Where to read: AO3
(1) For someone who was a genius, he was realizing too many things for the first time…
(2) Sherlock has always been his voice of reason.
(3) From the man, who had only given orders…
(4) Irene had no intention of being indebted to him forever…
(5) Only with acceptance, can there be recovery…
Rating: Teen and Up
Genre: Angst, Friendship, Grief/Mourning, a dash of Humor. 5 One-shots, ~11k words total.
Warnings: Major Character Death
What makes it special?
This series is my personal “Carl Powers Case”, the moment where I decided to become involved. Where I couldn’t just smile and nod and bookmark but had to go and comment, because I’d be damned if lack of feedback would discourage the author from writing more.
Originally I read those in entirely the wrong order, starting with “Restitution” (“Raison d’être” hadn’t been written yet), on the kinkmeme and LJ. Luckily they work just as great as standalones.
By the end of “Restitution”, I was impressed with the clear style that had - for my taste - just the right balance between flow and love for details, the clever and amusing nod to ACD canon, and the Diogenes Club exchange that was as outrageous as it was believable. While the sentiment and behind-the-scenes knowledge of Irene and Mycroft doesn’t mesh with my own headcanon on all counts, I felt that missilemuse got something right about the heart and soul of BBC Sherlock I hadn’t found in another writer’s words before.
By the end of “Voice of Reason” I was stunned and smiling and choking back tears.
It’s the seemingly effortless weaving of canon, “missing scenes” and new developments post-TRF that makes this series such a captivating read, but it’s the way it reawakens all the emotions as well that makes it unforgettable.
When I found this series eleven months ago, it soothed and doomed me at the same time, because S3 never felt as near as it did while reading “R2R”.