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Title: An Alliterative Aftermath
Characters: Greg Lestrade, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Length: 221b
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes July Writing Prompt #4: Alliteration. Unbeta'd.
Summary: Sherlock-wrangling is a delicate business.

Lestrade handed John a cup of coffee and stood blocking the doorway, in case Sherlock made another break for it to avoid the paperwork. Dunnings had the best lawyer money could buy; they couldn't afford any cock-ups.

"Ta," John mumbled, slurping the coffee with a grimace.

John looked shattered. They'd spent five days tracking a human trafficking ring. Sherlock hadn't slept. The rest of them had gotten by on the bare minimum. When they found the warehouse, Dunnings had ordered his men to kill the girls so they couldn't testify. Out of twelve girls, three were dead and two in critical condition.

Lestrade noticed that Sherlock had stopped writing. He was staring blankly at the paper.

Lestrade elbowed John and jerked his thumb towards Sherlock. "So, what's your next blog entry going to be called," Lestrade asked loudly, "'The Case of the Cross-Continental Cage?'"

Sherlock snorted and signed the page with an aggressive flourish before flipping to the next.

"Oh, I don't know," John said. "I rather like 'Super Sleuth Saves Several from Sexual Slavery.'"

Sherlock sat up straight. "In which a sleep-deprived duo distract the detective. Now do shut up and let me finish this so I can get John home, Lestrade, the man's barely conscious."

Lestrade nodded and went to check on Donovan and the rest of his boys.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 5th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
Humor and pathos -- and blended very nicely. :-)
Jul. 5th, 2013 05:52 am (UTC)
Thank you gold, I wasn't sure how much pathos would come through - but of course this would be the comm for it!
Jul. 5th, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
Nice job, Greg! And well done, author.
Jul. 5th, 2013 08:23 am (UTC)
*smiles* Thank you kindly!
Jul. 5th, 2013 08:55 am (UTC)
This is a very powerful vignette and I like your take on the principal characters. Of course, the alliteration is fine too!
Jul. 5th, 2013 09:16 am (UTC)
Thank you, Captain! Lestrade's looking out for them, as best he can.
Jul. 5th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, good for Lestrade! I love moments when he can step in and be an Actual Cop™ and show why it is that Sherlock chose to hang around him for five years before John showed up.
Jul. 6th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
Me too! Competent!Lestrade is a favorite of mine. Thanks, pargoletta!
Jul. 5th, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
Awwwww, Sherlock is such a big softie!
Jul. 6th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
What can I say, John's been a good influence on him. Thanks, donutsweeper!
Jul. 5th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
I really like how you wove the alliteration into the story, using it as a way of distracting and comforting. Nice job!
Jul. 6th, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
Pestering and annoying, distracting and comforting, to-ma-to, to-mah-to. Thanks very much, methyl, I worked hard to come up with a good, in-character reason for some alliteration.
Jul. 8th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
Reader realises remarkable ruminations really return rousing rendition.

You painted a lovely picture of satisfaction, exhaustion, cleverness and frustration - and all with so few words.

Jul. 9th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm really delighted that all came across, as I'm a bit out of practice with short-form writing, where you need to make ever word count.
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