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    The original plan for returning to England involved fucking around being shellshocked and suffering mandatory post-combat counseling and physical therapy to dissect the shattered mosaic of his feelings. That's not quite how it goes.

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    Phenomenal capture of John & Sherlock's characters. Fantastic creation of Clara, a very strong and relatable female. Mrs Hudson, Mycroft & John's therapist also wonderfully captured. Wit & wisdom & excellent writing abound.

    Excerpt re: nature of happiness:

    "Happy is far, far more important than normal."

    "So am I happy like this, then?" he asks, because he's not really sure himself, and he tries not to think about if he's ever known if he was happy. It's such an abstract thing, when any consideration of it had been obscured under a mountain of sand and blood and recrimination. It's hard to mull larger philosophical questions of human existence when holding in a 19-year-old boy's intestines with his hands and trying to keep him conscious by asking about his girlfriend back in Kansas City. How the fuck can he be happy after he's seen that? And even if he is happy, is he allowed to be?

    Bransford looks contemplative. "I'm not sure, really," she admits. "But I think you're doing things you want to, that you aren't hurting anybody, that your limp has improved dramatically, and that you seem well. You smile more." She shrugs. "How does anybody quantify happy, anyway?"

     

    Incredible writing that portrays excellent backstory & present POV both, as well as fantastic humor:

    "Obviously, the threat of mortar fire on the side of a shitty road in Afghanistan and getting shot were pretty awful, but so is being dragged to fucking John Lewis by a posh lesbian with puffy red eyes and a credit card."

    " "Firstly, you have dark-colored bedsheets, and although you've lived here for almost two months and have fastidiously laundered your clothing like clockwork and wiped down the counters, you haven't seen it fit to wash the linens, which tells me that you're not doing anything to stain them to begin with. That may mean you're having it off with someone at their flat, but it's unlikely, since every day I come home more and more of this flat looks like it's a spread out of Small But Elegant Apartments Shared by Homosexuals monthly, and you refinished all the cabinets the other week, and watched the finish dry carefully enough that there aren't dust specks, either, moreover — "

    Exemplary piece by extraordinary author who has many excellent pieces.

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