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BBC Sherlock
Rating 12 (non-explicit femslash)
No spoilers for Series 3

Notes: this was inspired by A Strange Adventure by fengirl88 and is a different take on the controversial opera described in that.



The advantage of working for Mycroft Holmes is that he often gets offered hospitality by his contacts, and when he doesn't want the latest treat, he passes it on to Anthea. And two free tickets to the opera means she can take Ella out somewhere; they've had to cut back recently, with their current financial situation.

The disadvantage is there's normally a reason why Mycroft doesn't want his gifts and Anthea's now realising what it is. ENO is less stuffy than Covent Garden and she'd thought Ella would enjoy Die Fledermaus. But she should have known that ENO and Strauss is a conceptual disaster waiting to happen.

Anthea's spotted Mycroft's pet policeman in the audience, so the director might yet get arrested for crimes against taste. And though she's cringing at every new revelation, Ella is surprisingly unruffled as she consults her programme at the interval.

"I see someone still loves Freud," Ella announces. "He's misunderstood him completely, of course, but that's probably the point."

"It is?"

"It's the director's vision that matters, everyone else just exists to serve his genius. A common pattern."

"We don't have to stay," Anthea says hastily, because she can sense where this is going.

"It's OK," Ella says more cheerfully, "but next time perhaps we should pick something ourselves, not just accept your boss's bribes."

Date: 2014-01-07 08:22 pm (UTC)
ext_6322: (Morstan)
From: [identity profile] kalypso-v.livejournal.com
Nice to see the Batgirls here too! I'm a bit worried about what's happened to their finances, though. Is Mycroft cutting corners, or have they been splurging?

Date: 2014-01-09 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marysutherland.livejournal.com
I don't think the squeeze on the finances is Anthea or Ella's fault. MI5's pay isn't actually that good - only about 10% above normal civil service rates, so I believe. And I suspect that Mycroft may be having to cut down on expenses, due to budget cuts. Though he may now have found a sneaky way to boost their budget again (as my next fic will indirectly explain).

Date: 2014-01-07 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fengirl88.livejournal.com
this still makes me cackle very happily, especially Anthea's spotted Mycroft's pet policeman in the audience, so the director might yet get arrested for crimes against taste.

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