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Sherlock Fanfic: A New Leaf (JWP 2015 #3)
Title: A New Leaf
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Alternate Postings: AO3
Rating/Content: PG13, totally inaccurate military procedures, stereotyping of British and Afghan weather patterns, arty musings.
Warnings: none
Word Count: 285
Disclaimer: Not my world.
Notes: Written for watsons_woes July Writing Prompt #3: Image: Skull leaf. Not too happy with this one, but it's past the deadline now, so oh well. :-/

Summary: In Afghanistan, John takes a quiet moment to muse about leaves.

A New Leaf

The leaf was wrong. Not the leaf itself, really; that looked much the same as any ash leaf John had seen in any London park. It was just that autumn leaves back home didn't get dry and crunchy, not often anyway.

The sun beat down as he sat against his pack, waiting for the word to go forward. That was Afghanistan for you: wait, wait, mayhem, wait. With a thumbnail, John cracked out tiny sections of the leaf, exposing the framework of the desiccated veins.

Leaves turned colours and fell the same here and in London and anywhere else, but in John's experience London leaves usually sogged up in the damp and rain, pulping under tyres to a fibrous brown mash along the roadsides, looking like a bowl of Weetabix left on the mess table when an alert was called. Very few truly brittle leaves.

"Whatcha doin' Doc?"

John squinted into the sun at the American-accented shadow, one of the multinational forces in the unit to which he was currently attached. "Sorry?"

The soldier squatted low and gestured at the leaf, reduced in John's hands to its skeleton.

"Off on your own here, playing with a leaf? Thinkin' about the passage of time, fragility of life, some deep bullshit like that?" White even teeth flashed in a grin.

John raised a sunburnt and sardonic eyebrow. "I'm thinking if we're positioned behind this ridge waiting for much longer, I may start to grow roots."

"Good news then. Forward ops just radioed they started the strike. We'll be moving in to bat clean up soon. Pack your crap and get ready."

"I'm always ready," John said, setting the bones of the ash leaf down on a rock, picking up his pack and moving forward.

(that's all. Meh.)

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capt_facepalm From: capt_facepalm Date: July 4th, 2015 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww. You are too hard on yourself. This is a fine vignette!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: July 4th, 2015 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you think so.
alaylith From: alaylith Date: July 4th, 2015 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm, I never thought about how autumn leaves turn out to be different depending on the climate. oO

But you always have the most curious / crazied thoughts while waiting. XD
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: July 4th, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a little projection on my part to be honest. Where I grew up it's damp, so watching TV and seeing kids jumping into piles of colourful crunchy dry leaves was entrancing, but piles of leaves here are like wet cardboard so it wasn't so appealing in reality. :-P
pompey01 From: pompey01 Date: July 5th, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I liked this!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: July 6th, 2015 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad!
methylviolet10b From: methylviolet10b Date: July 18th, 2015 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, first of all this wasn't late, as technically you had until the 8th to get the first 7 prompts done, so. ;-) And secondly, this is just fine. Having spent some time in perpetually warm, dry places, I can tell you that the leaves do just turn crispy brown and fall off - no color, no autumn glory. At least that's what I saw. Nice job!

(yes, I'm trying to play catch-up. So many good stories in July, so very little time, particularly this year!)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: July 20th, 2015 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I forgot that about the rules. I've definitely been late several times since though, but I'm going more for 'something for each prompt' this year rather than trying to hit all the deadlines.

I'm amazed at the participation level this year, I definitely haven't been able to keep up!
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