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Heartlines (James Bond/Q + Mycroft Holmes, John Watson/Sherlock Holmes, Ensemble) PG-13 | 11,178 words | Alternate Universe, Crossover (with Sherlock), Near Death Experiences, Soulmate-Identifying Marks | Q and Bond are soulmates. Naturally, it isn't as simple as it sounds.

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potentiality_26: (sherlock)
Title: Heartlines
Fandom: James Bond (Craig movies)/Sherlock
Pairing/Characters: James Bond/Q, John Watson/Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Eve Moneypenny, Bill Tanner
Summary: Soulbond AU: Q and Bond are soulmates. Naturally, it isn't as simple as it sounds.
Rating: PG-13
Length: Medium (11,178 words)
Disclaimer: None of these characters belong to me, sadly.
Notes/Warnings: First of all, I discovered this prompt on the 007 kink meme about a year after it was posted. It's probably just as well that I'm tragically late to the party, because this a) is a crossover that was in no way requested and b) focuses on all the wrong things. That said, the prompt did inspire me, and even though I pretty much failed at writing a fill, there it is. Also, here's A note about Mycroft in this story- you can look at it now if you’re interested in my somewhat lengthy ruminations about this AU, or you can come back and read it later if, after or in the midst of reading, you find yourself angry about him and want to know what the hell I think I’m up to.  Finally, I'm American and this isn't Brit-picked. Apologies.
Excerpt: Oh, to have been matched with an accountant somewhere, Q would absently think as Bond crushed an extremely expensive communications device under his heel and took a woman with this or that piece of information to bed.

“If she stabs him,” Q would observe through gritted teeth. “It’ll serve him right.”

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potentiality_26: (sherlock)
I’m writing Mycroft as aromantic asexual here, which is a slightly prickly topic to tackle in a soulmate AU.

I love these AUs, but it's my first time writing one, and I’m still working out my notions of how they work- but I do know that I think that in a universe where people have a soulmate who they have to be with, whose name is written on their skin, most of the prejudices- or just general lack of understanding- that people who are not strictly heterosexual face wouldn’t exist, because, as a concept, sexualities wouldn’t really exist. Two men might love each other, or two women, or a man and a woman- and their relationships might be sexual, or romantic but not sexual, or strictly platonic, depending on what the two people in question happened to be suited to. They are soulmates, after all. (I’m still not sure how to deal with poly in such a universe, and under the circumstances I’m not touching it.)

Besides that hiccup, though, it’s easy to romanticize such a universe, and since I was playing with the question of under what circumstances might Q feel comfortable- even happy- with the notion of ignoring his soulmate, I delved into what kind of weaknesses such a society would have. And since I couldn’t deny the possibility of people who didn’t have a soulmate, or had what we might call an “unrequited” soulmate, I thought that these would be the groups that society at large was only just beginning to accept and understand.

Which brings us to Mycroft, whose... let's use the word "platonic" though I'm not quite sure it's the one I want, soulmate is his brother. I originally wanted to give this story some kind of “unrequited familial love” tag, given that Sherlock’s soulmate here is John- but the fact is that, as in canon, Mycroft’s love for Sherlock isn’t unrequited, it’s just that Mycroft is single-minded in his not entirely healthy love for his brother, and Sherlock is not. Sherlock has his cases, and he has John. Mycroft has other things in his life too, but nothing else that he truly seems to love.

At any rate, in what was meant to be a short note made entirely too long, what I ultimately want to do is cover myself by saying that Mycroft’s asexuality is more an 'in addition to' his being a person without a “usual” soulmate, rather than a 'because of'. I do not think that people who are asexual- even when they are also aromantic- would of a necessity have no soulmate, or have to pine- platonically or not- after someone whose soulmate was someone else. That said, I do think it might happen sometimes, and it's what happened here.     
 

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