Imagine: Out-Smarting the Holmes Brothers
(Gifs are not mine! Credit to original owner!)
(Request: … I would love one about Sherlock and Mycroft facing off in deductions and being suddenly, to their surprise bested by the reader, who is in fact as logical as them but just far more humble about it.)
“Male. Brown hair. Brown eyes. Approximately thirty-one years old. The line of pale skin around his wrist suggests that he was tanning with a watch on. Considering the weather in the area, he must have recently traveled,” Sherlock deduced. “Hair is combed, and facial hair is well-groomed. Both his suit and shoes are quite pricey. I’d say he was gone on business. The pamphlet sticking out of his pocket suggests it was a company cruise.”
“Ah-ah-ah. You’re missing something, brother mine,” Mycroft told him smugly.
You rolled your eyes as the two brothers stood on the sidewalk, watching strangers walk by. You knew exactly what was coming.
Spending the last year solving crimes along with Sherlock and John had changed everything. You were always smart, but it wasn’t until observing Sherlock in his element when you realized that you also had a gift at deduction. No one knew except for John, who was amazed at a deduction you made about him as a practice exercise.
Along with the crime-solving and shenanigans with your flat-mates, you had to deal with the ongoing drama between the Holmes brothers. Sherlock always got so competitive whenever Mycroft was around, and Mycroft couldn’t resist rising to the challenge.
“Clearly,” Mycroft continued, trying to rub in the fact he noticed something his brother didn’t, “there was more to that trip than just business. Look at his left hand. There’s no mark where his wedding ring should be, so he must have removed it before the cruise began. I’d say it was an affair disguised as a business trip. Perhaps with someone in the office.”
Sherlock scoffed at Mycroft’s deductions, but reluctantly nodded in agreement. Your eyes scanned the man, checking the accuracy to Mycroft’s deductions for yourself. He was a little off on something. But before you could speak up, Sherlock cut in.
“He’s glancing around rather nervously. It seems that he’s meeting the mistress here. He’s afraid of someone he knows seeing him with her.”
“He keeps looking at his wrist as if trying to check the time. She’s late,” Mycroft added. As if on cue, a beautiful woman wearing an expensive red dress, high heels, and a long coat over it walked up to the man. Her hair and makeup were nothing extravagant. She wore cover-up, a little lip-stick, and some mascara. The important thing, you noted, was the wedding ring she had on her finger. A big smile spread across the man’s face as she leaned in to kiss his cheek.
Mycroft nodded, satisfied that he had been right. Sherlock pursed his lips as the couple exchanged greetings, looking very happy to see each other.
“It’s not an affair,” you spoke up suddenly, making both of the Holmes brothers look at you in confusion.
“What do you mean?” Sherlock questioned. “Of course it’s an affair.”
“Did you see them just now? No embrace. No passionate kiss.” You shook your head. “It’s not an affair. Look at their walking patterns, so similar. And watch their mannerisms.” The three of you went silent as you observed the couple for a minute, proving your point. “Gentleman, that man and woman are brother and sister.”
“But his wedding ring-”
“He isn’t wearing one because he isn’t married,” you finished Mycroft’s sentence. “You were right about the business trip, Sherlock. He’s very serious about his work. I mean, he’s wearing a suit to meet up with his sister. He’s a workaholic who doesn’t have time to go meet anyone and get married. The woman, on the other hand, is happily married for at least five years. She is taking care of herself, but not going overboard with makeup and hair products like she would be if she were trying to attract a potential lover at work.”
The Holmes brothers both stared at you, mouths open in surprise.
“_______,” Sherlock said finally. “I knew that your intelligence was much higher than the average person- I know this because having you around helps me deal with everyone else’s ignorance- but I did not realize you were capable of such observations.”
“Well, unlike you two, I don’t go around showing off,” you teased with a laugh. “Anyways, are we able to get going? Now that your deduction battle is over, I’d like to get back to the flat. John is probably wondering where we all are.”
“My dear Miss ________,” Mycroft told you, impressed. “You certainly are full of surprises.”