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Title: The Case of the Mother from Madrid
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: Gen
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Length: 547
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP Prompt 2015 #4: The Well-Travelled Watson. Unbeta'd.
Summary: The agreement over when and how Sherlock's allowed to interrupt John's sleep cycle needs to be re-negotiated. Again.

John woke up, uncomfortably certain he was being watched. He opened his eyes to find Sherlock staring at him, intently, from a foot away. Sherlock immediately stood up.

"John, you're awake. Excellent. There's a case."

John groaned and rolled over onto his back, hand shading his eyes from the light. Sherlock had found yet another loophole in their agreement about the circumstances under which he was allowed to interrupt John's sleep cycle.

"Is it time-critical?" Last time Sherlock woke him up, it had been for a murder from the 1920's.

"Kidnapping. You like those," Sherlock said, as if offering a treat.

"The ones with happy endings, yeah," John agreed, glancing at the clock. If kidnapping victims weren't found in the first 24 hours, they usually didn't make it. And John would have to get up for work soon, anyway – another five hours or so. Ugh.

"Right," he said, sitting up in bed. "What do you need?"

"The officer in charge has sent me photos of the abduction scene, but they're useless. I need you to go and take more photos."

"Okay, yeah," John said with a yawn, "but you're paying for the taxi."

"Flight," Sherlock corrected him absently, checking his phone. "Your plane leaves from Gatwick in ninety minutes, best get on."

"Ninety – Sherlock. Where am I meant to be flying to?"


"Madrid? Sherlock, you're meant to arrive at the airport two hours early for international flights, and I don't speak Spanish," John protested.

Sherlock glared down at him, practically vibrating with frustration. "It's an interesting case. According to the security system, the victim used her keycard to check in and out of four different labs, after we know she was abducted, but the cameras show no one entering or leaving at those times." He went on, speaking faster and faster, brain going quicker than his mouth could manage. "I've three theories - there's some evidence she cooperated with her captors - possibly a threat against her family, three children under the age of seven, John!"

"It's urgent, I get it," John interrupted. "Why don't you just ask the police to take more photos, instead of flying me round the world to do it?"

Sherlock froze, for just a moment. Christ, had that seriously not occurred to him?

"You take better photos," Sherlock said sulkily.

"Yes, because you bother to inform me what it is I'm meant to photograph. Just ask them, Sherlock."

"You do it," Sherlock countered.

"I haven't learnt to speak Spanish in the last five minutes."

"I'll translate for you. When you tell people to do things, they actually do them!"

"That would be the effect of asking them politely, instead of ordering them about. Look – fine, it's not as if I'm getting back to sleep, after all this. Give me a minute to brush my teeth and put the kettle on, and I'll help you talk to the police in Madrid."

"Brush quickly," Sherlock ordered as he spun around and dashed for the bedroom door. "Dr Villegas's life may hang in the balance," he called from the bottom of the stairs.

John rubbed his face and rolled out of bed. He had plenty of experience waking up rapidly, when needed, and found himself oddly cheerful about sacrificing another night's sleep to save lives.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 4th, 2015 11:19 pm (UTC)
Love it! Of course he's actually pleased to be able to help--once he's properly awake. ;-)
Jul. 4th, 2015 11:50 pm (UTC)
Of course he is! I believe its not just the adrenaline and danger of The Work that John needs, but the chance to be useful.
Jul. 20th, 2015 05:06 am (UTC)
"You take better photos," Sherlock said sulkily.

"Yes, because you bother to inform me what it is I'm meant to photograph...

Oh that is just perfect - absolutely them. Brava!
Jul. 20th, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! John and Sherlock banter is one of my favorite things.
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