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Sherlock Fic: Indelible 
7th-Jun-2011 12:35 pm
Sherlock: John has his own little corner
Title: Indelible
Pairing: Mycroft/John
Rating: R
Word Count: ~700
Note: Written for Five Acts, Round Four for setos_puppy for the prompts writing on the body and sleep themes
Summary: John wakes up, and Mycroft lulls him back to sleep.

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John had long been accustomed to waking up all at once, slamming into full awareness of the world, and marshaling his wits to meet the next crisis. Afghanistan and life with Sherlock had made the habit a necessity. These rare nights, however, his body surrendered to a deeper sleep. Perhaps Mycroft’s scent on the sheets sent John’s subconscious mind the message of safety. Or perhaps the quality of the rest had something to do with falling asleep confident in the knowledge that the master bedroom in Mycroft’s stone-walled townhouse was in all likelihood the most secure room in London.

Whatever the reason for John’s ability to sleep deeply, he found drifting awake slowly to be a novel sensation. The room was still dark: blackout curtains blocked any light from the street, but the embers of last evening’s fire still glowed in the hearth. John closed his eyes and tried to pinpoint what had tugged him into wakefulness.

It was then he felt the pleasantly cool press of a fine point to his shoulder blade. Not sharp, but slightly ticklish. The point moved in a tiny, untraceable looping motion, then was lifted away.

“Sorry to have woken you,” Mycroft said from somewhere above John and slightly to his right.

“Hm,” John replied. He saw no need to climb out of his current sleepy haze to form a complete sentence. Instead, he pushed his hand out to the side until he encountered Mycroft’s hand resting among the sheets. He dragged his prize back toward him so he could press kisses to Mycroft’s knuckles. Then he released Mycroft’s hand and settled back down.

The movement against the skin of his shoulder resumed. John managed a half-formed grunt of inquiry.

“Writing longhand helps me think,” Mycroft said quietly.

Of course. John could recognize the scratch of an ink pen in the motion he felt. “Hm,” he replied. When John had drifted off earlier, Mycroft had been sitting in his customary armchair by the fire, frowning at some documents that might or might not have had to do with a missing naval treaty. John knew better than to try to keep up with Mycroft’s hours. Unfortunately, his good example seemed not to have produced the desired results. John mustered his fine motor control to form words. “Work t’hard.”

The movement of the pen stilled. Mycroft’s fingers stroked slowly down John’s spine. “It’s not work.” His hand swept along John’s side, skirting the area where he’d been writing, and traced up around John’s shoulder, the un-wounded one. “Go back to sleep.

John lay still for a moment and considered obeying. Mycroft took up his pen once more and resumed writing. John had seen Mycroft’s schoolwork-neat penmanship before, glimpsed on desk memos or in the margins of work documents. Even grocery lists left lying around the kitchen looked neat enough to belong in a finishing school workbook. John could feel the same precise attention against his skin as Mycroft neatly filled the canvas of his back with script.


“It’s top secret,” Mycroft whispered. He pressed a kiss to the back of John’s neck. “A matter of national security.”

“S’not work!” John protested.

Mycroft just kept writing.

“Hint?” John asked.

The flow of Mycroft’s writing paused, then resumed. He said, “It’s a letter.”


“Oh, John.” In the small of John’s back, on the right side, Mycroft scrawled two words in letters slightly larger than he’d been using. John had seen Mycroft sign enough documents to know the shape of those words. Then Mycroft dropped a kiss at the base of John’s spine.

The mattress shifted as Mycroft re-arranged himself on his back, and pulled John toward him. John went willingly, settling himself across Mycroft’s chest and tangling their legs comfortably together.

“Whas’say?” he muttered.

“It’s a secret,” Mycroft whispered, and smoothed his hand over John’s hair.

“Is not. I know, anyway,” John said. He pressed his face into the crook of Mycroft’s neck and let the comforts all around him lull him back to sleep.
7th-Jun-2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, this was sweet and lovely and sleepily sexy.
MH/JW is not my ship, but what a nice stroll on this particular deck for a few.

Nicely done.
7th-Jun-2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, what Random said. Very lovely little peek.
7th-Jun-2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh I love Mycroft/John and am excited to see more of it!

I love the sleepy/drifting off feeling in this.
13th-Jun-2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Mycroft/John has been gnawing at my brain lately, and things like this are the result. Glad you enjoyed!
7th-Jun-2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
I adore this, it's absolutely the most perfectly lovely, warm, sleepy ficlet. Beautiful to read, I don't even have the words. Have a heart instead: ♥
13th-Jun-2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yay hearts! I had a great time putting this together, since it's not at all like my usual far: short instead of hideously long, sleepy instead of action-packed. But I'm glad you enjoyed the result!
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13th-Jun-2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love your Mycroft icon, too.
8th-Jun-2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Lovely and warm *<3*
13th-Jun-2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was fun to write!
8th-Jun-2011 07:24 am (UTC)
Ahhh, I agree with everything already said. It's lovely and relaxing to read (: I haven't considered John/Mycroft very much but this was really nice
13th-Jun-2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you! I don't usually write John/Mycroft, but when the plot bunny bites, I jump.
8th-Jun-2011 08:50 am (UTC)
So sweet! Love the sleepy feeling:)
13th-Jun-2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's kind of a bedtime story :D
8th-Jun-2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
This is so lovely!
13th-Jun-2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks m'dear. You know me: never met a kink prompt I didn't like.
29th-Jun-2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Love this pairing; it has such interesting dynamics and I love how Mycroft is a source of comfort for John.

Also, great to read before bed. ;)
5th-Jul-2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm starting to really enjoy this pairing. So many intriguing possibilities! Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed this little bedtime story.
26th-Aug-2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
This fic is just too sweet. You captured the characters very well, and I love how well everything worked together. :)
30th-Aug-2011 04:16 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! For some reason Mycroft and John give me very warm fuzzy feelings.
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4th-Nov-2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
I love these guys, too. The world needs more Mycroft/John! Thanks for reading, and I'm glad you enjoyed.

Edited at 2011-11-04 05:29 pm (UTC)
14th-Jan-2012 01:57 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm going to devote a day or two next week just to recording your Sherlock fic because there are so many lovely things I just can't pick one. Probably Tuesday. I hope that's all right with you. I've missed recording your stories.
14th-Jan-2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
Oooo, exciting! I'm glad you're enjoying the stories. You're welcome to podfic to your heart's content, my friend!
17th-Jan-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Here's the podfic of this story! I think I need to work on my Mycroft voice a bit more, but I don't have much call to read for him so far.
26th-Feb-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
*wins the late-to-the party prize*

Thank you so much for this! The world needs more Mycroft, truly. You did a lovely job with this; I really enjoyed hearing your sleepy!John.
19th-Jan-2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
This is really sweet and lovely ^__^. There is nowhere near enough Mycroft/John fics in the world IMHO. Thank you so much for sharing!
26th-Feb-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for these two, so I'm always glad when they make other people happy as well :)
22nd-Feb-2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
Repeating what everyone else said and basically saying this is so soft, dark and every thing right. I don't usually ship these two but I've loved how you've placed them together.
26th-Feb-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for giving this a read even though it's not your usual ship. I'm pretty equal-opportunity in this fandom, but sometimes these two just demand to be put together. I'm so happy you enjoyed!
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