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Fic: Natural Allies [BBC Sherlock]

Title: Natural Allies
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: Gen
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Mary Morstan-Watson
Length: 221b
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP 2015 Prompt #5: Note to Self. Unbeta'd. I've always wanted an excuse to write this trope!
Summary: The bare mattress and the feel of his own oily, tangled hair reminded Sherlock of his days as a junkie.

Sherlock's mobile alarm trilled, waking him from a sound sleep. He groped for the phone and tapped it, disoriented by the unfamiliar bare mattress he found himself on, mind already working on the Jeffries murder. Sherlock was startled to hear a recording of his own voice, rough with exhaustion.

It's the 5th of July. You are suffering from anterograde amnesia, the inability to form new long-term memories, and have been for 127 days. You solved the Jeffries murder months ago. There are notes, records to bring you up to speed – but none of that matters now. John is in danger.

Your condition obviously leaves you vulnerable to manipulation and misinformation. It is vital that you know who to trust. Mycroft has your best interests at heart. Don't listen to him, not a word. Mary only cares about John; she would burn London to the ground to bring him home. She is, therefore, your natural ally.

Mary will brief you. There's no time to waste.

There was a tap at the door as the recording ended. Mary entered the dingy little room. Her smile did nothing to disguise the fact that this wasn't the cheerful nurse he had given John away to at the wedding; this was the killer who had shot Sherlock in cold blood.

"Ready?" Mary asked.

He nodded. "Let's begin."



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 6th, 2015 01:02 am (UTC)
I think our minds were on similar tracks with this one. Should Sherlock trust his own voice? Hmm. Maybe Mary's duped him. I like the ambiguity.
Jul. 6th, 2015 05:56 am (UTC)
I'm glad that came across. It's hard to tell what's going on, and that's the point. Thank you for the comment!
Jul. 6th, 2015 01:53 am (UTC)
By all the deities real and fictional! So few words and such a wallop of plot!

Jul. 6th, 2015 05:58 am (UTC)
Brevity. It's how I roll. ;-)

Thanks pompey01!
Jul. 6th, 2015 06:33 am (UTC)
Oh Christ! This was as unexpected as shocking and exciting! So very much like him to make a recording to tell himself exactly what he needed to hear in as few words as possible!
Jul. 6th, 2015 06:46 am (UTC)
Thank you rojo3131, I'm delighted the story made such an impression!
Jul. 8th, 2015 01:08 am (UTC)
I adored this a great deal and the idea of Sherlock not able to retain his memory when his Mind Palace is everything to him feels doublely poignant--well done :):)

I also love the shades of Memento :)

Edited at 2015-07-08 01:09 am (UTC)
Jul. 8th, 2015 04:04 am (UTC)
Sherlock considers his brain the only worthwhile part of himself, so damage to it is very worrying, indeed. Thank you for the comment!
Jul. 20th, 2015 05:08 am (UTC)
Good grief. Talk about ambiguous - and cliffhanger to boot! Well done you.
Jul. 20th, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
*grins* The 221b form doesn't exactly lend itself to well-realized stories with satisfying resolution. This is more of an amuse-bouche, designed to whet the appetite for more.

Thanks for the comment!
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