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  1. Public Bookmark 77

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    Loki defeats Thor in a way he does not expect. Strangely, the consequences hurt.

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    15 Sep 2018

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    Powerful prose, visceral storytelling, tragic and poetic. A sublime portrayal of Loki in his glorious self-conviction.

  2. Public Bookmark 57

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    A kinkmeme fill for a promt: Mycroft has a very, very sensitive erogenous zone somewhere on his body, one so powerful that it renders him completely unable to think clearly. Someone finds out about it and exploits it.

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    31 Aug 2018

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    Greg is an considerate lover, and he is very very sharp.

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    The idea of Sherlock and Eurus connecting over music, over anything, is terrifying. Mycroft has spent decades watching over Sherlock, talking about their fictional family dog and the myth of the east wind, trying to protect Sherlock from the things he doesn’t remember. He’s worried about Sherlock and stood guard over Eurus, and been worse than useless in the end. He was complicit. While he thought he was juggling both threats, maintaining enough control over the situation to keep everyone safe (mostly Sherlock, but the rest of the world as well), he had allowed the threat to escalate. 

    In which Mycroft is not an easy man to know and an even harder one to look after. Fortunately, Lestrade is diligent and determined, and knows how to pay attention to people. Where family comes with obligations, but it also cares, even when you don't want them around. Where life mostly goes as expected, but sometimes has unanticipated joys.

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    24 Aug 2018

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    FAVORITE MYSTRADE FANFIC EVER! A good response to season 4 and a plausible take on what happened afterwards. It's gripping, heartbreaking, as well as emotionally satisfying. The characterization is spot on; Mycroft's voice is captured flawlessly. The narrative has humor and wittiness, but these are balanced with a rooted sense of tragedy and an acknowledgement of personal failings. Which is very Mycroft-y if you think about it. There are profound moments that cause you to linger, to think and feel; they touch your heart because this level of depth is all you ever wanted for your favorite characters.

    The story is a heartfelt Mystrade romance as much as a sublime exploration of Mycroft Holmes as a character. Mycroft is a very restrained man, poised, dignified, and (almost) always in control. He's self-conscious, rational to the point of appearing heartless, and capable of making hard decisions (not compassion ones) to minimize the most damage. Yet, despite Mycroft's seeming omniscience, there are cracks in his armor: things such as fears, insecurities, and unaddressed trauma. Mycroft's attachment to his family, along with its emotional baggage, is an integral part of his character. This story does not only capture all these essential aspects, but also fleshes them out by crafting an emotional story of how he dealt with family's conflict, overcame his terror of Eurus, and found closure, as well as comfort, with someone he loved.

    Regarding romance, this is the most plausible version of Mystrade I have ever read, and I am not overstating. Lestrade in this story is /perfect/ for Mycroft. He is stalwart, kind, compassionate, and centered enough for a stable relationship, which is exactly what Mycroft needed since his life had already embodied so much drama. Lestrade also has certain qualities that (I believe) Mycroft would value, including patience, dedication, steadfastness, and insightfulness. Because of his job, Lestrade knows how to distinguish between work and private life; if there was anyone who would readily accept Mycroft's unpredictable working schedule, it would be him. Lestrade does not demand attention; nor does he do anything out of selfishness or ulterior motives. Lestrade is someone Mycroft could confide in, someone whom Mycroft could let his guard down because Lestrade is just that trustworthy.

    What makes their relationship work is that while Mycroft is not one to have a mental breakdown, on the rare occasion when he is tipped off balance, Lestrade is there, a soothing presence, reliable and familiar enough for Mycroft to lean on. Lestrade does not force or pressure Mycroft into opening up. But when Mycroft is on the verge of losing the control he regarded so highly, Lestrade would reach out with a gentle hand and show Mycroft that should he fall, Lestrade would always be there to catch him. While Mycroft is strong and capable of standing on his own, of putting himself back together, the narrative shows how ultimately fallible he was, how delicate he could be - so fragile that he could be undone by the sheer gentleness of a touch or the loving whisper of a voice. There is vulnerability underneath those layers of indifference and decisiveness, and there is no one who understood it better than Lestrade.

    Their romance is neither sweet nor cheesy; it is not even romantic per se. This is Mycroft Holmes, and a narration from his perspective is bound to be detached. What's most important is that their love was genuine; with no drama, no misunderstanding, just Mycroft closing off his heart in fear of getting hurt, and Lestrade patiently waiting, not pushing or demanding, but simply being there.

    The downside to this story is the way it handled Eurus. While the siblings reconciling through music is touching, I get the feeling that such development was merely closure for Mycroft's sake. I never believe Eurus was redeemable to begin with (and canon is ludicrous for taking that direction). Another thing that kept nagging at me is the way Sherlock insisted on Mycroft visiting their sister. Sherlock making the 'because she's family' argument is ironic - because the way he treated Mycroft in the show is generally dismissive and often enough, purely contemptuous. Needless to say, I agree with Mycroft that just because someone is family by blood does not mean every wrong they do should be automatically forgiven. Mycroft should not be pressured into confronting Eurus, and his family should be proven wrong for forcing him to do so. The fact that it did not happen, that Mycroft's parents did not take into account his trauma, or extend to him the understanding and forgiveness they generously offer to Eurus, irks me.

    On a side note, I was expecting a plot much more exciting and suspenseful than it was. But I suppose the emotional take had its appeals. I also love all the tiny details, especially about Mycroft and his clandestine line of work.

  4. Public Bookmark 27

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    Character and mood, with some action. Mycroft, insecure and largely celibate. Lestrade as his temptation. Some graphic fantasy, some semi-graphic real action toward the finish. Moody and sexually hungry.

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    23 Aug 2018

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    To indulge my crave for a Mycroft who has submissive tendency but couldn’t find anyone trusting enough for him to relinquish his control. At least until Lestrade comes along.

  5. Public Bookmark 44

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    "When I say, therefore, that Mycroft has better powers of observation than I, you may take it that I am speaking the exact and literal truth." But powers of observation aren't everything.

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    21 Aug 2018

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    There is unbridled tension between the two brothers, yet there is care and understanding as well. This is a Mycroft who is both strong and fragile—so strong that he could carry the weight of the world on his shoulder, and yet so frail that he had a panic attack at the possibility of losing Sherlock. And what’s beautiful is having Sherlock, who is prone to being difficult, to comfort Mycroft in his rare moment of distress.

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