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I’ll go with you.
John sat on the edge of St. Bart’s, looking down at the people below, drumming his fingertips on the cold concrete of the ledge. Nobody had noticed him yet, which was good. He swung his legs slightly, his mind going back years and years to when he was a boy, being pushed on a swing by Harry, begging to go as high as possible. He had deluded himself into thinking he could catch the clouds in his small hands and weave them into dreams.
Tilting his head back, he looked up at the sky, clear and without a single cloud. It was sunny and beautiful and dreamless. He was tired of dreaming. Of waking up screaming and panting and aching. John Watson was a tolerably patient man, but his patience was now growing thin.
He turned his attention back to the street below.
“Did I look that small to you?” he asked, keeping his gaze fixed on the people meandering their ways through their oh-so-busy lives. What was the point of it all? “Did I look that insignificant?”
He laughed slightly, getting to his feet, letting the tips of his toes extend beyond the ledge. It just took one step. On tiny step and he’d be in a place where the dreams would plague him no more.
He would be with Sherlock.
Wait for me, Sherlock. -JW
Lestrade ran a hand across his face, trying to comprehend what Sally had just told him.
“Are you sure?” he said, trying in vain to clutch onto some sort of hope that it was a mistake.
“Sir, he fell from the top of St. Bart’s. If the freak…if Sherlock Holmes couldn’t survive that, I don’t know if John Watson could, either, tough as he was.”
They were both silent for a moment when Sally dropped a plastic bag containing John’s phone on Lestrade’s desk. It landed with a dull thud, faintly echoing the sound of its owner slamming against the pavement.
“There’s one unread message, sir.”
Lestrade opened the bag quickly, completely disregarding the fact that he was tampering with evidence. With one trembling finger, he clicked the phone and read the text.
I’m still alive. -SH
John screwed his eyes shut as he felt the air rush past him, bracing himself for the inevitable pain. SPLASH. Instead of hitting the pavement he found himself surrounded by water. Was this it, was he dead? It hadn’t hurt as much as he expected. Before he had a chance to feel relieved that it was finally over he felt strong arms grasping and tugging him up. Spluttering, he broke the surface of the water. John wiped the water from his eyes and looked around, dazed. A… library? No, impossible. Swimming pools didn’t exist in the middle of libraries.
“Hello” said a voice behind him. “I’m the doctor. I’m here to help”
(OH MY GOD THIS IS PERFECT. BUT BUT BUT I NEED MORE. I NEED MORE NOW. AHWRGOIAREHG;OI)
John looked up to find a rather young looking man wearing a pinstriped suit and an bow tie that was an alarming shade of purple.
“I…where am I? Am I…dead?”
“If you were dead, you wouldn’t be able to hear me,” the man said, letting go of John and letting the army doctor stumble toward a wall and lean against it, panting.
This couldn’t be real. It couldn’t possibly be real, could it? John screwed his eyes up, squeezing them shut before opening them again. No, it was definitely real.
“How would you know? Have you ever been dead?”
“Something like that, yeah,” the man mused, the smile on his face widening. “But, it’s not your time to fall, Doctor John Hamish Watson. Not yet.”
“And what gives you the right to say that? I WANTED TO DIE, DAMMIT!” John yelled, his voice echoing through the room. A normal man, even Sherlock Holmes, would have flinched, but the Doctor in the Bow Tie seemed completely unfazed by John’s outburst.
“You wanted to die because you believed Sherlock Holmes was dead, correct?”
John froze for a second before nodding.
“So, hypothetically speaking of course, if Sherlock Holmes was still alive then…”
John let out a humorless laugh before stalking past the man and heading for the door, trailing water behind him. “I really don’t need this right now. Now, if you’d excuse me, I need to finish my suicide, thanks.”
“And, hypothetically speaking again, if he was…here…then what?”
John froze, his hand still on the handle of the door. “Sherlock Holmes is dead,” he said, his voice fragilely calm, like a layer of thin ice. “I saw him fall. I know the truth, and I would love it if you would just let me get back to what I was doing before.”
He swung the door open and made to stalk out, only to slam into someone.
“Sorry,” he said, making his way around the person, but the man held him back. He groaned. Was everyonetrying to keep him from doing what he should have the moment Sherlock had been pronounced dead?
Somewhere in the back of his mind, he felt something akin to an electric shock and it travelled to the very surface of his mind, coursing through his veins until he was trembling.
He looked up slowly, not daring to believe it, but it was true.
John reached up as if to touch Sherlock’s face, stopping mere centimeters away as if he were afraid of shattering the illusion. Sherlock, however, was having none of that. He slipped John’s hand into his own and pressed it against his cheek.
“I’m real,” he whispered. “I’m real, and I’m here.”
“You…you…you utter bastard!”
Sherlock reeled backward as John’s fist connected with his jawbone, but it didn’t stop there. John continued to punch and hit Sherlock, even sneaking in a bite or two.
He felt two strong arms drag him away from Sherlock, whose face was now bruised and cut up. Twisting to look behind him, all he got was a mouthful of fluffy blonde hair.
“Now, now, sweetie,” he heard a woman coo in his ear. “No need for that.”
He shook his captor off and stumbled forward, turning around to find a woman with a halo of curly, golden hair grinning at him. The Doctor still seemed quite unfazed.
“Were they having a little domestic?” she asked the Doctor.
“I wouldn’t call it little,” he replied. “Nothing like ours, anyway.”
“Oh, you know I always win, darling.”
“I let you.”
“Will everybody just shut up?” John hissed. It was too much. This was really too much.
The Doctor raised his eyebrows before taking the woman by the arm. “I think this is our cue to leave, my dear,” he said. The woman looked like she wanted to stay, but one look from the Doctor seemed to convince her to leave.
“I’ll leave you to it, then,” he said, flashing them a small smile before closing the door.
“Save it,” John spat. “I waited for you, Sherlock. I waited for three years. Did it never occur to you that maybe—”
“Of course it occurred to me, John,” Sherlock replied, a trace of irritation in his voice. “Do you really think that I would have kept you in the dark without a reason?”
John scoffed. “Let’s hear the reason, then,” he said, crossing his arms. Sherlock moved forward, reaching out as if to take John’s hand, but John avoided him, still glaring.
“That day…when I fell…that wasn’t really me. I mean…it was me…but not. The Doctor came to me the night before when you were working and told me that it was the wrong day for me to die and the next moment, I was somehow…inside myself. I had shrunk somehow and…the body that fell wasn’t mine,” he finished lamely.
John frowned. “Wait, so let me get this straight. A strange man appeared to you, told you that you couldn’t die yet, shrunk you, and put you inside of yourself? You expect me to believe that?”
“John, you have just jumped off of St. Bart’s and ended up in a swimming pool in a library. Given the circumstances, I would have thought anything would seem believable.”
“You still could have let me know. Just so that I had peace of mind. I died that day, Sherlock. I was going to kill myself today, but the truth is, I was dead the moment your body hit the ground. I was just getting rid of the body today.”
Sherlock suddenly strode forward, taking John’s face into his hands. “Look at me, John. Look at me. I’m real. I’m here. You punched me and the bruises serve to prove as evidence of my survival. I know we can’t go back to how we were before, but—”
“Damn straight we can’t,” John said, his voice still hard, but losing some of its edge. Sherlock pressed his forehead against John’s, closing his eyes.
“Please believe me that if I could have let you know, I would have. I was going to come back to you right after it was over.”
“I could have helped, Sherlock,” John whispered. “You didn’t have to go alone.”
“They would have killed you.”
“Does it look like I care?”
“I do. I always have.”
John laughed slightly, realizing with some surprise that he was crying. He looked up to meet Sherlock’s eyes only to find tears in them, too. He reached up and wiped the tears away, his fingers brushing over the bruises that were now forming on Sherlock’s face.
“No, I deserved it.”
Neither of them knew who moved first, perhaps they moved together, but in a second, they were kissing. Not hard…not desperately…it was a chaste kiss. Just lips against soft lips, warm, comforting sensations. They stood there for what felt like eons, but was only a few seconds, before John drew back. Sherlock’s head moved forward instinctively, missing the warmth of John’s mouth on his own instantly.
“Welcome home, Sherlock,” John whispered.
“Well, isn’t someone getting comfortable quickly!” John heard another girl hiss from behind a bookshelf. A chorus of “shhh”s followed immediately.
“Do they honestly think we can’t hear them?” he asked Sherlock incredulously.
“They’re odd people, John,” replied Sherlock, with a comfortingly familiar sigh. “And it’s an odd place.”
“Yeah, that part I got. Swimming pool inside a library inside a—“
“Inside the TARDIS!” cried the mad Doctor, stepping out excitedly from behind the bookcase and blowing everyone else’s cover. “I’ve got a spaceship.”
“Yes, a spaceship,” sighed the woman with the hair. Everyone seems to be exasperated with this guy, John thought. “Time-and-relative-dimension-in-space TARDIS.” She stuck her hand out jauntily. “Professor River Song. Pleasure to meet you, Dr. Watson.”
“Ooh, we are a professor this time,” cooed the other girl, extending her hand to John. “Amy Pond, at your service.”
“Amy,” warned the Doctor.
“What, can’t I say hello?”
“No, apparently not! I have to keep better watch on you sometimes than on Captain Jack! You are taken, he is taken, and for crying out loud—“
And so Amy shoved the Doctor right into the swimming pool, inviting a chorus of laughter from Professor River Song and another voice, still behind the bookcase. “Rory!” she called to the voice. “Will you come out?”
“You’d really think she’d be more…reserved, what with her entire family here and all,” Sherlock purred in John’s ear.
Coughing and sputtering, the Doctor emerged from the pool and practically leaped onto the edge, shaking his hair out like a dog. “Right. That’s enough time in the library, I think,” he decided, walking towards the door. He missed it by at least a foot, hitting first the wall, then the ground.
“Oh, Doctor,” said the man called Rory, moving swiftly to his aid.
“No, no, I’m fine,” the Doctor assured him, popping back up wobblingly.
“Odd people,” John affirmed under his breath.
“And they just get odder,” Sherlock promised.
What is this, a control room? John thought as the crazy group led him into a sparkly, roughly circular… place. This can’t really be a spaceship, can it?
“And this is the control room,” announced the Doctor. “Of my spaceship.”
“Sometimes he pretends he doesn’t like having new people in here,” teased River. “But this is his favorite part.”
And it certainly seemed to be. The Doctor was spinning and twirling and running about the room, trying to explain to John about the “wibbly lever” and the “pully-pushy one” and the one that “makes a really loud noise; don’t push that one.” John looked at Sherlock for help, but Sherlock had reclined himself on what looked like a pair of bus seats as far away from the action as possible.
“Has anyone seen my—“ Amy started, striding into the room.
“Deck below, on the floor,” Sherlock droned. “Your daughter and your husband were playing catch with it yesterday.”
“Hang on, you weren’t even here for that,” Rory accused.
“Yeah, that’s just a thing he—“ John tried to explain, but he got distracted. “Hang on, you weren’t here yesterday?”
“No, just since this morning.”
“THREE YEARS, SHERLOCK. WHERE WERE YOU?”
“It’s a time machine,” Sherlock tried to explain to John’s fuming face. “They picked me up about twelve hours ago, if I were to count, but the timestreams got a bit fuzzy and—“
“Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey,” mumbled the Doctor.
“In other words, these two geniuses made a mistake,” River corrected.
“Ah,” John said, struggling to keep a straight face. “And that… mistake, it caused me three years of misery.”
“Erm,” Sherlock started. John was just beginning to enjoy the rare squeamish look on his friend’s face when a knock came at the door.
“Doctor, was that—?” Amy asked cautiously.
“I think it might have been.”
“Sorry, but we’re in deep space,” River Song asserted.
“So we are.” The Doctor was already at the door, preparing to open it. ”We were last time, too.”
“I am so out of my element here, it’s not even funny,” John confessed to Sherlock.
“I’m still figuring it out, myself,” was the reply.
“Doctor, what is knocking on the door?” River asked again.
The Doctor opened it, and a glowing white box flew inside and right onto Sherlock’s lap. River looked at the Doctor, who looked right back and said, disgustedly, “We’ve got mail.”
Sherlock’s phone sighed erotically.
“No way,” said John.
“Seems to be true. We’ve got mail in space, and Irene Adler is texting me from home.”
(( YES. PERFECT. AND MORE. And please don’t be intimidated! I’m probably one of the least intimidating people you’ll meet. I’m actually quite intimidated by everyone else on tumblr <3 ))
“Let me see that,” the Doctor said, swooping down and snatching the cube away from Sherlock. “Now, what are you doing here?”
“It’s a white cube, what’s so special about it?” Sherlock asked, looking down at the text. How on earth was he getting signal in deep space (if they were in deep space, anyway).
However, nobody paid attention to what he had said (much to Sherlock’s chagrin), turning their attention instead to the small white cube in the Doctor’s hands. As much as Sherlock would hate to admit it, the little cube piqued his interest, as well. He walked forward, standing next to John and looking over the Doctor’s shoulder.
“Not just a white cube, Sherlock,” the Doctor said. “A hypercube. Little devices that transfer messages between time lords, much like the texting you lot use to communicate with each other, only this is much more profound, much deeper. It carries the very thoughts of the sender to the sendee, who just so happens to be me. Thing is, these are used in times of extreme emergencies. Questions?”
“What’s the message?” Amy asked, eyeing the box warily.
The Doctor nodded and listened to the message, his smile slowly disappearing only to be replaced by a frown.
“That can’t be right…” he murmured, looking down at the box, utterly bewildered.
“What is it?” River asked, placing a hand lightly on the Doctor’s arm. He jumped at the touch, yelping.
“He’s…he’s still alive…” the Doctor said, his frown deepening.
“Who is, Doctor?” Rory urged. A strange tension had suddenly settled over them like a stifling blanket.
“You never met him…but he was supposed to have disappeared with the rest of them…I don’t understand how…”
“DOCTOR!” Amy bellowed, jerking the Doctor out of his reverie and causing everyone else to jump violently. “Who is it?”
The Doctor turned to her. “He’s…well, another time lord…”
“The Master,” the Doctor said after a moment, speaking as if he hardly dare believe what he was saying, himself. “It’s the Master.”
“Who’s the Master?” Rory asked, breaking the silence that had fallen inside the TARDIS.
“Another Time Lord,” Sherlock said swiftly, glancing at the young man irritably. “Honestly, weren’t you listening?”
“Oi! Don’t start on him!” Amy said, firing up. “That’s my husband you’re talking to!”
Sherlock’s lower lip curled into a small sneer, at which Amy rushed forward and pushed her face in front of Sherlock’s.
“You know, I don’t care if you’re a genius or a detective or what have you, but you do not talk to my husband like that,” she hissed. Sherlock merely regarded her with mild amusement, which only served to incense her farther.
“Now, now,” the Doctor said, coming between them and tugging Amy away. “We’re in deep space of to find another Time Lord. Now isn’t the time to be arguing.”
Amy allowed herself to be led away, slightly flushed. John shot her an apologetic look, but wasn’t sure if it was received as such. However, the Doctor and River immediately rushed to the controls, pushing buttons and pulling levers until the TARDIS suddenly jerked about as if somebody had plucked it up and started shaking it. John fell back into Sherlock, and the two of them landed in a heap, Sherlock holding onto a piece of machinery with one hand, the other wrapped around John. Amy and Rory were clinging to the stairs and the only ones who seemed able to keep their balance in the chaos were River and the Doctor.
Finally, they shuddered to a stop.
“We’re here!” the Doctor said cheerfully, leaping toward the door.
“And…where exactly is here?” John asked, getting to his feet shakily and pulling Sherlock up.
“That’s what we’re about to find out,” the Doctor replied. “Probably one of the best bits of landing somewhere new. You never know where you are.”
“I would have thought that was a bad thing,” Sherlock said under his breath. John simply gave Sherlock’s hand a squeeze before walking forward, pulling Sherlock along with him. They stepped out of the TARDIS only to find themselves standing on a floor made completely out of glass.
“Won’t we break it?” John wondered, pressing his foot against the shining surface tentatively.
The Doctor turned to look at him before jumping up and down, making quite an effort to bang his feet against the glass as hard as humanly (or, more appropriately, time lordly) possible, but the surface remained unscratched. “I should think not,” the Doctor replied before turning around, taking in the surroundings, his eyes stopping on a lone figure standing a few meters away.
John jumped back slightly at the sight of the creature. It was like nothing he had ever seen, its head dome shaped and ending with a bunch of writhing tentacles where its mouth should have been. it wore some sort of suit and carried a shining orb in its hand, which seemed to be connected to its head by a long rope like extension of skin and muscle.
“Ah, an Ood,” the Doctor said, waving at the creature. The creature remained stoic, simply watching them unblinkingly.
“And…Ood?” John repeated, watching the creature warily.
“Yes, quite harmless…most of the time,” the Doctor said, walking forward confidently. He stood there with the Ood, speaking and nodding before turning back to the group. “Come along, you lot,” he said, waving his hand.
They followed him warily, trying hard not to slip on the glass surface. John looked down, trying to see through the near opaqueness of the thick glass beneath his feet.
“It’s no good,” Sherlock said. “The glass is quite thick. You won’t be able to see anything.”
“It’s actually about three miles thick,” the Doctor called over his shoulder.
After about an hour of walking, they stopped in a spot that seemed no different from the rest of the planet. The scenery had not changed at all and the stars hung in the sky, cold and distant. The Doctor spoke to the Ood again before bending and pressing down on the glass. The glass moved aside, almost like some sort of trap door, to reveal a dark tunnel that seemed to plunge straight through the glass.
“This should be fun,” the Doctor said, looking down the hole and turning back to the rest of the group. “So, what do you say? Shall we go down the rabbit hole?”
River stepped forward. “I’ll go first,” she said, checking that her gun was securely fastened.
The Doctor nodded, stepping aside. She sat down, swinging her legs so that they were dangling in the black abyss. “See you in a tick, sweetie,” she said, glancing at the Doctor with a flirtatious smile before pushing off the ledge and sliding down the hole in the glass.
After a moment, they heard a small shout to let them know that she had landed safely. Amy went next, closely followed by Rory and then John. Only Sherlock and the Doctor remained now.
“Are you ready, Sherlock?” the Doctor asked.
“I…yes,” he replied. He wasn’t too fond of heights, not after his last experience of jumping off of a ledge. The Doctor laid a reassuring hand on his arm. “Trust me,” he said. “It’s going to be fine.”
Sherlock rolled his eyes. He didn’t need reassurance. Instead, he sat down and swung himself down the hole, plunging himself into the darkness. He could see nothing, only hearing the whoosh of air whipping past him as he hurtled down the tunnel at breakneck speed. It leveled out, however, and he soon slid out of the darkness and landed in a heap on the floor, closely followed by the Doctor, who got up and brushed himself off.
“See? That wasn’t so bad,” he said, stumbling forward. “Bit dizzying, but we’re in one piece.”
“Please come this way, sirs and madams,” a voice said from somewhere to their right. They turned to find another Ood waiting for them, its head slightly tilted to indicate that they should follow it. The Doctor took the lead again, walking alongside the Ood, speaking very quietly and nodding when the Ood answered. Finally, they arrived at a large door carved from the glass that was on the surface. However, the glass here seemed much more beautiful. There was something different about the way it glistened in the weak light of the corridor they had been walking through.
The Ood opened the door and stepped aside, its head bowed reverently as they passed into the room, which was very large and very flamboyantly designed, with statues of ice and glass surrounding them, almost like the pieces of a chess game.
“You’ve come at last, have you?”
Sherlock’s blood ran cold. The last time he had heard that voice, he had jumped off of a building. He could feel John go slightly rigid at the silky voice that seemed to come from the far end of the room. The Doctor seemed to have gone slightly white, as well.
“…Master?” the Doctor called tentatively.
A man stepped forward from behind one of the statues, seeming to almost glide and slither his way to them. The lighting accentuated his high forehead and almost soulless, black eyes.
“Oh, I love it when you call me that, darling,” the man cooed, winking at the Doctor earning himself a small hiss from River, which went unnoticed by the man.
“What do you mean, Master?” Sherlock said, staring at the man. “This is—”
“Oh, Sherly pie! What a surprise,” the man replied, his thin eyebrows arching in an almost demonic look of amusement. “My, my, my, two of my favorite men together. What a treat,” he said, licking his thin lips with an almost hungry look in his eyes.
The Doctor frowned, turning to Sherlock. “Wait, how do you know him?”
“Moriarty,” Sherlock hissed, his hands clenching until the knuckles were white.
“Wait…this is the Moriarty you were telling us about?” River asked quickly.
“Oh, my, you’re all so adorable when you’re confused,” the Master/Moriarty said, leering at them all.
“Why did you call us here?” the Doctor asked.
“I’m stuck,” the Master/Moriarty replied, sweeping his hand up and down his torso as if to emphasize the fact that he was stuck.
“And?” Sherlock asked harshly. He wanted nothing more that to leave Moriarty here. The Doctor, however, seemed to regard him with a contemplative air.
“Doctor, you’re not seriously considering—” Sherlock began heatedly.
“Come now, Doctor,” the Master/Moriarty cooed. “Surely you remember all those…good times we’ve had together. You don’t want to be the last of the Time Lords forever, do you?”
“Yeah, thanks Sherlock, thanks a lot, that is really helping me right now”
“Did you see them?”
“Of course I saw them.”
“Saw what? Doctor, what is it?”
After John witnesses his best friend (and lover, if you ship it or not) die, he finds a mysterious man with a curious, out-of-place blue box in front of his old flat.
John asks this man to take him back to watch all of his best moments with Sherlock from afar to reminisce about the good-ol’-days.
As the box leaves and it’s familiar vworp-vworp is left behind, Sherlock turns a corner with a sullen face as he thinks, “How should I apologize to him…?”