“Tell me what you said!”
Young Sherlock was pinned to the wall by his arch nemesis Frank Miniarty, one huge hand latched onto his scrawny throat, the other drawn back ready to pummel his face. Trying to avoid looking directly into the face of the school bully, Sherlock gaze drifted past him to the trophy cabinet. Sighing inwardly, he reflected that Baskervilles Boys Grammar certainly did excel at physical endeavours and had the trophies to back it up. Life had become so much worse for him since his parents had sent him to board here so that he might, in their words, “Toughen up princess.”
“Come on you little weasel, cough it up. What did you tell her?”, repeated Miniarty.
“I deduce from the strength of your grip that you have quite a lot of experience holding things tightly in your right hand”, croaked Sherlock with a smirk. A look of confusion passed over Miniarty’s face as he tried to work out what this meant. “Perhaps if you let me down, I might be able to talk better”, Sherlock suggested more directly.
Miniarty hesitated, but reluctantly he lowered Sherlock to the ground. The hand around his throat relaxed slightly but Sherlock knew he still had no option of running and so continued, “I merely mentioned to Miss Scarlet, that based on the pattern of your hand-writing, the homework that you turned in was obviously written in an extreme hurry. I can only assume that she deduced herself that you couldn’t possibly have thought your way through to those answers so quickly and must have copied instead.”
“You little squealer”, Frank hissed, “this is what happens to the likes of you at this school.” With that he landed a massive punch to Sherlock’s solar plexus and then stalked off leaving the young detective doubled up on the ground in agony.
From the floor Sherlock resolved to himself, “That’s it, tomorrow I’m signing up for the boxing club. And if all else fails, there’s always cocaine.”
1. I by no means condone the use of drugs. It is interesting to note that in the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock was a cocaine and occasional morphine user – habits that Dr Watson disapproves of. Both drugs were legal in the late 19th century and modern adaptations often ignore this. I believe (although am not really a watcher) that the current American version uses Sherlock’s predicament as a recovering drug addict as the reason for his relationship with Dr Watson who is basically overseeing his rehabilitation.
Either way, I could imagine that with Sherlock’s peculiar mannerisms and anti-social intelligence, school would not have been a pleasant experience and may explain a descent into drug use. But, it is fiction after all.
2. Hey look, everyone else seems to be taking a crack at Sherlock Holmes at the moment so why not me?