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This story fills a square on my second card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This fest encourages people to create and share material focused on what is variously called fluff, schmoop, gentle fiction, light reading, comfort reading, positive thinking, chicken soup for the soul, or anything else that offers a fun alternative to usual run of sex, violence, and angst of modern media. I'm hoping to attract some new readers for my writing.

The following story belongs to Schrodinger's Heroes, featuring an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions. It features a very mixed cast in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation. This project developed with input from multiple people, and it's open for everyone to play in. You can read more about the background, the characters, and a bunch of assorted content on the menu page.

This is a crossover with BBC Sherlock. You can read how these characters found each other in "THE Woman" and formed a team in "Texas Sunrise," "Seeing Things," "Fighting Through the Fog," and "Still Alive."

Fandom: BBC Sherlock and Original (Schrodinger's Heroes)
Prompt: Secret romance novel / fanfic
Medium: Fiction
Summary: Sherlock is hiding something under his pillow. John just has to find out what.
Content Notes: Brief reference from BBC Sherlock "The Great Game." Humor. Flangst. Reading in bed. John is sometimes an idiot. Quinn is also a genius. Oblique hints of unhappy background. Happy ending. Do not read with your mouth full.

"Updating the Database" Part 1

John walked into the bedroom that he shared with Sherlock. "I picked up the luggage from the motel where you stashed it," he said.

Sherlock startled into a scramble of long limbs and flying hair. Hastily he shoved something under a pillow. "Yes of course, very good John," he said.

John put down the luggage and focused on the bed. An orange corner stuck out from under the pillow -- a magazine, perhaps, or a very slim book. That's odd, John thought. Sherlock doesn't usually read on paper, except for older technical material. He started unpacking his things. The discrepancy niggled at him, though.

"Sherlock, what are you reading?" John asked.

"Nothing, John," Sherlock said, flipping his empty hands front and back. "That ought to be obvious, even to you."

"Yes, of course," John said. "What were you reading?"

"Oh, just a bit of research," Sherlock said. He adjusted the pillow.

John pretended to concentrate on his sock drawer. Instead he studied Sherlock and that mysterious orange corner. Wait, was Sherlock blushing? John looked closer. He was, a faint pink tinting the high cheekbones.

Time for some fun, John decided. With the skill born of years in the barracks, his hand darted out and snatched the hidden treasure from under the pillow.

"John, give it!" Sherlock snapped, scrambling after his prize.

"Not until I see what --" John said, and then stopped in utter shock. On the cover, several spacesuited men raced across a moonscape toward a wrecked starship. "Perry Rhodan?" John's voice rose to a squeak. "You, of all people, are reading Perry Rhodan?"

Sherlock grabbed the pulp novella back from John. His fair skin flushed scarlet with shame. "Quinn recommended it," he said. "We had another chat about expecting the unexpected and something called suspension of disbelief. So I'm updating my database. As I said, research." He stuffed Perry Rhodan back under the pillow and flounced into bed, his back pointedly toward John.

Well, that could have gone better, John realised.

"I'm sorry I acted like a dick," John said aloud. "There's nothing wrong with -- I mean it's not -- you can read whatever you like, Sherlock, it's all fine. I'll try not to twit you about it again. I was just, um, a bit surprised."

He sat down on Sherlock's bed and rested a hand on his arm. Sherlock flinched away. John had a sudden suspicion that he'd just stepped on another landmine from Sherlock's past. He resisted the temptation to track down Mycroft and Mummy Holmes to strangle them.

"I really am sorry, Sherlock," John tried again. "I'm glad that you're updating your database. What say I join you, eh? I'll be right back." Surely Quinn would have something else useful.

John returned with a copy of Doc Savage and settled into his own bed. After a long minute, Sherlock dragged Perry Rhodan out of hiding. He hunched around the little volume as if expecting to be scolded.

John sighed. "I'd suggest turning out the lights, but that would make it hard to read."

Sherlock's head popped up. "We could read under the covers?" he said. "With torches?"

John hadn't done that since his school days. "Capital idea," he declared. He rummaged around until he found a pair of electric torches. "Oh, and biscuits," he added, opening a package and passing some to Sherlock. "Can't read in bed without biscuits!"

Sherlock accepted the peace offering with a wary smile.

Reading under the covers was every bit as much fun as John recalled.

[To be concluded in Part 2 ...]

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Date: 2012-12-04 01:40 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Just as a datum point... I don't know anyone who hasn't done that at some point in their lives... [although the genre of reading material varies.]

It's kind of sad though to think that thanks to e-readers and tablets, you don't need torches any more, and kids are more likely to be playing a video game than reading.

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Date: 2012-12-04 02:17 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Awwwww! and just what I needed; it goes with the rest of the day I'm having *big silly grin* *hugs*

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Date: 2016-12-30 08:11 pm (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
I never did that, but that's mainly because my mom never censored my reading. I did, however, fall asleep on top of my books, many times.


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