DECEMBER 8

Prompt- From The Inner Titan - What would happen if Holmes cooked up some merry mischief involving Watson, a coat, and the Baker Street Irregulars?


"No, he didn't say that. Mr. Holmes wouldn't have asked us to do that. You're making that up, you are."

"I'm telling you he did. Now are you going to help me do it or not? Are you a coward?"

"No, I'm not and if you say that again, I'll bash your nose in!"

"Alright, alright you're not a coward. Come on then, let's go see Mr. Holmes."

Two of Holmes' Baker Street Irregulars knocked on the front door of 221B. Mrs. Hudson answered and quickly ushered them inside and led them up to the sitting room where the detective awaited them.

He beckoned the boys into the sitting room. "Now this is what I want you to do."


"It's dark in here. Can't see a thing. I can't breathe."

"Be quiet now! You'll spoil the surprise and Mr. Holmes won't like that at all."

"I do hope Dr. Watson comes home soon. We've been in here for hours!"

"No we haven't. It's only been a few minutes."

The front door opened. Holmes greeted Watson at the door. "Come in, come in my friend and warm yourself. It is most frightfully cold outside."

"Yes Holmes, you are quite right. A brandy and a chair by the fire would be most welcome. First I must hang up my coat."

"A glass of brandy will be waiting for you when you come into the sitting room." Holmes left his friend standing in front of the closet and went into the sitting room.

Watson opened the closet door and reached for hanger on which to place his coat. He found the hanger was placed in his hand. That was puzzling, but he shrugged and put the coat on the hanger. Before he could put the hanger on a peg in the closet, it was taken from him. Now that was too much!

Watson entered the sitting room to find a glass of brandy sitting on the small table beside his chair. His friend was contentedly smoking a pipe.

"Holmes, what in the deuce are you up to? My coat seems to have hung itself up in the closet."

"Watson, my friend, it is a new invention of mine; the automatic coat hanging closet."

The sound of the two Irregulars' laughter filled the house.

"Holmes you have gone too far this time!" Watson huffed.

With an innocent expression, Holmes said, "I have no idea what you mean."

Watson sat down with brandy in hand. "Oh yes, you most certainly do. Be wary my friend, I will not soon forget this." He smiled at Holmes, but there was a mischevious gleam in his eyes.

I hope Holmes rewarded the two Irregulars well for their part in this bit of mischief!

Thanks for reading!