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Welcome to the August activity post!


For this activity we will be concentrating on micropoetry. We are going to try a new form based on the 221B: the 2 x 21B.

That is, two separate but linked poems of 21 words each—both poems ending with a word beginning with ‘b’.


Mouselet from the Marylebone Monthly Illustrated has written an example 21B for us:


There’s no-one like my inspector
He’s better than all the rest
He’s truly one in a million
He’s simply the best




And here is my partner to it:


This most respectful of mice
Finds distant admiration will suffice
She really does not wish to woo
With her charming billet-doux.




You can use any or no rhyme scheme, and you can link your poems together in any way you choose. All the 21Bs should be left as comments on this post!


An extra activity: perhaps you’d like to have a go at a 221B poem as well—that is, a poem 221 words long, the last word beginning with ‘b’. These poems should be submitted as new posts.


Remember that you needn’t take part in the 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!

Poem: Still Life

Author: debriswoman
Rating: General
Characters: Holmes, Watson, Hopkins, and four borrowed from thesmallhobbitand okapi1895 ( I hope you don't mind, this poem is for you both)
Word count: 312

Narrator: Mouselet.

Inspired by a Sherlock60 discussion on taxidermy...

Still Life

We froze, just like predators stalking their prey;
Each pose tortured muscle groups, every which way;
A whist game in progress, Jacks low, aces high;
The ferret, the ocelot, Inky and I.
~0~
My whiskers were tingling, a lingering itch:
My nose seemed determined to wiggle and twitch;
But statues were called for, the rogues were close by
The ferret, the ocelot, Inky and I.
~0~
The ferret's wrist tendons were feeling the strain;
The deck held aloft in mid deal, it was plain
Each fibre, each blood vessel, stretched to comply;
The ferret, the ocelot, Inky and I.
~0~
Poor Inky, cards scattered, contracted each quill;
All movements would magnify, hard to keep still;
His pained perseverance, no friend could deny;
The ferret, the ocelot, Inky and I.
~0~
The ocelot, placing a bet, seemed unfazed;
His tutu unruffled, one paw slightly raised.
But, was that a tear in his unblinking eye?
The ferret, the ocelot, Inky and I.
~0~
A flurry, a scurry of movement, a chase;
We listened, sound muffled by glass fronted case.
Two shots, several swear words, a valiant cry.
The ferret, the ocelot, Inky and I.
~0~
Then silence, then rescue; the case opened wide,
With four stiff yet grateful young creatures inside;
A deep simultaneous, shuddering sigh
From the ferret, the ocelot, Inky and I.
~0~
Mr Holmes, my Inspector, and Watson stared hard
At the small chairs and table, each miniature card;
As we stood, stretching limbs to the wonderful sky;
The ferret, the ocelot, Inky and I.
~0~
Four diamond stuffed corpses revealed their sad role;
A weasel, a civet, a hedgehog, a vole.
We'd taken their places, in order to spy;
The ferret, the ocelot, Inky and I.
~0~
Two smugglers in prison, a Baker Street feast;
(A moment, heads bowed, for four victims, deceased.)
A toast with raised glasses, a modest reply
From the ferret, the ocelot, Inky and I.
~0~

Fic: A Relaxed Household: G

Title: A Relaxed Household
Form/Wordcount: Drabble
Characters/Pairings: Mrs. Hudson & Bessie (original character)
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: N/A
Author’s Notes: Written for the August 2016 Prompt: Relaxation.


“Mrs. Hudson!”

“What..?” She opened her eyes to find her maid at her bedside.

“There’s creaking upstairs!” whispered Bessie urgently. “And Mr. Holmes and the Doctor are still away, aren’t they?”

“Heavens—!”

Mrs. Hudson sat up and listened, her body tense.

Then she sighed.

“Don’t worry, dear. There’s nobody upstairs. It’s just the house relaxing.”

She looked up at the ceiling and addressed the upper apartments.

“Better make the most of it! They’ll be back tomorrow.”

There was a sudden shriek in the pipes.

Bessie giggled, and Mrs. Hudson rolled her eyes.

“It has to be said, my thoughts exactly.”
Title: On the Strategy of the Queen
Author: gardnerhill
Form/Wordcount: 483
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: Postulation in implication.
Summary: There is one queen bee in a hive, and that monarch does not suffer rivals gladly.
Author’s Notes: For the Holmes Minor July prompt: Bees. Any resemblance to characters from an inexplicably popular pastiche series is purely coincidental.

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Fic: Soft Sea of Sound: G

Title: Soft Sea of Sound
Rating: Gen
Length: 500
Content Notes: Related to my WW fic Lieder
Summary: Holmes POV of the 'playinig violin so Watson can sleep' scene in The Sign of Four
Author's Note: Inspired by gardnerhill
's limerick of last week. For the August prompt: relaxation.

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Fic : Late Autumn Afternoon : G

Title: Late Autumn Afternon
Form/Wordcount: 343
Characters/Pairings:  Dr John Watson
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: Watson is relaxing

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Monthly Prompt: August

It's been a busy July, hasn't it? And we're all feeling somewhat exhausted. So for August's prompt we have chosen:


Relaxation




Remember that the basic rule for holmes_minor is that your piece must always be 500 words or less. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

And 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 wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse.


Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!

Fic: Bees: Teen

Title: Bees
Rating: Teen
Length: 489
Content Notes & Warnings: Holmes/Watson, writing on the body, references to sex, retirementlock.
Summary: The words they leave on each other.

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Title: The Notorious Night-time Concerts of Sherlock Holmes
Fandom: ACD Holmes
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Rating: G
Length: 221b
Alternate Links: AO3 or LJ
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP 2016 Musical Prompt #28: "In July the sun is hot; is it shining? No it's not." Unbeta'd, so please feel free to point out any errors.

Summary: On the hottest nights of the year, Londoners from guttersnipes to grumbling shop-keepers and the pretty ladies in their carriages know that the violin can be heard on Baker Street until the weather turns.

Read The Notorious Night-time Concerts of Sherlock Holmes

Poetry: The Seasons of the Bee by I. Quill

Title: The Seasons of the Bee by Inky Quill
Length: 101
Rating: Gen
Form: English Sonnet
Author's Note: I have taken the playwright’s advice to ‘go to the bee, then poet, consider her ways and be wise’ in my recent plunder of Mister Holmes’s burgeoning library on apiology. Here, the humble fruit of my labour, for your enjoyment.

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