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Title: The Disappearing Disease
Fandom: Elementary
Rating: G
Length: 156 words
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP 2016 Prompt #7: Epidemic. Unbeta'd, so please feel free to point out any errors.

Summary: A few months ago, there were 8.5 million in New York City. Now? Who knows.

Sherlock lay swathed in several layers of blankets on a mattress, sweating profusely. Joan knelt on the floor beside him.

"Mmm-hmmm!" he mumbled around a thermometer.

Joan pulled it from his mouth, held it by the single candle that lit the room, and grimaced.

"We have to save them," he continued, clutching at her hand.

"Who?" she asked absently.

"Euglassia Watsonia. I see everything, Watson. Remember everything. Population statistics. Trends. Colony collapse - pesticides, parasites, pathogens, climate change, radiation, malnutrition, epidemic, extinction, apocalypse! It ricochets round inside, gives me a terrible headache, please, it's not too late, not yet, they're just on the roof, you can still save them," he pleaded with her.

"All right, Sherlock," Joan soothed him. "There's no point in going to the ER. The hospitals are flooded with patients right now. So we'll stay here. I'll look after you. And as soon as your fever breaks, I'll go check on the bees."

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
daria234
Jul. 8th, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
Great one!
keerawa
Jul. 8th, 2016 06:13 am (UTC)
Thanks darla!
pompey01
Jul. 8th, 2016 04:33 am (UTC)
Aww, Sherlock is so cute worrying about his E. Watsonia bees!

And you have something that tends to be lacking in woe-fics set in modern time -- a plausible reason not to take the very sick person to the hospital. *applauds*
keerawa
Jul. 8th, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
*sweeps a bow* Thank you, pompey01!
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