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Title: I was much reminded of my brother, Harry
Fandom: Gleefully cherry-picking from ACD Sherlock and Victorian BBC Sherlock
Rating: G
Length: 221b
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP 2016 Prompt #5: A False Moustache. Details of the 1870 Boulton and Park case and its implications in Victorian society can be found here. Unbeta'd, so please feel free to point out any errors.

Summary: I am observant in some ways, just as Holmes is quite blind in others.

I honored my word, and kept the King of Bohemia's secret for a full two years before publishing 'A Scandal in Bohemia'. There were, however, a few details of the case that I withheld even then, rather than encourage the public hysteria that followed the arrest of Ernest 'Stella' Boulton and Frederick 'Fanny' Park in 1870. You see, I am observant in some ways, just as Holmes is quite blind in others.

I hope I included just enough evidence that Ms. Adler's full bravery, cleverness, and integrity might not be forever lost to history. I faithfully reported the King's statement, 'She has the face of the most beautiful of women, and the mind of the most resolute of men.' I transcribed the full text of her note to Holmes, even to 'Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage of the freedom which it gives.' I altered only a single word – her married name.

Any devotee of opera must be aware that the famous contralto married, not the lawyer Godfrey Norton, as reported in The Strand, but the mortician Milo Hooper. I understand that they are married still, living together on the Continent, and are well-regarded in their respective fields.

I've no idea who wears the trousers in their household, but I suppose it's none of our business.

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methylviolet10b
Jul. 6th, 2016 06:05 am (UTC)
Lovely! A much more fitting 'end' than the one Watson published.
keerawa
Jul. 6th, 2016 06:18 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't know - Doyle showed Irene Adler more respect, in many ways, than Moffat. Literally the only thing I've changed here is the name of Irene's spouse, whilst encouraging people to consider 'Watson's' words in a different light.
methylviolet10b
Jul. 7th, 2016 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh, no argument there - I *hated* what Moffat did to Adler. :-p
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