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Title: Counting
Author: Morgan Stuart
Fandom: Sherlock
Disclaimer: This universe does not belong to me; I'm just an appreciative visitor. I make no profit from this fan work.
Description: Moriarty had ended his tally one name too soon.
Historian's Note: This takes place during events depicted in the second-series Sherlock episode "The Reichenbach Fall." (Spoiler alert!)
Author's Note: This is a 221b ficlet (221 words, the last beginning with "b").



When Jim Moriarty explained the "extra incentive" he'd arranged to ensure the suicide and disgrace of the world's only consulting detective, Sherlock knew exactly for whom the three bullets were intended.

The man who was not his date.

The woman who was not his housekeeper.

The man who was not his handler.

The ones he trusted, the ones on whom he'd relied for so long. The ones who even now struggled against the poisonous lies that scuttled forth from Moriarty's web like so many thin-legged, eager arachnids.

The three were Sherlock's closest friends in the world, to be certain. But not his only ones.

Moriarty had ended his tally one name too soon.

"I don't count," she'd said, and in a manner of speaking, she'd been correct. Moriarty hadn't counted Molly Hooper. Fortunately, in the eleventh hour, Sherlock had.

He'd counted on her, in fact.

The thought struck him as he balanced on the ledge and considered the pavement below. For a heartbeat Sherlock allowed himself a silent laugh at Moriarty's oversight, which nearly had been his own, as well.

Molly Hooper, his friend, counted very much indeed.

It would be a testament to how much she counted when Sherlock disappeared into the background of his beloved London, whilst Moriarty lay cold in a viscous pool of his own blood.


THE END

Vital Stats: Originally written in January 2012.
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Date: 2012-01-16 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] travels-in-time.livejournal.com
I swear, if I didn't think it would be an insult to you, I'd be tempted to think that somehow we are sharing a fandom brain. You keep writing the things I am thinking!

Date: 2012-01-16 07:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maggie-conagher.livejournal.com
travels in time, i worship your icon. I too would crochet for coffee although i mostly do so for free.

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Date: 2012-01-16 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maggie-conagher.livejournal.com
oh, Morgan, the redemption of Molly and the seeds had been planted back in ep one.

I think we saw true unconditional love there because it wasn't based on his behavior at all but upon her giving and forgiving heart. sniffle

I am so glad that he gave her his trust which is likely bigger than his love. I hope they hugged.

Thanks for getting something out quickly. My flist has been paralyzed, with shock and grief, I guess.

This was good.

Date: 2012-01-17 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
You're so right: this arc with Molly has been developing since the very beginning, hasn't it? What a joy to see it reach this turning point!

I adore your description of her truly unconditional love. That's it exactly. And thanks to it, Sherlock has the chance to take a great step (leap?) in his journey toward becoming a good man (and live to take more such steps in the future).

Thank you so much for reading this and for sharing your beautiful insights on this amazing episode. I'm so happy this little ficlet worked for you. I appreciate your thoughtful words very much!

Date: 2012-01-16 07:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fengirl88.livejournal.com
I like this very much - and what a b-word to end on! *applauds Molly and you*

Date: 2012-01-17 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much! I'm delighted that you liked it! What a fantastic episode. I'm so thrilled we'll have another series.

Thanks again for reading and commenting. *applauds Molly and you in return*

Date: 2012-01-16 07:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marysutherland.livejournal.com
Beautifully written, especially the structuring of the "X who was not". And how you pick up Molly's "I don't count". I really liked how they used Molly in this episode. I'd hoped she'd have a BAMF moment, but in some ways this was more true to her - that (as Maggie says above) she is a good person, who will help Sherlock because he needs it, however horrible he is sometimes.

Date: 2012-01-17 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, I appreciate it so much! Thank you for your lovely comments. I'm so happy the writing worked for you, especially the repetition of what Sherlock's friends are not. I'm tickled the use of her "I don't count" line seemed fitting, as well.

I think you and Maggie are quite right about her (and the brilliant way she was used in this episode). I love the fact that, in helping Sherlock, she's not only giving him a chance at life, but also a chance to become that good person she (and Lestrade, and Mrs Hudson, and of course John) believes he can become.

I'm grateful for your kindness in reading and commenting and leaving such wonderful food for thought. Cheers!

Date: 2012-01-16 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
Beautifully summed up. And so appropriate that Moriarty, who used her before, should totally underestimate her. Molly Hooper the friend when it really counted.

Date: 2012-01-16 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mazaher.livejournal.com
Right! ...which is proof, btw, that this Moriarty doesn't lose to this Sherlock on a matter of baritsu, but of mind.

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Date: 2012-01-16 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ascendant-angel.livejournal.com
If I had to sum this up in one word it would be perfect.

Date: 2012-01-17 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, this thrills my heart! Thank you so very much for your encouragement. I'm delighted that you enjoyed it.

Date: 2012-01-16 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carolstime.livejournal.com
Perfect! Exactly what I've been thinking about while watching the episode. I'm hoping someone will write the story of the Fall from Molly's POV, how she helped Sherlock and how she reacted to what he told her. Molly Cooper is an absolute BAMF and I hope all the haters have changed their minds after this ep.

Date: 2012-01-17 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
I don't see how this episode could fail to make anyone a Molly fan. Wasn't she brilliant?

Thank you so much for your kind words. It sounds like we were on the very same wavelength during the episode. I'd love to read that story you described!

I really appreciate your reading and commenting. I'm really tickled that this little ficlet worked for you.

Date: 2012-01-16 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mazaher.livejournal.com
Quick and clean. Thank you!

Date: 2012-01-17 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you! I'm so happy it worked for you.

Date: 2012-01-16 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blooms84.livejournal.com
Perfection. Pure and simple. You've done Molly proud here.

Date: 2012-01-17 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh wow, you've made my day. Thank you so much, my friend! All credit goes to Molly. :)

Date: 2012-01-16 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archea2.livejournal.com
Yes, this! There was a comment on the meme about Moriarty's downfall being due to the fact that he'd discounted Molly after using her, while Sherlock's salvation occured because he'd acknowledged her. (I did wonder if the comment was yours.^^)

I love that at last, AT LAST, Molly and Sherlock seem to have reached a form of equality. You certainly showed it here.

Date: 2012-01-17 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Yes, this!

Oh, yay! If you feel this way, I know I'm on the right track! :D I loved the comment you described on the meme. I didn't post it, but I agree with it wholeheartedly.

I love that at last, AT LAST, Molly and Sherlock seem to have reached a form of equality.

Yes, yes, yes! I'm with you 100%.

Thanks for your lovely comments, my friend. I owe you yet another one. ;)

Date: 2012-01-16 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] troublesize.livejournal.com
*sniffle* I thought I was ready for Reichenbach fics...apparently not!

Although, this was beautiful!

Date: 2012-01-17 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Aw, bless you! *offers hugs and virtual tea* Thank you so much for reading this. I really appreciate your kind and encouraging words.

Date: 2012-01-16 01:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] belleferret.livejournal.com
I loved how Molly saw Sherlock more clearly than he saw himself, and was willing to be there for him, even after he humiliated her at the Christmas party.

Yes, she could be counted on, and Sherlock has more than one friend, for they are NOT dates, housekeepers or handlers.

Date: 2012-01-17 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
I loved how Molly saw Sherlock more clearly than he saw himself, and was willing to be there for him, even after he humiliated her at the Christmas party.

Yes indeed! I wholeheartedly agree. And I really appreciate the fact that her love is one of the factors that's helped Sherlock on his path toward become a good man (as opposed to merely a great one).

I can't thank you enough for all of your kindness in sharing Sherlock with me. You're the very best, and I'm grateful for you, my friend!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this little ficlet and comment. I appreciate it very much!

Date: 2012-01-16 01:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] venturous1.livejournal.com
YESSSS. for all who underestimated Molly Hooper, for shame.

Date: 2012-01-17 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Well said! Special shame for Moriarty, who had the chance to know (and use) her, and who still underestimated her. Talk about poetic justice!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I'm delighted that this worked for you.

Date: 2012-01-16 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cookiefleck.livejournal.com
*checks time*
*chuckles*

Oh, yes, I was going to leave feeback! Hee. One thing this episode brought out was that Sherlock has learned the value of friends. I was reminded throughout of John's comment to Sherlock, "Friends protect you" - something Sherlock has already taken to heart even if John does not yet realize that. I like how you ended this on a somewhat chilling note.

Date: 2012-01-17 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Yep, you told me so. ::blushes:: You were right all along!

I'm so tickled that this worked for you. (Thanks so much for reading and commenting!) I love your insight about John's earlier comment to Sherlock about friends. How beautifully "full circle" this episode took us! I'm beyond ecstatic that we get another series. I look forward to sharing it with you, my friend.

Date: 2012-01-16 02:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] jinxed-wood.livejournal.com
Beautiful!

Date: 2012-01-17 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so happy you think so! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I really appreciate your encouragement.

Date: 2012-01-16 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bulleteyes.livejournal.com
I wondered what was coming when we saw Molly push through her own emotions and Sherlock's defenses to this one time have her say with him. She would discount her own feelings and back down until she knew he was in pain. Then she was going to be heard. Bravo.

That act of brave decency on her part may have been the one thing that saved his life. And to top if off she told him without self-pity she knew she did not count to him. Not one bit.

I would have been far more convinced of Moriarty's death if Sherlock had rolled over his body and examined the head wound. If fighting monsters has taught us anything it is to never assume an unexamined monster is dead.

Defining the friends by what they are "not" was painfully poignant, as was this entire piece.



Date: 2012-01-17 11:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
I love your insights on this episode! Thanks so much for sharing them.

That act of brave decency on her part may have been the one thing that saved his life. And to top if off she told him without self-pity she knew she did not count to him. Not one bit.

Wasn't that amazing? Such beautiful writing there. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I like to think that Sherlock at last recognizing her worth and accepting her help (with humility, even) represents another step toward his becoming a good man.

Excellent point about Moriarty. You're quite right: we shouldn't assume anything!

Defining the friends by what they are "not" was painfully poignant, as was this entire piece.

Oh, I'm so pleased that you think so! Thank you for letting me know that worked for you. I appreciate your kind comments and feedback very much.

Date: 2012-01-16 04:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] opusnone.livejournal.com
Just brilliant!

Date: 2012-01-17 12:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
I'm so happy you think so! Thank you for your kind words. They're most appreciated.

Date: 2012-01-16 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kristinaa1.livejournal.com
Brilliant and insightful use of the word "count". Simple but extremely effective. I like to think that although at times Sherlock may have been irritated by mollys crush, he could tell it came from an innocent place, at the risk of sounding hokey, it was "pure" she wasn't trying to use him for anything, unlike that horrid journalist/reporter.

Date: 2012-01-17 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
I agree wholeheartedly about Molly's crush coming from an innocent place - and Sherlock's awareness of this fact. Great contrast with the journalist/reporter! You're so right: Molly never wanted to use Sherlock for anything. I love the fact that, when Sherlock eventually does come to her for help, he does so with a kind of humility and appreciation that's really rare for him. I like to think this shows how she has helped him, in her own way, take another step toward becoming a good man.

I really liked your comments here. Thanks so much!

I'm very happy that you enjoyed this little ficlet, especially my play on the word "count." Your kind words have put a big smile on my face! I appreciate them.

Date: 2012-01-16 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dana-norram.livejournal.com
The man who was not his date.

I loved it. Great story. Short, but very, very poignant.

Date: 2012-01-17 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you for this! I'm really pleased you enjoyed it, and that you found it to be poignant despite its brevity. I appreciate your kind words very much!

Date: 2012-01-16 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falling-voices.livejournal.com
Oh, this is lovely. Molly was incredible in this episode, and you've portrayed that very well.

Date: 2012-01-17 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Molly was amazing, wasn't she? I wanted to cheer!

I appreciate your reading and commenting. Thanks!

Date: 2012-01-16 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selinabln.livejournal.com
This is wonderful and brilliant and perfect because it's true, Moriarty made his mistake by overlooking Molly.

And I really, really love your three "not's":

The man who was not his date.

The woman who was not his housekeeper.

The man who was not his handler.


Once again a joy to read.

Date: 2012-01-17 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you so much for this! I'm delighted that you liked it and found it to be fitting. (You're so right about Moriarty's mistake. I love the fact he discounted her, and in the end Sherlock did not, and those choices made all the difference.) I'm especially tickled that the listing of the three friends, defining them by what they're not, worked for you here.

I really appreciate your kind comments! Thank you.

Date: 2012-01-16 06:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kcscribbler
You probably get tired of hearing how brilliant you are, but I'll say it again. Also, the continuity geek in me loves your "not his..." phraseology - like I said, brilliant.

Date: 2012-01-17 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, you're so sweet! You've put a huge smile on my face. I can't thank you enough for your kindness. I'm so pleased that you liked this, and I'm especially tickled that the naming of the friends (defining them by what they're not) worked for you.

I really appreciate your reading and commenting. Thanks again!

Date: 2012-01-16 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyvader.livejournal.com
Oh wow, I love the play on words - this was WONDERFUL! Thankyou! :D

Date: 2012-01-17 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! I'm so delighted that you enjoyed it, and I'm especially tickled that the play on the word "count" worked for you. I really appreciate your kind words. Thanks again!

Date: 2012-01-16 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anonymous-plume.livejournal.com
The man who was not his date.

The woman who was not his housekeeper.

The man who was not his handler.


Had to take a breath here. Beautiful.

Date: 2012-01-17 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
Oh, what a lovely thing to say! I'm so thrilled you liked it. Thank you for your kind words.

Date: 2012-01-16 07:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ladytory.livejournal.com
Some of the most beautiful things come in small packages. This was rather lovely.

Date: 2012-01-17 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganstuart.livejournal.com
I'm so thrilled you think so! I appreciate your generous words very much. You've put a huge smile on my face, and I'm grateful to you.
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