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10 August 2010 @ 03:15 am
Sherlock Holmes (BBC) - Notes  
Title: Notes
Author: queerlyobscure
Rating: G
Characters/Pairing: John, mentions Sherlock.
Disclaimer: Not my idea. At all.
Summary: Sherlock has taken up the habit of leaving John notes.
Spoilers: None.
Warnings: None.
Word Count: 600
Author's Notes: Inspired by purplefog, who once woke up with 'I'm makin' a baby' scrawled across her stomach. Just a bit of fun, nothing serious.

John woke up slowly, stiff from having fallen asleep in his chair. Good of Sherlock to wake him and send him to bed, really. Not that he'd expected that much. Probably hadn't even noticed he was there.

He got up and headed to the loo, discovering along the way that Sherlock was out via the medium of post-it notes. After relieving himself, he went to the sink to wash his hands and splash water on his face. Now, John didn't make a habit of looking in mirrors – he knew what he looked like, thank you – but he caught sight of something unusual in his reflection.

It turned out to be 'out of milk' scrawled in big, black letters across his forehead, carefully mirrored so he'd be able to read it. How thoughtful.

Attempts to remove it revealed the ink to be permanent. Twenty minutes later, John emerged from the washroom with a very pink forehead, and only one or two black marks left. If he were a vengeful man, he could think of several things he'd like to do to Sherlock over it.

They were, in fact, out of milk. John screamed quietly.


~*~


Perhaps John should have realised that having not managed to talk to Sherlock about using his forehead as a message board, it would be unwise to fall asleep in the sitting room again. Whoever said 'lightning doesn't strike twice' was clearly an idiot.

'You snore. Did you know?' wasn't even a helpful observation. And he does not snore, thank you very much.


~*~


An experiment gone wrong rendered John's room uninhabitable the next week. Sherlock apologised at least three or four times (which John assumed meant he was truly sorry), and even offered his own bedroom (except that the look he got on his face when John asked 'where will you sleep?' suggested that he couldn't see why they wouldn't share), but somehow that didn't make it okay that he'd been chased out of his own bedroom.

There was also the risk associated with falling asleep in the sitting room. There was no question in John's mind that for Sherlock, all one had to do to consent to an experiment was not object, and it was difficult to object while you were asleep. If nothing else, he was aware that if he fell asleep while the other man was in the room, he'd end up with a message on his forehead again.

John watched Sherlock carefully, waiting for the other man to go to bed so he could claim the couch. He woke up just as the first rays of sunlight peeked through the curtains, covered by a blanket (probably by accident, but he had no idea where it had come from in that case). He headed to the washroom to see what kind of note had been left for him this time, but found only a bright pink post-it stuck to the mirror. 'Scotland Yard. Quick as you can.'

John groaned, and went to gather his coat.


~*~


It wasn't technically Sherlock's fault. He did warn him, after all. But 'don't touch that' isn't much of a warning at the best of times, and really, as clever as Sherlock was, he should have known John better than that.

Still, he was covered in slime, and decontamination showers lacked dignity. Coming out of the shower cold and grumpy was not helped when he looked down to see black letters scrawled across his lower belly in the mirror.

'Covered you with a blanket; you looked cold.'

 
 
 
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Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: Can't gigglequeerlyobscure on August 9th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!
Jools Spengler: Sherlock John Laughingjolly_rotten on August 9th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
That's so sweet.
I hope you know that the picture of Sherlock coming out of the shower will stuck in my head forever.
:)
It's a good distraction from yesterday's events though.

Thanks!
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: 221b lovequeerlyobscure on August 9th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
I needed to distract myself, and all. So yay for distractions, and I'm glad you liked it!
there's no such thing as a safe tribble: BORED BORED BOREDsonicbookmark on August 9th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Very cute! :D
ms_hissyfitms_hissyfit on August 9th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Lovely!
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: John/Sherlockqueerlyobscure on August 9th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you, glad you liked it!
ms_hissyfitms_hissyfit on August 10th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
I like it very, very much, especially that Sherlock would of course take the time to write his notes mirrored!
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: 221b lovequeerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
Of course he would. Because he'd want John to understand him.
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: Funny little brainsqueerlyobscure on August 9th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
:D - glad you enjoyed it!
readingredheadreadingredhead on August 9th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Sherlock apologised at least three or four times (which John assumed meant he was truly sorry), and even offered his own bedroom (except that the look he got on his face when John asked 'where will you sleep?' suggested that he couldn't see why they wouldn't share)

This is love. :D I think the noting habit would be a natural outgrowth/relative of the texting thing, and I like what you've done with it.
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: 221b lovequeerlyobscure on August 9th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I thought so as well - I have it in my head that if Sherlock ever got his hands on a slab of post-its, John would be drowning in them.

Glad you enjoyed it!
Thymelady: holmesthymelady on August 9th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
LOL! Ah, the joys of communication...
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: 221b lovequeerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
The joys of inventive communication :D.
Bellax_bellaitalia_x on August 9th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Oh so FREAKING cute. I have actually melted into a puddle at the cuteness.

This should have been in the series.
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: Can't gigglequeerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
::gets a you-shaped mold to pour you into::

Hee! Colour me flattered, and thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :D
Emiipurplefog on August 9th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! This is very cute... glad chat inspires!
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: Funny little brainsqueerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
Chat inspires so much - pleased you approve, being the inspiration and all!
telperion_15: Sherlocktelperion_15 on August 9th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
LOL, poor long-suffering John!
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: Can't gigglequeerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Poor John indeed. On the plus side, though, he gets adventures!
applebeing: SH & JW <3applebeing on August 9th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
So cute and hysterical.

(TL just officially lost again, so the awws and the giggles are most welcome.)
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: hugsqueerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Aww ::hugs::. Poor TL, always the bridesmaid...

Glad to have helped a little, though!
Pinigir: Lestat & Louispinigir on August 10th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Cute and very funny! Loved it!
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: 221b lovequeerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
:D Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!
kepheriekepherie on August 10th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
Ha! I liked that :)
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: Funny little brainsqueerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Hee hee! Thank you, glad to hear it :)
KickAir 8P~: Tiny Utah Teapotkickair8p on August 10th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
::gigglefit!::

~
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: Can't gigglequeerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
:D

Pleased to be of some use, at least.
Spinning Jenny Valentine (寶欣)da_cursednlucky on August 10th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
Ha ha ha. Very funny ways of scribbing notes. :D
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: Not amusedqueerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
Well, it could be anything a normal person would do - it's Sherlock doing it!

Glad you enjoyed it :)
Jessicaentropy_maximum on August 10th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Now I can't get the image of Sherlock being all sneaky and lifting up John's top to write on his belly out of my mind. Adorable!
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: 221b lovequeerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
That may or may not have been a self-indulgent bit of imagery. Because I love slightly-squishy John so very much.

Glad you enjoyed it!
Debris K.: Sherlock & John by azure_horizondebris_k on August 10th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
*g* That was very cute, and so Sherlock! ♥
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes: 221b lovequeerlyobscure on August 10th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
:D - Glad you liked it, thank you!
f-m-r-lf_m_r_l on August 10th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
This is very cute and very fun, and I'm very glad to have come across it.

Verily. :)
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes (BBC): Sherlock w/ violiqueerlyobscure on August 11th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like it, thank you!
dork_nerd: Sherlock Titledork_nerd on August 11th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
This is wonderful! WONDERFUL! It is funny but still in character. Genius idea and so well written!
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes (BBC): Can't gigglequeerlyobscure on August 11th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Hee, thank you! I'm glad you liked it :)
Mushroommushroom18 on August 11th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Awwww! And also, why his stomach? :D *thinks dirty thoughts*
Queerly: Sherlock Holmes (BBC): 221b lovequeerlyobscure on August 11th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
:D

I am justifying stomach by stating that the message was too long for his forehead.

In reality, I just really, really love slightly-squishy!Watson SO VERY MUCH. So mostly it is me being a dirty bird. So your thoughts aren't too far off I guess. (I maintain that Sherlock likes cuddly!John as well, because being so thin the padding can only be a good thing).
Welcome to the most boring LJ on the net!thsfuhqinsux on July 19th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
'Covered you with a blanket; you looked cold.'
LMAO!! It's like some weird sort of slumber party with two grown men, isn't it? First one to fall asleep gets written on.

I'll bet making John's bedroom uninhabitable was Sherlock's intention all along.
Leni: wr - lolleni_ba on March 1st, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
This is adorable. Thanks for the smile!