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Sherlock Fic: Mornington Crescent Revisited
Title: Mornington Crescent Revisited
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC 2010)
Disclaimer: Not my world or my characters.
Rating/Warnings: Gen. PG. Conversation-format. Silly. Will likely make NO SENSE. Not beta'd
Word Count: 330 words
A/N: Triggered by a 'Make me a Monday' prompt by rinyula, but this is more like the coda to the fic the prompt is asking for, maybe. Everything I know about Mornington Crescent came from Wikipedia, so I'm pretty sure I've got everything horribly wrong. Contains a reference to 'Good Omens'. [LJ-Only]
Summary: Sherlock only ever plays to win.

Mornington Crescent Revisited
by CaffieneKitty

"Mornington Crescent."

"Not possible."

"It can't be not possible."

"You can't get from Picadilly to Mornington Crescent like that, it's against the rules."

"I keep telling you, there are no actual rules."

"Every game has rules, John, even if the players aren't conciously aware of them."


"All those times you and Lestrade played, there were rules you were following."

"No there weren't, we were just doing it to wind you up when you were being a prat."

"Ah, but you followed rules regardless."

"That's not... Well, sort of, I guess, if you stretch the definition of 'rules'."

"Always. Now. How exactly do you propose you got from Picadilly Circus to Mornington Crescent with no intervening stops?"


"No walks longer than two minutes."

"That was never said!"

"It's what I have observed."

"How about you then? You said you could skip three stations by going through the back rooms at that bookshop!"

"You can. If you'd like, we can go out right now and I'll prove it to you."

"No, that's fine, I'm sure you'd know."

"So, how do you justify Picadilly to Mornington Crescent?"

"I dunno. Anything. Tunnel-drilling Tibetan monks."

"Don't be facetious."

"I'm not! If you can use a bookshop's back rooms, I don't see why I can't use tunnel-drilling Tibetan monks."

"Because the bookshop's back rooms exist. Tunnel-drilling Tibetan monks don't."

"Do you know that for sure? Have you been to Tibet?"

"Yes, have you?"

"...no. But you might just not have met any tunnel-drilling monks while you were there."

"And if I have been to Tibet and haven't met any tunnel-drilling Tibetan monks, and you haven't been to Tibet at all, how would you hold sufficient sway over tunnel-drilling Tibetan monks to get one to drill a hole from Picadilly to Mornington Crescent? One that can be walked in less than two minutes?"

"Maybe I know one from Afghanistan. Multi-national forces after all."

"I am certain that a Tibetan monk, tunnel-drilling or not, would not be part of the war in Afghanistan."

"Civilian consultant? Lot of tunnels in Afghanistan."

"It would still need to be a tunnel you could walk in less than two minutes and the geographical distance alone-"

"Okay! I'll leave off about the monks! Wormhole then."


"Trans-dimensional portal?"

"If you're going to be ridiculous-"

"All right, fine! I withdraw my Mornington Crescent! Bloody Charing Cross instead!"

"Thank you."

"You're welcome."

"Oh and John?"


"Mornington Crescent in six moves."

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(that's all, apologies to Mornington Crescent aficionados)

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definewisdom From: definewisdom Date: October 12th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee... That was fun. Of course Sherlock would be able to put rules to Mornington Crescent. He can deduce anything.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 14th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think he wouldn't accept 'there are no rules' as an answer at the very least. :-)
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caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 14th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! They slip in here and there.
rinyula From: rinyula Date: October 12th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was amazing! I love Sherlock trying force *some* sort of logic onto the game. XD And the last line is gold. Thank you for writing it! <3

(Also, Good Omens reference! *squee*)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 14th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you liked it, and I'm glad I looked it up on Wiki.
tehomet From: tehomet Date: October 12th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
It amuses me that the Cucumberpatch has actually been to Tibet.

Great story. :D

There's about three Mornington Crescent inspired ficlets on the comm right now and they are all worth reading, IMHO, but this is the only one in which Sherlock starts deducing, or possibly divining, rules. How appropriate and IC for him!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 14th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that was a bit of a Cumberpatch insert there, but I imagine Sherlock's been to a lot of odd places in the world, if he'll fly to Minsk on the off chance of a case.

rinyula is the one who dropped a 'Mornington Crescent' prompt in the Make Me a Monday post, so she's to blame. :-)
arianedevere From: arianedevere Date: October 12th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is bloody marvellous!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 14th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
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caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 14th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you liked it!
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: October 12th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't know the game, but...

"Tunnel-drilling Tibetan monks" FTW..lol
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 14th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that's the Good Omens reference. :-) It's a game that would drive me insane if anyone played it at me, so I'm glad I read up on it.
katead From: katead Date: October 12th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
...I have nothing to add
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 14th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
You've added plenty! Thank you!
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caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 14th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
dendritejungle From: dendritejungle Date: October 16th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah! I'm glad you warned for "no sense", though it made much MORE sense once I read what Mornington Crescent actually was - thanks for the link! :D

Appropriate icon is appropriate. ;)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 17th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, there's another 'Mornington Crescent' fic in the Sherlock fandom that's far more awesome than mine. I'd be like Sherlock if I hadn't researched it already. It's a game, it's got to have rules of some kind.
quamquam20 From: quamquam20 Date: October 17th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol how have I not read this yet!? It's amazing. I love how quickly it gets complicated XD
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 17th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Isn't that always the way with things involving Sherlock though? XD
quamquam20 From: quamquam20 Date: October 18th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
hahaha definitely. He can't even enjoy a nice round of MC.
musical_lottie From: musical_lottie Date: November 3rd, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great fic! I loved it.

I, er, have researched Mornington Crescent as extensively as I can, yet it still baffles me due to the complete lack of rules - I just can't get my heard around that.

caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 4th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the thing is that it's not really a game, it's a joke played by two people on a third, and the entire point is that there are no rules and it's meant to be as maddening as possible. Sherlock would figure out rules for it anyway though.
rilakkuma_donut From: rilakkuma_donut Date: May 30th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
*giggles madly* Lovely! ♥
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: May 30th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
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