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Once upon a Time...oh, sorry, no...erm...not that Time. That other one, over there, just to the left; do you see, it’s waving to you - yes, well spotted! That Time. Oh look, it’s put on a green hat with a pom on top so you can keep track of it more easily. It always has been a very friendly, obliging Time; at least, most of the bits which we’ll be dealing with have.

Well, now that we’ve got that straight, Once upon that Time there was a little boy named Sherlock Holmes. In order to visit with him now we will swoop and dart over a London which I think would not be familiar even to those of you who may routinely walk the streets of your very own London. The London which little Sherlock Holmes inhabits is one engulfed in a singular fog of mystery and magic; it waits for us, holding its breath for just a fraction of a second to allow us inside, then unfolds its secrets before us like an origami crane coming undone.

At the time we are now soaring in to fly through the window of this little boy’s room, he is a very happy little boy. He is engaged in poring over a set of navigational charts which show him the details of the whole of the coastline of Britain. The charts had been a birthday present from his Grandmere Sabine on the occasion of his sixth birthday, which had been celebrated just the previous day.

In appearance, he is a charming child, especially when his clear blue (or are they grey?) eyes are this wide with excitement and his mop of curly black hair dips and flies about as his attention darts from one chart to another. The room he inhabits is almost as equally charming; it is cluttered with books and toys, everything a lively, growing boy could want. Mobiles adorn the ceiling; the most elaborate in the center is comprised of beautiful miniature sailing ships, tiny works of art which gaily sail through the air above Sherlock’s head; nearby is another made up of exotic fish representing every colour you’ve ever seen (and perhaps just a few you haven’t); my favorite is hung in a corner and it dazzles the eye with twirling prisms which grace Sherlock’s bedroom walls with dancing rainbows.

We now hear a prim knock at our little boy’s bedroom door, which subsequently opens to reveal a prim-looking boy (rather newly teen-age) with neatly-cut ginger hair. This is Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft. “Sherlock,” he instructs firmly, “come have your tea. Mummy is waiting.”

Stricken, Sherlock looks up from his treasures. “But, Mycroft, I have to study.”

Mycroft sniffs a bit at first and looks inclined to roll his eyes at this claim; but he thinks better of it after a moment (he is a good lad, really, just rather inclined to feel self-important more often than not) and moves into the room. He does not go so far as to join his brother on the floor, but he does take a seat on the bed. “What are you studying then?” He leans over to take a closer look at the piles of paper which create a virtual sea around the boy.

“Sailing, of course! I must learn the tides first, but ever so many other things too, Mycroft. I already know all the parts of the ship and how to make her ready to sail, but I’ve never done it myself on a real ship. I must have one to practice on, and I must learn about the weather, and the main trade routes as well as the ones not used as heavily, and the shipping lanes, and -,”

But Mycroft was frowning at him, and rather abruptly interrupted this spilling of childish nonsense. “Sherlock, what are you talking about? You’ll learn to sail in a year or two, you’ve already been promised that, but what is this about trade routes? Holmeses don’t traipse around with cargo. Uncle Richard, who does deign to deal with trade (Mycroft sniffs again here) manages the business from his company’s offices in London; and you certainly won’t be working with him when you’re grown up.”

“Oh no, certainly not.” Young Sherlock sounds horrified at this idea.

Mycroft is obviously pleased that he got his point across so easily; it was sometimes quite difficult to bring Sherlock around to his way of thinking, he can be rather stubborn.

“I’m going to be a pirate!”

Date: 2012-07-12 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]


Heh, Mycroft, you can be so stuffy. Never you mind about trade routes: just fetch your brother a spyglass and a cutlass. He'll take care of the rest.


Date: 2012-07-13 03:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why thank you! I'm so glad you like it. This bit needs a bit of polishing, but Pirate!Sherlock was born in a swirl of thinky thoughts which coalesced yesterday and I wanted to celebrate by posting what I'd managed. This way I'll be able to mark his birthday in future.

Oh, by the way, among his influences is your little fic Parley from which I took the notion that Pirate!Sherlock and Govern(or)mentOfficial!Mycroft would be secret friends - even so.

Date: 2012-07-16 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm chuffed that Parley had its part to play. I'm fond of that little fic. :)Indeed, of pirate Sherlock and governor Mycroft and secret friendships between them in general. :D

Date: 2012-07-13 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The combination of the description of Young Sherlock and his pirate fantasy makes me think of the gorgeous Trina Schart Hyman illustrations to Peter Pan. I've got a copy here in Chicago, so when you're done with the music books, you can come over and I'll show you. Here's a sample; the line it's illustrating is "To die will be an awfully big adventure."

Come to think of it, Peter Pan is almost certainly one of the books that little Sherlock and Mycroft would have owned, read, and loved.

Date: 2012-07-13 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's lovely, I'll look forward to looking through it.

You're right. Peter Pan should definitely get a mention. I'm still working on the world building and considering how magic is going to operate.

This one will basically live in the slowcooker in my mind, something to work on when I need a break from the real work - pure pleasure!

Date: 2012-07-13 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Eventually Peter would dive through the air, and catch Michael just before he could strike the sea, and it was lovely the way he did it; but he always waited till the last moment, and you felt it was his cleverness that interested him and not the saving of human life. Also he was fon of variety, and the sport that engrossed him one moment would suddenly cease to engage him, so there was always the possibility that the next time you fell he would let you go." JM Barrie, Peter Pan Chapter 4 "The Flight" (ie their flight to Neverland, when the children keep falling asleep and when they do, they fall.)

Always makes me think of BBC's Sherlock (more than ACD's) though I wonder how he would react to being called "gay, innocent and heartless".

There is quite a feel of JM Barrie, IMO, in this fic. I suppose it's partly the slightly old-fashioned - but works wonderfully - intrusive author. :D

This is lovely. But my Dad worked in shipping (as a ship broker - the people who find cargoes for ships and ships for cargoes - and the grandson of a Duke worked in his office. Shipping isn't exactly "trade", you know. ;) /slightly offended middle-class sensibilities /joking. ;)

Though it is true that people in shipping don't travel on their ships and only go abroad in order to fix a deal in Japan, New York, Norway, Italy, Greece etc etc so Mycroft's point stands. :D

But yes, this is lovely.

Date: 2012-08-13 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Huh. This is odd. I remember reading this now - and I actually thought that I had responded because I remember typing out something about how I'd read enough Jane Austen that I shouldn't have made the mistake of calling it 'trade' and I think I even corrected that in my google doc. So sorry I didn't, especially as these are very good points you bring up!

I'm very glad you enjoyed this. :-)

I'm quite chuffed about little Pirate!Sherlock and hope to have a next little bit done relatively soon. Mycroft is going to explain the pirate problem to him as a means of getting him to start developing his deductive skills...good pirates have to be able to manipulate people, you know. ;-)

Date: 2012-07-15 03:52 am (UTC)
ext_18053: (jackpirate)
From: [identity profile]

Best I could do, with no images of young!Sherlock available :-) I did find a lovely pirate ship mobile on Etsy, but it wasn't a match for the one you've described so well here.

I love the style and tone of this, (yes, shades of Barrie), and the glimpse of a prelude to the adult Mycroft/Sherlock relationship. They are very much themselves here.

Date: 2012-07-15 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's hard to compete with a magical mobile.

I realized last night that Sherlock is an Air Pirate. This means that once he is magically transported to the PotC universe he and his crew will be distressingly 'at sea' dum ching...

Date: 2012-07-15 07:35 pm (UTC)
ext_18053: (magic)
From: [identity profile]
Heeee :-) Or, they may have quite an advantage. I can see him commanding a dirigible pirate ship, the scourge of all the pirate lord's domains. Except I think he'd find another purpose, probably, as pillaging and plundering would bore him silly. A quest, for...something.

If you could bring Rumpel into it, too, he and Jack would be thoroughly entertained.


Date: 2012-07-15 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh dear lord - Rumpel would open so many doors...

Yes, a quest for sure, for Sherlock. I'm imagining the story begins with Sherlock teaching himself everything he needs to know to prepare himself for his career as a consulting pirate. When he's finally old enough, Mycroft arranges for a ship - small, because as a consultant he will simply be flying from pirate ship to pirate ship - but he then finds to his dismay that he can call himself Captain all he likes; there aren't a lot of people out there willing to sign on to crew for a man who deduces every little thing about them after 30 seconds of acquaintance - because when you're a pirate you need to know all about people, of course. Poor Sherlock is stuck doing odd tasks for Mycroft when he reaches the absolute worst periods of boredom.

So then we start putting the band back together - John, Molly, Lestrade, Sarah (who is Mycroft's agent) - and set sail, but it isn't long before they run into a little magical trouble...

Our crew are thrown into a universe where their vessel is equipped to handle the change of air to water, but they very definitely are not...

Date: 2012-07-15 11:12 pm (UTC)
ext_18053: (rumpel)
From: [identity profile]
Pintel and Ragetti would be the first to sign on - Pintel would be oblivious to Sherlock's deductive skills, and Ragetti would be fascinated. They'd make the perfect minions. And Rumpel would make the perfect nemesis! Ahem.

Magical universes lend themselves beautifully to crossover fic. You really should write this ♥

Date: 2012-07-15 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am planning on keeping on with it. I imagine it will go rather slowly, as I think it'll be something fun to write when I need a break from the stuff which I'm feeling the need to get on with and finish.

Oh, and music controls the magic of the air which keeps the air ships flying - this is why Sherlock takes up the violin. :-)

Date: 2012-07-15 11:47 pm (UTC)
ext_18053: (shipwreck)
From: [identity profile]
Is [ profile] troyswann on your flist? She's written an amazing Inspector Morse AU - very AU - set in a world with dirigibles whose pilots sing them aloft. I love the idea of Sherlock playing the violin to sail his - I'm so excited to read this!

I'm not sure what I want to write next now that my OUAT fic is finished. I'm spending the rest of Sunday mainlining season one of Game of Thrones, and already finding some inspiration, although it's set in such a brutal world, one which doesn't allow women much agency. I'll have to go in search of the fandom, and see what people are finding interesting; If We Shadows Have Offended pretty much sank like a stone in terms of fandom interest. And it does matter, at least a little. I like talking to people, dammit, about interpretations and anticipation and general fannish squee.

Will Sherlock visit Shipwreck Cove? I would love, love, love to see him interact with Teague :-)

Date: 2012-07-16 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, since you're at least half in charge of what goes on in Shipwreck Cove, you tell me! *makes note to check out troyswann*

It was your fic that I missed! I saw the last chapter come through, but I wanted to go back and read it from the beginning all as once piece. I knew there was something that I had to catch up on. I'm so sorry! I'll catch up this week.

I've read all but the most recent Game of Thrones books but haven't seen the show. I tend to get a bit shirty about it because I don't think he's actually going to finish the books and I'm annoyed with him for keeping on insisting that he will do. I would definitely love to read and discuss with you though, since I'm at least familiar with the books. I imagine the fandom is doing wonderful things with the female characters, there's lot to work with.

Date: 2012-07-16 02:00 am (UTC)
ext_18053: (teagueseawolf)
From: [identity profile]
Sherlock must visit Shipwreck Cove. It's where all the cool pirates hang. And Sherlock/Teague dialogue would be fantastic! Watson/Teague dialogue would be fantastic!

I'm only on episode three of the first season of GoT, but the show is really, really well done. The female characters are very strong, and they do find a way to find a power, don't they? The history and relationships and culture are developing well - not an easy thing to do, given the complexity and sheer number of players.

I'll let you know what I discover about the GoT fandom, if I can find it. They're a bit elusive these days, and I'm hoping it exists somewhere besides Tumblr. Hope you enjoy the conclusion of the OUAT fic if you find the time, no worries :-)

Teague and Sherlock - yes.

Date: 2012-07-16 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was actually sort of imagining Sherlock and crew need some rescuing after their abrupt reintroduction to gravity, and they either limp into the Cove by chance, or Jack is forced to tow them home to save them from an untimely visit with Will. I'm still counting on your help there, btw...

Season 1 is all there is at this point, correct? GoT is a bit deceptive when it comes to female characters. At the beginning we readers are presented with a distinctly male dominated chivalric society, but it isn't long before all hell breaks loose.

My first thought was that the lack of GoT fandom might be due to the fact that Martin has famously declared himself opposed to fanfic; but then I realized that by putting it on TV he has basically given up any imaginary influence he may have had on this issue. He has a blog and he knows of the existence of fanfic; therefore he has made his own bed. Hopefully, he has the good sense to stop speaking out against something which only encourages people to read/watch his work. Just a bit of a rant...sorry!

Date: 2012-07-16 03:57 am (UTC)
ext_18053: (jackseawolf)
From: [identity profile]
I'll see your rant and raise you a Diana Gabaldon and a Stephanie Meyers :-) How narcissistic and idiotic do you have to be to bite the fandom hand that feeds you? Without the internet and the support it gives to fannish phenomena like fanfic, these people wouldn't be pocketing a fraction of what their work brings in. It's the best marketing scheme in the history of ever, and it's FREE. I'm sure GoT fandom exists, it's just that LJ has faded as a fannish arena, and Tumblr is the least supportive platform I've ever seen for establishing interest based communities and dialogue. A03 isn't much better, although it's great for archiving (watch out, though, since the maintenance crew there will appropriate fic without the author's permission in the name of preservation of fandom resources).

Rants :-)

Lady Stark has just opened a can of whoop-ass by way of avenging her son's attempted murder in episode 4 (the tavern scene on her northern home turf); I definitely see what you mean about all hell breaking loose. I'm hooked.

Date: 2012-07-16 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I find Tumblr incomprehensible and AO3 (admittedly by itself) without proper search functions - I recently told someone else on LJ that each of my Sherlock stories saw immediate hits so there must be some sort of way readers can monitor new posts which are Sherlock related - but I have absolutely no idea how that might work. I was completely astonished to hear someone thought that Sherlock fandom was largely at home on AO3 - wtf? I have no idea how you interact with people on AO3. I mean, being able to see other's bookmarks is useful, but aside from this rec sort of function - how do you talk to people? fandom squee etc?

Date: 2012-07-16 04:59 am (UTC)
ext_18053: (jackfilthygorgeous)
From: [identity profile]
That's just it - you could talk to people in comments on A03, but no one really does, and there are no communities to speak of like there are on LJ. I know you can locate stories by fandom on A03 easily enough, but the tag search function is currently down. My OUAT story? Over 900 hits, and I think half a dozen people have commented.

And yes, Tumblr is incomprehensible; I don't have a clue why people have migrated there for fandom squee. That's where OUAT fandom primarily lives, unfortunately, as well as on ffnet. Looks like everyone is having fun, but it's so difficult to navigate.

Back in the good old days, before you had walk five miles in the snow to find fanfic...

Date: 2012-07-16 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
uphill both ways...don't forget...

I've replied to every comment I've received on Ao3, and believe me, my intent has been to provoke some sort of conversation - maybe two or three have obliged for one more round...

I'm not even all that hot to attract loads of attention at this point - considering that I'm frequently posting asking people to give me ideas and tell me what they think - but the entire point of fandom is to reach out and discuss - as you mentioned as we started this conversation.

ugh - bed and actual job = actual paycheck - please forgive me...I've moved 'If We Shadows Have Offended' into a gDoc and will catch up tomorrow...

good night!


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