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221B Week, Day 3: Sleepless in Karachi

BBC Sherlock

Rating 12 (het)

Spoilers: For Scandal in Belgravia

Summary: Irene knows what Sherlock really needs.


Irene guesses Sherlock's secret as soon as she spots the rumpled sheets in the Karachi hotel room.

"You're an insomniac," she announces. "Explains a lot."

"Does it?" Sherlock says dismissively.

"The pallor, the irritability. Why you stare into the fire for hours on end. You don't dream, so you use other techniques to unfocus your mind. Till you can spot the patterns that your conscious brain can't deduce."

"Sleeping is boring," Sherlock retorts. She smiles and yawns luxuriously, and his jaw twitches as he fights not to follow suit.

"You'd sleep well after sex," she says softly.

"Your solution to every problem," he sneers.

"Don't knock it till you've tried it."

It takes two hours before he's willing to get undressed, but she can be very persistent.

"Think of me as a distraction technique," she tells him. "Occupying just enough of your brain for it to relax." Her mouth and hands are slow, but relentless, trickling sensations into him.

"No hurry," she adds, when his body finally starts to strain after fulfilment, realises the possibilities it had missed. He gasps when he comes and then lies still, his eyes closed to avoid her gaze. Fine by her.  She wakes him up the next morning from a deep sleep, and smiles her most dangerous smile.

"That was fun. Now let's have breakfast."

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maggie_conagher
May. 9th, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
This was an extra good 221B. Seems like their whole relationship is right there so perfectly captured. I like that it's her hands and mouth, that they aren't intimate in the tired hetero way.

Then she's so playful but also business like the next morning. I want to hope that she wouldn't lord it over him too much, that they could be friends about it.

Breakfast might be my favorite B word.
livejournal
May. 10th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 and Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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