13 October 2013

It's not the game, it's a scar

So, back at work today. In the pouring rain and general misery of the wet, cold city!

Lots to catch up on, as always, as well as trying to book myself on various refresher courses before my training record looks bad again. Shit might hit the fan tomorrow, with an announcement about direct entry to the police.

Still, John and Sherlock came and visited me once the rain had stopped, which was nice.

Sherlock read what we were talking about last night and gave me a big hug this morning (and told me I couldn't get kidnapped again).

It's odd. I sort of thought, at the time, that although I didn't know what to think or do then, that it would sort of... come to me.

It hasn't. I still don't know what to think about it all. I don't really know what to say about it. I wouldn't mind talking about it all...except I still don't know what to say. It's just a thing, and it happened, like a lot of shitty things have happened, and...now they're done. And better things are happening. And you can't do anything about the stuff that's happened, you can just make the future better. So...


We saw the space station tonight - Mycroft told us it would be really bright, and it was. Amazing.

John hasn't been called out yet...but I imagine he will soon...

And have a picture of the kitchen in our little cabin we stayed in, because...I have one.




55 comments:

John H. D. Watson said...

I'm hoping the phone will wait to ring until Sherlock's asleep.

Greg Lestrade said...

ha, in bed, maybe, but I feel like he'll be trying to stay awake...

John H. D. Watson said...

Always...

Greg Lestrade said...

Can't blame him. I will be too ;)

pandabob said...

As the last couple of years have gone by Greg I've come to realise that sometimes there isn't anything to say or anything to think about bad stuff that has happened and instead the things just sort of exist outside of the world you want to inhabit and should be left right where they are :-)

Good luck with any call outs tonight John, hopefully there won't be many/any :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I think you're right, AnonyBob.

If John doesn't get called out I think we'll both think they've told him the wrong shift or something!

pandabob said...

Getting told the wrong shift would be a pain I guess! Lets hope its just possible to have a quiet night ;-)

John H. D. Watson said...

And I'm going... Have a nice night, everyone.

Greg Lestrade said...

Take care. See you later. Love you.

John H. D. Watson said...

I love you too. I'll call you when I get a chance.

Greg Lestrade said...

At least call before you head back, so I can brew some tea ;)

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha, naturally!

REReader said...

I sincerely hope you're already long since back home, John!

John H. D. Watson said...

Not quite, but soon.

Olli said...

I tend to disagree, AnonyBob... I feel like the bad things are more manageable when there's a story around them that makes sense. I do better with things after I've talked them through several times and created a story that doesn't have "bumps" in it... of course, it's probably a less accurate story, but I reserve the right to adjust history as my mind sees fit. Seeing as how I'm not of a law enforcement background, I might feel quite differently about that than the boys do.

Which is all to say, Greg, that if you'd like to talk through (write through?) more of last year, you're more than welcome. Though I kind of like the construction in which there's a daring tale of survival and then you get whisked off your feet by the handsome prince and live happily ever after. So that works too. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

It certainly doesn't feel daring, Olli.

Playing dodge the camera crew this morning.

pandabob said...

You're totally free to disagree Olli :-) everyone has different ways of dealing with stuff don't they but if we're going to go with making up stories around what happened I'd rather go for the tale of the amazingly clever and brave man who when faced with the worst things imaginable kept his cool, watched and listened to someone he'd much rather have ignored and worked out exactly how and when he could save himself :-)

Dodging camera crews Greg?

Greg Lestrade said...

This whole new push on the Madeleine McCann case, AnonyBob - apparently it's very important to have your reporter outside the yard, for extra gravitas.

Anonymous said...

I think I feel more like anonybob. If it was a repeating situation, then it'd be more important to turn it over and come up with reasons and a narrative and get closure. But, as Sherlock says, you aren't going to get kidnapped again, so if you want to leave it where it lies I think that's okay.

On the other hand, I probably take that philosophy to an unhealthy end. Even if I wanted to talk to my dad (and if I was seeing a therapist I can imagine the talks we'd have about closure), I can't/won't, because even if we don't ever talk about what he did, it'd be there, and I'd have to look at it. And I'd much rather ignore it and let it sleep, big blumbering beast that it is. So maybe Olli has a point, about me anyway.

I hope you had a decent day at work and have a good evening everyone. :)

Ella

pandabob said...

Oh yes, as if a missing child doesn't have enough gravitas they have to spend a fortune on getting in the way of the police doing their job to make it look important!!

Good luck with avoiding them for the rest of the day :-)

I hope you're having a good day John and that you got some rest at some point after being out so long last night :-)

Anonymous said...

Off topic but possibly interesting, I just found out about this: http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/

It's a museum/gallery sort of thing in New York. They have interesting collections and interesting events and some really wild stuff like this:

http://observatoryroom.org/2013/02/17/anthropomorphic-mouse-taxidermy-class-with-divya-anantharaman/

I didn't know anyone TAUGHT classes on that! It's not for me, and it focuses on the macabre and strange more than the science in a lot of it, but I thought some of you might like it. (Though if it gives Sherlock any weird ideas about taxidermy mice, I apologise.)

AftSO

Greg Lestrade said...

Hope you managed to get some rest, Danger, before fetching the boy wonder in the pissing rain.

I tried to get tomorrow off, failed, so Mrs H will have to step into the breach if she can?

John H. D. Watson said...

I did. I nearly overslept going to pick him up, actually... Do you want coffee, or are you too busy?

Yeah, I checked with Mrs H, she says it'll be fine.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha! I may never have seen you again if you'd angered Sherlock - and by extension Mrs N - by not picking him up on time !

I could do a quick coffee, yeah. And Molly gave me some horse bones for him... Currently in my in tray.

Sherlock said...

Thank you for the bones Molly they're great and thank you for thinking of me when you got them.

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm coming home! Got you another present, too, Sherlock - for being so good while me and John were away.

REReader said...

Horse bones? Those must be really big! (And that was a really, really nice thank you, Sherlock!)

What was the present?

Sherlock said...

I got a vertabra and I think a bit of leg bone and then Lestrade bought me glow in the dark nail paint and he's helping me put it on after dinner and he says John is just pretending he doesn't know how to put nail paint on.

pandabob said...

Those sound like great presents Sherlock :-) Are you going to show John how to paint his nails once Lestrade has helped you with yours? ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Sherlock says he will paint John's nails... and I can't stop giggling about where the Doc's fingers could go that beautifully shows off their glow-in-the-dark-ness...

REReader said...

Oh, wow, what a fun present! The nail paint could be really spooky for Halloween--just fingers moving by themselves in the dark, you know--and fun generally at night!

Is a horse vertebra very different from a human one, or just bigger?

*carefully not understanding L's giggling* ... ;D

John H. D. Watson said...

My nails now glow in the dark. I feel like I'm going to regret this...

REReader said...

You could get yourself a glow in the dark skeleton costume for Halloween and be all of a piece!

pandabob said...

I'm sure that being able to see your fingers in the dark will be very useful for something John and I think Greg is already very sure what that something could be ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

...I probably should have bought some nail varnish remover, too... maybe Mrs H has some?

Sherlock said...

I'm never taking it off ever! Can I do my toes too please? You have to help.

REReader said...

If you don't have polish remover handy, not to worry--it will chip off eventually, and what doesn't chip off will grow off.

But you can always put more on when it's gone!

Greg Lestrade said...

I was thinking of more immediate removal, for professional reasons.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'll ask Mrs Hudson. She must have some.

REReader said...

Ah. Well, then, if Mrs Hudson wears nail polish even occasionally she probably does have some. (It's a handy thing to have in the house anyway--good for getting the glue under particularly unremovable removable labels, when they are on things that won't be damaged by the acetone.)

Sherlock said...

I heard it can turn bones to jelly can it? Can we try?

Greg Lestrade said...

I've no idea, and no, we can't try it.

REReader said...

I think acetone is just a solvent, Sherlock--it would be more likely to dry bones out than turn them to jelly. (If it's the varnish remover you're talking about, that is.)

Greg Lestrade said...

Well..on the plus side, we'll be able to see Sherlock if he tries to creep up on us in the night. He glows at each corner.

And if John tries to sneak a sly grope under the covers, I'll see him too...

Joolz said...

Just so long as you know whose glowing fingernails are whose in the dark of the night. ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

We'll try to keep track.

When I put him to bed Sherlock very seriously told me I should pick him up from school and take him back to work with me, because he could help.

John H. D. Watson said...

He could illuminate dark places for you with his nails...

Greg Lestrade said...

I have my own nails to illuminate places with. And very nice they are too.

Haven't painted my nails since i was a teenager!

John H. D. Watson said...

Did they glow in the dark then too?

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha, no. Usually black. Or whatever went with my outfit. Almost always stolen - either from a shop, or my darling little sister ;)

John H. D. Watson said...

Having seen some of your outfits, I'm trying to imagine what colours went with them... ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

Rude.

John H. D. Watson said...

You love me anyway.

tresta said...

RR: Horse vertebrae are not different from human, just bigger. they have cervical thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, too though in different numbers.


tresta said...

Horse bones and joints "match" humans fairly well in a lot of ways just different numbers and places. Difference would be fingers which are hooves for them but a very long ago equine ancestor had five toes.

Differences are just in relation to a four footed animal rather than two footed (like us). So horses patellas are in the back for example; called the stifle joint. our patellas as you probably know are our knees. Cannon bone and splint bone are like our forearm bones; fetlocks are like wrists. etc.

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