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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.

Begin with Part 1.  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 2 of 2

"Sherlock reads at light speed," John warned Quinn when he went to swap for the next volume of Doc Savage. "I doubt it will take him a week to blow through fifty years worth of Perry Rhodan."

"Most of us here read at light speed," Quinn said. He pulled a book off the shelf and handed it to John. "Don't worry. I have plenty more sources of input than the old pulps. I promise not to start him on more serious science fiction until he's read enough fluff to stop wibbling over the weirdness. Once he's used to the implausible ideas, the plausible ones will be less unsettling. I think he'll love Asimov, though -- there's not a lot of characterization to get in the way of the main ideas."

Well, that made sense. John resolved to leave the matter in Quinn's capable hands.

John was sitting in the common room watching a movie with most of the team when Sherlock bounded into the room. "Quinn! I love you! I love fanfic!" he said as he wrapped Quinn in an enthusiastic hug. He plunked himself on the couch next to John and Quinn, wriggling shamelessly to make room for himself.

"Quinn ..." John growled. He was a bit surprised that Sherlock had gone from hiding Perry Rhodan under his pillow to shouting about fanfic, but then again, this was the man who'd gone to Buckingham Palace without pants on. Predictable he was not.

Quinn just grinned at John. "I did tell you that I had plenty more than just the pulps."

"So you decided to give him fanfic?" John said. "How exactly is this supposed to help?"

"It gets his attention. We'll get to thoughtful discussions of what works and what doesn't later," Quinn said.

"This stuff is wonderful!" Sherlock said. "It turns my brain off. It works better than cocaine!"

"Oh dear," said John. He could hear the soft rustles as people turned to look at Sherlock, and braced himself for the usual tirade.

"I'm glad it's good for more than just showing you some unexpected ideas," Quinn said to Sherlock.

Nobody else said anything, and after a moment they turned back to the movie. John relaxed out of his alert pose.

"John! Did you know the Internet is full of tripe?" Sherlock exclaimed.

"In other news, the Earth goes 'round the sun," John said dryly.

"How did I not know this?" Sherlock went on.

"Probably because you were using the Internet to find facts or teach people about deduction," Quinn said. "The fiction is off in a whole different area."

"There are so many stories about stupid relationships and illogical plots and junk science. I wonder how much fanfic there is altogether," Sherlock said. "Someone should do a survey of it..." His long fingers clicked over the keyboard of his laptop.

"You've created a monster," John said to Quinn.

"Would you rather have him bored to the point of shooting holes in the wall?" Quinn murmured. "Or worse?"

John thought about some of the worse that he'd cleaned up after when Sherlock got bored, or so overstimulated that he couldn't slow down enough to sleep for days on end. "On second thought," John said, "here, Sherlock, let me introduce you to Wraithbait, a Stargate: Atlantis fanfic archive. I think you'll like Rodney McKay."

* * *


You can read about Perry Rhodan and Doc Savage online.

Sherlock not knowing orbital mechanics is from "The Great Game."

Wraithbait is here.


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Date: 2012-12-05 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Quinn's logic makes perfect sense, but Sherlock being introduced to fanfic... oooooh dear! XD *giggling*

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Date: 2012-12-05 02:12 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: (sinister and mysterious)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Oh dear, oh dear oh dear... I think what they've failed to grasp is that they've just introduced the concept of fanfic to someone who's quite possibly one of the most brilliant minds on the planet, completely amoral, has historically poor impulse control....and I can't stress this bit enough, while he's sitting a few yards away from the control room of machine able to access alternate dimensions !!!

This is not going to end well. Hilariously...but not well.
Edited Date: 2012-12-05 02:14 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-12-05 06:51 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Ohhhh, I think the Heroes can handle it. *Just*. OOOOH! FISHBOWL!

*scampers off cackling*

p.s. you're right, [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith, NSFPepsi... :)

ETA: WAUGH! shut already! Was just thinking... a Kindle or the like is considered a grownup toy... and Sherlock is gonna run amok... :D
Edited Date: 2012-12-05 07:04 pm (UTC)

Re: *laugh*

Date: 2012-12-07 10:21 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Worse yet, Imagine if he gets the notion of visiting these realities! Can you imagine him and Miles Vorkosigan, in the same room... I think it'd approach some sort of criticality.

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Date: 2012-12-05 10:59 pm (UTC)
thnidu: 10x10" shaped like a Hanukkah menorah, stripes of frosting for candles. lj:talvinamarich&daughter. Delicious! (Hanukkah cookie)
From: [personal profile] thnidu

Yup, there went a bit of grape skin.


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