“She was an exquisite painter. She made her living restoring Renaissance paintings for art museums. She travelled extensively because of her work. She was…highly intelligent, optimistic about the human condition. Usually consider it a sign of stupidity but with Irene it seemed…almost convincing. She was, to me, The Woman. To me, she preclipsed and predominated the whole of her gender. The only one I ever—”
There was a spark, a sense of excitement. I haven’t seen that in you in a long time. You like what he does.
Sherlock and Joan doing some STAYING AWAKE squats
ahh these cuties
“Stay on permanently. Not as my sober companion, but as my companion. Allow me to continue to teach you. Assist me in my investigations. (…) This is an important decision and I encourage you to discuss it with others. Explain what you have been to me. And what I believe you can be to me. A partner. I am better with you, Watson. I’m sharper. I’m more focused. Difficult to say why exactly. Perhaps in time I will solve that as well.”
every task, every interaction, no matter how seemingly banal, has the potential to contain multitudes.