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Title: Straight from the horse's mouth (4/4)
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 363.

Previous 221b: Compliments of the house

Today's prompt: holiday


Straight from the horse's mouth (4/4)

John was the only one who never asked what had happened. But of course he was also the only one who found out the truth about why Sherlock's left arm was black and blue, why he was limping and why his face was all bruised.

It wasn’t because he had been run over by a bicycle messenger who went too fast and as we know it had nothing to do with the French or stolen jewels.


That day, when John came home, he took one look at the bruised jaw, the fresh scratches and the limping in his husband’s step and waved him over to a chair.

“Come here, you, and let me see that.”

Sherlock sat down and John gently checked his face and his arm before he knelt down and peeled off Sherlock’s sock. He placed the naked foot in his lap and pressed his thumbs against the sole. Sherlock winced.

“Did someone step on it?”

“In a manner of speaking.”

John raised his eyebrows but did not comment. He kept massaging the foot for awhile, then got up, pressed a soft kiss on Sherlock’s forehead and smiled.

“I think you’ll live. Want some tea?”

Sherlock scowled and followed him into the kitchen.

“Fine. Fine. If you have to know. I was knocked over by a horse that bolted.”

Next 221b: Stop, look, and listen

The prompt was 'holiday'.

This one is for [ profile] arianedevere. I was recently knocked over by a bolting horse and she asked if I was okay and then when I'd put that experience into a fic. :D
No animals were harmed in the making of this 221b.


Date: 2013-11-28 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, the horse! Of course, it was the bolting horse story... *kicks self*

Brilliantly done, sweetheart! I love the way you structured this series :D

Date: 2013-11-29 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just heard David Tennant in 'Day of the Doctor': "It was the horse!"

Date: 2013-11-29 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Argh, the truth has been in the title since the beginning! Anarion, or "The art of disguise is knowing how to hide in plain sight". Clever girl! :D

P.S. Ariane is a very considerate person. Personally I'd have first asked you when you'd put that experience into a fic, then, after that, if you were okay. :D (Seriously, I hope you wasn't harmed!)
Edited Date: 2013-11-29 01:35 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-11-29 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, you know, I took the diplomatic approach, phrasing the sentence carefully to make it look like I cared. No, hang on, I did care! I cared very much about whether Anarion would soon be incorporating the event into a 221B had been hurt.

But once I knew she was okay, I was definitely more enthusiastic about her getting the story into a story, as it were!
Edited Date: 2013-11-29 09:53 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-11-29 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Of course you cared. I cared too. I mean, imagine if she had injured her fingers, her typing fingers! It would have been a disaster. But it seems we were lucky, she might have broken one leg or two but nothing relevant to fic-writing. She must have been so relieved!

Date: 2013-12-01 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"The art of disguise is knowing how to hide in plain sight"
And doing it over and over again, and we always fall for it!

Date: 2013-11-29 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
More interesting would have been if any Anarions were harmed in the making of this 221b! A horse? seriously? Those are huge!

Date: 2013-11-29 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Depending on how you look at it, you might say that one Anarion was harmed in the making of this 221B. ;)

Date: 2013-11-29 08:47 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-12-01 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As you mastered writhing oh so clever thing like this, John mastered "how to get the truth out of Sherlock" - among other things :D


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