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[Sherlock Holmes ACD] --- Empty (JWP#03 2016) 
3rd-Jul-2016 12:51 pm
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Title: Empty
Theme: Watson's Woes July Writing Prompts 2016
Prompt: #03 A cardboard box: whether it contains human ears or nothing at all, include a cardboard box somewhere in your entry.
Author: Alaylith
Rating: General Audiences
Universe: ACD
Characters: Watson, Holmes
WordCount: 221b
Summary: There is one thing that always catches his attention.



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There are many things that are curious about his new roommate and Watson learns quickly that he may never get explanations for most of them.
For example there is the excentric behaviour, the sometime occuring periods of melancholy and the visitors from the lowest beggar to the well-off financer.

Among Holmes' possessions, a few Watson sometimes does not even want an explanation for, there is one thing that always catches his attention.
It is a small, plain cardboard box sitting on the corner of Holmes' desk and whenever Watson enters the room he throws it a short look.

On one of their earliest days the box was knocked over and Watson fumbled to catch it, but Holmes simply shrugged and told him not to worry as there is nothing inside.
Watson did not ask as to why the box then sits on the table, simple put it back on the desk and it was never mentioned again.

Yet Watson is aware of it's presence, of how Holmes may push it aside sometimes, but always puts it back in it's place even though he never places something inside.
And he wonders if it stays empty for the same reason as his own box, hidden under his bed, stays unused.

They simply do not own anything important to put inside the boxes.

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Comments 
3rd-Jul-2016 12:32 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. Sparks the reader's curiosity. What is in the box?!
5th-Jul-2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
I thought it was clear that there is nothing inside.

Holmes "told him not to worry as there is nothing inside."
And at the end Watson states
"And he wonders if it stays empty for the same reason as his own box, hidden under his bed, stays unused.

They simply do not own anything important to put inside the boxes."

Meaning that the time they started to live together neither had anything important to put inside.

Something that will change over the years living together. ;)
3rd-Jul-2016 03:19 pm (UTC)
Intriguing!
3rd-Jul-2016 06:02 pm (UTC)
Well thought, well written written and very moving. Thank you.
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