It was the faint blush that gave him away.
Sherlock Holmes turned from
me, a tinge of red coloring his cheeks. If I had not been so focused upon him, I
would never have noticed.
This was not a blush of a coy damsel, seeking
to ensnare the object of her desire and further her social standing. Instead,
the blush was closer to one of a shy maid, who knows that her affections will be
rebuffed but who cannot quite quell her inappropriate feelings.
there, bemused with myself that I would ever compare Sherlock Holmes to a shy
maid, and then realization hit—Holmes had feelings toward me.
I must have
gasped at my epiphany.
Holmes turned to me, his eyes
widening in shock as deduced my realization. He was, of course, a master of
observation, and could determine a man’s innermost thoughts with a slightest
glance. Holmes observed the world, whereas I, with my far more limited
abilities, only observed Holmes with such careful scrutiny.
deepened into a mortified flush and he quickly dropped his eyes to the floor. I
could hear the crackling of the fire in our cozy rooms, and his quick breath
that seemed like panic. He went to rise and I knew he intended to flee to the
privacy of his bedroom, burying his heartfelt longings and his embarrassment
deep within him, so far that they would never see the light of day.
this day, I cannot explain my actions. As Holmes tensed, preparing to stand, I
reached out and grabbed his wrist.
There was a jolt as energy seemingly
passed between us, flowing back and forth. I did not hold his wrist tightly; he
could have thrown me off with little effort. Instead, his gaze focused on our
connection and then slowly his head lifted and his eyes met mine.
another jolt at that look.
I had my second epiphany of the night. I
realized then why I had observed Holmes so closely for so many years.
opened his mouth, to say what I do not know. Still not believing my daring, I
gently placed the index finger of my free hand to his lips.
He closed his
mouth slightly and did not speak, but his lips still touched my finger. I could
feel the hot moistness of his breath. I traced his lips slowly, feeling their
chapped dryness. His breath came faster. He never took his eyes from my
Slowly, ever so slowly, his tongue slipped out and then gently drew
my finger into his mouth. This time it was my breath that
Holmes’ movements were slow, wet, sensual. My passion was
rising as he suckled my finger. Finally I could take no more. I withdrew from
his mouth, tracing his moisture down his cheek. Then, carefully and with great
delicacy, I brought my lips to his, giving him every opportunity to pull away.
He did not.
Our first kiss was almost timid, hesitant. I pulled back
slightly and allowed our foreheads to meet. We were both panting now, whether
from desire or fear I know not. I gently ran my fingers through his
Our second kiss was far firmer, needier. We clutched at each other
as our passions began to spiral.
Holmes pulled away and stood abruptly. I
felt a moment of panic that he would stride from the room, but then he turned to
me and held out his hand. I grasped it in my own, feeling that wonderful jolt
He led me to his bedroom and laid me down on that narrow bed. Not
a word was said as we undressed each other and engaged in acts unspeakable in
polite society. Those framed criminals decorating his wall were our only
witnesses and, although our acts might have shocked their namesakes, their
silence was guaranteed. The only sounds were our cries of joy, and longing, and
desire, all intermingled with buried fears and apprehensions. It was the most
wonderful, and terrifying, carnal experience I ever had.
When we were
spent, I drew him to me, holding tightly, unwilling to let go. I could feel his
racing heartbeat and knew it matched my own.
We fell asleep, entwined
with each other.
I awoke to find myself alone, daylight streaming through
the curtains. I looked around to find that Holmes had provided me with my
dressing gown and a change of clothes. I hurried to attend to my
As I prepared myself for the day, it was all I could do not to
flee from our rooms. I knew I had to put a stop to this. Such behavior was
madness, especially given our close relationships with men of the law. We would
be found out, surely. No, I decided, this had to end.
Armed with my new
found determination, I marched to the sitting room. I stopped in the doorway, my
Holmes was sitting at the table, an uneaten breakfast
before him, reading through the morning papers. It was a scene of utter
domesticity and one that I had seen, literally, hundreds of times before. Yet
this morning it was different, for last night I had lain with Sherlock Holmes,
and I knew now, looking at him, that notwithstanding any other decisions on my
part, that he held my heart and had for years.
The truth was actually
He raised he head and looked at me. I could see a tightness
in his eyes and knew that he expected a proclamation ending our brief affair.
Perhaps he even intended to make one himself.
I gave him no time to
consider his options. I strode across the room, purposefully, until I stood mere
inches from him. He looked up at me, his eyes wide.
I leaned down and
kissed him, hard, and let him feel all my love, and passion, and admiration, and
longing. He froze momentarily, and then returned the kiss, his desires just as
We broke apart and I sat across from him. He did not quite look
at me; instead his gaze returned to the papers before him. He did, however, pick
up a piece of toast and begin to nibble upon it.
“Any news?” I asked him.
My voice seemed unnaturally loud, and I realized with a start that neither of us
had spoken since the prior evening, before these life changing events had
Holmes looked up, startled, and I gestured to the
“Ah, no, Watson,” he remarked, quirking his lips in a half smile.
“No news. Although Lestrade sent a telegram asking us to meet him at the train
station this afternoon.”
“Us?” I enquired.
“Well, if you would be
“I would be delighted, my dear Holmes.”
His eyes met
mine and were filled with warmth and unexpected happiness. I assumed that I
looked much the same way.
He returned his attention back to the papers, a
faint blush coloring his cheeks. I began to attack the breakfast before me,
smiling all the while.