swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Mrs Hudson)
Title: The Sacred Bond (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 42,386
Relationships: Sherlock/John
Tags: Friendship, Friends to Lovers, Friendship/Love, First Time, Romance, Love, Explicit Sexual Content, Churches & Cathedrals, Religion, Religious Content, Past Relationship(s), Priests, Monastery, Prayer, Rituals, Mystery, spirituality, Latin
Summary: A series of mysterious deaths among priests puts John and Sherlock onto the trail of an ancient, secret brotherhood. Little do they suspect how deeply their own situation is tangled up with the case.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Mrs Hudson)
Title: Deep Waters (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Teen
Word count: 1,738
Relationships: Sherlock/John
Tags: POV Sherlock Holmes, Romance, Friendship/Love, True Love, Falling In Love, 221B Baker Street, Friends to Lovers, Post Sherlock 4, Insight, Trust, Parentlock, Fluff
Summary: John is living once more in the flat on Baker Street. But nothing is the same as it used to be.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: His Name Is John Watson (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 19,562
Relationships: Holmes/Watson
Summary: A summer's idyll in Sussex. Holmes and Watson seek some peace and quiet. But that's not as simple as they imagine.

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Steamy, affectionate, swelteringly hot, and shocking. A gorgeous tale of both self-mastery and release, with a brutal, cold-blooded murder to be solved. I especially liked how Holmes suffers because he cannot accept himself, and how Watson guides him toward a “cure”. Atmospheric and lush, with a thrumming undercurrent of desire and emotion throughout.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: Lucifer's Gardens (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 32,683
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Summary: John goes undercover for an investigation as a favour to Lestrade in a village in Suffolk. The events surrounding the case awaken deep-seated fears in Sherlock. While John begins to come to a realisation of what he needs in Lucifer's Gardens, Sherlock tries to find a way to reach John – in more ways than one.

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Set in Bury St Edmonds – for the most part in an old manor house with secrets in the attic, poison gardens, and an exclusive male social club that’s probably the opposite of the Diogenes in every possible way – this fic sees John as the investigatory lead and doing quite a good job of it. It takes us on a fascinating psychological, emotional, and mystical journey that uncovers old wounds, inflicts new ones, and eventually shows the way to healing and a new life for John and Sherlock. I was especially intrigued by the Jungian masculine archetypes and the fact that the solution to the case doesn’t go in a straight line, but rather past many dead ends, double blinds, and secret passageways. This does go to some difficult places but as always the destination is worth the journey. With beautiful hurt/comfort (Sherlock being the comforter this time), a gorgeous inside look at Sherlock’s mind palace, a startling reveal, mysterious birds, and a neat twist on the undercover-as-boyfriends trope.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: The Blue Light
Author: Lorelei_Lee / [livejournal.com profile] lorelei_lee1968
Translator: [livejournal.com profile] swissmarg
Word count: 31,381
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & John Watson, Sherlock Holmes & Jim Moriarty, Sebastian Moran & Jim Moriarty
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Jim Moriarty, Sebastian Moran, Mycroft Holmes
Content and warnings: Violence, Torture, Psychological Torture, Implied/Referenced Torture, Kidnapped Sherlock, Drugs, Drugged Sherlock, Humiliation, Psychological Trauma, Wetting, Memory Loss, Caning, Wax Play, Erotic Electrostimulation, Friendship, Pre-Slash, Trust Issues, Loss of Trust, Kissing
Summary: Moriarty abducts Sherlock several times in a row, bringing him to a secret location where his victim is at his mercy. Thanks to a special drug cocktail, Sherlock has no memory of the abductions. But he begins acting strangely back home. So strangely that John finally notices...

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This really gets into the dark, depraved recesses of Moriarty's psyche and his obsessions with Sherlock, fairy tales, games and power. Absolutely classic gaslighting chock full of very disturbing mind games that include mental, physical and sexual torture, drugs, and undermining Sherlock's most valuable asset... not his intellect (well, that too) but his friendship with John. Gen but veering strongly into pre-slash territory, this story takes place during series 2 and sets the stage for The Reichenbach Fall, explaining how Moriarty came to be in Mycroft's custody. Major Sherlock!whump, not for the faint of heart, but with a tender, optimistic ending that should heal at least some of the wounds inflicted.

swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: Building Jerusalem (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 26,426
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Summary: John finds out that Sherlock has more secrets from him than he ever imagined. The discovery threatens to destroy their relationship.
Content Warnings:Death of a canon character (not Sherlock or John), infidelity, domestic violence

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This truly contains some of the worst angst short of major character death. The title refers to the lyrics of the song Jerusalem, which I think capture perfectly the horrendous struggle that Sherlock and John must go through before they achieve their "green and pleasant land". Much of the story is set in the wasteland of a Siberian winter, which is a fitting backdrop for the stripped-down, stark truths which the characters are made to face, and serves as a perfect counterpoint to the lush gardens awaiting them in Sussex. This is a story about an established relationship between two mature people, and yet being that one of them is Sherlock Holmes, not all is as it seems. The past haunts both men, as well as imminent danger in a very realistic and topical case. And with retirement looming, both men's age starts to catch up to them, forcing them to face new obstacles and no longer be able to rely on their bodies or minds the way they used to. Lots of emotional and physical hurt, gorgeous imagery, and poignant insights on the way to the promised land.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: When the East Wind Falls Silent (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 32,350
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, John Watson/Mary Morstan
Summary: Sherlock is called back from exile by his brother in order to catch Moriarty, who has resurfaced in a televised message. The task which awaits Sherlock goes far beyond anything he feared. Starts at the end of HLV.
Warnings: Something happens in this story that some readers may find upsetting. I am deliberately not tagging or warning for it because it would be a pretty big spoiler. If you have concerns or specific triggers that you are worried about, however, you can find the spoiler here: LINK

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Just when it looks like things are returning to normal with the birth of John and Mary's daughter, everything falls apart with one emotional tragedy coming fast on top of the last. This is an involved and complex casefic that ties in all the threads of Moriarty, Magnussen, and Mary, along with new threats and allies. Spider tattoos, spies, secret siblings, and shocking deaths make this a carousel of adrenaline, adventure, angst, and ardor, with Sherlock and John in the midst of it all, trying to figure out how they fit together in the new constellation of their lives.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: Death's Sting (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 4,944
Relationships: Holmes/Watson
Summary: Dr John H. Watson leaves Sherlock Holmes out of fear of being labeled a sodomist and losing his standing in society. His marriage to Mary is a disaster. The ensuing situation causes both him and Holmes to fall apart. When they run into each other at a dinner affair, a possible solution arises.

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This fic is quite different than the other ones I've translated by this author. It's an ACD fic, for one, and it's quite short, basically just a couple of scenes with quite a lot of ruminating and remembering on Holmes' part. And it is super sad. Check the warnings. But it is also a quite beautiful (if tragic) depiction of Holmes and Watson's undeniable connection.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: Music for John (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 25,189
Relationships: Sherlock/John
Summary: Sherlock can't sleep and seeks comfort in his violin. And as he spends night after night immersed in music, it becomes clear to him what's causing his insomnia.

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This story not only explores beautifully Sherlock’s relationship to music and his violin, but also how he uses music to work though and come to terms with his feelings for John. It is really a spiritual experience, a revelation and a conversion of a sort that he goes through as he composes, and it’s just a very smart, artistic, and emotionally in-touch story. There is some lovely pining with light angst, eventually resolved in a gorgeously emotional physical interlude, with the backdrop of a sultry London summer and forces of nature acting almost as additional supporting characters. With texting, a clairsentient clockmaker, something Sherlock didn’t know about John, and fireworks going off in more ways than one.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: Four Degrees Celsius (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 28,839
Relationships: Sherlock/John
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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This is a pre-series 2 Reichenbach AU set in Switzerland - written by a Swiss with a love for the country, the land, and the beauty of nature, and it shows. The descriptions are so vivid and stark they make you feel like you're there, in the midst of all the water and heat and cold and danger of the rawness of the mountains. And that heat and cold and danger is reflected in the relationship between John and Sherlock as they are set off on an inevitable journey that forces them both together and apart. A particularly brilliant aspect of this is that it is set up as an extended parallel to The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry. A complex tale that works on several levels and really gets at the depth and heart of what Sherlock and John are to each other.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: Algorithms of the Night (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 28,787
Relationships: Sherlock/John
Summary: Sherlock goes undercover at a psychiatric hospital for a new case. For John and Sherlock it's the start of an unforeseen, emotional adventure that has far-reaching consequences for their relationship.

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Each one of this author's stories is so special, with a focus on some particular area/topic/hobby that is in itself fascinating but also somehow connects to John and Sherlock and brings them together. In the first two fics I translated by ampersand, that was erotic photography and martial arts. In this one, it's Celtic traditions and sex therapy, and what a combination that turns out to be! As you might imagine, it's a very sexy story for that reason, but it's also emotionally draining, keeping both the characters and the reader on a knife's edge throughout. The angst and tension - both from the case and the relationship - is maintained at a sky-high level, leading to an explosive revelation that turns the entire story inside-out. With a serial killer, erotic massage, art therapy, a Celtic coven, the reappearance of Sholto, lies, lies, and more lies. And quite a lot of truth.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: Dancing With Fire (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 35,671
Relationships: Sherlock/John, Sherlock/OMC
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 fantastic fic from this very talented German author, translated by me for your enjoyment. 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. Yes, really. Trust me.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Title: The Other Man (link to AO3)
Author: ampersand_ch
Translator: [livejournal.com profile] swissmarg
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 27,411
Relationships: Sherlock/John, John/OMC
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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As part of my quest to bring the best of German fan fiction to the English fandom, I've translated the above fic, which I really think is something special. It has a mature although very angsty and fraught friends-to-lovers/fake boyfriends scenario along with a unique case with an ending that I don't think anyone will see coming. With erotic photography, a gay gentleman’s club, and Spanish nobility, thisis a very sensual, emotional story and although there's lots of hurt along the way, it does have a happy ending. I hope you'll give it a try!
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Deflowered - Director's Cut by Lorelei_Lee (327,848 words)
Chapters: 47/47
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade, Mike Stamford/OFC, John Watson/Original Male Character(s), Sherlock Holmes/Original Male Character(s), John Watson/Victor Trevor
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade, Victor Trevor, Irene Adler, Sherlock Holmes' Father, Sherlock Holmes' Mother
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - Mob, Top John, Jealous John, boss john, Virgin Sherlock, rentboy sherlock, Bottom Sherlock, Loss of Virginity, First Time, Pining, Pining Sherlock, Prostate Massage, Prostate Milking, Dubious Consent, Rape/Non-con Elements, Sounding, Anal Beads, Anal Plug, Anal Sex, Slash, Male Slash, Blow Jobs, Spanking, Begging, Riding Crops, Love, Romance, Desperation, Anal Fingering
Summary: It should have been strictly business. Being a Mafia boss with a sadistic sexual streak, John had long since realised that his playthings were in it for the money only. Being a masochistic rent boy, Sherlock seemed too good to be true. Little did they know…

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Now complete!

This is a mobster!John/prostitute!Sherlock AU that has all the plot, all the backstory, all the smut, all the emotions, all the twists, all the surprises, all the pain, all the pleasure, and quite possibly all the love. I cannot praise this highly enough. It’s an epic that swept me up into a gritty, hardcore world of organized crime, BDSM, prostitution, murder, political intrigue, and two very vulnerable, damaged souls. There are some tough scenes, but it all works out in the end. [This was originally posted in German and translated into English by me.]
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
Deflowered - Director's Cut by Lorelei_Lee
Chapters: 1/47
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade, Mike Stamford/OFC, John Watson/Original Male Character(s), Sherlock Holmes/Original Male Character(s), John Watson/Victor Trevor
Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Greg Lestrade, Victor Trevor, Irene Adler, Sherlock Holmes' Father, Sherlock Holmes' Mother
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - Mob, Top John, Jealous John, boss john, Virgin Sherlock, rentboy sherlock, Bottom Sherlock, Loss of Virginity, First Time, Pining, Pining Sherlock, Prostate Massage, Prostate Milking, Dubious Consent, Rape/Non-con Elements, Sounding, Anal Beads, Anal Plug, Anal Sex, Slash, Male Slash, Blow Jobs, Spanking, Begging, Riding Crops, Love, Romance, Desperation, Anal Fingering
Summary: It should have been strictly business. Being a Mafia boss with a sadistic sexual streak, John had long since realised that his playthings were in it for the money only. Being a masochistic rent boy, Sherlock seemed too good to be true. Little did they know…

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The author has now begun posting my English translation of her German fic on AO3. The work is complete with over 300K words and will be updating once a week on Mondays, starting on 23 February (the 16th is a holiday in Germany). Subscribe!
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
I've translated another fun and sexy Sherlock (BBC) fic by the very talented German writer, Lorelei_Lee:

Title: Reason Goes Before a Fall
Original: Wo du schon glaubst, da denk ich noch
Author: Lorelei_Lee / [livejournal.com profile] lorelei_lee1968
Rating: Mature
Pairing: John/Sherlock, John/OMC
Word count: ca. 28K
Summary: John Watson is just a man. A man whose tolerance for sexual frustration has almost reached its limit. The object of his desire? Sherlock. The problem? Sherlock thinks he's straight and John doesn't think Sherlock's interested. Sherlock is just a man too, but he doesn't want to jeopardise their friendship. The solution? A prostitute who looks a lot like Sherlock. This is never going to end well...

She's just started posting the English version today, but it's complete and will be posted regularly so don't be shy about diving in right away!
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
My English translation of lorelei_lee1968/Lorelei_Lee's fic Hochzeit mit Hindernissen (original in German) has completed posting on AO3. It's a post-Reichenbach fic in which Sherlock returns in the middle of John's wedding. Lots of angst, fun, and feels.

Title: Not Necessarily Nuptials
Author: lorelei_lee1968/Lorelei_Lee
Translator:
swissmarg
Rating: Mature/R
Word count: 29,282 words
Relationships: John/Mary, John/Sherlock, plus one more that would be a spoiler :)
Summary: John Watson had never really given much thought to the details of his wedding. But he was sure that he never thought of abandoning his bride at the altar and fleeing in a hail of gunfire on the back of a motorcycle driven by his supposedly dead best friend, Sherlock Holmes. Not in a million years. That didn't stop it from happening.

I am also currently translating Unberührt - Deflowered - extended version by the same author, so keep an eye out for that to begin posting early next year.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
My English translation of [livejournal.com profile] lorelei_lee1968/Lorelei_Lee's fic Hochzeit mit Hindernissen (original in German) has started posting on AO3:

Title: Not Necessarily Nuptials (chapter 1 of 13)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lorelei_lee1968/Lorelei_Lee
Translator:
[livejournal.com profile] swissmarg
Rating: Mature/R
Word count: 29,500 words (when complete)
Relationships: John/Mary, John/Sherlock
Summary: John Watson had never really given much thought to the details of his wedding. But he was sure that he never thought of abandoning his bride at the altar and fleeing in a hail of gunfire on the back of a motorcycle driven by his supposedly dead best friend, Sherlock Holmes. Not in a million years. That didn't stop it from happening.

Lots of fun, angst, and feels. The translation is complete and has a total of 13 chapters, to be posted at regular intervals.

And if you didn't see it yet, here is my translation of another of [livejournal.com profile] lorelei_lee1968's German fics, Never change a running system:

Title: Never Change a Running System
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lorelei_lee1968/Lorelei_Lee
Translator:
[livejournal.com profile] swissmarg
Rating: Explicit/NC-17
Word count: 54,240 words (complete)
Relationships: John/Sherlock
Summary: Sherlock discovers his sexuality – with far-reaching consequences for John.

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