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Nightmare Fuel: A Study in Regret
A Study in Regret started out as a torture/Death Fic one-shot. Then it got worse, and now, even with things looking up, there's still plenty of fuel for shivers and shudders...
We never get very much detail on Holmes's torture, except for Naja the viper, but he's so far gone by the time he's rescued. Think for a moment about how much it must've taken to reduce the Great Detective to that, and cue those shivers.
Speaking of Naja... that scene is just plain scary, especially if you're actually afraid of snakes. Snakes Are Evil, indeed.
M C A L L I S T...
Mary's and her unborn baby's lives are at stake. We're not just talking about a tragic loss that did happen off-screen in the Canon anymore - now we're dealing with Adult Fear, as well.