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fic: Coffee (221b ficlet)

Title: Coffee
Author: fengirl88
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Sherlock/Lestrade
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Wordcount: 221
Disclaimer: They're still not mine.
Summary: He doesn't like breakfast, but this is perfect.
A/N: written for suzie_shooter, who requested it on my writing meme.  221b ficlet: 221 words, last one beginning with b.


He doesn’t like breakfast but this is perfect. Hot sweet liquid moving down slowly through his body, even as the kick of it makes his heart race. Nobody makes coffee the way Lestrade does and nobody ever will, though he doesn’t know that yet.

Lestrade sucks the last of the Provençal honey from his spoon. The jar’s nearly empty; they both know what that means. An arbitrary limit but you have to set one somewhere. It’s not the last time but it will be soon. Can’t mix sex and work, and for both of them work comes first.

France is fading, holiday’s over. Just one of the Paris cigars left; Lestrade had scolded him for buying them but smoked them anyway, so blissful he was almost dancing.

“Save that for later,” Lestrade says. “Christ, I want to be inside you.”

It’s what he wants too, more than anything else.

He’ll miss the scent of Lestrade’s skin, the solid heat of him, the taste of coffee in morning kisses, bitter and sweet and thick and hot. He’ll live with a man who drinks tea at all hours of the day and night, and he’ll grow to like it.

Decades later, the first taste of coffee with honey from his own hives will flood his body with arousal, sudden and unexpected and blinding.


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Mar. 6th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's staggeringly beautiful. The last line in particular is amazing.
Mar. 6th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
thank you so much! *blushes*

really glad you liked it.
Mar. 6th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Delicious :)
Mar. 6th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
thank you!
Mar. 6th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Wow! I just... Wow! I'm so blown away by what you accomplished with the 221B parameters. Every single sentence is gorgeous and I am so, so impressed. Wow.

I've never been an avid Lestrade/Sherlock shipper, but... this may have changed things.

Thank you so much! What inspiring work! Going in my memories, for sure!
Mar. 6th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! that's a lovely comment. *glows*

I love the 221b form and it seemed right for this moment between them.
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
so not a fan of coffee, irrationally so. that my issue almost caused me to bypass this fic; well obviously that would have been stupid on my part because this is complete brilliance!

and you did it within the 221B construct. such discipline and skill! be still my heart!
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - I'm glad your aversion to coffee didn't keep you away! the 221b form is a particular favourite, though I don't always manage to keep fics that short...
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
So sensual! It really is beautiful, concise, astounding.
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
thank you! *glows happily*
very glad you liked it.
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Mar. 6th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
*fans you*

thank you very much! so pleased you liked it.
Mar. 6th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
God, that was gorgeous. So much going on under the surface. Loved it.
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
thank you! *glows* very pleased you liked it so much.
Mar. 6th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I like how you play with present and future here.
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! I enjoyed doing that and I'm very glad you liked it.
Mar. 6th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
I rather like that I can put this into the Victorian era nearly as easily as I can see it in this century.
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
thank you - I hadn't thought of that, but it's an interesting idea! never got anywhere near canon before...
Mar. 6th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I loved the Proustian twist at the end.
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! I was pleased when I thought of that part so I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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Mar. 6th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! *grins*
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Mar. 6th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! *beams*

I've just been admiring your lovely icons and will be going back to nab some more...
(no subject) - megan_moonlight - Mar. 6th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
GUH. Damn, how is that hot as sin ans sweet as honey? Can I just come and camp outside your house, holding chocolate cake and a scrapbook of Rupert screencaps?
Mar. 6th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
I'll put the kettle on...

*hugs* thank you very much!
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Mar. 6th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
thank you - very glad you liked it!
Mar. 6th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Oh my god--that last sentence is like an electric shock! Amazing what you do here with so little space!
Mar. 6th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! I enjoy the 221b form a lot, and I'm very glad you liked this.
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