When Zach finds the note, he thinks it’s a trick. He thinks that Jim has just faked his death to protect either Rich or Seb or him. The teen throws the note away and goes to visit Rich. Instead of a smirking Jim hiding, or a worried Rich, he finds out that the sobbing storyteller in his arms was the one to find his brother’s body… He still holds Rich close, but they both fall to the floor and Zach is sure he’d be crying if he didn’t feel so numb.
When he wakes up, he’s home and clutching the note to his chest. He doesn’t remember walking home, nor does he remember tearing the trash apart to find the note. He reads it again and again, hoping, praying, wishing for some sign that it wasn’t real, but it was.
Please do as I say and not as I do, for once here I don’t want to be your role model.
Even as he was about to die, Jim cared for him and it’s plain to see even though Zach’s eyes are blurred with tears.
I want you to know that I loved you,
Zach sobs quietly as he hears Jim reading the note to him and he wishes that he hadn’t had to run away with James. He wishes that he had stayed in London so he could have supported Jim and possibly have kept this from happening. “I love you too…” he whispers brokenly as trembling hands press the note to his chest where Jim’s scars will remain. He wonders if he can absorb the love from his note to make the ache go away.
innocent and beautiful as you are, that I hope you’ll remember me fondly for as long as you live,
Of course he will. He can never forget the man who saved his James. He can never forget the man who supported him when the world seemed so dark. He can never forget the man who was so briefly his lover when he was desperate as his world fell to pieces around him and who let him go when his true love came for him.
and you’ll take care of the younger me, no matter what happens.
At the mention of James, Zach’s heart thuds painfully. Jim still thought of him, until the very end. The raw noise of anguish that tore from his throat is just in time for James to come home. He rushes to see if Zach’s all right and soon Zach is pouring out every ache in his soul to his lover. James, who doesn’t know Jim that well, still knows what he’s done for the two of them and he cries too. He lifts the crumpled and tear stained paper to read it for himself.
You’re already incredible, and you’ll grow into something even more brilliant one day.
Zach holds James’ hand, their scarred palms pressing together for comfort as they have done for so long. James kisses Zach’s forehead as he older man slumps against his chest. “He really is, Jim. You should have stuck around to see it.” He gets a watery chuckle and they sober once more.
I wish I could be around to see it, darling.
Zach’s choked up by the end of rereading the note. “I wish you could b-be too, Jim. I wish you hadn’t left…” He holds his James tightly and together they just hold each other as they remember a remarkable man to whom they owe so much.
So long, Jim.
Zach, you will always be my little ray of sunshine. Don’t you worry about me, I won’t break that easily. I’ll be there when you need me, and probably even after that for as long as I can, I can’t do any justice to your brilliance, your intensity, your continuous love of life and people even in the darkest circumstances, and I promise I’ll try my hardest to watch you grow into the life you deserve.
[[This is not canon, just hypothetical, but it mentions all of the people I RP with consistently as well as a couple general favourites. All my threads have turned into violence or smut, but I’m in the mood for something sappy and depressing.]]
[Oh gosh. I don’t even know how to do this. I mean. You and Seb would take care of a child. Not me. But okay.]
[god, why do you ask for things like this?]
Jim had finally done it, taken this young version of John Watson and corrupted him. Zach was the first to come to his side, his genius and slightly dark tendencies lending themselves perfectly to Jim’s arsenal, especially after James had collapsed to some extent. He promised that the boy would be well taken care of, and given every iota of protection to the both of them. John had seen it, and since he and Sherlock were the next likely targets, he had asked about it.
Jim responded the way he always did. ‘Everything comes at a price.’ And so John became his newest recruit for his medical team. He was treated well and treated them well. He couldn’t always stomach coming to crime scenes with them, his conscience didn’t sit well with Jim’s habit of killing people. But when Sebastian and Jim returned home- sometimes covered in cuts and bruises- John was in his element, taking care of them, wrapping their wounds carefully, disinfecting, applying cold compresses, anything and everything.
It was about five months in that Jim first asked him to come with them. It wasn’t an assassination, just a general skirmish that needed sorting, but one part of the plot involved infiltrating a laboratory where there were many known poisons, and nobody knew the traps. Jim asked John to wait behind for them, not willing to risk more lives than they had to. It turned out that this was a mistake. Even with the snipers guarding John, the whole group was captured. Jim and Sebastian barely got out of the building alive, and they searched for any sign of the others, finding nothing except the signs of a struggle on the opposite roof.
The next day, there was a message sent to Jim’s phone of all the captives lined up in chairs. They would be released if he showed up. He gritted his teeth and agreed. After all, it meant he could meet the captors, and his guards were usually intelligent enough to be able to pull something off on the spot.
Not smart enough though. He was shoved into a makeshift jail cell of a room while the others were let go. Jim huffed out a laugh and wished he could send a message of apology to Sebastian. A few minutes later, the door was pulled open and another figure was shoved in.
John! They were supposed to let you go! Jim exclaimed, furious that they had gone back on their word. It wasn’t any use trusting people, but it still stung.
Oh, they were going to, until I attacked them. Took out about fifteen of them in one go. He held up a shattered bottle of snake venom. That was exactly the moment when Jim noticed the cut on the man’s own forearm.
Fifteen… including you? Jim asked, his face dropping.
Nah. I haven’t joined them just yet. But there was a grimace growing on John’s face, and Jim knew it wouldn’t be long. He grabbed the man and sat him against the wall, using strips of his shirt to tie off John’s arm in an attempt to create a tourniquet. John just smiled and shook his head. It’s too late, Jim. Let it go.
Jim sighed, running his hands through his hair, pressing a kiss to John’s forehead. I’m sorry. He grabbed the non-injured hand and held it gently, feeling the pulse weaken. Does it hurt?
Not so much. John said with a smile. They stayed like that for ages, and when Sebastian showed up with the support group to break them out, he was met with the image of Jim sleeping, curled up next to the dead doctor, a single tear track on his face.
[[Thank you for asking! I’ll do my best to explain.
Jim Moriarty, as portrayed in BBC Sherlock, is the ultimate foil for Sherlock Holmes. While Sherlock and Jim are both geniuses, Sherlock makes darks look light while Jim does the reverse. Sherlock solves crimes while Jim creates them. Even physically, Sherlock is tall and lanky while Jim is short and relatively stocky.
Therefore, when Sherlock is portrayed as potentially romantic but asexual, I flipped it for Jim, making him mostly aromantic but hypersexual. He doesn’t like emotions, but he relishes the rush of adrenaline that comes with any sort of arousal, sexual or not. He’s also easily bored, which means that he’s demanding in and out of bed.
Round it all off, and you have Jim Moriarty, consulting cocktease.]]
Oh, yes because I’m the perfect person to ask.
What it feels like physiologically:
They had spent a year getting to know each other, working off each other’s dazzling intellect and creating monsters in the form of code that ravaged the world. It was beautiful and devastating, like two creatures from the darkness had come together to create a beautiful jewel that nobody could touch.
Except they did. He had never expected betrayal from Zach, but it stared him in the face. In that split second, Jim hated himself for trusting the boy, because after all, that’s what Zach would always be- a boy, with his heart set on being righteous and kind in ways that Jim could never be. And, fair enough, the one to find out and catch Jim Moriarty in his plans of bringing the British government to their knees was none other than Sherlock Holmes.
Jim made it out of prison about five years after that, and the first thing he did was find Sebastian, the only man he knew he could trust implicitly. In his rage, he gave the order. “I want a bullet through each of their heads.” And so the sniper did as he was told, first to Sherlock and then to Zach, as Jim watched impassively.
Two days later, Jim found himself at Zach’s flat. He still had the extra key and let himself in, looking around. Everything was just as it had been, and Icarus yowled at him. Jim fed the hungry cat and logged onto the computer, looking for anything, anything at all to tell him why this happened. The code had vanished. Every scrap of it.
In its place, it just said: “I’m sorry.”
I forget sometimes that you are not immortal. You snipe down anyone I tell you to, you are a killing machine when it’s asked of you, and I have stopped worrying about getting you killed. Clearly, that was a mistake. You knew the dangers of this particular task. We were rigging up a hotel with explosives- not huge ones, just enough to cause some major damage to one particular room, where a UN meeting would be taking place in the evening. We worked late into the night, chatting softly and amiably, smiling even. The plan was perfect.
Only something went wrong and the fire alarm went off, followed by the security alarms. We both grabbed our guns, and you grabbed the remaining explosives. Within instants, we were swarmed on two opposite sides of the room by bodyguards in bulletproof vests, and I looked at you helplessly.
“Put your weapons down!” came the order from the head of the group, and you lowered your gun. I went to lower mine, but you shook your head. You knew that if I was captured like this, I’d be killed. This wasn’t the British government that we were messing with.
For the first time in my life, I took an order from you. You told me to shoot, and I did, straight into the pack of explosives lying next to you. The wall went down in flames, and I escaped. You didn’t. I went back to London and started over, telling myself that I would find someone else.
I never have.
It sure is lonely down here.
My hand was forced. They kidnapped you, threatened to kill you, of course, and they made me give up everything I had in order to get you back. I was lost, the empire I had constructed around me slowly falling apart as these demons stole my money, my contacts, my sniper. Everything was gone, and in my mad rush, I pooled together the last of my resources and strength to go single-handedly into the pits of hell, an old warehouse in Germany, where I had tracked you down. When I got there, you looked at me with blank eyes, ripped to shreds by their knives. You could barely recognize me, and I stood there for long moments, realizing that the reign of James Moriarty had come to an end. The last, most precious piece had been toppled.
And so I pulled out a gun and shot you in the head. I held you close as your body went cold and then I walked away, never looking back. Someday in the future, there would be another me, calling himself Richard Brook, reading children’s stories in a soft voice, hoping for redemption, but he will forever blame himself for the destruction of his brother.
[struggling… to stay… in character… hope this isn’t terrible!]
[Oooh, difficult one. I did the best I could.]
Dirty Little Secrets- All American Rejects [perfection right here]
When we live such fragile lives, It’s the best way we survive, I go around a time or two, Just to waste my time with you, Tell me all that you’ve thrown away, find out games you don’t wanna play, you are the only one that needs to know.
Jim was talkative, far more talkative than Sebastian’s patience could deal with today, and the sniper slapped a hand over Jim’s mouth after about the first ten minutes. Enough, boss. He grunts, and rolls his eyes when he can feel the man pouting under his hand. He pulls away, staring back out of the window.
Hey, Seb? Jim starts again. Sebastian is about to ignore him, but the subsequent question startles him. Would you kill me?
What, now? Sebastian asks.
Jim shakes his head. Not yet, but when you need to. Sebastian shrugs and Jim smiles and looks out of the window. The two of them can tear the world down, living to their fullest by watching the world die around them, and none of it bothers them… except this, apparently.
If I order you to kill me, you’d better. Jim murmurs. There are some secrets he will bring to his grave, and sometimes it’s better to be dead and silent. But in the meantime, you better keep me alive like it’s the only thing you’re capable of, got it?
Sebastian smiles. Yessir.