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Five Recommendations for Fanfiction Featuring John and Sherlock in an Alternate Universe
I posted a few Drarry fic recs, but I think I need to dedicate a card to the pairing that got me back into fanfiction in the first place: John and Sherlock. I read some fic when I was a kid, and even wrote my own eldritch horror of an AU for... YuGiOh (I know, I'm ashamed I can't find it). And then I dropped out of fandom for a few years. I missed the epic Cassandra Clare fandom wank. I missed the great (terrible) fanfiction.net slash purge of 2012. I missed... I missed a lot. Because I was under the mistaken impression that fanfiction is for children. Thankfully, the appeal of Johnlock was too great.
And fandom welcomed me back with open arms.
There's some great Johnlock fic out there. This is just a tiny sample. I thought I'd feature my favorite AUs so that I could recommend a wider variety of styles and stories. Any of these stories are a great entry into fanfiction for folks who are unfamiliar with it.
The Swan Triad
The fairy tale AU. Sherlock and John grow up, seeing each other every summer, and they hate each other form the get-go. Until, slowly, something changes. And they don’t hate each other anymore. And the night before John goes away to join the Army, they realize that they love each other. And then Sherlock gets abducted by a madman. By day, he’s a swan. By night, he resumes his human form, but only if he’s by an enchanted lake.
Sherlock and John grow up spending every summer together. Their mothers’ attempts to play matchmaker only fuel their mutual resentment and scorn. But then, one summer… (A Swan Princess AU)
Read this if you like fairy tales and slow-burning romance.
(Art by Devinleighbee)
Performance in a Leading Role
The actors AU. This is basically a must-read for anyone in the Sherlock fandom. It's fandom-famous. Sherlock and John are both actors that need a break, and fast. They're cast as the romantic leads in a bittersweet Ang Lee movie.
Sherlock Holmes is an Oscar winner in the midst of a career slump. John Watson is an Everyman actor trapped in the rom-com ghetto. When they are cast as a gay couple in a new independent drama, will they surprise each other? Will their on-screen romance make its way into the real world?
Read this if you want a will-they-or-won't-they drama.
(Art by blanketforyourshock)
Fill our mouths with cinnamon now
The parentlock au. This picks up during the first episode of Sherlock, as if Sherlock has a daughter. John moves in. He and John begin a relationship. And through all of it, Sherlock prioritizes Imogen’s care. He doesn’t feel like a good parent, and is constantly trying to compensate, and make sure that she feels safe and loved.
When Sherlock invited John to live with him in 221B, he forgot to mention he was a single father to a four-year-old girl.
Read this if you want a saccharine tearjerker.
(Art by Falln4DarkAngel)
You Give Me Fever
The greaserlock au. John is a nerdy student and Sherlock is the greaser truant he falls for. It's sweet and sad and completely charming, and both of the character surprise you in the best way. And it's pretty smutty.
Thou givest fever when we kisseth, fever with thy flaming youth Fever I'm afire; fever, yea, I burn forsooth "He's the kind of boy you want to take apart." Gratuitous Greaserlock. It's essentially 16k of mostly-porn
Read this if you want to remember the heady rush of being young and brutally in love.
(Art by Grace)
Darkling I Listen
The magical realism AU. The chilling world of Darkling is fantastic and strange and completely compelling. The parallels between this world and the world of the show are incredible.
No one who enters old London ever comes out. They say that the beast devours them. When his sister disappears, John ventures into the dead zone beyond the wall, and finds a brilliant madman under a terrible curse...
Read this if you're in the mood for magical realism, and you're thrilled by monsters.
(Art by yesnotoaster)