Disclaimer: The characters depicted below are now public
domain but it would be very remiss of me not to point out that
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson were in fact created by the
late, and great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. No disrespect is intended.
Summary: There will always be exceptions to the truth.
Author's Notes: This ficlet was written for the 7 deadly
sins community on live journal. Sloth is prompt #4 and the last in
this series. Please keep in mind that it is unbetaed and contains
Australian spelling. If you find a mistake then please feel free to
point it out to me.
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Having taken up the unofficial responsibility of recording the
exploits of the world's only consulting detective I have at all times
endeavoured to provide an accurate testimony of my friend's life.
There are a few necessary exceptions of course.
Holmes has on occasion accused me of romanticising the details of his
less than savoury cases, but as I have reminded him, there are some
things the reading public does not wish, or need to know.
Amongst my most dedicated reader's petty thieves and adulterers
fall into a certain accepted class, whereas cold-blooded murderers
and those who prey upon the weak and innocent to satisfy their own
depraved ends are another matter entirely.
In many regards I have also applied the same manner of classifying
Holmes's personal habits as I have his dealings with London's
criminal types when I set pen to paper. My friend will sometimes
scoff at the distinctions I make, but that is all.
Sherlock Holmes may be many things, but foolhardy about his
reputation, he is not. In the absence of a wife or other suitable
substitute the duty of protecting his good name has been passed to
me. It is an arrangement that I have found both rewarding and
frustrating in the extreme, but for reasons too private to specify,
cannot escape. Nor should I say, would I ever want to.
The world knows Holmes as a master of deduction, a man of singular
intellect, a brain without a heart. Not the individual who would stay
abed for days on end without attending the many requests for his help
he receives or even his own toilet until threats to withhold
conversation and in extreme cases, intimacy, are finally taken to
No, the public are not privy to his true nature for that same
reason they are not exposed to the horrors that in many cases are
lurking right outside their very doors.
To some ignorance is bliss, or at least more conducive to a
peaceful and undisturbed existence than knowing that the man who has
become a hero to many is not always the refined English gentleman he
is portrayed to be. Indeed I am aware that the truth would serve only
the criminals Holmes has worked tirelessly to apprehend and harm
those he has sworn to protect.
For myself, sharing all of what I know would be equivalent to
betrayal and the breaking of my vow to always love and honour the man
known to the world as Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes page.
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