: Watson's Woes July Writing Prompts 2016Prompt
Rehabilitation/Recovery: What comes after the whumping? Focus today on the recovery from an illness or injury.Author
: General AudiencesUniverse
: Watson, HolmesWordCount
: After the beating Watson simply can not ask the questions that are burning more than the bruises. (Continuation to "Trust")
Watson freely admits to be a proud man, sometimes too
proud, especially if he is in need of assistance.
As Holmes slowly lowers him to his bed, careful not to touch any of the bruises, it is not pride that keeps Watson silent.
It is shame.
He is too ashamed to ask how Holmes new about Collingwood, why he did not tell him the truth or how he was able to find Watson in the alleyway where he lay beaten.
Or why Holmes even bothered, cared enough
, to come out and find him.
Watson can not ask as shame twines like a thick chain around his throat and when Holmes pulls up the blankets, he simply turns away without a word.
He can feel Holmes' eyes on him and Watson feels torn between ordering him away and begging
him to stay
In the end Holmes silently leaves the room, leaving the door slightly ajar and Watson can feel tears burning in his eyes.
The pain from the beating is nothing compared to the pain in his heart. Worst of all he is well aware of the fact that it is his own fault.
Sometimes he is just too proud.