The first time you see it, it can hit you really hard, especially since Sherlock is on a total roll and John delivers the line “please God, let me live” in a way where you can be forgiven for not being sure if it’s serious or snark. It apparently has the same effect on Sherlock, as well.
We never do get any details on how Captain John Watson of the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers was wounded in action. But from this exchange alone, it’s clear the situation was extremely serious. He was badly wounded, nearly died, and developed PTSD- Sherlock had himself earlier pointed out that the original circumstances of John’s injury must have been ‘traumatic’, and he meant emotionally traumatic, not just violent and painful. The blunt earnestness of John’s response even trips up Sherlock for a second or two, and he’s just been ranting and raving about not understanding why a woman would care about her stillborn baby after fourteen years. This also works as a tearjerker in hindsight if you recall ‘Please God, let me live’ whenever John is genuinely in physical danger elsewhere in the series.
Pretty much everyone in the room agrees that in your last moments, you would think about the people you love the most. John apparently had no one to think about when he was close to dying. He really must have been lonely even before he returned from Afghanistan.
I hate you for making this post because it’s the best I’ve read on this subject and it hurts.
It hurts because it matters.
7 days of: Men in Skirts
ok, real talk, I used to assume that men didn’t look good in skirts as everyday dress. Maybe it was because I had seen too many lame guys in kilts who couldn’t accessorize/ didn’t have the balls to pull it off/ were at the renaissance faire pretending to be Braveheart and I would just be all “lol, no”. But now, I’ve seen so many awesome, inspiring examples on tumblr of guys who look AMAZING in skirts/dresses, like the dude above. And I have to admit, I was COMPLETELY WRONG and I’m sorry.
MAN SKIRTS ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE MY FAVORITE
Crossed Anchors on the webbing between the thumb and index fingers marked a bos’n’s (or boatswain’s) mate.
A Harpoon marked a member of the fishing fleet.
Hold written on one set of knuckles and Fast written on the other was meant to give a sailor good grip in the rigging.
A Shellback Turtle or King Neptune was earned when a sailor made it across the Equator.
A Sparrow or a Swallow tattoo would go to a sailor for every 5,000 nautical miles they traveled–a swallow because it can always find its way home.