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Fever Dream [G] Sherlock drabble

Title: Fever Dream
Character: John Watson
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Spoilers/Warnings: Post The Reichenbach Fall, angst.
Disclaimer: These characters belong to the BBC, Moffat, and possibly ACD.
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP #13 prompt: illness. Un-beta'd, so please feel free to give critical feedback!
Summary: I knew that they dwelt in my fancy only, and that I was sad, and left, and lonely - Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton, 'The Fever-Dream'

It had been an eighteen month-long fever dream. 555 days in which John Watson had escaped from real life into a London of rooftop chases and arch-enemies.

A world where anything was possible. Where a brilliant madman solved murders at a glance, an old pair of trainers contained the mysteries of life and death, and a broken-down ex-army doctor could be brave, and loyal, and good enough save his best friend’s life.

Only, none of it was real. John wasn’t good enough to save him.

That’s the problem with fever dreams. Eventually, the fever breaks. And then you wake up.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 29th, 2012 08:38 am (UTC)
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.
Jul. 29th, 2012 08:45 am (UTC)
Oh, Les Mis, that's perfect. Thank you.
Jul. 29th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
;____; hdu.
Jul. 29th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Sorry! *offers tissues and a nice cup of tea*
Jul. 29th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful, sad piece. Wonderful job.
Jul. 29th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweet_chi.
Jul. 29th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Sad but sweet :)
Jul. 29th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comment, Lady!
Jul. 29th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh jeez, this is heartbreaking. Beautifully written. So much emotion in one hundred words. Fantastic.
Jul. 29th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, ariane. I'm glad the emotion of it came through.
Aug. 5th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Gorgeous. Very apt description of what John must have been feeling after the fall, how he looked back on his life with Sherlock. I wonder what his Psychiatrist would say about this?
Aug. 5th, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)
Thank you, Azhura! I'm sure that his psychiatrist would think of it as a normal part of grieving - if John ever told her, which I find unlikely.
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