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Title: Transformative Works
Fandom: Elementary
Characters: Moriarty
Length: 221B
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes July Writing Prompt #8: Use a villain's POV. Unbeta'd. Set pre-series, but includes spoilers for the season 1 finale.
Summary: It takes a genius to improve upon a masterpiece.

At first, Sherlock Holmes was an inconvenience. By the third time he meddled in one of my endeavors, I'd begun to consider him a business expense. Normally I was all about cutting costs. But something about him intrigued me.

Seducing Sherlock was child's play. Making him fall in love with me was more of a challenge. Still, as much as I enjoy it, playing Irene isn't a long-term solution; he's far too observant.

Sherlock is a work of art. I'd no more kill him than I'd break into a museum to destroy a Chagall. Then again, the last time I broke into the Guggenheim, I brought my paints, removed La Pluie from storage, and made the reds just a bit more intense before replacing it, none the wiser. People will be admiring my improved version for the next century.

So I don't need to destroy Sherlock. Just alter him a bit. He's terribly clever, but rather monochromatic for my tastes, emotionally. That's when inspiration strikes.

All I need to do is add grief, some rage, perhaps a bit of guilt to his palette. I can order Moran to stage my murder, and then use him to bait Sherlock whenever and however I like. All the entertainment value of the original, none of the threat.

He'll be my masterpiece. Sherlock Holmes – broken.

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
capt_facepalm
Jul. 9th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
Very fitting! And what an interesting perspective you have drawn from Moriarty!
keerawa
Jul. 10th, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
Thank you! The idea of her as an artist got stuck in my head, and this is the result.
gardnerhill
Jul. 10th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC)
Yep, sounds like her thought processes.
keerawa
Jul. 10th, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
Thank you, that's high praise indeed!
pompey01
Jul. 10th, 2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
Moriarty does have her own way of appreciating Sherlock. And not in any way that Joan would appreciate.
keerawa
Jul. 10th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
Now that is very true. Thank you, pomepey01!
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