Imagine Mycroft Holmes keeping an eye on you because he has no idea how to express friendship.
You regarded Mycroft Holmes over the rim of your teacup. “You know, if you wanted to know more about my personal life, you really could just ask. You don’t have to have bodyguards follow me everywhere.”
Mycroft offered a tight-lipped smile, “It eases my mind to know that you are safe under my watchful eye.”
You arched a brow, “Mycroft, I’m not like Sherlock. I’m not someone who has enemies. The worst thing that could happen to me would probably be stubbing my toe on my coffee table.”
“Still, being an acquaintance of mine comes with its risks,” Mycroft pointed out, taking a sip of his tea. “And my little brother is oh-so talented at getting people around him into trouble.”
You grinned teasingly, “Mycroft, is this your way of trying to say that you care about me?”
To his credit, the elder Holmes remained unfazed by the comment. “I do not have the luxury of many friends, [f/n]. I sleep better knowing what few I have are safe.”
I imagine people have already warned you to stay away from him, but I can see from your left hand that’s not going to happen. Most people blunder round this city, and all they see are streets and shops and cars. When you walk with Sherlock Holmes, you see the battlefield. You’ve seen it already, haven’t you? You have an intermittent tremor in your left hand. Your therapist thinks it’s post-traumatic stress disorder. She thinks you’re haunted by memories of your military service. Fire her. She’s got it the wrong way round. You’re under stress right now and your hand is perfectly steady. You’re not haunted by the war, Doctor Watson. You miss it. Welcome back.
Congrats to the ever lovely and gorgeous Charles Edwards, who has reached his 48th year of earth today, the 1st of October! What an exceptional year you’ve had, good sir. From pottering about on Sherlock to becoming King of England to a mammoth Australian tour under the direction of Dame Julie Andrews, who also happens to share a birthday with you too, which is amazing.
So here’s to you, Charlie. Thank you for being awesome, and may you continue to be our shining star on stage and screen for many more years to come.