Word count: 6,087
John keeps his hands in his pockets, except at streetcorners, where he still sometimes tries to get Harry to hang onto his sleeve as they cross. It’s embarrassing. She walks ahead of him a little bit, to discourage that kind of thing.
Why read it: Eleven-year-old Harry Watson is a BAMF. She will kick your ankles until she gets whatever it is she wants, and let me tell you, that shit hurts. She can also tell you all about just how fucking awesome bunnies are. And let’s face it, they’re the most bad ass mothers out there.
^ Case in fucking point.
And she snoops well enough to make any Holmes proud. All while wearing her favorite fuzzy yellow jumper that makes her feel like she’s wearing the goddamn sun.
I guess jumper-love runs in the family
Notes: This story is actually the sequel of another great story, The Dangerous Book for Boys. The sequel can be read alone, but I would definitely recommend reading both.
Genre: 5 Things/Angst
Word count: 2,843
Summary: There are things about himself that John Watson will never, ever, tell anyone. Not even consulting detectives who might already know.
Why read it: What is John Watson? A kitten in a jumper? A BAMF ex-army doctor? A long-suffering milk-fetcher? Yes, but first and foremost he is an angst magnet.
This author does a great job of providing glimpses of the ever-present John-angst without exaggerating it for effect. And trust me, with a drunk sister, self-destructive tendencies, and a truckload of personal baggage, John Watson has some of the greatest angst potential the world has ever known.
Congratulations, Dr. Watson, this is your life!
Author: Kate Lear
Word count: 2,700
Summary: Sherlock meets John’s family.
Why read it: First of all, it’s written by Kate Lear, so you should already be in your seat looking like this:
Secondly, it is very nice to see Sherlock get the hurt-him-and-you-die conversation. It just goes to show that Watsons don’t mess around.
Genre: AU/Magical realism
Word count: 17,576
Summary: John Watson is Death. He wasn’t supposed to kill the cabbie at the end of A Study in Pink, Sherlock Holmes was supposed to die that night. But Sherlock’s still alive and now the world is starting to fall apart. The events of the whole series seen in a slightly more supernatural light. Also featuring “Anthea”, Harry and Sebastian as the other horsemen of the apocalypse, and exploring what it takes to become a myth.
Why read it: Holy shit, chills down my spine. This author does an amazing job of making John completely human and utterly alien at the same time. I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I’ll leave it at this: Read it.
Jumper: Btw, I am Miguel in this situation, because Miguel is awesome.
Scarf: That’s cool, bro. I get the sexy woman in the end, so…
Jumper: I get to ride a giant boat turtle. Your argument is invalid.
Jumper: Plus the horse likes me more.
Word count: 6,526
Summary: John and Sherlock devise a rating system for sex.
Why read it: The summary really doesn’t do it justice. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but John and Sherlock’s rating system is hilarious. In addition, dysfunctional as it is, I absolutely adore John and Harry’s relationship here.
Friday: Fanart and a Fic
Word count: 5,700
Summary: Addams Family crossover - “Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc. It’s the family motto.” “What does it mean?” “We gladly feast on those who would subdue us.”
Why read it: Being the wonderfully talented writer that he is, E^(pi*i) manages to create a flawless fic that turns utter creepiness into a thing of beauty. I expected this fic to be something fun with a bit of blood thrown in, but I was impressed by how serious this concept was taken and how well it was pulled off.
Word count: 5,100
Summary: John’s older sister has been an addict since she was old enough to reach the liquor cabinet of their father and the pill bottle on their mother’s bedside. And when she was under the influence, she’d do horrible things to baby John.
Why read it: We don’t get much of a look at John’s past in most fics, and there’s even less in canon. This is a really fantastic expansion on the fact that John doesn’t like his sister, and it presents him in a beautiful, broken way, as shown through the perspective of outsiders.