This is gift-art for a very dear friend and fellow Sherlockian, Riandra [link]
Her fanfic, A Study in Regret
, is on its way to becoming a full-length novel, and it is absolutely fantastic
! Seriously, I can't tell you just how good it is, so go read it: [link]Dedicated to Aleine Skyfire. What if events had turned out for the worst after Moriarty's death at Reichenbach? Character death, drug and torture references.
ASIR also has its own TV Tropes page: [link]
Allow me to fangirl a bit now, please. When Ria first messaged me, she told me that she was a big fan of my novel-in-progress [link]
and then asked me if I'd let her post up a one-shot of hers that was inspired by my novel. Well, wow! I said yes, I read it, and... seriously? I was blown away.
The emotions, the pain, were painted so vividly. Sherlock Holmes jumped out from the screen as a fully-realized character, and it was fantastic
. Each new chapter was a treat, despite Holmes's physical and internal agony. Then Lestrade arrived on the scene, and Mary with him. I could have burst with giddiness. Both were treated so respectfully and, yes, so vividly.
I could really go on forever on how excellent this story is (and pretty much am doing so on its TV Tropes pages), but the best thing I can say for it is this: Go treat yourself to it. You have no idea what you're missing if you don't. This is one of those rare gems of fanfiction that equals and transcends
And, with any luck, we'll see it someday amongst MX Publishing's online bookshelves.
(Artist's Comments: I seem to like this sketchy style lately.
This was indeed drawn on deviantART muro
, but I copied the pic to my hard drive so that I could add the title. The red in the background is obvious - chocolate-chip cookies to whoever guesses correctly what the blue
in the background represents.)