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[sticky post] Monthly Prompt: December

The prompt for this month is:


Gift




If you think about it, we’ve got Watson’s ‘grand gift of silence’ [TWIS] and Holmes’ ‘gifts of instinct and observation’ [VEIL] and his ‘remarkable gift for improvisation’ [SIGN, Chap. 8].

There are Christmas gifts of course and, looking ahead, the gifts of the wise men. Gifts for other festivals, for anniversaries and birthdays.

A gift as a bequest, or a ‘gift’ as a bribe.

Or if you want to go for something darker, ‘gift’ is used as the word for poison in many Germanic languages. ‘Gift’ is related to ‘give’, and to quote the Online Etymology Dictionary: This shift [of using ‘gift’ to mean poison] might have been partly euphemistic, partly by influence of Greek dosis "a portion prescribed," literally "a giving," used by Galen and other Greek physicians to mean an amount of medicine (see dose (n.)).


So make your choice and like Watson, let us use our ‘own gift of words’! [ILLU]



As always, you needn’t use the prompt if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!

Poetry: Wrap 2

Author: debriswoman
Rating: general
Word count: around 420
Notes: written earlier. BMJ=British Medical Journal

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Fic: That Ain't No Mongoose, G

Title: That Ain't No Mongoose
Form/Wordcount: 420 words
Characters/Pairings: Mr Sherlock Holmes, Dr John Watson, the Ferret
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: Holmes may have a remarkable gift for improvisation, someone else isn't quite as convincing.

That Ain't No Mongoose

Fic: The Gift of Empathy: G

Title: The Gift of Empathy [Inky's December column]
Rating: Gen
Length: 500
Content Notes: Holmes, OC [Inky, mention of others]; h/c; Christmas; in the same universe as my Watson Woes WAdvent fic Compliments of the Season.
Summary: When Inky's avant-garde Christmas play flops, he finds empathy in an unusual source.
Author's Note: for the monthly prompt: gift

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Poetry: Wrap

Author: debriswoman
Rating: General
Word count: around 230
Characters: Holmes and Watson
Notes: written earlier and posted elsewhere

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November Activity Post

Welcome to the November activity post!


...if they are repeated I have Mr. Holmes’s authority for saying that the whole story concerning the politician, the lighthouse, and the trained cormorant will be given to the public. [VEIL]

"It was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared." [SUSS]

Among these unfinished tales is that of Mr. James Phillimore, who, stepping back into his own house to get his umbrella, was never more seen in this world. [THOR]


Dr. Watson is forever tormenting and intriguing us with hints of untold cases. And this month you have a chance to get in on the action.

In the comments below, and using just one sentence, try and come up with the most intriguing untold case yet.


Some examples:


Although I am not at liberty to relate it, I will never forget the strange case of the teetotal drunkard.

And then there was the pit of terrible flora, which for a while led to such a worrying shortage of gardeners in the West London area.

“Watson,” said Holmes, “swear to me you will never tell the story of the bellows, the dark lantern, and the bicycling bloomers.”




And if you should feel the urge to go away and write up any of your untold cases, that would be great too!


As always, you needn’t take part in this activity if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!

Fic: Blue Star Encore: G

Title: Blue Star Encore
Rating: G
Length: 500
Content Notes: Holmes/Watson; fluff
Summary: On Guy Fawkes Night, Holmes and Watson discuss fireworks.
Author's Note: Sequel to Blue Star Confession; for November prompt: fireworks; mostly because I need some fluff.

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Title: Oh for Fawkes Sake!  
Author: gardnerhill
Form/Wordcount: 500
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: None
Summary: Those who ignore history…
Author’s Notes: For the Holmes Minor November 2016 prompt: Fireworks


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Poem: When Experimenting With Gunpowder

Title: When Experimenting With Gunpowder
Form/Wordcount: Acrostic poem
Characters/Pairings: Mr Sherlock Holmes
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: What it says on the tin



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Fic: In the Mews: PG

Title: In the Mews
Rating: PG
Length: 500
Content Notes: Angst; Holmes/Watson (unresolved); homophobia; mention of suicide; case is lifted from Agatha Christie's "Murder in the Mews," in which the suicide (made to look like murder) occurs on Guy Fawkes Night.
Summary: On Guy Fawkes Night, a case leads to revelations and disappointment.
Author's Note: I was going for something 'authentic' for the 5th of November and ended up with...this not-happy fic.

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