"Do you ever wonder if there’s something wrong with us?"
└ Femlock AU: The Holmes Sisters.
Eva Green as Sherlock Holmes
Tilda Swinton as Mycroft Holmes
AU: Noirlock, Part Two
London, 1960. Following his recent marriage, John Watson returns to Baker Street and to his former partner, the private eye Sherlock Holmes, to find him working a case for Inspector Lestrade. Unbeknownst to them, they have inadvertently acquired something belonging to the mysterious Irene Adler; something she is desperate to get back. Meanwhile, Mycroft Holmes settles the score with Jim Moriarty.
Irene Adler as The Woman
Part One | Part Two
For everyone who has asked me for more Noirlock.
Sherlock and John are Aurors and Mycroft occupies a ‘minor position’ in the Ministry of Magic, running up to the time of the Second Wizarding War
An adaptation of this picture set I made a while ago. Due to Tumblr’s cursed 10-image limitation, I had to sacrifice Moriarty as a Death Eater. Maybe he will reappear some time in the future.
Lara Pulver as Sherlock Holmes
consultingtimeagent asked: AU - Mycroft Holmes is the detective and Sherlock is the government agent.
Series One, Episode One: A Study in Pink
I can’t deny it: I rather enjoy Femlock. My apologies, Anon; I mainly used your question as an excuse to make a gifset. I have thought over your question for a few days, but I can’t imagine that it would be any different for Sherlock and Mycroft had they been female. Their personalities, talents and proclivities would remain unchanged.
Mycroft’s path to power may have been more difficult, as it will always be harder for women in the establishment. Sherlock may have had more trouble with John flirting with her. But they still would have ended up the same people, as it is their intellect that defines them first and foremost. Both born geniuses, with unique minds, they both had to make their positions for themselves, as they didn’t fit anywhere else. And that is what has driven them to be the people they are today.
However, were we to consider what the Holmes Sisters might have been like had they existed in Victorian times, we would be looking at a very different outcome. For a discussion of what may have become of such brilliant, singular women in a patriarchal society, I can give you no greater source that Virginia Woolf - in the Shakespeare’s Sister section of A Room of One’s Own. She explains far better than I ever could.
Oh, depressing to be sure - but also so interesting! Sherlock, despite being an anti-social, difficult individual, has succeeded in uniting an exceedingly dissipate set of characters. What else would an army doctor, a master criminal, a dominatrix, a lovely old lady and the British government himself have in common?
There are a few good ‘Turn Left’ style fanfictions floating around online (I’ve read this one and another that I’ve been unable to track down), and it is a very good subject to write on. It asks questions about what Sherlock meant to people, how he changed them - for better or for worse - and leads one to wonder what life in that universe may become without Sherlock in it.
What is certain is many crimes would go unsolved: Jeff Hope would have taken more lives before, I suspect, Lestrade eventually caught him. The Chinese smugglers would have caught up with Amanda, Eddie Van Coon’s secretary, and killed her, taking her hairpin. The Monkfords would have moved to Columbia, Raoul de Santos would have lived comfortably with Kenny and Miss Wenceslas would have received her £30 million for the sale of the fake Vemeer. Henry Knight would have probably taken his own life.
John Watson would have returned from Afghanistan, limped around London for a bit, before having to move away, unable to find a flatmate. He would work as a GP somewhere, before meeting a nice girl and settling down. This would not be Mary Morstan, as he meets her through a case in The Sign of Four. All in all, he would lead a good, comfortable life, but he would never get over his psychosomatic limp and never be quite able to shake the feeling that everything he was doing was excruciatingly dull.
Mrs Hudson would find some quiet, trustworthy tenants for her upstairs flat, but 221b Baker Street would still not be a quiet, tranquil place, owing to the presence of her husband, a murderous man who should have been put to death in Florida, but got off on an technicality. She would live in constant fear of her husband until she eventually summoned the courage to leave or until Mr Hudson repeated the act that landed him on Florida’s death row.
Lestrade and Molly would lead much quieter lives. Although Lestrade would solve fewer cases, his commitment to his job would not lessen and his wife would still have an affair and leave. Molly would continue to work in the morgue, solitary and lonely with no friends to visit on Christmas Eve.
Mycroft’s life is the one I would consider most changed. Without a reckless and wayward baby brother to worry about, Mycroft’s path into politics would have been unobstructed and swift. Cutting an even more formidably inhuman figure without his worrisome baby brother to temper the relentless side of his personality, Mycroft’s rise through governance would have been even more meteoric. By the time the series is set, he would hold dominion over all of Western Europe. His staff, cowed by the heady combination of fear and respect, would not be able to last in his office very long. He would be unspeakably lonely.
Irene Adler would have ended up in prison or would have been left to die. Without Sherlock as her bargaining chip, after her intervention in Bond Air, she would have been unable to force Mycroft into a negotiation and, instead, have found herself in a much-less civilised interrogation. Mycroft, more ruthless and less merciful in this universe, would have torn her to shreds and left her to the wolves.
Without Sherlock, Moriarty’s attentions would have been, instead, focussed on Mycroft. However, Mycroft is not a man who can be easily tempted into games. With Mycroft’s comparatively grander position, the Great Game would quickly ascend to far more dangerous, global proportions. The two would play an expansive and deadly game of human chess for a while, before this escalated into all-out war. There would be no winners.
Sherlock, it seems, paradoxically considering his chaotic personality, stands in the way of mayhem.
In a Parallel Universe: Sherlock & His Dark Materials Crossover
Dr John Watson and his daemon, Clara, return from the Afghan war only to become embroiled in a different kind of war when they meet the brilliant, eccentric detective, Sherlock Holmes and Sherrinford, his irascible daemon.
Greg Lestrade and Rachel
Mycroft Holmes and Melas
Irene Adler and Godfrey
Jim Moriarty and Ivy
(This takes some inspiration from this amazing fic series by Etothepii, but is mostly a symptom of my increasing insanity at being Sherlock-deprived for so long. It’s a pity that the film version wasn’t up to snuff, as the books were excellent.)
AU: Vintage Sherlock
London, 1959. The grisly murder of an academic puts private eye Sherlock Holmes and his partner, John Watson on the trail of the master criminal known as Jim Moriarty.
'Anthea', as the Woman in Black
Part One | Part Two