John Watson was already fighting demons when he and Sherlock met. With Sherlock's suicide, it all comes flooding back, forcing Sherlock to intervene before he's solved the persistent riddles of Jim Moriarty and his game. Together they find that something darker lurks behind Moriarty, forcing Sherlock, John, and Irene Adler into an even deadlier game with a much more dangerous foe. Begins six months after the events of The Reichenbach Fall.
Mind the content warnings for suicidal thoughts, on this one. This fic contains an incredibly detailed suicide attempt. This is a fic that digs deep into John’s past and allows recovery to take time. It develops into a three-pronged plotline with Sherlock, John, and Irene all taking out Moriarty’s lingering network.