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Title: Preparing for a Fall
Fandom: Elementary
Characters: Sherlock Holmes
Length: 212
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes July Writing Prompt #1: Warning Sign:Slip/Fall. Unbeta'd. Spoilers for the Season 2 finale, 'The Grand Experiment'.
Summary: These were the facts, and Sherlock's plan must account for them.

Sherlock sat on a park bench equidistant between the club where MI-6 awaited his report, and the Brownstone that Watson no longer considered her home, contemplating the packet of heroin in his breast pocket.

Sherlock dealt poorly with emotional responses, particularly his own. Heroin use was not a productive coping strategy. Yet it remained a tempting one. Perhaps, if Watson found him using, she would … no. Such a ruse had drawn his arch-enemy in, but Watson was familiar enough with his methods to recognize and resist any such attempt at manipulation.

She was leaving. A relapse was therefore highly likely, if not inevitable. These were facts, and SHerlock's plan must account for them. He would rely upon the Work, as always. Gregson would cut him off at the first sign that he was using again, but MI-6's treatment of Arthur West had proven them far less particular. So long as he produced results, they would provide him with cases.

He would just need to be careful to maintain his heroin use, should it occur, at a low level, so as not to significantly impair his performance. It shouldn't be a problem. Sherlock stood up, tugged his jacket straight, and walked quickly towards his appointment, considering how to best offer his services to MI-6.


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Jul. 2nd, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
*sigh* I fear that this situation will be all too likely in the next season. Which is to say, excellent characterization of Sherlock -- and of Watson too, because she does NOT take it well if he tries to manipulate her.

Only quibble I have: what is the woe of Watson in this story?
Jul. 2nd, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
*nods* And she's very aware of the possibility of him trying.

As I understand it, for the July Writing Prompts the comm's woe-requirement is suspended, so long as the story includes Watson.

Thank you for the comment!
Jul. 2nd, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
Aww Sherlock, my heart hurts for him , reading this.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:31 am (UTC)
Thank you, donutsweeper!
Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
To use, or not to use; that is the question.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 06:18 am (UTC)
One to be answered every day. Thanks you, gardnerhill!
Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that this will make more sense to me once I catch up on Season 2. But, it seems the perfect dilemma based on what I have seen of the show so far!
Jul. 3rd, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Oh, sorry for the spoiler! I'm really enjoying the dynamic between Joan and Sherlock. Thanks for the comment!
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