Sherlock 221B ficlet: Waltz
A 221B ficlet (plus the obligatory 221B Author’s Note). No season 3 spoilers until after the warning in the AN.
Since faking his death and leaving London, Sherlock has missed his violin very much. Some nights, as he tries to settle into yet another bedsit, or hotel, or abandoned building during his interminable quest to bring down Moriarty’s network, the ache of being without his violin is almost unbearable.
He misses his main incentive to play. It was a few months after John moved into the flat that Sherlock began to recognise an occasional tightness in John’s face which heralded a bad night’s sleep. Not long afterwards he found that if he played gentle, soothing, lullaby-like tunes before John went to bed, John slept peacefully and wouldn’t be found pacing the living room in the early hours after a nightmare.
If only Sherlock could play such music for himself right now. But it’s not worth buying a new violin – all too frequently he has to leave a place in a hurry, unable even to go and collect his few possessions.
In a hovel on the outskirts of Jagodina he finds a pad of large white plain paper in a drawer.
Two nights later, when the loneliness becomes too much, he draws several rows of music staves onto the paper. Then he settles down, and begins to compose.
So, figure this one out. A 221B fic which ends with a word beginning with ‘c’. And it only has 207 words.
Why is that maniac DeVere claiming it’s a 221B fic? Has typing the transcripts made her lose the few marbles that she had?
Well, you see, the picture underneath the story is of that music (being vague to keep it Season 3 spoiler-free).
It’s the first 14 notes.
207 + 14 = 221.
And the 14th note?
It’s a B.
I believe that makes the story a 221B, your honour.
Spoilers for season 3 follow, so read on only under advisement.
My heartfelt thanks go to David Arnold and Michael Price for writing the tune in the key of C so that no pedantic musician would feel obliged to point out, “Actually I think you’ll find that’s a B♭”!
Can I just add that I wasn’t thinking that Sherlock was composing a wedding waltz – he was simply composing something gentle that he might have played on one of John’s bad nights. It was only after he came back that he remembered the tune and used it for
the worst day of his life when the man he is totally in love with married someone else and left him heartbroken John’s wedding.
Actually, maybe unstrike that struck-out bit.
Additional note: apparently in some European countries, notes are named differently, but I’m afraid I can’t take responsibility for that!
Sherlock 221B fic: Protégé
Sherlock episode transcripts - and now the DVD Special Features
Transcripts of all episodes here
And finally: transcripts of new material which appears only on the three Special Features of the Season 3 DVD. They do not include descriptions of every visual moment – you should buy the DVD yourself to see those! But I hope that they may be useful in particular to viewers whose first language is not English and/or who are unable to access the subtitles.
Warning: Each of the Special Features contains spoilers. Enter with care if you haven’t seen the episodes yet.
‘Fans, Villains and Speculation – The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes’ (Spoilers for all three episodes)
‘Shooting Sherlock’ (Spoilers for “His Last Vow”)
‘The Fall’ (Spoilers for “The Empty Hearse”)
Sherlock episode transcripts - “His Last Vow” now complete
The transcript of “His Last Vow” is now finished.
For those who’ve been playing along at home, continue from Part 4 here
Or start from the beginning here
Transcripts of all other episodes here
Callie-Ariane over and out, and off to bed for a week.
Oh, wait, the DVD comes out on Monday. If there are episode commentaries, I may have to cry …
Sherlock episode transcripts - “His Last Vow” part 3
He has his glasses on a chain round his neck …
.. like Larry Grayson.
Sherlock episode transcripts - “His Last Vow” part 2
Can we talk about the HLV music?
From the moment that Sherlock opens his eyes in the padded cell until he opens them on the operating table, the music is bloody sensational. And it wasn’t until I’d listened to it many many times that I realised that that musical sequence is based on what I and a friend refer to as the ‘John alone’ music.
There’s a now-very-recognisable sequence of four notes which have often played when John is at his most vulnerable – they were the first notes we heard in A Study in Pink when he woke from his nightmare; they played in Hounds when John was in the Baskerville lab and starting to get scared and Sherlock wouldn’t answer the phone; they played as he cried at Sherlock’s grave at the end of Reichenbach … and the sequence is absolutely what this music is based around as Sherlock claws his way up from death in order to keep his vow to John and Mary.
It’s a staggeringly brilliant concept and makes me cry even more every time I listen to that piece.
Arnold and Price - ALL the awards.