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John Watson

retired army surgeon, friend of Sherlock Holmes

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a character in “Elementary, my dear Watson!”, as played by Nicky

So begins...

John Watson's Story

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Watson leaned against the door leading to the sitting room to catch his breath after climbing the seventeen steps. Today was one of those days where his leg felt more than useless, due to the damp cold outside he was in constant pain and could barely stand, much less walk all the way from his patient back to Baker Street. No doubt, Holmes would be deducing all that as soon as he would step into the room, so Watson took a deep breath and steeled himself before entering the warm room. Luckily Mrs. Hudson had a fire going, but against his expectations, there was no sign of his fellow lodger.
With a weary sigh, Watson walked over to his chair and sank into it, glad to be in the warm confines of his home.

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Watching the fire always had a rather calming effect on Watson, so he let the warm glow of the flames lull him into a dazed state while he thought about his last case. His patient, a young girl of fourteen, had finally, after weeks of torment, succumbed to tuberculosis. It was always hard to witness a patient pass on, but to see such a young person, still a child die was very depressing.
He let out a sigh and snuggled deeper into his armchair when suddenly the door opened unannounced and Inspector Lestrade walked in. Watson gave him a warm smile and waved him to the couch. "Good afternoon, Lestrade. What brings you to us? I fear, Holmes won't be back for some time. He said something about not waiting with supper." he told the other man chuckling.
At his concerned question, Watson waved it off lightly. "It is just my leg acting up again. Nothing a warm fire can't cure." he said grinning.

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A deep sense of dread crept up in his heart, as Watson watched the inspector fidge with his hat, something he only did when extremly nervous about something. At hearing the other man talk about a threat to both himself and Holmes, this dread evolved into sheer panic. What could have probably had happened to upset Lestrade so? he wondered, steeling himself for the next words.
Still, nothing could have prepared him for the news that came then. Moran? Colonel Moran, Moriarty's right hand was free again? And probably out for Holmes' blood. And mine, Watson thought, trying to shake the overbearing sense of foreboding from his mine.
"How could that happen, Lestrade?" he asked the Yarder, his voice shaking slightly. "Didn't Holmes warn you to keep in securely locked away?" Watson could remember like it was yesterday, the day when they caught Moran and how he had cursed Holmes, promising revenge. And now he was free to do that. Jumping to his feet, Watson started to pace agiatedly in front of the fireplace. They had to warn Holmes. The man had no idea and that that madman was running around London again.

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At the Inspector's heartfelt words, Watson couldn't help but smile a bit. After working with the Yarders for over a decade, he knew that he could count on them. Even if they were often annoyed by Holmes and his condescending behaviour, they still respected him a lot and looked up to him. And Watson himself had become something of an honourable Yarder over the years where Holmes was gone, as he had been occationally working as a police surgeon.
"I know you will be doing all in your power to get him back under lock and key, but you also know that Moran is now probably the most dangerous man in London and could cause a lot of destraction not only for Holmes and myself. We must try to catch him as fast as possible." Watson said, his voice calmer once more, but still his eyes were much unsettled.

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"Extra extra! Murd'ruh escapes from prison!"

Naturally, the headline attracted the attention of a man who made it his business to help put men behind bars. He paid for the paper and began reading immediately. Colonel Moran?! The man reading the paper looked round him immediately, as if expecting to see the Colonel across the street. He saw nothing, but still felt ill at ease. Best to get home.

He checked himself before entering Baker Street, remembering Moran's last attempt on his life, and crossed round to the back of the house. He remembered leaving the window open, but if Watson was in, he might have closed it.

Fortunately, "might" dealt only with possibilities, and he found the window open. He climbed the ground storey to the window, then paused a moment at the sill and listened. "I have every free man at the Yard searching for him, Doctor, and they shall not rest till he is locked away behind bars again. We at the Yard take this matter very personally, as you and Mr. Holmes are the ones threatened this time. You both have helped us so often, now it is our time to help you." The rare expression of gratitude from Lestrade surprised him, but he paid it no mind and eased the window open enough for him to crawl through. He managed to get inside with a minimum of sound, and dusted himself off before going to his door and listening again.

"I know you will be doing all in your power to get him back under lock and key, but you also know that Moran is now probably the most dangerous man in London and could cause a lot of distraction not only for Holmes and myself. We must try to catch him as fast as possible."

Holmes chose that moment to fling open the door. "Watson, Colonel Moran is unquestionably the most dangerous man in London, considering the death of his master. I am not surprised the Colonel managed to escape, as precious few among the police give his abilities their due. The fact that this is a mistake any ordinary man could have made does not excuse the reality. Moran is loose. For the first time, London has a real danger wandering the streets."

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Watson spun around at a noise from behind. Years of working with Holmes on top of being an ex-soldier had honed his reflexes and senses, but the familiar voice of his friend set him at ease not a second later.

"Holmes! You're back!" he exclaimed, glad to see his friend unharmed. "So you have heard of what happened already? Do you have any idea what he might be planning, now?" Watson asked, his worry making him speak faster than was usual for him. But he could not help but feel nervous at the thought of a man like the Colonel running wilde in London. To be honest, Watson was quite worried about his friend's life, remembering clearly how Moran had hatefully glared at him during his capture.

Taking a deep breath to steel his unsettled nerves, Watson adressed his friend once more. "Do you think he is an actual threat towards you, Holmes? I mean, maybe he just wants to leave the country and escape justice?" he asked almost hopefully. At least then they would be rid of him, though he seriously doubted that someone as proud as Moran would simply take defeat like that.

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Lestrade looked up at the impressive figure of the detetive, trying to judge his mood from what little emotion was visible on his face. Luckily, so far he didn't seem to be angry at him, so Lestrade relaxed slightly. "So it is already all over the town..." he growled under his breath. "I told Gregson to make sure that it stayed covered up from the public." That man truely was not capable of even the smallest task.

He quickly put his hand on the doctor's shoulder in a gesture of comfort when he noticed his friend's unease. Lestrade could easily understand the other man's fear. The Colonel was a very dangerous man, he was probably out for blood. "What is the plan, Mr Holmes? Personally, I would prefer if you and the good Doctor would safely stay here at Baker Street with a constable standing guard, while my men search the town for Moran, but something tells me that you won't be satisfied with this solution." Lestrade said to the detective.