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There in the Shadows (Sherlock)

Title: There in the Shadows
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 "the fall," an attack on Lestrade proves that Sherlock's friends aren't as alone as they thought.
Author's Note: Happy birthday to cookiefleck! I hope this is "right up your alley," so to speak.
Historian's Note: This takes place after events depicted in the second-series Sherlock episode "The Reichenbach Fall."
Chinese Translation: available here and here by freya_fsc
Warnings (Highlight to Read): Graphic descriptions of injuries, spoilers for "The Reichenbach Fall" and ACD canon

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Feb. 15th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Feb. 16th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy that you think so! Thank you very much, my friend.
Feb. 20th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
This is awesome! I love the way you've written Lestrade and how subtle this story is in its characterizations. Great work!

I hope there will be more!
Feb. 20th, 2012 10:46 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I'm delighted that you liked the story, especially the characterizations. I do love Lestrade, so I'm grateful to hear that my take on him worked for you. I originally thought of this as a standalone, but I really appreciate knowing there's interest in more.

Thank you so much for your kind words. You've made my day!
Feb. 20th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Oh, terrific! The peril, the call to the 'dead' man, BAMF!John, the homeless network. All very exciting, nail-biting and hopeful.
Feb. 20th, 2012 10:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this! I'm thrilled that you liked it. I'm particularly glad to hear Lestrade's call to "dead" Sherlock and John's BAMFness worked for you. And that it seemed hopeful in the end, too! As always, I'm grateful to you for reading and commenting. Thank you! :D
Feb. 27th, 2012 08:47 am (UTC)
I am very, very, extremely close to sobbing absolutely and completely from the moment I realized that was Sherlock and from the moment I realized Sherlock stayed there possibly until he knew that Lestrade was alright. I actually can't breathe because I am so very close to sobbing.
Feb. 29th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, bless! *hugs you* It means so much to me to know you found this to be moving. *offers you virtual tea and tissues*

Thank you for this!
Mar. 14th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
LOVE. Also I knew the song immediately, and it's one of my favorites, so your awesome power of awesome continues. YAY.
Mar. 14th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy you enjoyed this! And yay, another Sarah McLachlan fan. :D I couldn't get that song out of my head as I wrote this story. Thanks very much for reading and commenting!
Mar. 14th, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)

I have chronic anxiety about commenting on things but I needed to comment on this because well, I kind of cried my way through this. I love your Lestrade - you bring in so much of Rupert Graves performance and the kind, definitely not stupid competence of the man is just <3.

And 'Sig' once again absolutely proving he is not a sociopath in any way. And that's the difference between him and Moriarty - he cares and is cared for and that's how he escaped (also that Molly is completely and utterly awesome).

(Finally I have to say I love your Sofie Series - so much so that part of me kind of expected Moriarty would go after her in the show ;))
Mar. 14th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Hi there! *waves madly*

Please, please don't feel anxious about commenting. Feedback makes my little world go 'round, and you've thoroughly made my day with your lovely comments. I can't thank you enough!

It means a lot to me that you like my take on Lestrade, and that it feels authentic to Rupert Graves' amazing interpretation of him, including his obvious kindness and competence. I'm so pleased that Sherlock seems right here, as well - as you say, he's both caring and cared for, and that is the crucial difference between Sherlock and Moriarty.

The fact that you cried through this... well, perhaps I should apologize (virtual tea? tissues?), but to be honest, I'm deeply gratified to hear that you found it to be moving. Thank you.

It also put a ridiculously huge smile on my face to hear that you like my Sofie Series. I appreciate it so much! Many thanks to you.
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Jessie Blackwood
Mar. 19th, 2012 08:21 am (UTC)
jessie blackwood
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
Mar. 19th, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
Re: jessie blackwood
Oh, thank you very much! I'm so pleased that you liked it. I really appreciate your kind words.
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Jun. 7th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. It's very helpful to hear that John's medical assessment of Lestrade's wounds helped to make this feel authentic. That's great to know! I appreciate it.

I'm also glad that the tension concerning whether or not Lestrade would survive worked. I, too, am very grateful that John came on the scene to save him!

I'm most grateful for your kind words. Thanks again.
Jun. 11th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh so good. Lestrade calling Sherlock, Sherlock getting the message, getting his network to help (having one of the crowd at St. Bart's after he fell being the one to get John? or was that my imagination?), John saving him. I love the Lestrade/John friendship, and I love how there's a close knit group of them that still believe and refuse to stop. Great job!
Jun. 14th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy you liked this! Thanks a million for your kind words.

(having one of the crowd at St. Bart's after he fell being the one to get John? or was that my imagination?)

Ha! This makes my day. You're the first person to mention this, and I'm delighted. That was my intention, definitely.

Like you, I love the idea of Lestrade/John friendship - both of these men are devoted to the idea that a great man can be a good one, as well - and I also adore the idea that they believe in Sherlock, no matter what.

I really appreciate your encouraging comments!
Sep. 3rd, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Each one so alone, trying so hard. I'm so grateful to you for the ending, for binding them together in this new purpose. And Sherlock. Oh, how hard it must have been to let go after that!!
Sep. 9th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
I do love the idea of Sherlock's allies rediscovering each other and drawing together with a common sense of purpose after the fall. Not to mention Sherlock himself watching over them from the shadows and making sure they're less alone than they think.

It means a lot to hear that the ending, in particular, worked for you. I really hoped to strike the right note between mourning and hope. Thank you so much, my friend!
Jan. 8th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
This was lovely!

I love the idea of Sherlock watching over the people he loves and that because of Lestrade's desperate phone call, Sherlock was able to get his friend the help he needed.
Apr. 29th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
Poor Lestrade, all alone and in pain. John certainly comes in handy, doesn't he? This story was a really great study of how the people left behind would have to cope with all of it. Wonderful. Thank you so much for writing!
May. 2nd, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
John does indeed come in handy! I'm so glad this struck the right note for you regarding those left behind after Sherlock's fall. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. It means a lot to me! I really appreciate your kind words.
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