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I just had a scene run in my head in full technicolor: Giles bursting into Holmes' study, with a pretty little problem for Holmes to solve. If Giles can first solve the problem of convincing Holmes that he's not a madman, that is. Which he does, in the scene I'm seeing, mostly by standing still and letting Holmes take in the details of his dress and speech. That's the part I really want to write, the Holmes mind in action when presented with a man from 110 years in the future.

Setup can be pretty standard: Ethan gives Giles a booby-trapped artifact. Zap across time. (Let's play the Game and assume that Holmes was a real historical personage in the Buffyverse.) Somebody steals the artifact from Giles. He needs it back so he can get back. Who else to turn to in this hopeless case but the specialist in hopeless cases?

Standard Doyle mode: Watson writing first person, so we get Giles first-hand from Watson, then second-hand in what Holmes chooses to say about him. Set it mid-1880s, pre-Reichenbach Falls. Giles can be a little thrilled to see Gilded Age London-- take in G&S at the Savoy, visit interesting locations destroyed in the Blitz, be appalled by the experience of the Tube, visit a tailor, become impatient with some social issue (probably to do with feminism, which Giles will take for granted). And of course he visits the Watchers of the time. (Interesting question to answer: why doesn't he go to the Watchers first instead of Holmes?)

Oh dear, this plot bunny has a twitchy little nose.
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Oh, I so hope that you write this! It sounds brilliant, in all senses of the word.

Maybe the Council moved offices for the duration in WWII and he can't find the pre-blitz location, or he's unable to establish his bona fides with the (figurative or literal) doorkeeper due to not knowing the then-current password. Or something. Don't mind my clumsy attempts to fan the flame of inspiration.

Darn you! Encouraging me!

Research begun, actually. Need to flesh out my knowledge of Victorian London. I'll probably try sketching out an outline soon. The details of the theft & recovery, the actual mystery part, need working out.
Bless the wikipedia, oh yes, for such maniacal entries as this list of Savoy operas, complete with original run dates. I can set this in 1886 and have Giles see the Mikado, all eager to hear George Grossmith. The Holmes timeline looks clear in 1886. 1888 would be an interesting year for other reasons (Whitechapel murders), but no need for those entanglements.

I'm tempted by the idea of a modern-day frame, but I think I'm going to resist.
*falls into a Savoyard swoon*

Hurrah for the internet, eh?

For additional research purposes, particularly on the women/feminist angle, you might enjoy Judith Walkowitz's books on Victorian working-class women. (Sorry, I'm a librarian by training, I can't help recommending books!)

*encourages you more, with an evil gleam in the eye*