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Volunteers (Sherlock)

Title: Volunteers
Author: Morgan Stuart
Fandom: Sherlock
Disclaimer: This universe does not belong to me; I'm just an appreciative visitor. I make no profit from this fan work.
Description: After an awkward Christmas party follows a lonely New Year's Eve.
Historian's Note: This takes place during events depicted in the second-series Sherlock episode "A Scandal in Belgravia."
Author's Note: This is a 221b ficlet: 221 words, with the last word beginning with a "b."
Chinese Translation: available here and here by freya_fsc
Warnings (Highlight to Read): Spoilers for "A Scandal in Belgravia"!



Molly glanced up from the corpse. "Oh! Didn't expect to see you here on New Year's Eve."

With a shrug, Lestrade said, "Volunteered. Others had somewhere to be…"

"And someone to be with" went unspoken.

She glanced toward his ring finger, but he'd shoved his hand deeply into his pocket, as a wounded animal curls around the source of its pain.

He passed her new paperwork. "Sorry you're stuck here."

"No, it's fine, really. I volunteered, too. Had enough of the holidays."

A kind, sympathetic smile crossed his face, gentling its lines, but failing to reach his eyes.

"She's an idiot," she blurted, then clapped her hand to her mouth.

For a moment he appeared puzzled. Then he slumped, shaking his head.

"Sorry," she offered. "But when Sherlock makes an announcement, it's hard to… unhear."

"I know." Lestrade studied his shoes. "And thanks. But if I'd been there when she needed me, not at work, maybe she wouldn't have looked elsewhere."

"Don’t.”

If you weren't so dedicated, Molly thought, you wouldn't be you.

"She is an idiot.” Unrepentant this time.

He coloured. Cleared his throat. "Well, for the record, so's Sherlock."

She grimaced, then grinned.

Softly, "You deserve a happy new year, Molly."

"So do you."

She crossed her fingers. He returned the gesture, then let himself out with a bow.


THE END

Vital Stats: Originally written in January 2012.

Originally written for this prompt at the "Laud Lestrade Fest" at dilestrade.

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litlover12
Jan. 4th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Nicely done! I liked the line about the wounded animal.
morganstuart
Jan. 4th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! I'm glad that line, in particular, worked for you. I appreciate your kind words!
belleferret
Jan. 4th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
Awwwww!!!!! Love the slow blooming of something between these two.
morganstuart
Jan. 4th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad! Thank you. I feel for both of them so much.
seren_ccd
Jan. 4th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Well, this happened. *nods* This totally happened. Very awesome. :D
morganstuart
Jan. 4th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! I'd like to think so. :) Thank you so much, my friend! :D
carolstime
Jan. 4th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Aw, the victims of Sherlock's words united. It's a nice scene that I do hope really happened, it'd be cruel if they didn't have anyone understanding on that day. (And right after that my brain has automatically started shipping them, I think they'd be awesome together, either as friends or anything more.)
morganstuart
Jan. 4th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I hope it happened, too - as you say, they can understand each other, and even that little bit of comfort would, I think, go a long way.

I think they'd be awesome together, either as friends or anything more.

I agree! I really appreciate your reading and commenting. Thanks for your kind words!
missilemuse
Jan. 4th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Very very apt!

Waiting for some Lestrade-Molly fic... I know this is not exactly a pairing fic but both of them need some real lovin', very badly, and I hope this is the start! I would root for M/L, but the way Lestrade was checking her out... Let's just give him what he wants! ;)
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Very very apt!

Oh, I'm so very glad you think so! Thanks so much. I am ready for something good to happen to Lestrade. And Molly deserves some happiness too, doesn't she?
cookiefleck
Jan. 4th, 2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, this is nice. And accurate! I hope we do see some happiness for each of these characters in the upcoming eps!

Hmm, second fic of 2012. I truly am so glad you are inspired! *winks*
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much, my friend! I saw this prompt and I couldn't resist. I'm so glad this felt right to you.

I hope we do see some happiness for each of these characters in the upcoming eps!

Oh, so do I! From your mouth to God's ear. *fingers crossed* At least we won't have to wait long to find out. :)

Hmm, second fic of 2012. I truly am so glad you are inspired! *winks*

*laughs, blushes, and runs away*

Thank you so much for reading this wee ficlet. I appreciate it!



2ndskin
Jan. 4th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
ahhh. quite satisfying and thank you for making Molly and sensitive, intelligent person--not a ditz.
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you found it to be satisfying! And I'm happy you liked my take on Molly. This is my third time to write her, and I do think the world of her - as you said, she's a sensitive, intelligent person, and I'm grateful that came through here. Thanks so much for your encouragement, my friend!
coldlikedeath
Jan. 4th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
Spoilers. Arse. There was nothing spoilery in there, and I haven't even seen the fucking thing cos I'm in Europe. Love the fic.
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
LOL! Excellent. I'm so glad to hear it!

And I'm quite tickled that you liked the story. Thanks ever so much for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it!
eanor
Jan. 4th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Aw, how nice! I am really happy now you decided to give them a better New Year "celebration" than the Christmas party. Although both of them are alone, I guess they can understand each other perfectly. I so hope we see more of the two together in the course of the second series! <3
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy you liked it! Thanks so much for your kind comments. I agree with your wholeheartedly about hoping to see more of their interaction in this series. Fortunately, we don't have long to wait. :)

Thanks again!
fitofpique
Jan. 4th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, lovely.

*happy sigh*
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I really appreciate it.
darthhellokitty
Jan. 4th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
LOVELY. That scene was dying for this to follow it up.

And I liked the "wounded animal" bit, too.
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it! I really appreciate your kind words.

I'm particularly pleased that the "wounded animal" line worked for you. Thanks so much for this!
sabrinaphynn
Jan. 4th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
You vividly show how raw and wounded they both are at this time, and how just acknowledging that is somehow a comfort to them both. One of my favorite rare pairs. :D
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
You vividly show how raw and wounded they both are at this time, and how just acknowledging that is somehow a comfort to them both.

Oh, thank you so much for this! It means a lot to me.

This is one of my favorite rare pairs, too. I'm so happy you liked my take on this. I really appreciate your feedback!
kari77
Jan. 4th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Perfect.
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I appreciate your kindness.
tunes84
Jan. 4th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is so unbelievably cute. I love drabbles, and this one just tugs my heart. That scene in particular killed me, all of it, and this little tag with so few words just fits perfectly in my mind. Adore it! Wonderful job, my friend, as always. I'm never disappointed when I read something of yours! <3
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much, my friend! I'm delighted that this seemed fitting and right to you. Your kind words have thoroughly made my day. :) *hugs*
goldvermilion87
Jan. 4th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I like that it's understated and in character. :-)
morganstuart
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so happy to hear this seemed in character to you. I appreciate your reading and commenting very much.
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