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fic: Pop

Title: Pop
Author: fengirl88
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairings: Mycroft/Lestrade, Sherlock/John
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Wordcount: ~730
Disclaimer: They're still not mine.
Summary: “This takes me back,” Lestrade says, wiggling his toes in the sand.
Mycroft, Lestrade, John and Sherlock at the beach. Sort of.
A/N: written for stellary, who requested Mycroft/Lestrade at my writing meme, and for shouldboverthis's Sherlock BBC Happiness Meme. Some lovely fics over there - go and see (and add some more)!


“This takes me back,” Lestrade says, wiggling his toes in the sand.

Mycroft looks at Lestrade's bare feet and ankles. Tries not to think about the rest of Lestrade naked, though it's a losing battle. Reminds himself that fellatio and fine sand don't mix. And that sex of any kind on the South Bank pop-up beach on a Saturday afternoon would be a very bad idea indeed.

The publicity boasts that it offers 70 metres of urban seaside with 14 artist commissioned beach huts, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. Which is all very well if you like that sort of thing, but the end of April has brought a heatwave, so the place is swarming with children whining for ice-cream, theatregoers waiting for Frankenstein at the National, mixed-sex pairs of teenagers exploring each other's tonsils... Mycroft suppresses a groan that's part distaste, part downright envy.

It was John Watson's idea to come here. Mycroft hadn't been keen but Lestrade's eyes had lit up at the word “beach”, and he hadn't been able to refuse. Nor had Sherlock, though he's plainly on the verge of a more than usually spectacular sulk, staring at the book-browsers outside the BFI and refusing to join in the conversation.

“What would be perfect right now,” Lestrade says, “would be a packet of crisps and a bottle of pop.”

“Lovely,” John says. “What kind?”

“Salt and vinegar, of course!” Lestrade sounds shocked.

“No, obviously,” John says. “What kind of pop?”

“Ginger-beer,” Lestrade says, not missing a beat. “You?”

“Fizzy lemonade,” John says, licking his lips.

Lestrade grins. “Might have known you'd be a secret lemonade drinker.”

They start singing some dreadful advertising jingle, probably from their childhood; he wouldn't know. Mycroft tries not to mind that the two of them get on so well, that would be petty and childish and altogether beneath him, but he does sometimes wish –

“What about you, Mycroft?” John asks.

Nice of you to remember my existence - no. Better not say that.

“Cream soda,” Lestrade guesses.

“Tizer,” John says, giggling.

“Can't see Mummy approving of Tizer,” Lestrade says solemnly, and the two of them fall about.

Mycroft tries to look amused, but he knows it's not working, because Lestrade stops laughing.

“Come on, Mycroft, there must have been something you liked to drink when you were a kid,” he says encouragingly.

“Ribena,” Mycroft says. Allowable because of its supposed Vitamin C content.

“Not exactly pop,” Lestrade says, “but it'll do in a pinch.”

“John likes that revolting orange stuff,” Sherlock bursts out, startling them all.

“Orangina?” Mycroft says, surprised. He has pleasant memories of discovering it on his first visit to France. His tastes have changed since he was eleven, but revolting still seems rather an extreme judgement.

“No, Irn-Bru,” John says, grinning.

“Didn't have that south of the border in my young day,” Lestrade says, shaking his head.

“Nor mine,” John says. “Had a boyfriend in the Army who used to drink it.”

“Made in Scotland from girders, was he?” Lestrade asks.

“Mm,” John says, trying not to look smug and failing.

Sherlock gets up with a flounce, spraying sand over everyone. “I'm going back to the funfair,” he says thunderously.

“I'll give him a few minutes' start,” John says, watching Sherlock's furious progress, “let him work it off a bit.”

He looks at Mycroft and then at Lestrade.

“Or maybe I'll just go now,” he says, suiting the action to the word.

Lestrade puts an arm around Mycroft's shoulders and hugs him briefly. Mycroft moans.

“Tell you what,” Lestrade says, “let's have a drink and then go back to your place. If Sherlock starts playing on the helter-skelter again we could be stuck here for hours.”

It's true that Mycroft is thirsty as well as hot. And bothered.

“Had a brainwave,” Lestrade says, looking very pleased with himself. “Maybe one of these fancy bars could do you some pop.”

“Pop?” Mycroft says, trying not to pull a face.

“I was thinking Kir royal,” Lestrade says. “I know you're keen on that, and now it all makes sense. Fizzy Ribena, near enough. What do you say?”

Oh. Oh, that would be nice. They haven't had Kir royal since that night when –

Mycroft finds that he's blushing. He's also feeling markedly more cheerful all of a sudden.

“Pop sounds a splendid idea,” he says. “Lead on, Detective Inspector.”


Thanks to ginbitch and partner for introducing me to the South Bank Beach and the funfair, not to mention demonstrating the helter-skelter...

This entry was originally posted at http://fengirl88.dreamwidth.org/43528.html where there are comments.


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May. 4th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
Aw! This made me madly happy to read! For all that they're so smart, those Holmes brother can be very stupid sometimes ;p
May. 4th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
thank you - very glad it did! and yes, they can... *grins*

May. 4th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
I happen to be drinking Ribena as I read this. The "no added sugar" version, obviously, the original's too sweet for me now.

I like the idea of Sherlock on the helter-skelter.
May. 4th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
glad you liked the idea of Sherlock on the helter-skelter - having seen ginbitch and partner on it, I can well imagine him enjoying it...

it is possible that your references to Ribena have had an influence on this fic. I don't know whether to thank you or apologise for associating a drink you like with this pairing!

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May. 4th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Very entertaining!
May. 4th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
thank you - glad you liked it!
May. 4th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was smashing!

Although I now have the R Whites jingle stuck in my head, which is somewhat less smashing... ;)
May. 4th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
thank you - very glad you liked it!

sorry about the jingle...

*grins sheepishly*
May. 4th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, my... Kir Royales... Yeah, I am with you on that one, Mycroft...
Jenn, who recalls .. Oh never mind,.
May. 5th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
thank you - glad this brings back what sound like happy memories for you! *grins*
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May. 5th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
thank you - glad you enjoyed it! I wasn't sure if it qualified for LMoM though what happens after the end of the fic certainly should. *grins*

yes, Mycroft is not having a good time (yet), but I expect Lestrade will make it up to him...
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May. 5th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
thank you! glad you enjoyed it despite the obscure references. *grins*
I feel that the Holmeses probably would be awkward in this situation, though at least each of them is going to have fun of some sort after the story ends...
May. 5th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
I haven't the vaguest idea what any of these kinds of pop taste like, but that doesn't mean I don't have a huge silly grin on my face. Oh Mycroft.
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May. 5th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'd say this was a perfect addition to the Sherlock BBC Happiness Meme because it really hits the spot! I had to smile at seeing Lestrade so happy because he was at the beach. It was fun when he and John started reminiscing about their favourite childhood pop and went so far as to start singing the jingles. It was also sweet that they made an effort to include Mycroft in the conversation, even though they must have already suspected that his choice of childhood drink was probably very different from their own. I loved the way Sherlock sulked throughout and then stormed off in a huff when John mentioned his very buff Scottish ex-boyfriend. *g* I've never had Kir Royal (though I love ginger-beer, Tizer and Irn-Bru) and I really want to try it now for some reason... ;-)
May. 5th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - I'm glad it hit the spot for you! sulky Sherlock is always fun to write, as is happy Lestrade. *grins*
May. 15th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
This is hilarious, and very IC (poor Mycroft!). I particularly liked John's Scottish boyfriend, the sand/fellatio problem, and Mycroft's pleasure at discovering Orangina.
May. 15th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - yes, poor Mycroft indeed! I had a lot of fun writing this one, and I liked those bits as well, so I'm glad that you did.

Jun. 1st, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
So cute!
I can definitely sympathize with poor left-out feeling Mycroft and am very impressed Lestrade was watching for that!
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Re: So cute!
thank you - very glad you liked it!
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
So sweet!
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
thank you!
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
You've got me all nostalgic now...

like how when I was a kid orangina was a special drink you could only get hold of from the church fete...

And the time when an Irn Bru van came into school on sports day and was giving bottles away free and there was such a rush to get hold of some a boy nearly got trampled to death...

...good times...


Loved Sherlock's flounce at the mention of John's ex-boyfriend. Then how quickly John runs away when he sees Mycroft and Lestrade want to be alone.

Very sweet. I love it when both couples get together. Loved how for a change it was Mycroft and Sherlock who thought their boyfriends were the mad ones...
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:31 am (UTC)
very glad this brought back happy memories and that you enjoyed the fic - thank you very much! yes, I think certain sorts of ordinariness probably do seem mad if you're a Holmes...
Jul. 2nd, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Awwww!*has a grin this side of appropriate*
This was lovely. Of course Sherlock would spray sand over everyone.:D And Mycroft is so delightfully awkward around Lestrade!
(Also, Salt&Vinegar crisps FTW!)
Jul. 2nd, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
thank you! *grins back*

very glad you liked it - I had a lot of fun writing it and deciding on the varieties of pop!
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