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Title: The way of my people
Words: a 221B has 221 words and ends with a b-word
Rating: PG-13
Pairings : Sherlock/John
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: Not mine.

Summary: ‘365 days of 221Bs’ challenge: a prompt a day, given by [ profile] atlinmerrick. Day 357.

Previous 221b: Straight from the horse's mouth (1/4)

Today's prompt: sunshine & fashion


The way of my people

He was never one to use terms of endearments, especially ridiculous ones like 'sugar-crumpet’, but could live with ‘sweetie’ or ‘darling’. Still, it wasn’t something that he would choose to say.

The girl he finally settled with never asked him to call her by anything then her name. And it still didn’t work out.

Now that he is older, he doesn’t have as strong an opinion about it anymore. He calls Molly ‘love’ sometimes and Rose was ‘princess’ since she first grabbed his finger with her tiny hand and looked at him. His son James he calls ‘mate’, though James will tell you that that isn’t a term of endearment (he is sixteen, what do you expect?).

All of this is probably pretty normal for a middle-aged Englishman. No surprises there.

What really might surprise you though, is that he has one for Sherlock. Yes, I’m still talking about endearments.

It was more of an accident in the beginning: Sherlock barged into his bedroom (Lestrade never wanted to know how he got into his flat in the first place) with an excited look on his face, shouting, “Case, Lestrade!”

Greg (having had no more than 5 hours of sleep) opened one eye, looked at a 6 feet tall three-year-old almost bouncing with excitement and closed his eye again with a grown.

Then said 6 feet tall three-year-old grabbed his blanket and dared to yank it away. “Come on! You slept 4.3 hours, that has to be enough. Get up! We have a triple homicide!”

Lestrade held on to his blanket with all his might and sighed, “Yes, all right, sunshine. Calm down.”

Then he realised what he’d just said, but for some reason Sherlock didn’t complain, he only blinked at Lestrade with a somewhat surprised look on his face. Maybe he felt that there was no malice behind it, only fondness and friendship (and a severe lack of sleep).

They solved the triple homicide in two days and never spoke about the scene in Lestrade’s bedroom again. But when Greg called Sherlock ‘sunshine’ again during a particularly stressful case a couple of weeks later, he was sure that he saw the hint of a smile on the detective’s face.

There definitely was a smile on John’s face when he first heard it.

He marveled at the fact that for some reason that alone, that one word spoken with fond exasperation in the middle of a chaotic crime scene, seemed to calm Sherlock down, to anchor him enough to share his observations without disappearing in his own head. That was the moment John realised that Greg Lestrade was - in his own way - absolutely brilliant.

Next 221b: Distance in Space

Two times 221 words this time. The prompts were 'sunshine' (by Verity Burns) & 'fashion'.

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