Mycroft Holmes suffers a great loss. He longs for something he never really had. He grieves for a person he didn't really know.But someone else has suffered a loss far greater than his.Mycroft is faced with a situation that's out of his control, and his usual self-assured calm is shattered. He's forced to trust the people around him, because he knows he can't trust himself.
This Alternate Meeting sets Lestrade as Mycroft's bodyguard and wow does that allow for a fundamentally different relationship between these two men. It sets Lestrade as the man who knows every detail - the only one who can know every detail - of Mycroft Holmes, leaving Mycroft to discover how little he knows of the man that's stood beside him for so long. The fic gets tragic fast, ye be warned - this is half hurt/comfort taking on amnesia and PTSD, half character study of the whole Sherlock crew's response to tragedy and human need.