by Mary Christmas (unicorn_76010 at lycos.com)
Lestrade arrived five minutes later and began talking. "You know
who Evan Newman is, right?" At Holmes' raised brow, she continued, "Yeah,
well, someone's been sending him threatening notes. He called Grayson and
told him he needed a bodyguard, but someone who wouldn't be conspicuous."
Her face twisted into a grimace. "Grayson came up with the bright
idea to have an officer pose as Newman's fiancee. And guess who Newman
Holmes smiled slightly. "He is a business associate of your
brother's, is he not?"
"So perhaps he would feel more comfortable with you than with a
Lestrade glared at him. "I don't care."
Holmes shook his head. There was no arguing with her when she was
in this kind of mood.
"What is it you wanted my help with?" he asked.
Her expression became more troubled. "Actually, I told Newman and
Grayson that it would be more suspicious for Newman to suddenly acquire a
fiancee than for his business partner's sister and her fiance to hang
"And the problem is?" Wiggins asked. Then he gasped. "You want
Mr. Holmes to pretend to be your fiance, don't you?"
Holmes felt his eyes widen of their own accord, before he could
control the action.
"Well...it can't really be Holmes, because, you know...it
would..um..make the whoever's writing the notes...um..more suspicious,"
Lestrade stammered, embarrassed.
Holmes sighed. He was probably going to regret this, but he said
anyway, "I shall of course wear a disguise."
"Then you'll do it?" Lestrade asked, her eyes locked on his,
"There are some...intriguing elements to this case...."
Lestrade suddenly wrapped her arms around him in a bear hug, then
released him. Her face was a bit red. He was sure his was also.
He nodded. "Now, we must think of a proper character to be your
"What about that Jeff Baker character you used before, Holmes?"
Watson asked. He had been watching the both of them and had a slight
smile on his face.
"Excellent suggestion, Watson. Jeffrey Baker is acquainted
with Thomas Lestrade. It would make sense that he would know Tom's sister."
"What about..." Lestrade began.
"I already have a disguise for him. I used it when I met your
brother at The Restaurant. Now all we need to do is determine when to
get started." He looked at Lestrade.
"We're going over to Evan's house tomorrow so I can introduce you
to him, as my fiance. After that, we start going over there a lot. He's
going to plan our 'wedding' since my brother's out of town."
"That will keep us close enough to investigate, without making the
Lestrade nodded, then she looked uncomfortable. "There is one
downside to all this."
"What is it?" Holmes asked, his mind already covering
possibilities and ways to investigate.
"If we don't solve this case before the planned 'wedding', uh...we
may have to get married for real."
I just got through watching an episode of Scarecrow and Mrs. King.
It inspired me for this part. ;)
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