Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's not just Irene

“Well Holmes!” I expostulated as soon as we were ensconced in the first class compartment, waiting for the train to depart.  “You certainly surprised us all this time!  I was quite convinced the Governess was the culprit”
Holmes nodded wearily.  “A natural mistake to make” he replied, and opened a newspaper as if to close the conversation.

“I mean, damn it all Holmes” I went on, determined not to allow him to avoid explanations.  “Her glove was found at the scene of the crime, the rope used in the hanging came from her sash window, we found the bloodied knife in her room and on top of everything, Sir Horace had recently changed his will leaving everything to her.”

Holmes put his paper down with some visible irritation.  He seemed to be physically discomforted, in addition to his usual irascibility.

“Indeed Watson.  But as you know, I had a very long talk with the, erm, formidable Miss Huntingdon in her schoolroom, and she explained everything to me very clearly.  Very clearly indeed.  I cannot breach her confidence to explain why, but there is no question of her guilt.  She was most persuasive.”

And he fell silent as if recalling a vivid memory, then shook his head and shifted nervously in his seat – and instantly, it seems, regretted it, as he winced in some pain.

“This railway company is a disgrace.” he remarked.  “Singularly uncomfortable seats.”

“We could swap” I offered.  "Mine is well upholstered."  But he refused with a curter shake of his head.

“So…”  I mused.  “Suicide, after all.  But Holmes, how ever did Sir Horace hang himself and stab himself several times, after tying his own hands behind his back?  And did you ever solve the mystery of the strange marks across his buttocks?”

“The English aristocrat is a remarkably creative animal, Watson” Holmes remarked.  “Damn this seat” – and he got up, wincing all the way.

“If you’ll excuse me, Watson” he remarked, I think I might after all not accompany you all the way to London.  I cannot abandon Miss Huntingdon, at this difficult time.  To lose her employer and gain control of a household and vast fortune all in one week like that… the poor woman will need a man’s guidance.  I shall return to Castle Charingbourne.

And he left the compartment, leaving me to brood with my thoughts.  One day, I decided, I would make him tell the whole story, even if it had to be sealed for posterity to learn its secrets at some later date.  But a thought struck me, just as the train began to pull out of the station, and I lowered the window and called out to the retreating Holmes, who was standing pensively - but perhaps rather stiffly - on the platform.
“But dash it all, Holmes!  Sir Horace was an unmarried man!  Why employ a governess, if you have no children?”

But he did not - or would not - hear me or look in my direction, gazing instead almost longingly up the hill in the direction of the great house, with the faintest smile playing across his lips. 


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  2. The idea of having her as a strong willed character who is capable of bending Sherlock is definitely something... Sydney Escorts

    1. Bending, or even breaking entirely.

  3. Indubitably brilliant my dear submissive.

    1. You are too kind, sir! I fear that such compliments must lead me soon to pay a visit to my Lady Sophia Black, for a discipline and humiliation session, before my ego swells to the size of a tiny pea.

      Actually, I'm planning a few captions themed around Sherlock as a sub. This one - like many of these little one picture stories I published - started out that way, but it just didn't fit on the picture. I've got three... when I reach five they'll be published. Probably.

  4. I do hope that his servant is suitably sensible and frumpy looking but with a penchant for servility in her beating of Mr Holmes.