- Jim the Tourist [x]
just holding jim over the edge wasn’t enough for sherlock, because jim didn’t react enough. jim’s face barely registers surprise, and it doesn’t register fear. if anything, you could call it amusement. satisfaction. and so he’s dangling this infuriating little motherfucker from the roof, and he shakes him. do you understand me, jim. i will do this. why won’t you fucking show me an emotion. are you even human in there somewhere. why don’t you care if i kill you. why won’t you struggle against me. he tells him, “you’re insane.” and he’s actually surprised by this - he’s angered by it - he exposes that part of him had believed, hoped, jim to be a more sane person. a more reasonable person.
a person who didn’t want to die. a person who could be reached.
he’s only half-wrong.
I need to talk about this moment.
Sherlock is terrified of Moriarty. Legitimately terrified of him. So terrified that Moriarty is literally the monster under Sherlock’s bed and the thing that keeps Sherlock up at night.
In The Great Game, Sherlock wanted to meet Moriarty. He reveled in the game, loved the chase, and saw Moriarty as the one man who could actually challenge him. He invited Moriarty to the pool just so he could finally meet his nemesis.
And then Moriarty got John. He took him, strapped Semtex to his chest, and threatened to burn Sherlock’s heart away. And now Sherlock fears Moriarty more than anything else. More than the Hound, more than his own brain lying to him, he is afraid of Moriarty.
It’s no longer a game, it’s real.
I’ve been waiting for these gifs and for someone to say this forever. I was blown away by this scene when I realised how afraid of Moriarty Sherlock is.
I just- I need a minute.