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Writing Meme

Meme stolen from capt_spork and suzie_shooter (which probably means I should post this twice but I'm not going to...).

The first TEN people to comment get to request that I write a drabble/ficlet on any Sherlock pairing/character of their choosing.*

In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level.**

(1)  suzie_shooter Sherlock/Lestrade    Coffee
(2)  kalypso_v   Harry/Sarah with a side order of horrified!John Water
(3) capt_spork    Sherlock/Lestrade or just Lestrade   Sauce
(4) bedamn   Harry/Clara  Juice
(5)  blooms84    John  Tea
(6) misanthropyray   dark!Sherlock/John  Absinthe
(7) shehasathree Sherlock/John or John+Sherlock  Milk
(8) the_thinktank   John/Lestrade Barack
(9) ginbitch   Lestrade/Maurice  Madeira
(10) stellary Mycroft/Lestrade  Pop

* it has to be Sherlock because I don't write in any other fandom - but yes, you can ask for Lestrade/Maurice, or for characters mentioned but not yet seen (e.g. Harry, Clara).

**except that I am doing the suzie_shooter variation on the meme, in which this is not compulsory.


Mar. 13th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)

He's always liked a good cup of tea. Milky tea as a child, so pale it was hardly tea at all. NAAFI tea in the Army, so strong you could stand a spoon up in it, almost, an unmistakable brick-orange colour. He's not particularly into green tea or chai, though he likes to buy leaf tea and play around with creating his own mixture when he's in funds. Unexpected combinations are good: his current favourite's a blend of Keemun, Darjeeling and Lapsang Souchong.

Never did get that cup of tea from Mrs Hudson, the first evening at 221b. Too busy rushing off to Lauriston Gardens with Sherlock to see some more trouble – oh god yes. Jasmine tea at 2 in the morning with the dim sum and fortune cookies. Making tea for Sherlock, it's always him who makes it even though presumably Sherlock must know how, at least in theory. Wishing Sherlock would remember to buy milk. Wishing he wouldn't do things like keeping a bloody head in the refrigerator.

The hospital vending machine makes the foulest tea John's ever drunk. The only good thing about it is that, judging by the faces Mycroft and Lestrade are pulling, the coffee's even worse.

Sherlock's not drinking anything. Sherlock's in Intensive Care, festooned with tubes and lines, and nobody knows what the damage is going to be when he finally regains consciousness. If he's even going to – don't think about that, got to stay positive.

Lestrade sits down next to John, puts an arm around him. John leans against him, surprised at himself but grateful for the warmth and solidity. He needs this: to feel grounded, connected to a reality that's not just this airless overheated too-bright room.

“D'you want a biscuit or something with that?” Lestrade asks, looking doubtfully at the beige drink in the beige plastic cup.

Just tea for me. John's stomach knots at the memory of Sherlock's voice, the row before the first explosion.

All the rows and the anger. Sherlock saying I've disappointed you and his own voice saying Good. That's good deduction. Yeah. None of it matters now. He just wants Sherlock back, wants another chance.

Not much cop, this caring larkStop it.

Mycroft's started pacing again. Lestrade's arm tightens and for a moment John just wants to bury his face in Lestrade's shoulder, give in to the pain. Then he pulls himself together – brace yourself, steady now .

They've got a long night ahead of them. He sits up straight and goes on drinking his tea.

Edited at 2011-03-13 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Mar. 14th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: Tea
thank you! I'm so glad you found it and that you like it - wasn't sure if it was too sad but it sounds as if it's come at just the right moment.

*hugs you*

was writing this yesterday on the journey to London to see ginbitch for our lovely outing, and thinking about you and Baltimore. *squeeing in advance*
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Mar. 14th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Re: Tea

likewise, hun. *bounces excitedly*

will tell you about London tomorrow. it was a WONDERFUL day.
Mar. 14th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
Re: Tea
his current favourite's a blend of Keemun, Darjeeling and Lapsang Souchong

Oh, you narcissist, John! I thought you'd go for Earl Grey and Lapsang!
Mar. 14th, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
Re: Tea
*collapses giggling*

yes, he should have done, shouldn't he? oh dear... it's not too late to edit that before posting elsewhere, though.
Mar. 14th, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
Re: Tea
Well, no, I quite like it. And if it's a story where he's remembering the annoyances of living with Sherlock, maybe Earl Grey/Lapsang is still in the future.
Mar. 14th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Tea
that's a good idea - thank you. maybe when Sherlock recovers...


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