crack for blooms84! I love Poe and really got a kick out of this fic! It would be so cool to see a case in which people are being murdered using Poe plot devices. Sherlock's frustration is understandable and hilarious:

"Oh, really! Look, one victim was walled up alive, one was killed by some sort of pendulum arrangement, one was crushed to death by a marble bust of Pallas for pity’s sake do you people need a talking bloody raven to explain it to you?”

Have you ever seen Theatre of Blood? It's a rather gruesome film in which people are murdered using plot devices from Shakespeare plays. Your story instantly reminded me of it. *g*
Mar. 21st, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
I hadn't been thinking of that film but of course you're right! Very glad you enjoyed it - thank you!
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