AN/ Shamelessly fluffy. It's a kind of self gift having got half-way through another darker Sherlock fic that while fun to write does make me feel like I'm abusing these two wonderful characters, so I'm giving them a break and penning something happier. Not really part of my overarching serious of one-shots, just something random =]

Experimental style, so if you have any comments, please tell me what you think.

Pairing: John/Sherlock


Communication

5 times Sherlock could get something across in a text,
and 1 time it had to be said another way


I.

Message sent
Need you to get some milk – SH

Message sent
It's urgent – SH

Message received
We've got milk. I bought some this morning. Next to the thigh-bone in the fridge– JW

Message sent
Used it all. – SH

Message received
That was a whole 2pt bottle! – JW

Message received
How did you get through that much? – JW

Message sent
Conducted an experiment to discover how quickly the liquid curdles at different humidities. For the Westall case. Alibi depended on it. – SH

Message sent
Didn't think you'd mind. – SH

Message received
There's no milk for my tea now – JW

Message sent
That's why you need to buy some more on the way home. Honestly, do you listen to anything I say? – SH

Message received
You're actually unbelievable – JW

Message received
Fine, look, I'll get some at Tesco's, ok? Happy now? – JW

Message sent
Happiness is a relative concept – SH

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Need some teabags as well. PG Tips. – SH

Message received
OK – JW

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And Pepto Bismol. – SH

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And 3 bottles of soda water. – SH

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4 bottles – SH

Message received
What for? – JW

Message received
Actually, no, don't tell me. – JW

Message sent
Is nitric acid a possibility? – SH

Message received
I'm pretty sure they don't sell it over the counter at Boots – JW

Message sent
Pity – SH

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Think some left in the tea pot anyway. – SH

Message received
Fine. I'll get them. See you tonight – JW

Message sent
Could you pick up a Chinese from Mr Wong's as well? – SH

Message received
Don't push it Sherlock. – JW


II

Message received
Body at Kings Cross. Platform 3. Hands and legs tied, yet no marks of struggling. Sacrificial knife near the body, wound doesn't match. Interested? – GL

Message sent
I'll be there – SH

Message received
Just you? What about John? – GL

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Not talking to me. – SH

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I think it's what you'd call 'The Silent Treatment' – SH

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It's horrendously dull – SH

Message sent
Makes the whole atmosphere so boring – SH

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What did you do Sherlock? – GL

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Nothing – SH

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I don't believe you – GL

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John is simply being irrational. I acted in no way improperly – SH

Message received
Sherlock. What did you do? – GL

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Might have said something to him regarding his blog – SH

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And his propensity for purple prose – SH

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And incorrect and excessive use of adjectives when describing me – SH

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And his multitude of factual errors when re-telling cases – SH

Message received
You ever think about being nice to him? – GL

Message received
He does put up with your more disagreeable habits. More than others would – GL

Message sent
John is the one being disagreeable by not talking to me – SH

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I was only pointing out his mistakes. I thought writers liked constructive criticism. – SH

Message received
Not your type – GL

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What do you mean, 'my type'? – SH

Message received
Just don't push him too far. John's a good bloke, but even he has a breaking point – GL

Message sent
How do you propose I go about gaining his forgiveness then? – SH

Message received
You're asking me? – GL

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Obviously – SH

Message received
The Great Sherlock Holmes is asking my humble opinion about something? – GL

Message sent
Don't be childish Greg. It's not becoming – SH

Message received
It's just such a landmark moment. I want to remember it – GL

Message sent
Are you going to help me or not? – SH

Message received
Apologise to him. – GL

Message received
That's the general way of going about it. – GL

Message sent
Tried that. He didn't believe I was serious. Thought I was mocking him – SH

Message received
You do have a habit of being snarky – GL

Message sent
That is not very helpful – SH

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Anything else? – SH

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Maximise those few plebeian brain cells of yours. This is a serious issue – SH

Message received
Keep insults to a minimum for starters – GL

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I maintain they were helpful criticisms – SH

Message received
Offer to take him out. Chinese. Movie. IDK what you do in your spare time. – GL

Message sent
Your use of abbreviations is distracting – SH

Message received
LOL :-) – GL

Message sent
And emoticons – SH

Message received
Sherlock. Just be honest. Or considering your personal brand of honesty, do something to make up for it. Keep body parts to a minimum for a couple of days. Go to Angelo's. Give him a night off from cases. Let him watch a DVD. Rent him Monty Python. I know he's a fan. – GL

Message sent
I'm aware of that – SH

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He has a habit of quoting it. Incessantly. – SH

Message received
No-one expects the Spanish Inquisition! – GL

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Not you as well – SH

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He's back from his 'walk'. I'll talk to him. – SH

Message received
Remember to be nice – GL

Message received
And are you going to be showing up at my crime scene at some point or not? – GL

Message received
It's getting cold. Sally wont shut up – GL

Message received
I'll have to let Anderson at the body soon. He'll want to examine it. Possibly mess up the evidence... – GL

Message sent
Don't you dare – SH

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We'll be there – SH

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Thanks Greg – SH

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:-) – SH


III

Message received
Found the necklace – JW

Message sent
Good – SH

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Now get out of there before Richards shows up. He'll be back soon – SH

Message received
Shit – JW

Message received
He's here early – JW

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Where? – SH

Message received
Downstairs – JW

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Can you reach the back door? – SH

Message received
There is no back door. – JW

Message sent
Try the front door – SH

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John? – SH

Message received
Your texts are distracting me Sherlock – JW

Message received
And no. He's standing right by it. – JW

Message sent
Have you tried the windows? – SH

Message received
Do I look like a complete idiot? They're locked. There is only one way out and he's standing by it with a bunch of his mates. They look angry. And big. – JW

Message received
Bloody hell, he's going to check the case. – JW

Message sent
Your language really does get worse when you are agitated – SH

Message received
Not now Sherlock – JW

Message received
He's shouting a lot. – JW

Message sent
Having a jewellery worth 3k taken from you will do that – SH

Message received
He did steal it in the first place – JW

Message sent
Where are you hiding? – SH

Message received
Wardrobe – JW

Message received
Just hope he doesn't want to change his shirt. – JW

Message received
Some of this stuff hasn't seen the light of day since the 70s – JW

Message sent
Focus John. Is he still there? – SH

Message received
What do u think – JW

Message received
Sorry. Didn't mean to be rude. Just don't want to die in the closet – JW

Message received
And don't make jokes from that – JW

Message sent
You aren't going to die. Don't be an idiot – SH

Message sent
I'd be lost without my blogger – SH

Message received
You'd be fine – JW

Message sent
Nonsense. Your absence would be extremely detrimental to my work – SH

Message sent
You are a far better partner than the skull ever was – SH

Message received
Is that a Sherlockian way of saying you like having me round? – JW

Message sent
I believe so – SH

Message received
Thanks Sherlock – JW

Message received
I like working with you too – JW

Message received
Even if your role as a room-mate leaves much to be desired ;-) – JW

Message received
I'm still stuck in the closet though – JW

Message sent
There is a temptation to make some form of childish comment from that – SH

Message sent
Something you want to tell me John? – SH

Message received
Don't be insufferable – JW

Message received
There's someone downstairs. Woman. – JW

Message received
Jesus, it's Bethany Carter. – JW

Message sent
Can't be. Why would she hire us to find the necklace if she knew where it was? – SH

Message received
Telling u, it's her – JW

Message received
Sounds like her and Richards are league together – JW

Message received
Oh god – JW

Message received
She knew we were going to try and get it back. And I didn't lock the door when I came in – JW

Message sent
And? – SH

Message received
I didn't lock the bloody door Sherlock! – JW

Message received
Sooner or later, they're gonna figure out I'm still in the house – JW

Message sent
John, I've called Lestrade to arrest Richards and Carter. Just hold tight – SH

Message received
They know I'm here. They've figured it out – JW

Message received
Theyre coming upstairs – JW

Message received
I meant what I said bout liking workin with u. And u rnt that bad a flatmate. Remember to eat and not to go days without sleep, for me? An dont use my gun too much, be nice to lestrade. don't give donovan too much grief, anderson youre fine wit. – JW

Message sent
Stop panicking. You'll be fine, we'll get you out of there. – SH

Message received
Theyre in room – JW

Message received
Bin amazin sherlock. thanx for everythin – JW

Message sent
Stop it. You aren't going to die. Lestrade's 10 minutes away. – SH

Message sent
John?– SH

Message sent
John reply – SH

Message sent
JOHN? – SH


IV

Message received
I imagine you're still at the hospital? – MH

Message sent
Go away – SH

Message received
So disagreeable as usual brother. What have I ever done to deserve your ire? – MH

Message sent
Breathed – SH

Message received
Tut tut. Mummy wouldn't approve of your childishness – MH

Message sent
I'm not in the mood. Go. Away. – SH

Message received
I take it from your tone that the estimable Dr Watson has not woken up yet ? – MH

Message received
With the injuries he incurred I am not surprised – MH

Message sent
Will you just go away? – SH

Message received
No – MH

Message received
I am concerned about you. Surprising as it appears to me, I can see how attached you've become to the doctor – MH

Message sent
He has a name – SH

Message sent
Use it – SH

Message received
To John then. Considering your attachment to him, I am concerned of the psychological repercussions his being injured will have on you – MH

Message sent
Don't call it that – SH

Message received
What? – MH

Message sent
Being injured. It sounds so blasé. Like he's fallen over or hit his head. Mundane. – SH

Message received
Unlike the reality of the bullet wound in his chest, yes? – MH

Message received
Sherlock, please. I'm only worried about you – MH

Message sent
Be worried about John. He's the one in hospital. On my account. Again – SH

Message received
It wasn't your fault – MH

Message sent
Don't be dull Mycroft. It is boring and common. Of course it was my fault – SH

Message sent
No one else told John to break into that house – SH

Message sent
No one else told him to steal that necklace, regardless of the danger – SH

Message sent
No one else is the sole reason they assaulted and shot him – SH

Message received
He knew the risks. He would have done it anyway – MH

Message sent
That is what concerns me – SH

Message received
Why? – MH

Message sent
Obviously this diet you're on is making you lose brain cells as well as pounds. My lifestyle is dangerous. Exposing John to such a level is unfair, regardless of whether he is willing or not – SH

Message received
The man is a soldier. He has seen the battlefield already – MH

Message sent
That does not excuse me. – SH

Message received
I think you are being completely unreasonable about this. John would agree with me – MH

Message sent
John is currently dosed up on Morphine and sleeping. I don't think his opinion can be brought into this – SH

Message received
Just because you want to protect him doesn't mean you should disregard common sense – MH

Message sent
Who says I want to protect him? – SH

Message received
Don't start with the whole sociopath routine again. It is very tiresome, and both you and I know completely unfounded.

Message received
You care about John. More than I thought you had the capacity for. And as he has been hurt in this battle of yours, obviously you are considering distancing him from your lifestyle, out of the war zone in a bid to prevent such instances having a repeat – MH

Message sent
If I wanted an evaluation of my psyche I would have gone to John's therapist – SH

Message received
You know I'm right – MH

Message received
Aren't I? – MH

Message sent
I am unable to keep him safe Mycroft – SH

Message received
But you can keep him happy. Can you remember how he was when he was invalided out of the first battlefield? I cannot imagine him taking it well if you should attempt to remove him from another – MH

Message received
I cannot say this kind of incident will never happen again, but that is the risk you take. And John seems to have thrown his lot in with you for the long run – MH

Message sent
Because he's an idiot. – SH

Message received
Albeit a curiously loyal one – MH

Message received
He is alive Sherlock. Surely that matters above all else – MH

Message received
Now, what about actually leaving John's bedside and at the very least getting some food – MH

Message sent
CCTV again? Getting rather repetitive – SH

Message received
Gets the job done. – MH

Message sent
Don't you have a middle eastern country to terrorize? – SH

Message sent
Or is just terrorizing me enough? – SH

Message received
Polite as always brother – MH

Message sent
=P – SH


V

Message sent
Would you like to go out to dinner with me? – SH

Message received
What? – JW

Message received
Are you sure this is a good time to be asking? – JW

Message sent
Why would the timing have any bearing on the question? – SH

Message received
Have you noticed where we are ATM? – JW

Message sent
Please refrain from using simplistic abbreviations. And yes, I have – SH

Message sent
Why? – SH

Message received
We're being shot at! – JW

Message sent
And? – SH

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The wall is taking most of them – SH

Message received
Under the danger of being shot, hiding behind a wall, surely asking now is a bad time – JW

Message received
Or am I missing something really obvious? – JW

Message sent
Oh please. They aren't going to hit us. Their marksmanship is dreadfully poor – SH

Message sent
Apart from that one. That was close – SH

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And that one – SH

Message sent
Your frowning at me doesn't have the desired effect from over there – SH

Message sent
So, dinner? – SH

Message received
Why this all of a sudden? – JW

Message sent
A man can't offer to take his partner out for a meal without suspicion? – SH

Message received
If you are the partner, no – JW

Message received
Is this to do with a case? The only reason you'd ask – JW

Message received
Duck your head, that one on the left is getting better aim – JW

Message sent
Your lack of trust wounds me John – SH

Message received
No it doesn't – JW

Message sent
OK, no it doesn't – SH

Message sent
Let's say, 7 tonight? Angelo's? – SH

Message sent
If you're still hungry after, we could have something back at the flat – SH

Message sent
;-) – SH

Message received
God, you're using smilies. And innuendo – JW

Message received
We're all doomed – JW

Message sent
This lot should run out of ammo anyway soon, so we can reach the alternate exit without being shot. We could get back to the flat early. Have a quick snack – SH

Message received
I do hope you aren't referring to making toast– JW

Message sent
I'm referring it in any way you want to take it, my dear blogger – SH

Message sent
Preferably with lots of moaning and writhing – SH

Message sent
And you calling my name very loudly – SH

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Sound appealing? – SH

Message received
God yes – JW

Message received
But now, stop it – JW

Message sent
Why? – SH

Message received
Don't play coy. You know exactly what you're doing and this is not the best time – JW

Message sent
You look flushed from where I am standing. Are you feeling feverish? – SH

Message received
Screw you – JW

Message sent
I intend you to – SH

Message sent
Let's try for three complaints of disturbance of the peace this time – SH

Message received
Challenge accepted :-) – JW

Message received
Think they're running out of ammo – JW

Message sent
Eager to get home all of a sudden? – SH

Message received
With what I have planned, definitely – JW

Message sent
Ready to make a run for it? We'll split up to have a better chance. Lead them right into the trap – SH

Message received
Thank god for Lestrade. This could have gone on indefinitely – JW

Message received
Meet you back at the flat in 10? – JW

Message sent
I'll be waiting – SH

Message sent
Getting 'ready' – SH

Message sent
That thing you bought still in the top drawer? – SH

Message sent
I fully intend to put it into extended practice tonight – SH

Message received
I'll pocket Lestrade's cuffs while you talk to him – JW

Message sent
I seem to be a bad influence on you – SH

Message sent
I will however show you my gratitude – SH

Message received
Be there in 5 – JW


+ I

Draft (1) (no recipient)
I'm no good at eloquent speeches, John. You have pointed out at many intervals that I find it hard to relate to normal human emotion, something which I once contributed to sociopathy. But I find the more our relationship progresses that I'm finding more and more about my scope for passions that before I would have dismissed. I just want to say... Message deleted

Draft (1) (no recipient)
The idea of losing you concerns me. No, concern is too paltry a word. It is worry. Fear. I am scared of losing you. The concept is alien to me, and even considering it as a possibility makes my body react in a foreign manner. I have no control over this and it frustrates me in equal measure as it attracts me. How you have managed to intricate yourself so closely into my life is... Message deleted

Draft (1) (no recipient)
You are mine. I cannot lose you. Not by criminals, or bombs, or guns. Not even Moriarty. I will always choose you over them given the chance. I know you never imagined me as a romantic, I confess I have more of a natural slant towards realism. Am I doing this right?... Message deleted

Draft (1) (no recipient)
Why is it so hard to put across human emotion in words? It is inexplicable. Infuriating. I know what I want to say. I only have 26 letters with which to rearrange. How am I am unable to express the sentiment I wish... Message deleted

Draft (1) (no recipient)
... Message deleted

Message sent
John. Get in here now. – SH

The immediate tone of the message did the trick. The hour might have been late, verging on twelve, and John had only gone to bed with the intention of sleeping soundly till the morning in the last twenty minutes, but the doctor would read it. He never turned his mobile off – still the old off cast that Harry gave him – because he knew from experience that Sherlock would always get in touch at all hours for one thing or another. After a few moments of Sherlock waiting, during which John was roused from slumber and was sluggishly trying to make out the small type on the glowing small screen, there was the noise of John getting up, the bed creaking, feet hitting the floor. Rushing into the living room, the doctor's sleep filled eyes were nonetheless wide, hair askew and flicking up at gravity-defying angles, looking for all the world like he imagined some sort of apocalypse happening right in this room; spilt acid, or a gas leak, or something else horrendous and entirely of Sherlock's doing.

"Sherlock?" John asked as he moved closer to the sofa, bewildered, glancing around the room to sight the danger, a flash of annoyance beginning to creep across his face as he realised that there didn't seem to be anything immediately pressing, therefore assuming that Sherlock had possibly just woken him up because the detective was bored "What is it? What have you – mmmph"

Sherlock had stood with a languid motion, and took the step required to bring him up close to the doctor, immediately silencing him by an uncharacteristically forward kiss. He crowded up against John, invading every inch of space by pressing against him, tilting his head at what he had calculated as the correct angle to move impossibly nearer. He hooked a long gangly arm around the back of John's head, pulling him in, doing everything he could to achieve the impossible, to be able to properly tell someone something with only touch, only sensation. But John gave a soft groan under the intensity of the touch, yet did not move away, a hand balancing itself on Sherlock's hip, so maybe he understood Sherlock's code, a cipher built on the foundation of human reaction.

"Love you" Sherlock rumbled out in a low voice, raw, honest. And he'd never said those words before, not in the capacity he meant them in, not to anyone, had never known how; but he did now, speaking aloud and translating the pounding light-headed sensation he was experiencing into the representative bond of words. Not many, because the message was backed up by an increase in touch as he pressed more kisses onto John, murmuring the words over, cementing them in reality as he alternated from trailing soft lips along the doctor's jaw to sensuously nipping along the exposed skin of the earlobe. It wasn't subtle or graceful, because being in love wasn't an art, and Sherlock was perfectly content to take years to learn the craft to the best of his ability. At times their lips mashed together and it was almost a battle, an attempt at domination, but they made up for it with shear force, eager and unrestrained.

John was breathless as their lips separated a minor distance, their faces still up close to each other, breathing in the same close heated air as they caught their breath.

"That was unexpected" John gave a crinkled little smile.

"Couldn't figure out how else to tell you" Sherlock replied.

"You couldn't have texted me?" John's smile was playful.

"It required a different method of explanation"

"You might have to say it again, then. I didn't quite catch it" John smirked, eyes lighting up in mischief, another spark there of something rawer, fervent. He wasn't sleepy at all now. And to that Sherlock gave what sounded like a growl at the back of his throat, pushing his lips back against John's with a pressured heat that made his intention very clear.

He imagined that this conversation might go on well into the night.