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Title: That New Agency Nurse
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Characters: John Watson, Mary Morstan
Length: 221b
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP Prompt #3: I Never Get Your Limits. A character's hidden talent saves the day. Unbeta'd. Set post-season 2. Vague spoilers for season 3.
Warning: Potential trigger warning for mention of domestic violence.
Summary: Why did he choose her?

It was a grim story, and a familiar one. Mrs. Johnson had a black eye, a broken cheekbone, two sprained ribs, and multiple sets of fingerprint-sized bruises on her arms that Sher – that were enough to provide forensic evidence.

John left her talking quietly to a nurse in the exam room, whilst he went to fetch a domestic violence support service referral.

There was a shriek of, "Stop, you can't –" from the receptionist, a bellow, "Thought you could hide here, you little bitch," and then a crash echoed through the clinic as John ran back down the hall, heart beating combat-quick.

A split-second assessment outside the exam room door revealed nothing but quiet sobbing. Mouth dry, John slammed open the door, stumbling to a halt as he found Mary bent over Mr. Johnson, who was in an unconscious heap on the floor. Mrs. Johnson was curled in a ball on the exam table, crying.

Mary looked up at him. "Dr. Watson, I … did a bit of self-defense in uni. Amazing how it all comes back," she said, awkwardly punching the air. It would have looked ridiculous if not for the huge man crumpled at her feet and the dangerous glint in her eye.

'Good shot.' 'Yes, must have been, through that window.'

"Good shot," John echoed, hearing wedding bells.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 3rd, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
Teheee!!! That's when he knew!
Great fill, though I still don't like Mary very much, I see how those two fell in love.
Jul. 4th, 2014 03:13 am (UTC)
Well, none of them are exactly normal, are they? Thanks, roj!
Jul. 4th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
:D Excellent ending! Also, I like how John cuts off the thought about Sherlock and the finger bruises.
Jul. 4th, 2014 03:14 am (UTC)
Why thank you. I imagine John had to do that quite a bit, trying to put himself back together after Sherlock's apparent suicide.
Jul. 4th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC)
You dressed all in red.
I was in blue and white.
You shot a man dead.
I just punched out his lights.
Ah yes, I remember it well.
Jul. 4th, 2014 06:04 am (UTC)
Exactly! John thinking Mary was perfect for his caring, doctor side, when really she's perfect for the other, is one of the beautiful ironies of season 3.
Jul. 4th, 2014 08:23 am (UTC)
I can TOTALLY get behind a "Mr and Mrs Smith" approach that would focus on John and Mary's ostensibly normal dull suburban exterior when they're not out on missions shooting bad guys.
Jul. 4th, 2014 07:49 am (UTC)
This is awesome.

Especially the last two lines. :)
Jul. 4th, 2014 08:12 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the comment, gold!
Jul. 6th, 2014 12:43 am (UTC)
This is perfect for BBC Mary (and she is perfect for BBC John)!
Excellent story!
Jul. 6th, 2014 06:58 am (UTC)
They really do suit each other. Thank you for the comment!
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