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Title: No Matter the Cost
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Rating: Teen
Length: 300 words
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP 2016 Prompt #19: Great Minds Think Alike, to write an AU. Unbeta'd and written in a rush, so please feel free to point out any errors.

Summary: If this is madness, I will be mad.

My John was shot by a sniper whilst I stood looking down at him from the roof of St. Bart's.

I've spent the last three years tracking down every thread in Moriarty's web. I've lied, stolen, and killed. Rained down vengeance on anyone who ever shook hands with the man. Paid the price in my own flesh and blood.

I was investigating a gang in Serbia who sub-contracted with Moriarty some eight years ago when I was finally captured. It was a relief, really. I was exhausted. A wind-up toy running down; out of luck, out of money, out of ideas, out of the rage that had driven me across four continents with that gunshot ringing in my ears.

So there was nothing left but that echoing gunshot and my infernal brain, churning out pointless observations about the medical history and marital troubles of my torturers, as if it mattered, as if I cared. I talked, and I laughed. I screamed, and I whimpered. I hurt. And then I heard a familiar voice.

"You've served your penance, brother dear. I've come to take you home."

I don't know what happened next. I know that I was captured in Serbia, in November. But I recognize the feel and scent of the air around me - springtime in London. I am standing in a graveyard. I am wearing my coat. There is a man in front of me, standing before a gravestone. I know his stance, his haircut, the slant of his shoulders, the black shooting jacket he wears as he salutes.

If this is madness, I will be mad.
If this is death, I will be dead.
And if this is Mycroft's doing, somehow, no matter the cost … I will be grateful.

I step forward and call out his name.



( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 20th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh this is totally wonderful!!
Jul. 20th, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you, daria!
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