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Title: Lifetime
Theme: Watson's Woes July Writing Prompts 2016
Prompt: Amnesty #10 That's All Folks: Let the end be the beginning (or the entirety) of today's entry.
Rating: General Audiences
Universe: ACD
Characters: Holmes, Watson
WordCount: 316
Summary: Many things have changed, but a few will always stay the same - like Watson's stubbornness. But Holmes is stubborn as well.


"You can not get up the stairs, doctor."

Holmes' observation is neither pity nor judgement, only fond amusement and while Watson still blushes, he also chuckles. "How observent of you, Holmes."
Holmes shakes his head with a chuckle of his own and holds out his hand. Watson glares at it, stubborn pride still present, but Holmes found his own stubborness when dealing with his friend after living together for so long. "Really, doctor, you should have asked for help," he says fondly as Watson grasps his hand and allows Holmes to pull him to his feet. He stumbles, a grimace twisting his face and Holmes grips him gently, steadying him.

Together they slowly take the stairs up to Watson's bedroom and unlike in the beginning they do not seperate at the door but enter side by side. Holmes helps Watson change into his nightshirt and then settles him in the bed. Watson thanks him stiffly, slightly embarrased and Holmes chuckles fondly. "Stubborn doctor," he says with a smile and Watson grins. "Stubborn detective." They share an easy laugh and Watson closes his eyes, taking deep breathes. Moments later he is asleep and Holmes puts out the lights.

He turns around to watch his friend silently. Much has changed since they started living together, changes Holmes never thought possible but now cherishes deeply. He never thought a person would be able to live with him this long, he knows very well how difficult he can be. But Watson is just stubborn and most importantly good enough to stand by his side.

With another head shake Holmes returns to the sitting room, but leaves Waton's bedroom door and his own slightly ajar.
He wonders about Watson's affection, about his pride, about his trust - about his heart, but just as his friend Holmes is also stubborn and willing to learn and understand.

Even - especially - if it takes a lifetime.

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