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shippingsock ([personal profile] shippingsock) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2014-01-25 06:40 pm

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the shipping picture prompt meme

SIMILAR TO THE PICTURE PROMPT MEME & THE SMUT PICTURE PROMPT MEME ONLY FOR SHIPPING.

i. COMMENT WITH CHARACTER
ii. OTHERS LEAVE A PICTURE (OR TWO OR THREE....)
iii. REPLY TO THEM WITH A SETTING BASED ON THE IMAGES.

THIS POST WILL BE IMAGE HEAVY.



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formersurgeon: (smiling up)

Re: For consultantdetective

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-19 10:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[This is, of course, far from the first time they've visited a museum together. It's not even the first time they've visited a museum without it being involved in a case. Strictly speaking, there's no difference between this visit to the Met and their previous visits, to see the weapons and armor exhibit, or the Egyptian antiquities (many of which Sherlock identified as fake).

Except this time, they're...what? A couple? It's a weird way of thinking of their current arrangement. Too...mundane. They're romantically involved, yes. They're physically intimate in the privacy of the Brownstone, share a bed when they do sleep. Still, how is it that any of that makes this visit to the museum any different? It shouldn't.

And yet it does.

The Van Gogh exhibit is busy today. The apparent average age of the viewers milling around makes Joan wonder if an art history lecture class from NYU is here on a field trip. The first painting already has a small crowd in front of it. Joan stands behind them with Sherlock. She's silent for a moment, enjoying the beauty of the work. Then she leans slightly closer to Sherlock, speaks very softly.]


One guard at each end of the hall, two visible cameras in the northwest and southeast corners, probably a couple concealed in the ceiling.

[After all, they're not only here to appreciate the art. They're also here to figure out how they would steal it. Purely a mental exercise, of course.]
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[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-19 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
[Sherlock is surprised by this too. Them. As a couple. No, he is not her boyfriend. No, they don't have affectionate and embarrassing nicknames. But they are together and in love. It's delicious, but at the same time it frightens him to the core.

Their relationship has changed from its initial configuration of business partners and house mates. A new level of familiarity has been added rather organically, without discussion. And here they are. On a date, admiring the Van Gogh's work and planning a robbery. Just for the fun of it.

They stop before the Bedroom in Arles and just watch. If a random museum worker was able to steal the Mona Lisa in the past, Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson could definitely plan something to do with a post-impressionist masterpiece.

She leans in and talks about the first details of security, and he can't help but smile.]


Very good, Watson.

[His voice is soft too, and he pulls her closer with an arm, trying to be affectionate.]

Most museums don't have the money to invest in million-dollar systems, let alone the crisscrossing laser-beam detectors that protect priceless objects in action movies. Cameras are, usually, their only security method.

[A beat.]

Compared to banks and jewelry centers, museums are relatively easy targets.
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formersurgeon: (text)

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 12:18 am (UTC)(link)
[He pulls her closer, and she allows herself to lean against him for a long moment. For the most part they haven't been publicly demonstrative of affection. Joan is still wary of the people they work with finding out that they're together and thinking that Sherlock is working with her for any reason other than her skills as an investigator. The chance that it would complicate their work and affect the respect their colleagues had for her was too great for her to ignore.

So after that moment of enjoying his closeness, his affection, she moved away.]


Cameras are easy enough to get past. Hack the feed, loop the footage. Or take them down altogether.
consultantdetective: (reflexive)

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 12:38 am (UTC)(link)
Mmmm.

[He understands how a public relationship could affect their work and Watson's credibility. He squeezes her hand lightly - it's a date, after all - before she moves away.]

After that it's just a matter of getting in.

[He touches the small of her back and leads her to the next painting, walking slowly along with the crowd.]

1990, Boston, Isabella Gardner Museum. Ordinary thieves dressed in fake police uniforms were let in by guards after hours. Just like that. They stole three Rembrandts, five Degas sketches and a Manet and they got away with it. If complete morons can do it, we can. It's child's play.

[The next painting is Road with Cypress and Star.]

Quite lovely, isn't it? Two travelers walking in a lonely road in the company of the stars.
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formersurgeon: (side smile)

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 02:57 am (UTC)(link)
[She squeezes his hand back, firmly, running her thumb lightly over his before letting go. When he touches her back, she smiles, walks slowly alongside him.]

I doubt they'd fall for the policeman gambit again. But we could easily figure out some other way of getting in. Maybe disable the alarm on an emergency exit while here during the day, and come back to use it at night.

[At the next painting, her smile deepens.]

It's beautiful.

[She takes his hand again, squeezing gently, and glances up him, her expression knowing. It's them, of course. Two travelers on a lonely road.]

consultantdetective: (smile)

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 03:14 am (UTC)(link)
[He closes his eyes for one second, relishing the feel of her hand on his and then looks at her face. She's smiling and it's a beautiful sight. He can't help but smile back.]

It is.

[He blinks and lets go of her hand, still smiling. Too much public affection.]

Disabling the alarm would be too complicated. Art robbery finds it's full glory in the audacity of the thieves.

[He looks around and tries to speak in a lower tone.]

Two men stole The Scream in 2004 with nothing more than a handgun, Watson. Four years later, in a prestigious Zurich museum, three thieves simply walked in and took four Impressionist works of the wall. They got away with it and the paintings are still out there.

[A beat.]

We could use our detective status to prompt a fake investigation, ask for some blueprints and a private tour through the museum and then... voilá!
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formersurgeon: (Default)

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
[She loves that smile. Loves sharing these moments with him.

Loves him.

Just because she doesn't want to be too public about their relationship doesn't mean she doesn't want to touch him. Share affection.]


I think that would draw to much attention to ourselves. It sounds like one of the important qualities of a successful art thief is anonymity.
consultantdetective: (exceptional)

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 03:40 am (UTC)(link)
[Planning an art robbery is way more complicated than he previously thought.]

Mmmm. You have a point.

[The crowd moves and he leads her again to the next painting with his hand in her back, his fingers playing with the fabric of her shirt.]

Ah! The Irises. Quite frankly, I never understood why geniuses like Van Gogh could waste their precious time painting... you know, mundane flowers.
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[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
I like it. Seeing the beauty in ordinary things. I think that's actually a mark of genius.

[She can feel his fingers on her shirt, and glances at him briefly to give him a smile before turning her attention back to the piece.]

Have you ever tried painting?
consultantdetective: (sassy)

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 04:22 am (UTC)(link)
"Seeing the beauty in ordinary things."

[Sherlock repeats her words and smiles to himself, considering them for a moment. Watson teached him to see the beauty in so many things that he used to ignore or dismiss. Friendship, partnership, love. Mundane feelings that now are strong and powerful within him.

Then she asks something and her voice snaps him out of his thoughts.]


Painting? Yes. And I was terrible at it. Never understood the color mixings, the right way to use a brush, how to feel the work. My artistic abilities and sensitivities are restricted to music.

[He offers her a shy smile.]

You?
formersurgeon: (worried)

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
Not in a long time. I took a couple art classes in college. The first was a cross listed course. Introductory figure sketching with an emphasis on anatomy. I liked it, so I took introductory painting the next semester. Never did much with it, but I enjoyed it.

[She goes still and serious.]

Nothing compared to Moriarty, of course.

[She glances at him.]
consultantdetective: (exceptional)

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
[Of course. All this Art would end up in Moriarty. His face flinches when he hears the name.

Sherlock holds her gaze with his eyes and pulls her slightly closer with the hand in her back.]


No. It can't be compared.

You have integrity and passion for knowledge. Your eagerness and desire to learn makes you bright, interesting and quite charming. [He smiles.] Moriarty, on the other hand... All the things she does have a layer of cynicism. One can never be sure if her interest in something is genuine or pure manipulation. Of course, this can be a wild challenge for any living mind but... Well, everything has a sour taste that ruins the brilliance of it.

[A beat.]

I'd love to see your drawings. Your anatomy skills are quite impressive, Watson. Your sketches must've been fascinating.
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formersurgeon: (amused)

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 04:56 am (UTC)(link)
[She was bound to come up, of course. The woman is evil, entirely morally bankrupt, but that doesn't change the fact that she's also talented. Now that she's been addressed, though, she can be forgotten.]

I'd love to show them to you. I think I have a sketchbook or two tucked away somewhere.
consultantdetective: (surprised)

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 05:02 am (UTC)(link)
I'd like that.

[Sherlock is relieved when she drops the subject of Moriarty. The woman is too unpleasant to be discussed in their first date.]

I imagined that you had a latent interest in Art. In certain crime scenes you displayed unusual knowledge and interest. Do you remember the case involving Le Chevalier? You managed to identify a real Hopper in seconds.

[He looks at the painting in front of them. The crowd already moved on, but they're still there, looking at the flowers.]

Besides drawing and painting, do you have more hidden artistic abilities? Writing, perhaps? I always see you making notes of the cases, distracted in your computer for hours while typing... You look like a writer.
formersurgeon: (sly)

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 05:16 am (UTC)(link)
[She smiles at that, wide and sly. Of course he's noticed. She wonders how much of the truth he's already been able to deduce.]

Maybe. I've been sort of trying my hand at it. Working on a little project.
consultantdetective: (surprised)

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 05:19 am (UTC)(link)
Really?

[He looks at her, genuinely surprised. He deduced that she spent a great deal typing something in her computer, but didn't know what or why.]

A little project about what?
formersurgeon: (sly)

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
Sorry, you're going to have to wait. It's way too early to share.

[She's being playfully coy, but there's no way she's going to tell him that she's writing about him, intending to one day share him with the world.]
consultantdetective: (smile)

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 05:39 am (UTC)(link)
Mmmm.

[He can't help but smile. She's being deliberately mysterious and he enjoys it so much.]

Alright then.
formersurgeon: (profiles)

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 05:58 am (UTC)(link)
[She moves on to the next painting, one of his many self portraits. She gazes at it, silent for a long moment, her expression contemplative. Perhaps a little sad.]

He looks haunted. Interesting, that he would portray himself that way.
consultantdetective: (side)

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 06:12 am (UTC)(link)
Almost all his self-portraits were painted when he was locked in mental institutions. He used a single mirror to reproduce his face.

[Van Gogh had schizophrenia. It's common knowledge and Watson is not stupid. He looks at her face and can only imagine what she is thinking.]

He used to say that portraits excited me to the depths of his soul, and made him feel the infinite of the universe more than anything else. He found peace within himself. Fascinating man.

[A beat.]

All misunderstood ones are.

[Sherlock thinks of Watson's father and all he had to endure. He looks at her and holds her hand.]
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formersurgeon: (b&w)

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 04:00 pm (UTC)(link)
[She holds his hand this time, not pulling away.]

We're always more than our afflictions. It's too bad most people don't recognize that.

[The people that would call her father a "nut bar," or dismiss her former clients as nothing more than addicts.]
consultantdetective: (exceptional)

Sorry! Just got home from work haha!

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
At least some of us do. It makes the world less unbearable.

[It's a direct compliment. Watson makes the world less unbearable for a lot of people. Her father, her former clients, him.]

formersurgeon: (livid)

No worries! <3

[personal profile] formersurgeon 2014-02-20 10:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[She squeezes his hand in appreciation, leaning closer again, her shoulder against his.]

Often it's the misunderstood ones that actually make the world better. Van Gogh certainly did.

[He certainly does.]
consultantdetective: (smile)

[personal profile] consultantdetective 2014-02-20 10:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[He feels her shoulder against his and asks her softly.]

Kissing in public is allowed?

[A small one. A peck on the lips, maybe. It's their first date, after all.]

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