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Title: That is All
Rating: PG
Pairing: John/Sherlock, John/Mary (Morstan)
Wordcount: ~600
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: I do not own Sherlock, and I do not make any money from this fanwork.
Summary: Sherlock breaks up with John via text message. That is all.

This isn't working. I don't want you. That is all. SH.

John stares down at his mobile, wondering where this is coming from. Everything seemed perfectly fine last night. They finished a thrilling case involving disappearing secrets and a carpet with an usual stain, and then had dinner at Angelo's before going back to Baker Street. Where they snogged for over an hour, before calming down to cuddle on the sofa and steal a few more kisses. John thought... John thought everything was fine. Better than fine. Great.

He swallows thickly, wondering if the past two weeks have just been an experiment for Sherlock. He can't... he doesn't understand why Sherlock would lead him on like this, and then break it off via text. While John is at work and can't do anything about it. His mobile trills again before he can put it away and wave the next patient in.

Don't move out. I need you for cases. Anderson still won't work with me. SH. .

John swallows the angry sob that wants to rise at those words. He knew Sherlock was selfish - he knows Sherlock is selfish. He just... has unrealistic expectations, sometimes. Like Sherlock not putting decomposing heads in the fridge, or actually telling John what is going on, or...

Caring about John's feelings.

Yes. Unrealistic expectations.

John puts his mobile away and resolves to talk to Sherlock when he gets home later.

Except Sherlock isn't there when John gets home. He's not there all night, or the next morning when John wakes up - though there's evidence in the sitting room that Sherlock came back at least for a little while over night. It is three days before Sherlock is in place long enough for John to talk to him. And then - John just doesn't have the motivation. He can't face Sherlock's icy gaze, or his cold words, or his sneer. He knows Sherlock would call him an emotional idiot, and refuse to answer his questions, and... So John just - lets it go.

Sherlock doesn't want to be more than friends. That's - fine. It's fine.

It's all fine.

Except most the time John doesn't even feel like a friend anymore.

8 months later...

John stares down at the ring in his hand. He hopes... he hopes Mary will like it. He's booked a reservation at their favorite restaurant, and he's wearing the blue shirt he knows she likes. John has the speech all prepared, written down in his pocket (though he's memorized it, of course). He has a feeling he'll go off script - but that'll be fine. Mary's very understanding. He imagines that she'll say 'yes'. They've talked about marriage, after all. She seems very agreeable to the idea.

Sherlock bursts into the room, expression animated. His current case is providing quite the puzzle. He's been working on it a full four days, already.

Sherlock suddenly goes very still.

"You're... you're going to ask her to marry you," he observes, his voice dull except when he says 'her' - then it is full of all the vicious scorn he reserves for Mary.

Sherlock seemed to tolerate her well enough when she presented him with the case of the Sign of Four. It was only after she started dating John that he deemed her worthy of scorn. John would take it to mean that Sherlock is jealous, except Sherlock doesn't do 'jealous'. Certainly not because of John. It is much more likely that he just doesn't appreciate her taking John's time away from The Work.

"Yes," John agrees. "I think Mary will say 'yes'."

Sherlock swallows heavily - John can see his Adam's apple move with the motion.

"Yes," Sherlock replies. "She... she would be a fool not to."

Date: 2012-02-01 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cat-13145.livejournal.com
Hugs the silly boys.

Date: 2012-02-01 06:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading and commenting. And yeah, both John and Sherlock need hugs. John in the first bit, and Sherlock all the way through... If only he wasn't so emotionally constipated. *sighs*

Date: 2012-02-01 09:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misslola89.livejournal.com
Oh Sherlock, you silly boy! (But I wouldn't worry too much because you'll get him back eventually and then you'll never let him go :P)

*hugs for everyone*

Date: 2012-02-01 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading and commenting. And yes, Sherlock is silly, isn't he? (And he should worry! He should! What if Mary never dies? Then John will never move back in with him and he will have to retire to Surry to raise bees alone!)

Date: 2012-02-02 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misslola89.livejournal.com
No! Don't say that! She will die! :P (Although probably not because that'd be pretty harsh of the BBC after making him watch Sherlock's "suicide" so she'll probably just file for divorce instead when she realises that she can't possibly compete with his epic love for Sherlock XD)

Date: 2012-02-02 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
lol. Yeah. Moffat was talking about marrying John off on tumblr, and I was all like: "No? When? Who is going to put up with Sherlock as a third in the relationship? Maybe she should just move into Baker St..."

Date: 2012-02-01 10:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theshockblanket.livejournal.com
Oh, Sherlock!

I can see Sherlock doing this ;__; Would love to see a second part,or companion fic from Sherlock's point of view ;) :)

Date: 2012-02-01 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading and commenting.

Glad you find Sherlock IC. I'm considering writing a companion fic from Sherlock POV. I'm trying to decide if I could do it justice, or if I should just leave it to my readers' imaginations.

Date: 2012-02-01 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theshockblanket.livejournal.com
Well, we can always use more Sherlock POV in the world ;) I'll keep an eye out just in case you do :P

Date: 2012-02-01 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks. And yeah, I love reading Sherlock POV fics when he's done well. The problem, of course, is writing him well. It's a lot easier to write an IC Sherlock when he's from John's POV (and even then it can be difficult to get him right).

Date: 2012-02-01 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] radiowh0re.livejournal.com
Oh, FFS, Sherlock!!!

Where's my riding crop?!?!?

Also, <3

Date: 2012-02-01 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
*finds riding crop* Here. Sherlock deserves it.

Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you liked it. :D

Date: 2012-02-01 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kristinii-ghost.livejournal.com
Oh wow. That was a great read! Now I'm crying again (just watched the end of series 2). Definitely an enjoyable read :)

Date: 2012-02-01 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you enjoyed it. (And yes, the end of series 2 was definitely cry-worthy. It got me so emotional that I cried over every semi-cry-worthy thing the rest of the night.)

Date: 2012-02-01 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] northernwalker.livejournal.com
John, honey, the only emotional idiot here is Sherlock because he is indeed an idiot about emotions. *pets John*

Sherlock- You may be a genius but when it comes to love you are the stupidest being on the planet. *breaks out cluevuzela*

Date: 2012-02-01 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Sherlock is an emotional idiot, isn't he? Thanks for reading and commenting. :D

Date: 2012-02-01 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] treksnoopy.livejournal.com
Break-up via text! Talk about emotionally stunted! I wish I could take that man by the shoulders and shake some sense into him! Sherlock, for such a brilliant man you can be so dense!

Love this!

Date: 2012-02-01 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] putigress2012.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you liked it. And yes, Sherlock does need some sense shaken into him.

Date: 2013-05-29 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tsubasafeathers
I'm happy johns happy sherlock really didn't deserve him here. If Mary is a bit smug I wouldn't blame.her.


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