Jealous Gods by Xiaq

Title: Jealous Gods
Author: Xiaq
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC), James Bond
Relationship(s): Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: Teens
Genre: Drama, Romance, AU, Angst, Pining
Warning: Mention of Drug Overdose and Suicide
Word Count: 71214


Sometimes, Sherlock thinks, looking at John is like watching a musical score in motion.

John washes dishes with a certain rough art, an efficient blur of white-rolled sleeves and damp forearms. The movement of tendons in his feet is an arpeggio; quick staccato notes as he shifts from heel to splayed toes and then back again. Allegro fades to adagio with the transfer of his weight from left to right; as bowls are rinsed and plates are stacked on the drying rack. The soft clatter of cups and cutlery, handled with fingers both capable and quick, are a progression of rough chords. And when he pauses, studying a chipped mug, the soft press of his hips to the counter is a cavatina in the interim silence.

John sighs, dries his hands on his t-shirt, and glances over his shoulder for the sixteenth time in four minutes and Sherlock pretends for the sixteenth time that he is not counting.

Why You Should Read This:

This is an AU where John is invalided home much sooner in his military career, and reconnects with Sherlock when he is brought into the ER. This is one of those stories that you want to read when you need a pick me up.  J It’s not some elaborate plot but packs an emotional punch, with dozens of supporting characters (helloo Q and Bond, James Bond). It’s just enjoyable, with solid, good characterization. Plus there is a sequel!

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