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Title: Le Crâne
Characters: John Watson, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock Holmes
Length: 221b
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes July Writing Prompt #14: La Fête Nationale: aka Bastille Day. In honor of the holiday, include France or something French. Unbeta'd.
Summary: Dr. John Watson: That's a skull. Sherlock Holmes: A friend of mine. Well. When I say friend...

John dragged himself up the seventeen steps to the flat, exhausted after a long day at the clinic.

"- waste of your talents," he heard Mycroft say.

John opened the door in time to see Sherlock direct a loud, sarcastic rebuttal to the skull – in French.

Mycroft looked like he'd bit into a lemon. "Must you? It's disrespectful."

"You're just jealous that Mémé willed it to me," Sherlock sneered.

"Don't be absurd," said Mycroft.

"Mémé?" John interrupted, somehow knowing he'd regret it.

"Our grandmother was a physical anthropologist of some renown," said Mycroft.

"Oh," John said, finally gaining some insight into the skull's place of honor on the mantle. "So the skull was part of your grandmother's research, and she willed it to Sherlock when she died?"

Mycroft opened his mouth, closed it, and looked at Sherlock. Sherlock, eyes shining with amusement, raised an eyebrow back at Mycroft.

Mycroft took a breath and reluctantly explained, "Grand-mère Vernet donated the rest of her skeleton to the museum."

"They used Dermestidae beetles to strip the flesh from her corpse, but no one would let me observe the process," Sherlock complained.

"You were seven," said Mycroft.

"Mémé would have allowed it. She was the only one in this family worth talking to, alive or dead."

"Right," John interjected. "On that note, I'm off to bed."


( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2013 07:34 am (UTC)
HEE! Perfect. *g*
Jul. 15th, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
*grins* Hey there Mal! I'm glad you enjoyed.
Jul. 15th, 2013 09:00 am (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2013 09:42 am (UTC)
;) Thanks!
Jul. 15th, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
She probably would have let him--grandmothers know how to spoil their grandchildren. :)
Jul. 15th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
But of course. Thanks for the comment!
Jul. 15th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
John's reaction is the best!
Jul. 15th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
*grins* I think he's had plenty of practice. Thanks, donutsweeper!
Jul. 15th, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Love it! So perfectly IC in their interactions!
Jul. 15th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, monkeybard!
Jul. 15th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I lost it at "You were seven"!
What a brilliant 221B!
Jul. 15th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hah! Victory!

It's meant to be funny, but I can well imagine a seven year-old Sherlock wanting to watch carrion beetles strip the flesh from his beloved grandmother's corpse, even if he were grieving. ESPECIALLY if he were grieving. Closure, an intellectual endeavor he can engage in to distract from his churning emotional state, and a way of reinforcing his connection with Mémé and her Work, now that she's gone.

Thanks, captain!

Edited at 2013-07-15 05:39 pm (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
I hoped this is what was coming, so I especially liked "Grand-mère Vernet donated the rest of her skeleton to the museum."

also hooray for women being scientists pre-1960!
Jul. 15th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think a bit of anticipation makes the pay-off even sweeter. I am DEEPLY impressed by those women who made their mark in any of the fields of science back then. At least Madame Vernet had Mary Leakey as a trailblazer!
Jul. 15th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
J'adore! C'est manifique! And that's my French exhausted for the moment. This really is wonderful, so very Sherlock, so very Mycroft and, most importantly, so very, very John. Thank you!
Jul. 16th, 2013 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you found all 3 in character, and enjoyed it. Thanks, kizia!
Jul. 16th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Fantastic and so perfectly John!

Thank you for sharing!
Jul. 16th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it, avamclean!
Jul. 16th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)



. . . wow. I'm with John on this one. Creepy, but in a good way!
Jul. 16th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
Heh. I think John's built up a tolerance. Head in the fridge, anyone? Thanks, pompeye01!
Jul. 16th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
*guffaw* Perfect!
Jul. 16th, 2013 07:05 am (UTC)
Thanks, methylviolet10b!
Jul. 16th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)

Exactly the sort of thing Sherlock and Mycroft would bicker about!
Jul. 16th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't they, though? Thanks, rifleman_s!
Jul. 17th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
Aw, love these moments when Sherlock and Mycroft are squabbling with each other.
I like very much reading stories about mémé....I'm always delighted when I think that Sherlock could have a French grandmother ! I suppose all the Frenchlockians would be pleased...
Bravo et bonne continuation ;) !
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
Merci! It's a lovely detail in canon, isn't it? My great-grandmother was Québécois, so my French is appalling but my heart's in the right place.
Jul. 17th, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's great! It does have a certain Slings & Arrows feel to it, as well. *g*
Jul. 17th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Oh! I hadn't noticed it at the time, but you're right.
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