Title: The Important Bit Author: Solshine
Pairings: Johnlock Word Count: 9984
Author’s Summary: Just where exactly is the line between “to love” and “to be in love”? What difference is required between “flatmate” and “husband”? (Besides the rings, obviously.) No, the important bit is that they have each other. Thirty years, give or take, in an atypical marriage. Basically a long bit of platonic domestic fluff.
I don’t remember when or why I first read this story, but I do remember thinking at the end of it, “If it were up to me to write the end of the show, this would be it.” It’s rare that I like a story that’s written from Sherlock’s POV, mostly because I believe that he’s much more difficult to write than John. However “The Important Bit” feels so inherently Sherlock that every time I read it, I read it with Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice narrating in my head.
Not all soulmates are romantic, and not all love stories end like a Disney movie. John and Sherlock’s happy ending doesn’t begin with some big romantic gesture; it happens because they are John and Sherlock, and they find that their life together suits them perfectly. This story is fluffy, it’s domestic, and the writing is so clear and well constructed that it makes me ache to do some writing of my own.
This is one every Sherlock fanfic reader should have on their list.
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