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Sherlock Fic Rec: Just Call Out My Name

Fanfic recommendation time. Today I'd like to talk about "Just Call Out My Name by pipmer1. Minor spoilers for the story follow.

I think I'm on solid ground to say this story is basically hurt/comfort. The first two tags label it as such and it was written for the HC_Bingo community. That's not a genre I'm naturally drawn to for some reason, but I suffer from traumatic nightmares myself, so I thought it would be interesting (even therapeutic) to see how that played out in fanfic. And boy does PipMer nail it. The disorientation, the warring unreality and hyperreality of the dreamscape, the need for any kind of distraction after – I found it a very believable picture of both being trapped in that kind of dream and also coming out of it.

I also really liked the way that PipMer recognizes this one night won't solve the whole problem. Sherlock will go on having these dreams, and life will go on. There is hurt and comfort but also crying babies (this is Johnlock with a divorced John with shared custody of Baby Girl Watson), and so the emphasis is not on never having to cope with the dreams again; it's on getting through just this one night. PipMer has a real gift for dialing down the angst, giving this drama-ridden fandom sories that are enjoyable and plausible without necessarily trying to solve those big questions, and this story is no different. I always enjoy that about her stories, and seeing her take on the aftereffects of HLV is a bit H/C (H/CCCCCCC) at a meta level for this fan.

Anyway, I enjoyed it. If you like Johnlock domesticity (this one is thoroughly PG), do give it a read.


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Aug. 20th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, I will definitely have to check it out--I always enjoyed her Merry and Pippin stories!
Aug. 20th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'll admit, I didn't read enough of her Tolkien work; you know I favored mannish stories so it was just that we ran in slightly different circles, I think. But I've really enjoyed reading her work in Sherlock. It's just felt... comfortable, I guess. It's not boring or anything but feels a bit like slipping into comfortable clothes at the end of a long day, it just makes sense and her stories always move me. I can't explain it, precisely. But I do know I've liked everything I've read by her in this fandom and want to point more people to her.
Aug. 20th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad she's doing well in the Sherlock fandom! She's a very sweet person (in RL as well; I met her in person when I went to ScotMoot in 2007).

I know what you mean about comfortable writing. There are some writers that just give you a warm and safe feeling when you read their stuff.
Aug. 23rd, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
PipMer here... thank you so much, Marta! This was really kind of you. I'm really pleased that you were touched by my little story, and thank you for being led to share it with others :)

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