8 February 2015

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Title: the odd half of a pair of scissors
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 621 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holmes fic battle: modernverse, Jane/Shirley, domestic/married life
Pairing: Jane/Shirley established
Other: Set in a modern AU-verse where both Holmes and Watson are women who started their partnership in college.

Excerpt: Jane unlocks the front door and is bowled over by dogs. She leans down to accept their offering of affection, and when she straightens, she sees Shirley silhouetted in the door to the kitchen. Shirley is wearing an apron over top her favorite bathrobe, so she probably didn't have a case today.

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Title: sacred idleness
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 641 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holme fic battle: Original ACD universe, Holmes/Watson, Turkish bath
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Other: Victorian sexy. A little. PG-ish.

Excerpt: It was such a rare thing to see Holmes this relaxed without aid of his favorite poisons. His eyes were half-lidded when the attendant left, obligingly pushing together our couches so we might talk in intimacy. His hair was slicked back, a dark contrast to his familiar, aquiline face, and the oil glistened on his taut, well-built chest. When he caught my sideways look, he simply half-smiled with amusement.

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Title: the gift of reverie
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 914 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holmes fic battle: steampunkverse, John and Shirley, how he weaned her off of cocaine.
Pairing: Sherlock/Watson established
Other: Set in an AU-verse where Sherlock was born Shirley, but the setting is (mostly) retained with some occasional steampunk elements that don't show up in this fic. There is some implied sex in this.

Excerpt: She smiled back at him. "It's like being on a case," she said. "The human body can be quite as unpredictable as the average criminal."

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Title: the only broken instrument that works
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 516 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holmes fic battle: any universe, any pairing, Train -- 50 Ways to Say Goodbye
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Other: Set in a modern AU-verse where both Holmes and Watson are women who started their partnership in college. The time frame on this is post-Reichenbach, after Professor Moriarty got Shirley expelled.

Excerpt: Now she went to the store alone. She was in and out in twenty minutes tops, her list pre-organized carefully by aisle, and no surprises lurked in the bottom of her cart, no e-cig cartridges or weird fruits or trashy tabloids. She certainly never spent half an hour grilling the cashier about recent robberies.

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Title: progressively unnecessary
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 486 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holmes fic battle: any universe, any Mary Morstan, five things
Pairing: Mary/Jane, implied Shirley/Jane
Other: Set in a modern AU-verse where both Holmes and Watson are women who started their partnership in college.

Excerpt: Mary is quiet. She's an only child, her father gone for long stints in the Navy, and she's grown up with various childless aunts who didn't really know how to handle her. She rose to the call by being quiet, humble, and mature at a young age. The aunts called her an angel, but passed her around between them like they were playing cards.

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Title: horse sense
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 729 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holmes fic battle: modernverse, any character, 'less QQ more pew-pew'
Pairing: Jane/Mary & Shirley gen
Other: Set in a modern AU-verse where both Holmes and Watson are women who started their partnership in college.

Excerpt: "You've kidnapped my girlfriend, Holmes," Watson said as she unlocked their door and she came in to the room. She was unaccompanied by said girlfriend, a rare sight these days, and flopped down on her back on her neatly made bed.

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Title: diplomatic cologne
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 325 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holmes fic battle: steampunkverse, Holmes/Watson, 'you and I get so damn dysfunctional we start keeping score.' bonus points if it's more comedy than drama
Pairing: John/Shirley
Other: Set in an AU-verse where Sherlock was born Shirley, but the setting is (mostly) retained with some occasional steampunk elements that don't show up in this fic.

Excerpt: "Perhaps you could try being right more often," Holmes said, with a certain quirk to her smile.

John brandished his fork at her with mock offense. "Miss Holmes, that is not a solution to the problem. This unladylike domination of yours simply must stop."


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Title: it's been you all along
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 817 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holmes fic battle: steampunkverse, Holmes/Watson (or Watson/Holmes), "The Last Time" by Taylor Swift
Pairing: John/Mary and John/Shirley
Other: Set in an AU-verse where Sherlock was born Shirley, but the setting is (mostly) retained with some occasional steampunk elements that don't show up in this fic. This is an infidelity scenario.

Excerpt: The snow was blowing furiously past the window when Shirley heard familiar footsteps on the chair. Watson didn't bother knocking -- really, he never did nowadays. He probably thought she wouldn't let him in.

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Title: if an echo sounded
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 453 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holmes fic battle: either Watson, unsolved cases
Pairing: Watson gen
Other: Set in a modern AU-verse where both Holmes and Watson are women who started their partnership in college.

Excerpt: There were just a few sparse documents here: the story of Jae Phillimore, who ran back to her dorm room for her chapstick, and was never seen again; the tale of Alicia, a normally dependable trucker who drove off into fog one morning and never returned; and poor Isadora, the Journalist Club president, who lost her sanity overnight and was found in the morning, staring blindly at an empty matchbox and a failed biology experiment.

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Title: no more intrepid explorer
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 787 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holmes fic battle: modernverse; Shirley, Jane, Irene, and Mary; The Adventure of the Wailing Door
Pairing: slight Mary/Jane, Shirley/Irene, mostly gen
Other: Set in a modern AU-verse where both Holmes and Watson are women who started their partnership in college.

Excerpt: Irene is restless. She's been restless from the first moment, and no amount of whispered reproach can stop her from shifting whenever she thinks she has a moment. It's driving Shirley crazy, and Watson can't help from being the tiniest bit amused. See, Jane thinks to herself, very quietly, your girlfriend is not a top investigator either.

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Title: every atom of you
Fandom: Doctor Who
Length: 666 words
Prompt: daemon multifandom ficathon: Doctor Who: Humans are the only race in the universe without daemons.
Pairing: Rose and Nine gen
Other: n/a

Excerpt: "Ah, well," he says, with a careful smile and deadened eyes, "we tend to keep our souls on the inside, Time Lords. Saves on travel costs."

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Title: mholmes is now following you on Twitter
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 705 words
Prompt: (+61): Just letting everyone know that I am still alive after last night. On a related note, this is the 15th "I'm not dead!" mass text I've sent. You've got to celebrate the little things.
Pairing: Jane and Shirley gen
Other: Set in a modern AU-verse where both Holmes and Watson are women who started their partnership in college.

Excerpt: The text had gone out sometime after Jane had slumped into bed and before Shirley had fallen asleep, which Jane thought was rather unfair. If you had to send out a text like that, you should at least stay awake long enough to reassure a few people before creeping to bed.

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Title: then he's finished
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 722 words
Prompt: Sherlock Holmes fic battle: Steampunkverse, Watson and Mycroft
Pairing: Watson and Mycroft gen with mentioned Shirley/Watson
Other: Set in an AU-verse where Sherlock was born Shirley, but the setting is (mostly) retained with some occasional steampunk elements that don't show up in this fic.

Excerpt: "Why didn't you ask her to marry you?" Mycroft said, after the servant had left. Watson looked up sharply, confused.

"When you were first living together at Baker Street," Mycroft clarified impatiently, and Watson dropped his gaze again. He drank the tea, even though it was still too hot. There was no telling half-truths or lies to Mycroft. He couldn't even lie to Shirley about something trivial, because she always noticed. Still, he hated to dig that up again.


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Title: what suits me
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Length: 39 words
Prompt: comment_fic: Star Trek: TNG, Geordi La Forge/Data, suit and tie
Pairing: Geordi/Data
Other: n/a

Excerpt: No sane being would deny it: Data looks good in a suit and tie.

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