The Brave and The Cunning
24 Apr 2012
The Inter-House Challenge: also known as the bane of John Watson's existence. He turned the card over in his hands once more- emerald green, the stock heavy- and eyed the spidery silver scrawl on it with more trepidation than seemed reasonable. A lot of other boys were mentoring Slytherins, so why should he be so nervous?
John sat down on the edge of his bed, the card in his hands, and stared at the name written there. If he were honest with himself, he knew he wasn't worried because the boy was a Slytherin, or a pureblood, or wildly wealthy. He was worried because the boy was Sherlock Holmes.
Follows a similar plot to A Study in Pink. John is a sixth-year, Sherlock a fifth-year, but that doesn't mean that Auror Lestrade doesn't need their help once a wizard begins poisoning Muggles in what Muggle police falsely believe to be serial suicides.
COMPLETE & PROOFED.
- Part 1 of The Brave and The Cunning
3 May 2012
John looked down at the mess on his shirt and wrinkled his nose at the memory. "I had a row," he sighed, looking back up and meeting Sherlock's eyes, "with my practice Potions' cauldron."
"You had a row with a cauldron?" Sherlock's eyebrow lifted delicately.
"In a manner of speaking."
Smiling, Sherlock disappeared behind his papers again, his voice quiet but edged with humour as he said, "I suspect the cauldron won that round."
John visits Gringott's for the first time, gets a beard- ahem, girlfriend- and learns a little about Sherlock's past as the twosome try to solve a smuggling case. Plot will be similar (but not identical) to that of The Blind Banker.
(Reading the first part would be preferable, but not necessarily required if you've seen the show and read HP. You might be a little lost, but I think you'll manage.)
COMPLETE & PROOFED.
- Part 2 of The Brave and The Cunning
28 Jul 2012
Sherlock closed his hand around the orange pips, looking thoughtful. "Five pips. Five puzzles. There are five Quidditch games remaining this year." He smiled a little and shook his head, looking at the pips wonderingly. "Interesting."
Sherlock has an admirer who likes to play his own sort of game, using the golden snitch as a timer.
(Based around the plot of The Great Game, although not identical. You'll probably want to read the first two parts of the series, even if you've seen the show.)
This work is now complete! However, I still need to proof it at some point so please ignore/forgive any errors. Thanks!
- Part 3 of The Brave and The Cunning
18 Aug 2012
"I'm not connected to the Floo Network."
Sherlock flapped his hand uninterestedly. "I sent some men here over the winter. I'm told Mrs. Watson believes they were cleaning the chimney."
"Great. That's just…" John shook his head and squinted at the rest of the room. "Anything else I should know? Maybe you bugged my room, or turned my mum's dressing gown into a portkey? Well?"
"I won't continue this conversation, not if you're going to take that attitude," Sherlock sniffed. "Besides, we don't have time. There's a fat little man with a surprisingly interesting case waiting impatiently for us in my study, and I need you to talk to him."
- Part 4 of The Brave and The Cunning
Fandoms: Sherlock (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms, Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
10 Sep 2012
"What is it?"
Smiling smugly, Sherlock leaned on his arms and said, "The most interesting case we've had all summer."
John rolled his eyes and resumed cutting his steak. "Considering the only interesting case we've had this summer was Mr. Wilson and his stolen goods, that won't be hard to top."
Puffing his cheeks, Sherlock stabbed a bit of steak with John's knife and protested, "Not so! Most of our cases were interesting." He ate the speared meat delicately, his teeth scraping the blade.
"Right, those two girls complaining about having their boyfriends stolen away with love potions were a bundle of laughs." John took a drink of water. "There was that looney bloke with the ashes, the Ministry man and his broken quill, the writers who accidentally summoned those spirits-"
"That was a great case!"
"-and the one with the snake." John shivered. "I really, really don't like snakes."
John and Sherlock are recruited by Lestrade to help solve an odd case involving tiny model flying Ford Anglias and a man with no qualms against taking a life.
- Part 5 of The Brave and The Cunning
27 Sep 2012
"You're going to play retriever." Fiddling with a file, Mycroft continued, "Irene Adler, seventeen years of age, attending Hogwarts. Slytherin, capable student but rather delinquent. I would suggest you might have met her, Sherlock, but it's clear you both...run in different circles."
Not-so-subtle jab at sexuality, or some other implication? Sherlock considered that as John bumbled on obliviously: "And she's...what? Gone missing?"
Mycroft laughed obnoxiously. "Heavens, no. She's stolen something from a colleague of mine. You two are going to get it back."
Sherlock is tasked with returning stolen memories to Mycroft...but he gets more than he bargained for with Irene Adler.
THIS FIC IS NOW COMPLETE! However, I will be doing some proofing in the future.
- Part 6 of The Brave and The Cunning
14 Sep 2014
"Well," Sherlock said, "don't just sit there. Pack your things!"
"Pack my…" John's eyes narrowed in confusion. "But…where are we going?"
Sherlock rolled his eyes and hopped up from the chair, rubbing his hands together excitedly. "Ottery St. Catchpole."
"You told Henry we weren't going," John said slowly, aware that he was stating the obvious.
"Of course we're going," Sherlock said brightly, dashing to his desk and rummaging through one of the drawers. "An unsolved murder, a werewolf, and a creepy old groundskeeper? I wouldn't miss that for the world!
Tourism is on the decline at the Burrow, now a museum of sorts celebrating the lives of the Weasley family. Are the odd rumors a bid to truss up some new tourists, or are they genuine?
- Part 7 of The Brave and The Cunning