Author's Note:

The other day, I discovered the LJ community "A Mere Appendix," the sister C2 of "Watson's Woes" in that it's for Holmes!angst/torture. I'm not on LJ, but I'm using the first prompt table for a whole new set of stories, all delicious Sherlockian angst. Enjoy!

==At the Mercy of the Mind==

A great brain can be as much of a curse as a blessing. Based on LJ C2 "A Mere Appendix" prompt table 1.

==1. Murder==

Rating: PG
Summary: The fire had been deliberate; his parents had been murdered.
Warnings: brief violence
Word Count: 100

The fire had been deliberate; his parents had been murdered. Mycroft believed him. The police did not.

For only the second time in his life, he threw all his powers—his very soul—into the task of uncovering the murderer and bringing him to justice. But here, his head was not so level, so calm, as was its wont, and he made mistakes.

And when the man stepped forward to kill him, it was Mycroft who shot the fiend clean through the head.

When he visited his parents' grave for the first time, he collapsed against the tombstone and wept.


Author's Note:

This is actually going to be part of my "Skyfire-canon" history for the Holmes family (with more to come, some day). Poor Sherlock! =(

Next prompt, nightmare.

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