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Title: Seadog
Rating: Gen
Length: 350
Summary: Watson provides a visual aide for a case.
Author’s Note: In the Granada series, Watson is making a boat in one episode and it shows up in Holmes’s bedroom in a subsequent episode. For the July prompt: dog days

“I just cannot see it! Why can I not see it? Watson, have you any tobacco? I’ve exhausted my supply. Oh, don’t tell me he’s gone out! Watson!”

And on that cue, I made my way down the stairs.

“Will this help?”

It was rare that I rendered Holmes speechless. I savoured the moment.

“It’s the Matilda Briggs,” he said, reaching for the boat in my hands. “How?”

“I made it.”

“What? In an hour?”

“It’s going on four in the afternoon, Holmes. You’ve been in a fog for the better part of the day.”

He glanced at the window. “Oh, yes,” he said in a vague tone.

“You were having trouble imagining the ship. I thought perhaps a concrete aide might help.”

“This is some workmanship. Very fine,” he said, examining the vessel from all sides. “I’ll never get your limits, Watson.

“I used to make them with my father and brother. It was the one thing we enjoyed together.”

Holmes smiled, then gasped and one dark eyebrow rose. “Is she seaworthy?”

I grinned. “Oh, yes.”

“Mrs. Hudson!” he cried. “A bath!”


There was a loud splash, then a thud, then a cry.

“Mrs. Hudson!”

“Oh, dear me,” she murmured as she cleared away the tea things.

Holmes burst into the room, the front of him sopping wet, and took her into his arms.

“Mister Holmes!” she protested as he waltzed her around the room.

“There’ll be a gold doubloon for you, m’lassie! Fa-la-la!” he sang as he released her with a debonair twirl.

Then he turned to me.

“Come, Watson, I hope that tea was one of Mrs. Hudson’s splendidly heavy ones for we’ve a long night ahead of us, and if I may be so bold as to say, your price, most gentlemanly of seadogs, is far above rubies.”

He bowed and took my hand and kissed the top of it gallantly, then he clapped both of his hands together and said with ghoulish glee,

“Tonight, we shall meet the Giant Rat of Sumatra!”

“As long as you don’t bring it home!” groaned Mrs. Hudson.
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