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The Soul in Deep Distress (Sherlock)

Apologies for my long silence! RL became very, very busy all of a sudden. \o/


Title: The Soul in Deep Distress
Author: Morgan Stuart
Fandom: Sherlock
Disclaimer: This universe does not belong to me; I'm just an appreciative visitor. I make no profit from this fan work.
Description: John Watson knows who is the true soldier of Baker Street.
Historian's Note: This takes place after events depicted in the second-series Sherlock episode "The Reichenbach Fall."
Author's Note: This is a 221b ficlet (221 words, the last beginning with "b").
Acknowledgment: This is for the wonderful freya_fsc, who asked if I might try another 221b story.
Warnings (Highlight to Read): Spoilers for "The Reichenbach Fall"



The therapy session proved even more useless than John had expected.

He climbed the stairs to his flat with leaden steps, like a man marching to his own execution and lacking the strength to care.

From his chair he gazed alternately inward and outward. Both views revealed a yawning chasm no act of will could possibly bridge or fill. A man might lose himself in that cold void. He could fall.

When she appeared in the doorway he started, wondering that he hadn’t heard her halting ascent. Her hip troubled her this time of day.

“I made scones.” She raised the tray like an offering. Her eyes reflected familiar grief, but the set of her lips was stubborn.

Not for the first time, he reminded himself who was the true soldier of Baker Street, who was the heroic old campaigner. He knew damn well it wasn’t Captain John Watson.

“Tea, Mrs Hudson?” He forced himself to rise and move without the tell-tale limp.

“That’s my job, dear.”

Relieving her of her burden, he said what they both knew: “No. Actually, it isn’t.”

He settled the tray on the table, pulled out a chair for her. “Please.”

Please.

Ignoring the chair, she opened her arms.

He leaned into her warmth with the trust of a child, pressing his cheek against her brow.


THE END

Vital Stats: Originally written in March 2012.

The title was inspired by the following verse:

"The soul perishes not of dark
But of cold.
The soul in deep distress
Seeks not light but warmth,
Not counsel but understanding."
-Author Unknown

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litlover12
Mar. 13th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Awwww. Lovely.
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much!
impishtubist
Mar. 13th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Very sweet. Lovely.
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked this! Thank you so much, my dear.
maggie_conagher
Mar. 13th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
OH, I have missed you. I bookmarked you on AO3 last night and MISSED your writing, seeing it all laid out there.

I'm going to wear this 221B today like a vest.

Welcome back!
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Oh, I've missed you, too! Thanks so much for your lovely and heartening words. I appreciate your kindness so much, my friend! Hugs to you!
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morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much my friend! *hugs you* I really appreciate it! I've missed you, and I plan to catch up ASAP...

All's well, just ridiculously busy at the moment. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel, though.

Thanks again for your kind and supportive words!
belleferret
Mar. 13th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Oh this makes me weep. John, ever the healer, rouses himself from his grief only to tend to another similarly grief-stricken.
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Oh, my dear! *hugs you* I'm so glad you found this to be moving. Thanks as always for your beautiful and kind words. You're the best!
cookiefleck
Mar. 13th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of John and Mrs. Hudson pulling together. There's nothing like the warmth of an understanding friend, my friend.
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you like the idea of them being there for each other.

There's nothing like the warmth of an understanding friend, my friend.

Isn't that the truth! *hugs you* I'm grateful for you, my dear.
thesmallhobbit
Mar. 13th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
This is so lovely. You paint a great picture of Mrs Hudson comforting John.
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I'm so pleased that you liked the idea of Mrs Hudson being there for John this way. I really appreciate your kind words.
kiharukitty
Mar. 13th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Tender care for the broken hearted. How can grief be so sweet?

Lovely.
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! What a lovely thing to say. I appreciate it!
med_cat
Mar. 13th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Very well done :)
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so happy you think so. I appreciate it.
mazaher
Mar. 13th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
(((sighs)))
Thank you.
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you, my friend!
keladry_lupin
Mar. 13th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
*sniffle* Gorgeous.
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
I'm so happy you think so! Thank you so much.
missyvortexdv
Mar. 13th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
I do enjoy seeing Mrs Hudson in fic and glad to see John appreciate her too.
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear this! Thank you so much for your kind words. Like you, I love Mrs Hudson, and I love seeing John appreciate her.
fitofpique
Mar. 13th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Awww, so lovely!
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
I'm so pleased that you think so! Thanks very much for this.
marysutherland
Mar. 13th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Really beautiful in its restraint; I love a reminder of Mrs Hudson's gentle toughness, and the contrast of cold and warmth.
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for this! I'm so glad Mrs Hudson's characterisation works here, and I'm really pleased the cold/warmth contract comes through and makes sense. I really appreciate your kind words.
archea2
Mar. 13th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
"Old campaigner" is one of the best definitions I've read yet for Mrs H.!
morganstuart
Mar. 14th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! I'm so glad this worked for you. :D
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