What dope-looking graphics! Also, speaking of these names, every time I think about that being what Moriarty calls Sherlock and Mycroft, I crave some slightly warped fairytale where Sherlock is basically Sleeping Beauty and John is the knight who rescues the sleeping virgin prince, and he’s not even really in it to get a virgin’s prince’s hand in marriage. He’s just a great soldier, and the
Ice Queen Iceman wants his brother returned from Moriarty, who is obvie Maleficent and simultaneously admires and loathes the brothers, so he doesn’t kill Sherlock to send the Iceman’s kingdom into a frenzy, just kidnaps him and keeps him in a tower, subdued, and also Moriarty is obviously capable and does turn into a dragon sometimes.
But anyway, anyway, so Moriarty has Sherlock and keeps trying to take over the Holmes kingdom. John gets sent with some other knights to rescue Prince Sherlock and return him to his brother so that they can get on with killing Moriarty without the threat of Sherlock being killed. Of course John ends up being the only person to make it all the wayand does rescue Sherlock and wake him up (with a kiss, obviously, because lol Moriarty is a troll abou his spells) but then realizes Sherlock is kind of a wretch just like the rumors in the kingdom warned.
He’s kind of rude and a know-it-all, and when John says, “If you’re so clever, then how were you stolen and locked in a tower?” And Sherlock says, “Stolen? I went with him,” which is the closest John comes to just leaving Sherlock in the middle of nowhere, because seriously? They’re on the brink of war, and this guy just walked away with the person threatening them?
Sherlock says, “Ugh, royalty. Boring.”
But of course John is a good soldier, so he puts up with Sherlock, and they manage to get away from all of the people and challenges Moriarty sends after them, and it turns out that Sherlock learned some things about magic from Moriarty before he was spelled himself, which helps. Sherlock and John develop a connection, get used to one another’s company, but the ultimate showdown is some double whammy situation where Mycroft, John, and everyone realize that Sherlock is part of Moriarty’s plan in another way, because he didn’t teach Sherlock things on accident, invite him into his world, it was to give him a taste a different kind of power, imagine a kingdom where he could rule by Moriarty’s side instead of forever a younger brother with no magic, no purpose, nothing to do, and Sherlock is seduced by it, but also now there’s John, who’s fought many people with Sherlock on their journey, for and with, and Sherlock’s hesitation angers Moriarty, makes him just attack but it’s ultimately John who slays the dragon, and he’s incensed after, says, “You were going to, weren’t you? You would’ve joined him. Because you’re so bored.” and Sherlock thinks — says, “I’m —” surprised by his own mind, because he isn’t, not since John woke him, he’s realized. He’s rarely bored.
But John’s over it. He’s over this whole journey, over wayward princes, over caring about them just to realize they’d join evil anyway. He’s done his job, and he’s going to go home, and Sherlock’s more put off by John’s dismissal than he likes or expects, and he thinks about John more than once as life settles, and nothing is interesting just the way it used to be. And Sherlock deals with it until he’s about to go crazy, irritating Mycroft and everyone he encounters, and no one really likes Sherlock, and he thinks about John until he gathers some stuff together, sneaks away from the castle while Mycroft’s busy with advisors, slips all of his guards and finds where the John Watson stays, officially retired or whatever, because you can do that once you’ve killed a kingdom’s biggest threat I figure. The
Ice Queen Iceman will let you hang it up if you want. And Sherlock can’t read John’s reaction very well when he shows up, but it definitely isn’t excited, and Sherlock tries to be pleasant, which is difficult and he’s not doing it right, and John seems to see through it anyway, and so Sherlock says, “I’m leaving,” which he wasn’t intending. John gets frustrated, says, “Are you — after everything —” but catches himself, remembers his place, and then says, “Right. Well, if you’ll excuse me, I have some things of my own to tend to —” and Sherlock says, “I wasn’t bored, coming here. When you brought me back.” John nods but doesn’t say anything, clearly just not engaging until Sherlock adds, “You could accompany me,” which at least earns some surprise. John asks, “And why would I do that? I’m not your guard anymore,” and Sherlock says, “There may be dragons. I’ve heard you have some skill there.”
AND THEN OBVIOUSLY THEY RUN AWAY TOGETHER. THE END.