The Key

by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for


Ship
John / Sherlock
Word Count
11689
Plot
Angst, Romance

Author's Summary

Six months after the tarmac scene, John gives his key to 221B Baker Street back to Sherlock, deciding he needs a clean start -- but there's too much left unresolved for that to easily happen.(I wrote this purely for the feels, wondering what would happen if John walked away after all the trauma of S3... You know they can't stay apart, but what might happen in between?)

Comments

This fic’s tone is unique - quiet, mundane, reserved to the point of awkwardness - it’s the story of two men who at the end of the day arn’t that unusual at all. Unassuming, quietly desperate, and all the more gut-wrenching for the normality of it all, this fic pulls John and Sherlock’s relationship away from the height of soulbonds and fate down to its base humanity, eroded to polite uncertainty and the possibility of both men alive, choosing to live apart.The sensation of falling as you just hit sleep.

Characterization

Great

Pacing

Slow

Tone

Muted