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    How tasteless would it be to talk about 'picking up the pieces'? John Watson and Greg Lestrade following breadcrumbs...
    Once you can begin to look hard at a suicide note, it may start to look... different.

    Based on near total-immersion in the TheFinalProblem Tumblr (though without her brilliance and no guarantee I am applying her theories correctly and no intention of claiming her involvement).

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  2. 12 Jul 2017

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  3. 12 Dec 2016

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  4. 28 Sep 2016

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    Greg and John figure it out, but John doesn't want to know until it's for sure.

  5. 21 Jun 2016

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  6. 19 May 2016

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  7. 6 Jan 2016

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  8. 4 Oct 2015

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  9. 25 May 2015

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    Wonderful!

  10. 14 Feb 2015

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  11. 24 Nov 2014

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  12. 29 Sep 2014

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  13. 17 May 2014

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  14. 3 Feb 2014

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  15. 1 Sep 2013

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    Why is this not more recommended/ kudosed? it is glorious.

  16. 7 Aug 2013

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    This is the reunion fic of my heart. It looks back on the hiatus and provides detailed explanations for it all, yet it isn't didactic. I've read this four times in the last month and I loved it each time. The link is to the long third element of a four-part 80,000 word series. This stands alone, but more in this universe is so rewarding that I commend all to you.

    If one reads just one series in Sherlock, this should be it.

    It's romantic enough to scratch that itch, and realistic enough to bring me into the character's heads. It's mostly from John's battered POV, with Mycroft poking his large heavy head in intermittently. Lestrade demonstrates "stand by your friend" steadfastness as only he can do. Mycroft almost redeems himself. Sherlock and John are delighted, and horrified, and puzzled, and frozen, and try their broken-selves-best to recover the friendship so vital to both of them. Rhyolight delves so deep into what binds Sherlock and John together, as well as what may blow them apart. In the end, it's the power of the written word which heals hurts, opens hearts, and mends terrible separations.

    It's Greg solving the mystery of Sherlock's disappearance. It's John meeting very-cute with a fangirl sysadmin named Polly, who knows how foolish it would be to romance him. (Rhyolight here earns the cleverest and least gratuitous fan insertion character ever.)

    Here's John responding to Greg's offer of a place to stay:


    begin quote  Is he offering because he’s lonely? Because he feels guilty? Because he feels sorry for me? It was weeks before I noticed how much pity there is in people’s faces when they look at me. Before I really saw myself in a mirror, saw what they were seeing. I’ve given out enough sympathy myself — Christ, how many times did I offer double when, when, when—Mr. Cheekbones was being an arse? Now I know what it’s like on the receiving end I don’t know if I’ll do any better; but I can tell when people offer their regrets because they’ve been somewhere like this instead of because they’re afraid they’ll be somewhere like this. Like someone who’s been to war, not just seen it on the telly. I look at Greg, really look. He’s in better shape than I am, but a long way from all right. But he cares, my God, he cares. He knows, or thinks he knows— so much less to know, really, than people think— and whatever loss he thinks I feel is close enough to his own that I can’t fob him off. quote ends

  17. 8 Mar 2013

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  18. 28 Feb 2013

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  19. 16 Feb 2013

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    Read the previous parts first; they really do enrich the experience of this very long and satisfying story—novel, really—of how John and the others deal after the Fall. Excellent characterization, wonderful details, and humor when most needed.

  20. 21 Jan 2013

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  21. 6 Jan 2013

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