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It's time for another installment in my series of recs of lesser-known fics in the Sherlock (BBC) fandom...

My qualifications for this list are:

- Fic complete
- Last chapter posted prior to April 1, 2016
- Fewer than 200 kudos as of this posting
- Earned a 'favorite' from me on AO3

Previous installments:
Part One from October 2013
Part Two from May 2014
Part Three from November 2014
Part Four from May 2015
Part Five from November 2015

In descending order of length:

This crossover is a real angstfest and loads of fun. The plot takes nail-biting twists and turns as the past comes back to haunt the present, and everyone has more secrets than they know what to do with. All the makings of a classic.

Sherlock, P.I. (83266 words) by Callie4180
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson
Summary: For the Fall TV Sherlock fusion project. Sherlock, P.I. is an American television show that follows the exciting adventures of genius private investigator Sherlock Homes and his friends as they live their lives on the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii. Sherlock is a British expatriate, US citizen, and former agent for the US Naval Investigative Agency. His friends include Greg Lestrade, an ex-Navy Investigator and helicopter pilot; Molly Hooper, a former Navy Medical Examiner turned private beach club manager; and Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes, majordomo of the Masters Estate and well connected political and social figure. Sherlock solves crimes as he wrestles with the ghosts and demons of his past.

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This one isn't technically a BBC Sherlock fanfiction, instead being an independent modernization of the original Conan Doyle story. Either way, this is an exciting, smart, raunchy adventure with lots of casual sex, dark humor, and questionable morals.

A Study In Scarlet (49977 words) by tiger_in_the_flightdeck
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, John Watson/Other(s)
Summary: An indiscreet photograph ends up online, forcing Watson to postpone his pursuit of a medical degree. Turning to the life of a soldier, he takes a bullet through the shoulder and is sent home to London a lost and broken man. Friendless and facing homelessness, he is introduced to an eager young man in the chemical labs at Bart's Hospital. As a friendship begins to form between them, a murder investigation pulls Watson into Holmes' world. Between crime scenes, a killer with an eye on revenge, and frustrating police officers, their friendship grows into something neither of them had expected.

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A chilling and convincing portrayal of the Sherlock from Sally Donovan’s initial warning to John. It is scary how easy it is to imagine a Sherlock like this, and the author has done a fantastic job of making him an object for both sympathy and horror. I understand people's hesitation with this one, but it is truly a masterpiece of a psychological study, and well worth the wade into the dark places. Give it a chance.

Smile Like A Paper Cut (37709 words) by J_Baillier
Rating: Mature
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Original Male Character(s) (Gen)
Summary: Many serial killers are capable of leading outwardly normal lives, hiding in plain sight as husbands, wives, scout leaders, doctors, policemen, soldiers and employers. What if Sherlock is one of them? And what if John discovers his secret?

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All of this author's fics really deserve far more kudos. Maybe the problem is my translation? I hope not because the stories are top notch, the relationships juicy, angsty, and dreamy, and the background knowledge superb.

Set in a nebulous zone somewhere offsides of Moriarty and Mary, this casefic is chock full of relationship angst, soul-searching, secrets and deception, and worthy opponents. Add in a murderous martial arts expert, a holiday in the south of France, international drug traffickers, a domestic partnership, and Sherlock’s boyfriend (yes, Sherlock’s boyfriend), and you have all the makings for a swoon-worthy Johnlock love story.

Dancing with Fire (35725 words) by ampersand_ch
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Sherlock/Other Male Character
Summary: A client named Benjamin Waters makes Sherlock question everything he thought he knew about himself, and throws John far out of his comfort zone. Even as John and Sherlock work together to investigate an unusual series of killings, they can't help questioning the basis of their friendship. But then something unexpected happens.

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Another author who has several awesome fics that simply haven't hit their stride with readers for some reason. Massive hurt and brutal honesty featuring the hedonistic, self-indulgent, utterly co-dependent mess that is Sherlock and John’s relationship. Not exactly a happy ending but it made me feel better about the way series 3 played out. Do check out their other fics as well.

Heartaches By The Number - Compilation (30651 words) by iriswallpaper
Rating: Explicit>Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson
Summary: The London Sherlock returns to after his ‘resurrection’ is vastly different than what he’d expected. But he isn’t going to let that stop him from pursuing his old life, including John Watson. John’s engaged to a lovely nurse and has everything he thought he ever wanted. Then why can’t he stay out of his best friend’s bed?

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Yes, another one by this author. This one takes John and Sherlock on a breathtaking and dangerous trip to Switzerland and features an excellent exploration of the parallels between Sherlock and John's relationship, and The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry.

Four Degrees Celsius (28839 words) by ampersand_ch
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Summary: The Reichenbach story in the original setting. Sherlock and John move their relationship to the next level at the beginning of their stay in the Bernese Alps. But as it turns out, there's no time for the two of them. Moriarty is here, and a catastrophe is looming.

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Sports AUs are usually really popular so I'm not sure what the drawback is here, but how can you resist John and Sherlock hot and sweaty with horseflesh between their thighs and a sweet romance burgeoning between them?

Insanity in the Middle (28010 words) by TeamHPForever
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Summary: John is a world-class eventing rider with a gold medal and several four-star wins to his credit, but he's never won at Rolex. Sherlock is an up-and-coming rider taking the sport by storm.

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Last one by this author... for now! :) This one features the ever popular friends-to-lovers/fake boyfriends scenario in a very sensual, emotional story with great original characters.

The Other Man (27411 words) by ampersand_ch
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, John Watson/Other Male Character
Summary: Sherlock's been acting strange. John suspects he's after something in particular, but it's not what John wants. Or is it? An adventure full of traps, tricks, and misunderstandings leads the two of them on a rocky and painful road to each other.

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A moody, post-series 3 friends-to-lovers fic with beautiful symbolism and lots of bone-deep, aching honesty.

Boxes (16462 words) by Lyrica
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Summary: The only uncovered flat surface in the room is the bed. Even on John’s bedside table, the alarm clock and his computer sit atop stacks of the books he unpacked yesterday. He hadn’t intended to unpack books, not until he’d actually cleared a path to the bookcase, but...he’d been hoping he’d find his missing pants at the bottom of the box. Possibly, the state of the room says something deep and existential about the state of his life, the boxes both clutter and metaphor for the stagnation through which he wades everyday. Since he moved back into 221B, he’s felt as though he’s in limbo. His life and his heart, still packed up in boxes. Balanced, precariously, on a knife edge, waiting. Waiting. For what, he doesn’t know.

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This is a very well-written fic with a great case. However, it’s one that will probably not be for everyone, especially those who are big Johnlockers. At the same time, I don’t want to be too spoilery, but the part that I think might put some people off doesn’t turn out to be exactly what it looks like… so if you are willing to take a chance and are up for some really terrific horror with dark!John, this should hit the spot quite well.

Sceaduwe (16432 words) by bittergrapes
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Summary: SCEADUWE: Old English for 'Shadow'. How do you trick a sociopath? By being one yourself. Warnings for murder, non-con, psychological manipulation. Murky slash. Translock compatible.

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I had butterflies in my stomach through this whole thing, it is so full of sweet pining and awww-inducing fluff. Overlaid with a light adaptation of the Red-Headed League, the perfect feel-good antidote to whatever is ailing you.

The Red-Handed League (12734 words) by Flangst
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Molly Hooper/Greg Lestrade
Summary: He sits across from me and sips his tea with a little hum of contentment. I try not to be too conspicuous in my examination of him. The way the sunlight picks up the gold in his hair and makes his head almost glow. The way the fabric of his jeans creases under his knees. The way he sits, his posture; the angle between his open legs and the way he plants his feet on the floor. Solid, comfortable, relaxed. We gravitate towards each other; find equilibrium in each other’s presence. I wish I knew if he loved me the way I love him. I sometimes think he does, but to act on assumptions and be rejected would kill me.

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A tense, well-wrought story that spirals in on the relationship between the Holmes brothers as Sherlock tries to figure out what happened to Mycroft. Perfectly paced, with a thrumming sense of suppressed grief and unrealised emotion at the heart. Technically Johnlock but the focus is not on their relationship. Don't let that stop you.

Stick Figures (12098 words) by Joules Mer
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Summary: Mycroft’s death splashed across the news on a Wednesday, just three weeks after Sherlock’s own return to the living.

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A fun, heart-warming piece showing Sherlock through Lestrade’s eyes. Lestrade is just the right mix of competent, exasperated, baffled, and amused, and Sherlock is outrageous, brilliant, and a complete mess most of the time. On the surface a series of cases but really it’s a character study of a great man becoming a good one.

Starting to Happen (11138 words) by pandoras_chaos
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Sherlock Holmes & Greg Lestrade, Molly Hooper/Greg Lestrade, Greg Lestrade & John Watson
Summary: Sherlock peered at him through a curtain of dark curls, his head slightly tilted to the side as he looked over Greg with a hint of begrudging respect. Greg allowed the scrutiny, invasive and uncomfortable as it was. For some ungodly reason, he felt weirdly responsible for the kid’s welfare, and he wondered absently if he should get his head examined. “Why are you helping me?” Sherlock asked eventually. “God help me, I’m not entirely sure.”

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One of those lovely stories that blurs the line between 'just friends' and 'something more' without sex. Just a quiet, beautifully done 'between the scenes' story set in the time between when Sherlock was shot and Christmas.

The Loss of Control (10962 words) by biswholocked
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson
Summary: "I can't function."

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A pull-no-punches story of emotional damage and healing. With beautiful scenery and a low-key resolution to the Mary situation that I felt gave her a fair shake.

Nepenthe (10828 words) by leavinghope
Rating: General Audiences*
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson
Summary: John Watson has a way of ignoring the truth of things – the lie of his wife, the love of his best friend, and the ease of his denial. But when forced to know these truths, what will he choose to forget?
* Due to themes of infidelity and suicidal ideation, I would personally rate this Teen.

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