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Title: Saving Sherlock Holmes
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing: John/Sherlock, Greg/Mycroft
Categories: AU, pre-canon, romance, school, case fic, drama, Mycroft as Sherlock's legal guardian
Length: Super Epic (139,494 words)
Warnings: Minor character death: Mummy, original characters. Underage: consenting sex between sixteen-year-olds.

Author on LJ: earlgreytea68
Author Website: favicon earlgreytea68

Author's Summary: Sherlock Holmes, schoolboy. Yeah, that basically sums it up.

Review:
Earlgreytea68 bumps up the timeline so that Sherlock meets John at Eton when they're sixteen, and over the course of 139k words, she shows us all the ways that changes both their lives -- and Mycroft and Greg's lives as well. But she's also ingenious at bringing in familiar characters and plotlines in a way that rings true and keeps this close to canon.

The story opens with eighteen-year-old Mycroft handling their mother's funeral and the responsibility of eleven-year-old Sherlock. I felt especially bad for Mycroft and how much he demanded of himself as the older brother. In fact, as much as I loved Sherlock and John in this story, it was Sherlock's relationship with Mycroft that might have been my favorite part; they're so in character, but this new set of circumstances allows for some differences in how they come to understand one another.

John showing up early means he's able to balance Sherlock out some of the time, but John's changed by the early association too. There are parallels between him and Mycroft since John has been forced to be the primary caretaker of his own family at a young age, due to alcoholism rather than death, and meeting the Holmes brothers affects his home life and his choices.

Earlgreytea68 writes this beautifully. The dialog's great. Although she says she wondered what would happen if she gave the Holmes boys "everything they needed to fix themselves" early on, she doesn't oversimplify; there are definite struggles to get where they're going. Everyone's complex and in character. Greg is a tutor with a friend at Scotland Yard and an interest in Mycroft. Ms. Hudson is the nanny, and Moriarty provides danger and tension. Little touches like Mycroft's umbrella at the beginning and end show how well the author knows and loves these characters.

Saving Sherlock Holmes (AO3)
On LJ (Last chapter, which has links to all chapters.)

Comments

alienass
Mar. 31st, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't have time yet to read this one, but the other one was fantastic! Thanks for the wonderful recs <3
mothlights
Mar. 31st, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
Sure thing! :D

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