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Title: 1,800 meters
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating PG-13
Characters: John Watson, OC
Length: 221B
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP Prompt #9: Choose your own (mis)adventure. Use one or more of the following words in today's entry: pratfall, spit-take, faceplant, head-smack, double-take, slip. Unbeta'd.
Summary: The squad's new interpreter, Mohamed, was just a kid himself.

The quiet village was nestled in the foothills of the Safed Koh. John had spent the afternoon on check-ups and vaccinations. Now he sat slumped in the shadow of the town well, hoping to catch a breath of fresh air. The rest of his men were hiding from the glaring sunlight indoors, all except for Mohamed, the squad's interpreter.

Mohamed was playing tag with some local children. They spread out around him, acting like pigeons. Their strutting, bobbing walk reminded John of London. Mohamed would pretend not to notice them, oh no, not at all - then pounce. Each time, the boys would scatter, laughing. This time, Mohamed reached out to grab a toddler before lurching backwards in a ridiculous pratfall.

A second later there was a distant boom, almost lost in its own echoes. John found himself in a crouch, looking for the sniper. Could have come from the slopes to the north or east.

Mohamed hadn't reacted yet. John dashed for him, running in a zig-zag pattern. He grabbed onto the man's pack and dragged him, unresisting, across the square through the open door of the mosque. Safe inside, he checked Mohamed. Shattered skull, no pulse. Fuck.

The sniper must be over a mile out. The round hit before before the sound arrived. The kid never even heard the bullet.

Comments

( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
thesmallhobbit
Jul. 10th, 2014 07:11 am (UTC)
Vivid and very sad.
keerawa
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thesmallhobbit.
capt_facepalm
Jul. 10th, 2014 08:44 am (UTC)
Poor John... such a terrible thing to have to deal with.
keerawa
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Thank you for commenting, captain.
donutsweeper
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
*wibbles*
keerawa
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
*nods solemnly*
rojo3131
Jul. 10th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
Poor kid he was just playing around. Hope John won't be having nightmares of this though I think it unlikely.
keerawa
Jul. 11th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm sure he does. Thank you for the comment, rojo.
pompey01
Jul. 11th, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
I would engage in some strong language but I don't know how you feel about that. So I'll only say: gah! The artistry here was beautiful but the scene is so terrible! D:
keerawa
Jul. 11th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
For future reference, I approve of strong language in the expression of strong emotion.

Thank you for the feedback, pompeye.
pompey01
Jul. 11th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
(Just to be clear -- I like this story a lot but ohhhh that poor man and child!!!!)
gardnerhill
Jul. 11th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
Ach. The horrors of war.
keerawa
Jul. 11th, 2014 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you, gardnerhill. I think starting season 1 with those nightmare flashes of John in combat gave the show an entirely different atmosphere.
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