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fic: Water

Title: Water
Author: fengirl88
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Harry/Sarah
Rating: R
Warnings: none
Wordcount: ~700
Disclaimer: They're still not mine.
Summary: "Could we stop talking about your brother now, please?" Sarah says.
A/N: written for a request by kalypso_v at my writing meme for a story in which Harry seduces Sarah and John is horrified; fill for the love_bingo prompt square "brothers and sisters". Yes, I have finally committed femslash.


Sarah splashes cold water on her face, grimacing at her reflection. Another short night, can't go on like this. But it's hard to say no once they start. Not surprising, really, after the longest dry spell she can remember. Probably would have been like that whoever she was with.

Hadn't expected it to be Harry Watson, though.

She knows all the stages, but it still doesn't explain it. Harry drunk and abusive, yelling the odds at Sherlock in Intensive Care after the explosion, both of them distraught about John. Taking Harry away and pouring coffee down her. Harry contrite and sober three days later, with tickets for that sold-out-for-months concert and a massive bunch of flowers. A steady stream of exhibitions, history walks, galleries. Then last week, and going back to Harry's after dinner at that French restaurant in Kensington, because the maître d' would obviously kill you if you asked for decaf. Harry's galley kitchen, no room for two people unless they'd already planned to end up pressing against each other.

She ties her hair back, pushes the hairgrips in so no unruly strands escape. It's no good: she still feels tousled, messy, as if the last few days are written all over her.

Stop grinning, you fool.

She walks into the waiting-room and sees him sitting there, looking tired and strained.

“Hello, John. What are you doing here?”


“Blames himself, the silly bugger,” Harry says.

“Anyway I told him to stop worrying about you and me and concentrate on getting well so he could come back to work.”

Harry laughs. “I bet that fixed him. Wish I'd been there to see it.”

“Could we stop talking about your brother now, please?” Sarah says.

She kisses Harry till they're both breathless, which shuts Harry up, but leads inevitably to other things which take quite a long time.


John really is a silly bugger, Sarah thinks, stretching and yawning pleasurably. As if all this is his fault for going off with Sherlock. Mind you, it's true that she probably wouldn't even have thought of Harry like that if she'd still been sort-of-dating John.

Although –

A memory from twenty years ago: the shock of cold water on a hot summer's day. Shrieking and splashing and laughter. Skinny-dipping in the stream with Simon and Laura, her first time. Heart pounding, and not just because of the sudden chill.

Laura surfacing to stand in the shallows, water streaming from her body. Don't stare, Sarah told herself, but she couldn't look away. Dark auburn hair and creamy flesh. Laura's full breasts and slightly rounded belly, nakedness making the curves look right, like something from a painting: a nymph, no, a goddess. The memory catching her unawares in bed later that night, making her gasp and shudder. We'll have to go swimming more often, Simon said afterwards.

But Laura had gone back to her job in London, and it had rained for the rest of the visit, and then she and Simon had split up.


“Who was she?” Harry asks. She looks amused, but not unkindly.

Sarah considers saying I don't know what you're talking about, but Harry adds “In my experience there's always someone. And I do know that look by now.”

Hardly surprising; she must have had plenty of practice. Another thing they haven't talked about yet.

“So...” Harry says, running her hands down Sarah's sides.

“Fuck off,” Sarah says, laughing and squirming.

“Tell me.”

“All right, damn you,” Sarah says. “She was my boyfriend's sister. And nothing happened.”

“But now it has,” Harry says, grinning.

“Shut up,” Sarah says, flushing scarlet.

“You're not sorry, are you?”

Oh, let's see. A drinker with a divorce still pending, who's her ex-sort-of-boyfriend's sister – and who quite possibly – given how much Harry's going on about John – only made a move because Sarah had been John's sort-of-girlfriend. Plenty to be sorry about before they're done.

Harry looks at her thoughtfully, then bends her head. The point of her tongue traces a slow line downwards from the base of Sarah's throat. She stops teasingly short and Sarah groans, hips jerking upwards.

“More?” Harry says.

Yes,” Sarah says fiercely.

She'll have regrets later. Right now, she's still making up for lost time.



( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
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Mar. 10th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! well, there will have to be at least one more piece of femslash (bedamn's Harry/Clara request), and after that who knows? *grins*
Mar. 9th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh yay, I liked this :) Sarah seems ridiculously in character, she seems the type who would think about the negative aspects of a choice, but not necessarily to pay them heed :P
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - I have never tried to write Sarah before (and wouldn't have thought of writing femslash with her if kalypso_v hadn't requested it), so I'm very pleased that you thought this seemed in character.

Edited at 2011-03-10 10:22 pm (UTC)
Mar. 9th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
What a rare treat, femslash! Lovely look at an unusual pairing, hope you write more :)
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
thank you - I was nervous about this one so the encouragement is much appreciated!
Mar. 9th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
yay femmeslash!
Oh man,. I loved this so much. Sarah is completely IC and is wonderfully developed, and I love your Harry voice. More please?
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: yay femmeslash!
thank you! I found this quite a difficult assignment so I'm very pleased you thought it worked.
Mar. 9th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Congrats on writing such a rare (unique?) pairing. This was lovely, and felt believable. :)
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
I think it probably is unique! certainly haven't seen anyone else doing it yet. thank you very much for commenting - I'm pleased that you enjoyed it and found it believable.
Mar. 9th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
I totally support rare pairings and this fandom totally needs more femslash <333
I liked this very much! <3 Wonderful, wonderful job! <333
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - it was strange writing femslash for the first time, but very nice to get such an encouraging response!
Mar. 9th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
I will ALWAYS read femslash and this is absolutely lovely, a real treat. I especially like the way you have Sarah grappling with Harry's, shall we say, complexities and still deciding to take the pleasure despite the potential future difficulties. If you were to write more, I would definitely read!
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - very glad you liked it, and that aspect of it in particular!

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