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221B fic: Sally's choice

BBC Sherlock

Rating: 12 (violence)

Spoilers: for The Reichenbach Fall

Summary: what else had Sally Donovan been supposed to do?


Sally got blamed, of course, when Sherlock was eventually cleared, but she hadn't wanted to imagine that he was a psychopath, endangering children to make himself look good. She'd spent years trying to suppress her gut instincts telling her that Sherlock was dangerous. Because Greg and Dr Watson trusted Sherlock, and they were good men. And the cases had been solved; she'd been prepared to turn a blind eye to all the irregularities, because of that. Tell herself that Sherlock was an anti-social weirdo, but that didn't stop him being a genius.

But what could you do when you had reasonable suspicion? Two minutes to identify one spot in the whole of greater London simply wasn't possible. And the girl having hysterics about Sherlock: Sally couldn't ignore that. You had to pay attention to kids, take their evidence seriously, even if they couldn't explain their fears.

It wasn't telling tales out of school or getting her own back, whatever people thought. What she'd done was the only sensible course of action: get the matter investigated, shed some light on it. If Sherlock had only co-operated when Lestrade went round, she wouldn't have had to go to the Chief Superintendent. If he'd just been prepared to talk, give a plausible explanation for what had happened, rather than simply expecting – demanding – blind belief.

Comments

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2ndskin
Feb. 9th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Poor Sally . . . She simply doesn't believe--in Santa Claus, miracles, or Sherlock.
maggie_conagher
Feb. 9th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
You had me liking her before the fall but now, I just can't forgive her yet. I do understand why she did it, but she gave no thought to the anguish she caused an entire fandom.

Still I wanted to comment because this is quite well written as always, and I'll keep reading about her and try to keep an open mind. ;)
marysutherland
Feb. 12th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
I've got a long piece in draft that talks about Sally a bit more - whether that'll help you forgive her, I'm not sure. I don't think her motives are entirely pure in what she's doing, even if she may have convinced herself they are. But I did get annoyed by some comments I read on other sites in which people said she was "mediocre and childish" or thought she was hoping to take over Lestrade's job. And if you look at the information she actually has, (as opposed to the additional information that the viewer knows), her doubts doesn't seem completely unreasonable.
angharadd
Feb. 10th, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
Yes, her decision to investigate did sound like the sane and professional thing to do. Thank you for writing this drabble!
marysutherland
Feb. 12th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
I think someone needs to stand up for Sally, and I'm writing more about her as well - though I'm afraid it's not likely to have a happy ending at the moment.
beansidhe_baby
Feb. 11th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Thank you for this, I think it's needed.
marysutherland
Feb. 12th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Definitely - there's been a lot of unjustified Sally hate on some LJs (although even I find it hard to justify Anderson's behaviour).
beansidhe_baby
Feb. 12th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
As you've said above, maybe her motives weren't 100% pure, but she wouldn't have tried to ruin him out of spite.

I have loved Sally fiercely since the first second she was on screen, so it really gets me down that she's so often seen in fandom as this awful petty creature who's jealous of Sherlock and doesn't deserve respect.
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