In the light of Vinette Robinson (probably) not coming back for season 3 (I still haven’t give up the hope that she might come back anyways) and we’re probably not going to learn anything about the backstory of Sally and Sherlock, I thought of what might be their story.
It could all be very simple. Sally watched Lestrade brining in that guy on cases. She saw he was an asshole, but pretty good at what he did. She tried to be a good sport and ignore his rudeness. As long as he was good at what he did, she could also gain from his work. Considering her position, she’d naturally be the one who would work most closely with Sherlock, which is quite challenging I reckon.
She also witnessed him being obsessive, uncontrollable, unreliable, not showing up, being gone for days. And as much as Lestrade likes to forget those incidents and just remembers Sherlocks glorious moments, she doesn’t, because she had to sort out the mess that Sherlock had left. And that happend more times then she could count. And in the end, to her, Sherlock is more trouble then he’s worth it. Still, she doesn’t hate him. But she’d prefer it, if he would keep the fuck away.
Okay, that’s the simple, very straightforward way.
And I was about to neglect the failed hook-up as the second simple way. But actually…
The point is, I think Sally used to be very fond of Sherlock at one point. Maybe they did even had an affair. Like a proper sex thing. Not just a one time, awkward hook-up. But I also think that if they had an affair, it didn’t have a huge impact on Sally. In the way, that it would leave her with such negative feelings towards Sherlock. She saw him at work, she saw what a social dyslexic he was, what an asshole he could be and she must have known all along that their sex thing wouldn’t end up in a proper relationship. That Sherlock was not capable of such a thing.
And that’s fine.
If they had an affair, her negative feelings towards him are not the result of that. Her ‘He’ll always let you down’ are not the results of Sherlock forgetting yet another date of theirs.
No, I think those feelings are a result of a different occasion.
I think she was fond of him, saw them as close colleagues and maybe even friends. She knew him, she knew his antics and ticks, she knew his intelligence and his over-powering mind. How to behave around him. She is a strong mind herself, but she held back and took up with his tempers and rudeness, because despite all she kind of liked him and also admired him for his intelligence and she knew she could gain from him as well. His obsessive nature scared her in times, but she guessed it was something which could be handled. Maybe not by her, but Lestrade was there. And after all, Lestrade had been able to get Sherlock clean (yes, another backstory I had thought of) and been able to put his obsessions to good use.
And one day, she needed help. It was very private. Maybe her family. Maybe her brother or sister got in trouble, big trouble. Noone at work could know about it. So she asked Sherlock for help. She trusted him. And Sherlock agreed to help her. And Sherlock let her down. He just didn’t show up. She tried everything she could to do it on her own, but she just couldn’t manage it, she had needed help and she had to watch her brother going down. Sherlock was quite unimpressed when she confronted him for letting her down. Something else had come up. Something more interesting. Something less mundane and boring as a little brother being in a tight spot. A murder probably. A proper, captivating murder case.
It could be something else what happend.
But ultimately, I think Sallys feelings towards Sherlock are the result of broken trust. Not hurt lover feelings or him being an ass, but that she trusted him and he broke that trust to a degree that it could not have been repaired. Especially since he propably didn’t care much about her trust to begin with. Maybe people had said it to her, that she’s too trusting with Sherlock, the same way she had said it to John. But she didn’t listen. She thought that she could handle it, that she knew him, that she knew he was a complicated person. But she had never thought, he cared so little about her.
And all what she had put up with with Sherlock, his rudeness, his obsessive nature, all the things she had dismissed and dealt with, she cannot overlook anymore. And it just gets worst, when he doesn’t do anything to make it up to her. It sends a clear message, he didn’t care about her and he never will.
Hm. In the end. I think the straight-forward, simple way makes more sense all together. Pity that the simplest solutions are usually the boring ones.
or put them behind a cut.
it’s just asshole behaviour to spoil a show for people just to gain some reblogs.
It seems that many people, even in the Sherlock fandom do not actually like Sherlock.
So please re-blog if, despite all his faults, you genuinely like the character Sherlock.
i do like sherlock as a character. i sympathize and all that.
but when i stumple across donovan and anderson hate, i feverishly point out that he’s actually a huge asshole and that i’d punch him in the face if i ever would meet him in person.
so yeah. he’s a great character and i like him, but i’m happy that i don’t have to put up with a sherlock in real life.