Finding Solance

Mycroft Holmes did not know why he picked up those cards that night in the Stranger's Room. Perhaps it was because it was not his habit, and throughout the course of the day his habits had been shaken quite thoroughly.

They wanted to promote him, and this dismayed him. They wanted to give him a house. They wanted him to be recognized for the important man he was.

Mycroft did not want to be recognized. He wanted his auditing and his rooms at Pall Mall and his chair at the Diogenes Club.

He did not want those cards, but he took them as he would take the promotion; in stride.

"I'm in."