How many words did it take to build? What was the requirement to build a whole new world, a whole new life? How many combinations of letter did it take?

He knew it only took four to start it.

Er, here. Use mine.

Three more to solidify it.

Afghanistan or Iraq?

Two more to make his heart leap.

Good shot.

And only one to know he was stuck.

Dinner?


But in the same way, how many words did it take to tear his whole world down? How many words were required before everything lay crumbled around his feet?

It only took four to start it.

Hey Sherlock. You okay?

Three more to make the sinking feeling in his stomach grow.

I'm a fake.

Two more to make his heart fall from his chest.

Goodbye John.

And one, one simple word that he shouted, as if the weight of it would soften the fall any.

Sherlock!

(But it didn't.)