Setting that intimate night in Karachi aside, and leaving
any sentiment unaddressed, Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler (as they were
formerly known) began their collaboration during The Fall.
Their encounter with the first strand of Moriarty’s network,
however, did not go quite as smoothly as planned. Shortly after they arrived in
Montenegro as Mr and Mrs Wolfe, a gunfire-loaded incident had them both
It also cost the late consulting detective his memory – he
awoke in confusion, without the faintest knowledge of who he was.
Fortunately for him, his location was incredibly easy to
deduce, as was his relationship with the only other occupant of the house.
No need to inform her of the slightly inconvenient detail
just yet. He was confident everything could continue on as usual, without his
wife suspecting a thing about his (hopefully temporary) condition. It was their
honeymoon after all.
One of the first things he learnt about himself was that he
hated being bored, hated being immobilised in bed by a leg wound.
He almost wished it was more of a challenge, who this woman
was to him. But no, it was so painfully obvious even without their shiny
wedding rings (only 3-4 weeks old, he estimated) immediately giving everything
away, further corroborated by the state of this place (clearly not in their
home country; they moved into the house a mere couple of weeks ago and were not
planning to stay for much longer) indicating that they were on a holiday trip
He could’ve arrived at the same conclusion with
significantly less information. From how she’d looked at him the moment he
opened his eyes, for example. (It was as if he were the first rays of sunshine, heralding
arrival of the precious British summer, after 11 long months of grey skies
and rain.) She had since withdrawn any initial concern from her expression,
maintaining a cool and collected demeanour instead. A smirk or witty remark
here and there, not a single word of caring, though what was unspoken in the
way she tended to his wounds was more unequivocal than any words would’ve had power to convey.
It was just as well that they weren’t a very outwardly
affectionate couple. Eased his reacclimatisation to the relationship. He didn’t
particularly feel an affinity for the saccharine, and if he was honest, he was
even rather surprised that they were apparently the marrying type.
Whomever it was that he used to be, however, he did approve
of this man’s choice of spouse. He..liked
her, from what little he observed about her since he’d regained awareness of
his surroundings (approx. an hour ago). The nature of their relationship might have been the
simplest of deductions, but the woman herself was most decidedly not. She was highly complex and incredibly fascinating. Intelligent,
competent, self-assured, gorgeous.. (Wait, where did that last one come from?
That wasn’t a deduction! Beauty was a just social construct.) Although he was certain that the intense (and very distracting)
attraction he was experiencing had a more profound basis.
He couldn’t pinpoint what exactly it was about her that
conferred this singular sense of connection, familiarity layered with mystery.
Merely that it was there as a result of something, something he frustratingly had
no tangible recollection of – his current data was far from sufficient in
providing him with any glimpse into their history.
She was standing to leave his bedside, and he instinctively reached
out and caught her wrist. To gesture to her that she, too, needed to rest – it was
likely already late in the evening when he awoke. He had to have been unconscious
for days, judging from her lack of sleep (obvious, despite her efforts to
conceal her mental and physical exhaustion).
Her reaction was one he hadn’t expected. Her eyes widened,
and her breath hitched, as he was pulling her onto the bed. Shocked? But they
were husband and wife, presumably sharing the same bed, it was only logical
Oh. Oh. It hadn’t occurred
to him that the specific physical contact he initiated could be interpreted as
prelude to intimacy and..intercourse. A sudden adrenaline spike sent his own
heart pounding frantically as he felt the mattress dip beside him when she did
begin to lie down, her proximity increasingly alarming, and he turned on his
side to face away from her, to escape her deep blue gaze (it wasn’t to hide his
blush, and it wasn’t panic, he shouldn’t panic, that would be absurd).
“Sherlock, what–” And he stumbled over his interrupting
response, “Not that. Not today. I don’t think I’m feeling up to it.”
The silence that stretched between them, taut as a violin
string, told him that she was studying his demeanour, undoubtedly finding it
unusual (right, so sex wasn’t something he’d normally deny her of; still, he
was in recovery from what must’ve been a traumatic event, a reasonable excuse).
Whatever comment she was most likely biting back (he couldn’t risk turning
around to confirm this hypothesis), she didn’t say it.
Instead, he sensed her movement as she finally reached for the
light switch after a long moment, and within an instant darkness was upon them.
For which he was extremely thankful, because he then felt soft lips pressed to his cheek, immediately
causing it to heat up.
“Good night, Mr Holmes.” Her warm body was inches
away, her breathing a pleasant sound in the quiet of the night.
He tried to ignore the involuntary neuronal activity
protesting for a change of mind regarding his earlier decision, his statement
to her that he wasn’t keen to perform
(you liarrrr), and forced his thoughts to focus on the newly acquired
knowledge of his full name.
Sherlock Holmes awoke in the late-morning light, with an
arm comfortably wrapped around his wife. Time to piece together the remainder
of this puzzle that was his life. He hoped it wasn’t a dull one.
“You don’t have to do this. You know that,” insists Sherlock from his chair, watching Irene finishing her makeup. A smile spreads on her face.
“Your brother asked nicely. How could I refuse?” She says, rather alluringly.
“You don’t owe him anything. I made the deal for you and already pay it.”
“What is it, Darling? What’s gotten into you?” Asks Irene, acquiescent, leaving her makeup aside to focus on him.
“I don’t know,” he says looking away from her. “I don’t think it’s safe.”
“Are you worried about me, Mr Holmes?” Irene asks with a smirk, walking towards him and sitting on his lap. He blushes only a bit, enough for her to notice. “You know I can handle myself. We’ve worked together, Darling.”
“Don’t make a scene, jealousy doesn’t fits you, dear.” she warns. “I’m just getting information from Mr. Bateman. I’m not gonna sleep with him,” Irene reassures him.
“It’s not jealousy. It’s…” Sherlock shakes his head clueless. “If anything goes wrong, just… call me… please?”
“Since you asked so nicely.” Irene kisses his cheek, tenderly, and stands to ready herself.
‘Is he always so annoying?’ Irene thinks while Mycroft keeps repeating the plan. She knows what she has to do; attend the business dinner as Mr. Bateman’s escort, go with him to his penthouse, put the drugs in his drink and make him talk. Once she gathered the information, she may take her leave and Mr. Bateman would wake up the next morning hungover and with no memory of the previous evening. The question was: why is Mycroft insisting on repeating the plan over and over again.
“I know you’d like to repeat this for the ninth time, but we really have to get this going,” She says, interrupting Mycroft before he has the chance to go through it again. “What will I drug him with?”
“This,” Mycroft says, handing her a small box. Inside is a single white capsule. “Pour it in his drink. It’ll make him an easy-talker. After an hour, he’ll fall asleep and you get out. Any questions?”
“Only one capsule?”
“Our experts calculated the dose carefully. It will be enough,” He reassures.
Dinner was delicious. The restaurant; perfect and fancy, the conversation; boring. Irene is glad it’s over. Now, sitting comfortable in the neat penthouse of Mr Bateman, Irene suggests music. Patrick, as he insists she calls him, walks towards the expensive turntable, deciding between Jazz or Opera. He leaves his glass unattended. Taking advantage of this, Irene pours the content of the pill into his Gin and tonic.
Irene rejoices in the pleasant feeling of accomplishment as she watches Patrick drinks his gin eagerly, over his incessant and boring chatter about opera and Pavarotti. This guy has no idea what he is talking about. She puts on a sweet-looking, fake smile on her face.
After fifteen minutes of painfully waiting, Irene notices the first changes in Patrick. The proud stance of his shoulders is falling and he is notoriously inhibited. Irene tests him with few innocent questions, which he answers quick and true. Deciding is the moment to act, Irene sits next to him as a distraction for his primal instinct while she asks her questions. This prove to be wrong, since Patrick is so Inhibited, he tries to get her by grabbing her leg. Resisting, Irene push him away lightly but the drug is affecting him and instead of backing off, Patrick lost his balance and falls from the couch, unable to stand.
“It hit you hard, didn’t it?” Irene asks, kneeling next to him.
“What…. what is this? What is… happening?” Patrick says in his pitifully drugged state.
“Hush now, Dear. I’ll ask you a few questions and you’re gonna answer them. Is that ok?