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Fic: Arelim [teen] Watson, Holmes

Title: Arelim
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Length: 450 words
Alternate Link: AO3
Warnings, kinks & contents: Case fic with canonical levels of gore
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes July Writing Prompt #3: Sacred spaces. Unbeta'd.
Summary: Sherlock sees through everything and everyone in seconds. What's incredible, though, is how spectacularly ignorant he is about some things.

The naked corpse was collapsed halfway into the bathroom; limbs sprawled awkwardly in death's indignity. Blood, bone, and brain matter were sprayed across white tiles from what Lestrade had said was a shotgun blast to the face. John knelt down on a clean bit of carpet to examine the body as Sherlock paced the living room.

"No, staged to look like a home invasion. Mr. Adams must have known the killer," Sherlock muttered under his breath.

"Sherlock," John called out.

Sherlock was crouching by his side in a moment.

"This isn't Mr. Adams," John said. "He's Jewish, and this man isn't."

Instead of looking at the corpse, Sherlock examined John. "Excellent, John. Your deductive abilities are improving by leaps and bounds." Sherlock's eyes darted across John's face, to his ears, and then down to his gloved hands. "Personal knowledge, not professional. From your time in the military?" The question hung in the air for a moment before Sherlock continued, "No, obviously not. Previous to that, then, but your own family was Church of England, so how – ah!" He smiled. "Clara."

John nodded. "That's brilliant. Yeah, Clara's Jewish, that's how I recognized the mezuzah on the door frame."

Sherlock turned to the corpse. He inspected the victim's hands, sniffed the shattered remnants of his skull, and then methodically worked his way down the body to the soles of the man's feet. He carefully surveyed the gory bathroom before turning to glare at John. "You are correct that this is not Mr. Adams. Mr. Adams was not a smoker; the victim was. But you claimed that he wasn't Jewish. How did you know? Was it something about the filling in that tooth," he demanded, pointing to a molar on the floor. "Eastern European work, but I can't see how that excludes him from being Jewish."

John cleared his throat. "No, nothing complicated like that. It's just that the victim is, ah, intact."

Sherlock looked perplexed.

"You know," John said, gesturing vaguely towards the victim's crotch. A crease appeared on Sherlock's forehead as he leaned forwards to inspect the victim's genitals. "Christ," John burst out, before noticing that Anderson was watching from the kitchen and finishing in a harsh whisper, "Don't tell me you've deleted circumcision."

Sherlock's eyes narrowed for a moment, then widened. "Oh," he exclaimed, "Of course!" He sprang up and bounded for the door.

John struggled to his feet. "You are not to bring any 'samples' back from the morgue," he yelled after Sherlock. "I don't care if it is for a case, if I find any in the fridge…" John trailed off. Sherlock was out of range, which should give John time to think of a properly convincing threat.



( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 4th, 2013 04:53 am (UTC)
Oh c'mon John, as a medical man, you must know how fascinating foreskins are.

But anyway, very clever use of the prompt. I love that Sherlock misses something that anyone else would notice due to his insistence on deletion.
Jul. 4th, 2013 06:10 am (UTC)
*grins* You would think so, wouldn't you? Thanks, exbex!
Jul. 4th, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
Deleted circumcision - of course he has. HAHAHAHA!!!

On a more serious note, I *love* the inclusion of the mezuzah! Yay!
Jul. 4th, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
*snickers* Of course! Thank you, methyl, and I'm glad that detail appealed.
Jul. 4th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
Of course Sherlock would delete that . . .
Jul. 4th, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
Naturally! Heh, thank vermillion!
Jul. 4th, 2013 10:03 am (UTC)
This is a fine example of the "You see but you do not observe"!
I love stories like this where the shoe is on the other foot, and it is the detective who gets it wrong.
Jul. 4th, 2013 10:47 am (UTC)
Glad you had fun with it, Captain!
Jul. 4th, 2013 10:13 am (UTC)
He'd do it, regardless of what John says.
Jul. 4th, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
You know it! Donovan thought human eyeballs in the microwave were bad? That's nothing ...
Jul. 4th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
lol! I love when John gets all deduction-y and can one-up Sherlock!

And how like Sherlock to delete circumcision. (I think there's several men out there who would like to delete it too :D)
Jul. 5th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
I think there are QUITE a few men who would! Thanks for the comment, pompey01!
Jul. 4th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, Sherlock, not very observant of you!
Jul. 5th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Well, in Sherlock's defense, if you've deleted the fact that circumcision is part of the Jewish faith, there is nothing to observe about a perfectly normal uncircumcised penis (in the UK, anyway.)

Thanks for the comment, donutsweeper!
Jul. 5th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
::laughing:: Love the mezuzzah, but I'm with John, how did Sherlock not know that one? *Brilliant* use of that prompt, too!
Jul. 6th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you, Rhi!
Jul. 8th, 2013 09:22 am (UTC)
What a brilliant use of the prompt! Something completely different!

And also completely different to see Sherlock looked perplexed !!
Jul. 9th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
Well, it must happen sometimes! Thanks for the comment, rifleman_s!
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