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Welcome to the September activity post!


For this activity we will be having a go at six word stories.



Here is an example from my esteemed co-mod:


A Cautionary Tale


Never seek to escape by ship.




Or how about using a canon story as inspiration:


REDH (Abridged)


The Red-headed League!

Wilson approached… gingerly.




Or what about writing a six word casefic?

Yes…

Well, I’m still working on that one. But I’m sure it can be done!



These are all only suggestions for tackling the activity—feel free to write your own story in any way you please. The field is wide open.

All six word stories should be left as comments on this post.



As always, 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!
Title: Seven Years’ Hard Labour
Author: gardnerhill
Form/Wordcount: 221b
Characters/Pairings: Mycroft Holmes, Violet Holmes, Siger Holmes
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: Death ahead.
Summary: Victorian women only wished they had the rights given to prison convicts.
Author’s Notes: For the Holmes Minor September prompt: Seven.

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He wanted a normal son – not the one he’d gotten.

Even as an infant the boy looked at everything, eyes open, and spoke before he could walk. His favourite word, “Why?” soon drove Siger into impotent rage. The prodigy he had sired and I had borne frightened him and when he was frightened he beat all of us. (Even then, through my lad’s tears of pain, would come another “Why?” – this one, to ask a reason for his father’s cruelty.)

Another child, an ordinary one, please God, to still his hand and his words.

It was not to be. I miscarried nearly a dozen times.

“No baby, Mummy,” my boy would say – not to state the obvious but to beg me to stop. I could feel myself wearing away with every involuntary abortion.

I was fated to be wed till death to a brute. But if only I could stop his brutality against his own child I would bear it all with serenity.

This one. This one feels the way the first one did – strong, thriving, enduring. If this one takes every bit of my will and life force to bring to term, so be it.

Such an ordinary-looking baby. A sweet final sight – better than the tear-filled eyes of little Mycroft beholding his new brother and his mother’s last breath.

Poetry: Seven Orchids: Gen

Title: Seven Orchids by Inky Quill
Rating: Gen
Length: 105
Content Notes: English sonnet;
Summary: Inky's been quite inspired by his West Country sojourn

The seven orchids of the autumn moor
are known to bloom when summer’s riches wane
They mark the site where maid of lore was slain
and seven virtues felled by evil’s boor.

For Innocence defiled so ruthlessly
For Beauty seized like plund’ring victor’s prize
For gentle Grace unmarred by weeping eyes
For Youth made far too old by tragedy

For Wisdom borne of peril’s schooling hand
For Courage bold to grasp the chance escape
to flee, mayhap, her destiny reshape
For Strength that bore ‘til form could not withstand.

Thus, blossoms spring from seven tear-sown ground,
and from a drop of blood, the ‘venging hound.



Fic: The Seventh Stain: G

Title: The Seventh Stain
Form/Wordcount: 330 words
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: N/A
Author’s Notes: “I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would cover the facts as far as we know them." (COPP)


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Fic: A Trifle More: Mature/R

Title: A Trifle More
Rating: Mature
Length: 500
Content Notes & Warnings: Holmes/Mary Watson/Watson; polyamory; sexual setting; discussion of weight
Summary: First scene of a potentially longer polyamory fic.
Author's Note: For the 1_million_words Fortune Cookie weekend challenge. The prompt was: The world may be your oyster, but it doesn't mean you'll get its pearl. Also for the Monthly prompt: seven.


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Title: The Story of the Seven Bedrooms
Rating: Mature
Length: 500
Content Notes & Warnings: Holmes/Watson; Watson/Many OCs (past); references to prostitution and orgies, set post-"The Naval Treaty," no mention of Mary.
Summary: Watson recounts a tale from his youth.
Author's Note: "...he would have to pass through seven bedrooms." ("The Naval Treaty")


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Title: The Seven Meals of a Consulting Detective
Form/Wordcount: 419
Characters/Pairings:  Mrs Hudson, Mr Sherlock Holmes, Dr John Watson
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: Mrs Hudson has a list of meals
This is based on the seven daily meals of a hobbit (yes, I do have the t-shirt)

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Monthly Prompt: September

September was once of course the seventh month—and so our chosen prompt is:



Seven




ACD makes very good use of this number in canon. Here are seven quotations to get the imagination going:



“It is cocaine,” he said,—“a seven-per-cent solution.”

“Wedlock suits you,” he remarked. “I think, Watson, that you have put on seven and a half pounds since I saw you.” “Seven!” I answered.

“I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would cover the facts as far as we know them."

“Is he your junior?” “Seven years my senior.”

“In reaching the door he would have to pass seven bedrooms." (*waggles eyebrows at Okapi*)

The station clock marked only seven minutes from the time when we were due to start.

“Hopkins has called me in seven times, and on each occasion his summons has been entirely justified,” said Holmes.




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!
Title: Restorative
Author: gardnerhill
Form/Wordcount: 121
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: None.
Summary: There’s a reason for the old English saying “A change is as good as a rest.” Takes place during the ACD Canon story "The Adventure of the Reigate Squires."
Author’s Notes: For the Holmes Minor August 2016 prompt: Relaxation.


When I saw my poor friend a prostate husk in the Hotel Dulong, I resolved to see that he was made well again by the healthful properties that would be found near Reigate in Surrey. After the long hard hours of work over months to defeat the Baron Maupertuis, Holmes needed a complete rest-cure.

As it turned out, I had chosen wisely in accepting my old patient Colonel Hayter’s hospitality. The splendid country air, birdsong and lush green fields did nothing to ease my friend from his depression and exhaustion – but the bizarre robbery, murder and petty family squabble that had turned deadly stimulated Holmes’ brain with the pleasure of another puzzle to solve and restored the sparkle to his eye.

Fic: Philosophy - nil

Author: rachelindeed
Title: Philosophy - nil
Rating: G
Characters/Pairings: John Watson, OFC, gen
Wordcount: 500
Summary: After the case of the Naval Treaty, Watson looks for a book of philosophy to fit Holmes's introspective mood.
Author's Note: I actually wrote this ages ago, but never posted it because I didn't know if any readers would think that the philosophy was worth the punchline. But today is Naval Treaty day at sherlock60, so why not? :)

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