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Title: Strangers Who Aren't So Strange
Author: guardian_chaos
Rating: G
Genre: Friendship/Fluff
Fandom: BBC!Sherlock
Characters: Sherlock, John
Spoilers: 2x03, The Reichenbach Fall
Author's Note: This is my attempt at happy!post-Reichenbach fic. It is brief, but also (I hope) worthy of a smile.
Summary: Someone familiar tries to share John's cab. Inspired by this image (may spoil), which is also beneath the cut.

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London was cold today, the dizzying smog of pollution graying the sky. John's heart beat furiously inside his chest, a sound he could not imagine escaping the notice of the man standing outside of the cab John had only just gotten into. John could not look away, his eyes locked on the stranger's pale face as his brain tried to catch up with what his panicking heart had already accepted as reality.

"Sherlock?" he stammered, his lungs having some difficulty adapting to this unexpected alarm at the end of a day that had, up until this moment, been horribly dull.

“John.” The Not-A-Stranger-After-All stood in front of the door, preventing it from closing. Sherlock was breathing hard from his run to catch John's cab before it pulled away. New lines edged his eyes, catching shadows that mirrored John’s own. Sherlock swallowed, shuffling from side to side as the cabbie looked between the two men but did not say a word, apparently knowing to stay out of whatever was unfolding. Sherlock looked nervous, as if he was unsure about what he was doing. “Mind if we share a cab?”

John’s jaw flexed, tensing and loosening at a speed unprecedented. The traffic in the nearby streets sounded muted, John's ears suddenly full of cotton. Words bubbled up in his throat: angry, furious words like, ‘why’ and ‘three years!’ and ‘how dare you?’ and ‘where have you been?’ and ‘you don’t know the damage you left behind!’

Instead, he shuffled to the side and patted the smooth, vinyl seat. “Sure." He seemed to be talking on autopilot. There was no other possible explanation for why his voice was completely stable, despite the fact that a man who had been declared dead years ago was now looking at him with eyes that were definitely very, very alive. "There’s room enough for two.”

Sherlock fell into the cab like a starving dog offered food for the first time in months. “You have questions.” He straightened his scarf, keeping it tight around his neck. “I will answer them all.”

John threw his hands up, as if he could snatch answers from somewhere in the ceiling. “You’re bloody right, you will!”

“New coordinates?” the cabbie asked, his arm around the back of his seat.

“No,” John said, retreating to his own window and leaving space between himself and his long-vanished friend. “We’re going to the same place. Home, that’s all. 221B Baker Street.” He bridged the gap between himself and Sherlock to poke Sherlock in the arm. “Unless I’m mistaken?” He didn’t mean to, but he found himself beginning to grin. “Am I about to be dragged somewhere?”

Sherlock smirked back. “Not at present. Perhaps later.” Sherlock pressed his hands together beneath his chin, near-vibrating with a sudden glee that filled his eyes. “John, the things I have seen!”

John laughed, feeling a sense of purity course through his veins like sunshine warming his skin from the inside. “Sherlock, I’m furious!”

Sherlock laughed, too, though he didn’t seem like he knew if he should be or not. “You have every right to be.”

“I mean seriously, genuinely furious!”

Sherlock grinned just a little bit wider. “Obviously.”

They laughed until the mood settled, the cab making its way without further event through the streets of London.

“You were missed,” was said finally, a quiet admission in the cab. It didn’t matter who said it. Either one might have, and it would have been equally true.

"You were, too."

And so they sat, together again, homeward-bound. The day was full of promise.


~2/19/2012

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Comments

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grace_js
Feb. 19th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
Okay, I admit it, I smiled.
guardian_chaos
Feb. 20th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Mission accomplished, then! I love how grumpy John looks in your icon. :D
grace_js
Feb. 20th, 2012 10:19 am (UTC)
Guess he didn't read your story then. :D
Poor John!
angi_is_altered
Feb. 19th, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
Ow...my heart. So pretty!
guardian_chaos
Feb. 20th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
Aww! *offers bandages for your heart* Thank you so much! ^_^
eanor
Feb. 19th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
Aw, that was sweet and definitely made me smile. :-) I love the idea of the two of them just laughing together! ♥
guardian_chaos
Feb. 20th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
I like that idea, too. I feel like the two of them can't really help it. They both intrinsically seem to find the same things funny. It's great!

Thank you for your comment! :)
hangitup_baby
Feb. 19th, 2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
<3
guardian_chaos
Feb. 20th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you!
durffy
Feb. 19th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
And the crowd goes WILD!! This was a delight! And I can really, really see it happening this way!!

Yeah, I smiled! I may be smiling all day, thanks to you!
guardian_chaos
Feb. 20th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Yay! I certainly like that reaction. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you can see it happening this way. I've imagined quite a few ways they could meet again. Really, the possibilities are endless, which is fun to explore.

Keep smiling! :D
mythire
Feb. 19th, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
Um, LOVE.
guardian_chaos
Feb. 20th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
Hee! Indeed, so. I'm so glad you liked this! And thank you for the watch! You rock! *twirls you*
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guardian_chaos
Feb. 20th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
I adore those angsty reunion fics with crying and hugging, etc., but happy can be nice, too! I agree, their comic-relief potential is great. I imagine the first episode of series 3 is going to make me cry and laugh in rather equal amounts. I greatly look forward to that. :)
awanderingbard
Mar. 31st, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, this is lovely! It's so them and just how Sherlock would try to handle things. I especially love Sherlock's inability to contained himself over what he's been up to. It definitely made me smile. Really well done!
guardian_chaos
Mar. 31st, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I wrote two other post-Reichenbach fics, also. It was a very inspiring episode, what can I say? Horror and gut-wrenching agony can be a great motivator!

Do you mind if I friend you, by the way? I'm not sure why I haven't done that yet, honestly. You're always so lovely to talk to. :)
awanderingbard
Mar. 31st, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, please! Feel free to friend me. I'd be delighted! :-D May I friend you back?
guardian_chaos
Mar. 31st, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, you may! I'd also be delighted. ^_^
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