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Fic: Overreaction [BBC Sherlock}

Title: Overreaction
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating PG
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Length: 221B
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP Prompt #11: Save the bees. Unbeta'd and written while half-asleep, so please feel free to offer con-crit.
Summary: The confrontation with Moriarty has left its mark on each of them.

It was a quiet evening in 221B. Sherlock lay on the couch in a near-doze, his transport still in recovery from the deprivations of the game with Moriarty.

John settled into his arm chair with a newspaper. Sherlock flopped over on the couch to face him.

John gave a short, startled inhale. "No, don't – don't move," John said, hushed and urgent, his gaze focused on Sherlock's forehead.

Sherlock tensed, adrenaline flooding his system. Laser sight from a sniper? No, impossible, the angle was all wrong for a shot through the window.

John inched forward, holding out his paper. Sherlock remained motionless, heart pounding. Sherlock felt the paper brush his forehead, and then John was moving rapidly across the room towards the window.

John threw the window open and held his paper out. Sherlock caught a glimpse of a tiny yellow shape as it escaped out the window.

Sherlock sagged into the couch, relieved and slightly nauseous. "That," he said, "was a ridiculous overreaction on your part. It's not as if I have a bee sting allergy." Although … "Do you? No, of course not, you would have avoided the bee if you had, not put it out. So why so cautious?"

John shrugged, refolding his paper. "A sting wouldn't have been fatal to you," he explained, "but it would to the bee."


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 12th, 2014 10:09 am (UTC)
Teehee!! I feel bad for Sherlock but quite good for the bee! Go John!!!
Jul. 12th, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks Rojo!
Jul. 12th, 2014 01:26 pm (UTC)
Awww John, you're such a softie at heart.
Jul. 12th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
Sometimes he is! And sometimes not ...
Thanks for the comment, donutsweeper.
Jul. 12th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
So John has compassion for all creatures, great and small! Or maybe just a soft spot for bees. Either way, I approve. :)
Jul. 12th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
I couldn't work it into the 221B, but Sherlock's especially preplexed because, just a month earlier, he saw John systematically kill dozens, if not hundreds, of ants that had made a mest in the cupboard. John is such a puzzle to him.

Thanks, tardisjournal!
Jul. 12th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
Ooo, intriguing backstory! Maybe you could write a prequel, prompts willing. Or a sequel where Sherlock asks John to explain this most vexing contradiction. :-p

Jul. 12th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
John probably uses a jar and cardboard to get the spiders in Sherlock's bedroom too. ("I'm not afraid of them, John," Sherlock insists from 20 feet away, while his flatmate rescues the arachnid on the ceiling over his bed.)
Jul. 12th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
*laughs* That's perfect, I can so picture it!
Jul. 13th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
Oh, well done, John! It can't have been easy resisting the temptation to smack Sherlock on the head, but the bee was much more important than a moment of gratification. ;-)
Jul. 13th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, the 'hit me in the face' was entirely sub-text that time. *grins* Thanks, monkeybard!
Jul. 25th, 2014 11:48 am (UTC)
Your story is brilliant and the last line is perfect.
Jul. 25th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
Why thank you, captain!
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