: Watson's Woes July Writing Prompts 2016Prompt
Great Minds Think Alike: So many of you provided wonderful prompts along the lines of "AU", it would be criminal not to let you choose from among the myriad visions. Pick one or more of the following and have fun!
Choosen Prompt: How It Should Have Ended: Take any story from any canon and rewrite the ending to come out differently.Rating
: General AudiencesUniverse
: ACD (AU The Empty House
: Holmes, WatsonWordCount
: After their reunion Holmes leaves Watson in Kensington to catch Moran on his own.Disclaimer
: AU of The Empty House
, as such aspects picked from that story. Also quotes taken from The Final Problem
Holmes leaves the practice not long after their reunion. While he would have loved to stay longer, even take Watson with him on the hunt tonight, but he can still easily read his closest friend's body language as he could three years before.
His return has spooked Watson, shaken him to the core as evidenced by his faint and while Holmes knew that Watson would have dropped everything to come with him, he also knew that his friend needed rest.
He was already aware of the hard times his friend had thanks to Mycroft's messages, apart from that he could easily see it in his friend's burdened eyes.
Holmes would take down Moran tonight on his own and then return to Watson to finally put an end to his exile.
But for the rest of the evening he is edgy, nervous energy making his limbs tremble. Holmes sits hidden in the empty house opposite Baker Street, his plan masterful executed and yet... There is something important, something very important that he is missing.
He has worked for this moment for the last three years, carefully planned and calculated the risks to ensure not only the success but also the safety of what he-
With a sudden shock Holmes jumps upright, fear gripping his heart. He remembers Moriarty's words, will always be haunted by them for the rest of his life.* That is not danger. It is inevitable destruction. *
* If you are clever enough to bring destruction upon me, rest assured that I shall do as much to you. *
Not danger, no threat to his life, but destruction. And he has destroyed what Moriarty cared most about, so Moriarty would destroy him as well by taking what he values the most.
But destruction does not mean death, not his own, it means-Watson
The one true reason, the most important one, why he stayed away for the last three years, why he let Watson believe in his death, was to protect him
. Not to protect himself, he could done so in London, but Watson...
Because Moriarty, with all his intelligence, knew the one way he could destroy Holmes was not by killing him, but by taking Watson.
Cursing his own mind, his stupidity
, he races out on the streets, ignoring Lestrade's shouts and runs as fast as he can to the one place he really should have been the whole evening. He should have never left Watson behind.
Holmes does not know how long it takes him to reach Watson's house (too long, too long!
), but as he sees the light burning in the windows he feels a flicker of hope. Only to have it crushed as he sees the open door swaying in the wind.
He stumbles, almost unable to take the stairs up to the front door and he falls inside, hastily making his way to Watson's study - hoping, praying
that he will not be too late.
He pushes the door to the study open and his heart freezes for a moment seeing the two men within.
Holmes' eyes first fall to the man on the ground, then he looks up to the one man standing with the gun in his hand, who turns around to look at him.
Time stops as their eyes meet and only silence surrounds them.
"Holmes, what took you so long?" Watson greets him with a warm smile while pointing his gun on the handcuffed Colonel Moran on the ground.
And Holmes leans his head back into his neck and laughs loudly as he is finally where he belongs.
He is finally home.