“What I loved about this year’s European podium was the mix of skating styles. US commentators are always banging on about how European skaters all skate the same, but they are all so different this year and all well deserved!”
If you consider all the trauma and shit Mycroft went through in his childhood, it makes what his parents say to him at the end of the episode all the more fucked up.
Their parents clearly didn’t understand Euros, and Euros in turn must have thought they were stupid too. According to Mycroft’s account, she cut herself and her parents thought it was a suicide attempt. It doesn’t seem like she gave them any reason to think otherwise. However, she told Mycroft the truth. In fact, it seems like the only one she talked to with any mildly serious regard was Mycroft.
Who is supervising the children when they’re playing? Not Mummy and Daddy Holmes, young Mycroft.
When Redbeard aka Victor went missing, it wasn’t the authorities or the Holmes parents who asked Euros where he was. Mycroft says “we.” As in, he too was sent to ask her where the little boy was. Their parents couldn’t get her to talk, “She knows where he is.” “We can’t make her tell us, we can’t make her do anything.”
She continued to tell Mycroft, the song is the answer. But after he couldn’t figure out her song, she told him the truth. She told him it was “drowned Redbeard.” Imagine young Mycroft being told by his sister, that the little boy HE had been supervising during play dates with Sherlock, was dead. There is no doubt in my mind that he would have felt completely responsible for that.
And then Euros burned their house down. He probably would have felt responsible for that too. And responsible for every single thing that happened after.
Unlike Sherlock, he never forgot that trauma either. Sherlock turned it into a lost dog story and forgot he had a sister entirely. But through the entire ordeal and through all the years after, Mycroft knew it was a human being, a kid, missing and dead because of his sister. He also had to live with the knowledge his sister burned down his home, and was then carted off by the authorities.
Then all the years of Sherlock’s drug use, where the heck were the Holmes parents then? We only ever see young Mycroft looking after him, in any way he can, while trying to be successful in his chosen career. I’m surprised Mycroft didn’t turn to drugs himself with all the stress and responsibilities piled on his shoulders!
So for Mummy Holmes at the end of this episode to tell Mycroft he should have done more, and that’s he’s limited. Like, fuck off. He basically gave up his childhood and his life to raise Sherlock and Euros. He feels responsible for the death of Victor, for his sister’s madness, for his brother’s drug use. Like, seriously. He could not have done more if he tried. He was willing to die so Sherlock wouldn’t lose his best friend again.
I just, someone hug Mycroft please. I have all the feels right now!!!! Also sorry if this isn’t the best written thing, wrote it on mobile!