Yellow Flicker Beat

But I promise you, however dark and scary the world might be right now, there will be light.


When you’re out, loneliness, it crawls up in the ground

It’s what you feel but can’t articulate out loud


Since shop!AUs are very popular, I am sure this list is nowhere near complete or exhaustive. If there’s a fic that you think would fit this list (anything where the plot revolves around a small business of any kind) please SUBMIT it and it will be added to the list. Thank you!
*** UPDATED OCTOBER 2013 (an asterisk (*) indicates the newly added fics)

[ Untitled ], by anon
Advent of Coffee, The, by mixtapestar
* Always the Last Place You Look, by thalialynacy
* Anonymous Flowers at Magical Grounds, by SPowell
Arse of Arthur, The, by iamsleeping
* Better, by Liviconner
* Bride of Dracula Date, The, by rotrude
Cafe Boy, by bleedforyou1
Camelot Coffee Gossip, by silver_etoile
Chance Meetings and Less Chance Events, by rotrude
* Chancing It, by dubstep44
* Change Your Routine, by teacupsandbutterscotch
* Coffeeshop Conversations, by Bellobelle
Coffee Wars, by Tossukka
* Daily Dose of Love, A, by ladylogger
Deny Thy Father, by Arineat
* For the Love of Caffeine, by Seravia
For Your Information, by reni_days
His Voice, His Smile, by pixieblues
* If You’re Ever in Camelot…, by drarryisgreen
Is This Seat Taken?, by bevinkathryn
It’s Just Cafe Talk Anyway, by thecheekydragon
* Magic Decides, by OscarLeogere
* Merlin Magical Mocha-Making Machine, by Camelittle
Merlin the Latte Boy, by stardate64783
* More of This, by andiwould
Now That I’m Rich They Give Me Coffee, by lady_ragnell
One-Across Four Letters Starts With ‘L’, by Emjayelle
Only Two Tragedies, by ifeelbetter
Possibly Maybe I’m Falling For You, by lady_ragnell
* Pumpkin Spice Latte, by Sherlocked95
Roses By Any Other Name, by this-is-kelly
* Skinny Lattes and Costumer Service, by Mamalaz
Smitten, by slashweaver
Spartacus and the Open Taxi Door, by fuzzytomato
Strangeness and Charms, by yukishiido
Temporary Like Achilles, by anon
With Half-Shut Eyes, by teprometo

Arthur and the Real Boy, by frantic
Arthur Is a Man of Action… Merlin Is Just Slow, by giselleslash
As Long as We Have We, by lady_ragnell
Beyond My Touch, by DLanaDHZ
Bookshop AU, by tourdefierce
Crépuscule, by emei
Forever Love (The Round Table Remix), by hopenight
* In Desperate Need of Adventure, by tonightless
Man’s Best Fortune, A, by rotrude
* Mint Editions (84 Charring Cross Road), by Waanderlust
Near-Mint Condition, by laridaes
Notting Hill, by social_retard86
Pull You Into Me, by evereda
Right Track, The, by Nympha_Alba
Skipping Beats, Blushing Cheeks, by Thursday_Next
Space Between, The, by ca_te
Summer, Pastries, and Sex, by KillerLaurel
Arse Over Heels (on Christmas Cheer), by EosRose
* Between the Stacks, by x_Lazart_x
Fines & Fees, by Violette_Royale
From the Mouth of Children Comes Truth, by reiya_wakayama
* In the Library, by sorgnarn
Late in the Library, by DontDrinkColdCoffee
Pope, a Singing Nun, and Arthur Walk Into a Library, The, by giselleslash
Post-It Note Romance, by fuzzytomato
Prove All My Hypotheses, by minor_hue
* Quiet Please, by allthingsmagical
* Starting Something, by alby_mangroves
* Study Break, by cherrybina
* Universal Language, by fuzzytomato

* All My Tears Have Been Used Up On Another Love, by fingerprintbruises
Cloudy With a Chance of Something, by donutsweeper
Cupcakes of Camelot, by PretentiousSwanQueen
* Licese To Thrill, by lady_ragnell (chocolaterie)
Love Well, Dine Well, by reginalds
In Which They Own a Bakery in France, by ras_elased
Not Quite Paradise, by acetamide
* Of Pies and Prats, by eccentricandfantstic
Restaurants:(chef, waiter, etc)
Connected Through Centuries, by wildlingfire
Efforts Are Made For the Wrong People, by anon
Every Cloud, by cassie_black
Fame and Fortune, by Melusinahp
Hardest Way Possible, The, by lady_ragnell
* Little Dreams, andAshe
Natural Selection, by minor_hue
* Next Iron Chef, The, by moono1234
Nights ‘Round the Table, by nina_vendredi
* Rhyme of Another Autumn, by kitsuneshadow
Round At the Table, A, by cat_77
So Fancy, by RoughDraftHero
Table For Two, A, by anon
What’s Cooking, Good Looking?, by daisychains123
Bars & Pubs:(where one or either of them works)
* Club Avalon, by Mamalaz
Games We Play, The, by eldee
Life Half-Lived, A, by ebonyfeather
Mad Merlin and the Bartender of His (Slightly Crazy) Dreams, by thalialunacy
* Moon Over Bourbon Street, by rotrude
Pendragon Guide To How Not To Date, The, by definewisdom
Produce:(green grocer, markets, supermarkets, etc)
Metaphor of Human Bloody Existence, A, by lady_ragnell
Pendragons are NOT the Only Fruits, by nahara

Flower shops:
Hardy and a Fast Bloomer, by Trojie
Language of Flowers, The, by HugAZombie
Learning How to Smile, by ontinia
Something Yellow This Time, by giselleslash
Weave the Sunlight, by anon
* Dark Knight, The, by waketosleep
Pulling Weeds, by marguerite_26
On the Other Side, by keiran_emrys
When In Doubt Hire a Professional, by mithrel
Yet the Man Would At Once Run Away With Your Heart, by nu_breed

Albion Tea Rooms (tea room), by scribblemoose
* All For a Simple Shirt (clothing shop), by Jazoriah
At the corner of Hope (convenience store/mart), by nahara
* Cressendo (music store), by Azile_Teacup
* Cups and Saucerers (tea shop), by Camelittle
Dirty Epic (or the most inappropriate title for a love story ever) (antiques), by PlaneJane
* Familiar (magic shop), by I_mNotYourEnemy
* Isn’t Lovely How Artists Can Capture Us? (antiques), by lady_ragnell
* Kili’s Nail and Hair Salon (hair salon), by CharmedSeconds
* Love on a Wire (record store), by ColorWheel
* Pair of Trousers (clothing shop), by Tossuka
Ravelled Sleeve, The (yarn shop), by alby17
Sex Shop Around the Corner, The (sex shop), by hermette
Small Town Mechanics (car shop), by fuzzytomato
Story of Love and Menswear. Edited for Clarity By Arthur Pendragon, A (clothing shop), by magog_83
Techme!Merlin (computer store), by Listzful
Your Love Is Better Than Ice Cream (ice cream stand), by alby_mangroves, marguerite_26, sorrylatenew, alba17 & mabonwtich



Since shop!AUs are very popular, I am sure this list is nowhere near complete or exhaustive. If there’s a fic that you think would fit this list (anything where the plot revolves around a small business of any kind) please SUBMIT it and it will be added to the list. Thank you!

(an asterisk (*) indicates the newly added fics)




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Bars & Pubs:
(where one or either of them works)

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Flower shops:


damnwatson’s novel-length fic recs



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 updated

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: 184,808

Notes: 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: 95,159


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

Notes: Post-Reichenbach.

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: 300,444

Notes: 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: 417,870

Notes: Post-Reichenbach. (Full disclosure: I haven’t read this one, but thewomvn recommended it so it must be good).

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: 58611


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.

Word count:35,353 

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.


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

John Rogers coined the term competence porn to describe those scenes the audience love where the team are doing the things they are best at. I love how obvious they made it in this episode by making not only the audience but also the team itself clearly turned on by each other’s skills.

Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley in the pilot episode of ABC’s Selfie

Fear makes companions of us all.

"I think all they could see was the horror but I could see the beauty. I saw the truth. That boy and I, we were creating a masterpiece. An exquisite, bloody masterpiece."


Current emotion: Kieren listening to Henry Longsdale ramble about his undying love to her sister.