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JWP #19: Dinner Plans (ACD AU)

Author: methylviolet10b
Rating: PG
Universe: ACD
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Word Count: 429
Summary: They had planned to dine out at the conclusion of the case. Written for JWP #19: Great Minds Think Alike. I chose the "Creepy, Kooky, Ooky, Spooky" AU option, and promptly bent it all to pieces.
Warnings: This wasn't what I set out to write, but that turned into an idea that would take far too long to complete, so this fragment is what I came up with instead. And absolutely no beta. This was written in a complete rush. You have been warned.
Disclaimer: I don't own them.

As was not uncommon, the conclusion of a case took much of the day. We emerged triumphant, but tired, and in Holmes’ case, slightly worse for wear. Accordingly, we returned to Baker Street to quickly refresh ourselves (and in Holmes’ case, exchange the shirt that had ripped in an altercation with the cornered criminal) before going back out to dine at Simpson’s.

I opened the door to our sitting-room, only to discover that we had a visitor. For a brief moment I thought it was a new client. I sighed inwardly, resigning myself to yet another lost dinner. Then I took a closer look, and the blood froze in my veins.

I heard Holmes come in behind me, but I could not tear my eyes away from the figure by the hearth. In form it was a woman, dressed all in black and heavily veiled. But there was something inherently horrible in her appearance that no human woman could embody. Her skirts and veil moved in an unfelt breeze. She turned to face us, and one hand moved to lift that heavy veil. I instinctively knew that looking upon the face it hid would mean my death.

Holmes laughed.

The woman – or spirit, or spectre, or whatever she was – stiffened. A horrible voice hissed out a string of syllables unintelligible to my ears.

“You are quite incorrect, madam,” Holmes replied. His voice snapped like a whip. “I am not about to die. You are.”

I felt Holmes lay one hand upon my shoulder. The terrible paralysis that held me snapped under that touch. I saw Holmes’ jaws start to gape, and I hastily closed my eyes.

“Your pardon, Watson,” Holmes apologized to me a few minutes later, after he had helped me to a chair. “I had meant to lure in the creature, but I had failed to anticipate that she might be able to actually cross our threshold. I shall take more care in the future.”

“It’s quite all right, Holmes,” I assured him. “After all, you told me almost from the very beginning that no supernatural beings need apply.”

“Not as the subject of cases, that is true.” Holmes grinned. His teeth – all his teeth – were still rather more pointed than was usual. “As dinner, however, they are most welcome. I am afraid that I am now too full to properly enjoy Simpson’s on my own behalf, but I should be glad to accompany you there and digest our spectral intruder over a bottle of wine while you dine.”


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 20th, 2016 09:02 am (UTC)
What was she? (Other than delicious, I mean.)
Jul. 21st, 2016 06:18 am (UTC)
Honestly, I'm not sure. Some sort of spectre/death omen of the "woman in black" variety, but beyond that... And I am equally in the dark as to what this Holmes is, other than a satisfied diner!

Jul. 22nd, 2016 01:46 am (UTC)
Not a vampire, or at least, not the a traditional vampire. Maybe he's a whole new type of creature that preys on spectres?

(Love this universe, BTW)
Jul. 22nd, 2016 05:13 am (UTC)
Something like that, yes. And thank you!
Jul. 20th, 2016 11:00 am (UTC)
Oh, now I'm intrigued!
Jul. 21st, 2016 06:18 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 20th, 2016 11:43 am (UTC)
Spooky indeed! Love how casual Holmes is about it all. :)
Jul. 21st, 2016 06:19 am (UTC)
Well, when dinner goes to the trouble of delivering itself, casual dining is appropriate. ;-)

Jul. 20th, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
Very nice beginning of an AU. Definitely has the reader hooked.
Jul. 21st, 2016 06:21 am (UTC)
That's a lovely compliment. Thank you!
Jul. 20th, 2016 01:13 pm (UTC)
It's a vampire-vs.-lamia cage match!
Jul. 21st, 2016 06:22 am (UTC)
LOL - I only wish I'd been so clever!

Jul. 20th, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
Normally vampireHolmes is a dead loss, but this is just excellent.

I must quote that no supernatural beings need apply

Jul. 21st, 2016 06:23 am (UTC)
Perhaps because I hadn't quite pictured this Holmes as a vampire...more of a ghost-eater than a people puncture-er. ;-)

Jul. 20th, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
Jul. 21st, 2016 06:23 am (UTC)
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