SH - CHANGING BY YOUR SIDE
"You keep talking to me when I’m away?"
"I don’t know. How often are you away?"(BBC Sherlock, The Great Game)
Companion piece to JW - Changing by your side
Inspired by Chapter 1 of my post-Reichenbach epic
This wasn’t supposed to happen. You had never intended to take a flatmate. Of course there was the rent issue, and you definitely did not want to rely on your family’s money or, God forbid, Mycroft’s – wait, were you supposed to consider him family too?
You did not need it. If you set your mind to it, you’re obviously smart enough to succeed financially. As a consulting detective, of course – because really, could you be expected to be anything else? You would never give up the Work for money in any way. In fact, you would never give up the Work for anything.
So yes, you had been rather bored that day, what with Lestrade being stubborn and still not calling you for the serial suicides, and told Mike Stamford of all people that no one would ever want to share a flat with you – something that did sound a bit insecure in hindsight. But even you had certainly not expected the man to come back the very same day with an old pal from uni. You had deduced already that it was useless to talk to Mike – and consequently, harmless - because he couldn’t possibly have known anyone who would cope with someone like you (and who did?). But then he had to suddenly run into John Watson.
And something must have been wrong with you - possibly Molly’s coffee, you never know what she could have mistaken for the sugar in a mortuary - you actually let John catch your interest, and you thought: why not? The army doctor wouldn’t last long anyway, and until then you might even be given some work to do, in which case you wouldn’t even need the distraction any more.
But John had stayed. John had laughed in amazement at your deductions about his past, he had followed you to a crime scene and refused a bribe for spying on you (and God knows, he needed the money). He had killed a man for you within two days of making your acquaintance. And so you had realized how much John needed this – the thrill, the danger, the action. [Read more]