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221B fic: Brother in law

BBC Sherlock

Rating: PG

Spoilers: For The Reichenbach Fall

Inspired by Fengirl's stories in which Clara is a barrister.


Clara's used to giving free legal advice to her friends and relatives – and now it seems her ex-relatives need it as well. Though what John's actually more concerned about is courtroom etiquette.

"Has Sherlock really not been a witness before?" she asks. "Surely he's been involved in dozens of cases."

"He stays in the background, mostly. Way he's always preferred it."

"Till you decided to give him a higher profile."

"It brings in the clients," John says. "He says he doesn't like it, but then he goes round being brilliant and photogenic." There's a note that's at once proud and terrified in his voice, but she really doesn't want to ask about him and Sherlock.

"Why is Sherlock a witness anyway?" she asks instead. "They're only prosecuting Moriarty for the jewel theft, aren't they?"

"Because of Moriarty's Get Sherlock message. I wish they could get him on the bombings as well, but we still don't have the evidence."

"Once he goes down for this, you may get more informants coming out of the woodwork," Clara says. "You work with the charges you've got, not the ones you'd like. And he can't dodge this one. Even if Sherlock makes a fool of himself."

"I'll remind him not to," John says, but from his awkward smile she's relieved she's not the prosecution barrister.

Comments

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angharadd
Feb. 8th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
Yay for John managing Sherlock's reputation (and life). This entrepreneurial quality of his almost squicked me in 2.03, but you make it look heartening.

Also, oh, the irony.
marysutherland
Feb. 12th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed this. I think John wants people to read his blog (obviously) and thus to have Sherlock's genius appreciated, but is also starting to realise how out of hand the results are getting. And I couldn't resist the irony that it's *obvious* that Moriarty's going to be convicted.
maggie_conagher
Feb. 8th, 2012 06:45 am (UTC)
This is fun because we know the outcome.

I quite like Clara, yours and fengirl's.

New respect for 221B writers. I had to write mine first and then pare down about ten times. I was writing toward the B word but gosh, it's harder than sonnets or haikus.
maggie_conagher
Feb. 8th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
sorry. I am always with the twofer or the commentus interruptus but I just got how clever your title is.

My brother and I always say, "The double meaning pleased them."

Which is a quote from Swiss Family Robinson where the children's school had a sign reading "No Asses Allowed." Apparently the donkey kept wandering into the school house but ass as in stupid or dull as well.

Sadly, my construct of ass now always sends me to pix of Sherlock in my mind palace. ;)
marysutherland
Feb. 12th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
The title is a rip-off from a book I read years ago (by Henry Cecil), but I couldn't resist it. As for 221Bs, I still find them tricky to write, but I'm gradually getting better at knowing how to find the one key idea that is all you really have room for. (Though there's the slight problem that I've now used up some of the best B words, since I try and avoid repeating them).
2ndskin
Feb. 8th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Love that Clara's sneaking into S2 this way. Terrific little moment!
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