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what-ineffable-twaddle:

“John,” said Sherlock earnestly, “if I — if I’m not quite —” he stopped and tried again — “John, whatever happens, you will understand, won’t you?”

At the time, John had not realized the full import of those words.

Sherlock did not live to be 100.

But John would be haunted by the memories even when he was 99.

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AU: Where Sherlock and John meet as kids and become the best of friends, and Sherlock does not fake his Reichenbach death but actually sacrifices his life for John’s. Also, in this version, Sherlock’s a year older than John vs. Doyle’s version where John is 2 years older than Sherlock if I remember correctly (And for those of you who couldn’t tell, the quotes are from Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne’s original book version)

Ok, haven’t read the fic (and won’t - see my longstanding aversion to AUs), but seemed a necessary part of the explanation for the gif. And I don’t know why, but this just made my insides squeeze. Maybe because I really fucking love Winnie-the-Pooh, and that scene in particular. And maybe because I re-watched Reichenbach (again???) last night, and am having SO MANY FEELINGS.

And now I need to go read some fluff. Because seriously, I refuse to cry over a three-second-long animation based on a fic I have never read.