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To: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
Subject: Milk Run

Hon,

Could you stop for milk on the way home? Just used up the last of it for the kids' dinner and there won't be any for tomorrow's breakfast.

G. xoxo

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To: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
From: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
Subject: Re: Milk Run

PARDON ME???

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To: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Re: Milk Run

Sorry, mate! That was meant to go to my wife. You must work with the same company? Maria Holness? Know her?

Greg Lestrade

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To: m.holness@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
Subject: Milk Run

Hon,

You won't believe what I just did. Accidentally mistyped your e-mail address and sent it to someone named M. Holmes? Em was trying to bang on the laptop, so I must've mixed up some letters.

Anyway, could you stop and pick up some milk on the way home?

G. xoxo

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To: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
From: m.holness@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
Subject: Re: Milk Run

WHAT?? THAT'S MY BOSS!! WHAT DID YOU SEND HIM??

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To: m.holness@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Re: Milk Run

Just the request for milk! Don't worry, I'll fix it.

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To: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
From: m.holness@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
Subject: NO

GREG. DO NOT e-mail my boss anymore! You'll only make it worse!

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To: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
Subject: Sorry

My wife has pointed out to me that you are her boss. I just wanted to apologise for the earlier message -- your last names are similar and my daughter was acting up, so in all the commotion, I must have mistyped. Please don't allow my ineptness to reflect upon my wife.

Thanks,
Greg Lestrade

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To: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
From: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
Subject: Re: Sorry

You do realise I'm a busy man, don't you?

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To: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Re: Sorry

Right, I know. I just wanted to try to make amends for an embarrassing gaffe.

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To: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
From: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Sorry

You don't take a hint, do you?

Fine, I'll play along. Since you were writing your wife to pick up milk and you've mentioned a daughter, I'm assuming you stay at home and take care of your child (children?) while your wife (who I've just now looked up in our database) works for me.

Tell me, Gregory Lestrade, what do you do when you're not mistakenly e-mailing someone about the milk?

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To: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
Subject: Assumptions

Very good, detective! You're right. I'm a stay-at-home dad. Wasn't always, but my wife wanted to have a go at a career and I didn't mind staying home with the kids. Plural. We have three - Emily is our youngest at 2, Charlie (Charlotte) is 3, and Byron is 7. They never fail to make my life interesting. Or, at the very least, loud.

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To: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
From: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
Subject: Re: Assumptions

Fascinating.

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To: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: greg_lestrade@gmail.com
Subject: Taking the Hint

I'd point out that you did bring it up yourself. But all right, I'm taking the hint. Apologies again for the mistaken e-mail. Won't happen again.

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To: mrandmrwatson@bakerstreet.co.uk
From: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
Subject: People Skills

Exactly how do you put up with social interaction? People are so easily angered.

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To: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: mrandmrwatson@bakerstreet.co.uk
Subject: Re: People Skills

Oh-oh, Mycroft. Are we interacting with people again? I thought you were too good for that? Didn't need a goldfish of your own?

P.S. Hamish would like to know when you're coming over for dinner again as he's quite keen at playing Risk with you again. He's certain he can beat you this time.

P.P.S. John said I should be nice and ask you what's wrong?

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To: m.holness@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
Subject: Meeting

I realise this is arriving at the end of the day before the weekend, but I would like to set up a meeting with you first thing Monday morning. Could you please confirm with my assistant, Anthea, that you can be in my office by 8:30?

Mycroft Holmes
CEO, Brightstreet Corporation

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To: a.parker@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
From: m.holmes@brightstreetcorp.co.uk
Subject: Monday Schedule Change

Anthea,

Before you leave this evening, would you please block out an hour from 8:30-9:30 am on Monday morning for a meeting with Maria Holness, from marketing?

Thank you,
Mycroft Holmes
CEO, Brightstreet Corporation