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Mrs. Hudson had done most of the work. She knew John felt guilty, but she also knew he just couldn't bring himself to help, and so, when push came to shove, she hadn't pressed him. After all, she really didn't mind. And that was why, when it finally came time to box up all of Sherlock's things, Mrs. Hudson had been the one to do it. Clothes, books, furniture, stacks and stacks of files and old police reports, the vast array of chemistry equipment, all the chemicals.
In time, the flat was turned inside out: drawers were emptied, cupboards cleaned, and properly this time, the way they should have been from the start. Mrs. Hudson ran her pale hands across everything. There was, after all, a certain sanctity to it: each object was like unearthing a piece of Sherlock, getting to know him a second time over. The harpoon she discovered stashed in the bedroom closet had her laughing so hard her sides began to hurt. Other finds were more troubling, like the small handful of needl