Offer

Feb. 14th, 2009 10:50 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
I lit my pipe, buying time to think before I spoke. This was not the listless, friendless invalid I had first known, but an accomplished man who had built a life which I had not always deigned to share. Charity was out of the question. So too was a position of servitude, for all that we had joked about his being my amanuensis not so long ago. That left me only one inducement, as difficult as it would be to swallow my own pride.

"Recent events," I began, meeting his eyes, "have proven to me that I require a partner..."

Offer

Feb. 14th, 2009 10:50 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
I lit my pipe, buying time to think before I spoke. This was not the listless, friendless invalid I had first known, but an accomplished man who had built a life which I had not always deigned to share. Charity was out of the question. So too was a position of servitude, for all that we had joked about his being my amanuensis not so long ago. That left me only one inducement, as difficult as it would be to swallow my own pride.

"Recent events," I began, meeting his eyes, "have proven to me that I require a partner..."

Arguments

Feb. 13th, 2009 08:30 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
"Work!" I cried, stung by the return of my own words. "The kind of work that drives you into an early grave? You said yourself that every pestilential child was a hazard."

"That's the same risk every doctor takes," he protested.

"Every doctor hasn't had pneumonia twice since the year began!" I said. "Anstruther all but ordered you to rest for a month at least."

"I need hardly sell out my livelihood to take a holiday," he asserted angrily. "And besides, I hate sitting idle and useless, you know that, Holmes. At least my patients need me."

I need you.

Arguments

Feb. 13th, 2009 08:30 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
"Work!" I cried, stung by the return of my own words. "The kind of work that drives you into an early grave? You said yourself that every pestilential child was a hazard."

"That's the same risk every doctor takes," he protested.

"Every doctor hasn't had pneumonia twice since the year began!" I said. "Anstruther all but ordered you to rest for a month at least."

"I need hardly sell out my livelihood to take a holiday," he asserted angrily. "And besides, I hate sitting idle and useless, you know that, Holmes. At least my patients need me."

I need you.
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
"Move back to Baker Street?" I exclaimed.

"You have to admit that Mrs. Hudson's table far outshines your present housekeeper's," Holmes said, making himself busy with tobacco and pipe the way he often did when he had suggested something outrageous.

"How would my patients find me?" I protested. "It isn't as if they're never struck ill in the middle of the night."

"So sell the practice to someone else," he continued, far too casually.

I didn't have the energy yet to be indignant. "Holmes," I said, in my most reasonable voice. "Whatever happened to 'work is the best antidote for sorrow'?"
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
"Move back to Baker Street?" I exclaimed.

"You have to admit that Mrs. Hudson's table far outshines your present housekeeper's," Holmes said, making himself busy with tobacco and pipe the way he often did when he had suggested something outrageous.

"How would my patients find me?" I protested. "It isn't as if they're never struck ill in the middle of the night."

"So sell the practice to someone else," he continued, far too casually.

I didn't have the energy yet to be indignant. "Holmes," I said, in my most reasonable voice. "Whatever happened to 'work is the best antidote for sorrow'?"

Cousin

Feb. 11th, 2009 10:27 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
"You wish me to buy a medical practice in Kensington?" Henry Verner scowled at me. "Perhaps your side of the family is willing to take foolish chances, but we have more sense in mine. It will be three years at least, more likely five, before I can afford anything in that district."

"I'm not asking you to pay for it," I said. "I can do that. Just to answer the advertisement and take over the care of the patients."

He hesitated, then asked, "How soon would I begin?"

"I don't know yet. I've still got to persuade him to sell."

Cousin

Feb. 11th, 2009 10:27 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
"You wish me to buy a medical practice in Kensington?" Henry Verner scowled at me. "Perhaps your side of the family is willing to take foolish chances, but we have more sense in mine. It will be three years at least, more likely five, before I can afford anything in that district."

"I'm not asking you to pay for it," I said. "I can do that. Just to answer the advertisement and take over the care of the patients."

He hesitated, then asked, "How soon would I begin?"

"I don't know yet. I've still got to persuade him to sell."

Errands

Feb. 10th, 2009 10:16 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
Once Watson's fever had finally broken and he began to rally, I went down to Scotland Yard to clear up the remaining details of the Friesland matter with Lestrade. From there I travelled to Barts, in search of some youngster among the newly-minted physicians who might be willing to spend the weeks of Watson's convalescence in Kensington. Much to my surprise I saw the family nose stuck into a copy of the Lancet, back in one of the corners of the library. That necessitated a visit to the Diogenes, to pry three years worth of news out of my brother.

Errands

Feb. 10th, 2009 10:16 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
Once Watson's fever had finally broken and he began to rally, I went down to Scotland Yard to clear up the remaining details of the Friesland matter with Lestrade. From there I travelled to Barts, in search of some youngster among the newly-minted physicians who might be willing to spend the weeks of Watson's convalescence in Kensington. Much to my surprise I saw the family nose stuck into a copy of the Lancet, back in one of the corners of the library. That necessitated a visit to the Diogenes, to pry three years worth of news out of my brother.
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
"I didn't tell you I'd been deathly ill because I wasn't deathly ill anymore," Watson explained hoarsely, and then had to stop to pull more air into his lungs.

"I had no idea I was risking your health," I said stiffly.

"Just my life, hey?" Watson said, grinning despite the effort that it cost. "I take more chances being sneezed upon by sick children any day of the week. In any case, I'd far rather have been there to pull you off that ship before it exploded than to be sitting in Kensington reading in the papers about your demise."
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
"I didn't tell you I'd been deathly ill because I wasn't deathly ill anymore," Watson explained hoarsely, and then had to stop to pull more air into his lungs.

"I had no idea I was risking your health," I said stiffly.

"Just my life, hey?" Watson said, grinning despite the effort that it cost. "I take more chances being sneezed upon by sick children any day of the week. In any case, I'd far rather have been there to pull you off that ship before it exploded than to be sitting in Kensington reading in the papers about your demise."

Benison

Feb. 8th, 2009 08:38 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
I knew I had them worried, though it was Mrs. Hudson who was left to do all the fussing my condition demanded. Holmes showed his concern in other ways, as he had always done. I admit I relished the chance to listen to him play his violin, even when he thought I was asleep and reverted to the wandering scales and scrapings that had once irritated me so. In my dreams Mary waltzed with me as he bowed, but at the end of the dance she stepped away and told me that my presence was still needed in Baker Street.

Benison

Feb. 8th, 2009 08:38 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
I knew I had them worried, though it was Mrs. Hudson who was left to do all the fussing my condition demanded. Holmes showed his concern in other ways, as he had always done. I admit I relished the chance to listen to him play his violin, even when he thought I was asleep and reverted to the wandering scales and scrapings that had once irritated me so. In my dreams Mary waltzed with me as he bowed, but at the end of the dance she stepped away and told me that my presence was still needed in Baker Street.
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
Complete bedrest and a plethora of medicines: paraldehyde to help him sleep and cannabis to quell the cough so that he wouldn't wake too soon; camphorated oil on his chest and eucalyptus scenting the air. Belladonna too, which eased him, but left his mind wandering back to the wretched day when I had used it against him in a pretense I now regretted. The huge dark pupils twinkled as he studied me. "All I need is a crust of beeswax and some rouge and vaseline, right? And I'll mutter about oysters, too."

I couldn't chide him. Turnabout is fair play.
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
Complete bedrest and a plethora of medicines: paraldehyde to help him sleep and cannabis to quell the cough so that he wouldn't wake too soon; camphorated oil on his chest and eucalyptus scenting the air. Belladonna too, which eased him, but left his mind wandering back to the wretched day when I had used it against him in a pretense I now regretted. The huge dark pupils twinkled as he studied me. "All I need is a crust of beeswax and some rouge and vaseline, right? And I'll mutter about oysters, too."

I couldn't chide him. Turnabout is fair play.
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
When I heard the shout I thought it best to go up and inquire whether or not Dr. Anstruther would require hot water. A feminine presence generally moderates the language used, if not the vehemence expressed, and I knew our doctor's nerves were already scraped raw. But it was Dr. Anstruther whose patience had flown. "I didn't let you follow Mary to the grave in February and I'm damned if you'll go because you nearly drowned," he told his patient, while Mr. Holmes watched white-faced from his place by the mantelpiece. "Don't you know I promised her that you'd live?"
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
When I heard the shout I thought it best to go up and inquire whether or not Dr. Anstruther would require hot water. A feminine presence generally moderates the language used, if not the vehemence expressed, and I knew our doctor's nerves were already scraped raw. But it was Dr. Anstruther whose patience had flown. "I didn't let you follow Mary to the grave in February and I'm damned if you'll go because you nearly drowned," he told his patient, while Mr. Holmes watched white-faced from his place by the mantelpiece. "Don't you know I promised her that you'd live?"

Locum

Feb. 6th, 2009 09:46 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
"No, I can't," I told him angrily. "If he wants to go skiving off with you to play detective he can find someone else to cover for him. I've been up all night for three days in a row and I'm tired."

"Dr. Anstruther," Holmes began, just as angrily, and then perhaps he saw what I hadn't told him, that those three nights vigil had been in vain, for he cooled. "Perhaps you can recommend an alternative. And someone nearer Baker Street, who can tell me whether Watson has pneumonia."

"Not again," I groaned, and reached for my coat.

Locum

Feb. 6th, 2009 09:46 pm
rabidsamfan: (watson jude law)
"No, I can't," I told him angrily. "If he wants to go skiving off with you to play detective he can find someone else to cover for him. I've been up all night for three days in a row and I'm tired."

"Dr. Anstruther," Holmes began, just as angrily, and then perhaps he saw what I hadn't told him, that those three nights vigil had been in vain, for he cooled. "Perhaps you can recommend an alternative. And someone nearer Baker Street, who can tell me whether Watson has pneumonia."

"Not again," I groaned, and reached for my coat.
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