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Home sweet home

((New post, because it is good for the universe. I would like to applaud all of the Cravat's fine members for not making a home/Holmes pun, nor yet a Holmesosexual pun. Not yet.))

Location: The Cravat
Time: Out of time

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson stumbled out of the portal, Watson still a little wide eyed at the prospect of time travel, Holmes retaining his famous composure. They stood in wait of the others, avoiding each other's eyes.

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simplysidhe
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
"Yes," Holmes said dryly. "You sway from side to side whenever you walk with him. Oscillation always means an affair of the heart." He looked vaguely at the ceiling for a moment, then added, "Are you an aesthete? Or a radical of some sort? I have never heard anyone be so completely. . .ah. Open. About this sort of thing."
kissingmyelbow
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
"You mean about liking men?" Gabe asked, purposely phrasing it plainly. "That's because a lot changes in a century. I don't think there are enforced sodomy laws much of anywhere, excepting some Arab countries, I suppose." He shrugged. "In my New York you could walk down the street holding hands with another man and, yeah, some people might stare, and occasionally you'll get heckled, but you won't get arrested or anything. New York is a liberal city, though, and I tend to keep queerer company than most, on the rare occasions I decide to keep company. It's way different from where I grew up. We..." he stopped and bit his lip. "Let's not talk about how I grew up," he concluded.
simplysidhe
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
"As long as we do not talk about how I grew up either," Holmes replied wryly. "Well, it isn't the attraction to men. . .it's the way you term it." He shook his head. "You call it love."
kissingmyelbow
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
Gabe turned to face Holmes, his brow furrowed. "Do you mean to say it isn't?" he asked.
simplysidhe
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Holmes sighed deeply, the breath rattling in his tobacco addled lungs. "My upbringing is showing. Now, as I believe you know, I am an eminently rational man. I would flatter myself I am very good at being an eminently rational man. Now, I am aware that I - or - I mean of course, men who - or - oh, why bother with pretense. I am well aware that I experience all of the symptoms of 'love,' however, the rational logic of my day dictates that it is not possible except between male and female." He spread his thin hands despairingly. "What am I to think?"
kissingmyelbow
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
"That the rational logic of your day is wrong," Gabe replied, simply. "After all, it took people years to figure out that the earth revolves around the sun, and I'd say that love is much more complex, wouldn't you?"
simplysidhe
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Holmes blinked. "Well, certainly love is very complex, which is why I seem to be in such a very objectionable state - But what did you say? The earth revolves around. . .? Oh, yes. Watson told me that once. Fascinating thing, though not terribly useful," he added blithely, as though it were perfectly normal not to know something of such a basic nature.

((Yes, he's really that bad. . .see the sixth paragraph of this.))
kissingmyelbow
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
((Eeee! I read that! Now I just need to find the book so I can finish it.))

"Oh." Gabe murmured, slightly astonished. "Well," he continued. "There goes my analogy, but my point still stands, I hope? People make assumptions all the time because it's what's accepted to be right, and it never occurs to them that everyone else could be wrong too. Heterosexism was one of those things until rather recently, even for me."
simplysidhe
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
"Hetero. . .from the Greek heteros? Different? Oh, I see. Yes. Well." Holmes chewed his bottom lip. "That, I fear I shall have to carefully consider. However, we have problems of a more practical nature." He furrowed his brows. "I apologize for my earlier accusation of opium addiction. You have been. . ." Holmes struggled for the right word. "Helpful."
kissingmyelbow
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
"Well, I'm glad I helped someone," Gabe said, taking a quick look at where Watson was still speaking his Jeannot. "And I've been called worse than an opium fiend, don't worry. I'll manage."
simplysidhe
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
"Oh, has Watson been being understanding and kind again?" Holmes asked. "He does that. I don't know how to stop him, I fear." He shrugged, love for his friend obvious in his eyes if not his words.
kissingmyelbow
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
Gabe laughed. "Come on," he chided. "You wouldn't want to stop him if you could. It's part of why you love him, admit it."
simplysidhe
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Holmes stared at Gabe for a moment, then realized that his mouth was slightly open, making him look like a fish. "I suppose that I will have to stop twitching every time you say something like that," he managed slowly. Perhaps, late at night, he had occasionally considered what he came to think of as the Question of Love, but no one had ever simply articulated his deepest thoughts to him. "I. . .yes. Yes, I suppose that is part of why. Yes, it definitely is." He breathed out slowly. "I hope you realize that you are now responsible for my becoming completely immoral," he added helplessly, smiling.
kissingmyelbow
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
"You're welcome," Gabe replied, more than slightly proud. "And if you're twitchy about what I'm saying now, wait until I get drunk, or high." He paused, realizing his mistake. "About that..." he mumbled.
simplysidhe
Jan. 10th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
"High?" Holmes cocked an eyebrow. "I think I know what that particular twentieth century term means." He rocked back on his heels, smiling, but there was no more malice in his smile. "If it is not opium, what is it?"
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