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02 June 2009 @ 09:22 pm
The Briefest Moments  
Title: The Briefest Moments
Pairing: Doctor/Rose, Sherlock Holmes/Irene Adler (am I showing my geek? Oh yes. Yes I am)
Rating: All Ages
Dedication: For sheerpoetry, who requested Ten and something brilliant. Well. Ten I can do. Brilliance is a bit beyond me. As usual, this comes from me having a miserable long-term memory. Can you stump me? Find out here!

"Excuse me, very busy, if you don't mind getting out of my way," a man in a calf-length brown coat and a distinctive deerstalker brushed past the Doctor and Rose as they bent over a spot on the ground, investigating its contents. Suddenly, the man stopped and turned. "Actually, you seem to be a sharp-eyed fellow. Would you have happened to see a lady dressed as a man pass by here?"

"How long ago?" the Doctor asked absently, scoping up some of the green liquid and placing it in a vial, handing it to Rose. "Lots more women dressed as men than you'd think, although there is a marked tendency towards the reverse."

The man paused, his mouth working for a moment. "I am not often surprised. Can you give me your name, sir?"

"As a point of fact, no," the Doctor said, and rose to his feet, grinning. "But you can call me the Doctor. And this is Rose Tyler."

"Hello," she said, wagging her fingers.

"There have been many times in my life where I could also not give my name," the man said, "so I will ask no further, except to say that a very good friend of mine also practices your profession. I find doctors to be... a refreshing sort of perspective on life."

Rose laughed. "Oh, you have no idea."

"You're from London." The man said, whirling to look her directly in the face, "but not from this area. Far from home? Is this your chaperone? Father?"

"Friend," Rose said evenly.

"Ah," the man said. "In any case, I return to the original question. The time frame would have been no more than 12 minutes, perhaps ten."

"A lady, dressed as a man?" The Doctor nodded. "Oh yes, we both noticed her. I think you'll find, Mr. Holmes, that Ms. Adler went east."

"I..." Sherlock's mouth opened and closed again. "Thank you. I find myself quite... off-center with this whole debacle. I was not aware it was public knowledge."

"It's not. You remain as sharp as ever." The Doctor grinned. "I have a distinct advantage."

"Yes... well, of course."

"If it helps any, I sympathize. Women are -- " the Doctor shrugged eloquently. "Best hurry, though. You'll miss her, at this rate."

Sherlock nodded. "Good day, Doctor."

As he walked off, the Doctor mumbled under his breath, "Well, for me."

"Irene Adler? Didn't she scam him and run off with her Belgian or something?" Rose asked under her breath.

"Yeah," the Doctor said, and turned his attention to the green goop, but not before he focused his eyes briefly on her. "Sometimes even the briefest moments, Rose... they mean the most. He got to love her for days. Just a moment, really. In the span of their lives."

Rose squeezed his hand, and in her understanding way, said nothing.
Current Location: Living Room
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Stacie: DT (FNP--David approves)sheerpoetry on June 3rd, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
This--like everything of yours, definitely--is brilliant!!

I LOVE it! Some of the Doctor's adventures we don't see...now that has promise! :D
catyuycatyuy on June 3rd, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Okay.....I love you for this.
Marry me.
fid_gin: David/RTD - Marvelousfid_gin on June 3rd, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
This is just awesome, there no other word for it. :)
gowdie: Rose Ten Dorksgowdie on June 3rd, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Oh! So much fun, just tripping along, the Doctor being his awesome self, and then that lovely little introspective moment at the end. Awesome!
The Plaid Slytherin: This is awesome!plaid_slytherin on June 3rd, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Oh, this made me squee! Love it. :D
juliet316: DoctorRose: B&Wjuliet316 on June 3rd, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Lovely. Simply lovely. Nice to see Holmes off balance every now and again.
Paulaelectrictoes on June 3rd, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Oh, fantastic. I'm off to attempt to stump you because, dammit, I love your fic.
Sharon: DW - Blue Smiling Nineazriona on June 3rd, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)
"Sometimes even the briefest moments, Rose... they mean the most. He got to love her for days. Just a moment, really. In the span of their lives."

Too lovely. If I weren't so tired, I'd have oodles to say about that line. You know, what with the obvious and all. :)
Lindsay: drwho_tardisrowofstars on June 3rd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
There needs to be a Doctor Who/Sherlock Holmes crossover episode. And it needs to be like this.
wanderingfriendwanderingfriend on June 3rd, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I. uh. This is brilliant. You *really* just win. In general.
hazelwho: 10rose3dhazelwho on June 3rd, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
This is brilliant! Doctor/Holmes banter for the win! I especially loved Holmes opening and closing his mouth in befuddlement. I bet Ten enjoyed seeing that expression on someone else for once.
Padawanpooh: Holmespadawanpooh on June 4th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
YAYS for DW/SH x-overs!

Lovely characterisation and sneaking into Holmes!canon :-)

*jumps at chance to use Holmes icon*
sunnytyler001sunnytyler001 on June 5th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Sqquuueeee! Two of my ships in the same story!
*is happy*
Mysamysanal on June 8th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oi! Holmes geekery! You so rock!