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FIc: New Balance [Elementary]

Title: New Balance
Fandom: Elementary
Characters: Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Length: 221B
Rating: G
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes July Writing Prompt #10: A Sporting Chance (include one or more bits of sporting gear in your entry). Unbeta'd. Set during season 1, but spoiler-free.
Summary: Balance - a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.

Joan went to grab her sneakers, only to find a pair of bright green Converse All Stars in their place.

"Sherlock," she yelled.


"Where are my sneakers?"

Sherlock appeared in her doorway. "Your old trainers were rather beat-up. No need to thank me."

Her comfy, perfectly broken-in New Balance sneakers? "Good, because I wasn't planning on it."

"You can jog just as well in these."

"I don't jog in Converses. No one does."

"No one," Sherlock said, holding up a finger, "except the second victim, Elsie May. The pair she was found in were purchased the day before she died. With some data on typical wear patterns, I can extrapolate –"

"Fine," Joan interrupted him, crouching to put her new sneakers on. "I'll jog in them today. But when I get back, I expect to find my sneakers, my very favorite pair of sneakers that I have loved since college, exactly where I left them."

Sherlock nodded. Most people would have interpreted his tight grin as cheerful, but Joan knew him well enough to recognize the edge of panic.

Joan headed down the stairs. She opened the outside door, listened for a moment, then called out, "And Sherlock?"

"Yes?" he said from the top of the stairs, phone hidden casually behind him.

"You have two hours to get them back."



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 11th, 2014 12:44 pm (UTC)
BWAH! I fear Sherlock is going to return a bit fragrant and in need of a shower. And serves him right. You don't just throw out someone else's sneakers, even if they are over a decade old and likely broken down.

Jul. 13th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Joan's idea of where their boundaries should be are a bit unusual, but she's excellent at enforcing them. Thanks, pompey01!
Jul. 11th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Uh-oh! For such a smart guy, Sherlock sure can be clueless about things. I hope for his sake the sneakers are retrievable!
Jul. 13th, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
Luckily Sherlock's version of 'possible' is much, much broader than most people's! Thanks, tardisjournal!
Jul. 12th, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
I just call them all sneakers - don't understand why someone would jog in one pair but not the other. (Thank God I left childhood before the disease of designer jeans and designer athletic footwear.)
Jul. 13th, 2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
Well, Converses have nothing in the way of arch or ankle support, and I imagine that would matter to Joan. Besides - they are her FAVORITE sneakers!
Jul. 25th, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
Good luck, Sherlock. I suspect he has disposed of them, not taking into account the slightest possibility that someone could form an emotional connection to their smelly old running shoes.
Jul. 25th, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
I foresee heroic measures being undertaken to locate and return Watson's trainers! Thanks, captain!
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