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"Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting."
- Henry V (William Shakespeare)
The Victorian John Watson is quite right, Sherlock does have a past, though mutual sentiment and romance has nothing to do with it. Sherlock's past is a whirlwind of drugs, depression, death, and friends, friends who saved him, friends who pulled him out of a whirlpool threatening to drown him in his own mind. It's always been deep waters for Sherlock, and always will be.