This sequence is funny and sweet, but demonstrates a few things so clearly and painfully.
John plays incredibly close to the chest about his feelings. He apparently never explicitly told Sherlock what his role in his life is, or how important he is, preferring to let actions speak louder than words and assuming his meaning is clear. To everyone else, it is clear.
John severely overestimates Sherlock’s ability to understand how anyone feels about him. John makes a lot of assumptions about Sherlock’s emotional maturity and abilities, all of which are apparently wrong.
Sherlock has stupidly low expectations of how people he loves feel about him. It’s a bit hard not to launch into a consideration about Sherlock’s sense of self-esteem at this point. It seems fairly clear that Sherlock’s sense of self-worth must be based entirely on his intellectual abilities, to the point of sticking his fingers in his ears and humming to drown out anything else.
This conversation may be the core motivation for Sherlock’s actions for rest of the series. All the emotion, all the sacrifice, all the wrestling inside Sherlock’s heart, the beating down the doors of his own life and then throwing it away again, is all because of this conversation. The impact of which John continues to radically underestimate.
These two are so far from being on the same page, I’m not sure they’re in the same library.
john: *slaps his bum* atta boy
redbeard-holmes asked: sherlock finding john's old phone in a drawer and stumbling across a list of unsent messages to him, all simply enquiring after him or asking him to call because he's bored - he's dumbfounded at the simple domesticity of it all, and he sits down into a chair to keep reading and he finds some from the time after he 'died' just begging him to stop this, to come back, to somehow make it all okay, and he just curls up in a ball of self-hate because, yep, this was all him; he fucked it all up again.
i ha te u i hatE y oU
Robin Hood: Men in Tights is one of my favorite movies
I mean like
How could it not be
every single moment is pure gold
and finally, one of my favorites
i really like looking at google image searches for “firemen rescuing cats” or something because you get super cute pictures like
AND THEN THERE’S THIS ONE
"THAT’S RIGHT TWAS I that set the house ablaze!!!”
did anyone else read that in the most horrid villain voice ever
i imagine sherlock sometimes stands in front of a long mirror and touches every single scar on his body, eyes half closed so he can imagine john is standing behind him, breathing all over his skin, kissing his scars while murmuring quiet words of encouragement and devotion, and sherlock whispers “it’s for you” over and over again hoping that maybe after this one, his dream becomes reality
I actually love the ‘one is totally drunk while the other is sober’ scenario so much more than the ‘they’re both drunk and gone’ one, it’s a much more interesting dynamic and I just feed off the sheer despair and dumbfounded adoration and reaction to adoration of the sober part
and like sober John would be all “oh god please stop doing that I’m taking advantage of you just by existing at this point jesus help”
while sober Sherlock would be blushing and stammering the whole time until he gets to the point of being like devastatingly sad at the idea that whatever John’s doing he doesn’t actually want to do it and he’s just confused and he’ll regret it tomorrow
When Dean says, “Dude, on my car, he showed up naked, covered in bees”, he is not saying Cas showed up on his car naked/bee-adorned. He is swearing on Baby that Cas showed up naked and covered in bees.
This has been a PSA.
…this is life changing…
yes, baby was in storage from 7.6 Slash Fiction until the end of 7.23 Survival of the Fittest
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING