Lestrade has to conduct a thorough background check on Dr. John Watson before he can allow him to help Sherlock solve crimes. In the process, he has a discussion with one of John’s ex-army friends, and what he learns about the retired army doctor’s history is most enlightening!
Author’s Notes: This story is based in part on the articles that are posted on wellingtongoose’s tumblr and LiveJournal articles, and partly on the history that BlueSkye12 has given John Watson in her stories. As a result, in my story, poor John has had an awfully rough time of it before meeting Sherlock! =) (Incidentally, many thanks to BlueSkye12 and to Jolie Black for beta-reading my story!)
I’m basing the years and John’s age on his CV, which is shown in part on the 1st-season episode, “The Blind Banker,” and which is explained in depth on wellingtongoose’s Web sites. I am assuming that John was 18 when he passed his A-levels and first enrolled in college in 1999. Also, he says during a flashback sequence in “The Sign of Three” that he was in Afghanistan for three years, so he could not have been in his mid-30s when he first met Sherlock.
Disclaimer: Sherlock, John, Murray, and Lestrade do not belong to me, but to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and to the talented team of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also own the rights to Sergeant Sally Donovan).
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