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JWP #27: Three Little Words (Ritchie-verse)

Author: methylviolet10b
Rating: PG
Universe: Ritchie
Character(s): Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Summary: It only took three words. Written for JWP #27:Thx 4 Nothing (a too-short communication.)
Warnings: Introspection. Whump.  And absolutely no beta. This was written in a huge rush. You have been warned.
Word Count: 200

Delay Inspector Carlyle FINAL STOP

That was the extent of my telegram. A foolish economy of words.

I did not specify why I wanted Inspector Carlyle delayed. I anticipated, rightly, that Watson act without question. I did not need to explain further.

I absolutely should have realized that Watson would act directly, and thereby place himself right in harm’s way.

Send Johnson to delay Inspector Carlyle FINAL STOP

Three extra words would have sufficed. I had already employed Johnson in the investigation. He knew enough to have avoided any direct interaction with the man while still succeeding in his mandate.

Watson, however, did not know. I had kept him in the dark, as I often did. Not because I did not trust him, but because I took too much delight in his reactions when I did reveal all.

Too clever by half, as Johnson might say. Which is to say, too stupid by far. Too impatient. Too careless.

“Not…your fault,” Watson told me before losing his fight to remain conscious.

That was a day ago. He has not woken since.

And contrary to his mistaken belief, this is my fault. I know it, can calculate it, to the very word.

Comments

( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
gardnerhill
Jul. 28th, 2016 05:35 am (UTC)
*eep*

OMG the value of those three little words.
methylviolet10b
Jul. 30th, 2016 05:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!
laurose8
Jul. 28th, 2016 05:41 am (UTC)
An original and canonesque problem, very well written.
methylviolet10b
Jul. 30th, 2016 05:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!
capt_facepalm
Jul. 28th, 2016 10:00 am (UTC)
Poor Holmes. Nice twist. Poor Holmes.
methylviolet10b
Jul. 30th, 2016 05:25 am (UTC)
Poor Holmes, and Watson's not having such a great day, either.

Thanks!
donutsweeper
Jul. 28th, 2016 02:02 pm (UTC)
Ooh OUCH! My heart! Poor Watson, poor Holmes.
methylviolet10b
Jul. 30th, 2016 05:26 am (UTC)
July's not been easy on either of them, I'm afraid.

Thanks!
mazaher
Jul. 28th, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oh... I hope Watson recovers very soon and Holmes will be less cryptic next time, and the next, and the next...
methylviolet10b
Jul. 30th, 2016 05:27 am (UTC)
Let's hope lessons have been learned.

Thank you!
caffienekitty
Aug. 3rd, 2016 06:46 am (UTC)
Oh noooooooo! Poor everyone!
methylviolet10b
Aug. 8th, 2016 05:28 am (UTC)
Not a good day for anyone, no.

Thank you!
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