It will also give you an excuse to shed those tears you’ve been holding back after watching that last BBC episode. Except this time, you’ll feel like they were honestly earned. Emily Watson stands up for a bullied Tristan and the kids’ friendship starts.
Sherlock visits the Watson flat to pick up Tristan, meets John and the adult romance ignites. When John’s marriage makes Molly crave a family of her own, she opts to have a baby through IVF.
As a member of the police force, Anderson is hardly under suspicion and, with the reticence of many sexual assault survivors, Sherlock refuses to name his attacker. All of which leads to Anderson doubling down on his hate for the consulting detective, taunting him and virtually stalking him as Sherlock, still suffering PTSD, tries to carry on.
Another offering from Mad Lori (known as Mad_Lori on Archive of Our Own), this recasting of the Holmes-Watson relationship as a tinsel town tale deserves mention as well. Sherlock is a faded Academy Award-winning actor trying to regain his luster.
They meet as leads on the set of a gay romance that threatens to become reality as they struggle to salvage their careers. With more than 6,000 bookmarks, 13,000+ kudos, and over half a million hits, this story is clearly one of the most popular and beloved in Sherlockfanfiction.
This one-shot fanfic is a witty exercise in cold smolder between a properly warm Watson and a practically hypothermia Holmes. When their building’s heat goes during a blizzard, John finds Sherlock working on cold cases and oblivious to his dangerously chilled state.
Mycroft sends Sherlock to Afghanistan to investigate a series of atypically gruesome deaths. A seamless melding of character and plot, this Sherlock fanfic perfectly captures the voice and tone of the BBC series.
The author actually took the time to construct an intriguing mystery that would be right at home in the episode lineup. Following John Watson: I knew it was dangerous getting you into crap telly. These are recommendations made by Troopers for Sherlock, all of which have been signed.
Recommended by: Black Kat Comments: A number of original stories as well as a hefty pile of crossovers; arresting plots, hilarious jokes, serious fights, twisted mysteries, wonderfully acidic sarcasm and witty dialogue...AJ Hall's fins have got 'em all. Anyone who appreciates plot, intelligence, and acumen in their fanfic should just go read everything she's written, no exceptions.
Gatlin can write basically anything: sexy and adorable and cute and crazy and so-sweet-it-melts-you-into-goo and heart-wrenching like nobody's business. Recommended by: bear crossing Comments: This author seems to burrow right into Sherlock's head and just live there.
Several great characterization pieces, and a 60K+ word epic that is worth more than one read-through. Amazing writing style too, very formal but cutting and witty at the same time.
They give John a more of an equal share in the partnership than either Doyle or Moat canon, with plenty of chances for him to demonstrate his abilities as both a medical and military man. Most of the stories are set from 2018 and later so as not to conflict with canon, so the guys are slightly older and their relationship is more solid and comfortable than occasionally depicted on screen.
If you're sick of waiting for new episodes to come out, these stories should fill the void. Recommended by: pattern leap Comments: My favorite writer for this fandom, this author has a talent for natural characterization.
The ones that are both tend to focus on how he reacts to canon situations given various alternate backgrounds (which seem to spawn A US of themselves, particularly her Heritage series in which John is a descendant of an earl). She's canonical without being hidebound and has her finger on the pulse of every character, slipping into Moriarty's, Sherlock's, John's, Mycroft's, even Sally's head with aplomb.
Really, she's taken Jim's established personality and run a marathon with it, fleshing it out gloriously. She also keeps an incredibly fast pace while updating, putting up a chapter of whatever new piece she's working on every few days.
Recommended by: Butter-Flew-the-Coop Comments: HugMonster341's fins are a large collection of various genres, varying from Tear Jerked to Fluff and everything in between. Some of these have blood and gore, and The Russian Ballerina features a girl who was used as a sex slave.
Recommended by: Kellyanne Comments: Read absolutely everything Sherlock on this journal, that's my advice. It's mostly John/ Sherlock slash, but there are also a handful of impressive character-driven short pieces and crossovers (with Good Omens and Hot Fuzz).
You'll find fantastic characterization and spare, yet elegant prose with genuine emotional insight. Recommended by: Heaters Comments: Brilliant, in-character Moriarty-centred fins, though most of them are Moriarty/OC in that they pair him up with this author's (awesome) vision of Sebastian Moran.
Recommended by: Heaters Comments: Lots of well-written Platonic Sherlock and John friendship fluff. Recommended by: Heaters, Voodoo Child, Mayhem, Finnish Comments: Wonderful set of stories focusing on Sherlock, John and Lestrade, their friendship and relationship.
She does crossovers, fusions, kiddie, and angst (and occasionally, blends all of them) but never once does she lose sight of the canon material. Her Sophie series in particular will make you fall in love with Sophie Lestrade just as quickly as John and Sherlock do, and it'll make you laugh and cry in equal measures.
Morgan's Four at the Thousand Faces is a classic which deserves to be better known and more widely praised. All her characters are completely spot-on and some of her case fins are so intricately plotted they wouldn't seem out of place in the actual show.
Recommended by: Polaris, Martin Comments: Like most kink memes, contains plenty of gen and non-kinky romance, although there's definitely kinky shenanigans going on. Recommended by: SyncreticVenture Comments: This author has written over twenty-five Sherlock pieces, mostly character studies and one-shot explorations of scenes in the show.
Her representation of John and Sherlock's canon relationship is stunningly accurate (no shipping, in any of her work). Recommended by: ejanonamus Comments: Most of her work is Hurt/Comfort John lock friendship, though she has some humorous fins as well.
Recommended by: Silverware, Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: What's Christmas without a new and (mildly) horrifying case told through one Dr. Watson's list of complaints about his flatmate? Recommended by: Heaters, Numb uh 9494 Status: Complete Synopsis: Post Reichenbach.
Recommended by: SyncreticVenture Status: Complete Synopsis: Mummy thinks that John Watson is so good for Sherlock that she must make sure he stays with her son. Comments: A crack-filled concept made wholly believable by the author's excellent characterizations.
Worth a read just for Sherlock's mum, who really needs to become a canon character. Recommended by: Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: John and Sherlock are off to Surrey to solve the mystery of Alexander Holder's death.
The Holders are apparently 'old friends' of the Holmes es, and John finds himself having to deal with Mummy, suit-shopping at Harrods, a luxury fitness center, and a Christmas Ball... among other things. Comments: Alternately humorous and suspenseful, this casein is quite the fun read.
Recommended by: piratemonkey06 Status: Complete Synopsis: As the title suggests, the aftermath of Sherlock's fall. John has fallen off the social radar and Molly and Lestrade are desperately trying to hold him together.
Notes: Has eleven sequels, Come Forth, Lazarus, The Parson's Son, The Merton Man, Four Little Bottles, On the Sixth Day, Smoke and Mirrors, England Fell, And All the Devils Are Here, The Case of the Marie Celeste, The Red Wedding, and Letters From Hell. Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis Status: Complete Synopsis: Mycroft is abducted by aliens.
Recommended by: The Wild West Pro Status: Complete Synopsis: Kitty returns from the trial proving Sherlock's innocence, without a job, and without a future ahead of her. Comments: A surprisingly touching FIC that gives Kitty more depth and insight, although Sherlock is rather emotional here.
Recommended by: Black Kat, GhostOfAGeek Status: Complete Synopsis: Queen is back with a new show to review...amusingly : Enter for brilliant deductions, wonderful subtext, creepy side characters and shameless gushing praise of just about everything. Comments: Funny, witty in a very caustic sort of way, smart and appropriate commentary.
Recommended by: Beulah, Black Kat, Silverware Status: Complete Synopsis: “Your not the only one to enjoy a good murder. Comments: A really clever, dark, and wonderfully creepy glimpse into the relationship between the two throughout the years and the sort of background that could have spawned them, finishing spectacularly with an alternate ending to season one's finale.
Moriarty is wholly in character, striking the perfect chord between the over-the-top, unpredictable super villain, the chilling, calculating sociopath and the ruthless businessman; but as seen through the very intimate lens of the story, he displays very dangerous kind of fragility and brittleness that we don't necessarily see elsewhere, and that in some ways predicts season 2's snap-decision suicide. Even so, Molly Hooper remains the star here; after reading this FIC, you can't help but look at her in a different light.
Disturbing, sharp, and a flawlessly brilliant take on an AU concept. Recommended by: Meandering River Status: Complete Synopsis: It was only when people actually saw John working as a physician that they began to understand: that it want just about bullets and Beds and trauma care under fire.
Comments: John is usually seen as a soldier first and a doctor second, both in-universe and in the fandom. Stillwaters01 turns this view on its head by writing a brilliant, well-rounded BARF! Doctor! John.
The author is also a nurse and uses medical terminology to really bring John to life without drowning the reader in technobabble. For more of stillwaters01's BARF! Doctor! John, check out Assessments and Very Good Indeed.
Recommended by: bandanna Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes is dead, but his heart never stopped beating, his lungs never stopped pumping air, and his mind has been so very busy. Recommended by: SyncreticVenture Status: Complete Synopsis: John decides to take the fight to Moriarty.
Recommended by: AIESME Status: Complete Synopsis: John, Sherlock and an octopus. Recommended by: Heaters, Aroma, Black Kat, Resident Sunburst, SyncreticVenture Status: Complete Synopsis: An AU in which Sherlock is an artist rather than a scientist, though he helps solve crimes all the same.
And the way that the author describes his observations through the window of color palettes is gorgeous. Recommended by: bandanna Status: Complete Synopsis: Post-Reichenbach: John has disabled all comments, but that doesn't prevent a certain someone from hacking into his blog.
It's very rare to see a FIC of this sort, since most post-Fall/post-Return stories obsess over John and completely ignore Sherlock. Recommended by: Rainwolf95 Status: Ongoing Synopsis: You are helping to write the official guide to surviving Sherlock Holmes, the rules are explained clearly and there are many contributors to this project.
Comments: Okay, this is just a silly little game, not quite a fan FIC, but not quite not, that's fun to play and is at least worth checking out. Recommended by: Black Kat, GhostOfAGeek Status: Complete Synopsis: John fights the media and police for Sherlock is sake.
Excellent characterization, wonderfully portrayed emotions, and very believable course of events. Recommended by: Epitome O Random, Black Kat, Silverware, and GhostOfAGeek Status: Complete Synopsis: The zombie apocalypse arrives.
Comments: It's a witty, fresh take on Z-Day, told through text messages, emails and Mycroft's personal notes. Lucky nobody watches BBC News Channel and thus country is secure in ignorance regarding the fact that Deputy PM attempted to kill and eat PM literally rather than figuratively.
While not the most in-character thing you'll ever read, this story is funny without being jarring or trite, and overall a wonderful Sherlock fix that won't make you any more depressed over the RBF. Recommended by: libraries, Arianne Status: Dead Synopsis: A Study in Emerald AU.
Comments: This is absolutely gorgeous in the way it combines Neil Gaiman's AU one shot A Study in Emerald and BBC's Sherlock. Reading A Study in Emerald first is highly recommended for better understanding of this FIC, though not absolutely necessary.
Recommended by: Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: Gregory Lestrade is wonderful at his job. The last thing he needs is a ridiculous civil servant berk in a three-piece-suit telling him what he should and should not be doing.
This is a very entertaining one-shot, especially when Sherlock starts explaining how the only “logical” solution to the board game is that the victim is the killer. Recommended by: bear crossing Status: Complete Synopsis: At age nineteen, Sherlock Holmes dropped out of university to become a drug addict.
Great look into a possible beginning to the drugs' history hinted at in the series. The effects of cocaine and withdrawal are described brilliantly, it almost sounds like the author has some first-hand experience so the whole addiction process is really believable.
Definitely worth a read if you're interested in prequel stories and/or drugs! Recommended by: anonymous Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock brings home a dog, despite never having expressed any interest in a pet.
It's only when Sherlock starts bringing her to crime scenes that John gets intrigued. Notes: Has one prequel, Lector ET Emerge, as well as twelve sequels, Male Men, Industry, Callum Lap sum, Absents, HOC Est Quests Tedious, Ego Portable, FBI Opium Prim um, Prognosis, Toll Rota, Cane Vitae, VIR Optimum, and Cochlea in Diem, all completed.
Recommended by: bandanna Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock is in it for the hunt. Even so, the events at the Pool leave a mark on both, unwilling as they are to admit it.
Comments: A short, sweet and slightly angst take on the aftermath of The Great Game. Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis Status: Complete Synopsis: Over the decades, he went by several names before going back to John Watson.
Recommended by: Ink mage, darknesshiddeninlight, salty avocado, GhostOfAGeek Traveler Status: Complete Synopsis: John wakes up from the explosion by the pool to discover that he can see wings on the backs of people who were previously without them. These wings are apparently magical enough to not be bothered by clothing and chairs, and real enough to block the telly.
Comments: Takes the usually crack-y concept of wing!FIC and somehow makes it beautiful. Definitely a FIC to leave you a tad bit breathless; while the POV is John's, Mrs. Hudson is written in such a way that makes your remember her long after you've finished reading.
Now I keep imagining the characters with wings in my daydreams... Makes a crack concept into something delightful. Recommended by: Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: In which an artistic murder draws Irene Adler and her brother Nathan into the lives of Lestrade and Holmes, and Dr John Watson balances his morals against the happiness that is a warm gun.
Comments: Interesting case FIC with a great spin on Irene Adler (though not season 2 compliant). Recommended by: Dan, Heaters, GhostOfAGeek Status: Complete Synopsis: After the explosion, Sherlock has some trouble adjusting.
It's dark and heartbreaking, and easily the best fanfic I've read in this fandom. Tiny things like first smile, first laugh, the first time he reaches out and grabs Sally's finger.
Comments: Beautiful; though the premise is somewhat off-putting, the author manages to take the slightly unfeasible and almost cliché ex-lovers explanation to Sally's particular blend of hostility and transform it into something really quite lovely that slots surprisingly well into the season one canon. Deeply painful, thoughtful, and written with a rare deftness of touch, this FIC gives the oft neglected Sally Donovan some stunningly perfect and much-needed characterization, and definitely isn't to be missed.
Recommended by: Aroma, Epitome O Random, The Wild West Pro Status: Complete Synopsis: John stops writing the blog after Sherlock's fall, almost stops writing completely. Comments: John turns his adventures with Sherlock into children's books.
The author combines real-life experience with plenty of research to create an accurate and suspenseful mystery. Recommended by: Rhiannon87, The Corsair 20, Martin, Ginger Time lady, Heaters, Andre, Numb uh 9494 Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock has never learned to swim.
Comments: Heartbreaking and beautiful character study on Sherlock, Mycroft, John, and Harry. It's told a bit out of order, but that just makes the reveals at the end all the more gut-wrenching.
Recommended by: Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: A month after Sherlock's fall, John is coming apart at the seams. His sister Harry puts her law practice on hold and comes out to help John through the worst.
Comments: I won't call Empty Houses 'a plausible poster FIC,' because it most definitely is not, but the plot really is quite interesting, as a result of fusing a number of ACD canon cases to make up a surprisingly coherent and original story. Recommended by: Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: A child psychologist is asked to sit in on the questioning of her client, a nine-year-old boy, traumatized by finding his father stabbed to death.
The child's mother is being held for the murder and the case against her looks water-tight, unless her son can be persuaded to tell what he knows. Recommended by: Star Bright Status: Complete Synopsis: The Great Game AU.
And admit it, we all thought this was going to happen for just a second when watching that episode for the first time. Recommended by: fruitstripegum Status: Complete Synopsis: The story of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson told from a unique point of view: John's newly recruited guardian angel.
Meet the guardians of Scotland Yard, the demon behind Moriarty, and the angel responsible for the World's Greatest Detective. Recommended by: darknesshiddeninlight Status: Complete Synopsis: Lestrade and John play a game of Morning ton Crescent, Sherlock tries to work out the rules.
Recommended by: Aries Status: Complete Synopsis: An AU where Molly is Moriarty's sister. Recommended by: Heaters, Andre, M_S5973, Black Kat, Zephyr7, Meandering River Status: Complete Synopsis: As a serial killer hits the headlines, the police are out of their depth and the next victim is out of time.
With faith in Sherlock Holmes at an all-time low, this is a case which will push loyalties to the limit... Notes: It has been translated into Chinese, French, and Russian. Great feeling of suspense and a brilliant and cleverly written casein in its own right.
The characterization stays incredibly solid and true to form, and the dialogue felt very natural, easily meandering to where it needed to go. The plot is intelligent and deliciously convoluted, dialogue, grammar and vocabulary are all flawless, there are occasional bouts of the humor we so know and love in canon, the mysteries are thrilling, and the will-they-be-destroyed-or-will-they-pull-through tension is exceedingly well-done.
The Green Blade is still an absolutely excellent FIC, and highly recommended. Recommended by: Silverware Status: Dead; last updated October 2016 Synopsis: Before going to medical college or joining the army, John played guitar as part of a short-lived band that nonetheless gained a small but devoted cult following.
Cue this fact being outed during a case, Sherlock listening to all their old tracks, and becoming a John!groupie. Comments: Nice writing; sometimes funny, sometimes touching, occasionally profound.
There are some actual songs interspersed throughout, composed by the author with the help of her niece, a musician. The author herself is a professional writer of both fiction and non-fiction who pens fanfic as a hobby, so there need to be no doubt about her skills.
The Sherlock -John romance in these stories is a beauty to behold, and never becomes ridiculous, sappy or borderline romantic the way it's often wont to do. Recommended by Aroma, darknesshiddeninlight, Zephyr7 Status : Complete Synopsis: John and Sherlock got a flat share because they needed to split the rent.
But when John comes into money, people wonder 'why hasn't he found a place of his own'. Comments: John finally has the possibility of moving out... and the thought never crosses his mind, much to others' increasing incredulity.
Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis Status: Complete Synopsis: They have t-shirts, a designated pub and a support group. Recommended by: Resident Sunburst Status: Complete Synopsis: A study in Sherlock's mind.
This FIC delves deep into the minds of two men who don't function quite correctly, but who complete each other perfectly and love each other immensely for fixing the other. The juxtaposition of their experiences (especially in the dream scenes with Sherlock's mind-palace and John's heart-desert) is beautifully done.
The entire thing is dense, and a little daunting if all you're looking for is fluff and fun, but it's probably one of the best navel-gazing pieces I've ever read. Recommended by: Lady Use Status: Dormant Synopsis: After not taking care of himself during cases for too long, Sherlock is kidnapped by a secret society to ensure he's taken care of.
Comments: A great FIC, Sherlock's reaction to his capture is in character, the OC's are interesting and the plot leaves you thinking what is going to happen next. Recommended by: Heaters Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock and Moriarty are dead.
In an attempt to cope, Watson has returned to the front in Afghanistan as a sniper at Mycroft's insistence. Recommended by: jinjoo88 Status: Complete Synopsis: An AU four part series covering the events of season two with a twist: John has had the knack for as long as he could remember.
Comments: Sticks very close to the events of season two while managing to weave in its own premise in interesting ways. Recommended by: balayage, Star Bright, Numb uh 9494 Status: Complete Synopsis: In which there are country-house visits, Sherlock's shampoo, the Mac arena and past relationship trauma.
Comments: I wish there was more detective work in this FIC, but it makes a wonderful palate-cleanser after heavy-duty Sherlock /John slash. Recommended by: Book hobbit, Heaters Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock is ill and drives John to distraction.
Comments: Has some hilariously priceless lines and manages to capture the characters perfectly. Recommended by: The Corsair 20 Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock might have been the one to jump, but John fell, too.
Comments: A take on John's life post-Reichenbach which while it draws influences from Memento, I wouldn't call it a cross-over. The author beautifully winds together the disparate shreds of John's life and the real events into a complex, tragic storyline.
Recommended by: Sadistic Apathy, Salty Avocado, Numb uh 9494 Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock, John, and Lestrade go on a road trip, and are stuck in the same car for hours. Sherlock is obsessed with sheep, John and Lestrade bond over 80s glam rock, and they all play the Roadkill Game.
Lestrade is lazy, Mycroft is vindictive, and Sherlock is plotting to kill his best friend for looking...so...happy! Recommended by: Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock knew that he could thoroughly rely upon John Watson's moral sense.
Comments: The most believable exploration of Moriarty and Moran's relationships I've seen so far; good enough to become my new head-canon. Recommended by: Dianna Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock's up to his eyeballs in a new case, but this time he has to solve it without Watson.
Instead, he has to deal with a stubborn yet clever new sidekick whose name he can't seem to figure out... Comments: I've seen a lot of OC's in my time as a bored internet surfer.
Both the writer's OC and Sherlock are realistic, and the case is intriguing (for example: it involves a code that I just spent the past hour trying to break, with no success). Recommended by: fruitstripegum Status: Complete Synopsis: That one where John is the premiere fan blogger for the Masked Detective.
Loosely inspired by Sailor Moon and several other mid-90s magical girl anime, and vaguely brought about by night blogging, staying up entirely too late with a crowd of incredible people, and a pinch of just plain wanting to watch the world burn. Recommended by: Cactus Wren Status: Complete Synopsis: Post-Reichenbach: John soldiers on.
Comments: Intending no disrespect to the multitudinous writers who've elected to show John as completely falling apart after losing Sherlock ... um, no. Take care of my city John”, John does what a soldier and a doctor would do: moves into Sherlock's old flat in Montague Street, starts work at a surgery in a rough part of London, and in his own way, takes up the Work.
Recommended by: Black Kat, GhostOfAGeek, Zephyr7 Status: Complete Synopsis: John returns from Afghanistan later than he did in canon, and rents a long-vacant flat on Baker Street. Sherlock throws books about, plays the violin at all hours, and leaves ominous messages on the bathroom mirror.
Comments: Incredibly adorable friendship between everyone's favorite Army Doctor and his flatmate, the (ghostly) ex-Consulting Detective. Recommended by: Aroma, The Corsair 20, Heaters Status: Complete Synopsis: Several weeks after the explosion at the pool following The Great Game, Lestrade visits the recuperating Sherlock and John at 221B Baker Street.
This is quite an interesting and very sweet look at the relationships between the main characters by introducing a new person into the mix. Recommended by: Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: The real problem is that Victor Trevor does not like tea.
Recommended by: Black Kat, Silverware, and GhostOfAGeek Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes: highly innovative and eccentric ice-cream chef. John Watson: sous-chef who is currently unemployed as a result of a refrigerator incident that left him with a permanent limp.
Very lovely little gen FIC full of innocent fun and oddly amusing situations; recommended to anyone who's tired of angst, romance, smut and violence, and would like to read something nice and relaxing for a change. Recommended by: Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: A seemingly straightforward case has Lestrade calling for Sherlock's help.
Written from John's POV, this story takes place two months after the events in The Great Game and follows the investigation of the murder of Veronica Lavish: seventeen, popularized murdered in Hainaut Forrest on a Friday night in June. Comments: Excellent casein, almost on par with The Green Blade in my list of Sherlock FIC favorites.
Nicely plotted, with a smattering of OCS who give the story the ambience of a 1920s whodunit; it's a novel experience, and one I highly recommend trying out. Recommended by: Star Bright, SourEmerald, GhostOfAGeek Status: Complete Synopsis: Sam really likes John Watson, but dating him is a terrifying experience.
Comments: Hilarious take on what John's life must look like out of context. Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis Status: Complete Synopsis: The ex-flatmates of Sherlock Holmes aren't the only ones to need a support group and a pub.
Recommended by: persephonethinx, The Corsair 20, The Deviations, Numb uh 9494, Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: The aftermath of Sherlock trying to investigate the deaths and disappearances tied to The Slender Man Mythos. Comments: Presented in the form of interview transcripts of Sherlock's stay in a mental hospital, this is definitely not something to read while alone at night.
And no, knowledge of the Mythos is not needed to appreciate the terror and paranoia caused by this FIC. The disjointed nature of the narrative makes it even scarier, if that's possible.
Oh, Mycroft... After reading, at 1:12AM no less, this proper immediately ripped up the Slender man drawing hanging over her bed. Recommended by: Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: “You don't write love songs”, John says.
“You write about other things and people misinterpret them, because in the right lighting they look like love songs. This is a band AU, in which Sherlock is the composer and violinist, John is on bass, Molly plays the drums, Lestrade is the manager + guitarist, and Moriarty the vocalist for a Rock band fraught with (non-sexual) tension and dysfunctional relationships the way only a group lead by Sherlock Holmes can be.
Recommended by: peppermint flame Status: Complete Synopsis: If the Sherlock characters were drinks, what would they be? Recommended by: Star Bright, Zephyr7, piratemonkey06, Ella Status: Complete Synopsis: A Study in Pink remix, where John is the one to confront the killer.
Comments: You really have to feel sort of sorry for the murderer, because clearly he never stood a chance against the awesome that is John Watson. It's scarily plausible and John is very much in character; in fact I feel he handles the situation about three hundred times better than Sherlock did.
I often forget John is likely one of the most intellectually and physically capable individuals in any room he deigns to walk into, it's just that nowadays he is accompanied by a certain genius detective. Recommended by: Curie Status: Complete Synopsis: The autobiography of Sherlock Holmes, intelligent macaw, as told (under duress) to a therapist.
Comments: An extremely intelligent and well-written story with excellent characterization and a unique premise. It sounds like total crack, but it's actually quite complex and dramatic.
Recommended by: Black Kat Status: Complete Synopsis: Sherlock and John are nine. Recommended by: Heaters Status: Complete Synopsis: In the aftermath of their faux-double-suicide, Jim's a wreck.
His will to live, his zest for his work, even his enthusiasm for a wonderful suit, all gone on holiday. Comments: Written from Moriarty's POV, this FIC will make you tremble in fear and laughter at the same time.
Be sure to check out the author's other Sherlock fins as well, which take place in the same timeline. Comments: In which Sherlock Holmes was university friends with none other than Rachel Maddow.
Can Sherlock uncover the League's real agenda and the identity of its leader before it's too late? Comments: Interesting casein; perhaps a tad inclined towards Bond-esqueness (it's even mentioned in-series), but well-written and considerably suspenseful regardless.
Comments: A detailed and in-depth take on Post Reichenbach, up to the reunion, that focuses on the people Sherlock has left behind trying to clear his name. This one delves particularly deeply into the issue with the tabloids by introducing a sympathetic journalist and goes into the work of the street artists with uncommon and intriguing depth.
Recommended by: Luke, Aroma, solecist77 Status: Complete Synopsis: Dr. John Watson is turned into an eight-year-old child, dealing with Sherlock who doesn't know him in a world where he was never born. Comments: Quite possibly the greatest alternate reality FIC to come out of the Sherlock fandom.
Wee, Doctor! starts off as an essentially crack!FIC, but quickly dives into an unbelievably complicated and intricate plot spanning 2 sequels Small Families and Bantam Wars. Recommended by: kls81 Status: Complete Synopsis: In which Moriarty is a Magnificent Bastard to a poor hotel bellhop who is clearly outmatched.
Pairings : Sebastian Moran/Jim Moriarty Comments : This FIC is incredible from beginning to end; it's definitely worth the time it will take to read it. It gets especially angst towards the end(so if you don't like that kind of stuff then you might want to find something else) but the author's characterization of Moriarty and Sebastian is, in my opinion, on point.
Recommended by Heaters, Freya Crescent, Finnish, Hot Cholera Status : Complete Synopsis : A post-Reichenbach John-centric lengthy FIC showcasing his psychological development mostly in the form of inner monologues as he comes to realize just how much Sherlock had really meant to him and struggles in equal parts to hold on to him and to let him go. It's one of the most subtle and knowledgeable depictions of human psyche this proper has ever seen in fiction.
Recommended by: Dichotomy Status : Complete Synopsis : “Serial Killer AU. Sherlock has never just played on the legal side of the law, and murder is just as fascinating however you approach it.
Recommended by Heaters, Andre Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock Synopsis : Violin music, 19th-century poets, and a string of puzzles presented to Sherlock by an enigmatic client (or adversary? ), who prefers to stay in the shadows Comments : A heartwarming story, a clever case FIC and rich in culture.
While the case itself is rather brilliant and masterfully crafted, Sherlock and especially John are painfully IOC. Specifically John thinks like a teenager and is somewhat bumbling and rather useless.
Comments : A gender bent Sherlock as an irresponsible mother and John just back from the war barge a stroller through the events of A Study In Pink. It's credible, interesting, and we get to see a side to John which many fanfics choose to ignore.
A sequel and a bunch of tie-ins accessible through the Author's profile flesh out the story a lot more and really allow readers to get into the character's heads. Recommended by: veer serif, flaming pie, The Corsair 20, darknesshiddeninlight, Rose And Heather, Andre, Numbuh9494, Meandering River, SourEmerald Status : Complete Paring : John/ Sherlock Synopsis : Sherlock is a well-known fan artist whose online antics always land him on fandom_wank.
Reading almost like a love letter to fandom, jumper fucker and consulting_detective are fully fledged characters in their own right. Warning : Major character death(s) Comments : Although I've said that everything Sherlock on this writer's journal is worth reading, if I had to single out one piece of work that's completely unmissable, it's this sequence.
The first piece was written in response to this heartbreaking kink meme request, and I can't think of anyone better to have taken it on. Recommended by AIESME, Numbuh9494 Status : Complete Pairing : Slow-developing (it's not explicit until Part 4) John/ Sherlock Synopsis : What begins as a way to stop Sherlock from freezing becomes a habit, much to John's dismay.
Synopsis : Sherlock must solve his biggest mystery yet: who left the toilet seat up. Comments : It's a ridiculously silly yet surprisingly romantic crack slash.
“I can deduce from your tone of voice and lack of concentration on our conversation that you are not truly sorry for leaving the toilet seat up or leaving pee on said toilet seat, John Watson.” Recommended by Cytoplasm Cookie Status : Complete Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : Sherlock doesn't call or text John when there is an explosion at Baker Street, and he finds out while watching TV.
Recommended by Already Sunshine, kph2pt0, The Corsair 20, Aroma Status : Complete Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : John dies in Afghanistan and returns to 221 B Baker Street as a ghost. Comments : This FIC takes a novelty premise and turns it into something genuinely beautiful.
Sherlock and John are perfectly in character, and it's amazing to watch as their relationship progresses. This story will leave you with a melancholy ache in your chest and tears threatening your eyes, but also with a firm sense of optimism and a genuinely good feeling.
The Lizzy verse by Anonymous (Link is to the Kink Meme thread containing all stories.) Recommended by The Blood Sharpie, libraries, kph2pt0 Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock, but it's kept PG; they kiss about once and the most obvious way you can tell they love each other is by how they react when the other's in danger.
Comments : The fact that this proper loathes children but loves this 'verse should tell you something about the strength of the narrative itself. It's written in a non-linear point of view, but far from being confusing, it has the effect of being put together like a jigsaw puzzle, because that it exactly what's happening.
Sherlock has a rather... unorthodox method of parenting, which John finds exasperating and expected at once, but it works, and it's adorable, and because of it, Lizzy is not a child. Recommended by libraries, Salty Avocado Status : Complete Pairing : Heavily implied Sherlock /John Synopsis : Lestrade and the police department meet once a week at a pub to rant about Holmes.
Comments : Absolutely hilarious in terms of everybody's speculations on Holmes and Watson's relationship. Lestrade and Donovan and the rest of the cast become unintentionally obsessed with Holmes's love life.
Recommended by balayage, regaled, Intact, yeah, Guests Who Status : Dormant Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : How a Sherlock /John relationship might play out. But the writing is erudite and very funny, and this proper loves the intoxicating madman who is Sherlock, and the competent, moral John.
While I very much enjoyed the FIC based on this recommendation it was hardly as dark as the previous made it out to be, while the relationship presented is hardly 'ideal' it is easily one of the more believable and in character fins I've read. And the Sherlock /John relationship, however codependent, insane and at times downright dangerous it might be, is so intense it will make a complete emotional mess out of you, too.
Totally not recommended for the faint-hearted, but if you happen to be a Nightmare Fetishist and/or just really like almost disgustingly codependent relationships, chances are you'll love this. Also check out Word string's new story, All the Best and Brightest Creatures that details what happens when a young Sherlock catches Carl Powers' murderer, and meets an extraordinary ex-army doctor shortly before Jim Moriarty is due to be released from prison.
The Paradox series shows how someone like Sherlock might actually think. Recommended by balayage Status : Complete Synopsis : Siblings, brothels and cormorants.
Comments : Check out the rest of this author's work, which is wry and well-observed and very funny, particularly the witty “The Case of The Asphyxiated Arafat”. Recommended by Epitome O Random, The Corsair 20 Status : Complete Synopsis : Death changes people.
After John's wife, Mary, dies suddenly, change becomes all too clear. Comments : No, it's not a hurt comfort FIC where John dives into Sherlock's arms right after the funeral.
Recommended by veer serif, AIESME, Andre Status : Complete Synopsis : Original prompt: Sherlock. John/ Sherlock Comments : 1,555 words of “lobster slash”, pure unadulterated crack of the highest caliber.
Kidnapping, slash or pre-class, M-rated for the safety Comments : It is beautifully and uniquely handled. The style is poetic and breathtakingly subtle, with undercurrents of resonating darkness.
Recommended by Tutor Girl 3, seconded by Lightning Status : Complete Pairing : Sherlock /John; pre-class moving into explicit slash Synopsis : Events after The Great Game leave Sherlock dependent on his best friend and colleague. It's very well-paced, nothing too rushed, and has some of the best and most believable characterizations of Sherlock and John that I've read.
Extra props for including Sarah in a classic without turning her into a huge bitch. Seconded so hard through a veil of tears still streaming down my face.
In character, and John being the protagonist manages to show the story beautifully through his eyes. I actually had to take a shower afterword to hide the fact there were tears everywhere, not just my face.
This proper loves slash, but hates character death with a passion. It's for good reason that it's likely the most famous of all Sherlock fan fictions, and if you have any trace of happiness left in you after reading it, watch this incredible David set to Christina Perry's 'A Thousand Years'.
Recommended by Ginger Time lady, ticktacktoe Status : Dormant Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : Sherlock discovers John's secret: he's writing a roman à clef novel about their adventures. A rare humor FIC that manages to characterize nicely outside the crack premise, the inserts you read of John's novel (the main characters being Sherwood Stone and Jake Weston) are not only brilliantly awful, but Sherlock's reactions to reading them (along with his inner Grammar Nazi tendencies) are liable to have you doubled over with laughter.
It gets a bit confusing, and for some reason every character is an alcoholic (and someone please explain to me who Amanda is?) Sherlock taps an old rival, Syndicate gang lawyer Irene Adler, for information, but eventually finds himself in a very compromising position.
Written from the PO Vs of both John and Sherlock (via blog and personal journal), this story is very well researched, eloquent and keeps everyone in-character. The writer correctly estimates that Sherlock's relationship with Irene would be a damaged one of backstabbing and manipulation rather than true romantic love.
Filled with moments of hilarious dry wit from both John and Sherlock, and Irene's interpretation presents a definite challenge for Holmes. Recommended by ticktacktoe, Corvallis Status : Complete Synopsis : “Lestrade and Donovan make a bet regarding Sherlock and John.
Comments : Funny, well-written from the point of view of those around John and Sherlock (with some nice nods to canon characters with Greg son and John Race), and with the interesting format of being entirely composed of emails and messages sent to members of the Yard. This proper is quite hard to please (especially where comedy is concerned) and couldn't stop laughing from beginning to end.
Also recommended from this author: His Last Bow, a beautifully rendered imagining of the end of Sherlock and John's life together, missing punctuation aside. Recommended by Even Bookworm, Voodoo Child, RoseAndHeather, Andre, Amber Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock Synopsis : A novel length casein AU, in which Sherlock and John meet ten months and three-and-a-half thousand miles earlier.
The story opens when Mycroft convinces Sherlock to go to Afghanistan to solve a case. The sheer badasses of John Watson and Sherlock Holmes is also very hot.
The world building abundantly queer has done is impeccable, giving a perfect look into Royal Marines in Afghanistan and creating characters wholesale that the audience comes to love (Math and Hesse will get you). Our canon characters are also developed in such a way that Sherlock Holmes, soldier, isn't quite that far a stretch, and the scenes with Sherlock and Mycroft ring with a perfect familial begrudging affection.
Recommended by Pickled Plums, Aroma, Numbuh9494 Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock Synopsis : A fairly short glimpse into the life of Holmes and Watson as a married couple. It's heartwarming and follows the couple over years of marriage with the normal events of death, retirement, and negotiation of their roles as each other's literal Heterosexual Life-Partners.
Recommended by Into, Voodoo Child, RoseAndHeather, Numbuh9494 Status : Complete Pairing : Mycroft/Lestrade Synopsis : Lestrade and Mycroft meet while getting John and Sherlock out of the blown-up swimming pool. Comments : WIP, but every part of the series is a finished story arch in and of itself.
Not only does the story give a fully-rounded look into Greg Lestrade (as well as his awesome nieces), and Mycroft Holmes, but it also fleshes out Anthem into a wonderful supporting character and support for Mycroft. Mycroft's characterization is spot-on, and Lestrade gains Hidden Depths that make perfect sense.
Molly decides it's time she stopped letting Sherlock and Jim read her like a book. Recommended by Rose And Heather, Intact, Terrie, Andre, Aroma, Numbuh9494, Naomi Hansen, caughtbluehanded Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock Synopsis : Sherlock Holmes is an Oscar winner in the midst of a career slump.
It is touching without being cheesy, provides a real conflict without becoming too angst, the relationship between Sherlock and John works out beautifully and realistically, the author has really done her research, the subtle meta and inside jokes are brilliant and even the sex is steamy. The premise sounds like nonsense, but is handled with perfect skill.
Recommended by millernumber1 Status : Dormant Pairing : Molly/ Sherlock, John/Sarah Synopsis: In the wake of John and Sarah's marriage, Molly decides to make some changes to her life. Comments: Though now Tossed by series 2, this trilogy of fins captures Molly, Sherlock, John, Sarah, and the rests' personalities, voices, loves, fears, and desires perfectly (as of The Great Game).
Recommended by selkie72, Andre Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock Synopsis : It's for science. Bonus points for the author knowing his/her stuff re: experiment design.
Recommended by Musicrox4ever Status : Complete Pairing : Mys trade Synopsis : For Queen and Country: Of first meetings. The immediate threat on Mycroft's life has been temporarily terminated, but the case isn't over yet.
With Sherlock and John safe outside the country, how will Mycroft handle the situation? Comments : Though I still find the Mys trade pairing quite far fetched due to canon, these two fictions make a great read and make this proper a slight fan of the pairing outside of canon.
The writing is quite fantastic, the characters are bound to their canon characterizations like iron (though I feel Sherlock and John need a bit of work), and the Mys trade pairing itself, surprisingly, is not overdone. The writer does well to steer clear of all the typical clichés usually found in shnen and AOI fan fiction thus far.
Recommended by Intact, goodbyejohnnythunders Status : Dormant Pairing : John/ Sherlock Synopsis : It all started with a night at the pub... It uses the drinking as a subtle plot device while keeping the characterization spot on with a lot of dry humor and clever banter.
This 56,000 word work gives us Molly's story from preseason to post-Reichenbach, and always keeps to the basic timeline. Molly is a wonderful character in the canon and this story fills in so much backstory that fits perfectly with Molly's actions in the series and makes her, if possible, an even more amazing character.
In accordance with the times, they had to send him through a rigorous and demeaning process called feminization, to make it socially acceptable for him to marry a man. It was in hopes that Sherlock's husband could take over the company while their eldest son, Mycroft, was groomed into something resembling a decent CEO.
Who they found was James Moriarty, the youngest son of a firearms manufacturer and certainly qualified to take the Holmes Corporation under his wing. While on a steamship taking him and his fiancé to America to be married, Sherlock met a man named John Watson.
Only the first chapter has been posted so far, but already it is evident that Ironic Narwhal is truly avoiding sacrificing characterization for the storyline, and doing it brilliantly. Recommended by RoseAndHeather Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock Summary : Sherlock Holmes was not the kind of woman a man brought home to meet the family.
She wasn't even the kind of woman most men brought home, full stop. Comments : Perfect, flawless Gender Flip that needs to be read by everyone ever.
One is a broken almost was at the end of his career, the other an arrogant rising star tipped for greatness. This 100k+ novel traces John and Sherlock's unexpected romance over the course of two weeks that will change both their lives.
Draws heavily from the 2004 film Wimbledon, but a unique Sherlock spin is obvious. Recommended by RoseAndHeather, Andre Status : Dormant Pairing : John/ Sherlock Summary : A consulting detective and a recently graduated doctor meet and fall in love in 1937.
The writing is evocative, tender, sweet, and intense, and John and Sherlock are recognizably themselves, and yet also very many men of their time. Comments : A stream of consciousness story from Sherlock's point of view that is brilliant in how it manages to capture his voice.
Mary is a deliciously flawed character who is beautifully developed in all her compulsive lying and oddly touching care for John. Recommended by Andre Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock Summary : Mycroft gives Sherlock the apparently simple task of solving a puzzle box containing a stolen microchip.
Recommended by Van Squiggle, Numbuh9494, On No Maggie Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock, John/Others Summary : They'd never talked about sex in the year they'd known each other. Well, that wasn't quite correct: Sherlock had never said a word about sex; John had bemoaned his personal dearth of it on many occasions.
It's pretty long (this proper spent an entire day reading it) but it's definitely worth it. Emma grant 01 writes really, Wonderful porn, and has an incredible ear for character voices.
Recommended by good fellow Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock Summary : Everyone had a gift. Others still had brilliant minds that cut through the mundane of everyday life to expose the wonder underneath.
Comments : One of the best Sherlock fins I've read in a long time. There is a subtle sort of quirkiness and whimsy mixed in with the rather dark theme of the story, and the lightheartedness is balanced with the macabre in an expert fashion.
A beautiful, touching read that tugs on your heartstrings but ultimately leaves you in an uplifted mood. Recommended by country matters Status : Complete Pairing : John/ Sherlock Summary : Arranged marriage AU.
On top of that, the voices of John and Sherlock are spot-on (and often hilarious), there is awesome character development, the writing is beautiful, and the ever-so-slowly-resolving MUST is really fricking hot. Recommended by LaMemeDirection, SourEmerald Status : Dormant Pairing : John/ Sherlock Summary : “I like to think of this not so much as a blog but as the first draft of my inevitably best -selling memoirs.
Comments : This incredible, novel-length FIC takes a not-remotely-promising premise (kiddie told from the first-person POV of a teenaged OC) and turns it into utter brilliance. The fact that it's written by the same author as 'Alone on the Water' and 'Performance in a Leading Role' should tell you all you need to know.
Recommended by Renate Tum Status : Complete Pairing : Sherlock /Irene Summary : Missing scenes from the end of A Si B, which unfold over the span of about 48 hours. The characterization of both Irene and Sherlock and the dialogue between the two is spot on, exactly like it was in the episode.
There are some pretty thrilling and exciting plot twists, as well as some laughs and tears. Comments : This FIC, while being wonderfully funny, also gives some marvelous characterization of DI Lestrade.
Recommended by Silverware and Black Kat Status : Dormant Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : John's on crutches and off the rugby team. When John saves Sherlock from getting beaten up by his teammates, it's the start of a long and complicated friendship.
However, this is most definitely AU for reasons that would spoil the suspense if explained but will become immediately apparent upon reading. Comments : There's a good deal of plot here, and some fairly nice romance.
Granted, the plot-line of a paper house could have stood to be more gritty, realistic, and somewhat better fleshed out, but the series as a whole is still quite the gem among the plethora of mindless smut that is the slash fanfic genre. Recommended by Silverware Status : Complete Pairings : Molly/Sebastian Moran, Sherlock /John, Mycroft/Lestrade Synopsis : Horse!AU.
Sherlock and Mycroft are proud racehorses on unbeatable winning streaks; Molly is Sebastian's childhood friend who helps him tend his family's stable following his discharge from the British army; Lestrade is a former steeplechase champion whose injured leg has caused him to lose any chance of racing again. When Sherlock's unruly behavior becomes too much for any but his jockey, James Moriarty, to handle, the Moran's bring John, an aging police horse from New York's mounted force, to keep their errant stallion company and in check.
An interesting take on animal!FIC, and the author has managed to characterize them well despite most of the major characters no longer being human. Obviously, a lot of artistic license has been taken in regard to horse racing, stable keeping, and all associated procedures thereof for the sake of dramatic effect, but you can read through this without having to suspend disbelief too much.
Comments : This is still the rough version of this fic, and it will be posted in edited form later, but I feel that is one of the bestirs in the fandom and should be read, even in rough form. This FIC started from a kink prompt with a tentacled alien and with this author it grew into a huge epic.
John emotionally seems like an insecure teenager, but the author explains that this was caused by isolation, PTSD and being away from Sherlock. Recommended by Black Kat Status : Complete Synopsis : Darkie, serial killer AU.
Sherlock Holmes is a serial killer, cocaine addict, part-time assassin for his government official brother, part-time consulting detective for New Scotland Yard. John Watson is jobless and depressed after his stint in Afghanistan and is sinking into the soporific comfort of prescription painkillers, alcohol, and gambling.
Comments : This series is gritty, insane, sadistic, morally bankrupt...and yet it's almost frightening how it's not all that difficult to imagine any of the characters here doing what they do. Warnings : About what you'd expect from a story featuring an arrogant psychopath and his morally indeterminate partner.
Substance abuse, major and minor character death, sexual encounters, general cruelty, extreme lack of empathy, and a very harsh, unhappy ending for most of those involved. And though poetic justice is served in the end, the conclusion is far from being 'satisfactory' in the conventional sense of the word-perfect closure though it does provide.
Recommended by Black Kat Status : Complete Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : Ten years after meeting Sherlock Holmes, John Watson has successfully kept only one secret from the world's only consulting detective; the most important secret he's ever had. Now, drawn into an impossible web of murders at Latham Hall, John learns the terrible price a man must pay for keeping certain things secret.
Comments : Quite nice as far as romance fins go, and the accompanying ghost story / murder investigation is quite the treat. Recommended by Silverware and Black Kat Status : Complete Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : When Sherlock hears that love is an endless mystery, he concludes that falling in love would mean he'll never be bored again, and begins an internet dating mission to find his One True Love.
Recommended by Silverware Status : Complete Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : “I love Sherlock, ” John says out loud, testing how the words feel in his mouth. Recommended by Black Kat Status : Complete Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : Sherlock navigates John and a case with his usual tact and social grace.
Comments : The pros: If you ever find yourself in need of Sherlock !POV, and utterly tired of endless relationship angst, this is your go-to FIC. Recommended by Silverware Status : Complete Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : John knows he has an unusual relationship with his flatmate.
Comments : Very in-character and quite a fun read, especially how the later chapters refer back to earlier ones at unexpected times. Recommended by Morgue Mouse Status : Complete Pairings : Molly/ Sherlock, Greg/John, Irene/Sally, Moriarty/Moran Synopsis : Sherlock Holmes, a very unusual sort of pirate, needs help from a famous physician named Dr. Hooper.
Comments : An early 19th Century Romance Novel pirate AU that manages to keep all the characters, even Sherlock (actually 'especially' Sherlock) in character. It's full of action, fantastic love scenes and is wonderfully researched for the period.
Recommended by Black Kat and Silverware Status : Complete Pairings : Sherlock /John, John/Sarah (past, mentioned), John/Mary Morgan (past, mentioned) Synopsis : Love, John muses, is sort of like a Quentin Tarantino film. But this particular take on that done-to-death cliché is very different: in-character, logical, funny as hell, and not even technically slash you really have to read it to see what makes it so good.
At only eight years old he's been moved from Dublin to a London care home for difficult youngsters, having attempted to kill his parents and baby sister in a house fire. His roommate is ten years old Sebastian Moran, a painfully shy but incredibly violent little boy.
Recommended by Black Kat Status : Complete Pairings : John/Original Female Character (past, mentioned), Sherlock /John (pre-class, does not lead onto slash) Synopsis : In the end, John knew exactly where things had started to go wrong. Comments : One of the more plausible versions of the aftermath of John's marrying and moving out of 221B for good.
Based on the ACD story, The Speckled Band, this FIC nonetheless holds its own and doesn't borrow anything more than the basic premise from the source; the method of killing and the finer details of the case are of the author's own invention. Comments : A good case FIC, great characterization, and wonderful married-couple-esque wordless communication between Sherlock and John that later becomes imperative for catching the criminal.
Recommended by: essentialyetappealed Status : Complete Synopsis : When Amish is diagnosed with cancer, his parents have two entirely separate ways of coping. Beautiful, incredibly written, and every single characterization in their grief is absolutely perfect.
The saddest Parent!lock and one of the best Sherlock fins I've ever come across. Recommended by: Star Valkyrie and Black Kat, Amber Status : Complete Synopsis : First, he is shot in Afghanistan.
Third is pain, fourth is normalcy, fifth is agony and sixth is confusion. Pairing(s) : John/ Sherlock Comments : This is the first installment of an ongoing series, Watches 'Verse, and has a sequel: Elsewhere Come Morning.
Recommended by Cactus Wren, Ghastdream Status : Complete Pairing : John/Mycroft Synopsis : A series of five John croft stories. The first, Unconventional Medicine “, involves Mycroft coming to John's surgery with a rather delicate problem, getting his first prostate exam, and enjoying it rather more than is usual.
Things proceed from there involving, in the various stories, scrambled eggs at 221b, possibly custom-made antique furniture at the Holmes es' family pile, unbridled post-Reichenbach rage sex at the Diogenes Club, and a blindfold. Mycroft Holmes, British Government when he want busy being the Secret Service or the CIA, apparently had an intensely erotic response to prostate stimulation.
A very good Doctor would make a light comment, carry out the full examination as sensitively as possible and perhaps have a little chat afterwards about how, properly administered, certain forms of internal massage could enhance patient well-being and how tailor made devices widely available on the internet were almost always preferable to homemade solutions as long as a proper sanitization regime was followed. Proceeding with the examination in a way which would deliberately stimulate the patient further would, on the other hand, be the response of a very bad Doctor.
Mycroft was clearly under a lot of pressure, being stimulated to a peak of intense sexual pleasure might be just the kind of stress relief he needed. Even if you're in a closed cubicle, do not read at work: there are visual images here that will draw an audible reaction.
Recommended by : Damascus 95 Status : Complete Synopsis : Molly Hooper has been a constant in Jim Moriarty life for a long time. Pairings : Sherlock /Molly, Moriarty/Molly Comments : AU where Molly and Jim knew each other as children and were involved with each other long before the events of the series.
Sherlock had tasted every area, and the saltiest was obviously the rocks at the shore. He longed for it viscerally in a way that clutched in his chest, burning his lungs, searing the length of his arms until his fingers closed protectively around his palms.
Sherlock ducked against the rocks, head bowed and arms wrapped tightly around himself. Tears stung hotly at his eyes and cooled immediately against his cheeks.
A sob wrenched itself free of his throat, and then another, each carried off and lost on the ceaseless wind. Recommended by yeah Status : Dormant Pairing: Sherlock /John (The Consulting God/Prince Iron Dasosarchëidês) Synopsis: In the post-Trojan War Bronze Age of ancient Greek myth, an enigmatic new God with a gift for deduction is sent to put a stop to the lifesaving ways of a warrior-prince with healing hands.
But suddenly Prince Iron's moved in with the Consulting God, and they've started solving crimes together. Comments: An extremely well-researched and accurate Bronze Age story, melded rather beautifully with the myth of Eros and Psyche.
The cases they take involve figures of myth and often incorporate completely new elements, from the reason Bellerophon was bucked from Pegasus' back to Pyramus and This be being murdered to cover up a political crime. Recommended by: The Wild West Pro Status : Complete Pairing: Padlock, Sherlock /Adler Synopsis: Post-S3.
Two years ago, Sherlock Holmes faked his suicide and has since gone back to his old life at Baker St. When the mysterious Irene Adler returns, the man is faced with his greatest challenge yet; the possibility of love.
As an old foe returns, Sherlock, John and Irene must cooperate to survive. Recommended by: The Wild West Pro Status : Complete Pairing: Padlock, Sherlock /Adler Synopsis: The four times someone found Irene's picture and the one that she found it herself.
Recommended by: fruitstripegum Status : Complete Pairing: John/ Sherlock Synopsis: “Were looking for him. John pointed up the stairs to the portrait hanging proudly against the wall. It was blackened and torn in places, but two faces, one of a pretty woman and one of a dark haired boy remained unmarred, staring blankly out into the night.
Recommended by: fruitstripegum Status : Complete Pairing: John/ Sherlock Synopsis: Sherlock is thrown out of his home by his brother, Lord Mycroft Holmes. But even he couldn't foresee the arrival of Captain John Amish Watson.
Recommended by: Polaris Status: Complete Pairing: Mycroft/Lestrade, background John/ Sherlock Synopsis : After Reichenbach, Mycroft and Lestrade drink Scotch, play chess, and keep an eye on John Watson. I love this because the author recognizes that Lestrade is quite clever in his own way, enough to even surprise Holmes.
The 'arc' of the series covers the period during which Sherlock is “dead” and ends with “The Empty House,” but there are several side stories. Recommended by Nova tel Status : Dormant Crossover with Harry Potter Synopsis : Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter are both starting their first year in Hogwarts, and a chance meeting aboard the Hogwarts Express forever changes the warding world in the most curious fashion.
Comments : The author writes a pretty interesting story that replaces Ron Weasley with eleven-year-old Sherlock. Harry eventually decides to throw away his common sense to remain both sane and friends with Sherlock, becoming very much like John.
Recommended by sauronlulz, Dark fire 359 Status : Complete Crossover with Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Artemis Fowl, Doctor Who and others. Pairing : None Synopsis : Spock summons Data, Artemis Fowl, Eleven, and Sherlock to discuss how to defeat their worst enemy: fangirls.
Comments : Funny, with in-character dialogue and good commentary on unrestrained shipping impulses. Sherlock makes enough contributions to the council (read: shows off non-stop) that the FIC is linked here despite all the crossovers.
Recommended by Xi theta, Andre Status : Dormant Crossover with His Dark Materials Pairing : Sherlock /John Synopsis : John and his dæmon, Marisa, have never quite fit in, largely because she settled as a wolf dog. Sherlock and Daniel are similarly isolated, mostly because the woman they call Mummy is a witch.
These two men and their dæmons end up sharing a flat together and the rest, as they say, is history. And with a witch-clan out for John's blood and a man known as Moriarty emerging from the shadows, they're certainly not going to be bored.
Comments : Not yet complete, I believe, but so far a wonderfully detailed retelling of series one, its prelude and aftermath, with useful daemon input and clever references to HDM canon. The use of daemons allows for some interesting character study, especially with Sherlock and John, and doubly especially because most people John meets since his introduction to Sherlock are unaware that Marisa is a wolf dog.
There is a truly brilliant moment where Marisa growls and everyone but Sherlock is shocked that John has a large predator for a daemon. Recommended by aceofannwn Status : Complete Crossover with Black Books Synopsis : Mycroft Holmes and Bernard Black have an Epic Romance, which involves a great deal of expensive wine.
It's only a short story, but it's well-executed and the fact that the reader is left to fill in the gaps with their own speculation and imagination is far funnier, I think, than if the author had actually written out how Mycroft and Bernard ended up where (and how) they do. There are a number of places where the punctuation and so on could be improved (the author needs to fix the typos), but generally the FIC is quite readable despite that.
Recommended by The Corsair 20, Muncie, Snickers Status : Complete Crossover with post-series Harry Potter Synopsis : John Watson spends seven years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he meets the boy who will become the greatest man he'll ever know. Comments : An absolutely brilliant look at the way the story would play out if all the characters lived in the Harry Potter universe.
The characters are perfect and the relationship between the two boys is exactly how it would play out if they were to meet as children and grow up together. Fair warning, though, I started it at about midnight on a school night and ended up barely sleeping.
Occasionally, the situation will mirror one had in cannon (E.g. Sherlock and John's “Hero” conversation from The Great Game, The misunderstandings at Angelo's in A Study in Pink) The third chapter is also pretty many floods of heartwarming as the boys get to know each other properly, so there's that. Recommended by Ginger Time lady Status : Complete Crossover with The Bourne Identity Synopsis : He doesn't remember his name.
Comments : Normally crossover fins don't do a thing for me, but this author manages to be true to the spirit of both Bourne and Sherlock. Recommended by Sadistic Apathy Status : Complete Crossover with Ashes to Ashes (2008) Synopsis : What with bombs going off and the potential to be sent into a coma, Sherlock wanders into CID demanding his blogger back.
Great banter between Gene and Sherlock, and they both know where they stand; this isn't a buddy-cop story, yet they respect each other. “There was something perversely pleasing in knowing that the man who was going to take him down didn do it because of hatred, or love, or despair; but out of chilly logic.
Recommended by Sadistic Apathy, Salty avocado Status : Complete Crossover with Water ship Down Synopsis : Moments of Lestrade's life where he's crossed paths with the Black Rabbit and survived. Comments : The level of seeker in this is amazing, right down to the character's names, which have been translated to fit the rabbit language.
Takes place after The Great Game and after a Amish ending of the Harry Potter books. It's an interesting take on what Harry would do if stranded in a different world and a bit more realistic (character building wise) than many other fins because Asama doesn't just conveniently 'forget' real life issues like money.
The FIC is taken from the end of The Great Game and splashes down, literally, in a HATED Alternate Universe. Comments : Relatively well-written, and fairly amusing as well, the author really manages to turn this crossover into something extremely entertaining.
Recommended by Single Lomien Status : Complete Crossover with Harry Potter Synopsis : The Dursley's are found to be unsuitable guardians, so Harry is taken to live with his cousin... Sherlock Holmes. Four-year-olds are not to have access to chemicals, body parts, glass, or flames.
Recommended by: Beulah, Andre Status: Complete (... I think?) Crossover Fandom(s): Bridget Jones Synopsis : Sherlock Holmes keeps a diary.
Pairing(s) : Unrequited Sherlock /John Comments : Though sometimes pretty wildly out of character as Sherlock and Bridget Jones meld together to become a bizarre apostolic hybrid, this is always laugh-out-loud, ribs-achingly hilarious; a wonderful, funny, brilliant crack FIC that just completely works. Still in progress, the author has covered up until the March of the year of season one in which time Molly is Sherlock's custard cream dispenser and shoulder-to-cry-on, Mycroft is eyebrow deep in trifle (probably), John thinks Sherlock is extraordinary and Mrs. Mike Stamford has many an apoplexy.
Recommended by: perinatal, SourEmerald Status: Complete Crossover Fandom(s): Harry Potter Synopsis : The birth of the Ministry of Magic and his relationship with the British Government. Pairing(s) : Mycroft Holmes and Harry Potter Comments : One shot.
Recommended by Black Kat Status: Complete Crossover Fandom(s): Silent Hill. When Sherlock receives a text summoning him to Silent Hill, he's intent on reclaiming his friend...but the town has other ideas.
Warnings : Torture (both physical and psychological), extreme angst, murder, mutilation, dismemberment, non-graphic references to sex (very brief)...the usual warnings that are to be expected given the theme, but no rape or dub-con (or, for that matter, sexual content) at all. Last Updated July 7, 2011, Crossover Fandom(s): Push Synopsis : John is an unregistered Stitch working as a medic for the British army in Afghanistan; Sherlock is a brilliant Sniff rumored to be the best in his field; Mycroft is a genius Pusher who strives to gain complete control of the British Division as means of retaliation against the oppressive environment he and Sherlock were raised in.
The meeting between these three and subsequent events throw John's life completely off-kilter. Comments : Very nicely done fusion; the author has picked psychic powers that are a perfect fit for their respective wielders considering their personalities and abilities as seen in BBC canon.
Warnings : Sadly, the series grinds to an abrupt halt after 6 installments, with no continuation in sight. Recommended by La Meme Direction, SourEmerald Status: Complete Crossover Fandom(s): The Parent Trap Synopsis : Some sort of combination between a crossover and an AU.
Sherlock and John marry, have twin daughters then divorce, each of them taking one of the girls. The twins then meet accidentally at summer camp and decide to switch places.
The plot starts off very similar to that of the original movie, but morphs into its own story partway through to accommodate for the personalities of the characters. It's nothing short of incredible that the author made a story as touching and heartwarming as this out of a very crack premise.
Recommended by Black Kat Status: Complete Crossover Fandom(s) Red wall Synopsis : When Martin, Warrior of Red wall, is killed mysteriously, Abbess Tansy sends for the only creatures in Moss flower who might be able to solve the case: the otter detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his friend, ex-Long Patrol hedgehog John Watson. Set between Pearls of Extra and The Long Patrol in the Red wall chronology.
In Which Neither Colson nor Sherlock are Dead by The Dull Yellow Eye While Colson's recovering from being stabbed in the chest by a magical spear, Fury is rapidly running out of Agents willing to play babysitter for the newly founded Avengers.
So he calls in Captain John Watson, late of the British Royal Army, and blogger and best friend to the infamously antisocial presumably deceased Sherlock Holmes. Because even a team of dysfunctional superheroes can't faze that man after being a roommate to Sherlock Holmes and John needs something to occupy his time with.
Recommended by feral Status: Complete Crossover Fandom(s) : Star Trek Into Darkness Synopsis : Mycroft should have let the idea of Sherlock rest in peace. Recommended by Rail and Star Valkyrie Status: Complete Crossover Fandom(s) : Rivers of London, Matthew Swift Synopsis : In which John Watson is a war sorcerer recently invalided home from Afghanistan.
A fusion with the Matthew Swift novels, but no prior knowledge is needed. Recommended by Bookworm 40139 Status: Complete Crossover Fandom(s): ThePhantomOfTheOpera Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson/ Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler/Kate, Irene Adler/ Sherlock Holmes Synopsis: After years of waiting for wealthy patrons to faint, Dr John Watson discovers a far more interesting patient in the opera house basement.
Synopsis: For saving the lives of his friends, Bilbo gets their eternal gratitude. Status : Complete Crossover Fandom(s) : The Hobbit Synopsis : Sherlock is Smug.
Sherlock and John do exist with Sarah and Earth taking up the main plot line. Recommended by fruitstripegum Status: Complete Crossover Fandom(s): Hobbit Synopsis: Nine-year-old Sherlock finds someone under the hedge.
Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis Status: Complete Crossover with: White Collar Synopsis: If Neal Camera ran and Sherlock Holmes gave chase, who would win? Recommended by: Time Lord Victorious Status: One shot, complete Crossover with: Doctor Who is a Synopsis: In 2010, Sherlock had been working as a Consulting Detective for five years.
Notes: The episode revolves around Sherlock investigating Rose Tyler's disappearance from back in Series 1 of the Doctor Who revival, while also throwing in his drug troubles as a subplot. Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis Status: Complete Crossover with: Girl Genius Synopsis: In a world ruled by mad science, Sherlock is a mad scientist and John is clearly his minion.