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221B Week, Day 5: Ottery St Mycroft

BBC Sherlock/Cabin Pressure crossover

Rating 12 (implicit mass death)

Spoilers: For Scandal in Belgravia and Ottery St Mary

"You know," the man standing at the airport bar said to Mycroft, "I've flown a plane with a dead body on it before, but it's unusual to have all the passengers deceased before takeoff. One might even call it overkill."

Mycroft scanned him rapidly. Late fifties, divorced several times, currently in a subordinate position on a minor airline, but poise and self-belief still mostly intact. And infinitely corruptible.

"How can I make you realise you've misinterpreted the situation, Mr-?"

"Richardson. Douglas Richardson." Richardson's hand reached for his drink and managed to brush Mycroft's wrist on the way. "What did you have in mind as a memory solvent?" His voice now was low, enticing.

"Something bigger than your normal low-grade criminality. I could use a man who can make the most of his chances." Richardson smiled slowly. "But I need to know first whether I can trust you. Who was the other person with you when you found the corpses?"

"What other person?"

"You're too lazy to wander around peeking into other people's planes. Another man: interested in things around him – he found the bodies. But not very bright and easily led – you're here, not him. Is he a problem?"

"Don't worry about Arthur," Richardson replied. "He's back on Gertie now, carefully checking that we haven't got any rabid otters on board."



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 11th, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
But of course, what other reason could there be for a plane full of dead people than a plague of rabid otters. I like Mycroft's instant assessment of Douglas.
May. 11th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
I think I need to see more of this pairing. Significantly more.
May. 11th, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
Brilliant. I love the pairing and Douglas's voice.
May. 11th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
May. 12th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Re: Ottery St Mycroft
I enjoyed this.

It strikes me that Mycroft ought to be able to exploit Douglas as a useful resource, somehow...
May. 12th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Nicely done crossover there - a touch of humour, nicely worked in Douglas that feels right and strangely appealing darkness for Cabin Pressure.
May. 13th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful. So much fun in such a short story!
Jun. 4th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this! ♥ I'm so glad I stumbled upon this fic by accident - I love the humour, Mycroft and Douglas being very much in character and the otters! :-D

Ever since watching Scandal in Belgravia, I knew that no other airline could ever be employed to fly this plane! Thank you so much for writing this! :-)
Jun. 8th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I enjoy reading Cabin Pressure fics (and seen some very good crossovers with Sherlock), but I haven't feel I know the details of the show well enough to write fic from it. But someone else I know had been saying how Mycroft's plan was completely mad, and once I'd got the idea of Douglas and Mycroft meeting, it was irresistible to write just this one scene.
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