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This story fills a square on my card for the [community profile] kink_bingo fest. This fest encourages people to push the limits of their comfort zone by creating erotica, pr0n, smut, and other sexy stuff in the many flavors of kinky, sensual, and otherwise exotic activities. 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.

To see how these characters met, read "THE Woman."  See also "Browser History," inspired by comments on "Unbridled Scold."


Fandoms: BBC Sherlock/Original (Schrodinger's Heroes)
Kink: Humiliation (verbal)
Medium: Fiction
Summary/Preview: Mycroft calls Alex to demand the return of Sherlock and John. This is a mistake.
Additional Information:  Spoilers for "The Reichenbach Fall" and other episodes. Canonical asexual character (Ash). Canonical woman of color (Ash). Oblique references to abusive and manipulative behavior. Protective!Alex. Hacker!Ash. John and Sherlock are bemused. And haven't we all wanted to tell Mycroft where to get off.


"Unbridled Scold"


John had been anxiously waiting for the axe to fall, for days, because nothing good ever lasted without someone -- usually the same someone -- wrecking it. So when he heard Alex answer the phone, it came almost as a relief.

"Hello, Mycroft," she said, "we've been expecting to hear from you. Running a bit slow this week for some reason?" Her voice was sweet, with a hidden edge, like razor blades in honey. "Oh, of course we knew you'd call. Everyone understands why you feel compelled to meddle in other people's business."

Sherlock scrambled to sit upright on the couch where he had been lounging. He flapped his hands frantically at Alex in a gesture probably meant to convey "Don't antagonize the secret British government," or perhaps "Hang up at once."

"John and Sherlock are both here," Alex said, "they just don't want to talk to you. Frankly I'm not interested in anything you have to say either, but at least this way they don't have to put up with your abuse again. If you really cared about Sherlock, you would not have sabotaged the best relationship he's ever had."

John and Sherlock looked at each other. Abuse? Really? Sure, Mycroft could be a bit high-handed but ...

"Don't you even care that helping Sherlock fake his death damaged his connection with John for months?" Alex put the phone to her shoulder for a moment and said, "Ash, he doesn't get it. Send him the list with the relevant incidents checked off, would you?"

Ash tapped away at her laptop. "Done," she said.

John fiddled with the corners of the magazine he was reading. He'd said a few unkind things about Mycroft Holmes. Sherlock had too. What if Alex and Ash had gone and dug up more ...?

"I don't mind taking care of John and Sherlock. We're friends, and that's what friends are for," Alex said to Mycroft. "I do resent cleaning up after your mess, and I have no intention of letting you anywhere near them ever again, unless they explicitly invite the contact --"

John and Sherlock both shook their heads vigorously.

"-- and that's not happening," Alex said. "I don't stand by and let people hurt my friends. Especially not super-secret government agents with busy noses and delusions of competence. Even a rudimentary intellectual such as yourself should be able to figure that out."

John's eyebrows went up. Sherlock muffled a snicker behind his hand. Funny, yes, but somebody was about to get hurt, and they should probably intervene before it got too serious.

"Well, I wish her luck with Ash's firewalls," Alex said. "Meanwhile, enjoy your bricks." She tossed the phone onto the cushion beside her, then turned to Ash. "How long do you think it'll take him to reach a pay phone?"

"Couple of minutes," Ash said, "longer if he stops for a tantrum first."

"Five," Sherlock said instantly, leaning forward. "What did you do to him? My brother is not someone to trifle with."

"Ash just bricked all the phones in Mycroft's office building," Alex explained. When her phone rang again, she picked it up and said, "Don't be ridiculous, we wouldn't drag innocent bystanders into a petty family squabble. Some people know better than to hang dirty laundry in public. Now stop making effusive threats and agree to leave John and Sherlock alone, before this gets messy."



[To be concluded in Part 2 ...]

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Date: 2013-01-04 11:46 am (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Way to go Alex! I've always thought that modern Mycroft was more of an abusive jerk with controlling tendencies than anything. I mean, look at the way he just walks all over privacy laws and so on... [and I feel sorry for his secretary/girl Friday, there's probably a reason she escapes into her online world so much.]

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2013-01-04 09:09 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Agreed on all points...and I wonder if Mycroft actually turns up and the Heroes get an eyeful of Anthea if they might just 'liberate' her from him... [Ok, I rather liked her, I admit she came across more of a mix than a straight one or either condition.] Although, one has to wonder given someone as tech savvy as she is, and obviously highly intelligent [quite probably more so than at least one of the Holmes brothers] why she would stay with him.. unless of course, she prefers to be his semi-slave.

Hmm... did you touch on that sort of relationship in any of your works yet? I don't recollect. [I blame the grand clear-up I'm in the middle of, it's taking up most of my brain space organising it.]

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2013-01-05 02:50 am (UTC)
thnidu: a dandelion plant, the symbol of filk (filk)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
I've never seen the series, though I'd like to. But this line reminded me of this song:

Watching the series, I just took her for a cyber-native, someone who naturally gravitates toward online reality and only keeps a toehold in meatspace out of obligation.

"Rich Fantasy Lives"
Words by Rob Balder

Music by Tom Smith (play)

(Which I have filked as "Rich Fantasy Lives (In Which I Rob Balder)".)

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2013-01-05 04:01 am (UTC)
thnidu: Oh, noes! (LJ icon) You are in a maze of twisty little LJ entries (check one): All different \ All alike. lj:redaxe (mazeoftwistylittleljentries)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Oh, GOOD. I LIKE being evil. Σ:->

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2013-01-05 06:11 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
What's the point of evil that's isn't overdone?

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