Daddy looks so sad. Even through his smile, Daddy is sad. It’s not something Hamish has been able to do before, read past the smile and tell what they’re really thinking, because that’s Daddy’s job, and Papa’s, but it’s different now, it’s Daddy. Carefully, slowly, Hamish steps once more towards his father, and stands in front of him. Sherlock’s head reaches to about Hamish’s breastbone. Like how Papa’s does when Daddy is hugging him. And it’s sad, Hamish realises suddenly, that Daddy is so tall, because it means he can never have the same kind of hugs that he can give out, out to him and to Papa and to Mrs Hudson. Daddy has never known what it feels like to be so utterly safe, so enclosed in someone else’s arms, has never been completely engulfed in a warm safe haven of love, and all because he is taller than the people he hugs. But now Daddy is at a lower level than Hamish. So Hamish reaches out and wraps his arms around Sherlock’s bony shoulders and hugs him, because he wants to show Daddy what it’s like, wants to make him feel safe and warm and loved.

“It’s alright, Daddy,” he murmurs, the realization that Daddy can hurt too still burning, “You don’t need to be sad.”

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Commissioned by the lovely martainducreff for her dear friend Catherine (firstruleofthediogenesclub). It is a scene from a roleplay they have had going on, where tiny Hamish comforts his dying father, who’s broken down crying~

The Cowardly Lion was the third “person” to join Dorothy on her quest to see the Wizard, but taking the whole book series into consideration he is actually quite underdeveloped as a character.

He is given no official origin story and apart from the first book he is never again given a key role.

I like to think this is in keeping with his gentle nature - he avoids conflict and adventure as much as he can. 

In my head, he is a circus lion that escaped and fled to the forest. After being a pampered performer, he is surprised to find that animals eat each other! So he becomes a loner and recluse and only pounces on Toto because it’s the first animal he’s seen that he’s brave enough to try and attack.