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Semper Fidelis, Epilogue
sherlock john walking

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, torture and related PTSD.
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 [info]mabivia)

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight
Part Nine
Part Ten
Part Eleven
Part Twelve


“Queen to E9.”

“Rook to A5.”

There were few things in the world that could make Avra want to laugh out loud, but her sons playing chess were one of them.  They always did it so intensely, as if the fate of the world depended on their game – when he was eight, Sherlock had slammed one of the pawns down so savagely he’d actually split both the soapstone piece and the board itself.

Of course, they’d stopped using actual pieces when Sherlock was twelve and old enough to hold the board in his head without getting distracted by…everything else.  Even now, Sherlock remained the most distractible of her sons – he was glancing towards her phone every minute, as precise and regimented as a digital watch.  Mycroft was better at compartmentalising; he only glanced her way every five minutes.

The evening of tense waiting had begun with a single message; ‘Jack and Jill are up the hill’, meaning that the missions had begun in earnest.  The target had been another splinter of Moriarty’s previous organisation, one that had gathered itself under a leader of both intelligence and skill.  They wouldn’t have been another Moriarty, but they had been causing enough trouble to warrant the intervention of Jack and Jill.

Three hours later the message had been followed by ‘Fetched the pail of water’, indicating that everything had gone well and Jack and Jill were on their way home.

In fact, Avra suspected the laughter that was beginning to drift up the staircase was theirs.

“And when she opened the door-”

“I thought she was going to end up apologising to us, by the end!  Good job with switching those knives, Rosy.”

“It wasn’t quite as amusing as his face when you pulled out your gun.  Why is that that everyone, everyone, thinks you’re harmless the first time they meet you?”

“Years of practice.”

Yes, that was them; John and Jane.  Or – as they were known in the covert operations business – Jack and Jill, the pair who, within six months, had developed a reputation for completing jobs others deemed impossible.

Sherlock and Mycroft had crossed to the door before it even opened.  John entered first, and nearly ran straight into her youngest son.

“You know, Sherlock, one of these days I’m going to open the door too fast and you’ll end up with a broken nose,” John warned.

Sherlock ignored his remark.  “You were supposed to be back two hours ago.”

While Sherlock didn’t embrace John, he was running his eyes up and down John’s body over and over again, trying to detect any injuries.

John frowned in exasperation, but there was fondness lingering in his eyes.  “I was not supposed to be back, I said if we were very lucky, we might be back.  Might, being the operative word there.”

The annoyance in his voice would be more convincing if he wasn’t leaning so close to Sherlock.  Jane and Mycroft were much less demonstrative, but they were gazing at each other in the fashion of a romantic movie just before the credits rolled, and the fingers of her left hand were entwined with the fingers of his right.

Avra smiled, and for a moment she allowed herself in the feeling of everything going completely right.  Just for a moment.



AN: A big round of applause for my beta, ginbitch, who helped me out enormously with this story!

Yay! I'm so glad you finished this. I've enjoyed it very much :)

Yay! Complete! I've enjoyed this, particularly the relationship between John and Jane.

Thanks! I loved writing the John/Jane friendship.

Hooray! Congratulations on pushing this through to completion - very nice wrap up. BTW, I've rec'd this at 221b - here's a link to the rec if you're curious.


Also, just so you know, there's no link to Chapter 11 at the end of Chapter 10, so you might want to fix that for folks reading through from the beginning.

Thanks for sharing this!

Edited at 2012-11-16 03:41 pm (UTC)

Thanks! And I put that link in - LJ's just being difficult again (if it shows up in the 'edit entry', why doesn't it show up in the actual entry?). Hopefully it'll sort itself out eventually...

This story was action-packed and brilliant! I was so excited when I saw you'd posted the rest, that I HAD to sit down and read it, even though it's made me late for work. Thank you!

Thanks (though I do feel a bit sorry I made you late for work).

Oh, YAY. And I do, very much, like the idea of them on escapades in the future.

Thanks! And I had this kind of epilogue planned for them since chapter 2 - I just knew I had to have them teaming up for cool adventures...

It made me very happy to read this to its conclusion today. Very nicely done - thank you!

As fantastic at the end as it was at the start. I'm glad you didn't rush the ending. You can't go through something like that and not have it affect you and all your relationships.

I think I'm even more glad to have John and Jane remain "together" as I am for them to each renew their relationships with their respective Holmes boys.

Thanks! And yes, the ending took forever to sort out...not the epilogue, though. The idea that John and Jane would continue to have awesome adventures was planned from chapter two.

Wow. Simply wow. I was swept up by this story from the very beginning, but to see it end this way, so well for them and with little damage, is just right. Thank you for this journey!

Really enjoyed the story, thank you so much :)

I'm so glad to get a happy ending! It's a well-earned and believable ending, too.

I'm still displeased with Avra; I understand Sherlock and Mycroft's motivations for their behavior much better than I do hers. She could have intervened sooner, before things got so bad; she could have told her boys directly. She seemed to want this to be a learning experience for them, as if their learning experiences mattered more than John and Jane's lives.

But the important thing is that John and Jane have found happiness again, and secondarily that Sherlock and Mycroft have too.

I love the friendship you built up between John and Rosy. I loved the whole novel, though at times it scared me enough that I wasn't sure I should come back to it. I'm glad I did.

Thanks! And I'll confess, I wanted people to be displeased with Avra - I created her as someone whose own ideas about what's right take priority all the time. Mycroft learned that cold-blooded manipulation from someone, after all...

\o/ such a fab story, thank you for sharing it!

So glad you finally finished this! Yay! All the things a good story should be. Plotty, gripping, John being a BAMF!, and a little romance. Plus Judi Dench. LOL

Awww, Jack and Jill! Love the ending, so great and final and I'm sad it's over, but it was a great run.

Wow, a big update and a happy ending! Time to do the dance of joy!

I have enjoyed this story so very much. I'm glad that you took your time with the ending and didn't make it too easy. I liked the way you wrote the Holmes boys in a state of desperately wanting forgiveness but knowing they don't deserve it. But forgiveness is something that can be given whether or not it's deserved, and I think that both it will help both John and Jane to give it. I'm even happier that John and Jane have a future working together in covert ops. What a pair of BAMFs.

They had a Doctor Who marathon, awww!

Thanks! And I knew from chapter two that John and Jane had to become partners in covert ops...

I was so happy when I saw that you had finished this story. It has been one of my favorites for quite some time. Just reread it again from the beginning. Great job. Love the ending! Keeping my fingers crossed for updates on Republic of Heaven.