Finale

Part 2

by Mary Christmas (unicorn_76010 at lycos.com)

Lestrade sighed as she walked towards Grayson's office. This was just what she needed after an emotionally tiring day.

He was waiting for her when she got there. "What took you so long?"

"This case must be something really big, Chief, if you can't remember that it takes only ten minutes to get here from Holmes' place, and I made it in five," she said.

Grayson's only answer was to turn and walk into his office. Shrugging her shoulders, Lestrade followed him.

"Do you know who Evan Newman is?" Grayson asked when she had closed the door.

She winced. Evan Newman was one of the world's richest men, and a business associate of Tom's. It wasn't that she didn't like him; he was just too unimaginative for her taste. Then she frowned. Grayson knew that her brother and Newman were colleagues.

"Yes, sir," she replied cautiously, "I know who he is."

Grayson nodded. "Then you won't mind going undercover as his fiancee. He specifically asked for you."

"What?!"

Holmes watched as Wiggins and Watson played a match of chess. Neither was very good at the game, but they were getting there. Deidre and Tennyson had already left. Tennyson's mom had agreed to let Deidre stay with them until her mom and new dad came back from their honeymoon.

As he watched the match, his mind drifted back to parts of the wedding, Lestrade in particular. He had never seen her wearing a dress before. It had made her look young and vulnerable, especially when she cried as her brother and Kristen said their vows to each other.

"Checkmate!" Wiggin's excited voice brought Holmes out of his reverie.

"By Jove!" Watson exclaimed, "It is. How could I have missed that?"

Holmes chuckled. "It is easy to miss things if you are not used to playing."

Just then the vidphone chimed for the second time that evening.

"Holmes, I need your help." It was Lestrade, looking quite upset.

"I shall certainly endeavor to be of assistance, Lestrade," he said, "However, I do need to know what it is that I am supposed to be helping you with."

"It...I...he's such a stupid.... Oh, never mind, I'm coming over. I'll explain when I get there. Lestrade out."

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