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24 August 2010 @ 10:01 am
Fic: Sherlock/Lestrade - "Atavism"  
Title: Atavism
Chapter: 1/1
Author: inlaterdays
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Sherlock/Lestrade
Words: 749
Disclaimer: Don't own; just playing.
Summary: Sherlock says goodbye to his pre-221B flat.
A/N: First fanfic in a long time; first ever in this fandom. Just a vignette and I know it's not good. I'm sorry.


When Sherlock announced he'd be moving and was looking for a flatmate, Lestrade knew it was the beginning of the end. He'd always known it would be over between them someday – still couldn't quite get his mind around the fact that it had begun at all – but it took him by surprise all the same.

“Well,” he'd said, thrusting his hands deeper into his coat pockets and looking around at Sherlock's small, crammed, and horrifically untidy flat. “That's that, then.”

Sherlock narrowed his eyes. “Oh, stop. It's not like I'm leaving you.”

“Isn't it?”

“Of course not. I'll give you my new address. You'll always know where to find me. It's not like you'll stop needing me. On cases,” he said, after a slight pause.

“Hmph,” Lestrade said, drawing a forefinger along a bookshelf and coming up with a fingerful of dust. “Hope your future flatmate will have housekeeping skills. And a tolerant disposition.”

“Yes,” Sherlock said, not insulted in the slightest. “I can't be the easiest person in the world to live with.”

Too bloody right, thought Lestrade, and frowned harder when Sherlock told him to stop frowning.

“Shall we?” One long-fingered, elegant hand gestured toward the bedroom.

“One for the road? For old times' sake? Pity lay?” Bitter. He was sounding bitter. He'd told himself he wouldn't be bitter.

“Don't be petulant. I've gone stale, here. I need new surroundings and the stimulation of another person, and it's not like you're willing or able to be that person.” Lestrade flinched at the pointed gaze from those intense, pale eyes – but the man had a point. He was the one insistent on keeping up appearances, wearing a wedding ring and letting people assume he was a widower. Even so, Donovan and some of the others were not above the occasional snide remarks about the liberties he allowed Sherlock at crime scenes. Perhaps it was better this way after all. Perhaps...

...perhaps he'd rather forget all about it for now and give the old flat one more secret to keep within its walls and himself one last memory of something he never should have started, didn't want to end, and couldn't bring himself to regret. Lestrade shrugged off his topcoat; tossed it over a chair. Sherlock quirked a one-sided grin and began unbuttoning his cuffs, leading the way to the other room.



They lay side by side afterwards, sharing a cigarette, replete. The sun climbed the walls. Sherlock was silent and Lestrade's phone hadn't gone off, both rarities.

“I'm quitting,”Lestrade said, finally; casually.

“Excuse me?” Sherlock had been miles away.

“This,” another drag on the cigarette. “It's a filthy habit. Turning over a new leaf.”

“Oh.” Sherlock pondered this for awhile. “I will too, then. Easier to find a nonsmoking than a smoking roommate these days, anyway.”

For some reason, this cheered Lestrade up even more than their previous activity had. Perhaps things wouldn't change entirely. And it wasn't as if the past would be wiped from his memory. “Put it out,” he said.

“It's not - “

“I've got something better for my mouth to do.”

Sherlock put it out.

Lestrade rolled on top, staring down into those unique, feline features, wondering if he'd ever again be this close. Memorizing every pore, or trying to. He felt one languid hand trailing slowly up and down his spine, waiting. Expectant.

Leaning in, Lestrade licked delicately along the length of one collarbone, feeling Sherlock shift and close his eyes. And then, obeying a sudden impulse, nipped sharply and fastened his mouth on the spot, sucking hard. Sherlock bruised easily.

And was wise to his game. Of course. “The urge to mark one's mate is a behavioral atavism, Inspector. Really, I thought you were more evolved than that.”

Lestrade came up for air, but only temporarily. “Being evolved is highly overrated.”

Sherlock grinned, tilting his chin up to allow for easier access. He'd have to wear his shirts buttoned to the neck for at least a week, and a scarf every time he went out, but he liked driving Lestrade to distraction, in any of a number of ways. He gently pushed on the older man's head, drawing him nearer, eliciting a groan. When Lestrade had finished with his little love-bite business, Sherlock had a few other primitive behaviors he'd been thinking of trying out. Somehow, he didn't think the inspector would mind.
 
 
 
Just a Conspiracy of Genetics and Culture: Lestradecapt_spork on August 24th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Whee!

Lestrade came up for air, but only temporarily. “Being evolved is highly overrated.”

That should probably not have had such power over me. My brain shut down a little. *shakes head*

Nicely done. :D
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I was terrified of posting because the rest of you guys are SO SO GOOD, but I wanted to have a try. I do love this pairing.
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thandie: inglorious bastardthandie on August 24th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Ok, honest opinion: this is wonderful. What were you self-conscious of, exactly? I *adore* your writing style too, elegant but dry and to the point, and I anticipate I'll definitely like your plotting too (of the porny and not porny variety). I was totally all over this one.

THE BITING. DID YOU KNOW IT IS MY FIRST WEAKNESS? You got my first weakness at the first try...so, WHEN ARE YOU WRITING MORE? :D:D:D

Colonel Landa approves.
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D I was/am scared because I haven't written anything in AGES, and everyone else in this fandom is insanely talented! (Including you! *poke*)
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Limes: Needs hugs [by icon_fall]chocolate_limes on August 24th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Mwuah! This is wonderful, I really love Lestrade's bitterness and reluctance and behavioral atavism X333 And your voice for Sherlock is wonderful!

Do they really stop seeing each other o.o this is not fair! I demand more! MOAR!
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Whew, it is a relief that some people aren't finding it completely terrible. I could do a prequel and/or a sequel, I think.
(no subject) - chocolate_limes on August 24th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Nixxie, Icon Queen!: Utopia Jack ohh yesnixxie_ on August 24th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Really good. well written *nods* do more!
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
violet hunterevie on August 24th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
*fistpump* You wrote Sherlock/Lestrade! And it's amazing! I know how you feel about the whole terrified-of-posting thing thing since the first bit of fanfic I'd written in YEARS was for a kinkmeme fill as well and I never finished it...oops.. It's just too tempting. But you have absolutely nothing to worry about, this is fantastic. (And you know I'd be thrilled to see more from you :P)
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank you so much! You guys are being kind, which is so nice of you and a huge relief to me. All the rest of you are so good I'm intimidated - but it felt good to get this first bit posted.
(no subject) - evie on August 24th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Timelords don't abandon blondes.: Harley quinn2o0obishieo0o on August 24th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oh this was cute and bittersweet! I actually really liked it, which is odd considering I generally don't go for Sherlock/Lestrade.

<3

LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It's so good to see you posting! <3
(no subject) - o0obishieo0o on August 24th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D That's really kind of you and very much appreciated.
Queerly: Sherlock (BBC): Lestradequeerlyobscure on August 24th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
and a scarf every time he went out

So much is instantly explained!

This is marvelously bittersweet and heartbreaking in the best way.
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you like it.
suzie_shooter: Sherlock/Lestradesuzie_shooter on August 24th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Wheeee! This is aceness!
Loved the fact Sherlock quit smoking because Lestrade does, and Being evolved is highly overrated, and, ooh, and Sherlock bruised easily. Nngh.
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Eee, I am so glad you liked it. :D
warriorbot: lestradewarriorbot on August 24th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
This is... I'm just... Wow.

Brain. Shut down completely. From the hot. And the Beautiful

*Mems like crazy*
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That is such a huge compliment. I want to hug this entire fandom right now.
Fox Estacado: foxestacado: 64foxestacado on August 24th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oooo Lid, yes yes! I love this! MORE. In fact, I want a whole series!
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
You read it! :D Thank you, I'm really glad you liked it. I'm seriously thinking about writing more.
Jess: Sherlock - Get Bored And Shoot The Wallglitterary on August 24th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Oh! What a brilliant concept! Love the voices, love the descriptions--great job!
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 24th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Enderenderwiggin24 on August 25th, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
this was lovely and bittersweet!
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 25th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
sherribonannella on August 25th, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
I am pretty sure you should keep writing this pairing FOREVER.

YES PLEASE. :D
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 25th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D
Amber: sherlock | not an addictminttown1 on August 26th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
This? Is excellent. I love how you write, and the dialogue is wonderful.
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 26th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And thank you for reading! :D
thinkpink20: A!Sherlock PatchBuddies<3thinkpink20 on August 26th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
I adored this, it's gorgeous. Thanks for sharing it. :D
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 26th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! That's really kind. :D
sara_f_black: sherlockbbcsara_f_black on August 27th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
Oh, Good byes are sad... but you wrote it beautiful!
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 27th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
the adventures of Christinecdaae on August 28th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Not good??? WRONG!

Hot, and beautiful, and filled with wonderful turns of phrase. My only critique of the character's voices is that I think Sherlock would say "as if" rather than "like".

something he never should have started, didn't want to end, and couldn't bring himself to regret

Ha, yup, know that feeling!
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 28th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

You know, I caught that as if/like thing on rereading! There was one other false note, too. But it was already posted so I decided to leave it. I was frankly terrified that I would be hollered at for all the Americanisms, but people are being very kind.
fengirl88fengirl88 on August 30th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
oh - liking this! hope for more soon.
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on August 30th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm working on a prequel, but I'm a very slow writer.
(no subject) - fengirl88 on August 30th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
stellary: Lestrade_Sherlockstellary on September 25th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
The scene in ASIP of Sherlock and Lestrade comparing their patches had never made sense to me. Until I read this. Thank you for clearing that up for me and that is going to be a part of canon for me now. I'll always keep that in mind when I watch the second season (such a long wait, dammit!).
LID: sherlock - s&l let's compareinlaterdays on September 25th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really liked that scene and wanted to expand on it.
pictmatrix: pic#105466324pictmatrix on November 13th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful! I don't understand though, why isn't there more? Have I missed other parts to this? Where? Please! More!! <333
LID: sherlock - s&l profilesinlaterdays on November 13th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I've got other parts of this story sketched out in my head, but I've been lazy about posting. I'm so glad you liked it!