Ink Your Name Across My Heart by prettyvk (~58,000 words)
The metaphor is imperfect but still workable. If my long term memory is a hard drive, then my short term memory is RAM. The hard drive became read-only following the illness. New data is stored in RAM and can be used while I remain awake. Going to sleep – ‘turning off’ – wipes the RAM, returning the system to what it was prior to the illness.
My vote- Five Stars! First off, this story must have been incredibly difficult to tackle and hats off to the writer for superbly doing so. I had loved watching ‘Memento’ but the main protagonist’s love interest had already been murdered in the story, when he sustained the trauma that caused his anterograde amnesia.
This story was an entirely different ball-game. Here, John has to make a life anew alongside a brilliant man who cannot form any new memories. Even when Sherlock’s condition becomes a tipping point that makes the boys want to be something more than just friends, John throws himself in all too aware that Sherlock will always wake up the next day as ‘just his friend’. That everyday there will be a first confession of love, a first kiss, their first time and John chooses it anyway. Which is what makes him the hero of this story. Kudos for a brilliant effort!