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Title: Respiratory, Perfusion, Mental Status
Fandom: Elementary
Rating PG
Characters: Sherlock, Joan,
Length: 252
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP Prompt 2015 #2: Yellow. Unbeta'd.
Summary: Watson was trained for this eventuality.

"If any of you are well enough to stand up and walk out of here, please move towards the fire truck on the corner," Watson announced in a loud, calm voice.

Sherlock obediently tried to stand up, but he couldn't seem to move. He tried to get a look, but the vicious headache when he attempted to open his eyes deterred him quite effectively.

What – the car bombing case, of course. Apparently the perpetrator had set a second, significantly larger bomb to go off just under an hour later, catching the scene investigators and secondary responders.

There was a sound of movement nearby.

"Jesus," Bell muttered.

"Press down there, hard," Watson instructed. "No, harder. As soon as you see an EMT, you tell them she's red. You understand, Marcus? Red."

"Got it, red," Bell confirmed.

Another scuffle of movement, and a quick catch of breath. "Sherlock," Watson hissed.

Sherlock felt a brief touch at his wrist before her fingers curled around his.

"I need you to squeeze my hand, Sherlock. Can you do that for me?" Her voice cracked on the last word.

He tried.

"Thank God," she said, the relief in her voice making it a prayer. "Alright, you're yellow. You might need to wait a while before we get you out of here, there's … a lot of casualties."

There was a whiff of alcohols, 1-propanol and 1-butanol, an uneven pressure across his forehead as Watson scrawled something on his forehead with a marker pen, and then she was gone.


Continued in Choose Your Battleground


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 3rd, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
Fabulous story. I've been taught this triage also as an emergency volunteer.
Jul. 3rd, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, gardnerhill! It's one of those things you HOPE you'll never need to use in RL, but everything is useful for writing!
Jul. 5th, 2015 10:30 am (UTC)
This is great! I don't know what Joan has written on Sherlock's forehead (probably something about which painkillers not to use) but it has VERY cracky potential.
Jul. 5th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
*laughs* That had honestly not occurred to me. She's got 30-60 seconds with each patient, in this sort of triage, so I don't think she drawing a penis on his forehead. Something about painkillers is certainly possible, or just Y for yellow, since she hasn't got any triage tags in her purse.
Jul. 20th, 2015 03:44 am (UTC)
Wow, what a great use of the prompt! Very suspenseful - I hope you continue this.
Jul. 21st, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
Thanks, methylviolet10B. I'm working on the sequel for today's JWP prompt, as a matter of fact!
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