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02 February 2010 @ 03:36 am
Sherlock Holmes - The Effects of Proximity  
Title: The Effects of Proximity
Word Count: 968
Rating: NC-17
Characters/Pairings: Holmes/Watson
Spoilers: None
Warnings: I suppose this is arguably non-con, but certainly not in the usual sense.
Disclaimer: Anything you recognise is not mine.
Notes:Originally for the sherlockkink  meme, I am de-annoning because of my insane need to archive. (And my complete lack of shame)

As did occasionally happen, the latest case of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson had taken them out of London and into the countryside. Derbyshire, this time, but that was of little consequence.

What was of great consequence, as far as one Dr. Watson was concerned, was their accommodations. The tiny, narrow room housed a single tiny, narrow bed. The room was so small, in fact, that whilst Holmes had generously offered to yield the bed to his friend – and sleep on the floor – this was not actually physically possible, as the bed took up all of the floor space save enough at it's end to allow one to stand at the foot of it – the door, incidentally, opened into the hall for this reason.

The case had been solved within hours of their arrival, and that delay was mostly due to the suspect's absence – it had turned out, in a terribly stereotypical series of events, that the butler had indeed done it. It had almost not been worth their time coming here, and if the blasted woman who had summoned them had possessed the good sense to lay out the details of the case in full in her letter, then the whole thing would have been solved from the comfort of their sitting room. Alas, the world is not a perfect place, and now that it was too late to head home before morning, the issue of sleeping arrangements was one of some importance.

Holmes had stated that he would be happy to remain in the sitting room of the guest house they were staying in, however the woman who ran the establishment expressly forbade it (wisely, Watson thought) and Holmes seemed genuinely tired, and this was rare enough in itself to bear the discomfort of sharing a bed. Besides, Watson reasoned, it was a cold evening and the extra warmth could only be a good thing. He ignored the tiny voice that told him this was a Bad Idea.

Getting into their nightclothes proved the first of the evening's problems – there was simply not enough room for two fully grown men in the two square feet of space at the end of the bed. The solution, Holmes ingeniously decided, was that he would stand on the bed and change. This would have been fine had it not meant that Watson's line of sight was perfectly level with his friend's groin. He made every effort to look away, but Holmes' threadbare undergarments left little to the imagination, and his apparent inability to refrain from bouncing on the bed was incredibly distracting.

“You'll ruin the mattress if you keep doing that.” Watson scolded.

“That might bother me if it were my bed.” Holmes replied, unperturbed. Watson couldn't begrudge him the sentiment, he was annoyed enough with the arrangements, but someone had to be responsible and it was never going to be Holmes.

“It is our bed,” Watson felt a slight tingle at the 'our' in reference to the bed, “for the evening, which means it is half mine and I would like this to be as comfortable as possible, and hopefully not involve either one of us being impaled by broken piece of cane, if that is all right with you?”

Holmes stopped bouncing. He pouted a little, which was not at all helpful in making him less...distracting. It was going to be a long night.


Despite being bone tired, Watson finds that sleep simply will not come. He has been hard since shortly before Holmes got into the narrow bed and proceeded to take up three quarters of it. The fact that the man who he has been too afraid to admit his attraction to since they met is lying practically on top of him does not help. And he is so warm, and fits so nicely against him, and is making wonderful little snuffling sounds as he tries to bury himself further into the pillow. The pillow which he has taken full possession of.

Watson is only slightly perturbed that the usually restless man is sleeping soundly, whilst he is unable to enjoy the same luxury.

Holmes shifts against him, and Watson's cock brushes against his thigh. The doctor gasps quietly at the sensation. He wonders if it would be so terrible if he...


No, he will not abuse his friend's trust like that.

But Holmes would never have to know. And this may be the only chance he ever gets to be close to him like this. He shifts again so as to enjoy some further friction. It wouldn't hurt the other man at all, if he just sort of...rubbed against him.

It would be wrong, but it would be a victimless crime. And dammit, he needs to sleep.

He rocks against the detective again. And again. Biting his lip, he builds up a rhythm which quickly becomes frantic. He finds himself rutting wildly, swallowing back moans of pleasure as he speeds towards release. He cannot quite stifle the “Oh” as he finally comes, but it does not appear to disturb Holmes at all, who seems to sleep like the dead. Odd, Watson thinks, but doesn't worry himself over it. Everything about Holmes is odd.

He checks briefly that the mess is contained within his own nightclothes, and on finding that it is, allows himself to fall into a contented sleep.

He does not see Holmes open his eyes, does not hear him sigh, and does not feel the other man's efforts to quell his own need. He also does not see the blissful smile on his bedmate's face as he comes, satisfied in the knowledge that he can have something he has wanted for such a long time, provided he works gently.
Sullasulla_ on February 1st, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, that has got to be one of the most delicious things I've ever read! *flails*
lace_ficlace_fic on February 1st, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
That is a high compliment indeed :D *joins in flailing*

Also, congratulations for taking this journal's comment-virginity!
Sulla: Holmes  - gift of silence = fistsulla_ on February 2nd, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Well, I was just reading it on my lunch hour at Starbucks, and I was just struck -- what this would look/be like if it happened. And I could just see it! And it was a beautiful thing to behold... *stares lustfully into the distance*

And YAY for cherry-popping ;D
azure_horizonazure_horizon on February 1st, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
I have so much love for your icon! It makes me happy!
(Anonymous) on February 2nd, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
I feel the same way about it! Credit goes to spoonyriffic for bringing happiness though icon-crafting :)
Sulla: Holmes  - gift of silence = fistsulla_ on February 2nd, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Er... sorry. That was me replying up there! ^
kilala10kilala10 on February 1st, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
lace_ficlace_fic on February 1st, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Sooz: holmes_heartcyphersushi on February 1st, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Mmm... very nice :) Holmes pouting is always a nice image to get :)
lace_ficlace_fic on February 1st, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
He is lovely when he pouts isn't he :D

Glad you enjoyed it!
tordener on February 1st, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
You gave me a nice little image to play over and over in my head, and for that I'm grateful :)
lace_ficlace_fic on February 1st, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I could provide for you :D - I live to serve, as it were.
azure_horizonazure_horizon on February 1st, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh perfection, how i love thee! :D Gr8 work :D
lace_ficlace_fic on February 2nd, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
*blushes* O.o that is a high compliment indeed - thank you :)
Nonsensical Whatnotterist: Dark Fae Girlrandom_nexus on February 1st, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Okay, yeah, SORT of non-con/dub-con, but... but... *giggling* not really, afterall. I must be quite the pervie, 'cause this just made me giggle.

Good job, you!
lace_ficlace_fic on February 2nd, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
Well, I like to be safe with these things, because I've seen other people not mark that same sort of thing and get called on it and whilst I'm not fussed, I'd rather not have the argument. It mostly made me giggle, too :)

Thank you!
Nonsensical Whatnotterist: Bath toysrandom_nexus on February 2nd, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I had a similar sitch with another little fic - y'know the melodramatic A: "You know you want it" B: "No, I shouldn't!" A: "Yes, you should" (insert thrashings of sexual nature) B: "Oh, actually I want you bad; take me now, big boy!" A: "I knew you wanted it" Blah blah blah. And someone was commenting that it was dub-con because person B was protesting, even while doing nothing whatsoever to stop anything from happening. So, really, you never know what people are going to think.

Me? I think this was fun. So... there.
*wanders off*
Lidia: 05 - Джудси :)lidi_photos on February 2nd, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Aww, this is brilliant!
Hot yet almost innocent! :)
lace_ficlace_fic on February 2nd, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
Hee :) thank you!
piratesquared: SH-Closerpiratesquared on February 2nd, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
The best bit is Holmes bouncing on the bed. XD
lace_ficlace_fic on February 2nd, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
Confession: I would almost rather have the bouncing than the porn. O.o

Beckyewanspotter on February 2nd, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)

That is all.
lace_ficlace_fic on February 2nd, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
That is more than enough ;)
emeraldreeve: Legolas/Gimliemeraldreeve on February 2nd, 2010 10:20 am (UTC)
Delightful! The ending is blissful!
lace_ficlace_fic on February 2nd, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
I am certain Holmes would agree with you ;)

Glad you liked it!
Annabeeinmybonnet on February 2nd, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Please allow me to grin lasciviously. ::grins::

Oh, darling, this hit so many of kinks. ♥ Two-sided unrequited love, or whatever one's supposed to call it, is something that I always, always love, and semi-indecent sneakiness as this? Brilliant. (And yeah, Holmes would so rather pretend to be asleep and assess the situation, so to speak, for future reference, than cheerfully ask, "Need a hand with that?")
lace_ficlace_fic on February 2nd, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Two-sided unrequited love. I like that.

I was so very tempted to have Holmes be like "WTF Watson, why didn't you just ask? But
1. the original prompt didn't include/suggest it

and 2. I dunno, whilst I firmly maintain that the movieverse was actually pretty damn close to the bookverse, this feels more bookverse-y to me. Or something.

Or possibly because Holmes is a deviously little bastard after all and just wants Watson to squirm for a bit. IDK.
Anna: sh_hwbeeinmybonnet on February 2nd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Well, of course one is tempted, that's how it should go. That's what's so tricky about being a fanfic writer; the story would go very smoothly and nicely should the characters choose option A, but in the back of your mind you just know that they'd actually choose option B, never mind of complicated and ugly it is. If that kinda-sorta explanation made any sense whatsoever.

I can't actually express an opinion on this, since I've only read the books and watched the movie, but from what short clips I've seen on YouTube, Jeremy Brett is freaky similar to book!Holmes. Because book!Holmes is... prouder than movie!Holmes? No, that's not the right word. He's... I heard someone comment that movie!Holmes is more innocent that book!Holmes, and I totally agree with that. I suppose I think movie!Holmes has "more" Asperger's Syndrome than book!Holmes; movie!H is a little bit more oblivious to society norms, a little more "off". Not that I'm complaining. At all. ::clings to RDJ's divine legs::

Or possibly because Holmes is a deviously little bastard after all and just wants Watson to squirm for a bit. IDK.

Well, that is as valid an opinion as any, isn't it? ♥
lace_ficlace_fic on February 2nd, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
I have never seen the Jeremy Brett version, but I can honestly say that for the most part (and this is not me yelling at you or anything, just to be clear) closeness to the book is of almost no interest to me in this context.

I have reasoning, would you like to hear it?
Anna: stock_englandbeeinmybonnet on February 2nd, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
I'd love to.
lace_ficlace_fic on February 2nd, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Ok, my reasoning is thus:

1. Book Holmes is not necessarily an accurate portrayal of Holmes as he was (taking the stance that whilst he was a fictional character, he should be afforded some real-person characteristics), since at least once he accuses Watson of embellishing. I cannot help but think that Watson makes him look good, even as he is admonished for it, because it is good for the story and it is good for his own perception of a person he loves likes. Thusly, it could be inferred that Holmes is actually the holy terror he is depicted to be in the film (I do not necessarily think that kind of thought went into it, *but* I have been surprised by how carefully actors think about things before)

2. The accuracy is irrelevant to me on a personal level, because I caught myself hugging my omnibus copy today. I did not do that the first time I read it, I haven't felt the need to read any of it in the 8-10 years since I first got it, and lately I couldn't be bothered reading anything. Now it is no effort to me to read it, because RDJ's portrayal made it fun and exciting again and in my selfish little mind, that is all I care about.

It is worth noting that the reason I first wanted to read about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes was Basil the Great Mouse Detective - who remains to this day one of my favourite characters ever, but as we know, Sherlock Holmes is not an anthropomorphised mouse. My point is, that as long as it captures the imagination, then whether or not it is "accurate" is a moot point. In the same way that House is very clearly Holmes, in possibly the closest sense to the way I imagined him prior to the '09 film, and yet he is vastly different outwardly from the book character.

Like I say, this is all very selfish reasoning, in a way, but if I were a purist, fandom would drive me insane, I imagine. (again, though, not belittling your opinions and thoughts should they differ, and I would love to hear them, just stating that this is how I can't help but see it).

You did say there was no such thing as TL;DR. :)
Anna: stock_englandbeeinmybonnet on February 6th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
There is no such thing as TL;DR.

::takes deep breath and cracks fingers::

All right: discussion time!

1. In this matter, I will play The Game and cheerfully ignore ACD's frustrated intentions. ::shoves aside:: So. I completely agree with your theory that book!Holmes isn't necessarily the "real" Holmes. I'm under the impression Watson used quite a lot of poetic license in the stories, if for no other reason because he can't possibly have been such an unassuming sounding board in real life. Or, if he indeed was, Holmes would probably barely have tolerated him. So when Watson wrote the stories he toned down his own part and polished up Holmes' persona. One can only wonder how his "real" diary journal looked like. "Did dishes today, again. Holmes tried to worm his way out by introducing the handcuffs, but that won't help him. Will wreak vengeance. Tomorrow."
But I digress. Regarding what you said about the actors, I think you underestimate them in this case. After having watched obsessively the interviews with JL and RDJ, they often bring up how Holmes should have been a pest to live with, and that Watson kicks a lot more arse than people think. I think they put some thought behind their interpretations. (Though I do wonder where RDJ got the clinigness/no-sense-for-personal-space thing from. Not that I'm complaining. Not at all.) ♥

2. I want adaptations to not contradict the original canon, but there's a long way between contradiction and reinterpretation. For example, my favourite of the Harry Potter films is Prisoner of Azkaban (which was also my favourite book) and while it might be the least "faithful" of the films, it's the one that works the best as a stand-alone film. I only recently learned to treat all adaptations as fanfiction, but I'm much happier for it.

I actually rewatched The Great Mouse Detective the other day, since I only had a vague memory of Basil being a weird mouse who played with his chemistry set, broke his violin by mistake and switch moods like a yo-yo. Now that I've seen it again--and got all the Sherlock Holmes references--I must say I enjoyed it, and Basil's character especially. Am I completely talking through my hat when I say that he and movie!Holmes have a lot in common? (Though Potson!Dawson did grate on my nerves. Why wasn't he a dapper young mouse man, when Basil was? Oh well, I shan't rant about that. Though utter WIN for the H&W cameo being their preparing for a date!)

Marvel Comics gets this idea of various interpretations of the same characters. They have, like, twenty or more different universes, which subtle changes of all the characters in each one. I think that's why Marvel fans aren't as uptight when it comes to characterization as fans from other fandoms are?

I dislike purists because they dislike fandom. If they want to be uptight and strict, fine. But let us who want to explore and experiment do that without being judged. If I want to interpretate Holmes as a ftm transexual, let me do that. (Not that I do, mind. I just used it as an example.)

... Did I reply and/or answer to anything you said, or did I just ramble aimlessly? ::facepalm:: FAIL.
lace_ficlace_fic on February 6th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
1. I realise belatedly that I did seem to cast aspersions on JL and RDJ there, which I had not intended (however in the interest of full disclosure, I am normally irritated by Jude Law. Inexplicably so. This film may have changed my mind a little). I say this because I was greatly disappointed by one of my favourite TV actors, Amanda Tapping, who turns out to be an actual moron with no sense of character in the real world. I am bitter about this. (And I try not to watch interviews because I am terrified of finding out that all my favorite actors are actually idiots.)

In regards to ACD, though, on reading and actively looking for The Gay, I am wondering if maybe he was fucking with us all.

Also - Watson's diary &hearts

2. Yes. Yes exactly. Everything you said. Including that '09!Holmes is basically mouse!Holmes. And now I am wondering if that is where some of it came from and squeeing at the possibility that it might be and ALSO PLANNING FIC and what is it about you that keeps giving me ideas?

I am very much with you on the purists front. It is one thing to adore canon but it is another thing to treat it as though it is neither open to interpretation nor questioning.

Anna: stock_englandbeeinmybonnet on February 6th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
1. To be honest, I see your point exactly. I don't follow tabloids, and usually ignore actors' private lives when it comes to my opinion on them in movies. Take Jude Law. I've heard of his quite loutish behaviour, but never got into details, never cared for him, and was rather "Whut? :/" when I heard he was going to play with RDJ in the movie. Then I saw him in the film and really liked him, even found him attractive. (It's the 'tache. It's a leathal weapon, I tell you.) And I've now seen him in interviews, and frankly, I was dumbfounded at how cute he was. At least in the interviews he has together with RDJ, he's nerdy and sweet and almost shy. It must be RDJ's influence. (As for RDJ, I think my crush on him is so humongous because he isn't an idiot. He's not perfect, god knows that, but he's frank and has a lot of humour, and those are my top priorities. Yes, I am pathetic.)

It is my private, fannish theory than ACD deliberatly wrote Holmes ambiguously gay as a big fuck-you to his audience. Perhaps he hoped someone would catch on and Holmes' popularity would drop.

2. ... I would read that. So. Much. Even though I dislike crossovers, I'd do, because Basil is rather awesome. Even if he did have more ho-yay with Moriarty Ratigan than with Watson Dawson, which is just wrong.

It is one thing to adore canon but it is another thing to treat it as though it is neither open to interpretation nor questioning.

This. Amen, word, respect, whathaveyou. Exactly. It's especially stupid to be so rigid when you know the creator didn't give a ha'pence for his works, either. ("What? It's Watson's shoulder that's wounded? Eh, whatever, I can't be arsed to edit. Carry on!")
lace_ficlace_fic on February 6th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Bonus bonus secret - I used to get Jude Law and Ewan McGregor confused ("used to" as in did up until, say, last month. To the point where I was thinking, watching the film "...that's not Jude Law..."). Turns out they used to share a flat or somesuch. So yeah, you can see I pay a lot of attention.

It's especially stupid to be so rigid when you know the creator didn't give a ha'pence for his works, either.

Carrying on that line of thought...

Hang on, Watson has had six wives now - you don't think that's a little excessive? Oh, what's that you say? You couldn't be bothered getting your timeline straight?


April is two months prior to October, is it? That is a new one!
Anna: stock_englandbeeinmybonnet on February 7th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Really? I like Ewan McGregor, so I never mixed them up. Granted, they do look a bit alike, and, well, they apparently have a history of ho-yaying together.
I only pay attention to fictional pop-culture, rather than "real" pop-culture. Ergo, I keep myself updated on movies and such, but don't care a fig for the gossip tabloids.

Too true! You know, I think the longer ACD kept on writing the stories, the more of a trolling fanfiction author he became. You know, the kind who post stories full of typos and grammatical mistakes and really bad content, because they can't be bothered to proofread their work? (Hm, I wonder what would happen if I presented this theory to a "true" Sherlockian/Holmsian?)
lace_ficlace_fic on February 7th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
I love that picture more than is healthy. It's less, for me, that they look alike, I think, and more that I am pretty awful with actors (I can tell you other characters they have played, no problem, but don't ask me their names unless I have actually gone to find out.)

I think now would be a good time to mention that I think ACD was a fucking awful writer - I loved the characters, and the stories weren't bad, but I think the best thing he did was the (slightly faulty) worldbuilding, which gives the rest of us stuff to play with. In that way, I guess, he sorta falls into the category I would put J.K. Rolling in - like her idea, not so big on the actual writing part.
Anna: stock_englandbeeinmybonnet on February 8th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
I obsessivly need to know the actors starring in a film. It's the same with songs; I need to know the title and the band, even if I don't actually like the songs. Let's not even get started on lyrics.

This might be because English is not my native language, which makes me more than half-blind, but I think ACD is a decent writer. I'm a bit partial, though, because the Victorian style of "principal clause + three subordinate clauses" and abundance of adjectives reminds me of my initial writing style, before my teachers beat it out of me. But yeah, I totally see your point. The characters? Amazing. The universe? Gimme. The actual stories? ... Yeah, those are nice.
I've never been too keen on plot. There is a reason why I count STUD and DYIN among my favourite stories. ♥
lace_ficlace_fic on February 8th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh no, the style of writing is not at all what I object to - I have a bookshelf full of 19th century fiction because I adore it so. What I object to, in ACD's writing, is the complete and utter lack of evidence that he ever actually read his stories himself. The overwhelming absence of continuity drives me insane (this, of course, is my own personal neurosis). I realise it was a serial publication and everything, but so are comic books and they tend to at least retain a modicum of organisation. I suppose editorial laziness makes me angry, is all :/
Anna: stock_englandbeeinmybonnet on February 8th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see. In that case, YES.

In a way, it's fun, because the inconsistent canon gives us fan a lot to work with. On the other hand, it's terribly vexing.
Marvel isn't exactly famous for keeping their canon consistent, but at least they acknowledge and forewarn when they're about to ret-con something.
Queen of Spades: omfgmonkiainen on February 15th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
This was very naughty indeed :)
Queerly: holmes/watsonqueerlyobscure on February 15th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
*eyebrow wiggle* :D

Thank you!
tiwtintiwtin on July 4th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Lovely teasing angst. Poor awkward Watson. Loved the ending. :-)
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: Wantedqueerlyobscure on July 5th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am a bit of a sucker for Watson angst, but I couldn't help tacking a little hope on to the end.