Someday, someone is going to look at you with a light in their eyes you’ve never seen, they’ll look at you like you’re everything they’ve been looking for their entire lives. Wait for it.
Confession time: Well, okay, not really a confession for people who’ve known me a long time (Dear God and it is a long time now, isn’t it? Four years.) I never, never shipped Holmes/Watson in Canon. Nope, didn’t see it, just enjoyed the stories as they were presented and didn’t think anything of it.
Until this moment.
John’s open admiration. Sherlock’s wonderment and surprise. John looks like he’s never seen anything so amazing in his life and Sherlock is pole-axed by the reaction, likely the first expression of pure kindness he’s received in years.
I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I fiddled around reading Sherlock/Irene fic for the first day or so after, honestly trying to put the idea of slash out of my head, because I’ve never slashed these two, why would I start now? Eh, it’s just Cumberbatch’s ethereal face, that’s all.
I started to read. And then I thought. And I dreamt. And I wrote,fully and completely for the first time ever, about two people whose lives were so fully entertwined, enmeshed, that they’d never be free of each other.
Whatever the future holds, whether it’s TJLC or Mary being pushed off a bridge or ending up as an enemy or babies or whatever, nothing will erase this for me.
One fixed point in a changing age, indeed.
Let’s remember, Jesus was a Jewish man of color, born homeless to an unwed teenager, who spent his formative years as an illegal immigrant before returning to his home country to hang out with twelve men, prostitutes, and socially untouchable tax collectors while he taught a radical social doctrine of equality, love, and forgiveness that included paying taxes, free healthcare, and the sharing of resources within a community.
canon Jesus is better than fandom Jesus
In which John Watson looks like an idiot because he’s completely love-struck.
I love how John’s reactions are totally spontaneous and he doesn’t even notice what he’s doing until Sherlock points it out. And how Sherlock’s in full detecting mode, but part of his mind is paying attention to the way John is reacting to him (of course, because he’s showing off). There are sort of two different scenes going on at the same time: Sherlock ranting furiously about his deductions, and John and Sherlock doing their little weird dance around each other – Sherlock’s voice even changes when he’s addressing John.
What’s even funnier is that neither John nor Sherlock seem to really understand what’s going on (“What is John doing? Why is he doing that? I don’t know, but it’s fine”), and apparently neither does Lestrade, whose expression could easily translate into “What sort of parallel universe have I landed on today? Are these two flirting???”
And while we can’t really see Sherlock’s face because the light falls directly on him (which creates a great aura), in the last gif his mouth twitches upwards. Perhaps the first of his “only for John” smiles?