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Title: A Man's Nature
Fandom: ACD Sherlock Holmes
Rating: PG
Characters: Mary Watson, John Watson
Length: 221b
Alternate Link: AO3
Warnings: Period-typical homophobia
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP 2015 Poetry Prompt #8: The Balland of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde. Unbeta'd.
Summary: Mrs and Dr Watson discuss the outcome of a trial.

Mrs Watson enjoyed breakfast with her husband. This was their morning ritual. Over breakfast, they would read the daily paper together, sharing stories that might amuse or interest the other; a quiet intimacy before the distractions of the day. It was a habit he had acquired before their marriage, whilst lodging with the great detective, Sherlock Holmes.

"Oh," Mrs Watson exclaimed.

"Something interesting?"

"The playwright, Oscar Wilde, has been sentenced to two years' hard labor for indecency." She paused to allow her husband to comment, but he sat quite still, hidden behind his paper, so she continued. "It seems a waste. Such a brilliant man, confined with the coarsest of criminals."

"You do not ... condemn him, for his actions?" he asked.

Mrs Watson considered the matter, wiping her mouth delicately with a napkin. "No. I find myself rather moved to pity. For I cannot imagine that any man should engage in such perversion, inviting scandal upon himself and those close to him, should his nature allow him any choice in the matter."

"As always, my dear, you cut to the very heart of the matter," Dr Watson murmured, excusing himself from the table. His face, she noted, was drawn as if he suffered from some long illness or silent grief.

"Take care," she called after him before finishing her breakfast.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 9th, 2015 05:31 am (UTC)
So succinct, but the pain is palpable. Nice work.
Jul. 9th, 2015 06:54 am (UTC)
Thank you, exbex.
Jul. 9th, 2015 07:56 am (UTC)
Ach. And the sad thing is that Mary's view was the progressive one for that time - that homosexuals were sick, not monsters.
Jul. 9th, 2015 08:08 am (UTC)
*nods solemnly* Thank you for commenting, gardnerhill.
Jul. 20th, 2015 05:13 am (UTC)
Ooof. That packed a punch.
Jul. 20th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you. There's a certain ambiguity to it that I like. Is this a completely innocent comment on Mrs Watson's part, or a carefully-worded warning?
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