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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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mouette_mots
Jan. 11th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)
"Affection may have nothing to do with it," Jeannot said gently, trying to comfort Watson as best he could. "At least, in my experience, it need not matter, if what one needs is simply... simply not to be alone, for a time." He sighed at that, and glanced once more at Holmes, still engaged in conversation with Gabe. "If he has told you that what he feels for you is true, then I cannot doubt it," he said softly. "But he is only a man, after all, and men have physical needs as well as emotional." He was clearly out of his depth in this matter, Jeannot thought, and looked over at Gabe helplessly, wishing that his lover would come. Surely Gabe would know what to tell Watson, to make it all easier for him.
simplysidhe
Jan. 11th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
"One doesn't think of Holmes as having needs at all, sometimes," Watson replied cryptically, then stuck his hands uncomfortably in his pockets. "It is all right," he added, the words rather awkward in his mouth. "I only wish he had not been so very indiscreet."
mouette_mots
Jan. 11th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
"Perhaps you ought to talk to him, to discover the truth for yourself," Jeannot suggested, hoping it was good advice. He shook his head at his own foolishness for bringing the subject up. "I'm sorry, my fried," he added quietly. "You should not have heard this from me, of all people. I am not the one who can explain-- well--" He grinned wryly. "Anything at all, really." Jeannot looked over at Holmes again, thinking that the relationship between the two Englishmen was far too complicated for him to work out, and vowing to keep his mouth shut about such things in the future.
simplysidhe
Jan. 12th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
"I doubt he wishes to speak of it," Watson replied gently. "And please, no, it's best that you told me. He never would have. It is not his nature. As for your ability to explain things - well, I'm inclined to think you possess more than you are giving yourself credit for you." The doctor smiled shakily. "You certainly seem more at ease with yourself than either of us."
mouette_mots
Jan. 12th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
"With-- myself?" Jeannot shook his head in confusion, not certain he understood, but he smiled at Watson anyway, glad that he was being rational about the situation. "Everything will be all right," he told the doctor, his heart lighter than it had been all day. "It must." Jeannot stopped to think about this for a moment, and laughed at himself quietly. "Or perhaps I merely feel that way because he is here, but it should be true nonetheless, n'est-ce pas?" He looked over at Gabe again, eyes soft.
simplysidhe
Jan. 12th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
"With - well. Your nature," Watson explained awkwardly. He couldn't help but smile as Jeannot turned to look at Gabe, with whom Holmes seemed to be getting along unusually well. "And yes, everything will turn out all right in the end." Watson gave a soft smile. "That's one of my fundamental ideals of life, you know. The belief that everything will turn out right in the end. . ." The doctor realized he had been staring at Holmes, and quickly averted his eyes.
mouette_mots
Jan. 12th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Watson's explanation left Jeannot yet more in the dark. "Ah-- my nature?" he asked bemusedly, and shook his head to apologize for not understanding. "I'm sorry. My English is not yet perfect, and perhaps I do not understand. Do you mean my characteristics, or my personality?" He grinned. "Or my appearance?"

((Hurrah for the eighteenth century and its lack of the concept of sexual orientation. *whistles merrily*))
simplysidhe
Jan. 12th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
"Your - you - the sodomy," finished Watson, getting the word out of his mouth as quickly as possible, as though he might choke on it.
mouette_mots
Jan. 12th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
Jeannot raised his eyebrows, startled by this. "Oh," he murmured, still uncertain what it was that Watson meant. "Well-- perhaps. In any case, I go to confession every week, if this is what you mean." He ducked his head with a frown, puzzling over the doctor's earlier words. "But what do you mean, 'my nature'?" Jeannot wondered aloud. "'Myself'? I sleep with men on occasion, it is true, but is there something of me in the act?" He shook his head slowly, uncomprehending.
simplysidhe
Jan. 12th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
"Well - yes. I mean, don't you think it has, er, moral, well, repercussions?" Watson gestured vaguely, becoming progressively more flustered. "It's as if you don't realize. . . It is a sin?" He hadn't meant for it to come out as a question, but it seemed to anyway.
mouette_mots
Jan. 12th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
"I do know that it is a sin," Jeannot murmured, sliding his eyes away from the doctor, feeling as though he was on trial-- or worse, being accused by Henry again. "How could I not know?" He hugged himself tightly, worried what Watson would think of him. "I know that it is immoral, unnatural, tainted-- yes. And that I still sleep with men, despite knowing that God hates it, makes me a sinner of the worst kind, as evil as a murderer or a thief, but..." Jeannot sighed and shrugged, helpless to explain. "I am weak after all, you see," he said quietly, closing his eyes tightly, not wanting to look up and face his new friend's scorn or disgust.
simplysidhe
Jan. 14th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
Watson stood, a little stunned, looking down at Jeannot, who had just articulated everything that he had been thinking for the past eight years. He reached out again for Jeannot's hand, and pressed it. "No weaker than I," he said, voice quiet, in an attempt at comforting him.
mouette_mots
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Jeannot squeezed Watson's hand gratefully, looking up at him with sad blue eyes. "I think you are stronger than I will ever be, my friend," he told him, thinking of the steadfast way Watson bore the news that Holmes was not faithful to him alone. "But I thank you nonetheless," he added softly, meaning it truthfully. Jeannot stood, shakily, still clasping Watson's hand as though his life depended on it, and looked at Gabe again, wishing once more that he could forget all of this and wake up in his own bed with his lover.
simplysidhe
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
"And you are very welcome," Watson replied, smiling gently. "I don't think myself particularly strong. It is only the working in so many dangerous situations. I am obligated to learn to keep a calm head."
mouette_mots
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Jeannot nodded. "My friend Henri is studying to be a doctor as well," he said, determinedly fixing upon any topic which was not likely to start him crying again. "You might like him, I think. He is a very serious young man with a kind heart." Jeannot smiled, and looked up to see Holmes and Gabe coming toward them. He fixed his eyes on his love, happier than ever to see him, and stepped toward him, letting Watson's hand go as he went to Gabe's side.
kissingmyelbow
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
Gabe brightened and gave Jeannot a chaste kiss on the lips. "Hello, bel," he said, happily, and then looked over at Watson, who looked considerably less happy. "Is he alright?" he asked softly, taking his love's hand.
simplysidhe
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
"I might indeed," Watson agreed, glancing up as the two other men approached them. He almost reached out to take Holmes's arm, but stopped, remembering what he had heard of Zachary.
mouette_mots
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Jeannot hesitated at Gabe's question, twining his fingers with the other man's as he glanced at Holmes, not certain what to say. "He has told me a bit about himself," he finally said, giving Watson an encouraging smile, seeing his reluctance to touch Holmes. "Do you know, aimé, that Watson is a doctor like Henri?"
kissingmyelbow
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
"I did," Gabe replied, moving slightly closer to Jeannot, glad that he had not shied away. "He and Holmes are quite the celebrities in my time, remember." He glanced at Holmes here, signifying that he wouldn't disclose anything important about the nature of the celebrity.
simplysidhe
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
"Yes, Watson, your somewhat over romantic chronicles of my cases seem to have been quite the success in Rosenburg's time." Holmes gave his first really relaxed, genuine smile in several days. "You are a famous author, my friend."
mouette_mots
Jan. 14th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Jeannot glanced uncomfortably at Holmes, feeling yet more ill at ease around him after his discussion with Watson about the unknown man at the bar. He shook his head, determined not to bring it up, and turned his smile on Watson. "A writer as well?" he asked. "You did not tell me that, my friend." Jeannot curled his arm around Gabe's waist. "Gabe is a writer too," he told the other two men, for lack of anything better to talk about.
kissingmyelbow
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Gabe laughed. "Unlike me," he said, cheerily if self-deprecating. "He has the distinct advantage of being any good." He kissed Jeannot affectionately on the top of the head. "I've read a good amount of your stories," he remarked, turning to Watson. "When I was younger, anyway, and had slightly more time for books. I quite enjoyed them."
simplysidhe
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
"Oh my - really?" This deluge of compliments was beginning to make Watson go quite red. "Thank you very much, Mr. Rosenburg. I should greatly enjoy reading something of yours someday, I'm sure you are not half so untalented as you pretend." He studiously did not look at Holmes, a feeling of angry resentment beginning to tighten into a knot in his stomach.

Holmes stiffened, aware that something was wrong, but attempted to ignore it. "I am glad you find you have ground in common with Watson, Rosenburg. You shall be together for quite some time."
mouette_mots
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
Seeing the look on Watson's face, Jeannot pressed closer to Gabe, not wanting to be blamed when Holmes found out what he had told the doctor. "And how long will that be, M. Holmes?" he asked, hoping to avoid that touchy subject for as long as possible.
simplysidhe
Jan. 14th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
"As long as it takes for me to do something about the problem of Moriarty, M. Bonnaire," Holmes explained. "And no, Watson, I shall not accept your help."

"I wasn't going to offer it," Watson said evenly, skewering Holmes with a hurt look.

Holmes sputtered for a moment, unsure, and then was silent.
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