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"I've always trusted your intuition."
"Then trust this: no matter how far and how long we are separated, we shall always come back to each other. That is more than an intuition, my dear fellow — that is a promise."
He looks so lonely...

Deliver Us from Evil is a Sherlockian fanfic series-in-progress by Aleine Skyfire, a.k.a. Gwendolyn Frame. The projected five-book series is based on the events of Sherlock Holmes short stories "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Empty House". Essentially, the series revolves around the peak of Sherlock Holmes's conflict with Professor Moriarty and his criminal empire. The novels with their working titles and taglines are as follows (and will be updated as needed):

  • Mortality: Scotland Yard and Dr. John Watson struggle to prevent the goal of London’s greatest crime lord: the destruction of Sherlock Holmes.
  • The Road to Reichenbach: Caught in a terrible war, Sherlock Holmes finds that the choices he makes will have far-reaching consequences.
  • To Take Up the Pen: With Holmes gone and his reputation maligned, Dr. Watson sets out to honor his memory in The Strand Magazine.
  • Those Dark Hours: As Holmes and Watson approach a final confrontation, they must wonder when the cost will become too high.
  • Dawn's First Light: When Holmes and Watson reunite, they set out to defeat their one great enemy left: Colonel John Moriarty.

The FF.N summary for Mortality is: In November 1890, a murder investigation sparks off a chain of events that will end at a Swiss waterfall. Scotland Yard and Watson struggle to stop Moriarty's most devastating plan: the destruction of Sherlock Holmes. First in a series.

There are also a series of non-linear one-shots, an advent calendar challenge set with related stories, and a set of 100 sentences that form an expiremental continuity for the series. Mortality itself is based off of a story arc in the author's self-published ebook, At the Mercy of the Mind.

Note: Currently under a massive re-write, pending the writing of world-building prequels.

This Series Provides Examples Of:

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    Tropes Common in the Series 

  • Villainous Breakdown: Averted with Moriarty, although both times he is angered in the story, he is well and truly furious.
    • Culverton Smith plays it straight upon his arrest, as per Canon.
  • The Watson: Averted with the Trope Namer himself — played straighter with Lestrade.
  • Wham Line: "And how is your younger brother, Mr. Holmes?"
  • What the Hell, Hero?/Calling the Old Man Out: Gregson and Lestrade dish this out pretty hard to Patterson when they believe Holmes to be dead.
    • Lestrade also gives Holmes a healthy dose in their first scene together.
  • Wicked Cultured: Both Moran and Moriarty.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Davy and Peter Wiggins are both shown as this, the elder being only 22 and the younger being 20 - though they have a mother and a home, they worked as beggars and pickpockets before being hired by Holmes.
  • With a Friend and a Stranger: Watson and Wiggins make their plans with Fred Porlock, a man neither has previously trusted.

    The Road to Reichenbach 


"Our Father… Who art in Heaven… hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy… will be done, in Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us… this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts… as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but… deli — oh, dear God, deliver us from evil! For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen."