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fic: Rising Damp (221b ficlet)

Author: fengirl88
Title: Rising Damp
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)/ Bryant & May
Pairing/Characters: Lestrade, Sherlock, John, Dimmock ,May, Bryant
Wordcount: 221
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Summary: The last time Lestrade got this wet on a case was with those mad buggers from the Peculiar Crimes Unit.
A/N: written for blooms84's wet!Lestrade fest; this is a crossover with Christopher Fowler's Bryant & May novel, The Water Room. Possible spoilers for that novel, though it's a while since I've read it, and Lestrade wasn't in it the last time I looked.

Rising Damp

The last time Lestrade got this wet on a case was with those mad buggers from the Peculiar Crimes Unit.

Well, to be fair, John May wasn't mad - he was obviously the Watson of that duo. But even Sherlock might blench at some of the things Arthur Bryant kept in the fridge at the PCU's offices over Mornington Crescent tube station. Just as well Bryant and Sherlock had never met: the chaos they could cause between them didn't bear thinking about. It had taken Dimmock a fortnight to stop his computer playing Country and Western at maximum volume after Bryant's last calamitous brush with police electronic equipment.

May had been apologetic when Lestrade was nearly drowned in the Fleet tunnels. Bryant had been too busy spouting arcane facts about the lost rivers of London, which as far as Lestrade was concerned could stay lost. And no, he didn't find it consoling to think that in the eighteenth century there'd have been dead dogs floating in the Fleet.

Today, it's just the Thames, which people say is getting cleaner, though it doesn't taste that way. It's Sherlock's fault Lestrade fell in, of course. Lestrade glares at the smug bastard as Sherlock grabs John's phone to take a photograph of a sopping wet, spitting furious DI Lestrade wrapped in a bright orange blanket.


more about the Fleet river and the Fleet tunnels can be found in Nicholas Barton's book The Lost Rivers of London and here.

the PCU's website with more information about the unit is here

the title of this story comes from U.A. Fanthorpe's wonderful poem about the lost rivers of London, discussed here by Ruth Padel.

Also posted at http://fengirl88.dreamwidth.org/64114.html with comment count unavailable comments.


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 25th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
Ahaha! This is wonderful. I especially like the last paragraph. Fantastic!
Dec. 25th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - I'm glad you enjoyed it! I liked the idea of reversing that moment in ASIP... *grins*
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Dec. 25th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - glad you liked it! I couldn't resist getting L into a blanket... *grins*
Dec. 25th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, great! Am I the only one who thinks he should always be wet? With his shirt sticking to him, and... Yeah.

I love the wet!Lestrade fest and this is making me want to write a 221B Sherlock-Lestrade bathing ficlet. Well, they've got to test their new Christmas toiletries somehow!
Dec. 25th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
the wet!Lestrade fest is an excellent thing...

glad you enjoyed this - thank you very much!

and yes, a bathing ficlet would be nice. *drifts off into reverie*
Dec. 26th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
Here you go! Happy Christmas!

Dec. 26th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
thank you - you too!
Dec. 25th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Poor Lestrade, although I do like him wet. And Sherlock isn't helping at all.
Dec. 25th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - I am glad you like him wet, but yes indeed, poor Lestrade! and no, Sherlock isn't helping... again.
Dec. 26th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, the Peculiar Crimes Unit and just how scary it would be for Arthur and Sherlock to meet :-)

A neat little 221b.
Dec. 26th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - yes, that really would be a bad day for everyone else!
Dec. 27th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
I'm just realizing this is a THING, not just a random coincidence of people writing wet!Lestrade...

I had NO IDEA there were lost rivers in London. Torchwood really does a great job covering these things up.
Dec. 27th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
thank you - yes, LOTS more wet!Lestrade over at blooms84's journal, and a very happy thing it is too...

and the lost rivers are fascinating (even if Lestrade doesn't think so). I love the Fanthorpe poem about them and was glad to find it online.
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Dec. 27th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
*grins* thank you very much - I'm glad you enjoyed this!

the lost rivers are amazing to read about - and I thoroughly recommend The Water Room and the Fanthorpe poem.

Dec. 30th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
LOL! This is worth it for the image of a "sopping wet, spitting furious DI Lestrade wrapped in a bright orange blanket"! As [Unknown LJ tag] pointed out, revenge is sooo sweet! *g*
Dec. 30th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - glad you liked that image! *grins*
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