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Occupational Hazard
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Rated: PG (Language)
Category: 221B Fic. Gen. John POV and Focus.
Series: Post-Two.
Spoilers: The Reichenbach Fall.
Summary: Some days, it just doesn’t pay to be a doctor.
Word Count: Why, 221 (and ending with a “B” word), of course!


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I thought it was just a stomachache.

This guy’s in here all the time for something.

If it’s not one thing with him, it’s another.

So I didn’t think much of his complaint.

But he demanded every test, as always.

I would have denied him that, as the NHS most likely would have, but he has supplemental private insurance and a lot of it, so I ordered blood screens and ultrasounds and barium studies.

I expected nothing to come of them, just like last year when I ran the same series on him.

But he insisted, and apparently he doesn’t mind the tests half as much as he craves the peace of mind that negative results give him, so I ordered them.

And I’ll be damned if this time the bastard wasn’t right.

I can’t be sure without even more tests, but I’m pretty sure my most high-maintenance patient has cancer.

The kind you don’t walk away from.

This sucks. He’s a pain, but he doesn’t deserve this. He’s only thirty-three years old!

And finding this today, of all days?

I lost Sherlock a year ago, and now this? Another life cut down far too early?

I almost took the day off, but I thought it’d be better to work; to keep my mind off it.

Guess I was wrong.

Bollocks.

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