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Author: methylviolet10b
Rating: PG
Universe: Basil of Baker Street, with special guests
Characters: Basil of Baker Street, David Dawson, special guest mice
Word Count: 390
Summary: Basil has had many visitors to Holmestead, but possibly none more distinguished than these. Written for JWP #16: “I Feel A Bit Prouder Knowing Sherlock Holmes Is British”: The British Isles and Ireland have given the world a vast treasury of fictional characters apart from Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, ranging from Finn MacCoul to Harry Potter. There’s already been some overlap: in ACD’s CHAS Watson compares Milverton to Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick, and BBC John and Sherlock watch James Bond films. Have a character (or characters) from another British work crop up in some way in your offering.
Warnings: More of a snippet than a story, but it's what I could come up with today. As per the prompt, there are special guest characters. And absolutely no beta. This was written in a complete rush. You have been warned.
Disclaimer: I don't own them.

It was not at all uncommon for the great and powerful to visit our humble sitting-room in Holmestead, seeking out the wisdom and assistance of Basil. Rarely, however, had we ever had visitors as distinguished as these – notable not for their rank, but by their own bravery and goodness.

The two mice could hardly have appeared more outwardly different. He was as common a British pantry mouse as one could imagine. Shaggy-coated, ordinary in size and stature, and entirely modest and gentle in manners, he hardly seemed a likely candidate for the highest honours in Mousedom. Yet there they were, almost hidden by his fur: the Tybalt Star, for outstanding gallantry in the face of cats; the Jean Fromage Medal; and another, shining silver, the latest and most honourable of all – one that should have borne his name as well as the others.

That same particular medal did bear the name of our other visitor, at least in part. It hung like a pendant star from the silver chain that graced the smaller mouse’s throat. She was one of the most singularly beautiful mice I had ever seen. Her flawless coat was silver-white, without a trace of any other colour. Most unusually for a mouse of that rare shade, her eyes were not pink, but instead large and the deepest, darkest brown. At Basil’s welcoming nod, she seated herself in one of our sitting-room chairs as gracefully and regally as a queen on a throne.

“Thank you for seeing us at such short notice, and without an appointment,” she said in a wonderfully clear, sweet voice. “Indeed, without even an introduction. It is most kind of you.”

“No introductions are needed, my dear lady; your reputations proceed you,” Basil assured her. “Every mouse in London knows of Miss Bianca of the Nils and Miss Bianca Medal, and of brave Bernard. The only question is whether you have come for your own purposes, or on behalf of the Prisoners’ Aid Society.”

Miss Bianca looked down, moved by some strong emotion. Bernard, who had remained standing by Miss Bianca’s side, pressed a reassuring paw against her shoulder. “Both, sir, and neither,” he said. “It’s something of a long story.”

Basil settled himself further in his armchair and steepled his paws beneath his chin. “Speak on,” he kindly urged. “I am all attention.”


Additional author's note: This is, of course, a crossover with The Rescuers by Margery Sharp.

Comments

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laurose8
Jul. 17th, 2016 06:38 am (UTC)
I loved that book. Thank you for reminding me of it. I do like special guest mice.

This sounds as if it would make a nice long fic..? (hint, hint)

Edited at 2016-07-17 06:40 am (UTC)
methylviolet10b
Jul. 18th, 2016 06:22 am (UTC)
The book is lovely, I agree.

*looks dubiously at overflowing plot-bunny hutch* Um. Can't promise a nice long anything, but so noted. :-)

Thanks!
gardnerhill
Jul. 17th, 2016 06:58 am (UTC)
I THOUGHT it was Bernard and Bianca! Welcome guests to Baker Street indeed.
methylviolet10b
Jul. 18th, 2016 06:23 am (UTC)
I couldn't resist putting those wonderful mice together. :-)

Thanks!
donutsweeper
Jul. 17th, 2016 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oh THE RESCUERS!! I never read the book but I loved the Disney cartoon so much as a kid! :)
methylviolet10b
Jul. 18th, 2016 06:24 am (UTC)
I loved the movie as a kid too. The book is quite different but definitely worth tracking down and reading too!

Thank you!
pompey01
Jul. 20th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
SQUEEEEEE! I read "Miss Bianca" once when I was little so I'm more familiar with the Disney movies but yay!

I wouldn't mind reading more of this crossover . . .
methylviolet10b
Jul. 21st, 2016 06:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! We'll see where the prompts go...
caffienekitty
Jul. 24th, 2016 11:33 am (UTC)
:-DDDD
methylviolet10b
Jul. 26th, 2016 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks mousely! ;-)
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