Anonymous said: Always thought that John's worry over Sherlock's name being smeared by the media in TRF was due to basic empathy, but just realized there's more to it-- He's seen it done before, with another good friend who was destroyed by the media, who became a complete recluse, whose only interaction with people now are getting death threats from them. He knows someone who has never recovered from being publicly torn to shreds the way like that, and doesn't want to see it happen again.
OH. MY. GOD.
why did you
Oh DUDE he HAS.
I only just realized. In the end, he DOES think Sherlock was torn apart by the media…he’s left alone, thinking that the media drove his best friend to suicide by convincing everyone Sherlock was a fake. And blaming himself all the more because he believes he had the opportunity to stop it this time, should have been able to stop it, and failed.
Whoah there Satan, how about we slow down a little.
Maybe take a step back. Have John contact his friends and try to connect, and not be doing it partially because of the guilt eating away at his soul one moment at a time.
something beautiful happened on my dash
AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS
AND THIS FELLA
ARE TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PEOPLE?!!?
The second one is how John really is inside; disheveled, hurt, angry, and close to exploding. Then he fixes his hair, straightens his coat, puts on the mask of a normal well-adjusted man, and walks out into the world pretending to be like everyone else.
Stiff upper lip
It is a tiny bit sexy
Yeah, I know
Was the smoothest escape in the history of EVER.
John SMOOTH Watson.
How YOU doin?
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It sucks that she won’t let it drop, but I know she thought they were dating. Was sure of it. She’s from a time when it was illegal, when it HAD to be violently and firmly stated that a partnership like theirs was NOT romantic.
She’s trying to be supportive, to remind John that it’s okay, she means well, she really does… but. *sighs*
He loves Sherlock, Loves him like air, but not, most assuredly not ever acting on it sexually. (If a part of him had entertained it is neither here nor there. He is emphatically not gay, and he is not accepting of that side of himself if he IS bisexual.)
He’s got enough on his plate emotionally without having to defend his sexuality and self identification… *wants to hug him so hard*
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i love how everyone gives sam winchester the credit for managing to get wifi anywhere he goes.
do you remember the time that john watson
managed to get wifi
in the middle
of a field
in the middle of fucking nowhere
was sam winchester working a case there
no, but the British Government was
This is one of the most important moments, to me. Where we start to understand and feel for John even more than we already have been.
Ship it or don’t ship it, it doesn’t matter. That’s not what they’re implying, here. John and Sherlock - they are (or rather, were, since he thinks Sherlock is dead) best friends. There was this unspoken connection between them..but that’s just it. It was unspoken. John never told Sherlock out loud how much he cared for him, he never did. It was implied and they both understood it, but he never really looked Sherlock in the face and said, “I care so much about you.” Or “You’re my best friend.” Nothing like that was ever said out loud.
His best friend is dead, and he never told him how much he cares. He held it back, probably thought Sherlock would find him ridiculous. Roll his eyes. Call him sentimental. So, he never got to say it.
And that? That’s what breaks my heart. Call it love, call it friendship, call it whatever you want to.
The point here is that John cares so much. And Sherlock never knew.
It’s finished! And I’ve died and gone to heaven! <3
Five Stages of Grief
YOU’RE PUNISHED GO TO YOUR ROOM
I just. John has this nightmare, even 3 years later.
It’s not as common, but it still happens sometimes.
Mary, Mary helps. She’s alive. Vital. He’d probably have drowned if he hadn’t met her.
He’s moved on, but still, his mind reminds him, Sherlock was once in his life… and is now gone.
John hopes that when he marries Mary, the dreams may become even rarer still.
And then Sherlock is there, and every night, the nightmares are back.
Except now they are worse.
Because Sherlock did this. To him.
All his pain. All the loss. Sherlock had done this, and John had grown over the last few years.
And even if he is back, John can not go through that again. He still feels what he has always felt. But now, now he feels more. And worse, knows much more. Has learned. Has grown to love more. Both Mary, and himself.
And everything has changed.
The worst part for John, is that it looks like Sherlock might finally be starting to learn what his emotions are.
Mary can barely keep John from falling completely apart when it all comes breaking out after yet another night terror wakes them both in drenched sheets. It’s the same one from before, made all the worse by memories from Baskerville that now twist and turn the old nightmare into a personal hell.
John never punches Sherlock.
But he doesn’t stop MARY from punching him.
He also finds that watching her do so only makes him that much more in love with her.
Sherlock may be his other half, but that does not mean he is not toxic.
"My dear Watson," said the well-remembered voice. “I owe you a thousand apologies. I had no idea that you would be so affected."
- The Adventure of the Empty House
I published the first page of this a little while back. Sorry that it’s taken me a while to get the rest of this posted!
Some of these scenes (such as Watson and Holmes before the web, or Sherlock and Joan on the rooftop) should seem a little familiar. I very deliberately tried to recreate them from all sorts of screenshots and references.
Thank you very much to everyone who has been so supportive in having me see this through.
"You’ll come with me to-night?"
"When you like and where you like."
"This is, indeed, like the old days.
The difference between Sherlock’s face and John’s face: this is not the first time John has seen this happen to a man.
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