This is an experiment. I don’t think its a poem, but its not prose either. Its Post Reichenbach – Sherlock’s dogged determination to break down John’s resistance. This fic will not be published elsewhere. Please comment, I want to know what to do with this to polish it more. Thanks
Dead Men Don’t Make Toast
‘You’re dead!’ John shouted and slammed the front door.
Sherlock picked the lock.
Sherlock made tea.
‘You’re dead,’ John snapped.
The tea sat there, and grew cold.
Sherlock made another one.
That grew cold too.
John curled up under the covers.
Sherlock pulled the duvet up around John’s shoulder.
‘Go away, you’re dead,’ John muttered.
Sherlock made toast.
John said, ‘Dead men don’t make toast.’
Sherlock had to agree.
They were running out of milk.
What with all the cold tea, and everything.
Sherlock went out and bought more.
And some other bits they needed.
John said, ‘Dead men don’t go food shopping.’
Sherlock made tea.
‘You’re dead, go away,’ said John.
But he drank the tea.
Sherlock warmed the pizza in the oven.
It was pepperoni, John’s favourite.
‘Dead men don’t make pizza,’ John said, as he chewed resentfully.
That night was cold.
John shivered under the duvet.
Sherlock kicked off his shoes and climbed in.
Wrapped John in his long arms and his tweed overcoat.
John said, ‘I hate you. Go away, you’re dead.’
In the morning, Sherlock made toast.
John said, ’You make a lot of toast for a dead man.’
John made tea.
Enjoy your weekend – I’m off on my writers retreat! See you Monday xxx
Í really like this! It’s…. it says so much in so few words. I think it’s clever and full of emotion. I would love to read more of these.
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like it. Its a bit of a departure, and I am not sure its finished yet, but I would like to write more like this. I like the spareness of it. Thanks for reading. EF
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