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Title: Waiting for the other shoe to drop
Words: 221
Rating: PG-13
Pairings : Sherlock/John
Warnings: blood, hurt character
Disclaimer: Not mine.

Previous 221b: As you make your bed, so you must lie in it

Today's prompt:

Waiting for the other shoe to drop

Sherlock looks at his shoes covered in mud and blood and thinks that if Lestrade dies, he will never clean those shoes again. They will just sit there, a monument of his failure, for ever.

He feels lost and cold and very confused about that because he is not the one who just suffered a major blood loss.

Even John seems small, diminished. John is not supposed to be small. He is supposed to be John-sized because then he is exactly right-sized to fill that inexplicable hole inside Sherlock and what will happen to Sherlock if John starts shrinking and the hole stops being filled?
Would he go back to being back-then-Sherlock? Not that he’d ever admit to it but he prefers right-now-Sherlock.

Additionally there is this spot inside his chest that hurts as if he had been the one getting stabbed.

Two days later he comes home and John, right-sized, not-diminished John, hands him a prickly object.

And here it becomes obvious that Sherlock’s brain is not working as it should because at first he thinks it’s a tiny hedgehog.

John gently pokes him into the shoulder. The left one. Not the one with the hedgehog. He says, “Do it later. Hospital called. Let’s go.”

And that’s when Sherlock realises that the object he is holding is a shoe brush.

Next 221b: The infinite monkey theorem (1/?)

AN: Hello everyone! I kinda fell off the face of the earth again. Sorry. Real life and shit.

Also this is kinda dark. Sorry. But look, happy end!

On a brighter note: I did a thing. One of my stories (well, two, but only one under a name you will recognise) is published in this beautiful anthology! Look at the thing!

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