November 13th, 2010

pleading, little shop of horrors: chorus two ways, song, strong and sure

Ineluctable (Five Ways Irene Adler Met the Baker Street Boys) [Sherlock (BBC), R, gen+het]

Hi, everybody!

I've been wanting to write Irene Adler fic, but couldn't settle on how she should enter the world of Sherlock - except that I knew I didn't want her to be either (1) a love interest/sex partner for Sherlock or (2) a criminal, or Sherlock's antagonist. (One of the great strengths of "A Scandal in Bohemia" is that Irene isn't even engaged in battle with Sherlock until he forces her hand and then she casually demonstrates her mastery, using his own prejudices against him.) So I decided to write a "five ways" fic instead, and let her meet the boys in a number of ways. (There is some het in part 4, but not with Sherlock.) Happy reading!

Notes:
1 - "ineluctable" = impossible to avoid or escape
2 - many many thanks go to the inestimable kate_lear for her beta and Britpicking services (with a smile!)
3 - here's my mental image for Irene Adler

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As always, I'd love to hear what you think.
(the song Irene sings is Ella Fitzgerald's "This Can't Be Love")