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221B fic: The case is on

BBC Sherlock

Rating 12 (implicit slash)

Spoilers: minor for The Reichenbach Fall

Summary: Mycroft's doing a little preparation for Moriarty's trial.

For Pudupudu who pointed out to me that Ian Hallard (Mark Gatiss' husband) made a brief appearance as a barrister in Fall.

Mycroft considered British justice to be the best in the world, but occasionally it did need a little assistance. The judge presiding over the "trial of the century" was sound and counsel for the prosecution had been warned about Sherlock. Time for a private meeting with another key player.

Daniel Crayhill was unremarkable in appearance: an experienced barrister, but not a stellar name. He looked nervous as he stood in the warehouse facing Mycroft.

"Why did you take Mr Moriarty's case?" Mycroft inquired silkily. "You're hardly going to enhance your reputation losing such a high profile trial."

"Every accused person has the right to have their defence heard."

"And that defence is?"

"None of your business, sir."

An unexpected response. Time for some pressure perhaps.

"It's your lucky day, Mr Crayhill. When you go home you'll find fifty thousand pounds more in your bank account."

"I can't be bribed, sir."

"What if the police found out?"

"Or blackmailed."

"How would you explain the money away, then?"

Crayhill looked at him for a moment and then announced. "Say I moonlight as a rentboy.  I'm not having my professional integrity called into question."

Tougher than he looked, and able to think on his feet. Maybe off them as well. Mycroft wondered if after the trial it might be worth investigating Daniel Crayhill's briefs.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 10th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
VERY nice! (I only blinked at £10,000 - that's chickenfeed in London nowadays. Especially for a barrister. Add a zero, perhaps?)
Feb. 12th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comment - I've bumped it up to fifty thousand (partly because one hundred thousand would be one word too many, but also because Mycroft is probably trying to economise on bribes). And though the top defence barristers may earn half a million or more a year, I don't imagine Mr Crayhill as being quite in that league - anyone right at the top would probably manage to duck representing Moriarty.
Feb. 10th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
*sporfles happily*

oh, Mycroft...
Feb. 12th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
I've written rather a lot of angsty Mycroft recently; it's nice to have a few fics where he can be a happy devious bastard.
Feb. 11th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
hotcha cha, lol

I love sexy lawyer jokes.

I wonder if Crayhill will be forced to keep his wig on. ;)
Feb. 11th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Hurrah! Daniel may benefit from the case after all!
Feb. 12th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
By the end of the case, Sherlock has pissed off the counsel for the prosecution *and* the judge, the jury have been intimidated and there has been a serious miscarriage of justice. It's nice to think that someone other than Jim has got something to look forward to afterwards.
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