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Happy Medium (Sherlock, gen, PG)
sherlock holmes, mad bad and dangerous to know, keepers of london, sherlock and john
Hi, everybody!

It's the birthday of kate_lear, who's become one of the lights of Sherlock Holmes fandom. To wish her, I wrote this tiny ficlet and borrowed some of the OCs from her delightful story Winter's Delights, even though she slashes Sherlock and John and I don't. Hopefully this still works. Happy birthday, honey!

"Happy Medium"

John was sipping champagne, surrounded by increasingly rowdy detective sergeants and detective inspectors, when his phone buzzed. He vaguely recognised the number, and thought it must be another New Year's greeting - from another doctor at the surgery, perhaps. He pressed the button to see the message.

Happy New Year, gorgeous! His birthday's the sixth - don't let him forget it. Counting on you to make it spectacular. EH

All at once, John was out of the loud NSY offices and back at Sherlock's Aunt Octavia's house. He could only imagine how the Holmeses en masse would celebrate a birthday, and all of the strategems Sherlock would have devised to escape the festivities. Evander would probably have the flat decorated with perfect elegance, silver and blue balloons and ribbons, while Melliflua would no doubt have gone the opposite route and chosen exuberance in as many colours as possible.

But Sherlock's parents would have found a happy medium, surely? They - ah! he had it!

Four days later, John was cursing himself out for setting himself an impossible task.

But the day after that, he had Sherlock's wide and delighted smile to remember. Tootling - slowly and carefully - through "Happy Birthday" on a clarinet bought at a secondhand shop apparently counted for Sherlock, who was a madman anyway, as the best gift ever. Silly bugger.

As always, I'd love to hear what you think.

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Hee! Oh God, I love this! It's so sweet :) Evander's text to John made me laugh aloud - I can definitely imagine that happening! Thanks again for this!

I'm really so pleased that you enjoyed this! Evander is a most gregarious fellow, and we all know he has a great aesthetic appreciation for John!

Yes! Something like that would definitely appeal to Sherlock. So sweet!

Sherlock is so proud of John for playing the clarinet in "Winter's Delights" - I just knew I had to have John doing that here! Thanks!

This is completely adorable. Especially as I loved "Winter's Delight" (it has a permanent spot on my Kindle). And happy belated birthday to kate_lear!

Thank you so much! And yes, "Winter's Delights" is wonderful.

Thanks! It was indeed a very happy birthday, what with birthday fic :) & it makes me pleased to know that you enjoyed Winter's Delights!

That was really cute!
Nicely done!

Yes, John, it's the effort that counts! *grins*

I've just finished "Winter's Delights" and found the link to this piece.

I've been longing to find a fic where John actually does play the clarinet - this is the first I've found, so I'm thrilled!

And it was a lovely partner piece to WD.

It's funny you should say that, because I don't think I've seen any others myself, and I was expecting fandom to get right on that hint! Thank you very much!

Awh, this was the absolute sweetest!! ^.^

So sorry - I was sure I'd responded to your very nice comment. Thank you so much!

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