“In Judaism, the spirit only leaves this world when the family lets it go,” Harry had said, her hands grasping John’s. She had converted when she married Clara, and had been a pseudo-spiritual adviser to her brother. “That’s your job, Johnny, and you too Sherlock. You need to imagine James’ spirit as a kite. Over the next few days, while you settle his affairs, you can hold onto that string, but he’s going to pull it in your hands because he knows he can’t stay with you forever. Slowly let the string out and know that once you let him out, you can’t reel him back in. Eventually you’re going to need to let him go where he belongs.”
This is a story about Sherlock and John losing their son James to a suicide. Please please head the warnings on this one. I think this is an intresting idea, but the length doesn’t feel right. I wanted to be emotionally invested in this one but I wasn’t able to. Just skimmed on the edge of really becoming involved. What this author does a great job of though is not vilifying James for taking his life. They also do a good job of enforcing the idea that depression isn’t something you can just get rid of. Just because James had a good childhood with John and Sherlock does not mean he automatically will be rid of his depression. It just doesn’t work that way. Good idea and start but the pacing just isn’t right for this one, too much information we’re not getting.
WARNINGS FOR: Suicide, self harm, child loss, death, depression
Word Count: 2,637
My Rating: B-/C+
Ten years after the fall, Sherlock goes back to London to find that John no longer lives there. Instead he resides in a seaside town, a widower, and the father of a seven year old son. Now, Sherlock must struggle with the fact that there may no longer be a place for him in this new world.
This is excellent. I’m really impressed with this story! It’s been awhile since I’ve read a fic that blew me away with it’s characterization, writing, and story so much so that I haven’t even been reading fanfic as much as I used to. I’m really happy to have found this one. Sherlock comes back a decade after the fall, a bit more than the three years we’re used to, and it’s done in the best and most realistic way possible. John’s angry but the pain is dulled by the years so that we don’t get a huge emotional and violent return, that’s exactly what this story needed. John has a son who I have to give major kudos for because he actually acts like a seven year old! My main pet peeve in fics is when the author tells us a child is one age but they act like babies. Samson was very well written, much like his dad. I love that Sherlock is good with Samson but not in an out of character way. He doesn’t have a filter and says something that hurts Samson but deep down he cares and treats him with respect. I was worried that the story wouldn’t be wrapped up enough towards the end where I felt good enough closure but actually it wrapped up perfectly! It said exactly what it needed to and I feel really satisfied with the ending. Again, very realistic but heartfelt and exactly what my shipping mind wanted! The writing is wonderful, very poetic at times and the imagery is beautiful. The only thing I would suggest is to break apart some of the paragraphs. Often there’s just huge blocks of text which didn’t flow as well as a couple smaller paragraphs would. Otherwise I can’t think of one thing I would change about this story! I loved it.
Warnings for drug use in the prologue
Word Count: 22,135
My Rating: A
The five times that John and Sherlock managed to right themselves before their son Hamish walked in on them doing the nasty and the one time they didn’t. There will be man sex. You’ve been warned.
This is one I read a few weeks ago so my review might be a bit rusty. Also side note, if you were on my personal blog earlier this is not the Hamish fic I was talking about! There are some really adorable and sweet moments with baby Hamish in this one but the sex is, I think, way too graphic for this kind of tone. Like it’s very explicit and made me feel uncomfortable when two seconds ago I was reading about Hamish. That’s not to say either parts were bad it just should be in two separate stories. For example, the shower scene, I really would have liked that in a story where Hamish was not present. If I had a penis I would have gotten a boner and then two seconds later a limp dick. The scene where Hamish really walks in on them is really super awkward all around and again is way to graphic for this tone. Oh geez. Otherwise pleasant writing, some lines were a bit cheesy, but hey it happens. MATURE READERS
Word Count: 10,983
My Rating: C+
Sherlock investigates an elementary school shooting and parenthood makes it difficult. Written as therapy after watching a day of coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
This was a bit hard to read, only because it really showed how horrible it had been for the parents who either lost a child in that shooting or had a child that went to that school. I know this event was all over tumblr so you might have heard about it no matter where you lived but in America this was everywhere. Literally everywhere and everyone was shaken up about it. So I knew this had the chance to make me sad, but at the same time I know that this was a great way for the author and readers to cope with the tragedy. It really dealt with the situation tastefully and was written well, my only complaint is that Hamish is written too childlike for the age the author picked. He’s supposed to be seven but acts more like five. I think the author should have picked a lower age for how he was written. Sherlock too is a bit OOC but in this case it is very excusable and I’m glad he wasn’t written cold or unaffected. For the topic this was well done. Major trigger warnings for the death of children.
Also, because it has not been said on this blog before, all of our hearts go out to the families in Connecticut who were involved in this tragedy. I sincerely wish for the well being of the survivors and family members who lost someone. RIP to all who were lost.
Word Count: 1,903
I remember when you were mine…
Angela, you little shit. Like really, why can’t you write happy parentlock? I should have known I was going to walk into all these feels. Seriously though, a beautiful look at Mary and what might happen if her and John had been married, well had been married until Sherlock came back. It really hurts because she knows it was always going to be Sherlock but that doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt any less. Especially with the babies. It hurt because it was so realistic, my heart really went out to Mary in this one. I would love to see more of this ‘verse, I’d like to see John with the kids and how he’s doing with the divorce and what happens with the kids and Sherlock. That being said I don’t feel like this story needs anything tacked on, and actually to put it into this actual story would not work. But I think a series would be nice ;)
Word Count: 1,000
My Rating: A-
After Sherlock’s death, John was an empty shell. He felt like he was simply existing. Until the day, a few months after Sherlock’s death, that Mycroft asks something of John that John had never expected. Faced with caring for the teenaged son John didn’t know Sherlock even had, John is tested beyond his wildest dreams as he is forced to learn to be a parent. Just when everything seems well and John and the boy he considers his own child have settled into a happy life, everything is turned upside down by the arrival of someone John never expected to ever see again.
Oh I love this! My heart feels so happy right now. Ugh. I just have this giant soft spot for dad John and I love Sherlock’s son so much. Really Adrien was such a perfect kid, he was realistic for a teenager and was very much like Sherlock but at the same time is his own person. I just really love John and Adrien’s relationship and how that progresses. It was heartwarming while remaining realistic. There’s one little part which ended up being my favorite and that was John jumping on Adrien’s bed to wake him up on his birthday, I just thought that was adorable. When Sherlock comes back I’m really glad John kept Adrien’s best interest first. Yes, it was always going to be “when” he let Sherlock come home and not “if” but he knew he had to take care of his son first. Sherlock was great in the way he was really clueless about how to act around Adrien but when it came down to facts he really loved his son. I think maybe the little gush of emotion at the end was a little too much for Sherlock but it worked. I really love this. It had so many little things that I generally dislike in fics but it made them work. For example (without spoilers) the secret that Sherlock reveals about Adrien I usually hate when that’s done to their kid but here it worked and was done in a really great way. I loved John’s reaction. You’ll understand when you get to it. I just really got a warm fuzzy feeling from this story and I’m really glad I read it!
Word Count: 30,242
It would just be fate that after a summer of some of the most hideous cold and wet weather, that London would find itself in the midst of a sickly hot Indian summer in Sherlock’s ninth month of pregnancy.
I’m sorry but I love love love pregnancy fics. Well, I love when Sherlock’s pregnant. Genderswap or Mpreg I just love it for some reason. This one is Omegaverse Mpreg, and Sherlock is past his due date! I love that he’s just so stubborn about wanting the baby out and how upset he gets when she misses the due date. It was just really cute but funny to see how demanding he gets with trying to get himself into labor and just how exasperated John gets. It’s really no different from their normal life except now there’s a baby and that makes it even cuter. There’s a ton of fluff but I thought it was the perfect amount for it being Omegaverse established relationship. There is a small sex scene, in case you weren’t expecting it, and it was so loving and tender I just wanted to hug it. I was just grinning throughout this entire thing, if you like fics like these you’ll love this one.
Word Count: 8,275
John H. Watson, thirty-one, father, widower, a lord in right, and a doctor by profession. Rather, he had been a doctor until his father passed away and he inherited the house and title.
John is an asset to his queen and country, a man with a brilliant mind but a poor reputation among his peers. Since his wife’s death less two years earlier, his focus is entirely set on his work and his young son, Hamish. With an international summit about to begin, the last thing he needs in his life is a brash young soldier as his bodyguard. But that’s exactly what he gets.
I really do like this story! This is an AU, but the time and place are not specified. You get the idea of the setting through the customs and ranks but I think I’d like a more direct time frame. It seems to be about the 19th century but again I’d like a more solid timeline. Here, John is a Lord who ends up hiring Sherlock as his personal bodyguard, but that professional relationship is short lived. I think I would like to see more of their personalities shine through, it’s not as though they didn’t but key parts of their relationship weren’t exactly present. Which I think happened because the time era and the way their characters are presented here. It’s not necessarily a bad thing but I didn’t feel the give and take and need for each other as I have in other stories. Mainly like with John’s need for danger and Sherlock’s ability to provide it. It’s just not relevant in this story and I miss it. I love Hamish in this, he’s a bright kid and I love seeing the father/son relationship between him and Sherlock. Another thing I wish was more expanded on was Moriarty, I’d love more backstory because what you do know is very interesting but there’s not much there. I think a lot could have been done with that. Also the ending is much to abrupt, I don’t feel any closure from it. With maybe an added epilogue I think I would feel more at ease with the ending. Otherwise a very interesting and unique story, and I love the soft domestic feel to it.
Word Count: 33,009
My Rating: A-
Hamish/Mia ‘Verse #7 “Congratulations”
Set before “Up to Something?”
Drabble by shoydragon
Mycroft raised an eyebrow, clearly unimpressed. “Honestly, Sherlock, you don’t even know why I’m here.”
“I don’t care,” Sherlock snapped, trying and failing to shut the door in Mycroft’s face. “Leave.”
“John’s not around, is he? Usually he can at least keep you civil…” Mycroft stepped into the sitting room and gazed around with a look of mild disdain.
“John went out,” Sherlock grumbled, giving up on trying to glare Mycroft out of the flat and instead collapsing moodily onto his armchair. He pulled his mobile out of the pocket of his dressing gown to send a text. ”Do us all a favor and go away before he returns.”
‘Mycroft is here. Make him leave before I resort to murder. - SH‘
Mycroft exhaled in a half laugh. “But then you won’t know the details of this case, dear brother. You still owe me, you know.”
Sherlock snarled and stood up. “I repaid you by taking that embezzlement case, Mycroft. I don’t owe you any—” He was cut short by a text alert from his pocket. Still scowling, he pulled out his phone to check John’s response.
‘dropped kids at trafalgar square. DO NOT kill mycroft. - JW’
“Ah, so that’s where John is,” Mycroft drawled, reading over Sherlock’s shoulder. “Dropping Hamish off. What is my nephew doing at Trafalgar Square? And with whom?”
“None of your business,” Sherlock growled, turning to hide his screen from Mycroft’s view.
‘I can make no promises. - SH’
‘try, love. ill be back soon. hamish sent me away as soon as he could. - JW’
There was a picture attached to John’s message. Shooting a nasty look at Mycroft, Sherlock opened it. Hamish and Mia smiled up at him.
Seeing the picture, Mycroft hummed. “Hamish is out on a date, then,” he reasoned. “But of course. John engineered it, did he? I can’t imagine Hamish coming to you for romantic advice.”
“Better me than you,” Sherlock shot back. “At least I’ve been in a successful romantic relationship. Still am, actually.”
It was Mycroft’s turn to glare, although it was very short lived. “I should congratulate him, I suppose. It’s that Donovan girl, yes? I knew it was only a matter of time.”
Sherlock scoffed. “Don’t pretend as if you knew, Mycroft. You aren’t fooling anyone… Also, go away.”
Mycroft sighed. “Fine. Contact my assistant if you want the details on this case. I think you’ll enjoy it, Sherlock.”
“I don’t owe you anything, Mycroft. Now get out.”
As the door to the sitting room was slammed rather violently behind him, Mycroft fished out his own mobile and sent a text to Hamish.
‘It appears congratulations are in order. - MH’
His phone pinged as his car pulled away from the curb.
‘Oh god, Uncle Mycroft? What did Dad tell you? I don’t care what he said; I AM NOT ON A DATE. We’re just friends. - H’
Mycroft chuckled and shook his head, making a note to up the surveillance on the Donavan girl. “Just like John, Hamish; I knew it.”
There is no shame in running away from a fight you can’t possibly win. Hal repeated his dad’s words like a talisman as he raced into the boys’ washroom and slammed the toilet door shut just seconds before Michael and his minion caught up with him.
A HAMISH/MIA FIC! First off, thank you so much! I love it so much! Mia is spot on for me; the way she stood up for Hamish, but still teased him in a friendly way was perfect. She’s strong, confident, brave, and a very outgoing little girl. I really liked the addition of her being a volley ball player! I really think that would suit her! It gave me an extra special joy to see the bit about her dad and him not being around. I loved it because it follows our headcanon but also shows that defiance we haven’t been able to convey. Amazing job with that! The bullies were also great too; it is in my headcanon that Hamish gets bullied because of his dads but it’s not something we’ve touched on in our drabbles yet. The only (minor) detail that goes against our headcanon is their age; Mia is only a few months older than Hamish and they are in the same class! But that’s not really important to this story! Thank you so so much!!!
Word Count: Around 1,000
My Rating: A-