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19. INT – JOHN WATSON’S APARTMENT – NIGHT
( Continued)

Watson’s vision fades back in fuzzy.

 JOHN

I thought that I saw …

Vision clears to reveal Sherlock’s face.

John is laid out on his bed. Sherlock has placed
a wet cloth on his forehead.

 SHERLOCK

John. Forgive me.

JOHN

Sherlock… You’re alive! I’m not
dreaming am I?

SHERLOCK

I don’t know? Do you often dream about
me?

JOHN (smiling)

It has to be you. I couldn’t dream up
such an ass.

John reaches up tentatively and
touches the tip of Sherlock’s hair.

JOHN

How?

John sits up.

SHERLOCK

Are you sure you should sit up so soon.
You got quite a bump on the head.

John puts his hand on Sherlock’s shoulder and
leans forward almost as if to embrace him, but instead he vomits all
over the floor.

Later

Sherlock has a rag and is wiping off John’s
shirt. He apparently has rinsed off his own coat and hung it to dry.

JOHN

Sorry, sorry about that.

SHERLOCK

Don’t worry. Next time I’ll send a text
first.

John looks up suddenly. clutching his arm.

JOHN

No! Don’t you EVER do this again.

Sherlock looks at John’s intense stare and stares
back.

The two of them stare with serious expressions on
their face and then break out laughing.

All tenseness is gone between them.

SHERLOCK

Oh John, I have missed you. It’s been so
long since I’ve laughed like this.

JOHN (smiling, but trying not to)

Yes. But I shouldn’t be laughing. I’m
still mad at you.

SHERLOCK

Mad? What for?

JOHN

Are you serious? You told me that you
were a fake, and then let me think that you were dead for a year. Of
course I’m mad. I’m furious. (still laughing)

SHERLOCK

You don’t look it.

(then serious)

John. I’m sorry. Moriarty had me backed
into a corner. There was only one way out. I had to make it appear
that I was dead.

JOHN

But couldn’t you have let me in on the
plan.?

SHERLOCK

No.

JOHN

Why not!

SHERLOCK

I’m sorry John, but you’re just not that
good of an actor.

JOHN

I’m going to kill you myself.

John reaches his hands toward
Sherlock’s throat. Sherlock grabs his hands and pushes them down.

SHERLOCK

I had to make you believe it. If you
didn’t believe I was dead. No one else would. and I needed people to
believe.

JOHN

Why?

SHERLOCK

It’s a bit of a long story.

JOHN

I have the time… Now, we have all the
time in the world.

SHERLOCK

Do we have enough time to make a pot of
tea?

19B. INT – JOHN WATSON’S APARTMENT
– NIGHT

Sherlock sits in John’s chair turned
from the TV toward the bed. John is sitting in the dinner chair a cup
of tea on the table. Sherlock sips tea.

JOHN

Well then.

SHERLOCK

Well what?

JOHN

How’d you do it? You jumped. I saw it
with my own eyes. I saw the body. There was so much blood. was no way
that body was alive. Yet here you are.

SHERLOCK

That body wasn’t me.

JOHN

Then how?

SHERLOCK

Molly Hooper.

JOHN

Molly? The morgue, of course she would
have access to the bodies. But how did you have time to arrange it? I
was watching, I was right there. She would have had to have the body
ready and dressed before you even went to the roof.

SHERLOCK

I told you that Moriarty wouldn’t be
satisfied until I was dead.

JOHN

Actually, no, you didn’t tell me that.
That’s another one of those things that you just thought you told me.

SHERLOCK

Alright, I’ll start from the phone call.

Recap of images of jump, only this
time with the real events shown.

Sherlock with Molly:

Sherlock on roof:

Sherlock at graveyard:
Wants to say something, but does not. Watches John pass.

SHERLOCK

(Monologue over
images
)

 Molly’s father was a lorry driver.
Molly learned how to drive from a young age.

She borrowed a truck and filled it with
things to cushion my fall. I had to jump far enough out to land in
the back. I almost didn’t make it.

JOHN

But I was watching the entire time. When
I saw you…

SHERLOCK

When you saw me, the truck had already
gone. That’s why I asked you to stand where you did. Your view was
obstructed by the building. If you had been closer, you would have
seen the entire thing. And, we had another accomplice on a bicycle.

JOHN

You mean. That punk that knocked me
down. You arranged that?

SHERLOCK

Of course. We couldn’t leave this to
chance. But there were so many variables. I am glad that it turned
out so well

JOHN(angry)

Turned out well? Well!

I was devastated. I had to go back into
therapy.

SHERLOCK

But now, everything can go back to
normal. And thank goodness. I never realized just how useful your
conversations were to me. Without you, It was as if my brain slowed
down. I can’t express how distressing that was to me.

JOHN

How sad for you.

SHERLOCK

You’re upset.

JOHN

Yes, I told you I was.

You left me behind and went off to do
I don’t know what?

So where were you? Where have you been
all this time?

SHERLOCK

I traveled. Went to Hong Kong, America,
South Africa. Lots of places.

I just got back into town today. I was
in disguise but not so much that someone who knew me wouldn’t
recognize me.

When I saw you on Park Lane today, I
panicked.

JOHN

You were the rude guy with the books.

SHERLOCK (smirking and pointing)

I saw you. You were doing some
investigating on your own. You still have the bug.

JOHN

Don’t be so pleased about it.

(Sherlock is pleased)

JOHN

So why were you there?

SHERLOCK

Same as you. I was investigating the
death of Ronald Adair. It is a matter which concerns me greatly.

JOHN

How so?

SHERLOCK

There will be time enough to discuss it
later. Now you had better get some rest.

JOHN

I don’t think I can rest yet.

SHERLOCK

You’re half asleep as it is. Come now.
Lie down.

Sherlock lies John down on the bed and
covers him with a blanket.

JOHN

(panicked)

Are you going!

SHERLOCK

No, no John. I’ll stay here tonight.

JOHN

(groggily)

I didn’t expect company. I only have the
one bed.

SHERLOCK

The chair will be good enough for me.
Besides you might be sick again.

Sherlock turns out the lights. A dull
city glow comes through the window. Sherlock sits in the chair and
covers himself with a sheet.

There is silence … then

JOHN

Sherlock.

SHERLOCK

Yes John.

JOHN

I’m really, really glad you’re back.

SHERLOCK

So am I John, So am I.

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