blackunicorn
blackunicorn:

Sherlock: Carl Powers, John.
John: What is it?
Sherlock: It’s where I began.
Sherlock: 1989, young kid, champion swimmer, came up from Brighton for a school sports tournament, drowned in the pool. Tragic accident. You wouldn’t remember it. Why should you.
John: But you remember.
Sherlock: Yes.
John: Something fishy about it?
Sherlock: Nobody thought so. Nobody except me. I was only a kid myself. I read about it in the papers.
John: You started young, didn’t you?

blackunicorn:

Sherlock: Carl Powers, John.

John: What is it?

Sherlock: It’s where I began.

Sherlock: 1989, young kid, champion swimmer, came up from Brighton for a school sports tournament, drowned in the pool. Tragic accident. You wouldn’t remember it. Why should you.

John: But you remember.

Sherlock: Yes.

John: Something fishy about it?

Sherlock: Nobody thought so. Nobody except me. I was only a kid myself. I read about it in the papers.

John: You started young, didn’t you?

finalproblem

finalproblem:

Since it started with a kid getting killed, it would be incredibly inappropriate to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sherlock’s sleuthing career in 2014, right?

Even though we’ll need something to do between series of Sherlock?

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Fine. I didn’t really want to anyway. *ill-concealed sulk*

Oh, look what year it is.

Series 4 Plot Twist

  • Sherlock: Mycroft and I were one step ahead of Moriarty the whole time, and we tricked him into thinking he'd beaten us.
  • Jim: Ha! I was actually two steps ahead of you the whole time, and I tricked you into thinking you'd beaten me.
  • Carl Powers: You're both amateurs.
  • Sherlock: ...
  • Jim: ...
  • Carl: And I want my shoes back.

fromthesuncomesthelifeofastar asked:

Something I’ve been contimplating ever since I figured out that Moriarty must have kept the shoes. He seems to have kept them because he knew Sherlock knew about them. So does this mean ever since they were kids, Moriarty was waiting for him? Also, did he not do any crimes between killing Carl and the stuff he does to set up the encounters with Sherlock? I wanna believe sherlock would have caught onto those cases if he had. Sorry my question’s not super clear. Character limit, and all.

Jim initially took Carl’s shoes because they were the only solid evidence that Carl had been murdered. Sherlock read about the missing shoes in the paper, and the fact that they were missing made him think Carl’s death may not have been an accident.

Even if the detail about the shoes appeared in the newspaper reports as quickly as possible after Carl’s death and Sherlock went to the police as quickly as possible after reading the article and Jim found out Sherlock was causing trouble as quickly as possible after that, I think we’ve still got to assume that whole process took at least a day. Which means Jim, faced with the options of immediately destroying the evidence or keeping it, had already chosen to hold onto the shoes for at least a little while.

Maybe Jim did decide to keep the shoes forever and ever after he realized Sherlock was interested in them.

Or maybe (and I tend to think this is more likely) Jim kept the shoes because Carl had loved them.

Given all of the parallels with Sherlock and the fact that Carl Powers was Sherlock’s first case, I suspect Carl Powers was Jim’s first murder as well. So Jim may have kept the shoes for years as a trophy. (Rather than because he immediately came up with the idea of saving them to play a game with Sherlock in the event the boy grew up to be a detective.)

As for crimes that happened in-between Carl’s murder and A Study in Pink… Yes, I think Jim had almost certainly been involved in tons of crimes by then. The cabbie described Jim’s reputation (“more than a man,” etc) in a way that makes me think Jim was well-established as a consulting criminal.

Why wouldn’t Sherlock have caught on earlier? Because Moriarty’s good at his job, and Sherlock Holmes never does fully catch on until just before it will lead to an exciting face-off.

From The Final Problem:

"As you are aware, Watson, there is no one who knows the higher criminal world of London so well as I do. For years past I have continually been conscious of some power behind the malefactor, some deep organizing power which forever stands in the way of the law, and throws its shield over the wrong-doer. Again and again in cases of the most varying sorts—forgery cases, robberies, murders—I have felt the presence of this force, and I have deduced its action in many of those undiscovered crimes in which I have not been personally consulted. For years I have endeavored to break through the veil which shrouded it, and at last the time came when I seized my thread and followed it, until it led me, after a thousand cunning windings, to ex-Professor Moriarty of mathematical celebrity."

Anonymous asked:

How could Moriarty have known that Sherlock was interested by Carl Powers' death, if he couldn't get the police to listen?

We’ll probably never know.

My own guess would be that was the biggest crime young Jim had committed at the time, so he paid extra attention to whether anyone suspected Carl’s death was murder rather than an accident. Somehow Jim must’ve seen or heard about Sherlock’s investigation or attempts to convince the police. I can imagine a few ways that could’ve happened, but we’re basically in fanfiction territory there. So your guess is as good as mine.

silverpolarbears asked:

Whoa. Just had a mind-boggling thought: what if Jim knew about Sherlock's suspicions about Carl Powers' death from Mycroft? Or is it just more likely that was the first time Sherlock came to Jim's attention?

I think it’s more likely the Carl Powers case was just the first time Sherlock came to Jim’s attention.

Jim already knew about Sherlock’s investigation of the Carl Powers case in The Great Game. That’s why he incorporated Carl’s shoes into one of the puzzles.

There’s nothing to suggest Jim and Mycroft had ever discussed Sherlock’s history at that point. As Mycroft later explained, he only told Jim about Sherlock’s life because it seemed like a way to get Jim to talk about the key code when Mycroft had him in custody. Mycroft didn’t have Jim in custody until after Scandal.

Irene: Jim Moriarty sends his love.

Mycroft: Yes, he’s been in touch. Seems desperate for my attention, which I’m sure can be arranged.

Anonymous asked:

Just want to clear something up you said: Since Jim was the one who killed Carl and kept the shoes all these years... Was it confirmed that Moriarty is the killer? Sherlock said he was just a kid when that crime was committed, do you believe Moriarty is much older than Sherlock or committed the crime at as a child? Possibly a classmate of the swimmer? Keep up the good work.

The Great Game:

Man (speaking for Jim): Clever you. Guessing about Carl Powers. I never liked him. Carl laughed at me, so I stopped him laughing.

John: Anything on the Carl Powers case?

Sherlock: Nothing. All the living classmates check out spotless, no connection.

John: Maybe the killer was older than Carl?

Sherlock: The thought had occurred.

John (speaking for Jim): Nice touch, this. The pool, where little Carl died. I stopped him. I can stop John Watson, too. Stop his heart.

So Jim definitely killed Carl. Jim wasn’t a classmate of Carl’s, but was probably close to the same age based on the comment about Carl laughing at him.