The Heart in the Whole by Verity Burns
Summary: Events after The Great Game leave Sherlock dependent on his best friend and colleague. But John has a secret of his own… Hurt/Comfort, Romance. Slash.
What we thought: In a word: fantastic. A multi chaptered long fic that has good enough pacing to pull you along the story throughout. It’s a joy to read, perfectly authentic, well developed, and sensitive. The relationship is treated incredibly in character and slow burning, developing with the care and respect that you’d expect from the two close flatmates who are both compromised by Sherlock’s new disability, and yet curious. It is beautifully romantic in both it’s platonic and sexual sides, and thus feels realistic in its development. There are subtle shorter plots running through the chapters that tie the characters very closely to the canon BBC Sherlock universe, and the minor characters are treated as well as the first. The fanfic takes no easy routes, developing each plot point - be it emotional or even action - with care and skill. Absorbing, beautifully written and a wonderful read. I can’t recommend it highly enough, for people who pair Sherlock and John and even those who don’t. One of our favourite fics of all time.
*one of my favorites*