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fic: Bet (221b ficlet)

Title: Bet
Author: fengirl88
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Mycroft/Lestrade pre-slash
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 221
Disclaimer: They're still not mine.
Summary:  Don't bet more than you can afford.
A/N: written for crocodile_eat_u 's birthday - happy birthday croc!



Bet


Chicken-pox is undignified, unpleasant and thoroughly inconvenient. Mycroft has to take sick-leave and can’t have contact with anyone who hasn't already had the disease.

Which rules out a surprising number of people.

Fortunately it doesn't rule out Anthea, who brings him calamine lotion (revolting) and lemon barley-water (ditto).

Unfortunately it doesn't rule out Sherlock.

Sherlock bets him he wouldn't dare go back to work looking like that, and Mycroft says Sherlock is being childish, and Sherlock starts making chicken noises. Whereupon Mycroft loses his temper, most regrettably, and says he's not going to lower himself to take a bet with such piffling stakes. By the time they've finished squabbling, the stakes have risen to Mycroft playing a vulgar and possibly treasonable prank on the PM which he is not even going to think about. Because he is going to win this bet, and Sherlock is going to take a man called Anderson on a date.

Sherlock is still not speaking to John for giving Mycroft Anderson's name.

And it's worth all the jokes at work and the embarrassment, not just because the CCTV footage of that grim date will make Mycroft laugh for months to come. It's worth it because of the flush that rises unexpectedly to DI Lestrade's handsome face at his first sight of Mycroft Holmes with a beard.


***
croc's own bearded!Mycroft fic, Chisel, is here.

ETA: there is now a sequel to this, A Date Worse.

Comments

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fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
thank you! croc wrote a lovely fic called Chisel about Mycroft's beard and people's reaction to it, so I hoped this would be appropriate for her.
turante
Apr. 6th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
You managed to reverse one of my most bleak childhood memories (I'm one of the few unlucky people who actually got chicken pox TWICE) and link it to such a sweet image. Lestrade blushing at the sight of bearded Mycroft?! So sweet!

And I adore the idea of Sherlock and Mycroft betting and losing control over the stakes. Simply genius!
fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
thank you very much - I'm sorry to hear about the double chicken-pox (boo) but very glad you enjoyed the fic!
red_chapel
Apr. 6th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you for a laugh-out-loud moment! Definitely needed that tonight.
fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
thank you very much - I'm glad it made you laugh. I feel things could easily get out of hand when the Holmes brothers start arguing...
londonsabre
Apr. 6th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
GORGEOUS!

Always thought that Anderson had a bit of a crush on Sherlock!)

fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! *grins*

well, that could make it super awkward...
dominomino
Apr. 6th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
*giggle snort* Oh Sherlock asking Anderson out on a date? *giggles more* this is so funny and so sweet. Especially the last line. Loved it.
fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! glad you enjoyed it. *beams*
solara_karrde
Apr. 6th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
This NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDS a sequel! I DEMAND A SEQUEL!

Cuz, cuddly-fuzzy Mycroft and Lestrade? *swoons* AND, ZOMG! I WANT TO SEE SHERLOCK TORTURED BY ANDERSON ON THEIR "DATE"!

*begs*
fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - if this has whetted your appetite, there are some nice bearded!Mycroft fics around already, including those by crocodile_eat_u and turante.

I will have a think about Sherlock and Anderson, though it is difficult to imagine the full horror of that evening... *grins*
emerish
Apr. 6th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
This is so funny and adorable. *giggles* ♥
fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - glad you enjoyed it!
tehomet
Apr. 6th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
Loved the buildup to the wonderful last line.
fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
thank you! I love this form, and it's always fun thinking what the last word/last line will be.
atlinmerrick
Apr. 6th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oh that? That just B (get it?) leaking charm, like everywhere. Everywhere.
fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
*sporfles*

thank you very much! very glad you enjoyed it.
thimpressionist
Apr. 6th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
HELL TO THE YEAH! Poor Mycroft. Oh, John, forget Jim; you're the evil genius here.
fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
*beams*

thank you very much! Mycroft will be fine now Lestrade is taking an interest in him. Sherlock, on the other hand...
weefreethings
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
And is Anderson still married? He and Sherlock together... what a gruesome idea! >.
fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
thank you - yes indeed. and, married or not, the mystery is how Sherlock could have persuaded Anderson to go on a date at all. unless londonsabre is right about that crush...
weefreethings
Apr. 6th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
*shudder*
madder_badder
Apr. 6th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Adorable! What a nice gift!
fengirl88
Apr. 6th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! *beams*

lucybun
Apr. 7th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Dear God, how I love Mark Gatiss in a beard (see icon). Thank you for this!
fengirl88
Apr. 7th, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
thank you very much! I don't have a bearded!Gatiss icon but I have seen a lot of nice ones around. he's currently sporting a (Victorian) beard again in the BBC adaptation of The Crimson Petal And The White...
thirdbird_fic
Apr. 7th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
How, HOW do you pack so much awesome into 221 words?! *bows down*
fengirl88
Apr. 7th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
*blushes and squeaks*

thank you very much! I love this form and it's always fun to write. this one was about 30 words over length to begin with, so then I played around with cutting it till it fitted. I think it activates the same part of my brain that likes crossword puzzles and used to like doing Latin prose...
the_tire_swing
Apr. 9th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
TeeHEE! Love the brother betting with each other. Anderson-date FTW!
fengirl88
Apr. 9th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
thank you! very glad you liked it. *grins*
stardust_made
Jul. 2nd, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Ha! I've been working through my casefic and although I've never ever even dipped my toes in Mystrade, I knew it was one of the surprising pairings of this fandom. So I thought what the hell, and a couple of very subtle, squinty, you-can-see-it-only-if-you-want-to, gratuitous gifts to M/L shippers have been planted into the story. As a result I found myself curious about Mycroft/Lestrade and how that would go, so I thought maybe I should crawl out of my wretched writing hole and read some fic for a change. Then I remembered I'd seen a few pieces of yours featuring Lestrade and I was certain there was some Mycroft to keep him company, too, and came by to nose around.

Well, what a delight this ficlet is!:) I love it!! (That is all, sorry!)*goes off to read some more*
fengirl88
Jul. 2nd, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! *grins*

I wasn't sure I could write Mycroft/Lestrade, and might not have tried it if it hadn't been for doing kissbingo, where a couple of the prompts seemed to be crying out for it! I don't think I will ever be a full-on Mystrade shipper - I have too much fun writing Lestrade with other characters for that - but I had fun writing this one and Pop.
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