"So," he says, swallowing. "Goodbye. Be very good to yourself, and keep warm. I'd like to kiss you first, but then I might change my mind. So don't kiss me."
*is half dead on the floor*
These lines have killed me today. Utterly brilliant readings that I have found in the Sherlock BBC fandom, fantastic writers indeed.
And I have been successful in finding stories where John Watson plays a very competent ex-army character. I definitely like the equanimity and balancing nature of this character, how nonplussed and no-nonsense he can be. And the way he takes in stride Holmes' insults and instead comes back with mild but slight sarcastic commentary.
Although this is very fandom-based, probably. Truly, 3 episodes only, BBC? And the second season postponed up to next year? No wonder the authors out there have already crafted their personalities and given them new interesting quirks.
The only thing now for me is to find some kind of fic where Moriarty is featured targeting John more directly. I've found good ones where of course John is taken hostage again, or threatened by Moriarty in some way, but I still haven't found one where there is conversation to length between the Professor and the Doctor. I'd like to read how writers explore that interaction. In other stories when John is captured he either remains silent or does not get to meet Moriarty directly. I for one want a very witty and mature conversation between them, I have the impression Moriarty acts crazy and obsessed towards Sherlock, but when talking to John, things could be more balanced.
Or that is just me, I don't know. I always want to have an extra bit of faith (or fun) with the interesting villains.
Well, that'll be all. Just randomness for today. Plus I don't want to forget the opening lines of this entry. They may sound rather cheesy and emotional, but my Lord in the real context, they are part of a fabulous complex shady fic with a psychological punch to bowl us over.
ETA: I have found a good fic with a mature, lenghty conversation between Moriarty and John, a missing scene-type of story before the ending part of The Great Game episode. It's by vegarin "Pedestrian" here: http://vegarin.livejournal.com/49630.htm