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Title: Volunteers
Author: Morgan Stuart
Fandom: Sherlock
Disclaimer: This universe does not belong to me; I'm just an appreciative visitor. I make no profit from this fan work.
Description: After an awkward Christmas party follows a lonely New Year's Eve.
Historian's Note: This takes place during events in depicted in the second-series Sherlock episode "A Scandal in Belgravia."
Author's Note: This is a 221b ficlet: 221 words, with the last word beginning with a "b."
Warnings (Highlight to Read): Spoilers for "A Scandal in Belgravia"!



Molly glanced up from the corpse. "Oh! Didn't expect to see you here on New Year's Eve."

With a shrug, Lestrade said, "Volunteered. Others had somewhere to be…"

"And someone to be with" went unspoken.

She glanced toward his ring finger, but he'd shoved his hand deeply into his pocket, as a wounded animal curls around the source of its pain.

He passed her new paperwork. "Sorry you're stuck here."

"No, it's fine, really. I volunteered, too. Had enough of the holidays."

A kind, sympathetic smile crossed his face, gentling its lines, but failing to reach his eyes.

"She's an idiot," she blurted, then clapped her hand to her mouth.

For a moment he appeared puzzled. Then he slumped, shaking his head.

"Sorry," she offered. "But when Sherlock makes an announcement, it's hard to… unhear."

"I know." Lestrade studied his shoes. "And thanks. But if I'd been there when she needed me, not at work, maybe she wouldn't have looked elsewhere."

"Don’t.”

If you weren't so dedicated, Molly thought, you wouldn't be you.

"She is an idiot.” Unrepentant this time.

He coloured. Cleared his throat. "Well, for the record, so's Sherlock."

She grimaced, then grinned.

Softly, "You deserve a happy new year, Molly."

"So do you."

She crossed her fingers. He returned the gesture, then let himself out with a bow.


THE END

Vital Stats: Originally written in January 2012.

Originally written for this prompt at the "Laud Lestrade Fest" at [livejournal.com profile] dilestrade.
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Date: 2012-01-04 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] litlover12.livejournal.com
Nicely done! I liked the line about the wounded animal.

Date: 2012-01-04 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you so much! I'm glad that line, in particular, worked for you. I appreciate your kind words!

Date: 2012-01-04 06:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] belleferret.livejournal.com
Awwwww!!!!! Love the slow blooming of something between these two.

Date: 2012-01-04 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so glad! Thank you. I feel for both of them so much.

Date: 2012-01-04 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seren-ccd.livejournal.com
Well, this happened. *nods* This totally happened. Very awesome. :D

Date: 2012-01-04 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh yay! I'd like to think so. :) Thank you so much, my friend! :D

Date: 2012-01-04 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carolstime.livejournal.com
Aw, the victims of Sherlock's words united. It's a nice scene that I do hope really happened, it'd be cruel if they didn't have anyone understanding on that day. (And right after that my brain has automatically started shipping them, I think they'd be awesome together, either as friends or anything more.)

Date: 2012-01-04 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much! I hope it happened, too - as you say, they can understand each other, and even that little bit of comfort would, I think, go a long way.

I think they'd be awesome together, either as friends or anything more.

I agree! I really appreciate your reading and commenting. Thanks for your kind words!

Date: 2012-01-04 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missilemuse.livejournal.com
Very very apt!

Waiting for some Lestrade-Molly fic... I know this is not exactly a pairing fic but both of them need some real lovin', very badly, and I hope this is the start! I would root for M/L, but the way Lestrade was checking her out... Let's just give him what he wants! ;)

Date: 2012-01-06 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Very very apt!

Oh, I'm so very glad you think so! Thanks so much. I am ready for something good to happen to Lestrade. And Molly deserves some happiness too, doesn't she?

Date: 2012-01-04 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cookiefleck.livejournal.com
Ah, this is nice. And accurate! I hope we do see some happiness for each of these characters in the upcoming eps!

Hmm, second fic of 2012. I truly am so glad you are inspired! *winks*

Date: 2012-01-06 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you so much, my friend! I saw this prompt and I couldn't resist. I'm so glad this felt right to you.

I hope we do see some happiness for each of these characters in the upcoming eps!

Oh, so do I! From your mouth to God's ear. *fingers crossed* At least we won't have to wait long to find out. :)

Hmm, second fic of 2012. I truly am so glad you are inspired! *winks*

*laughs, blushes, and runs away*

Thank you so much for reading this wee ficlet. I appreciate it!



Date: 2012-01-04 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blooms84.livejournal.com
ahhh. quite satisfying and thank you for making Molly and sensitive, intelligent person--not a ditz.

Date: 2012-01-06 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so glad you found it to be satisfying! And I'm happy you liked my take on Molly. This is my third time to write her, and I do think the world of her - as you said, she's a sensitive, intelligent person, and I'm grateful that came through here. Thanks so much for your encouragement, my friend!

Date: 2012-01-04 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coldlikedeath.livejournal.com
Spoilers. Arse. There was nothing spoilery in there, and I haven't even seen the fucking thing cos I'm in Europe. Love the fic.

Date: 2012-01-06 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
LOL! Excellent. I'm so glad to hear it!

And I'm quite tickled that you liked the story. Thanks ever so much for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it!

Date: 2012-01-04 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eanor.livejournal.com
Aw, how nice! I am really happy now you decided to give them a better New Year "celebration" than the Christmas party. Although both of them are alone, I guess they can understand each other perfectly. I so hope we see more of the two together in the course of the second series! <3

Date: 2012-01-06 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so happy you liked it! Thanks so much for your kind comments. I agree with your wholeheartedly about hoping to see more of their interaction in this series. Fortunately, we don't have long to wait. :)

Thanks again!

Date: 2012-01-04 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fitofpique.livejournal.com
Oh, lovely.

*happy sigh*

Date: 2012-01-06 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much! I really appreciate it.

Date: 2012-01-04 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darthhellokitty.livejournal.com
LOVELY. That scene was dying for this to follow it up.

And I liked the "wounded animal" bit, too.

Date: 2012-01-06 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you liked it! I really appreciate your kind words.

I'm particularly pleased that the "wounded animal" line worked for you. Thanks so much for this!

Date: 2012-01-04 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sabrinaphynn.livejournal.com
You vividly show how raw and wounded they both are at this time, and how just acknowledging that is somehow a comfort to them both. One of my favorite rare pairs. :D

Date: 2012-01-06 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
You vividly show how raw and wounded they both are at this time, and how just acknowledging that is somehow a comfort to them both.

Oh, thank you so much for this! It means a lot to me.

This is one of my favorite rare pairs, too. I'm so happy you liked my take on this. I really appreciate your feedback!

Date: 2012-01-04 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kari77.livejournal.com
Perfect.

Date: 2012-01-06 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much! I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I appreciate your kindness.

Date: 2012-01-04 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tunes84.livejournal.com
Oh, this is so unbelievably cute. I love drabbles, and this one just tugs my heart. That scene in particular killed me, all of it, and this little tag with so few words just fits perfectly in my mind. Adore it! Wonderful job, my friend, as always. I'm never disappointed when I read something of yours! <3

Date: 2012-01-06 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much, my friend! I'm delighted that this seemed fitting and right to you. Your kind words have thoroughly made my day. :) *hugs*

Date: 2012-01-04 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goldvermilion87.livejournal.com
Very nice. I like that it's understated and in character. :-)

Date: 2012-01-06 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I'm so happy to hear this seemed in character to you. I appreciate your reading and commenting very much.

Date: 2012-01-04 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archea2.livejournal.com
Very sweet! I'm almost tempted to say pre-canon if the Moftiss take up RG on his splendid background acting.

Date: 2012-01-06 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! RG's acting was splendid, wasn't it? Alternately adorable and heartbreaking. I can't wait to see what he has in store for us in the next two episodes. Here's hoping that Lestrade finds some happiness/satisfaction along the way!

I really appreciate your reading/commenting, my friend.

Date: 2012-01-04 10:41 pm (UTC)
in_lighter_ink: Split screen image of Sherlock's Holmes and the TARDIS (Default)
From: [personal profile] in_lighter_ink (from livejournal.com)
Oh, gorgeous. This is exactly what I wanted after that exchange.

(And I'm reasonably sure the wounded animal line will be sticking with me for a bit.)

Date: 2012-01-06 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much! I'm delighted that you found this to be satisfying, and I'm so glad to hear that the "wounded animal" line, in particular, worked for you. I really appreciate your kind words.

Date: 2012-01-04 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tocourtdisaster.livejournal.com
This is lovely and exactly what I needed after the Christmas scene. :)

Date: 2012-01-06 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so happy to hear it! Thank you so much. You've put a big smile on my face.

Date: 2012-01-04 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arnie1967.livejournal.com
Awww, this was sweet. Someone commented about the ep that Lestrade was totally checking Molly out when she took off her coat - and he was! I could easily see those two getting together, and your fic is a really nice start to that.

And yeah, Lestrade's wife is a fool.

Date: 2012-01-06 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so happy you think so! I really appreciate this. Thank you.

And yeah, Lestrade's wife is a fool.

Absolutely! ;)

I can't wait to see what they have planned for Lestrade in the next episodes.

Date: 2012-01-05 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kholly.livejournal.com
That was lovely. So evocative even being short. Very well done. They both deserve a bit of good treatment.

Date: 2012-01-06 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much! I'm delighted that you think so. I really appreciate it.

They both deserve a bit of good treatment.

They really do, don't they?

Date: 2012-01-05 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] letshavedinner.livejournal.com
Just... so... adorable! I thought that the way you wrote it was lovely, as we see two people pushed together unwittingly by Sherlock. I thought the line about Sherlock being an idiot was very good, as though he was trying to make Molly see that there are actually men who she'd be interested by, if you know what I mean... Lovely. I think this may have found a place in my bookmarks. :)

Date: 2012-01-06 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much! I'm so tickled you liked it. I loved your description of them as "two people pushed together unwittingly by Sherlock" - that's it, exactly! I'm especially pleased that Lestrade's comment about Sherlock being an idiot worked for you. ;)

I really appreciate your reading and leaving such kind comments. You've made my day!

Date: 2012-01-05 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kristinaa1.livejournal.com
I have become obsessed with Molly. She needs more love! Or to be revealed as a secret BAMF. Hehe

Date: 2012-01-06 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
I agree wholeheartedly! This is my third time to write her (first time in a 221b), and I really do have a soft spot in my heart for her. She does need more love! And I wouldn't be surprised to find out she is a secret BAMF. ;) Thanks so much for reading this!
Edited Date: 2012-01-06 04:51 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-05 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] travels-in-time.livejournal.com
This is pretty much what had to happen after that Christmas party. You've written the scene exactly as I'd have imagined it in my head. (Only, you know, I didn't, and you did. :D)

Date: 2012-01-06 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, yay! This makes my day. I'm glad to hear we were thinking along the same lines.

Thank you very much! :)

Date: 2012-01-05 03:23 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] gekidasa.livejournal.com
This was very sweet. Thank you for writing and posting!

Date: 2012-01-06 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so happy you thought so! Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

Date: 2012-01-05 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chamekke.livejournal.com
Oh, this is wonderful! I love the unspoken feelings in this ficlet, the understated loneliness, their bravery, and the generosity with which each tries to encourage the other.

Especially loved this:

She glanced toward his ring finger, but he'd shoved his hand deeply into his pocket, as a wounded animal curls around the source of its pain.

And this:

He coloured. Cleared his throat. "Well, for the record, so's Sherlock."

Beautiful. Thank you ♥

Date: 2012-01-06 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you for the beautiful prompt - and for your kind patience with me. ;)

I love the unspoken feelings in this ficlet, the understated loneliness, their bravery, and the generosity with which each tries to encourage the other.

This makes me so happy! I'm delighted that these things came through. I'm also tickled to hear that you liked those two lines, in particular. Dear Lestrade, how I adore him.

Thank you very much for this, you wonderful person, you.
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