AU where Victor is an MI6 agent and was killed on an assignment a few years before Sherlock met John and when Sherlock leaves John and Mary’s wedding early he goes to visit Victor’s grave
And there’s a lot of remembering their time together and Sherlock is about to break down crying and then
"I’m sorry, William."
Sherlock turns around and Victor is standing there and he’s alive and then there’s hugging and let me have my happiness
Sherlock going by William until he meets Victor in uni
Victor discovering his second name and insisting on calling him ‘Sherlock’ or any variation of it
After they lose contact Sherlock deciding to go by that permanently because it reminds him of Victor
AAAAH THIS HURTS BECAUSE BRIT & I MADE UP THIS HEARTBREAKING HEADCANON OKAY:
After John’s wedding, Sherlock and Victor get back in touch. Victor provides a shoulder to cry on for Sherlock, despite how much it hurts to see him pining over John, because Victor’s loved him ever since university. Their relationships slowly rebuilds itself, and Victor and Sherlock end up getting married, and they’re happy enough, but sometimes Victor hears Sherlock murmuring John’s name in his sleep. Mary is the first to pass away, then Victor. Sherlock is at his bedside holding his hand when it happens. Before he dies, Victor meets Sherlock’s eyes and says “I want you to do one last thing for me.” Sherlock, in tears - because he did love Victor; John was the love of his life, but he did love him - replies “Anything.” Victor’s last words are “Tell him you love him.”
Before he died, Victor wrote a letter to John, telling him how lucky he is to be loved by Sherlock Holmes, and how much it hurts to be loved by your spouse less than you love them, and asking him, if he ends up with Sherlock, not to let that happen to Sherlock, and to love him as he deserves to be loved. Sherlock does tell John, and John smiles sadly and replies “I know.” The end up having a quiet wedding in Sussex. They’re both in their eighties. John receives the letter. He never tells Sherlock that Victor was unhappy with him. The live another ten years together. Sherlock finds himself wishing every day that they’d had more time, and then he feels guilty for not valuing Victor enough. Sherlock and John’s health deteriorate at an almost identical rate, and the die together, side by side, hand in hand. As they should.
Victor Trevor going to work as everyday and passing by newsstand and seeing Sherlock’s face on the first page~
And buying the newspaper and smiling at it~
And finding himself reading the piece over and over again back at his home next to the fireplace~
And then putting it back on the table and smiling as he sip from his cup of tea and thinking
"Oh, he made it, that idiot."
My gift to my dear friend, Melissa!
Well, as I’ve said before when someone asked me to convince them to ship Johnlock, you don’t have to ship it! It’s totally your choice, and with Viclock, there’s much less to go on than there is with Johnlock, but here is why I ship it!
In The Adventure of the Gloria Scott, in which Victor Trevor makes his canonical appearance, he is introduced thus:
"You never heard me talk of Victor Trevor?" he asked. "He was the only friend I made during the two years I was at college. I was never a very sociable fellow, Watson, always rather fond of moping in my rooms and working out my own little methods of thought, so that I never mixed much with the men of my year. Bar fencing and boxing I had few athletic tastes, and then my line of study was quite distinct from that of the other fellows, so that we had no points of contact at all. Trevor was the only man I knew, and that only through the accident of his bull terrier freezing on to my ankle one morning as I went down to chapel.
"It was a prosaic way of forming a friendship, but it was effective. I was laid by the heels for ten days, but Trevor used to come in to inquire after me. At first it was only a minute’s chat, but soon his visits lengthened, and before the end of the term we were close friends. He was a hearty, full-blooded fellow, full of spirits and energy, the very opposite to me in most respects, but we had some subjects in common, and it was a bond of union when I found that he was as friendless as I. Finally, he invited me down to his father’s place at Donnithorpe, in Norfolk, and I accepted his hospitality for a month of the long vacation.’
The majority of my reasons for shipping Viclock come from that passage. Let me break it down.
- ‘“You never heard me talk of Victor Trevor?” he asked.’
That implies surprise that he never spoke of Victor, and yet he had not seen him since university. Victor was evidently important to him, then.
- 'He was the only friend I made during the two years I was at college.'
Sherlock spits ‘I don’t have friends’ in such a disgusted tone in The Hounds of Baskerville, yet it is evident that his spite is a mask he wears to cover his own insecurities. It is evident how important his friends are to him, and how hurt he is when John amends that he is Sherlock’s ‘colleague’, and when Sebastian said ‘we hated him’. Sherlock doesn’t really hate humanity, he just finds himself an oddly-shaped piece that doesn’t quite fit the jigsaw. He is, or was, a very lonely man. Mycroft even laughed at the concept of Sherlock having a school friend. Victor was, if accepted as canon to the BBCverse, his only friend prior to meeting John, which must have given him a rather special place in Sherlock’s life and heart.
- 'At first it was only a minute's chat, but soon his visits lengthened, and before the end of the term we were close friends.'
In both the books and the BBC canon, Sherlock despises small talk and ‘sometimes [doesn’t] talk for days on end’, yet he has small chats with Victor and finds enough to talk about that those develop into full conversations between close friends. I imagine there are few people who could achieve that with Sherlock.
- 'He was a hearty, full-blooded fellow, full of spirits and energy, the very opposite to me in most respects, but we had some subjects in common'
This is one of the reasons that I ship Johnlock - they are generally very different, though have enough common interests to make for a strong and mutually beneficial relationship. The same applies to Viclock.
- ’it was a bond of union when I found that he was as friendless as I’
They were both lonely young men, with complementary personalities and nobody else. That would surely make their relationship, whether platonic or romantic and/or sexual, a very strong one.
- 'Finally, he invited me down to his father's place at Donnithorpe, in Norfolk, and I accepted his hospitality for a month of the long vacation.'
Sherlock hates holidaying. In The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot, Watson insists that they holiday in Cornwall for Holmes’ health, and Holmes not only takes a lot of persuading, but gets terribly bored while there and ends up taking a case. Does it not say something, therefore, that he willingly holidayed with Victor for a month?
On another note, with reference to a question about whether Sherlock was really a virgin, Moffat said that he thinks not, and that ‘there’s a history there’. As Victor was his only friend prior to John, might that not be his history?
I also think it’s a very interesting dynamic to explore, not only for the reasons listed above, but also because Holmes did not see nor even mention him for so long. What happened between them? What caused such a lonely man to part with his only friend in the world, and a close one, too? There’s such a mysterious and intriguing history there, and I think it’s a fascinating one to explore.