The Case of the Desperate Nation
Part 7: The Original Ending
by Annie Magee (SKLesMisgirl at aol.com)
Here's the last part of Desperate Nation. Enjoy!
Inspector Lestrade walked out of the abandoned subway in deep
thought. Holmes was safe, he was going to live. But, how did he
do it? Did the doctor figure out how to finish the serum? It
doesn't matter, she thought to herself. What's important is
that Holmes will survive.
Jumping into the driver's seat, Beth was about to take off
when she saw something from the corner of her eye. Looking out her
window, she saw Fenwick holding the corpse of Moriarty in his arms.
'What is he doing with Moriarty's body?' she asked herself. 'Oh
well, I don't really care what Fenwick's going to do. I need to get
She took off and sped to Baker Street, breaking all the air
traffic regulations in the process. In five minutes, she arrived at
Baker Street, and mounted the 17 steps again. In moments she had
swung open the door to apartment B. A rather shocked Hargreaves and
Watson stared at the police officer who stood, hair slightly
disheveled, and clamoring to catch a good breath.
But the shock wore off and Sir Evan smiled at her.
"Good-evening, Inspector Lestrade, I'm glad you could be here. Mr.
Holmes should be waking momentarily. He'll probably be weak for a
few days, and his body will need to recover from the poison as well
as the fever."
Beth seemed to be at a loss for words. Finally, she asked,
"How did you get it?"
The rotund man looked puzzled. "The antidote, you mean? I had
help, Watson's included."
Just then they heard a moan resound from the sofa. Turning,
they saw Holmes opening his eyes and trying to sit up, without much
"Holmes! Are you all right?" Lestrade shouted, rushing to the
detective's side again, and helped him lie back.
"Lestrade?" his voice was feeble and quiet "Where am I? What
"You mean you don't remember, Holmes?" She relayed the story
to him again and at the end of the tale, she said "I ended up...."
She didn't finish
You....?" Watson inquired.
"I sort of...killed him, by accident." The police inspector
Sir Evans smiled slightly as Watson said, "Well, now we will
not have to worry about him anymore. But Holmes, you've been through
a lot and do need your rest. Excuse us."
The doctor and compudroid left, but Lestrade stayed behind.
She knelt beside the sofa and looked up at Holmes, whose eyes were
closed. "Holmes?" she whispered.
"M-mmmm?" was the response.
"I'm glad you're all right." There was silence, and then she
He did not answer.
"I love you." She kissed his forehead tenderly, and headed
for the door. Beth looked one more time at him before she called for
lights off and shut the door behind her, leaving the silent room.
Sappy ending, huh? Oh, well. Send all comments, questions,
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