OrchideanRose



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    The sequel to Guilty Secrets.

    How do the sons of silent, bitter houses love?

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    A huge thank you to my extraordinary beta team, lawyer_margo, Violetwylde, and girlwhowearsglasses. You are all amazing and your feedback was extremely helpful. This fic is better for all of you. All mistakes are my own.

    Also thank you to everyone on Tumblr who, long ago, offered up sex toy prompts for me. This is where they led.

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    Sherlock sits down on the bench in the middle of the pod and fishes around in the pocket of his coat for the cigarettes he keeps there.  There’s a decal on the window that says ‘no smoking’ of course, but…

    “Do you mind if I smoke?”

    He sees the sound of his voice register in the man’s body like a bolt of lightning.
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    “Fuck.”

    John whispers it aloud before he can catch himself.  

    He wants to—to…

    He squeezes his fingers into a fist, lets the pain of his nails digging into his palms ground him, sniffs back all the things he wants to say, breathes in, breathes out.

    “No smoking in here, mate.”

    And then he waits.

    There is a stretch of silence that feels palpable, almost physical in its weight, and then…

    “John?”

    There is disbelief in Sherlock’s voice.  

    A disbelief that sounds real.

    A disbelief and a hope John wouldn’t have, couldn’t have, imagined on his own.

    Real. 

    Real then.  

    Good.  Good, because John isn’t at all sure if he’s awake or dreaming, living or dead, and there’s some sort of sick comfort in the fact that he’s not the only one afloat without a tether.

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