Backup Copies by etothepii [13K]
Sherlock/John (non-explicit). First time. Partial AU. Science fiction. Hurt/comfort. Dollhouse crossover. (Warning: sort of but not exactly a deathfic.)
When John dies, Sherlock doesn’t know what to do. But Mycroft does.
Northwest Passage by Kryptaria [95K]
Sherlock/John (explicit). First time. Partial AU. Hurt/comfort. Rural living. Light D/s (Dom!Sherlock). Alternative meeting.
Seven years ago, Captain John Watson of the Canadian Forces Medical Service withdrew from society, seeking a simple, isolated life in the distant northern wilderness of Canada. Though he survives from one day to the next, he doesn’t truly live until someone from his dark past calls in a favor and turns his world upside-down with the introduction of Sherlock Holmes.
Electric Pink Hand Grenade by BeautifulFiction [67K]
Sherlock/John (explicit). First time. Canon. Hurt/comfort. Sick!Sherlock.
“If Sherlock’s brain is a hard drive, then these attacks are an electro-magnetic pulse.” Sherlock Holmes does not do anything by half, not even a migraine.
Fill our mouths with cinnamon now by lbmisscharlie [114K]
Sherlock/John (explicit). First time. Partial AU. Kidfic. Action/adventure. Hurt/comfort. Epic.
“Imogen, then, she lives with you full time?”
“She does, yes. Will that be a problem?” Sherlock’s tone was almost forcefully flippant and John considered his answer carefully.
He thought of night terrors, of screaming and waking in sweat. He thought of guns in desk drawers and frustrated outbursts at useless limbs. “I don’t know,” he answered honestly.
On Feathers and Bacon Sandwiches by Kryptaria [21K]
Sherlock/John (non-explicit). First time. Partial AU. Demon!John. Asexual!Sherlock.
No one has ever stayed with Sherlock longer than a month. At least, no human. Fortunately, John Watson isn’t about to let the little things - like biohazardous experiments and the constant threat of danger - get in the way of his friendship with a very special, very brilliant man like Sherlock Holmes.
Back in the Day by KeelieThompson1 [108K]
Sherlock/John (explicit). First time. Partial AU. University. Hurt/comfort. Drug use. Humour. Alternative meeting. Epic.
John’s drunk and some idiot’s got himself high in the bathroom. It’s a shame he’s the only trainee doctor in the house.
A Johnlock story set while John is at university and an AU in that this time Sherlock is the one who’s a few years older and is trying to find something to keep his interest in London after getting bored and being thrown out of Uni.
Displacement by roane [7K]
+ Sublimation by roane [5K]
+ Denial by roane [6K]
Sherlock/John (explicit). First time. Canon. Character focus.
defence mechanism: (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires.
Just Got Lucky by sunken_standard [7K]
Sherlock/John (non-explicit). First time. Canon. Casefic. Poker tournament.
If you were to ask Sherlock how he ended up at the final table in a high-stakes, no-limit Texas Hold ‘em tournament being filmed for broadcast on American television, he would simply wave you off and tell you it was for a case. If you were to ask John, he’d tell you it was because his flatmate was an ego-maniacal twat that would go to almost any length to prove a point.
Pull the Stars from the Sky by roane [67K]
Sherlock/John (explicit). First time. AU. Musician!Sherlock. Soldier&tour-manager!John. Action/adventure. Epic.
It’s the fall of 2000, and to help him out after his military career has ended due to injury, John Watson’s sister Harriet gets him a job as US tour manager for rising star of the industrial scene and enfant terrible, Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock’s not long out of rehab and there are plenty of doubts as to whether he’s serious about recovery. Plus, the music industry is shaking in its boots over the Napster mess. All John has to do is keep the money coming in and make sure his star doesn’t screw things up. After the army, that should be easy, right?
Collared by velvet_mace [83K]
Sherlock/John (explicit). First time. Partial AU. Slave!John. Action. Violence. Alternative meeting. Epic. (Warning: S/J dub/non-con.)
In a world where the British Empire is still strong and slavery is her economic backbone, John has become a terrorist for the abolitionist movement. He is caught by Mycroft, enslaved, and given to Sherlock for training. The goal: To test a new kind of slave collar with the power to break even the strongest willed fighter. One that will make even John learn to love being a slave.
raise it up (shining) by whimsicalimages [3K]
Sherlock/John (non-explicit). First time. Partial AU. Magic realism. Hurt/comfort.
“Is that a keyhole on your chest?”
Sherlock nods. “It’s from an operation I had to have done as a child. My heart didn’t function properly at first.”
“I see,” his roommate says.
The next day, Sherlock starts hearing the words “freak” and “machine” whispered even more frequently as he walks around campus.
Cannot Help But Fall by achray [28K]
Sherlock/John (explicit). First time. Canon. Action/adventure. Casefic. Kink/BDSM hints (both ways).
‘You really think he did this’, said John.
‘You weren’t there last night, were you?’, said Toby. ‘I was hoping you’d been with him. I thought… you know him better than anyone else. You’ve worked with him. If anyone would know what he’s capable of’. He shrugged.
‘Sherlock wouldn’t hurt anyone unless he had good reason’, said John. But even as he said it, he felt doubts creeping in.
Across the Sky by mazarin221b [21K]
Sherlock/John (explicit). First time. AU. Action. Military. Pilot!John. Instructor!Sherlock.
Top Gun AU. After an accident that nearly cost the life of his previous RIO, Lieutenant John Watson (Call sign Doc) has grown reckless and arrogant, but an even better pilot than he was before. A heroic maneuver and complete chance sends him and his new RIO (call sign Copper) to Miramar, home of Top Gun. Problem is, the ghosts of John’s past could cost them more than just the Top Gun trophy—it could also cost John a chance at happiness.
Battle Stratagem for the Domesticated British Male by what_alchemy [7K]
Sherlock/John (explicit). Established. Canon. Retirement. Hurt/comfort.
“Fuck off, Sherlock,” John snapped, and shoved him away. Sherlock’s head thunked against the wall, and he watched without the luxury of touch as John struggled to a sitting position and covered his eyes with one hand, his left hip with the other. His breath was laboured and contained the fuzzy notes of a wheeze. They passed interminable minutes in that almost-silence until John dropped his hands into his lap and said, lowly, “I don’t think I can move.”
34 Minutes by bendingsignpost [4K]
Sherlock/John (non-explicit). First time. Canon. Character focus. Psychological experiment.
“The first alarm will chime in thirty minutes, the second in thirty-four,” Sherlock explains. “We remain seated the entire time. Once the first alarm sounds, we stop talking and sustain eye contact until the second alarm. For the next half hour, neither of us can be flippant, dismissive or judgmental. We will converse truthfully.”
“Act like decent human beings, you mean,” John surmises.
“Boring, I know, but keep with me.”