I usually stick to long fics; I like to be able to read through agonizingly slow burns, the developing (and falling apart) of a relationship, actual plot and character development
and smut. I’ve compiled here some of my favourites.
- All fics are Johnlock
- All fics are over 30 K words long
- All of them are at least Mature
- All-time favourites are bolded
- Please read the archive warnings for every fic
- This list will be updatedAU
Cracks in the Wall by sweetcupncakes.
Summary: After losing his mother to illness, John’s family must figure out how to move on with life. John finds comfort in a place he never expected.
Word count: 83,015
Notes: Teenlock. Sherlock and John are step-brothers.
The Frost Is All Over by Chryse.
Summary: John was brave and clever and loyal, a commoner who longed for an exciting life. Sherlock was dashing and brilliant and passionate, an Earl’s son who longed to solve crimes. Being a Tale of Glorious Adventures, Love Letters, Treachery, Longing, Secret Identities, Deathbed Confessions, First Kisses, Daring Escapes, and True Love.
Word count: 148,518
Two Two One Bravo Baker by abundantlyqueer.
Summary: Captain John Watson of 40 Commando, the Royal Marines, is assigned to protect and assist Sherlock Holmes as he investigates what appears to be a simple war atrocity in Afghanistan. An intense attraction ignites between the two men as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens everything they’ve ever known, but Sherlock is as much hunted as hunter, and everyone close to him is in deadly danger. Can he solve the case in time to save himself and John?
Word count: 114,574
The Measure of a Gentleman by i_ship_an_armada.
Summary: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a partner. Less universally acknowledged is that a single man in possession of very little in the way of fortune may be in want of a partner as well, but John Watson had little time or energy to devote to his own wants or needs… Enter one Mr Holmes…
Word count: 67,087
Note: Pride and Prejudice Fusion. Sherlock as Mr Darcy and John as Elizabeth, of course.
Bel Canto by bendingsignpost.
Summary:After years of waiting for wealthy patrons to faint, Dr John Watson discovers a far more interesting patient in the opera house basement. (AU through a Phantom of the Opera lens).
Word count: 65,741
A Moment’s Surrender by anchors.
Summary: Sherlock tours worldwide with the English National Ballet. John dances the Lindy Hop competitively all across the globe. That they would meet, then, by the slimmest of chances in one lonely city, is pure coincidence. The whole ‘dancing together’ bit is a little more planned. Dancer!AU.
Word count: 64,272
My Heart Is True as Steel by prettysailorsoldier.
Summary: When Sherlock and John become roommates at a prestigious sixth-form college, they both get a lot more than they bargained for. Between Shakespeare, rugby, and not a small amount of murder, it promises to be a very interesting year, but there is much more going on than meets the eye. A noose is tightening around the duo, darker and more dangerous than anyone realizes, and it will take everything they both have to unravel it before they lose everything they’ve found.
Word count: 184,808Notes: Teenlock. WIP.
Saving Sherlock Holmes by earlgreytea68.
Summary: Sherlock Holmes, schoolboy. Yeah, that basically sums it up.
Word count: 139,494.Notes: Teenlock (plus quite a bit of Mystrade).
Mise en Place by azriona.
Summary: John Watson had no intentions of taking over the family business, but when he returns from Afghanistan, battered and bruised, and discovers that his sister Harry has run their restaurant into the ground, he doesn’t have much choice. There’s only one thing that can save the Empire from closing for good – the celebrity star of the BBC series Restaurant Reconstructed, Chef Sherlock Holmes.
Word count: 161,004
John Watson’s Twelve Days of Christmas by earlgreytea68.
Summary: It’s the holiday season. John Watson needs money. Sherlock Holmes needs something else.
Word count: 53,464
Notes: Pretend couple fic.
Northwest Passage by Kryptaria.
Summary: Seven years ago, Captain John Watson of the Canadian Forces Medical Service withdrew from society, seeking a simple, isolated life in the distant northern wilderness of Canada. Though he survives from one day to the next, he doesn’t truly live until someone from his dark past calls in a favor and turns his world upside-down with the introduction of Sherlock Holmes. “The essentials of their relationship distilled through solitude.” —review by Alicat
Word count: 95,159Series
Performance In a Leading Role by Mad_Lori.
Summary (of part 1, Performance In a Leading Role): 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?
Word count: 223,707
Tennis by Jupiter_Ash.
Summary (of part 1, A Study in Winning): John and Sherlock are professional tennis players and it’s Wimbledon. One is a broken almost was at the end of his career, the other an arrogant rising star tipped for greatness. It should have been a straightforward tournament. It really should have been. How were they to know that a chance encounter would change everything?
Word count: 215,916
Watches ‘Verse by bendingsignpost .
Summary (of part 1, The World on His Wrist): First, he is shot in Afghanistan. Second, he wakes to a phone call in Chelmsford, Essex. Third is pain, fourth is normalcy, fifth is agony and sixth is confusion. By the eighth, he’s lost track. (John-centric AU)
Word count: 66,905
Notes: Several different timelines, it can get a little confusing but it’s great.
The Art Of Seduction by flawedamythyst.
Summary (of part 1, A Study In Pulling): Sherlock ran a website called The Science Of Seduction, on which he gave advice on the best ways to get laid, wrote blog entries detailing the results of his various sexual ‘experiments’ and generally contributed to the stereotype of ‘every gay man is a sex-mad playboy’. John avoided the thing like the plague. AU in which Sherlock treats sex like he does crime in canon. Inspired by Queer As Folk UK, but it very quickly went its own way.
Word count: 97,206
Letters by earlgreytea68.
Summary (of part 1, the Writing Of): While he’s dead, Sherlock writes John letters.
Word count: 71,463
The Faithful Compass KeelieThompson1
Summary: John is five/six years younger than Sherlock and is studying at university when he meets a bored, addicted Sherlock. But Sherlock still needs to become sober, learn his skills and become the consulting detective while John needs to train, find his place in the world, and in the army, to become the man that can match Sherlock. The problem is they may not be able to become these people while in a relationship with each other.
Word count: 300,444Notes: Unilock.
Baseball by earlgreytea68.
Summary (of part 1, The Bang and the Clatter): Sherlock Holmes is a pitcher and John Watson is a catcher. No, no, no, it’s a baseball AU.
Word count: 146,072
The Fallen by Engazed.
Summary: This is the story of The Fall. When Sherlock chose to jump off the roof of St Bartholomew’s Hospital to save his friends, he could not have anticipated the devastating and far-reaching consequences. He wasn’t the only one who fell that day.
Word count: 417,870Notes: Post-Reichenbach. (Full disclosure: I haven’t read this one, but thewomvn recommended it so it must be good).Post-TGG
The Heart In The Whole by verityburns.
Summary: Events after ‘The Great Game’ leave Sherlock dependent on his best friend and colleague. But John has a secret of his own…
Word count: 101,650
Notes: Sick fic. Sort of.
A Cure For Boredom by emmagrant01.
Summary: They’d never talked about sex in the year they’d known each other. Well, that wasn’t quite correct: Sherlock had never said a word about sex; John had bemoaned his personal dearth of it on many occasions.
Word count: 81665
The Great Sex Olympics of 221B by XistencialAngst.
Summary: John Watson thinks Sherlock Holmes should admit that he, Watson, is more of an expert on sex than Sherlock is. But Sherlock refuses to concede the point. He comes up with an experiment plan that will resolve the issue. The results will determine who wins the prize. But sometimes even the best thought-out scientific study has unexpected consequences.
Word count: 58611Post-Reichenbach
Nothing to Make a Song About by emmagrant01.
Summary: When Sherlock returned from his faked death, John could not forgive him for the deception and broke off their friendship. Ten years later, John returns to London in search of yet another new beginning. Sherlock, not surprisingly, is waiting.
Word count: 36, 833
The Speed of Objects in Motion by holyfant.
Summary: Sherlock, John and a lifetime of falling together and apart.
Word count: 48,412
Notes: The most realistic depiction of their relationship I’ve read.
Given In Evidence by verityburns.
Summary: Coming back from the dead can be a complicated business. With a new case on the horizon, rebuilding a life is one thing… rebuilding a friendship quite another. For Sherlock and John, things may never be just the same…
Word count: 97,892
Multiply (the sum of our parts) by 1electricpirate.
Summary: After Reichenbach and in order to 1) Keep Sherlock alive, 2) Keep John alive and 3) Get Sherlock home to England as soon as possible, Mycroft devises a plan that will not only incentivise John’s continued sanity and survival but force Sherlock to come running. It is a perfect plan, though perhaps less than ethically sound. He has no doubts that using frozen samples of your younger brother’s sperm to create children for his husband to care for falls deeply within the realm of socially unacceptable behaviour, but it is efficient, and that is what matters most.
Word count: 103,147
The Fabric of Life by orphan_account.
Summary: The fabric of life rearranges itself around the re-emergence of Sherlock.
Word count: 156,378
That Partitioning of the Things of Youth by wearitcounts.
Summary: Victor Trevor is in town, and nobody’s happy.
The Quiet Man by ivyblossom.
Summary: “Do you just carry on talking when I’m away?”
Word count: 157,369
Nature and Nurture by earlgreytea68.
Summary: The British Government accidentally clones Sherlock Holmes. Which brings a baby to 221B Baker Street.
Word count: 203,273
Notes: The ultimate parentlock fic.Post-HLV
On the Other Side by Mildredandbobbin.
Summary: “This is what you’ve wanted isn’t it?” John says mockingly, cuttingly, fists bunched on Sherlock’s collar, simultaneously holding him close and shoving him with sharp knuckles against the wall. “You should be happy now: she’s gone, and I’m all yours.”
Word count: 35,839