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  1. Rec 10

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    In which Mycroft's umbrella is a sword - and even the King begins to wonder…

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    03 May 2020

  2. Rec 8

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    ὢ πόποι ἦ ῥά τις ἐστὶ καὶ εἰν Ἀΐδαο δόμοισι ψυχὴ καὶ εἴδωλον
    (and so, oh wonder, there is, even in the house of Hades, some soul and image)

    - Homer (The Odyssey)

    ‘Why, yes,’ he said, ‘I know of a cure for everything: salt water.’
    ‘Salt water?’ I asked him.
    ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.’

    - Karen Blixen (The Deluge at Norderney)

    Nostos, the oft used theme in Ancient Greek literature which includes an epic hero returning home, doesn't involve the sea, or a shipwreck, or even fang-toothed sirens for Greg. Plenty of frustration and heartache, however. And who could help?

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    01 May 2020

  3. Rec 32

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    Mycroft Holmes doesn't really believe in soulbonds, but he's willing to act with a certain suspension of disbelief. The idea of having a friend who is his perfect complement seems impossible. Meeting Greg Lestrade is a life-changing experience.

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    03 Mar 2020

  4. Rec 11

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    So many different ways things could happen. This is a very different approach to "how did Lestrade end up working with Sherlock." Takes place five years previous to "Study in Pink." I am postulating that before Lady Smallwood moved into what appears to be a position as a Cabinet Minister or Counselor having first served in a high level within MI5. That's mainly because I like playing with her, and it lets her function as an approximate peer for Mycroft--rivals in some ways, but allies in many, many others, with complementary fiefdoms.

    This is backstory, and the first negotiation of the agreement that leads to the status of affairs we see in "Hounds" and in "Vows," in which Lestrade and Mycroft occupy the same world, work together, and share some form of authority and caretaking over Sherlock, while still leaving Lestrade feeling like he "doesn't just do what [Mycroft] tells me!"

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    15 Jan 2020

    Bookmarker's Notes

    "Your record indicates you've worked with a variety of…shall we say 'difficult' informants, consultants, and trainees?"
    "'Eccentric' might be closer," Lestrade said, not sure he wanted to be thought of as the final resting place for the incorrigible and criminally insane.

  5. Rec 4

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    This is AU: If I had to compare it to anything, I'd compare it to Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci books. Magic works, but is so incorporated into the everyday that it's "normal" for the people involved. The story is likely to consist of three parts. I'd post it whole, but I just plain got tired of typing, and I'd reached a good posting point. So this time I'm going to do rather as I have done with the "Change" story, and posting in parts, with the extra detail that I know exactly how this one goes, while Change was a blind leap into a premise...one I'm still contemplating and playing with. This story should take about three posts to complete.

    It's inspired by the various "soulmate" fics. With no malice at all meant, "soulmate" AUs fascinate me without making sense, for a range of logical reasons including how I think love works....how it must work to be love in the first place. Again--no malice intended. I love reading them while developing brow-wrinkles as I try to make the premise work for me. This is sort of my answer to what *might* work rather like the "soulmate" magic works in those series--an attempt to come up with a magic that, to me, makes logical sense, within the parameters of fantasy in the first place.

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    15 Jan 2020

    Bookmarker's Notes

    It was only later that evening, though, as he sat at home turning the gaudy little set over in his hands, exploring every inch, that he opened the clock face and found the inscription, the font matching that of the medal, saying, "Dignus et Honoratus."
    He looked it up online. It meant "Worthy and honoured."