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JWP #29: At The Broken Bell (ACD-verse)

Author: methylviolet10b
Rating: PG
Universe: ACD
Characters: John Watson, character to be named later
Word Count: 288
Summary: Watson goes into a tavern. Written for JWP 29: Arr! Arr! ARRR! Arr! Arr!
Warnings: Sorry everyone; it's too hot, and I'm too tired, so this is more of a fragment than anything else. And absolutely no beta. This was written in a complete rush. You have been warned.
Disclaimer: I don't own them.

It was far from the worst watering-place down by the docks. By local standards, I imagined The Broken Bell was counted as a respectable tavern; but it was definitely a local establishment, and I was no local. Conversation went on without much disruption as I entered, but I felt multiple eyes on me as I made my way to the bar.

“Haven’t seen you here before,” the barkeep said with a gruff sort of curiosity that might have passed for hospitality as he handed me my pint.

“No, I’ve not been here,” I agreed, not volunteering any other information.

The man grunted and moved on to serve two others, but I noticed him keeping a weather eye on me all the while. It made sense for a man in his line of work to take notice of anything or anyone that might cause trouble, and a stranger could be trouble, or bring trouble, just by his very presence.

I was not looking for trouble, but from the way the tavern fell quiet, trouble had come calling. Behind the bar, the barkeep’s mouth set in a grim line as he watched the rough-clad, sun-bronzed sailor walk towards the bar. “Evening, Captain,” he offered nonetheless.

The tall, dark-bearded man gave him a curt nod, but his attention remained on me. “I see you came after all.”

I kept my temper despite the insult implicit in his words. “I am a man of my word, Captain Basil.”

The sailor made a low sound, neither agreement nor disagreement. “That remains to be seen. But on your honour then. Follow me.”

He turned and strode out of The Broken Bell, never pausing to look back to see if I would follow.

I did.

Author's Note: For those who do not remember, Captain Basil is one of the aliases of Sherlock Holmes.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 30th, 2016 04:06 pm (UTC)
Ach. Sounds like some folks have had a bit of a tiff.
Aug. 3rd, 2016 04:26 am (UTC)
Maybe? I don't really know, myself. Maybe I'll find more of this one someday...

Thank you!
Jul. 30th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
As a fragment, it's nothing less than tantalising. It rather grows on my mind-- thank you!
Aug. 3rd, 2016 04:27 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm delighted to hear it. :-) Hopefully there will be more of this someday!
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