: 6300 wordsRating:
Teen And Up AudiencesRelationships:
Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Sherlock Holmes & John Watson, Mary Morstan/John WatsonCharacters:
Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Greg Lestrade, Mary MorstanAdditional Tags:
Alternate Reality, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Fluff, Angst, Happy Ending, Friendship, Romance, Season/Series 03 Spoilers, 5+1 Things, Birthday Fic, Retirement!LockSummary:
In every possible universe, and in any conceivable reality - one thing always remains constant: Sherlock Holmes loves John Watson.Author's Notes:
A late late birthday gift for my friend opaljade
. I hope you like it!
This is formatted as a 5 + 1 story. The first section is canon compliant, taking place during The Sign of Three. The next four sections are divergence from canon, showing four alternate ways events could have transpired. And the final +1 part - well, I hope that it's self explanatory.
Special thanks to both prettybirdy979 and batik96 for beta duties, cheerleading and encouragement. You are the best! And much gratitude to arianedevere for use of her transcript, which is found here.
Just one final note: yes, the quote at the beginning is from a Wikipedia article, here. I chose to include it because, in my mind, it is the perfect metaphor for the story I am trying to tell.( Collapse )