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August 2nd, 2010


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11:04 pm - Height, or Lack Thereof
Title: Height, or Lack Thereof
Warnings: None
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Sherlock loves that John is so little
Word count: ~805
Disclaimer: Not mine
Author's notes: Written for a prompt at sherlockbbc_fic, here. This is one of those fics that sounded amazing in my head... And then I wrote the damned thing :P

There are lots of things Sherlock likes about John. There's his half-shy smile, that all-too-rare laugh, a mind that isn't brilliant but is quick enough. His strength, his warmth, his trust, and countless other things that Sherlock can't quite identify or work out why they affect him so. Out of everything though, the thing that Sherlock likes most about John is his size.

Oh, he doesn't mean how well endowed John is, nothing as crass as that, although he's got no complaints there either. No, what he's referring to is John's height. To put it bluntly, John is quite a lot shorter than Sherlock, and it's one of the most brilliant things Sherlock has encountered.

There's the fact that when John wants to kiss Sherlock, he has to stand on tiptoes to reach his mouth. Of course, Sherlock could just bend down a little but then he'd miss out on the feel of those hands on his shoulders and John's leanly muscled body stretching against his own. It would also mean that he wouldn't be able to slide his arms around John's waist and pull him up a little more, just enough so that he's off balance and pressed even more tightly against Sherlock. His muffled protests make Sherlock chuckle, a sound which usually becomes a groan as John uses his new position to his advantage and kisses Sherlock even more thoroughly.

Sherlock has also discovered that John's shoulders are at just the right height for him to sling an arm over, sometimes just to squeeze briefly but more often these days so that they can walk in step for a while. It feels strange at first; Sherlock isn't usually a demonstrative person in public, doesn't like exposing himself that way, but with John he doesn't mind so much. There's a completely irrational sense of pride to be gained from walking along with John tucked against his side, his arm firmly around Sherlock's waist and their thighs brushing every so often.

That same pride flares up whenever Sherlock watches John deal with the police, although it's accompanied by a fair amount of amusement as well. He can't help but grin when he sees John holding his own in a room full of people who are, for the most part, head and shoulders above him. Those who aren't taller tend to be bulkier, and still John refuses to be intimidated. He just stands there, chin tilted back and arms crossed as he repeats what he wants until he gets it. The look of bewilderment on their faces as they walk away is a rare treat, and it's all the better when John looks at Sherlock and they have to look away hastily before they burst out laughing.

Sometimes they come home from a week of long days and non-existent nights, exhausted and shaking, can barely manage to stumble to the sofa and collapse. On these occasions John permits himself to be pulled over so that he's sat in Sherlock's lap, where he curls up as Sherlock wraps his arms around him and shuts his eyes. John is warm, solid where he lies against Sherlock, his jumper soft beneath Sherlock's hands, and it feels right that he's there. Neither of them will admit it but they need the comfort that's gained from holding and being held.

In bed, too, Sherlock finds that he appreciates John's height. Not during sex, but afterwards once the urgency has faded and they've cleaned themselves up, that's when it matters. Sherlock has never before felt the urge to stay with a partner once physical release has been achieved but John... John is just the right size that Sherlock can curl around him from behind, rest his chin on the top of sweat-dampened hair and stay there as their breaths even out. John doesn't smother him or chatter inanely, he just wriggles until he's comfortable and then drifts quietly off to sleep. It's very soothing to be left with an armful of warm, relaxed, gently-snoring John Watson.

John laughs when Sherlock walks into the kitchen one morning and announces, “I love that you're so small.”

“Well, thanks for that,” he says, shutting the fridge door. He turns to look at Sherlock then and asks, a little suspiciously, “Why?”

Sherlock shrugs and leans against the wall. “We fit.”

John blinks and then the suspicion clears. “We do,” he agrees, walking over to stand between Sherlock's legs. “We fit very nicely.” He leans into Sherlock and rests his head on his shoulder, and Sherlock hugs him for a moment. “I love that you're a great gangly idiot as well,” John murmurs affectionately. He doesn't quite manage to escape before Sherlock whacks him on the back of his head, but then again he doesn't really want to.

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From:ruyu
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Awww. This was TOO adorable.
It's very soothing to be left with an armful of warm, relaxed, gently-snoring John Watson.
Wonderful image right there. XD Well done!
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
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There's such a thing as too adorable? :P

Woohoo! Thank you, I wasn't too sure about that image :D
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I'm glad you like him :D
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
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This was cute. Thank you for writing it. :D
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
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No problem! Thank you for reading it, and I'm glad you liked it :D
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From:taversham
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
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So, so sweet.

I love this bit especially:
John permits himself to be pulled over so that he's sat in Sherlock's lap, where he curls up as Sherlock wraps his arms around him and shuts his eyes.
Such an adorable image <33333
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

*grins* I'm glad you liked that bit, I was rather fond of it myself :D
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From:17pansies
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
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This is just full of awww and it works brilliantly so stop fretting. They do fit together rather nicely, don't they? John's 5'7" to Sherlock's six foot plus half an inch. We need this as a photo now - John standing in front of Sherlock who's resting his chin on that sandy blond hair.
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From:warriorbot
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)

Height, or Lack Thereof

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This. Are you listening BBC publicity dept? THIS!!!!!
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From:na_shao
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
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... Awwwwwwwwwwww. *big gigglesnort*

That.was.SO.sweet ! Adorable and heartwarming. Absolutely loved it. Brilliant.
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much! *grins*

This couldn't really have been anything other than adorable, so I'm glad I achieved it :D Thank you!
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From:lavvyan
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Hee, that made me smile! :D
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad! Thank you :D
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From:sazzat
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Awwww! Love love love!
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
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Thank you muchly!
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From:littlemissstars
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
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All of this is just TOO sweet =3 (Not in a bad way)
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
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*is very pleased* Thank you!
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From:queerlyobscure
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Eeee! SO INCREDIBLY GLAD that you're writing for this incarnation as well.

The image of John, like a little bulldog standing up to the police, is going to make me very happy for a long time, I suspect.
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much! So far I haven't been able to resist these two wherever they crop up.

Aaaaw, he is just like a little bulldog. I hadn't thought of that :D

Thank you!
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From:pinigir
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Great fic! Loved the descriptions of what the height difference could be good for. And that it wasn't just Sherlock that appreciates the difference.
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Trust those two to find uses for the height difference :D I'm glad it came across that John appreciates the difference as well; I wanted to get that in there. Thank you, I'm glad you liked this!
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From:numbuh12
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh, my goodness^_^ I've been a lurker fan of your fic for awhile now, but this was really, really excellent. I just adore the thought of Sherlock finding John so physically compatible to him. I adored the final scene in "The Study of Pink" where Sherlock's talking to John about the "mysterious" shooter and he's looking down at John with that little smile on his face^_^ Love!

I'm so glad you're writing fic for the new series. What did you think of the episode last night?
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Aw, thank you so much. I'm glad you were tempted to come out of hiding for a bit, and do feel free to stick around should the urge take you :) You know, I'm going to have to watch that final scene again because you've just reminded me how adorable it was. Thanks :D

The last episode, hmm. I didn't grin all the way through like I did at the first one, but I was on the edge of my seat a whole lot more and there were some really lovely moments. Plus, it was good to see them after they've settled in a bit, and their reactions when more than one life was on the line were brilliant. So, I loved it, basically. You?

Thank you again!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
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8D My eyes are all starry at the complete ADORABLENESS of this
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
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YAY! I'm glad it was so adorable :D Thank you!
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From:elina_elsu
Date:August 2nd, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Yaaay
Holmes is taller than Watson and everything is right in the world! ;DD
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! This version of them meets your basic requirements then? ;D
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From:flying_android
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much :D

Strangely, I'm not normally one for established relationship fics, but I think they could be quite fun with these two!
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