I'm aware that I may be courting disaster, but I ask my fellow members to humor me. I managed to finish The Language of Bees some time ago and was as blown away as many of us here. For me some parts of it recaptured the bittersweet charm of The Beekeeper's Apprentice. However it did make me conscious, more than ever, of the mortality of the characters, of Holmes in particular. Which brings me to my odd request: I'm looking for a fic. (There! I said it!) I ask this because I've been going crazy trying to find it, just so I could compare my impressions of it now to my impressions of it before, prior to LANG. In the story, Russell finds out that Holmes is dying (I think it may have been a form of cancer). I think they may be in the States for the story's duration, or they may not be. What I remember clearly is that they have a child (at least one) and that while Holmes and Russell are in a bedroom, discussing this new revelation, the child is playing among the trees in the grounds. It's driving me crazy that I can't find this story. I'm a bit wary about posting fic queries here, but I did read the manifesto and I did try looking for a permanent thread for fanfiction, but couldn't find any. (I will gladly delete this post should it be found offensive.) I would be so grateful for anybody's help!
You are incredible. Thank you! I was thinking it was probably her, but then yesterday I was at her ff.net page looking through the stories there and somehow managed to miss this one. Thank you, thank you, thank you.