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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!


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.


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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.
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!
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!
Apr. 6th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you for a laugh-out-loud moment! Definitely needed that tonight.
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...
Apr. 6th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)

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

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

well, that could make it super awkward...
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.
Apr. 6th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! glad you enjoyed it. *beams*
Apr. 6th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)

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

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*
Apr. 6th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
This is so funny and adorable. *giggles* ♥
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - glad you enjoyed it!
Apr. 6th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
Loved the buildup to the wonderful last line.
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.
Apr. 6th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oh that? That just B (get it?) leaking charm, like everywhere. Everywhere.
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)

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

thank you very much! Mycroft will be fine now Lestrade is taking an interest in him. Sherlock, on the other hand...
Apr. 6th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
And is Anderson still married? He and Sherlock together... what a gruesome idea! >.
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...
(no subject) - weefreethings - Apr. 6th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 6th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Adorable! What a nice gift!
Apr. 6th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
thank you very much! *beams*

Apr. 7th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Dear God, how I love Mark Gatiss in a beard (see icon). Thank you for this!
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...
Apr. 7th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
How, HOW do you pack so much awesome into 221 words?! *bows down*
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...
Apr. 9th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
TeeHEE! Love the brother betting with each other. Anderson-date FTW!
Apr. 9th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
thank you! very glad you liked it. *grins*
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