How do you sleep?
When your heart beats as fast
As the thoughts in your mind
And the blood
Pulsing through you
Forcing your eyes to wake
Anonymous said: Sherlock has finished his duties as a best man. His dear friend has married and soon will be gone. The last of the reception's music fades behind him as he leaves the lively party and steps into the night, aware of the loneliness eating at the edges of his reality. A sigh - a moan - a sound he had not heard in years. Sherlock checks his phone. One new message. 'Lets Have Dinner'
The first time he heard the moan, he thought it was just in his mind. The first time he read the text, he thought he was hallucinating. The moment he saw a familiar svelte silhouette walk from the shadows, he thought he was losing his mind.
But the moment she reached her hand out to trace a finger over his furrowed eyebrows and open mouth, he knew she was real. The Woman was here.
And out of all the things he wanted to say in this night that flooded him with so many emotions he was unused to, all he managed to say was, “You’re not supposed to be here.”
She chuckled at that. “Don’t you want me to be here?”
He looked at her more clearly. She was wearing a white lace-trimmed dress and pastel-colored pumps. Her hair was done in loose waves instead of her standard up-do. Her lips were a light shade of rose. She was downplaying herself. She was clearly trying to blend in.
"That’s beside the point," he replied sharply. "Your safety is paramount."
"Ah, there it is," she drawled, bringing another hand over his collar. "Sentiment."
"Irene," he cut in bluntly, trying to calm the rush of blood in his system. "Do you not understand the gravity of this situation? John is inside. Half of Scotland Yard is there. Mycroft has probably rigged the place with cameras. You could get caught." He stressed the last sentence through gritted teeth.
"You didn’t answer my question," she replied simply. "Don’t you want me to be here?"
Irene. He wanted to say. This is ridiculously foolish. He wanted to add.This is incredibly reckless behaviour. He wanted to reason out. Our minds are beyond this. He wanted to protest.
But all of that didn’t matter when he suddenly closed the distance between their lips. All of the uncertainty looming inside him, the loneliness, the abandonment he felt disintegrated when he weaved his hands through her hair, when her arms locked around his neck, when he leaned down to deepen the kiss.
All of that didn’t matter because The Woman was here. He didn’t have to be alone. Not now.
They were so lost in each other that he almost didn’t notice the slight scuttle of feet on the far left side, where the fire exit was located. Almost. So when he turned his head to see what that was, he was surprised to find the flushed face, clenched fists, and wide-eyed stare of Molly Hooper greeting him.
"Sherlock, I—I’m sorry, I just—, uh. Sorry."
"Steven Moffat is not cheapening the character. Rather he is taking the most basic notion of what she is – "The Woman, in his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex' – and uses her to aggressively confront and counter all those other adaptations that simplified her into the love interest by forcing Sherlock to deal with notions of romance, sentiment, and sex, while never embracing them in a literal sense.” - (x)
As a writer, I believe the most important parts of your story are the title and the introduction. It should be structured in a way that would draw the readers to your work and keep them gasping for more. This is exactly what Rappler did on the news article they published on the 29th of August, 2014. This was how the headline went:
Sereno: SC rulings outlast presidents
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno refuses to engage in a word war with the President, saying she does ‘not want to add to the confusion’
As a reader, the placement of words certainly got my attention. But as a journalist, I disapprove of the way they manipulated the headline to highlight incidents out of context. They misrepresented what Chief Justice Sereno said:
"I hope that people will appreciate that when decisions are always made, it was always on a long-term perspective. It survives after the presidency. It shouldn’t be episodic. It should always look at the frame of the Constitution."
The whole article was about the reforms and values she wanted to uphold in the Supreme Court in the long run, taken within the lens of the frame of the Constitution. Yes, she mentioned that the Court’s decisions survives after the presidency but the way Rappler highlighted it took the statement out of context. The denotations may seem right but the connotations indicate that the SC seem to challenge the president’s authority through their rulings’ longevity. As a reader, that sounds to me like a trigger for more unnecessary conflict.
Besides, shouldn’t the headline serve as a means of wrapping up the bulk of the article? This doesn’t seem to be the case here because most of the article was about Sereno’s plan to implement long-term structural judicial reforms. But instead of putting that in their headline, they highlighted something that came from a single sentence. That sentence, taken into context, should serve as a supplement to Sereno’s point that the Supreme Court’s decision are for the long-run; their plans support this term’s president, the next presidents, and above all else, the Constitution. Unfortunately, the way the headline was constructed made it seem like the SC was actually challenging the current president. It was as if they were saying that because the SC’s rulings outlast the president, they are more powerful than he is.
As a writer, the headline is effective in the sense that it got me hooked to the article. But we are not mere writers.
We are journalists.
As journalists, we are responsible to carefully present words in a manner that is closest to truth and not take quotes out of context just to draw viewers in. We must not distort the truth to garner fame.
People consume things the way they desire them.
It doesn’t matter whether the writer, painter, or musician intended their artwork to mean a certain way. Once the work leaves the artist’s hands, it is up to the audience to find which meaning reflects how they think. In art, it is not a matter of shoving your ideas down people’s throats.
Art is the mastery of packaging what you have to say in a way that people will accept them.
Our only desire as artists is that as we share our work to the world, the world understands our art the way we envisioned them to be.