Old Acquaintances Renewed (A “Where The Wild Ones Are” Story)
And finally, other Sherlock characters! Also, this is the fic that’s going to set up the answer to the prompt for the Sherlolly story, which probably will be the first one not to have Kelly or Annabelle in it in the series.
Old Acquaintances Renewed -
John invites Annabelle and Kelly to come visit around the time of his Christmas party, and when they agree Kelly has no idea that she’ll see a familiar face among John and Sherlock’s friends.
John had suggested that Annabelle and Kelly come back for the Christmas holidays. Annabelle felt unsure leaving the girls the entire time, but Kelly convinced her that the three days surrounding John’s Christmas party wouldn’t be too bad. They could still be with the girls who didn’t go home on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Annabelle agreed with very little need for convincing at that point.
John got the place as festive as he could, despite Sherlock’s complaints. He had never been overly fond of this particular holiday, but he could see why John was trying so hard; after all, it was his first Christmas back after he’d left to take down Moriarty’s network, and it was the first Christmas he’d spent in some time with Annabelle, who had been off filming the previous years. He complained, but without much heat behind it.
The first day that Annabelle and Kelly were there John took them out to see the sights. Sherlock declined to join them, even with Annabelle nearly pleading. Since the disastrous visit with John’s mother Annabelle had, indeed, put out overtures of friendship towards him, just as it had been suggested by both Kelly and John. He had to admit he had not been loath to them, and they were at least friendly. Kelly was in much the same category. Only time would tell if he let them get close enough to become friends.
The day of the party Annabelle and Kelly helped set things up and make the food. Sherlock was content to sit back and watch, occasionally playing something festive for them on the violin at John’s request. Mrs. Hudson came and joined them shortly before the party started, bringing gifts for her Annabelle and Kelly, who she had met the last time they were over and formed an instant bond with.
Lestrade arrived first, slightly wary of who was going to be there. When he met Annabelle his jaw dropped slightly and he confessed he had been a fan of her work, and what a shame it was she was no longer acting. She had thanked him, and introduced him to Kelly. They had all gotten into a conversation about St. Trinian’s and Scotland Yard and John watched on with a smile. “I’d say they hit it off well,” John said, taking a sip of his wine.
“I suppose so,” Sherlock said with a nod. “Now all you need to worry about is your girlfriend and Molly.”
“Mary already met them,” he said.
“When they visited last time. You left to go consult on that case without me, so I rang Mary up and asked if she wanted to have dinner with the three of us. They get along great. Annabelle fully approves of her.”
“That’s good,” Sherlock replied. He took a sip of his own drink. “That still leaves Molly.”
“Molly’s nice. I’m sure she’ll like them as much as everyone else.” John was about to say something else when there was a knock at the door. “I’ll get it.” He set his drink down and went to the door.
Pope visits St Mary Major, meets priests at St John Lateran
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday morning paid a private visit to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, where – as has become customary – he prayed before the icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani ahead of his Apostolic Voyage to Mexico.
From St Mary Major, the Holy Father made the short journey to Rom’s Cathedral, the Archbasilica of St John Lateran, where the priests of the diocese were meeting at the beginning of Lent. During the visit, Pope Francis heard the confessions of several priests.
On the website of the Vicariate of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Vicar for the City of Rome, explained the meeting of priests had a “penitential” character, offering the clergy the opportunity “to have an experience of the mercy of the Father; and, in turn, to be able to ministers of mercy in the communities entrusted to us.”
As a Lenten “sign,” the offering taken up during the encounter was donated to the diocesan branch of Caritas.
Finally, Cardinal Vallini noted, Pope Francis offered as a gift to each of the priests of the diocese a copy of his book “The Name of God is Mercy.”