Character(s): Holmes, Watson
Summary: Holmes objects to Watson's writing.
Author's Notes: ACD book-verse. Fill for July 16 prompt:
"Our months of partnership had not been so uneventful as he had stated, for I find, on looking over my notes, that this period includes the case of the papers of Ex-President Murillo, and also the shocking affair of the Dutch steamship FRIESLAND, which so nearly cost us both our lives."
Make of this prompt what you will; you can do the case, the aftermath, modernize it into a non-Doyle canon, or merely reference it in your fic.
Word Count: 250
“Are you done yet? The editor is waiting.”
“Just about. Is it entirely necessary to mention the Friesland case?”
“I think so. It certainly occupied the majority of your time during that period.”
“But my life was not in the slightest danger!"
“You acted as if it was. Don’t forget I was there. I had to coax you to drink and empty your basin every time you were sick. I know you felt like death, old fellow, but you were not actually dying. Gastric 'flu is not life-threatening.”
“But my illness had nothing to do with the case. You do your reader a disservice to imply it did.”
“Nonsense; it is the author’s duty and privilege to present facts in the way most pleasing to the reader. The dash of danger lends a very pleasant spice to a dreadfully boring embezzlement problem, and as I will never torture myself or my readers by writing up an actual account, I allow myself this liberty in referring to it.”
“Well, by that token you might just as well lie flat out! Why not say we were both in danger of death? Why not say that Joe Murillo was a president? Why not turn the Friesland into a Dutch steamship, rather than a banking firm? Why not—what are you doing?”
“Holmes, you should take up the pen yourself—those are brilliant ideas. I’m sure Mr. Smith won’t mind waiting a bit longer. This introduction will be far superior when I’ve edited it.”