Bloody Balzac!
Bloody Balzac! arthur conan doyle canon references stories

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A short story by okapi adapted for commaful. find the rest: https://archiveofourown.o...

Bloody Balzac!

The absence of newspapers at the breakfast table was singular.

It was, I determined later, the penultimate in a series of singularities at the breakfast table of 221B Baker Street.

The first had occurred four days prior.

There was a rustling, then a question.

“What do you think of French philosophy, Watson?”

I started, not at the nature of question, but at the question itself.

Save for the rare interruption by a desperate client, Holmes and I breakfasted in silence, each absorbed in her own tea and reading material of choice.

Struck by the afore-mentioned singularity, I returned my cup to its saucer and gave the question due consideration.

Then I lowered my paper and replied, “Favourable—provided that the philosophy does not include invasion of England.”

Holmes harrumphed and raised a smudged-ink curtain between us.

Then, casting my mind back to the curve of a certain dancer’s leg, I added, “I do appreciate a certain

With no response forthcoming, I raised my own curtain, and silence descended once more upon the jam and butter.

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