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Sherlock: Chasing the Dragon 11Sherlock: Chasing the Dragon
Chapter Eleven, The Collection on the Mantle
Standing under the hot spray of a much needed shower John closed his eyes for a moment. Letting the water slip down his back John took a deep breath and managed to relax. Doing the autopsy hadn't been as bad as he'd thought it was going to be. Working on the dead didn't hold the same kind of pressures that working on the dying did. Even still he was glad to have it over with and hoped that the shower would help wash off the scent of decay.
"John!" Sherlock exclaimed as he suddenly flung the shower curtain open.
"Gaw!!" John cried in surprised terror. "Sherlock?! Get out of here! I'm in the shower!"
"I know that."
"Did you read this?" Sherlock asked as he held up a familiar printed page.
"I wrote the bloody thing you wanker! Now go away!"
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Chapter Ten, Priority Four
"Something wrong, Dr. Watson?"
"No, Colonel. Just tired, Sir."
"Don't worry, the Lull is coming soon."
"No one's told you about the Lull?"
"Come with me."
John nodded and followed the Colonel out of the large medical tent and out into the staggering Afghan heat. The Colonel went over to the battered and rusted out pick up truck that he used for runs into town and got in. Getting into the passenger side John didn't question where his superiour was taking him. They didn't drive very far, just to the top of the large sandy hill that was about twenty minuets from their camp.
Getting out of the truck John followed the Colonel to the crest of the ridge. Looking down into the valley below John was shocked to see a brilliant field of bright red flowers. The lush field of flowers looked comically out of place in the arid desert.
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Chapter Nine, Scene of the Crime
"My God, Lestrade, your men have trampled this scene like a herd of water buffalo." Sherlock growled.
"It's an indoor crime scene, Sherlock." Lestrade pointed out.
"So what's to trample?"
"The carpet of course. Valuable evidence can be found in the way the carpet lays, but that's all gone now."
"Will you have a look around anyway?"
Sherlock pondered the question in his mind for a few seconds before rolling his eyes and getting to work. John looked around casually as Sherlock combed the scene. They were in a luxury penthouse flat of one of the tallest buildings on the Isle of Dogs. The floor to ceiling glass walls gave a breathtaking view of London. Lestrade stepped up next to John.
"How did you get him here?" Lestrade asked.
"By agreeing to participate in some less than legal activity
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Chapter Eight, Perseveration
Walking down the street with groceries John stopped when his mobile started to ring. Putting down the bags he dug through his pockets in search of the ringing device. Glancing at the number before answering John frowned his brow.
"Good morning, Detective Inspector." John greeted.
"Dr. Watson." Lestrade greeted in turn. "I need you to get Sherlock to come to the Isle of Dogs."
"Why don't you call him then? I'm not Sherlock's keeper."
"Of course you are." Lestrade retorted. "Anyways, he's not answering his mobile. The last three cases I tried to get him interested in he wouldn't even look at, now he won't even answer the phone."
"He's been a little preoccupied the past few weeks."
"Identifying a John Doe."
"That doesn't seem like the kind of thing that would keep Sherlock's attention for long."
"It's been his only purpos
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Chapter Seven, Rats!
"Stop what?" John asked.
"Holding your wrist to your chest. If it goes off prematurely you'll end up dead rather than just maimed."
John looked down and saw that he was cradling the wrist with the deadly watch protectively against his chest. Moving slowly John held his arm out to the side awkwardly. His heart was still racing as they made their way into the basement morgue of Bartholomew Hospital.
"Sherlock, what if you identify this guy and they still don't give us the watch code?"
"That is a distinct possibility." Sherlock agreed.
"Don't worry. I will identify the body quickly and leave us with plenty of time to either blackmail the lawyer in return or find a way to diffuse the watch. He was a fool to give me a full twelve hours."
"I'm sure if you asked nicely he'd reduce the clock for you." John h
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Chapter Six, Do you have the Time?
"Sherlock, where are you going?"
"Mrs. Hudson is out, so I'm going to go let our guest in."
Downstairs the door was opened with a violent crack as it was kicked in.
"Never mind, they just let themselves in." Sherlock sat back down and opened a newspaper. "John, act casual."
"Yeah, right, why wouldn't I?" John rolled his eyes.
John went over to the couch and sat down as four men entered the flat. Sherlock pretended to look disinterested, but John could see his analytical eye sizing up their guests with a quick glance. Three of the men truly did seem to be of no importance to him, even to John's eye they looked like body guards.
The fourth man was much smaller than the others. John felt that he might even have a few inches of height over him. Despite his small statue and almost lizard like appearance the man radiated confid
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