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John had a date.

"I'd advise against that jumper," said Sherlock.

John turned from the mirror. "You know nothing about clothes. You never wear anything apart from your detective 'uniform'."

"I have a great deal of knowledge on the subject," said Sherlock. "It's important to understand why people choose to dress the way they do." He languidly considered John's outfit. "In this instance, for example, one might deduce you were short-sighted and colour-blind…"

"I'm going," said John and he left to meet Michelle, who loved the jumper. Unfortunately, John then spent the evening complaining about Sherlock.

Michelle declined a second date.





John stomped into the flat.

"Pleasant evening?" asked Sherlock from the kitchen.

John stomped into the kitchen.

"I'm a trained surgeon and soldier!"

Sherlock looked up from his experiment, mildly puzzled.

"You disparage my intellect!" yelled John. "You disparage my appearance!"

He glared at Sherlock. "Is it absolutely necessary always to belittle me?"

Sherlock rose from the table.

"I would never belittle you," he said solemnly.  

He stepped towards John and stared intently down at his friend.

"It's difficult enough already seeing you with the naked eye."

John's extraordinarily expressive face wrote a 10,000 word essay on Sherlock Holmes: The Arguments in Favour of Murdering Him.

"Not good?" Sherlock asked carefully, taking a step backwards.

"Mm," said John. "A bit."
Never tease a trained killer ^^

Sherlock fanfiction

A 221B - a story 221 words long, final word beginning with "b". 221B form invented by ~KCScribbler (KCS).

My other 221Bs can be found here.
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starfall-glow Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
This made me laugh so much - once I actually got the joke >.< Sorry for my slow understanding.
You made my day! Keep writing these!
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
(Pleased you got it eventually :giggle:) Your comment made my day ^^
Thank you so much for all your kind words! :iconsuperheroglompplz:
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TheChesherCat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, this is gorgeous as always. Commenting a month late? Perhaps a bit not good, I'm sorry.

Best line: "John's extraordinarily expressive face wrote a 10,000 word essay on Sherlock Holmes: The Arguments in Favour of Murdering Him."
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks ^_^ (I am very proud of that line ^^) To be honest, I'm pathetically grateful that someone has read this a month after it's been posted ^^"

Um, I may perhaps have got into a Sherlock conversation with someone else... (^^")
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TheChesherCat Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:noes: I guess this means I need to resume our conversation again, lest this other person steal you and your wit away!
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I have wit to spare - wits scattered all over the place ^_^ (Nice use of "lest", btw ^^)
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TheChesherCat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:bow:

...Ooh, you dropped these! *runs to pick up all the wits* Maybe I'll keep some for myself...
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tenrec4tea Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Who is John? Oh wait, I assume this from the TV show? I haven't watched it yet, but I still really like this.

"Michelle, who loved the jumper. Unfortunately, John then spent the evening complaining about Sherlock." Very amusing.

"John stomped into the flat. [...] John stomped into the kitchen." These are the funniest lines, I think. Lovely.

"John's extraordinarily expressive face wrote a 10,000 word essay on Sherlock Holmes: The Arguments in Favour of Murdering Him." This starts off quite wordy and I was thinking, "dear god, I hope all this imagery is worth the kick", but it most definitely was!

The one thing I spot that I think could improve this would be to delete the opening line, "John had a date." and let Sherlock's words open the piece.
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Crikey, someone who hasn't watched Sherlock - you're a rare species ^^ John is Dr Watson: because the programme is set now, they call each other by their first names instead of Holmes and Watson. It felt so, so odd at the beginning ^^"

Thanks for all the compliments ^^ I really like the "stomping" lines, so I'm pleased you picked those out. And I'm glad you approved of the "10,000 word essay" sentence. I am generally Queen of the Short and Straightforward Sentence but this metaphor popped into my head and seemed too good not to use.

I think I see what you mean about the opening sentence - it is really just a blunt scene-setter. The second sentence is better. But I was pretty happy with the beginning and I have to admit I am hugely reluctant to change the story now I've got the wordcount right. However, it is only 4 words and I could overtly mention the date a little later on, so I will consider your suggestion ^_^

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment - it was very kind of you! :icongivecupcakeplz:
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tenrec4tea Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Ahh, I figured that he was Watson. I'm going to have to watch this show soon, it sounds really good. (Do they say "elementary" a lot?)

I still think it'd be better if you started off with what Sherlock is saying, but the bluntness of "John had a date" matches up with the stomping bit, so... :shrug:

It didn't even register to be what the 221B stuff was about! Where does that come from?

You're very welcome. ^!^ Thank you~ I have been entertained. (AND OH MY GOSH A CUPCAKE EMOTICON TOO?! so tricky.)
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It is a wonderful emoticon, isn't it? `Mirz123 is a bit of a genius ^^" Have a look at her work, if you haven't already.

I don't think "elementary" is used at all ^^ (But don't hold me to that - memory like a sieve...) The writers have really kept to the spirit of the original stories though.

But they also haven't been afraid to do their own thing, put their own ideas in. It all works brilliantly. I recommend it - it honestly lives up to all the excitement about it.

I first came across the 221B form while reading Sherlock fan fiction (though I have read 221Bs written for the original stories too). I did a Google search but couldn't find out any more about them. It's just occurred to me to try "221B ficlet inventor" and I found this ^^ : [link] . It's such an imaginative idea and absolutely my thing. I love flash fiction, especially exact word-counts. Rules and restrictions force me into being creative. I really want to try doing 221Bs for Conan Doyle's stories but I'm still not quite sure how - I tend towards the silly which feels OK for Sherlock and John but not for Holmes and Watson.
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tenrec4tea Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
OH MY GOSH: :iconfancydanceplz: This is the best smiley/emoticon thingy I have ever seeeen! And I like this one: :nuu: Thank you for linking that for me. I am always amazed at how much people can do with pixel art...

I watched the show last night. The first one, Study in Pink. It was very good! Very modern, but the characters still felt like Doyle's. Though I don't know if I'm a fair judge 'cause I've only read a couple of the original stories. Holmes never came off as such a prick to me like Sherlock does.

My boyfriend and I have decided that John and Sherlock should become lovers. He thinks because it'd be funny and me because they seem like a cute couple already. I don't know, though, I might change my mind... there were a lot of references to the idea, though.

Ahh! That makes sense. Oh, and that's where he lives, too, I didn't think of that... I'm going to have to look some up for the original stories...
Well, not being sure of something makes it an excellent thing to push yourself to do!

I haven't used many prompts, so I'm not quite sure what I like, but I think I'm leaning towards the more restricting ones. I've done the one-word prompts before and they let me just puke up some old sappy crap like I usually write. I was reading through a bunch of stories I had saved on a flashdrive and I was disappointed with the lack of endings or plot twists or, well, anything that could be called a point and the purple-prosey-ness of it all. I need to be pushed to try different things.
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You know, you and your boyfriend are not alone in thinking Sherlock and John should become lovers, as you will find out if you ever have a serious look at the available fan fiction :D (I recommend AO3 :blushes:) Highly unlikely to happen in the programme though, I would imagine but it is a sort of running theme that people jump to the wrong conclusion. Their friendship is difficult to categorise - essentially it exists in its own category. It gave me a rueful smile, you referring to Sherlock as a "prick" - mainly because John calls him worse ^^" You have hit the nail on the head though. Holmes, I think, is emotionally detached but still pleasanter in his dealings with people than Sherlock. And Holmes seems rather self-contained. Sherlock and John need each other, in a way that Holmes and Watson don't. I think that Moffat and Gatiss have absolutely caught the spirit of the original stories though. Please watch the rest of the episodes! "The Blind Banker" is a slightly weaker one but the others are astounding - can't fault them.

My dA chum ~anapests-and-ink (wonderful writer ^^) read quite a few of my 221Bs before remembering it was his address ^_^ I keep assuming everyone already knows this ^^" I'm rereading the original stories at the moment (after a gap of many years). I'm hoping it'll click - how to approach 221Bs for them.

dA is the place to find prompts ^^ I think the best ones are those that push you into trying something entirely new - restrictions can paradoxically give you a kind of freedom. Are you watching #CRLiterature yet? Lots of interesting stuff seems to come through that.

And :iconfancydanceplz: is a brilliant emoticon ^^
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tenrec4tea Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I am caught up on all the Sherlock episodes now and can't wait for more~! They did a great job on the series. I'm happy that they're making more. Adler really threw a joint in the whole Sherlock + John become lovers thing. I didn't like her. Though she did point out that in a way they are... and it might be better to stay how it is.

Yeah, that sounds right (about Sherlock vs. Holmes) as to how much I remember about the original series of stories.

I'm looking at your friend's work and so far it's very good! Thank you for the link!

I've heard of that group but haven't really looked at it, I don't think. Thank you again for all the links! You are quite resourceful. ^!^
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Crikey, you didn't hang about when it came to watching the rest of Sherlock ^^

I found Irene Adler rather a fascinating character. You say you didn't like her, but I don't think she wanted to be liked. I feel sometimes "I don't like you" is a way of saying "You won't do what I tell you to do". And Irene did whatever she wanted - she obeyed no-one, which is admirable in a way.

I loved the scene where she reveals she's alive to John. I loved that jolt when John points out he isn't gay and she answers, "Well, I am. Look at us both." Gives an insight into John's feelings - John and Sherlock are not interested in each other sexually but they are bound together; they are a unit.

And, of course, Irene's fate foreshadows Sherlock's - "caring" is her downfall but Sherlock eventually helps her (though we can never be exactly sure what his feelings towards her are). In the same way, Sherlock's love for his friends leaves him vulnerable to Moriarty and he has to ask for help from Molly. He can't sort it all out on his own any more.

Thanks for having a look at ~anapests-and-ink's work! She really is something special - knee-deep in DDs and DLDs ^^ And so modest ^^" (I occasionally like to do a little trumpet-blowing on her behalf ^^)

I am quite resourceful, aren't I? Should have been a Girl Guide ^^
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Aeidhryn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
John's extraordinarily expressive face wrote a 10,000 word essay on Sherlock Holmes: The Arguments in Favour of Murdering Him.

That was Pratchettesque, and I appreciated it very much.

Only thing is, I don't think "a bit" is what John would say...
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment ^^

You know, it's years since I read anything by Terry Pratchett - he obviously made an impression ^^ Should always emulate the very best! (It was a flattering comparison ^^")

I would argue John is indulging in British understatement... (Actually, I was thinking of some lines from "A Study in Pink" - Sherlock can't comprehend why someone would still be grieving for a child after 14 years. He realises everyone else is shocked and asks John, "Not good?" John replies with, "Bit not good, yeah.")
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flysome Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Your puns are very elegant. :) And now I've even seen the series. I can easily see this happen between them, hehe.
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you ^_^ You know, I think most of my Sherlock stories can be summarised as "John is very annoyed by Sherlock's behaviour..." ^^
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fantom125 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thank you for this funny story. I'm not made for fanfiction and don't know if I've missed sth. by not knowing all persons in detail but your story works nevertheless. Great fun. Not only the one sentence.-)
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I do like that sentence though ^_^

Thank you so much - it's good of you to read the story even though fanfiction isn't your thing. I'm flattered you think the story works even without knowing the background. (I suppose it's a little like me reading your works in German ^^" I will be getting the dictionary out again...) Thank you for the fave too!
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fantom125 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I love the moments founding such sentences (Whoa!). Think you smile at these passages too, doesn't you!-)
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Copperfrost Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
"John's extraordinarily expressive face wrote a 10,000 word essay on Sherlock Holmes: The Arguments in Favour of Murdering Him."

Best. Sentence. Ever. :iconimsotiredplz:
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really like that sentence too ^_^ Thank you so much. And thank you for the faves too! :boogie:
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XxXMysticWolfxXx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha ha! Very nice!
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm thrilled you liked it ^^ And thank you for the fave!
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XxXMysticWolfxXx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! Keep up the good work! :D
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Vainamoinenian Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This was fun to read! :D you managed to portray them just the way I always imagined (And I imagine them the same way Guy Ritchie does :B) btw did you have them in your mind like in the movie, or you're more of a traditional Sherlock fan? :D
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I still haven't seen the Guy Ritchie films ^^" (Must get around to them at some point.) This fanfiction is for the BBC series Sherlock - you know, the one set in the present day. I didn't expect to but I love it ^_^ Before that my absolute favourite was the Jeremy Brett version. (But Sherlock Holmes in any form I'm willing to give a go ^^)
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Vainamoinenian Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I never watched the series version though I heard of it. You gotta watch Ritchie ones, they're good, and Downey Jr as Sherlock is so adorable :)
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