Tessa's DareTessa tiptoed quietly through the cemetery. The moon was out, but it didn't do a very good job of clearing away the mist that hung low over the cemetery. Tessa pushed her glasses back up the bridge of her nose, nervously. There were several trees planted around the tombstones, all looking like ghostly hands reaching for the sky and freedom. She walked past the tombstones, which were a ghastly white. They seemed to be floating in a sea of mist.
As Tessa walked by a particularly ugly tombstone with a gargoyle on top, she felt something grab her ponytail. Tessa screamed in fright and lunged forward, away from the grasping fingers. When she looked back, Tessa saw a few strands of her black hair hanging from a tree branch. She giggled at herself and walked to the crypts along the back wall of the cemetery. She was searching for a certain crypt, one that said McManlon on the door. She came to the first one and read the name. Harlon.
"That's not it," Tessa told herself and moved on. She conti
DancingTony was sitting in his workshop, working on a flaw in one of his gauntlet repulsors. It had a tendency to overload and lean towards exploding when used too much. Tony, however, loved his hands, needed them really, and didn't want that to happen. He was so involved in trying to fix the gauntlet that he had completely missed the fact that Steve had used his access code to get in and was currently sketching him.Dancing1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Tony finally found the problem, a fierce grin on his face. With a deft twist of his hands, he repaired the gauntlet and sighed. Putting it down, he looked up and stretched, freezing when he saw Steve sitting across from him. A cool breeze on the few inches of skin left bared by his t-shirt caused Tony to lower his arms slowly, studying the other man. Was that a slight blush he could see on Steve's face?
"Capsicle," Tony greeted idly, nodding at the blonde man. "Whatcha doing down here?"
"I came down here to ask you a question," Steve said softly, the blush highlighting his cheeks
Theme Prompt - StripesTwo exhausted men limped their way up the stairs to 221B. They had just finished a wild chase through the streets of London and caught a murderer, though both had been harmed in the process. John was limping, his left ankle sprained from landing wrong after jumping a fence. Sherlock grimaced, his hand running across his back. He had tripped, tripped, and slammed into a metal fence. The bars had left stripes across his back, the bruising aching as his shirt brushed it.Theme Prompt - Stripes2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Let's not do that again for a while, Sherlock," John said, heading to the kitchen to make tea.
"I heartily concur," Sherlock groaned, easing his coat off. The lost weight was enough to calm the ache in his back and he sat down in his armchair. He forgot about the scarf and flipped through the paper. He took the cup of tea absently as John walked back in and handed it to him. The doctor groaned as he eased himself down into his own chair.
"Anything interesting in the news?" John asked sardonically. He knew most thi
Theme Prompt - Fairy TaleSherlock looked up in the middle of his speech about thermonuclear dynamics and how it related to the current case and realized John was no longer there. The doctor had left a note on the coffee table next to Sherlock and he picked it up in annoyance.Theme Prompt - Fairy Tale2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Went to get some milk. Sarah texted me so I'm going to be going on a date with her after. Try not to shoot the walls while I'm gone.
Rolling his eyes, Sherlock jumped up from the couch and grabbed his phone out of the pocket of his coat. Honestly, when was John going to realize that the dates were useless? He already had a full life here helping with the cases.
'Helping me,' Sherlock's active brain supplied treacherously. He shook his head and typed out a quick text to Lestrade, telling him the killer was actually the man's brother. He flopped back down on the couch, boredom already setting in. Usually, John was effulgent in his praise of Sherlock's deductions and the detective could preen a little bit under that ado
Angel SchoolCastiel was the smallest angel in school. He had always been, for as long as he could remember. When he was younger, he would always run to his older brother Gabriel, who would hug him and tell him he was ok. The other angels always taunted poor Castiel and tried to rip his feathers out. For Castiel had black wings and no one had ever seen that before.Angel School2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
On the first day in high school, Castiel stood next to his older brother Gabriel and looked fearfully up at the white brick building. Gabriel was a senior and graduating this year while Castiel was just entering school.
"Relax, little brother," Gabriel said softly. "Everything will be ok." He patted Castiel's back just above the base of his wings and Castiel was comforted by the touch. Gabriel had never made him feel like his wings were wrong. Never made him feel like he was wrong.
"I hope so," Castiel whispered back. The bell rang and he walked inside to face the angel who was going to be his teacher for the rest of the year.
No Conductor of LightJohn had finished packing and had set his bag by the door before turning to Sherlock. The detective was sulking in his black armchair, a hair away from yelling at the telly. John walked over, blocking Sherlock’s view. Cupping the other man’s jaw tenderly, John tilted his head up until their eyes met then smiled.No Conductor of Light1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
“Are you sure you don’t want to come with me?” John asked yet again. “It’s only a small conference. I’m sure you would find it interesting to talk with some of my colleagues.”
“Boring,” Sherlock replied, waving a hand at John. “Besides, I have work here to do. With my experiments, I probably won’t even notice you’re gone.”
John knew better than to take offense to that, considering how much Sherlock had sulked and pouted since he’d told the man he was going to be gone for a week. Their relationship was still young, both men finally admitting what they felt after both had nearly died o
Benedict Who?Hey, Greg, you busy? - JWBenedict Who?2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Nope. Just finished a case. What's up, John? - GL
Kinda hoping for some company. Been a hard day. - JW
I understand. 8 month anniversary today, isn't it? - GL
... Yeah. So if you wouldn't mind coming over? - JW
Sure. I'm over at Molly's. Give me 20 minutes? - GL
See you then. - JW
A polite knock on the door about half an hour later had John limping to the door to open it. Greg Lestrade walked in, a small smile on his face. John closed the door and led the way to the armchairs in the center of the room. John took Sherlock's old chair while Greg settled into John's usual chair.
"So," Greg started quietly, staring at John. "How you holding up?"
"Been better," John said sadly. "Been worse. It just kind of hit me all at once today, you know?" Greg nodded, sending John a compassionate glance.
"What do you want to do?" Greg asked curiously. "Trade stories, sit in silence, watch telly?" John huffed out a strained laugh and ran a hand through his hair.
"I don't think I
Answer the Question"Answer the question, John," Sherlock said softly, only a thread of his usual imperiousness in his voice. He wouldn't break down to beg, not now. Not for something this important. But his eyes pleaded with John, pleaded with him to answer him.Answer the Question2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I... I can't," John replied shakily. "I need some time. You kind of just sprang this on me." John backed up, surprise and shock on his face. He tried to ignore the flash of hurt that crossed Sherlock's face before the detective turned away from him.
"Take... what time you need," Sherlock said, his voice filled with hurt. John was saved from replying by an incoming text on Sherlock's phone.
Got a case for you. Really weird one. Want in? - GL
All right. Where? - SH
881 Trenton Road. Bring John, might need his help too.- GL
Very well. Be there in about 20 minutes. - SH.
Sherlock looked up at John and tried to smile at him. It felt wrong on his face somehow, like his muscles weren't working properly. John just stared at him, his teeth clenching.
Theme Prompt - LaughThe mocking laughter from Moriarty ended in a quiet click as the speaker shut off. John and Sherlock stared at each in the sudden silence, fear and worry dancing in both of their eyes. John was the first one to break the look, swivelling his head to take in the rest of the room.Theme Prompt - Laugh2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I'm guessing you already explored the room minutely?" John asked, turning back to Sherlock. The detective nodded and sighed.
"There are three bolts on the door. I could pick them if I had something to do it with. However, I have no tools or even a bobby pin," Sherlock said, glaring at the door as if it was its fault.
"We'll figure something out," John said soothingly, laying a hand on Sherlock's arm. "My mouth is really dry right now though. Have you checked that water? Is it safe?"
"Not yet," Sherlock said dismissively. "But knowing Moriarty, probably not." They sat in silence for a few more moments, the only contact between them John's hand on Sherlock's arm. John thought furiously, trying to remember
When He SleepsSherlock detests sleep. Avoids it whenever possible. It's dull, pedestrian, unproductive and a waste of time. He only sleeps when it becomes absolutely necessary. When his body and mind are on the edge of collapse from over-exertion. Sleep was never a voluntary activity for him.When He Sleeps2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
At least that's how it used to be. Now he sleeps quite regularly. Even on cases.
But only in the back of a cab. This is because of a certain jumper-wearing doctor that shares the cabs with him. Because in the cabs he can pillow against the above-mentioned doctor and sleep quiet contently.
It started out by accident of course; this "pillowing arrangement." They'd been on a particularly brutal case for over a week; a string of child murders made to look like suicides. The killers knew what they were doing and were painstakingly thorough in covering their tracks. Even managed to feed them a few false leads. Not thorough enough to trump Sherlock though. It had taken 9 days and a 3 hour foot chase across London, but
New Anniversary"Hey, Castiel, look at this," Gabriel called to his brother over his shoulder. He had stolen Sam's laptop while the hunter was out with Dean on a food run. Cas walked up to Gabriel curiously and peered over his shoulder at the article the archangel was reading.New Anniversary2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"National Kissing Day?" Cas said, his head tilting. "What is the point of this?"
"Well, it gives you an excuse to kiss Dean senseless," Gabriel chuckled. "Though I never need one to kiss Sammy." Cas's eyes flicked over the article, reading quickly. A smile curved his lips and Gabriel knew he had scored a point. He closed the laptop and stood to stretch.
"So, that mind of yours planning madly?" Gabriel asked, smirking at Cas. The younger angel nodded, a light in his eyes. Without warning, Cas turned on his heel and rushed upstairs, stomping loudly in his haste. Gabriel chuckled again and wandered into the kitchen. He had already planned out exactly how he was going to seduce Sam today, having found out a few days ago about the up
Theme Prompt - Broken PiecesJohn swung his legs over the edge of the bed and tried to stand. He pitched forward and would have landed flat on his face if Greg had not rushed up to catch him. The DI turned and pushed John back on the bed, the doctor unable to muster the strength to stop him.Theme Prompt - Broken Pieces2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"John, you aren't in any shape to go chasing after Moriarty," Greg said, pushing the call button to get a nurse in the room. "If you can't fight me putting you back on the bed, you won't be able to help Sherlock. I'll get him back."
"I need to come with you," John growls. "If you don't take me with, I'll just follow behind you, wounds be damned." A nurse came in, tsking at the disconnected leads. She walked over and gently pushed Greg out of the way, starting to reattach them all. John continued to glare at Greg until the DI sighed. He knew that John would follow up on his threat/promise.
"All right," he said, raising his hands in defeat. "But you stay in the car. You've been shot already, you don't need it again." John
Theme Prompt - Listen"Sherlock, listen," John said urgently, gently shaking the sleeping detective next to him. Sherlock groaned quietly and kept his eyes closed. He turned his head towards the door though, showing he'd heard John. Small scraping sounds were coming from the door. John scrambled out of the bed and moved to the door as quietly as he could.Theme Prompt - Listen2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Think it's Moriarty?" John asked.
"It is possible," Sherlock allowed. "But I would expect him to tell us he was coming in. And to taunt us with the fact that one of us was in the sights of his pet sniper."
"So probably not Moriarty then," John nodded, moving to the side of the door. If anyone came through, he was prepared to tackle the person and then get Sherlock and himself out of this room. They'd been here for almost three weeks now and the lack of any distractions was driving both of them crazy.
The scraping sounds stopped and Sherlock allowed his mind to wander. He'd been doing that more and more the longer they stayed here. Though, luckily, he was
MasqueradeAfter a while, Tony managed to get himself moving again and back to work. Though, to be honest, it was just fiddling with electronics at his desk while his brain replayed the dance and the, well kiss, over and over again. He'd never seen an inkling that Steve might have feelings for him and he'd hidden his teenage crush and growing attraction. Why bother the man when they were just starting to become friends?Masquerade1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
"JARVIS, where is Steve now?" Tony asked suddenly, looking up from the computer pad he was tapping.
"He is in his bedroom looking through his final selections for his costume tonight," the AI replied smoothly, if a touch smugly. "Would you like me to have him come back?"
"No, no," Tony said hastily. "Let him stay there. I'm sure he's having a hard time choosing what to go as tonight."
"He has," JARVIS confirmed. "He's been asking me for advice. I told him to dress as the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. The outfit from the ballroom scene."
"Who decided Disney was a good idea for a
What is today?John sat surfing the internet on his laptop. He had just finished blogging about their most recent case and was mindlessly sifting through news articles. His eyes sharpened as one article caught his attention and John smiled. He clicked it open and read through the social interest piece. John's smile grew wider as he finished the story and his mind plotted ways of introducing his flatmate to the holiday described.What is today?2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"National Kissing Day, huh?" John said meditatively. "Maybe this will distract him from the lack of cases." John closed out of the browser and shut his laptop down. He placed it on the coffee table and ran a hand through his hair. What would be the most interesting way to introduce Sherlock to the day?
John stood from the couch and paced the flat, trying to make as little noise as possible. Sherlock was doing some sort of experiment in his room and had the door locked. He had tried to ignore the strange noises coming from the detective's bedroom by going on his laptop. A thou
Theme Prompt - Kill Me With A KissFor the life of him, John couldn’t quite understand how they’d gotten to this point. Not that he was complaining, mind you, not at all. But this was a shock and a pleasure all rolled into one. Something he’d not let himself want. Something he believed Sherlock would never want. But that’s getting ahead of the story.Theme Prompt - Kill Me With A Kiss11 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
It started off as a normal day in 221B. John was updating his blog with their most recent case, something to do with a woman who’d been killed by a snake. It turned out she’d been murdered by her stepfather. Sherlock was alternately pacing around the room, frustrated that he’d solved the case and had no new one yet, and playing his violin. Every step to the side of the room with the couch had him stepping over John’s legs, which were propped up on the coffee table.
“You should eat something,” John said for the fifth time that morning. He’d stopped trying to get the detective to eat during cases unless he went
Theme Prompt - AlgebraGot the place, boss. - GWTheme Prompt - Algebra2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Excellent! Are dear Sherlock and John home yet? - JM
Yes. Their cop friend brought them back and left a few minutes ago. - GW
Can you see John right now? - JM
Yes. He's asleep in his armchair. Easy shot if you want me to take it. - GW
Only if Sherlock can see and he's in no danger of getting hurt. - JM
I've done the math, boss. Sherlock can be just about anywhere in that flat and I won't hit him. Though he's asleep now. - GW
You know, I've never enjoyed math. Especially algebra. But wait until my dear wakes up. I want him to see his heart die. - JM
Whatever, boss. Will text you when it's done. - GW
Moriarty put his phone away and looked around the small but elegant flat he'd been using as a home base. It was tastefully appointed in creams and blues, colors that Moriarty found soothing. He also had some of his favorite pieces of art scattered around the place. It was the perfect place to bring Sherlock to finish the job of burning him.
"I'll see you soon, my lo
The Detective and His Blogger12:00The Detective and His Blogger2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I'm at work Sherlock.
I'm aware of your location.
I mean I'm busy.....
No you're on break.
That's beside the point. I could be busy.
But you're not. And I'm bored.
So do an experiment or something.
So drop by Bart's and ask Molly for something. I'm sure she would love to see you.
Yes. But I'd rather not see her.
That's not nice Sherlock.
No it isn't. But why is that relevant?
Why do I bother?
Bother with what?
Nothing. Never mind.
John have you ever thought about us in a romantic sense?
Where the hell did that come from?!
Ms. Hudson just came up. Made a comment about the two of us being so sweet together when she saw I was texting you at the clinic. Everyone else seems to think of us as more than friends.Just curious.
Oh. Well yeah. I suppose.
And I think it sounds
Theme Prompt - HorrorJohn scrubbed a hand over his face while he considered Sherlock's question. Everything about the past few hours was a jumble with a few sharp moments. He looked back up at Sherlock and noted the fear and relief on the detective's face. Did Sherlock actually care for him?Theme Prompt - Horror2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"I remember getting a text from Sarah," John said. "But when I went to where we were going to meet, it was Moriarty. He hit me, knocked me out. The next thing I remember, vaguely, is hearing your voice and his and being tied to a chair. Then pain. And I could hear you telling me to stay. Not to leave you." He smiled as Sherlock actually blushed, a pale flush spreading across his cheekbone.
"I'm glad you're ok, John," Sherlock said quietly, still not moving into the room. "I'm sorry Moriarty used you to get to me. I really thought he was dead."
"It's ok, Sherlock," John said consolingly. "Everyone thought he was dead. And you don't have to stay at the door. You can come in and sit down." John gestured weakly at the chai
Theme Prompt - SolitudeSherlock had always been able to do solitude well. He'd had to learn to, to cope with how others treated him. Sherlock had locked his heart away, safe from the taunts of other children. Safe from the confusion and fear in adult faces.Theme Prompt - Solitude2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
When he became an adult, Sherlock hid behind the words "high-functioning sociopath". The person who was closest to him for the longest time, DI Greg Lestrade, believed that. Believed Sherlock had no heart, no emotions, so when he was rebuffed the first few times he tried to be a friend, Greg backed off. He treated Sherlock paternally businesslike because that's as far as the arrogant detective let him in. So Sherlock lived alone and believed alone was better. Until the day he met John Watson and the stalwart, ex-army doctor saved his life.
But none of these thoughts were going through Sherlock's head as the tranquilizers wore off and he woke up. The first thoughts he had, when he could focus, were the floor is cold, something was lying uncomfortably under
Sick DaysJohn, how come you weren't in school today? This project is really important. We need to get a good grade on it. - SHSick Days2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sick, Sherlock. Got the flu. - JW
You can't be sick now. We're so close to graduating. - SH
Tell that to my immune system. Can we talk about this later? - JW
No. I'm coming over and we're going to work on our project. - SH
Sherlock, no. I feel like crap and I'm sleeping all the time. Plus you'll get sick. - JW
Sherlock? - JW
The arrogant boy didn't respond to John's text and he finally put the phone on his nightstand, not expecting a response now. He smiled sardonically and a small part of him hoped that Sherlock did get sick if he came over. Would serve him right. John laid back down and quickly fell into a dreamless sleep, his body unable to stay awake any longer.
Sherlock rode his bike quickly the half mile it took to get from his house to John's. He did really want to work on their project but the bigger part of him was worried about John. His friend didn't get sick
BBC Sherlock: NightmaresThe moment John woke up, he knew something was wrong. He was a light sleeper, courtesy of Afghanistan, so any sign of danger could instantly jolt him wide awake. And now he clearly sensed that his life was hanging by a thread. However, John decided to be cautious and not to make any unnecessary movements, which might provoke an assault. Instead he just opened his eyes slightly and carefully scanned the room shrouded in darkness. Yes, his instinct didn't fail him. There was someone standing at the door. The stranger was motionless, but John could hear him breathing irregularly, as if he just stopped running and tried to calm down. A shadowy, anonymous silhouette, like a monster from children's nightmares.BBC Sherlock: Nightmares2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
John felt fear rising in his chest, but years of being a soldier helped him to maintain his cool. His mind started racing, desperately trying to figure out what to do. He thought about the gun he kept in a bedside table's drawer, but he doubt he'd be quick enough to grab it before th
Theme Prompt - MultitaskingSherlock was good at multitasking. He could let his mind wander down multiple paths and come to conclusions at the end of each all at the same time. But no matter how good he was, how quick he could be, not even the great Sherlock Holmes could be in two places at once. He stared at the doors Moriarty had fled through and then down at John. Blood was spreading across the floor to him from the wounds in the doctor's chest. Sherlock's heart clenched and he made his decision.Theme Prompt - Multitasking2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sherlock rushed to John's side, pulling his phone out of his pocket. After snapping off the wounds and the address to the voice on the other end, Sherlock dropped the phone. He pulled John's jumper off and used it to try to staunch the blood leaking from the bullet holes.
"John, stay with me," Sherlock murmured constantly, his hands soon stained red. "You can't leave me here, keep your eyes open." John's eyes were glazed over again in pain and he couldn't focus. He heard Sherlock's voice as if through a tunnel and it
Theme Prompt - TenderResting comfortably high up in the rafters, Moriarty watched as Greg Lestrade rescued John and Sherlock. He had to hold his hand over his mouth to silence the giggles that kept threatening to escape. It wouldn't do for them to discover him up here. To find out that he was the architect of their "rescue". It was so simple.Theme Prompt - Tender2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Give enough time for John's phone to die so that it could no longer be traced and he could shut down the device that kept the signal bouncing around. Then wait while Lestrade grew ever more frantic and sleep-deprived. When the DI was ready to grasp at any hope, any possible tidbit of information that came his way, call in an anonymous tip. Just the address so that the call couldn't be traced. Then just sit back and wait until the show started.
It only took about 20 minutes for Lestrade to show up. Moriarty was rather surprised and impressed that the man had come alone. Though he supposed the DI didn't want to scramble a massive team if the lead turned out to be nothin
Theme Prompt - LoveSam sat on the couch surfing the internet on his laptop. Things had slowed down lately for the Winchesters and he was happy for the break. Now, he was catching up on all the little things he wasn't able to when on a hunt. He was so engrossed in the article he was reading that he didn't hear the quiet sound of wings entering the room.Theme Prompt - Love2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Sam, I have a question," Castiel said suddenly from behind Sam. Sam jumped and yelped a bit, almost knocking his laptop to the floor.
"Jeez, Cas, warn a guy," Sam complained, turning to look at the trench-coated angel. "What's your question?" Castiel walked slowly around the couch and perched uncomfortably on the arm. He seemed lost in thought and Sam wondered what was going on in his head.
"I wish to know...." Cas started to say and finished in a rush, "I wish to know what love is." Sam gaped at Castiel for a moment. Of all the questions, this was the last he was expecting. He took a moment to think about his answer, asking "Why do you want to know Cas?"