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[Sherlock Holmes ACD] --- Stubbornness (JWP#01 2016) 
1st-Jul-2016 05:41 pm
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Title: Stubbornness
Theme: Watson's Woes July Writing Prompts 2016
Prompt: ’Tis But a Scratch: We’re called Watson's Woes, kids... Have Watson choose to hide something bad from Holmes, or to minimize it, for whatever reason; it may or may not end well.
Author: Alaylith
Rating: General Audiences
Universe: ACD
Characters: Holmes, Watson
WordCount: 243
Summary: The first time Holmes has to deal with his new roommate's stubbornness.

A/N: Well, first time writing since Christmas again, I am quite rusty. Also totally stressed out with no time and then I realise that I did not exatly fit the prompt, which took about five rewrites before I had anything I liked. Was eagerly awaiting JWP for the last few weeks and now I am off to a bad start. ;(


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"You can not get up the stairs, doctor."

When Holmes realizes, after having observed Watson for a few days, he simply states the fact without either pity nor judgement and can only shake his head, part exasperated and part amused, when the doctor blushes furiously and refuses to answer.

"Really, doctor," Holmes sighs and comes to a stand at the side of the couch, from which Watson has not risen for days now. "You should have asked for help."
Watson does not react and Holmes shakes his head again.

Too proud to ask for help, Watson had simply stayed in the sitting room for four days now, still wearing the same clothes and having slept on the couch even though that has aggravated his wound.
"Come, doctor, up with you, before Mrs. Hudson starts to dust you."

Still ashamed of his supposed weakness, Watson stays silent and stiffly allows Holmes to pull him to his feet and together they painstakingly take the stairs to the upper bedroom. A terse 'thank you' are the only words out of Watson's mouth when he limps into his room, firmly closing the door behind himself and locking Holmes out. With another head shake Holmes returns to the sitting room, wondering about the stubbornness of his new roommate.

And decades later he will fondly remember this first time he had to deal with the stubbornness of his closest friend, very much to the doctor's ever lasting chagrin.

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Comments 
1st-Jul-2016 04:38 pm (UTC)
Awww. Poor brave boo. He'll learn soon enough not to fear losing face with his new flatmate.
1st-Jul-2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
I like it. I like the bit about Mrs. Hudson dusting, Holmes attempting to assuage Watson's pride with humor. And the 'locking out' phrase. He's doing it literally and figuratively.
1st-Jul-2016 06:38 pm (UTC)
"Come, doctor, up with you, before Mrs. Hudson starts to dust you."

Good one!

I like your portrayals here: Watson so private and proud; Holmes so "Whatever. Get over yourself."
2nd-Jul-2016 02:07 am (UTC)
I liked that line too!

Also, notice how Holmes keeps calling him by his title of Doctor -- as if to say, "you're a medical man, now act like one!"
2nd-Jul-2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
I can definitely see Watson being this stubborn in these early days.
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