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Semper Fidelis, Part Nine
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Title: Semper Fidelis
Rating: Probably an R
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and am making no profit from their use, more's the pity.
Warnings: Angst, partner betrayal, aftermath of torture in this chapter 
Summary: Written for a kinkmeme prompt: Moriarty frames John and "Anthea" of betrayals which cause both of the Holmes brothers to cut them off. Cue BAMF!John and BAMF!"Anthea" doing their best to clear their names. Both het and slash; Mycroft/Anthea and John/Sherlock.

(Title page by mabivia)

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight

Part NineCollapse )

Yay, you're back! :D

Loved this chapter. :)



It's so painful and sad and I love it! And the holiday made me smile!

Thanks! I figured John and Anthea deserved a break...

“You all right, Rosy?” John suddenly asked.  “You look tired – when was the last time you ate?”
always easier to be worried about someone else.

the kind-natured doctor was likely the most dangerous man they'd ever meet
I love this whole paragraph. That's such a good description of John.

I love the John/Anthea relationship in this story. It feels so right.

But before Sherlock's fingers could touch John's neck...
Yeah, it was probably never a good idea to sneak up on John while he's sleeping, but especially now.

She was almost disappointed he hadn’t done that looming-from-behind thing he liked to do.  It had never worked on her true, but it would have been a wonderful opportunity to punch him in the crotch.

The poor Holmes boys and their issues and their attempts at apologies. It makes me so sad even though I'm still trusting you to make it all right in the end.

“What, don’t think I have it in me?  You broke Rosy’s heart – I want to bash your head in!”
I'm going to be quoting the whole darn thing back to you, but I love this interaction.

“Aren’t I meant to be resting?  Can’t you people sod off?”
Really. Poor John.

Wouldn’t Moriarty be pleased to know he’d succeeded?
You're breaking my heart here.

And not to be redundant or anything, but seriously, the relationship that John and Anthea have is just perfect.

I must admit, the John-Anthea bromance is the best part of writing this story.

This is so honest it hurts! Because I would not forgive either.

Thanks! And instant forgiveness is certainly not on the menu here...

I was ridiculously happy to see a new chapter today.

Oh John and Rosy, I felt so horrible for them, I just don't want to see them suffer anymore.

I understand where the Holmes are coming from but you need to stay away for awhile. To let them (John and Rosy, well actually the Holmes too) heal, and for you all to get you act together.

Thanks! And I figured John and Anthea are going to need some time and distance at this point...

You so just made my morning. Actually, I think you made my week, and it's a great way to start out a month too.

As always, I love this fic... the interactions between John and Jane and the complete idiocy of the Holmes' despite how intelligent they are.

I'm still sort of waiting for someone from MI-6 to show up and try to recruit John and Jane though. Or are the pair of them going to be those people who never look for trouble but always find themselves both in it and the ones solving it?

Thanks! And I must admit, the John-Anthea bromance is one of the best parts about writing this fic.

As for where their partnership goes...well, I'm saving that one for a later chapter (maybe even an epilogue) :D

I've had to make a real effort not to nag you to post a new chapter! It seemed very rude to bother you, but I really wanted to know what happened next. Thank you for updating!

John and Rosy have every right to feel betrayed and to want to be alone, or with each other. They don't owe the Holmeses anything—any help Avra gave was more than balanced out by what the two had already done for her sons. Yet I don't think that either John or Jane can be happy again until they've each forgiven their Holmes. That doesn't mean they need to rush to do it. That doesn't even mean they'll necessarily get back together; it just frees them to get on with their lives.

That said, I would feel better if at least John and Sherlock got back together! Part of it is John's sheer bloodymindedness; I'm afraid that, like Sherlock, John will feel that he has let Moriarty win if this whole plot tears the two of them apart. More than that, though, I don't think John would be so devastated by Sherlock's reasoning in not allowing John to talk if he didn't still love Sherlock terribly.

I didn't understand Sherlock's motivation in not speaking to John (any more than John did, apparently). I thought Sherlock was just angry and hurt and didn't want John to have any more time than necessary to see him that way. I didn't think that Sherlock might be afraid that John could turn him. Sherlock's reasoning, and his desire to help John, to make him feel better, also make me hope that John can eventually see his way to a renewed relationship with Sherlock—even if Sherlock is an idiot who didn't think before sneaking up on a man who has just been through torture! Sherlock clearly isn't functioning at all well, even in his normal areas.

I'm less sure about Jane/Rosy. I don't have the same feel for her relationship with Mycroft, and I'm not sure if she'd ultimately be better with or without him. I'm curious to find it!

In any event, I hope John and Rosy get a good, restful vacation. They need to replace the desperate memories with some good ones, and they need to come off the full alert status their minds and bodies don't want to release yet. They can worry later about the Holmes brothers. They need time for themselves first.

I eagerly await another chapter, whenever you can!

Thanks! The John-Anthea bromance is one of the best parts about writing this story, and I felt that at this point, they deserved a nice, relaxing holiday.

And you're right about the forgiveness bit - it's not really for Sherlock and Mycroft's sake, but so John and Anthea can move on.

*update dance of excitement*

This story continues to be a marvel! I can understand perfectly why each of the Holmes family acted as they did while I still understand that John and Rosy's continuing anger is more than justified. Part of me wants so badly for the couples to reconcile right now, but of course it can't be that easy.

Oh, John. Even while loopy on painkillers he still has ninja reflexes and overactive nurturing instinct. ALL THE HEARTS.

Thanks! That's partly why it took me so long to write this part - I just want to shove them back together again and say they all lived happily ever after.

*Sigh* Characterisation and realistic story-telling has never been so much work...

Loving the way the resolution isn't easy, how John and Jane are still sticking up for one another, and going on holiday (!!! ♥), how John still isn't cruel and doesn't let Mycroft think he and Jane are a couple, and the way the two of them keep startling Holmses. I love it. And I love how lost the Holmeses are. Like Jane says above, they deserve to suffer a little now.

Thanks! After all that's happened, I figured forgiveness won't happen overnight...

Oh, Holmeses are not the sharpest knives in the drawer when it comes to emotions, and while their sadness and guilt is just perfect, it hurts to watch. I absolutely believe that John and Jane need to forgive Sherlock and Mycroft as much as they need to be forgiven, but it's not going to be easy or quick. Mycroft, because I have a soft spot the size of Australia for him, just breaks my heart. I believe he is just that self-conscious and that while he deserves to think Jane is with John, I love that John does the decent thing and tells him. Sherlock's reasoning for not trusting John is so apropos and so heartbreaking. And as ever, Avra Holmes steals the show. So glad to see an update to this!

Thanks! And you're right about the forgiveness - it's not so much for Sherlock and Mycroft's sake as for John and Anthea.

i get ridiculously happy every time you update this XD ... or anything really :)

It's incredible how everytime I think of you, I find later in the same day an update of a story of yours. I must be psychic.

But when I think about it, maybe it is because I think of your fanfictions (pratically) every single day ...


So, I went back and re-read the last two chapters because it's been a while (NOT A CRITIQUE ON LENGTH BETWEEN UPDATES, I JUST HAVE A SHITE MEMORY FOR NUANCE) and I fell in love with this story and the John/Anthea friendship ALL OVER AGAIN. Then I read this chapter with John's hospital room of revolving Holmes' and I just... *sigh* So much love for this fic and the BAMF-yness of the mains. SO MUCH LOVE.

Also, this may have been my favorite quote: "She was almost disappointed he hadn’t done that looming-from-behind thing he liked to do. It had never worked on her true, but it would have been a wonderful opportunity to punch him in the crotch." Because I can totally see her doing that to him and the look on his face would be priceless.

Also, also: Mrs. Holmes is amazing and I adore her and how she thinks John's politeness is "charming" and how well she knows her two idiot boys. I totally want to meet Mr. Holmes (senior) now, because he must have been a frickin' paragon of virtue and goodliness (for some reason I am picturing a bumbling-but-sweet scientist type) to put up with the rest of them.

Also, also, also (LAST ONE, I SWEAR): you are making me VERY curious about Johnny-boy's backstory in this little AU you've crafted. The BAMF-yness is very well-done and in-character and now I wanna know WHY John is such a BAMF. What training/ experiences has he had that make him so resilient and able to be so stoic in the face of torture/death? *curiosity is enflamed*

(PS: I have never wanted to request this of an author, EVER, because I am terrified of zombies... but I can totally see your BAMF John/Anthea sniping their way through a horde of the undead while Mycroft manages and Sherlock sort of looks on and maybe makes up a point system based on the placement of their shots and applications of force to dead connective tissue. IDEK but you could do it and I would read it because you would make it AWESOME.)

Thanks! I must admit, the John-Anthea bromance is my favourite part of writing this fic - they're just so much fun! And I can always picture Anthea as being a total BAMF - she'd have to be, to deal with Mycroft.

Is it weird that I can totally see John owning the zombie-apocalypse scenario? And the infamous safe-zone that the refugees are trying to get to and just about every zombie movie must have is Baker Street, because John just cleans up anything that gets within a mile of the place and...no! No! I already have way too many fics - back, foul temptress!

Ahhhhhhhhh! New chapter, omg!

I loved it! As a lot of other people have said, I want the relationships to be fixed between Sherlck/John and Jane/Mycroft, not because Sherlock and Mycroft deserve it, but because I hate seeing Jane and John in so much pain. But I'm loving the slow, slow build up to the possibility of things being if not fixed then at least improved upon. And am still loving the Jane/John friendship - I'm looking forward to them having some relaxing time to themselves, although I have a horrible suspicion that things will get a bit worse before they get better - can''t just shrug off being tortured, after all.

Anyway, sorry to ramble, but this was a simply amazing update. Only problem is now I just want more more more!! :D

Thanks! I must admit, the John-Anthea bromance is the best part of writing this fic - it's so much fun!

Still loving this fic. I really liked Sherlock's explanation and the raw-ness of things between everyone. A nice vacation is just what they need.

I figured it was past time for John and Anthea to get a nice, relaxing holiday...